Next Chapter Book Club

Next Chapter Book Club

A Model Community Literacy Program for People With Intellectual Disabilities

Book - 2009
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Woodbine House
The groundbreaking, nationally recognized Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) provides rewarding learning and social opportunities for hundreds of people with intellectual disabilities. This new guide shows you how to use the innovative NCBC model to set up a successful book club where members read aloud together, improve literacy or read for the first time, and make lasting friendships as they discuss books every week at their local coffee shop or bookstore. Developed in 2002 by Tom Fish and his colleagues at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, the NCBC program now boasts more than 100 clubs. Clubs include five to eight members – all ages and literacy levels are welcome -- and discussion is facilitated by two trained volunteers. Much like other book clubs, NCBC members choose how they want to structure their club and which books they want to read. This book covers all aspects of sponsoring, organizing and implementing a book club in any community. Facilitators get title suggestions, learn how to manage their group, use strategies to initiate or improve reading skills, and encourage social interaction. NCBC also provides ongoing training and support to facilitators. A handy CD-Rom provides several dozen key forms and templates, such as Member and Facilitator Intake Forms; End-of Book Survey, and Scale of Literary Skills. The enrichment of the NCBC experience continues to exceed the expectations of everyone involved; no club has every disbanded! In addition to improving their reading skills and making friends, participants become connected to their community because they go regularly to a social meeting place where all kinds of people gather. Don’t wait to set-up a book club in your neighborhood –The Next Chapter Book Club tells you how. It’s easy and fun. Teachers, parents, social service providers and prospective members will want a copy.

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Fish (with Ohio State U.) and Rabidoux helped found the Next Chapter Book Club for readers with intellectual disabilities, which now has branches all over the country. The text provides case studies along with guidance for starting a branch of the club. Chapters discuss how the club categorizes readers' literacy levels and the roles the following players: program coordinators, affiliates, members, facilitators, host sites, and families and support staff. Book group strategies and reading lists lists are discussed, as are evaluation and advertising. The appendix contains sample documents. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House, c2009
ISBN: 9781890627799
Branch Call Number: REF 367 FIS
Characteristics: xiv, 199 p. :,ill. ;,29 cm. +,1CD-ROM (4 3/4in.).


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