The new year is here, and your Book Club Launch is only weeks away!
You could start in February, but the first few weeks of school are crazy for children and their parents. If you plan to host your Book Club somewhere in the last two weeks of each month, you'll be fine - but think about whether you want to have a Christmas Party at the end of the year. Too close to Christmas is too stressful for everyone.
After trial and error, I began the book clubs in March of each year - (on the first Thursday of the month). It missed out a busy February and we got to have our Christmas Party before the silly season really got underway.
- What to bring. Start with something simple for the first bookclub of the year. Ask members to bring their favourite book they have read over the holidays.
So now you have your notice out for new members, you should let all your current members (from the previous year), know when your next bookclub is and what to bring. I would email them in a newsletter type format (Mailchimp is great for this - and free to use).
The first activity for the year would always be a Classics Quiz. I used different questions every year to keep things fresh for my current members.
See below for an example of a Children's Book Classics Quiz.
See you next time!
Many stores will have 'After Christmas' or 'Happy New Year' Sales - which won't just be on Christmas items.
Use this time (if you have time), to stock up on goodies for your Tween Book Club Tray.
At the very least - use it as an excuse to go shopping! Who knows what bargains you may find for yourself, while you're planning ahead.