|Sent on:||Sunday, May 27, 2012 12:31 PM|
1. Thanks to Helen for moderating our last book club discussion. Discussing a compendium of jokes was surprisingly slippery -- even for a subject (philosophy) that has managed to inspire discussion for millenia -- but managed to be quite interesting. Thanks also to Sindi for coordinating the venue.
2. The July Poll is up. Please vote if you're planning on attending in July. I'll close the poll on Wednesday.
3. Last year I attended a meeting facilitation workshop that was very worthwhile, illuminating and helpful. The same instructor is holding another similar workshop -- if anyone is interested, this is a skill you can use in the book club and beyond..The Art and Science of Meeting Facilitation Meetings can be inspiring, hellish, or somewhere in between. The quality of a meeting depends a lot on good facilitation. Facilitators aren't supposed to run the show, and they do more than keep track of who wants to speak. In this course, you'll practice some steps, tools, techniques and approaches that can help you effectively facilitate meetings. Opportunity will be given for some participants to receive feedback on your facilitation technique. 1pm - 5pm, Sat. June 30. Register: http://tlc.oise.utoronto.ca/Summer_Institute/Registration.html. 4. Beginning in September, our club will be sponsored and hosted by the Toronto Reference Library. This means that the library will offer us space once a month, on the dates below -- mark your calendars. The Elizabeth Beeton auditorium is on the first floor, holds up to 70 people, has ample movable seating, and a room divider so we can break into two groups if necessary.
Tues. Oct. 30 Beeton West
Thurs. Nov. 22
Wed. Feb. 27
Wed. Mar. 27
Thurs. Apr. 25
Wed, May 22
Wed., June 26
The main change is the time, as the library closes at 8:30, so we will likely be starting earlier. There are several pubs nearby If members want to meet afterwards for a drink and socialize.
People may bring food and (non-alcoholic) drinks to consume during the meetings.
As a condition of the sponsorship, the meetings must be open to the public as they will be advertised by the library outside of the meetup group. People still have to join the meetup group in order to vote in book polls and post comments and receive notices. We cannot charge admission but can ask for a small donation to cover the meetup website admin cost, currently $12 a month. We will need to moderate the meeting.
Also, a librarian will be doing a 5 minute intro at the beginning of each meeting to introduce new and exciting non-fiction books arriving in the library's collection.
That's all for now. Thanks for the book suggestions on the discussion list -- keep posting.