Launching Your Silent Book Club
Ready to launch an official chapter of your own? Here are the steps to get up and running:
Find a location. Each SBC chapter is unique to its community: some meet in bars or coffee shops, others in bookstores, libraries, and even outdoors in a park—weather permitting. Alcohol is not required, and you can host it on any day of the week that works for you. Once you find a spot you like, we recommend doing a test run with a few friends to see how the location feels on the evening you have in mind. Consider the noise level, reading light, and crowd, and ask the staff if this is the usual scene on that day of the week.
- Reach out to the manager of the venue to make sure they are open to having a no-host group meet in the space. Some questions to ask can include whether there is an area you can reserve, if they are okay with creating individual tabs for people at the same table (you don't want to split a bill), and if they are open to having you publicize the event on social media. Most of them will say yes, but it's always a good idea to ask.
Set the date. Are you already a member of our Facebook group? Once you have a date and venue, please create a Facebook event from the Silent Book Club group page and it will be shared with our members and added to our event listings. If you're not on Facebook, not to worry. You can submit your event info directly to our website. We will add the listing to our calendar.
Get your swag on. If you're based in the U.S., send us your mailing address and we will mail you an event kit with bookmarks and table signs to use at your event. If you live outside of the U.S., you can download free PDFs to print. Click here to request a kit. Finally, don't forget to order coasters and cocktail napkins to add some bookish bling to your book club.
Photo by Bekka Palmer