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Book Discussion Guidelines

Guidelines for the Perry Public Library book discussion groups
  1. Everyone should read the month’s selection before the meeting.  However, you’re welcome to attend even if you haven’t finished the book as long as you don’t mind hearing discussion about how the book ends.
  2. Everyone will be given an opportunity to participate in the discussion.  However, participation is not a requirement.  Listeners are welcome.
  3. The Library’s book discussion groups are meant to be informal, with a congenial atmosphere.  Participants will show respect for all opinions expressed.
  4. Most of the discussion should focus on the book, the characters, and the author.  While it is sometimes necessary to illustrate a point with details from your own experience, the primary purpose is to share our thoughts about the book.
  5. The group discussion leaders will allow the discussion to progress naturally while also keeping it on track.  Please do not feel offended if the group leader concludes your comments to allow someone else to contribute or to move the discussion forward.
  6. Remember there is no right or wrong in the art of literary interpretation.

“But the deeper truth is that the reading group has made reading literature a social event for me or at least allowed the solitude of reading a good book to blossom into a conversation -- even a sort of communion -- with other persons.”

--Patrick T. McCormick, U.S. Catholic, February 1997, pp. 38-40.

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