Let Us Help You Expand Your Outreach Efforts

“Keeping older adults connected to community is important for well-being. Libraries are well poised to help in this area by hosting book clubs. Time is short for all of us and help with developing and implementing book clubs is a fantastic idea. I think this is a great program.”

— Debbi MacLeod, Director, Colorado Talking Book Library
Colorado State Publications Library

The Guide to Forming Book Groups for Older Adults is “. . . a comprehensive guide for those who are just embarking on this kind of library outreach.

— Christy Wagner, Outreach Coordinator, Ela Area Public Library
Lake Zurich, Illinois

“Sounds great. Can’t wait to get started!”

— Elaine West, Smith County Public Library
Carthage, TN

In reference to the discussion guide for A Man Called Ove:
“Wow, this is great. So thorough, and makes it so anyone can lead. Brava!”

— Monica Wood, author of The One-in-a-Million Boy


Every day, libraries are challenged to make greater connections to the community, to serve all members of a diverse population, to reach readers wherever they live — and to do all this with tighter budgets, less staff or time, and all the while taking on new technologies and cultural demands.

Thorndike Press is pleased to offer a new program that is intended to make one small piece of that challenge a little easier. Based on a successful model from South Portland Public Library (ME), the Senior Book Group program offers tools that will make it possible for anyone with a love of reading, a bit of energy, and a little support from the local library to establish and lead a book discussion group for older adults.


  • A step-by-step guide based on best practices for forming a senior book group. The guide gives tips for approaching a partner site, facilitating a book group, finding sponsors and promoting your success.
  • Current, popular and book club worthy titles. All titles are available in multiple formats: large print, regular print, and Talking Book/audio.
  • Discussion guides, for each title, with carefully curated and edited discussion points, references and ancillary materials specifically compiled for a senior audience. These tools can make this often-daunting idea a reality in your community.
  • Four large print titles shipped quarterly at 25% off list price. Annual program price, with discount, will be about $408. Additionally, all program customers can order multiple large print copies at even more savings. Ask your sales consultant for more details.


The discussion guides for each title are geared toward an older, more life-experienced reader. Our Collection Development Librarian often works closely with the author to create guides that reflect character experiences rather than typical book discussion guides. Some of the discussion guides contain original material provided by the author and many include a quirky resource sure to entertain.

Each guide includes:

  • Customizable table talker
  • Book summary (which can be used to present titles for selection)
  • Author biography
  • Character lists
  • Additional resources — various interviews and articles available in written and video formats
  • Facilitator information, facilitator questions, and notes to the facilitator
  • Discussion questions
  • Questions for reflection while you read
  • And more . . .

The handbook and book discussion guides will be an invaluable tool in establishing book groups for older adults in your community.