Start a book discussion group for children at your library

“Summer Reading at New York Libraries” has been expanding their partnership with the New York Council for the Humanities to include exciting new training opportunities for librarians. The first opportunity, which was held in June and announced on our blog, “Summer Reading News,” trained 70 librarians throughout the state on how to start and maintain a quality Summer Reading book discussion group.

Presented and created by Erika Halstead from the New York Council for the Humanities, the webinar focused on training librarians to develop a “Big Idea” for discussion and start activities that trigger further discussions in the book group. Librarians walked away from the webinar with definite insight and enthusiasm for starting a book discussion group or adding to an existing program.

The visuals and text from the presentation are available at the following link: You can click through with the arrows or use the “More” tab to view it in full screen. 

The link is also available on the New York State Library Development website at, along with other helpful training information.

Be sure to stay updated all summer long by reading our frequently updated blog “Summer Reading News” and by liking our Facebook page, “Teen NY!”


One Response to Start a book discussion group for children at your library

  1. Deandre Rollings December 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    Hi Nikki thanks for the comment. It’s great to get feedback and know that the info is helping families across Cape Town! If you find any other good free outings be sure to come back and leave a comment!

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