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SJP Picks

Award-winning actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is the honorary chair for Book Club Central. In this role, Ms. Parker selects books throughout the year to share her joy of reading and discussing good books with readers everywhere.

So Much Love for Library Book Groups!

June 6, 2019

I have a confession to make. I used to think that participation in public library book groups would be somewhat transient—people would drop in for a few months while they decided if they liked the concept, at which point they’d go off and join a private group, or start their own. How wrong I was!…

Find Books for a Book Club

There’s a question I always ask whenever I visit a book club: “What’s the best book you’ve ever discussed?” This is a surefire way to start a lively discussion, one that always begins with the books the group has enjoyed and inevitably transitions to those they haven’t. Eventually, the group will conclude that the best…

June Picks from Sisters in Crime: Married to Danger

June 3, 2019

June brings warm weather and weddings – lots of weddings. But while love may be in the air, a dark heart may beat beneath the tulle and lace of a lovely wedding gown and happily ever after may be a prize hard won for even the most ardent lovers. Looking for that a perfect book…

May Picks from LibraryReads

May 2, 2019

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the May 2019 LibraryReads list! The Bride Test by Helen Hoang “On the autism spectrum, Khai doesn’t feel anything for anyone. His mother recruits Esme, a young Vietnamese woman, to marry him. A realistic, humorous romance that reveals the slow path to love and a…

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

May 13, 2019

In the early-to-mid-1970s, American pop music entered a drowsy period of prog/glam/folk/soft-rock and heavy metal, a spell only sporadically broken until the arrival of punk and disco. Into this specific historical moment of musical malaise Taylor Jenkins Reid has sent her winsome and supercharged rock diva Daisy Jones to make the guitar boys drool and…

The Binding by Bridget Collins

April 15, 2019

If you are lucky enough to be in a book club, may I suggest you give The Binding by Bridget Collins a try? I think your club will find that this historical fantasy causes enthusiastic discussion. A short synopsis: As his name suggests, Emmett Farmer thinks his life will be one of toil on the…

“Book Club Reboot: 71 Creative Twists” is ALA’s Newest Resource for Book Club Leaders

May 3, 2019

A new resource from ALA’s Public Programs Office is available for those whose book clubs need a little (or big) boost! Book Club Reboot-71 Creative Twists by Stephanie Saba and Sarah Ostman offers many creative and surprising ideas to help inspire book club organizers and leaders. Saba is a community program supervisor at San Mateo County…

Meet Max Joseph, Lover of Bookstores

May 1, 2019

Small, independent bookstores are growing in the U.S.! What better way to jump on the bandwagon than to enjoy the new short film, Bookstores, that chronicles Max Joseph — an award-winning filmmaker and reluctant reader — and his journey to solve how books fit into our modern content diet. Max Joseph’s new film Bookstores takes…

Happy Tolkien Reading Day! Book club ideas, the biopic, and all things Tolkien

March 22, 2019

On this day each year, March 25, fantasy fans participate in Tolkien Reading Day—an honorary day established in 2003 by the Tolkien Society to encourage fans to celebrate the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favorite passages. This year, many will engage by re-reading Tolkien-penned favorites, visiting exhibits, and preparing to see the highly anticipated…

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction 2019

February 7, 2019

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced at the RUSA Book and Media Awards event, sponsored by NoveList, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, established in 2012, serve as a guide…


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