Bring a new element to your book club offerings by trying a book to art club. The official Book to Art Club was created by The Library as Incubator Project, and was designed as a way “to find hands-on, creative ways to engage with literature.”
A book to art club is perfect for crafty book lovers, but it would work for any book club looking to branch out a bit. If traditional book clubs haven’t taken off at your library, perhaps this would be the perfect way to engage other readers. As the Club page says “the process of art-making is more important than the product,” so you don’t have to worry about being a skilled artist.
The book to Art Club has a list of titles that have already been read for past clubs, and it also includes upcoming titles. Each book has a Pinterest page of related art to help inspire you. There are several titles with cross-over appeal that would appeal to kids and teens as well as adults. There isn’t much overlap in their selections and the book club kits available at the State Library, but a little research on Pinterest goes a long way when it come to craft ideas. And you can always upcycle weeded books into works of art!
Whether or not you follow along with their suggestions, there is a Facilitator’s Guide available to walk you through the process of hosting a book to art club. There are ideas to get you started, but feel free to adapt it to the needs of your library.
Have you tried alternate ways of engaging your book clubs? Have any of them involved art? Share your ideas in the comments!