In addition to our national efforts, many stores conduct local programs to benefit their communities. We have highlighted some of these events below. You can also search for local events in your area.
Next Chapter Book Clubs
Each week, our Columbus, OH, store hosts a Next Chapter Book Club in its Café. The book club consists of participants with intellectual disabilities and a wide range of reading skills, along with two volunteer facilitators. For an hour, the group reads aloud and discusses books with the ultimate goal of promoting social connectedness, literacy learning and community inclusion. The book club is one of over 100 clubs that are part of the Next Chapter Book Clubs.
Recently, the store hosted an event for Next Chapter Book Club: A Model Community Literacy Program for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The book is a guide for others that would like to set up a successful book club similar to the Next Chapter Book Clubs. In addition to signing copies of the book, the authors provided additional insight on creating book clubs and discussed the Next Chapter Book Clubs.
Photo: Book club members with a bookseller.
Writing and Healing Experience
Mary Pierce Brosmer, founder and director of Women Writing for (a) Change, visited the Grand Junction, CO, store to lead participating customers in a writing experience and to sign her recently released book Women Writing for (a) Change. The writing experience included a 10-minute writing activity, after which volunteers read their writing and received feedback, which included phrases and images that others had recorded while listening.
Mary believes that through truthful writing, women can heal themselves and then the world. Mary explained to the participants some of the other imaginative exercises, helpful examples, and provocative anecdotes included in her book, which she believes will help enable women to explore their writing not just as a means of individual self-examination and expression, but also as a way to create and impact positive social change.
Photo: Customers participate in the writing activity led by Mary.