Outreach Books Clubs: Venturing Outside the Library Walls

This webinar is for librarians in various library settings looking to expand the reach of current book clubs or where the traditional book club format has proven unsuccessful. Attendees will learn how to coordinate groups that meet outside of the library setting, but are still coordinated by a librarian or library staff member. Outreach book clubs may require additional coordination and travel time, but can result in new community and campus partnerships and the development of relationships with potential new library patrons.

The webinar will assist librarians and support staff in academic, school, or public library settings in understanding the pros and cons of incorporating outreach book clubs into their existing programming. Participants will learn how to evaluate if such a book club would work well for their library community. Logistics, such as group membership, location selection, and basic title selection will be discussed. The webinar will also address the decision to incorporate non-patrons in an outreach book club, including the administrative challenges and possible benefits of doing so. Attendees will have access to sample documents to use to easily track their groups. Participants will discover practical details and flexible strategies that any library can tweak to quickly begin the process of creating an outreach book club.


Kim Braun is the past Head of Reference and Adult Services at the J. Lewis Crozer (Public) Library in Chester, PA. Her experience includes community outreach, collection development, readers advisory, adult programming development, virtual and face-to-face reference services, and patron computer and bibliographic instruction. She is past Secretary of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Library Association and attended the inaugural Pennsylvania Library Association Academy of Leadership Studies in 2009. She earned a Masters in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. Her undergraduate degrees are in History and French from Widener University. She is currently using her research skills as Prospect Researcher in the Widener University development office in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Kim just finished reading Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford and is currently enjoying Burial Rites by Hannah Kent; she thinks both titles have good book club discussability potential.


How to Register


Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org. Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Andrea Hill, RUSA/ASCLA Web Manager, at ahill@ala.org.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!