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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…

A Book Club Guide for To Kill a Mockingbird, the Great American Read

October 25, 2018

To Kill a Mockingbird was voted by viewers as America’s #1 best-loved novel in The Great American Read. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture,…

Announcing the Shortlist for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals

October 24, 2018

Six finalists, three fiction and three nonfiction, have been selected for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The two medal winners will be announced on January 27, 2019, at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in…

Celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week!

October 17, 2018

Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration! United for Libraries will coordinate the 13th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 21-27, 2018. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership.…

The Great American Read Returns on 9/11!

September 11, 2018

Meredith Vieira returns as the Great American Read hits high gear. You spent the summer reading and voting for your favorite novels, now tune in to see which books celebrities, authors, and other readers across the country are rooting for. Tune into PBS on September 11th at 8pm ET. Click to See What Books and…

Nominations are Open for the 2018 I Love My Librarian Award!

August 21, 2018

The I Love My Librarian Award invites library lovers from across the country to recognize how their librarians transform their communities and improve lives; 10 exceptional winners will be selected to win $5,000 and be honored at a ceremony in New York later this fall. Library users from school, public, and college/university libraries can submit…

Listen to Booklist’s Summer Book Club Bash Webinar!

August 16, 2018

Listen to the archive from this free, hour-long webinar on upcoming titles perfect for books clubs! On July 31st, representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House Adult, Sourcebooks, and W. W. Norton & Company showcases their new adult titles destined for book group super-stardom. Click to Listen to the Webinar Archive.

Get the Inside Scoop on Book Club Central’s Program at ALA Annual 2018!

July 17, 2018

Last month, United for Libraries and Book Club Central teamed up to present the Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community panel at ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans. Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books for Booklist, moderated the panel that included Bill Kelly, librarian at Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library, James Mustich, author of 1,000 Books to Read…


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…

Find A Book Club

Joining a book club can seem impossible if you don’t know where to look but you’ll find like-minded book lovers at the following tried-and-tested places. BOOK CLUBS IRL The Library Always the best place for aspiring book clubbers to start. Head to the reference desk and ask the person there about book clubs she’s sure…


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