"After taking some time to consider whether I might do a good job of it, I signed on. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The good cheer and affection that go around the table as we read and talk are pure sunshine.”
Laurie Abramson, A volunteer Club Facilitator in New York City.
What is the first step to facilitating Next Chapter Book Club meetings?
Complete and submit this inquiry form. If there is an active club nearby, we will contact you within two business days to let you know how to connect with it. If there is not, we will begin exploring opportunities for starting a new club in your neighborhood. We also recommend that you talk to the head librarian of a public library near you and ask if they would consider offering Next Chapter Book Club to their patrons with disabilities. If they are receptive to that idea, please encourage them to contact us.
Who can facilitate Next Chapter Book Club meetings?
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Next Chapter Book Club. While Program Coordinators launch and manage our network of clubs, Facilitators devote one hour each week guiding the actual meetings (in some instances, one person serves in both roles). Facilitators come from all walks and stages of life and include students, family members of individuals with disabilities, and retirees looking for an opportunity to make a difference.
What does a Facilitator do?
Each club meeting has two Facilitators. They guide the members in making book selections and other decisions about the club. They are knowledgeable about our Standards of Practice and have learned strategies for engaging readers of all levels, including those who cannot read at all.
Is training required to become a Facilitator?
Yes. All of our Facilitators receive online training, which includes a club demonstration, so they will be comfortable and effective guiding a book club for individuals with a variety of reading levels and abilities.