Friday, September 11, 2009

Introducing the Portable Book Club

Despite all the technological advances, conveniences, and entertainment devices bombarding us on a daily basis, regardless of all the hand-held gadgets such as iPods, iPhones, and Kindle and Sony e-readers designed to keep us from getting bored, libraries continue to provide a source of recreation that people of all ages can appreciate and enjoy--technology-free books for reading. After all, what would a public library be without a diverse collection of books to attract people from all walks of life?

Here at the Magazines & Newspapers Center, though we house thousands of periodicals for your pure enjoyment or academic research, we would like to remind you that for you avid fiction readers, there are fantastic electronic resources worth tapping into. For example, you can use our Novelist database to get book recommendations, or if you have children, consider exploring Novelist K-8.

Even better, for those of you who might be interested in reading groups, learn how to start and run a book club. Now, you can check out a Book Club kit as the San Francisco Public Library launches its Book Club in a Box program which "provides an all-in-one check-out for book clubs, with everything in one bag that book clubs need for a great discussion." Book Club kits can be checked out for six weeks and renewed up to three times if there are no holds placed on them. Check them out from the Main Library on the first floor.

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