This week, at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago, Little Free Library announced the new theme of our Action Book Club, “Many Voices,” which celebrates diversity, our differences, and the similarities that connect us all. To kick it off, we’re providing free books from our recommended reading list to ten new groups that sign up to be Action Book Clubs.
Signing up your group is easy—just fill out the simple form here. (Book winners will be chosen at random from sign-ups through July 15; limit ten copies per group. All groups that sign up will receive a welcome kit.)
The Action Book Club is an international program of the Little Free Library nonprofit organization that melds reading with social engagement. In a twist on the traditional book club, the Action Book Club invites participants to read and discuss books on a particular theme, then take part in group projects to benefit their communities.
“Our last theme, ‘Good Neighbors,’ inspired nearly 300 groups from around the world to join the Action Book Club, and we believe we can build on that momentum,” says Todd H. Bol, Founder and Executive Director of Little Free Library.
Key to the program is that groups submit their Action Book Club story when they complete a community project. “The strength of the Action Book Club is sharing our stories together,” says Bol. “It’s the beautiful voice of books and community in action to make things better; it’s showing we can make a difference. There are 60,000 Little Free Libraries around the world—can you imagine 60,000 Action Book Club stories inspiring a ripple effect of good deeds?”
The recommended reading list for the “Many Voices” theme includes selections for every age group, including Thunder Boy Junior by Sherman Alexie, for young readers; Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, for middle readers; and Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, for adults and advanced readers. The books represent a range of diverse experiences and backgrounds.
“If we only read books by people who look and think like us, we will never grow,” says author Jodi Picoult, whose book Small Great Things is an Action Book Club selection. “To expand our minds, we need to read books by those who challenge our beliefs and who expose us to other cultures and points of view. I’m thrilled that Small Great Things can be part of the Action Book Club initiative.”
Join us for good reads and good deeds—and maybe some free books, too! Gather a group of friends, students, coworkers, or your existing book club and sign up now!