When your Action Book Club gathers to talk about the book you’ve chosen, use these questions—or your own—to get the conversation flowing.
- Why is it important to understand and respect other perspectives, views, and experiences?
- Have you ever needed to interact with someone whose views were different from yours? How did it go?
- What would you want people to know about you to understand you better?
- What makes your experience different from others? What could others learn from that experience?
- When has “coming together” benefited you or your community?
Is your Action Book Club group ready to choose a project to benefit your community? Be inspired by one of the activities from the list below or dream up another fitting project to make your neighborhood a better place.
Our list includes actions that directly relate to the theme “Come Together,” as well as actions that more generally spread kindness and build community. Tip: Don’t be afraid to start small!
- Organize a community clean-up day, when your group can pick up trash, remove graffiti, and beautify your neighborhood.
- Donate diverse books that feature children of color to schools, public libraries, or Little Free Libraries in your area.
- Paint a “kindness rock” and leave it for someone in your neighborhood to find.
- Write thank-you notes to neighbors and businesses in your community who are making a positive impact on where you live.
- Donate food, money, or volunteer hours to a local food bank.
- Plant a community garden. At harvest time, invite everyone in the neighborhood to a garden party where they can meet new people, get to know each other, and take home free produce.
- Volunteer to do yard work, house painting, snow shoveling, and other chores for elderly members of your community. While you’re there, chat with these senior neighbors and find out more about them.
- Organize a clothing swap for kids in your area to trade their outgrown clothes.
- Collect new socks and donate them to a homeless shelter.
- Make or buy small gifts for children in local hospitals or family shelters. Or, sign up to help Project Linus, which has delivered more than six million handmade blankets to kids and families in need.
- Volunteer at local schools. Organize a book drive to fill school libraries with new books or a school-supply drive to fill classrooms with new materials.
- Visit the Habitat for Humanity website to find out if there is a chapter in your area. Your group may be able to help build a new house for a family going through a difficult time.
- Explore social justice training opportunities in your area.
- Make “care packages” for people who are homeless and deliver them around your area. The packages could include items like bottled water, granola bars, and kind notes.
- Organize a Meal Train for a new parent or someone struggling with illness.
- Attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to your area by planting native flowers or by making “seed bombs” with beneficial blooms.
- Build a Little Free Library book exchange to place in your front yard or in a community park or schoolyard (with permission).
- Do you already have a Little Free Library? Host an event at your Library, like a book swap, story time for kids, poetry reading, or community get together.
Do you need additional Action Book Club stickers for your group? Print as many official, 2-inch-round stickers as you need using this sticker template. They can be made into buttons, too!
Do you want to learn more about community and giving back? Check out these online resources.
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