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Contents Illustrations Preface Series Foreword Acknowledgments Part One: Before Book Club Begins: Laying the Foundation for Success Chapter 1: What¿s a Teen-Centered Book Club? Opportunity Lost . . . And Regained Borrow from Business to Build a Better Book Club What A Teen-Centered Book Club Looks Like Your Role In a Teen-Centered Book Club Readers Into Leaders: How Teen-Centered Book Clubs Foster Leadership Leadership Defined Teens Take Charge References [[Comp: in the TOC, heading levels below TCH2 have been indicated with tabs.]] Chapter 2: Listening to Learn: Straightforward Tips and Sneaky Tricks for Getting to Know the Teens You Serve Get To Know Teens In Four Easy Steps Step 1. Define What You Need to Know Step 2. Listen to Learn The Key to Q&A Research: Ask Questions That Get Answers Building the Foundation: Trust and Respect The Big Three of Q&A: Surveys, Interviews, Focus Groups Written Surveys Individual Interviews and Chats Focus Groups Observe Host Special Events Seek Professional Help Trust Your Intuition Step 3. Round It Out with Research Step 4. Pull It Together and Put It to Work References A Sampling of Research on Teens Chapter 3: Plan to Build a Better Book Club Planning With Teens . . . Or Not Plan to Involve Teens Planning Meetings That Sizzle A Low-Stress Alternative A 12-Step Plan For Building A Better Book Club 1. Listen to Teens 2. Begin with the End in Mind 3. Plan Within Parameters 4. Build Your Infrastructure 5. Set the Date 6. Pick a Place, Build a Space 7. Announce the First Meeting 8. Choose Great Reads 9. Plan the Program 10. Integrate Lessons in Leadership 11. Plan to Evaluate 12. Stage Your Exit Moving Forward References Chapter 4: Let¿s Go Clubbing! Six Traditional and Innovative Book Clubs Read and Discuss Great Books for Read-and-Discuss Clubs Readers into Leaders Teens Lead! Essential Reading for Finding the Leader Within Book Bytes Best for Book Bytes Three-of-a-Kind Three-of-a-Kind Sets Blogger Books for Bloggers (Novels in Verse) Be the Change Books for a Better World Chapter 5: Let¿s Go Clubbing Some More! Seven More Traditional and Innovative Book Clubs Theme or Genre Great Theme in Literature: Teens in Trouble! Bookchatters Best for Bookchatters Intergenerational Up: Teen¿Adult Books to Share with Mothers and Friends Intergenerational Down: Teen¿Child Books to Read to or with Younger Readers Read Write The Greatest Writer of Them All Book to Movie/Movie to Book Read the Movie! See the Book! Curriculum Support A Personal Look At the Vietnam War Boldly Go References Chapter 6: Word Out! Ways to Take Your Club Public Whatever You Do, Do This . . . Recruiting and Retention Bookmarks, Flyers, Posters, Invitations, Announcements MORE! Simple Tactics Increasing Awareness Establish a Web Presence Mass Media Personal Appearances Building Support Pick and Choose, or Create Your Own References Part Two: The Nitty-Gritty Book Club Guide: From First to Final Meeting Chapter 7: It¿s Club Time! Creating a Great First Meeting One Week Before . . . Plan the Meeting Get to know one another Teens in charge Talk about books Putting it all together Remind Teens about the Meeting A Few Days Before . . . Buy the Food Make Signs, Posters and Other Decorations Practice Your Welcome and Closing A Few Hours Before. . . Prepare the Food Set Up the Room Put on the Finishing Touches Just Before Teens Arrive. . . Organize the Food Check the Space Breathe! As Teens Arrive Greetings! During the Meeting Welcome the Group Name the Club Teens Talk Books Select Books The Pesky Perennial Problem: Choosing the First Book Book Club Behavior The Positive Alternative If You Must . . . Delegate Roles Make Announcements and Close the Meeting After The Meeting Say Goodbye Follow Up with a Card References Chapter 8: From An Embarrassment of Riches to a Single Gem: The Fine Art and Meticulous Science of Book Selection Balancing Time and Teen Choice Minimize Club Time: Choose Several Books at Once 1. Keep Teens At The Center Of Selection 2. Cast The Net Wide 3. Narrow The Field Choose a Few Likely Candidates for Your Shortlist Compare Results in Person or Online 4. Choosing, At Last! Conclusion References Chapter 9: Before We Open Our Mouths: Preparing for Book Discussion Reading for Book Club How to Read for Discussion How to Read for Bookchatting Researching the Author and Book Researching the Author Researching the Book Views of the Book Share Research One Drop at a Time Creating Questions That Spark Scintillating Discussions Standard Questions Bad Question Makeover How to Write Great Questions for Discussion A Baker¿s Fifty Back-Up Questions A Few Words About Prepared Reading Group Guides Conclusion References YA Books Mentioned in This Chapter, Current Paperback Editions Chapter 10: In the Thick of Things: Facilitating and Participating in Book Discussions Kicking Off the Discussion: The Art and Practice of Great Book Discussions The Art: Exploring Your Ideas as if They Were My Own The Practice: Attentive Listening Joining Art and Practice: The Challenge of Facilitation Managing the Flow of Ideas Including Everyone in the Conversation Discussion Styles Establishing and Enforcing Boundaries Putting It into Action Keeping the Discussion on Track Book Club Is Not Therapy! Keep Disagreements from Escalating into Arguments Brawlers and Softies Brawlers Softies Closing the Discussion Calming the Waters Conclusion References YA Books Mentioned in This Chapter Chapter 11: Only Connect: Activities That Bring Teens Together Around Books Ice Breakers Paper Cup Pyramid Two True, One Lie Let Me Ask You. . . Connecting Around the Book Writing Freewriting Writing Your Hopes You Are What You Carry What¿s Eating You? Critics¿ Circle Visual Art The List All in the Packaging: Book Jackets and Slipcases Quilt It Dioramas and Murals Displays Performing Arts Book Club Follies Dance It! Reader¿s Theatre, with a Twist Live Readings and Poetry Slams Contributing to the Common Good This needs subheads! Suggest: Three Keys to Service (just before the third paragraph, beginning ¿Every service opportunity consists of three. . .) Making Good Things Better (just before the fifth, and last, paragraph in this section, beginning ¿Service need not always. . .¿) Show Off! Closings Close with Thanks Close with Round Robin or Talking Stick Close with a Reading Close with a Slogan References Chapter 12: Taking the Measure of Your Success: Painless Assessment that Pays Off Making The Most Of Assessment: The Payoff Getting Started Begin with the End in Mind Fast Forward to the End Collecting Statistics and Stories: Documenting In Book Club Tips for Collecting Statistics and Stories Listening for Insights and Opinions: Feedback Analyzing and Reflecting: Evaluating Making Sense of What You See Reporting: Helping Others Make Sense of It, Too Use Teens to Demonstrate Results Put It in Writing. . . A Final Thought Appendix A: Book Club Values Appendix B: An Array of Book Club Back-up Questions Index About the Editors
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Young adults libraries -- Activity programs -- United States.
Book clubs (Discussion groups) -- United States.
Teenagers -- Books and reading -- United States.
Reading promotion -- United States.
Young adult literature -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- United States.