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. First, check our website to see if there is a chapter near you. 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 day or 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.
Set the date. Once you have a date and venue, please submit your event details directly to our website. We will work with you to create a Facebook event for your meetup, and we will add the listing to our calendar.
Get your swag on. If you're based in the U.S., 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., we'll send you a link to download free printable PDFs. You can order additional swag in the Silent Book Shop.
Spread the word! Read our tips for promoting your event.
Photo by Bekka Palmer