Three times a year the Mobile Library Service organises an Adult Reading Group. Books are selected by Jackie using Birmingham libraries vast selection of stock. Jackie co-ordinate’s the books and group, making sure that everyone gets their books at the library stop they visit.
The group is invited to meet and chat to each other about the books they read, asked for thoughts on what to read next and so on. As an added bonus, there is also a guest speaker. Over the years we have had talks from Sue Wilkinson and her very varied entertaining library history; Jonathan Davidson from Birmingham Book Festival with creative writing chat; we've also had authors like Clare Morrall (Astonishing Splashes of Colour), Paul McDonald (Kiss Me Softly Amy Turtle) and Cressida Connolly (My Former Heart). Matt Haig gave the group a copy of Reasons to Stay Alive pre-publication to a get their reviews of his best seller. Local authors Katharine D’Souza and A.A.Abbott have been along to the group talk about their work. This year who knows……
There are 12 members (including Jackie who works at the Mobile Library). Most are the original members but this year we are welcoming two new recruits!
Anyone can join at any of our Mobile Library stops across the city.
The group have in the past been involved in some wonderful events such as the Independent Prize for Fiction, in London they met other Book Groups from across the country. They were very privileged to be invited to read the 6 novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015, and attended the prestigious shortlist event host by Birmingham Literature Festival held at Library of Birmingham Theatre.
All Reading Group members fill out a Review Sheet for each book and these are then typed up ready for the Annual Meeting. Due to the volume of writing involved, the reviews are summarised and copies of these are produced as 'Snapshot Reviews'.