Home > Book Club Activities > Community-Minded Ideas

Community-Minded Ideas

By: Hsin-Yi Cohen BSc, MA, MSt - Updated: 16 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Community Activities For Book Clubs

While most book clubs were started with the intention of discussing books many evolve into enjoyable social gatherings and as members get to know each other, many become keen on the idea of other activities besides book discussions. Group outings and themed nights are popular alternatives – but another option would be to organise a community-minded event together, in particular sharing their love of books with others.

So here are some ideas:

  • Donate used books to the “camel bookmobile” in Kenya! This is a camel-borne library that operates from Garissa in Kenya’s isolated Northeastern Province, close to the Somalian border. The mobile library brings books to the semi-nomadic people who live in the bush, coping with drought, famine and chronic poverty. Carried on the backs of 12 camels which travel to 4 settlements a day, 4 days a week, the books are laid out on grass mats under acacias trees and the excited locals come to choose their books, which can be kept until the next visit. Ideally, books need to be in English or Swahili, the main languages of Kenya. This amazing library was launched in Feb 2007 and has received donations of books and money from generous book lovers, from libraries to publishers, businessmen to authors. A novel has just been released about this initiative, called “The Camel Bookmobile”.

  • Organise a garage sale with items from all the members and donate the profits to a chosen charity.

  • Each member brings a childhood book and all can be wrapped up and donated to a local school, library or children’s charity.

  • Surprise someone outside the reading group with a gift of a book that your book club has read and enjoyed.

  • Help the National Literacy Trust – this is an independent charity dedicated to promoting literacy in the UK. On a national level, literacy is important for educational achievement and economic advance whilst on a personal level, it raises self-esteem and helps develop your individual potential. The charity’s mission is to promote literacy as a valued part of everybody’s life, whatever their age group, so that everyone has the reading, writing and communication skills needed to help them achieve their goals.

    • Organise a sponsored event to raise funds for literacy or a chosen charity. The event can be an experience linked to a recently read book, which members may not have tried before – for example, organising a kite-flying competition after reading Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner”.

    • Use one of your meeting times to volunteer as a group at the local soup kitchen or shelter. See if they accept book donations and bring along some books that residents might enjoy.

    • Plan a suitable parent-child book title for one of the months and bring kids along to one of the meetings, to take part in discussions.

    • Organise a book collection in the local area and donate to a women’s shelter. In particular, look for books for children and books that provide good escapism for women.

    • Especially just before Christmas and other big holidays, get together with the group and suggest books that make good presents for others outside the club. Spread your group’s love of reading by encouraging reading in others!

    • Ask all members to prepare a meal or food item that can be donated to a local charity, shelter or food bank.

    • Make a donation of money or books to a charity in your book club’s name.

    • Start a book club for the younger members of the book club members’ families, e.g. the sons, daughters, niece, nephews or grandchildren.
    Alternatively, you could have a discussion one meeting to get ideas from other members on things the group could do for the community. You may find things suggesting themselves out of books the group has recently read or from each member’s individual experiences.

    You might also like...
    Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
    Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

    If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

    Title:
    (never shown)
    Firstname:
    (never shown)
    Surname:
    (never shown)
    Email:
    (never shown)
    Nickname:
    (shown)
    Comment:
    Validate:
    Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Akito da Dancer
    Re: The Top Ten Famous Authors
    WHERE IS STUART GIBBS!? HAS NO ONE EVER READ THE FUNGUNGLE SIERES!?? THE SPY SCHOOL SCHOOL SIERES!? DOES EVERYONE KNOW WHAT I'M…
    20 November 2020
  • Rona
    Re: Ten Tips for a Successful Book Club
    Does anyone here who would like to donate books in the Philippines? please let me know
    10 October 2020
  • Carol
    Re: Book Club Rules and Standards
    I need advise please. Is the below statement correct, the lady that runs our BC says it is. But l can find no where that proves…
    30 July 2020
  • igor
    Re: The Top Ten Famous Authors
    This list is so anglo centric as to be laughable. The remarks that accompany their names are less than informative; consider Ayn…
    26 July 2020
  • kennyJ
    Re: Book Clubs for Teenagers
    Hi, I am also looking for a online virtual book club, which my son can participate (like zoom etc), is there any out there?
    11 July 2020
  • Someone
    Re: The Top Ten Famous Authors
    Is this suitable for children? - I don’t think so . . .
    30 June 2020
  • Percy Fan (Duh)
    Re: The Top Ten Famous Authors
    Hold on a sec! Where on earth is RICK RIORDON !!???? Have no one here has read his books? Percy Jackson? Magnus Chase? Carter? woah…
    24 June 2020
  • Ajay Kumar
    Re: The Top Ten Famous Authors
    Hi i have done so many Television Shows and films i have articles of news. Can anyone help me to wrote article on wikipedia
    13 May 2020
  • geofrnd
    Re: The Top Ten Famous Authors
    Philip Pullman? scott f. fitzgerald? harper lee? where are the famous authors????????
    11 May 2020
  • Sarina
    Re: The Top Ten Famous Authors
    Where is roald dahl? He is a famous children book writer including matilda and charlie and the chocolate factory!
    6 May 2020