Community Development

Book Clubs:  A Gathering of Community Members

To some, there is nothing better than a good book.  It’s even better when you find someone who has read that book so that you can discuss and analyze it, or even ask questions about plot lines that you didn’t understand.  A book club has all these and more.

WHERE TO START

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The library, of course, is the logical place to start.  Anything that has to do with books can be found in the library.  Unfortunately, with the advent of a hand held reading device, a library may become obsolete.  The “old school” readers often frown upon the electronic books because they like the feel of a book in their hands when reading.  Whichever reading medium you choose, you can still meet at the library for your discussion.

A posting in the library, on its website and Facebook page, word of mouth…are ways to get readers involved in a library book club.  Many times libraries have rooms available for the public to use, free of charge, so this would be the perfect location.  A librarian or community member could lead the group.

COFFEE SHOP BOOK CLUB

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Many coffee shops have very quiet, introspective, and stay awhile vibe so they are another perfect place to have a book club.  Many coffee shops have a public bulletin board where they encourage postings of community gatherings.  This is a place where information of the book club could be posted.  More likely than not, they won’t mind having a group meet at their location because they will be making money when members buy coffee and baked goods.

Some coffee shops encourage volunteerism by their workers so a barista may volunteer to run the group.  It would probably be best to ask the manager first about hosting the book club.  If they don’t support it, you could advertise that you will meet there and then find another location for the discussion.

YOUTH BOOK CLUB

Youths that are excited about reading should be supported in their passion.  Any way to support or host a youth book club should be encouraged.  Notices can go out through schools.  Notices can be posted in libraries.  During the summer, book clubs can be offered through community camps.  Some communities require community service hours for high school students so book club leader would be a perfect job for a high school student who loves reading and working with children.

Teachers may offer this before and after school as an enrichment program.

WORKPLACE BOOK CLUB

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Another great community in which to start a book club is the workplace.  It can bring together co-workers who don’t know each other very well, but who share a love of reading.  It is a great way to spend time with colleagues in a non-work related situation.  The fact that it is not focusing on the work you do, makes it more relaxing.It can also give you a great opportunity to bond and get to know each other.   Anyone can lead the club and books could be voted on.   A different co-worker could lead each meeting and the meeting place could be at the workplace or at someone’s home.

HOME-BASED BOOK CLUBS

Of course, a home-based book club is also a great choice.  Getting together with friends and discussing a wonderful book can be a great gathering.  Friends of friends can be invited, thereby growing a community and introducing people who may not know each other.  Since there is a focus on the gathering, it can be easier for less outgoing people to speak and get to know others.  Throw in some coffee, wine, or a potluck and you a great get-together.

How To Start A Yoga Community

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Yoga means union in Sanskrit.  It is the union of many different ideas, events, movements, and beliefs.  It was originally instituted as a Hindu spiritual discipline but has been transformed into a worldwide lifestyle that brings peace, love, and health to the multitudes.  To establish a community of yogis (practitioners of yoga) is to establish a community of peace, love, and togetherness.

 

HOW TO START

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Yoga has become a mainstay in all towns and cities across the country.  There are probably multiple yoga studios within a close radius of your home right now.  There are a plethora of free how-to videos on the Internet.   You can also purchase DVDs online and in many stores.  There are tons of resources out there; you just have to decide which one to use.

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Running Clubs For A Healthier Community

 

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If you have ever gone on a run or run in a race, you know the feeling of complete exhilaration when you finish.  There is nothing like it; it makes you feel invincible.   Anything that makes you feel that good should be spread to others.  Even if you have never run a step, you can give it a try.  Every journey starts with the first step.

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How Music Can Bring A Community Together

 

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It is said that music is the universal language.  It matters not what language a song is sung in, everyone can get up and dance with smiles on their faces; enjoying the tune and reveling in whatever cultural the song comes from.  Since many cultures can be united with music, it is sure to bring a community together no matter where someone comes from nor status in life.

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