Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg launched the New Year by announcing a challenge: “to read a new book every other week — with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories, and technologies.” His announcement has currently garnered 119,199 likes and 5,502 comments.
Since then he has created a Facebook group entitled “A Year of Books” that will serve as the platform for an international book club where Facebook users will read his selected book every two weeks and discuss it. The group currently has 147,651 likes. His first selection “The End of Power” has already sold out on Amazon according to Business Insider’s Madeline Stone.
I think this provides an awesome opportunity for libraries to jump into the New Year! With so many libraries now offering free online books (I’ve already checked and my library offers The End of Power online) it’s a great way to showcase our collections, facilitate spaces for book club meetings, and contribute ourselves. Maybe libraries can offer a Facebook book club space this year where your patrons can discuss the current literature selection.
What are your ideas for participating in A Year of Books?