SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Librarians from throughout the state met at Scotch Plains Public Library to lay the groundwork for six new book clubs for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Library staff members, working with local volunteers will operate weekly book clubs in cafes and bookstores in their communities through NCBC4NL (Next Chapter Book Club for New Jersey Libraries).
NCBC4NL is funded through a contract awarded by LibraryLinkNJ – The New Jersey Library Cooperative to Scotch Plains Public Library, which has successfully run two Next Chapter Book Clubs since 2008. In 2014, the six New Jersey libraries that will start book clubs with assistance from Scotch Plains Public Library, are: Camden County Library-Voorhees, Cherry Hill Public Library, Eastern Branch of Monmouth County Library-Shrewsbury, Middletown Public Library, Wayne Public Library, Woodbridge Public Library.
At the all-day meeting, 30 library workers participated in a workshop led by Next Chapter Book Club founder and program director Tom Fish and program manager Jillian Ober. They are now in the planning and recruitment stages for their clubs. More information about NCBC4NJL can be obtained by contacting Pamela Brooks at Scotch Plains Public Library, and at http://www.scotlib.org/2014/02/next-chapter-book-club-goes-statewide or http://librarylinknj.org/projects/NCBC4NJL. General information about Next Chapter Book Club can be found at: http://nextchapterbookclub.org/
A program of The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, NCBC was established in June 2002 to provide adolescents and adults with IDD – regardless of reading ability – the chance to be members of a book club.