National Read a Book Day is celebrated annually on September 6th. It is a day dedicated to encouraging and promoting the joys of reading. On this day, people are encouraged to set aside time to read a book of their choice, explore different genres, or engage in reading-related activities.
National Read a Book Day serves as a reminder of the importance of reading in our lives. Reading offers numerous benefits, including expanding knowledge, enhancing imagination, improving vocabulary and language skills, reducing stress, and fostering a lifelong love for learning.
Starting a company book club is a great way to encourage professional development and foster personal growth as a team.
Start by gauging interest among your colleagues or employees. Send out a company-wide email detailing the amount of time they'll have to read the book and the date of the book club discussion. Then, take a poll to determine how many people are interested in participating in your book club.
To encourage maximum participation, consider establishing a longer timeline for completing the book, without multiple discussions throughout, so that everyone can manage reading at their own pace.
How to get started 👉 Send your team a Google Form to gather information from your employees that would like to participate!
Once you have an idea of the number of interested participants, gather their preferences regarding the types of books they would like to read. Consider creating a shortlist of genres or specific books and have members vote for their preferences. This will help you choose a book that appeals to the whole team.
Consider a variety of factors such as genre, length, and accessibility. Skip the Harry Potter or dense history books, it's a good idea to choose a book that sparks interest and discussion while being relatively accessible for everyone to engage with.
Here are some examples of books that would be great for your office book party:
How to get started 👉 It may be difficult for the book lovers in your office to find a copy at their local library. Once you've chosen a book, give your employees a gift card so they can purchase their own copy!
Using a Slack channel to discuss the book throughout the month of reading can be a fantastic way to keep the conversation alive and inclusive for your team's varying bandwidth. To encourage active engagement, create a dedicated channel specifically for the book club discussions.
Create threads within the channel for each chapter or section of the book. This allows readers to delve into specific parts of the book without spoiling plot points for those who may be behind on their reading.
In addition to chapter-specific threads, consider having general discussion threads where participants can share their overall impressions, favorite characters, or overarching themes of the book once they've finished.
With a communication channel, employees can engage in ongoing discussions, share their thoughts in an organized manner, and respect the reading pace of others, which means that all participants can actively participate in the book club discussions throughout the month.
How to get started 👉 Create an employee book club Slack channel with threads where people can discuss chapters throughout the month of reading.
Hosting your virtual book club discussion on National Read a Book Day can make the event even more special and celebratory:
How to get started 👉 Turn your discussion into a Lunch Party!
Starting an office book club for National Read a Book Day is the perfect way to foster a love for reading, promote intellectual discussions, and create a sense of community among colleagues.
So, gather your coworkers, select an intriguing book, and embark on a literary journey that will not only expand your knowledge but also deepen the connections and engage employees within your office. Happy reading!
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