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Book clubs commingle in Avon

Daily Staff Writer
Special to the Daily Kira and Ellen

If you’re looking for new ideas to spice up your book group, wondering how to join an existing group or hoping to start your own, join other reading groups at the Avon Public Library on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for the first ever Eagle Valley Book Group Extravaganza. Ellen Moore and Kira Stevens, co-founders of Good Books Lately, the country’s first book group consulting company, will discuss and sign copies of their new book Good Books Lately: “The One-Stop Resource for Book Groups” and “Other Greedy Readers.”

In their book, Moore and Stevens look at the book group experience from every angle: how to start a group and keep it going, how to choose the best books, how to read for meaning, how to generate a lively discussion, how to balance social time and book time, and much more. Readers can also visit the web site at and sign up for their e-mail newsletter, Latelies, which includes hot new titles, book news from industry insiders and smart advice for reading groups.

After the program, the Eagle Valley Library District will also be kicking off a new Book Club Kit program sponsored by the Friends of Library called “It’s in the Bag!” Reading groups looking for an easier way to borrow multiple copies of books for discussion or who lack the time to gather discussion materials should check these kits out. Each book club kit consists of 10 copies of a single title and a notebook filled with information designed to stimulate discussion, such as author interviews and biographical information, book reviews, and discussion questions … all contained in a sturdy canvas bag.

In order to use this new service, book clubs must register with Adult Services Librarian Jane Hart either in person at the Avon Public Library or by phone at 949-6797. Each club must have at least one member with a valid Eagle Valley Library District card. That person will be responsible for picking up the kit, distributing books to club members, and returning the kit with all its contents to the library. Kits are checked out for six weeks and can be reserved in advance. Kits can also be couriered for pickup at any Eagle Valley Library District library. If your group happens to lose a book, the library asks that you replace it with another copy, either new or gently used.

Community members can help build the Book Club Kits collection by donating copies of books that their group has read. This will be a great way for area groups to share not only titles of what they’ve read and enjoyed, but the books themselves. Drop off copies of your book discussion books at any Eagle Valley Library District location. Be sure to mention they are for the Book Club Kits.


It’s in the Bag!

Book Club Kit Titles

“Angle of Repose,” by Wallace Stegner

“Atonement,” by Ian McEwan

“Caramelo,” by Sandra Cisneros

“Crossing to Safety,” by Wallace Stegner

“Dreaming Water,” by Gail Tsukiyama

“A Heart of Stone,” by Renate Dorrestein

“The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo,” by Paula Huntley

“The Master Butchers Singing Club,” by Louise Erdrich

“The Monkey Wrench Gang,” by Edward Abbey

“One Hundred Years of Solitude,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“The Optimist’s Daughter,” by Eudora Welty

“The Piano Tuner,” by Daniel Mason

“Reading Lolita in Tehran,” by Azar Nafisi

“Small Wonder,” by Barbara Kingsolver

“Three Junes,” by Julia Glass

Coming soon…

“Crescent,” by Diana Abu-Jabar

“The Great Fire,” by Shirley Hazard


Reading Railroad

What: Eagle Valley Book Club Extravaganza

When: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Avon Public Library

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