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Shout-Out to the Chelmsford Readergirlz!

When I discovered that Tricia at the Chelmsford Library had created a readergirlz book group for her patrons, I was overjoyed. This is exactly what I hope the readergirlz program will inspire -- one of two major hopes, that is:

1) That our online book group will inspire readers to form in-person book groups which meet regularly to discuss the book of the month and other good reads; and
2) That our outreach spotlights and events such as Operation Teen Book Drop will inspire readers to become more active in their community and more aware of their world.

Many thanks to Tricia for sharing her love of reading with her patrons, and establishing a readergirlz book group at her library. Here's a little more about Tricia, in her own words:

"Since beginning my career as a youth services librarian I have been attempting to start a successful book group. I tried everything: traditional book groups, book swaps, genre meetings, etc. Nothing worked. Then a few months ago I had a mini-epiphany -- I should start a readergirlz group!

"For over a year I had been reading along with each month's selection and following all the blog posts. I realized that all of those posted discussion questions would be the perfect way to keep teens engaged between meetings. We would have our fun monthly get-together (using playlists and party ideas from the website, but the participants could also join the discussion online. The promise of author chats provided the icing on an already delicious cake.

"And, guess what? It's working! We have a small, dedicated group (that I'm hoping will grow in size over the summer months) of amazing young women who are now proud readergirlz."

Immediately after I met Tricia (albeit virtually), I put her in touch with the readergirlz divas. Lorie Ann Grover, one of the readergirlz co-founders</a>, had this to say:

"When Janet Lee Carey, Justina Chen, and Dia Calhoun and I first sat in a coffee shop in Seattle and discussed the idea of rgz in 2006, we had a vision. Part of that vision was helping librarians across the country begin pods, or clubs, of readergirlz. We would provide everything we could to make those meetings fun. [It's] a thrill when we hear from a librarian who says he or she has begun a rgz group."

If you have begun a readergirlz group, or are interested in starting one, please let us know! You could establish a public group at your local library, school, or bookstore which is public and open to everyone, or you might opt for a small friends-and-family by-invite-only group and meet in your own backyard (don't forget to wear sunscreen!) or your living room. Then you can all drop by the blog and tell us what you thought about the books, plus you can join the live chats with authors and other readers!

Learn more about readergirlz and discover our current, previous, and future book selections at follow the discussions at at our blog.
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