Category Archives: Issue #7

BIC Book Reviews

Books you should look into for your next Community or All Campus Reads programs.

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Author Interview: Adam Shepard

Adam Shepard author of, Scratch Beginnings, answered questions for Books In Common on his experiences and the impact of Community Reads programs.

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Author Interview: Lisa Bloom

Lisa Bloom author of, Suspicion Nation, took time out of her busy schedule to give insight on her book and speaking engagements for Books In Common.

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Venue Interview: Kitsap Regional Library

Would you tell us a bit about your program?  For instance how long has the Kitsap Regional Library System hosted a Community Reads event, how did it get started, and how has it changed over the years?

One Book, One Community started in 2008 with, To Kill a Mockingbird.  The idea was to gather the community to celebrate National Book Month.  We have refined our criteria over the year and now alternate between fiction and nonfiction titles.  We like a Pacific Northwest connection though that’s not written in stone.  We have a much better response from patrons when we choose a live author who visits the community.  We have also started fine tuning our programming, focusing more on the opportunity to actually discuss the book and hear the author and not so much on tangential thematic programming.

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A Look At: Fredrick Reads

Would you tell us a bit about your program?  For instance how long has Frederick been hosting a Community Reads event, how did it get started, and how have you seen it change since your involvement with it?

Frederick Reads started about nine years ago, in a bagel shop.  Several friends were discussing a recent report that was in the news, stating that the average American adult reads less than one book per year.  (The report was “Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America”, published by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2004).

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Finding Common Ground: Using Themes to Guide your Author Selection

Gearing up for your next Common Reads selection? For most event coordinators, this means winnowing down a long list of titles to a short list of authors, who often write on wildly different topics. How do you choose?  Incorporating a theme can play an integral role in meeting your program’s goals. Instead of considering thousands of books, using a theme can narrow down your choices with titles that help focus the important goals you’d like to achieve with the program. Themes also offer a fresh perspective on your program, additional marketing opportunities, and chances for collaboration with new partners.

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BIC Supported Events

Recent events coordinated with Books In Common.

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