This spring, Membership Outreach revived a Junior League of Washington tradition – book club. A prior book club led by Esprit ended in 2003, but member feedback brought it back!
The online sign up that initially had space for 25 members filled up within 15 minutes after going live. It was expanded to 75 to accommodate the wait-listed members, and it kept growing until 284 members expressed interest.
Members were placed into 30 groups of ladies who either indicated preference in the same literary genre or geographic location in the metro area, based on survey responses they provided upon registering. For fun, each group was assigned a notable female author like Ann M. Martin, Margaret Mitchell or Lucy Maud Montgomery as a sort of “mascot” for organizational purposes.
Each group decided what books it would read. My group started with Rules of Civility, but I plan to add some of these selections from other groups to my summer reading list:
- Bringing up Bebe
- Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
- The Cookbook Collector
- The Social Animal
Editor’s note: One of the best things about the Book Club is that it promotes League Literacy. Whether you are interested in chick-lit or the New York Times’ books of the year, you can find a place to read your favorite books, discuss them with League friends and socialize in a fun setting while promoting reading. It’s another way to help us stay excited about our literacy goals in the D.C. community!
*Missed out on signing-up for Book Club this spring? Don’t worry, sign-ups will be available again in the fall!