Workshops on Developing Successful One Book Projects and Conducting Book Discussion Groups

In June 2008 the One Book project will be holding workshops on “Developing Successful One Book Projects” and “Conducting Book Discussion Groups.” Come join us to learn how to successfully plan and implement your One Book project.

Developing Successful One Book Projects
In this workshop you will learn how to

  • Get started
  • Select a book
  • Rally your community 
  • Organize and conduct your project
  • Work with authors 
  • Evaluate your project 
  • Build a sustainability plan

For those starting a One Book project for the first time, the project manager will be required to attend the “Developing Successful One Book Projects” workshop. Project partners are encouraged to attend along with the project manager. 2007 One Book grantees who attended this training last year are invited to attend the 2008 training as new ideas will be offered.

Conducting Book Discussion Groups
In this workshop you will learn how to

  • Select books that are discussable
  • Develop discussion questions
  • Keep a book conversation going
  • Access available resources
  • Deal with “problem” participants
  • Manage common issues that crop up

Attendance at the “Conducting Book Discussion Groups” workshop is strongly encouraged for all One Book grantees.

“Conducting Book Discussion Groups” workshop participants should read the book NIGHT by Elie Wiesel before attending this workshop. This book will serve as the training model for this workshop. When you register for this workshop, the State Library will automatically send you a paperback copy of this book at no charge, mailed to the address you supply when registering. The sooner you register, the more time you have to read the book!

After reading Night, be prepared to discuss the following questions during the workshop:
Q. How would you describe Wiesel’s style of storytelling? How does the author characterize himself, his family and his town?
Q. Eliezer stays with his father, but is separated from his mother and sister. His father later wonders whether he should have declared Eliezer to be younger so that he might have stayed with the women. What turning point is represented by the moment when the family is split?

Important Details about Workshop Registration:

  • Registration for all workshops will close to One Book grantees on May 16. One Book grantees should REGISTER ASAP for each workshop they wish to attend.
  • There is separate registration for “Developing Successful One Book Projects” and “Conducting Book Discussion Groups” workshops.
  • From May 15 – May 23, 2008, registration for “Developing Successful One Book Projects” and “Conducting Book Discussion Groups” will be open to ALL Washington library staff  --  not just One Book grantees -- and available on a first come first served basis.
  • ALL registrants to the afternoon workshop, “Conducting Book Discussion Groups” – whether or not they’re One Book grantees – will be mailed a copy of Wiesel’s book Night.
  • Please note: When registering, be sure to use an address where you may receive the book. If you’ve registered for a workshop with the State Library in the past, the registration database may recognize you and will automatically use the previously supplied information. Please click on “edit” when you register, to make sure you want to use the same mailing address, or to change it.

  • for “Developing Successful One Book Projects”.

    for “Conducting Book Discussion Groups”. 

Handouts and templates to help your One Book project run smoothly and efficiently will be provided at all workshops.

Workshop Dates and Locations

Both locations will offer

  • "Developing Successful One Book Projects" workshop – 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • A catered lunch at no cost to morning &/or afternoon workshop participants – 1:00 to 1:30 p.m.
  • "Conducting Book Discussion Groups" workshop – 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
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