Archive

This page will hold the links to the notes for discussions since 2015.

For lists of older discussion titles, notes, and documents please email sc@arrtreads.org or click here to see our Pinterest Board of previous titles.

January 12, 2017
Emily Vinci led a discussion on Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi. CLICK HERE for the notes on the discussion of the book. After the book discussion, Becky Spratford led the Leadership Training Discussion on managing the group dynamic during book discussions. CLICK HERE for the notes on the Leadership Topic Discussion.

September 27, 2016
Greta Ulrich led a discussion of Everything I Never Told by by Celeste Ng. CLICK HERE to access the notes on the discussion of the book. After the book discussion, Becky Spratford led the Leadership Training Discussion on the We Need Diverse Books movement and how and why we should make sure the books we are offering our groups represent diverse voices. Please come prepared to share some titles and discussion experiences. For those who were interested in learning more about this topic ahead of time, Becky compiled the notes from the March 2016 RUSA CODES conversation on diversity hereCLICK HERE to access the notes on the leadership topic.


July 20, 2016
Stacey Peterson led a discussion of The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt at the Batavia Public Library. CLICK HERE to access the notes on the discussion of the book.  After the book discussion, Elizabeth Hopkins led the Leadership Training Discussion where participants shared their favorite "under the radar" book discussion gems. CLICK HERE to access the notes on the leadership topic which includes a list of 26 [!], proven winner, "under the radar" titles you can use for your book discussion groups!

April 21, 2016
Elizabeth Hopkins led a discussion of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr at the Lisle Public Library.  Click here to access the notes on the discussion of the book. After the book discussion, Becky Spratford led the Leadership Training Discussion focusing on the following connected issues regarding the administration of book groups at your library:
  • How do you attract new people?
  • How do you convince your supervisor to let you add more book groups?
  • Who leads book discussions at your library? Paid staff or volunteers?
Click here to access the notes on the leadership topic.

February 17, 2016
Bill Stephens led a discussion of Lexicon by Max Barry at the Bensenville Community Public Library. Click here to access the notes on the discussion of the book. After the book discussion, Becky Spratford led the Leadership Training Discussion focusing on using genre titles for book discussions.  Click here to access the notes on the Leadership topic.

October 28, 2015
Ted Balcom led a discussion of Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian at Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Click here to access the notes on our discussion.  Before the discussion of the book, Becky Spratford led the Leadership topic of best practices for choosing which books your group will discuss. You can access the notes on our discussion of the Leadership topic here.


July 8, 2015 
Emily Borsa led a discussion of The Book of Unknown Americans at the Hinsdale Public Library. Click here to access the notes on our discussion. Later, Ms. Henriquez joined our group and Becky Spratford led the Leadership Training portion of the discussion which began with a conversation about how to include authors in book club events. Click here to access the notes on this portion of the discussion.

January 14, 2015 
Karen Toonen led a discussion of Life After Life by Kate Atkinson at the Naperville Public Library. Click here to read the discussion notes, access the questions Karen wrote to lead the discussion, and look at the readalikes she compiled.

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