Thursday, July 22, 2010

Meetup discussion group: Please weigh in!

My name is Larissa Kyzer and I am an Assistant Organizer for the NY Librarians MeetUp Group and an MSLIS student at the Palmer School in Manhattan. I'm interested in starting a book club which would meet every other month to discuss non-professional books about libraries and librarians. Some preliminary ideas for books to read are This Book is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson, Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles, and Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas. These are all nonfiction titles, but we could also read some "fun" fiction titles--for instance, there are a ton of "bibliomysteries" featuring librarians.
I'm assuming that people would prefer to meet and discuss in person, but we could also use the NY Librarian MeetUp's existing Goodreads page to post thoughts about the books we read online. I've seen a couple book groups that are only conducted through Goodreads (not in person) and they seem to work pretty well.

1. Are people interested in a library-themed book group?
2. If so, would you prefer in-person, virtual, or combo meetings?
3. Any book suggestions?
Looking forward to your feedback--thanks!

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