Location

Room 1002

Type of Presentation

Panel (1 hour and 15 minutes presentation total for two or more presenters)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

What happens when an English professor and a librarian share their love of books and reading? A campus book club is born. Many students associate reading with what happens in the classroom or studying towards a specific goal. They don’t see the power of reading for enjoyment, entertainment, and pleasure. Stephen Krushen, in The Power of Reading, defines free voluntary reading (FVR), as “reading because you want to: no book reports, no questions at the end of the chapter. In FVR you don’t have to finish the book if you don’t like it. FVR is the kind of reading most of us do obsessively all the time.”

Each semester, the Florida State College at Jacksonville Downtown Campus Books and the Big Screen Book Club focuses on a book which also became a movie. Most students have seen the movie, but in many cases never realized the movie was based on a book. The book club promotes discussion and engagement among a wide variety of students – adult education, ESOL, and college-credit. Students are free to participate in the monthly face-to-face meetings or join in the discussion through the Blackboard Community.

This presentation will cover goals, format, title selection, and marketing of a campus book club.

Presentation Description

This presentation will cover the goals, format, title selection, and marketing of a campus book club. Presenters will discuss what students see as the benefits of participating in The Books and the Big Screen Book Club and cover how the book club has adapted to meet the needs of the students.

Session Goals

Participants will better understand how to organize and implement a campus book club based on their institutional resources.

Session Objectives

Participants will be provided tools and examples of how to implement a campus book club.

Keywords

Collaboration, Partnership, Reading, Adult Education, ESOL

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Sep 29th, 12:15 PM Sep 29th, 1:30 PM

Books and the Big Screen: The Book is Always Better

Room 1002

What happens when an English professor and a librarian share their love of books and reading? A campus book club is born. Many students associate reading with what happens in the classroom or studying towards a specific goal. They don’t see the power of reading for enjoyment, entertainment, and pleasure. Stephen Krushen, in The Power of Reading, defines free voluntary reading (FVR), as “reading because you want to: no book reports, no questions at the end of the chapter. In FVR you don’t have to finish the book if you don’t like it. FVR is the kind of reading most of us do obsessively all the time.”

Each semester, the Florida State College at Jacksonville Downtown Campus Books and the Big Screen Book Club focuses on a book which also became a movie. Most students have seen the movie, but in many cases never realized the movie was based on a book. The book club promotes discussion and engagement among a wide variety of students – adult education, ESOL, and college-credit. Students are free to participate in the monthly face-to-face meetings or join in the discussion through the Blackboard Community.

This presentation will cover goals, format, title selection, and marketing of a campus book club.