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how to find a book group

Not in a book group, but you love to read books and discuss them? You're ready to share your insights with others by starting or joining a book group.


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  • Register as an individual Member and get others to join your group! 
    • E-vite your friends by using the "invite a member" feature on the MY GROUP page. Respondants will automatically be directed to register in your book group. Check the member list.
      Browse the Moderator List to find a moderator in your area who can refer you to book groups.
    • participate in our moderater-led online discussion groups and see if anyone there interest you enough to invite to join your personal group
  • Create a Match profile and tell others about yourself to match-up with other individuals or groups looking for members (online or in person).

We suggest you do both, if you want to start a group and attract new members, or add to your group as you go along.

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Community Resources

Local libraries offer reading groups that meet at the library, either during the day or evening. These are usually free and open to the public. Check your local newspaper or stop in your local library for a schedule.


Sitting in on one or more meetings will give you a good idea of  types of participants and quality of discussion levels. In this type of  group  members may change from session to session. It will also offer you an opportunity to meet like-minded people who may be interested in starting a private group.


Book stores often keep reading groups lists with some indicating whether they are open to new members. They may also have a group that meets at the store, either during the day or evening with a book store employee and/or guest author leading the discussion.  The cost of attending these meetings range from free to the price of the book and refreshements. Some groups are open to the public and some are members-only. 


If your local or favorite book store sponsors members-only book groups, ask if any of these groups are accepting new members, and if so, ask to sit in on one of their meetings to see if the book selections as well as the members suit your taste.  You may also want to ask the book store to help you recruit members and start a new group. See if there is an independent book store on our list in your area!


Community Colleges offer great day and evening courses for adults looking to learn more about literature or writing. Taking a course may put you in touch with like-minded people who belong to or wish to start a book group. The instructors of these courses may also know of existing book groups for you to join.


Local newspapers and Literary Publications sometime have ads for book groups.  Of course, you can also take the bull by the horns and place your own ad using a PO Box or your e-mail address as a contact.  Screen responses and plan to meet in a public place at a designated time to get acquainted.

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