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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…

Register for Booklist’s Summer Book Club Bash Webinar!

July 17, 2018

No time like the summer for planning your fall book clubs—and for starting to think about your own next unputdownable read! Do both when you attend this free, hour-long webinar on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm CT. Here, representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House Adult, Sourcebooks, and W. W. Norton…

Read Along with Celebrities’ Favorites of The Great American Read

May 23, 2018

In the first episode of The Great American Read, PBS introduces America’s 100 best-loved books to launch the campaign to find America’s favorite book. Celebrities, authors, and readers across the country, share why they love reading and specific novels on the list. These are just a small selection of the 100 books that Americans voted…


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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