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News Fri Oct 02 2009

National Reading Group Month

reading group month.gifDid you know that October is National Reading Group Month? Only two years old, the celebration was started by two members of the Women's National Book Association and works to promote the value of books and reading, particularly "enjoyment of shared reading and appreciation of literature and reading as conduits for transmitting culture and advancing civic engagement." To which I say, right on. Unfortunately, there isn't a Chicago chapter so there won't be any National Reading Group events here, but that doesn't mean you can't take their mission to heart and get involved in shared reading on your own. If reading Chicago-related books isn't your thing, or if your schedule doesn't work with ours, there are a ton of other reading groups in the city with a variety of foci. Our Book Club home, the Book Cellar, hosts their own book club meetings each month and plays host to a number of other book clubs as well--if you're interested in South Asian writers, the Desi Lit Book Club might be for you; if you enjoy young adult reads, check out the Never Too Old Book Club. Women and Children First has a long running book club that focuses on feminist reads and the Chicago Public Library, in addition to hosting the One Book, One Chicago program, offers a number of different book clubs for both teens and adults throughout their various branches. Or, get together your friends, family, co-workers or other interested parties and start your own club. The NRGM website features a list of Great Group Reads to help you get the ball rolling.

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