Do you love to read for pleasure but have a hard time finding time to do so?
I’ve found that the key to keeping this hobby in the forefront is membership in a book club. Especially since I started blogging, it’s easy to get caught up in reading blogs only. My RLR membership ensures I read at least 1 book every 6 weeks.
My mother wants to start her own book club so this post is for her. I hope that my readers can find it useful or add to the discussion as well.
***For the purpose of this post, the examples will be based on how my RLR club operates***
PLAN A MIXER
- Decide on what demographic target you wish to have for members (age, gender, intellect, etc.)
- Come up with general guidelines (i.e. meet every 6 weeks on a book & at a restaurant of the hostess’s choice)
- Hand Select with personal phone calls OR Make a flyer, email, Facebook group, etc. & INVITE PEOPLE – friends, family, organizational newsletters, church groups, civic groups, newspapers ads, etc.
- Host at home if comfortable & public place if strangers will be invited (restaurant, library, clubhouse, church etc.)
- Introductions – Name, what kind of books they like, etc.
- Have a “Get to know you” Icebreaker
- Name the club (you may want to wait till you read a book to fill out the personalities of the membership)
- Establish guidelines by either preparing a pre planned ballot or just vote by a show of hands
- Membership cap (20)
- Frequency of meetings (every 6 weeks)
- Where you will meet (restaurant of hostess’s choice)
- Best time to meets (Sunday evening)
- How you will select a book (host choose)
- Dues amount for birthdays, condolences, congratulations, refreshments, etc. Or if you will even have dues (we don’t’ have dues)
- Host rotation & how far in advance they select the book; alphabetical, volunteer, pull straws (volunteer & must have book selection at the meeting prior)
- Primary communication source; group text, group email, Facebook group, group me, etc. (group me)
- Rescheduling guidelines (If needed, we defer 2 weeks, life happens)
- Officers; President, corresponding secretary, treasurer, etc. (We only have a Founder…yours truly 🙂 ***The sole function of the ENTIRE book club rotates with each hostesses***)
- Meeting format; mingle, questions, freestyle, moderator (we let the host approach it from whatever angle they choose)
TIPS FOR SUCCESS & OPTIONS
- Have holiday parties
- Attend book club conventions
- Recognize birthdays
- Have book club anniversary parties/celebrations
- Have annual awards for the previous year’s reading material
- Take a break from reading once a year & have an annual meeting to assess the functioning of the club
- Make reminder magnets with meeting dates
- Consider doing an outreach project that is literacy based
RULE OF THUMB – Please make every effort to READ THE BOOK, after all, it’s a book club 😉
- Don’t call people out or ask the question “Did you read the book”, remember this is at the bottom of people’s priority list. They may want to support even if they were too busy to read this period.
- Come to the meetings!
- If you can’t come, let the group know in advance and give a reason.
- Invite them at least 6 weeks ahead of time
- Ask them if they have any special requirements for attending meetings & try to accommodate them
- Let them choose the restaurant
- Take up a donation (love offering)
- Pay for their food
- It would be nice to purchase some of their other material if you liked their work
- Tweet, FB, IG, Pinterest their work and show love!
TIPS FOR THE HOSTESS
- Send reminders coming up to the meeting
- Make sure book is available locally or tip members where they can find it
- Plan meeting format ahead of time so there are no dull spots
- Try not to let any members dominate discussion
- Consider bringing prizes or doing an activity that goes along with the novel
- Keep up with reading wish list
- Decide what’s next
- See what friends think about reading material
- Trivia/quizzes/ good questions
- FACEBOOK GROUPS
- Stimulate discussion before and after book club meeting
- Members can friend each other and get to know each other
- Share book covers to announce new books that will be read
- BLOGS AND FORUMS CAN ALSO BE USEFUL FOR CLUBS
I hope you found this useful!
Rx Fitness Lady wants to know…
- What is the last book you read? What are you reading currently? What’s your preference; books or blogs?
- Do you have anything to share based on your own book club membership?
- What authors have you met in real life?
Rx Fitness Lady
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