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Tele-book Club

A new Book Review Club has been launched in Birmingham for Library Services at Home's (housebound) members.


The book review club takes place once a month at an agreed time in the afternoon. The meeting place for the book club is in the participant's own home.

Each member uses their own telephone to listen and chat with the other members. There are no charges made to the telephone bill and the telephone call is private and confidential.

The reading group has been meeting since March 2008 and involves eight Library Services at Home members, with one taking the role of facilitator and one member of library staff on hand to support the group. The facilitator and staff member undertook 2 hours of telephone training that was provided by Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) and the Community Network Organisation to familiarise themselves with how the teleconference works.

The books reviewed so far are The Tenko Club by Elizabeth Noble, The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom and Jumping to Conclusions by Sarah Challis. The current book is Faithless by Karin Slaughter. The discussions last around one hour.

All of the members have a laminated sheet with the groups photographs and names on to give the teleconferencing chat a more friendly and personal feel. At the end of May a coffee morning took place at Library Services at Homes base in Erdington (see photographs). This enabled several members of the group to meet each other face to face in a welcoming and relaxed environment.

This teleconferencing book club has been made possible with the help and support of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) and the Community Network Organisation.

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