What is a Book Club?
also known as: How do I run a book club?, How do I start a book club?, What is a reading club?, What is a reading group?.
Find out what a book club is, how to join one and how we can help you to start one and keep it running smoothly.
What is a Book Club?
A book club, or reading group, is a collection of people who
come together regularly to discuss books. There are normally
several members who all read the same book and then talk
about it together.
Traditionally book clubs meet in person, which makes them a very
social experience and can be much more personal. There are
also online book communities such as Northumberland Readers, which tend to be more
flexible as they do not have some of the restrictions that
traditional book clubs do.
There are 10,000 book clubs linked to libraries
alone! (The Reading
Agency). They are popular community groups and there is
sure to be one to suit you. If you can't find one that
appeals, why not read on below to find out how to start a book
Reading groups bring people together,
improve members' wellbeing and help
local communities to engage. (The Reading
How do I join a Book Club?
To become a member of a book club that already exists, all you
need to do is get in touch with the person who runs it.
Click here to find the contact details for
reading groups in Northumberland. If you cannot get
through to a reading group please contact your local library who
will be able to help you.
How do I start a Book Club?
Northumberland Libraries can help you to set up a book
club. We can offer support, which includes:
- offering a place to have the book club
- ordering multiple copies of books free of charge
- connecting book groups with local authors
- bringing people together who are interested in starting or
joining book clubs
- advertising your new book club
To start a reading group please contact your local library or
click here to email
here for The Reading Agency's tips on starting a book club.
How do I run a Book Club?
To help your book club to run smoothly, Northumberland Libraries
offer support, which includes:
- ordering the books your group wants free of charge
- helping with events and meetings in the libraries
- offering a designated page for your book club
For help with your local meetings please get in touch with your
local library. If you would like your
book club to have its own page on Northumberland Libraries website
please click here to email us.
here for The Reading Agency's tips on running a book club.