For the third year running,  National Reading Group Day will take place as part of IBW, held this year on 29th June, the first day of Independent Booksellers Week (29th June to 6th July) – click here to download last year’s National-Reading-Group-Day-A-Guide 2012.

Do let us know if you have plans with your local library, or for National Reading Group Day.

National Reading Group Day was one of BA President Jane Streeter’s key objectives for 2011 and we are building on the success of the 2011 and 2012 campaign this year.  It’s not necessarily about booksellers starting reading groups, or even running groups in the shop, but about capitalising on the current huge grassroots affection for Reading Groups in the UK.  Many booksellers run groups in or through their shops, but others simply supply local reading groups with copies, or help with recommendations.  There are many ways in which you can engage with your local reading groups, which are an excellent route into the wider community.  Once you have established a Reading Group Community, you can hold events, literary lunches or even walks and trips, based on the Group, or on what they are reading.

You can now download a National-Reading-Group-Day-A-Guide 2012, as well as a template leaflet NRGD – Reading Groups Flyer for promoting your shop to Reading Groups locally, and we are pulling together information from publishers on their own reading group resources.

Visit www.readinggroups.org – you will see their promotion of National Reading Group Day, and also a wealth of information about reading groups, books, and the reading group community.  It’s a fantastic resource, and we’d encourage you to use it.

  1. Register your own shop reading groups on the site.
  2. Encourage your customers to register their reading groups on the site.
  3. Make contact with your local library and see if they run reading groups – think about how you might cross-promote your activity and how you might get a library reading group into your shop.
  4. Use National Reading Group Day as a launchpad for a joint bookshop/library event, inviting all library and bookshop reading group members to a big joint event.
  5. Let us know of any existing – or planned – joint bookshop/library activity in your community.  We would love to build up a bank of Reading Group Case Studies that we can use in future years.
  6. Create a local competition to find the most popular Reading Group title of the year.
  7. Think about using the IBW Book Award Titles as Reading Group choices

If you’d like to participate, or if you have ideas to share about Reading Groups and your own activity, please do emailmeryl.halls@booksellers.org.uk, or sharon.benton@booksellers.org.uk

More than anything, use the Day as a reason to engage with your local Reading Groups, and see where it takes you!