I’ve sent out invitations to join a summer book club. Today the group has been filled, 8 people plus me. To encourage anyone who is trying something similar, I actually invited 29 people, 8 responded with a positive answer.
I decided to provide the books so we would all be “on the same page” when making citations during our discussions.
I ordered the books from Amazon and, while I was at it, ordered the DVD of To Kill a Mockingbird which will culminate our discussions. When I was checking my orders I realized I had accidentally ordered 2 videos which I then proceeded to cancel. Unfortunately both videos canceled simultaneously and I needed one.
After entering my phone number, Amazon immediately called me. The representative, Miguel, told me he couldn’t add the DVD back to my original order but when I placed a new order he removed the shipping charge. Good customer service.
One interesting feature to the book order is that Amazon would provide me immediately with an ebook version of the first 2 chapters so I could begin reading right away. Which I did.
Instead of having people just heap their books all together on one table at the Book Swap I have divided the books up into categories.
I used 8.5″ by 11″ card stock folded in half for table labels. I hand-printed the various categories and spread them throughout the house.
Since the books will be spread all over the ground floor of the house, including the porch, I’ve made a simple map to guide folks to the various piles of books both for contributing the books they brought and taking the ones they want.
The kitchen, while not housing any books, will be the service area for our food. That’s on the map as well.
We’ve had quite a bit of rain this week so our thoughts of people eating outside has sort of fallen by the wayside as the yard is fairly wet and in some places muddy.
Still there’s plenty of seating in the kitchen, in the living room and in the conservatory.
This morning we’re finishing up the food prep and waiting for everyone to show up.