Business book discussion program announced in Dover

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(Delaware Division of Libraries)

A new program offered by the Job Center@Delaware Libraries will give business and career professionals the opportunity to discuss what they’re reading, share ideas and expand their professional networks.

The monthly program, called Business Reads,  at noon and at 5:15 p.m., will be held the first Wednesday of every month.

“Business and Career Professionals can share their thoughts about the books and articles that interest them and hear about what their peers are reading too,” said Dr. Annie Norman, state librarian. “This is a great opportunity for men and women in business, government, and non-profits to share and expand their knowledge base and to build a stronger network and community of practice.”

Norman will serve as one of three facilitators for the sessions. Joining her will be Dr. Theresa Del Tufo, owner of Del Tufo Consulting, and Lisa Weis, a manufacturing specialist with the Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership (DEMEP).

Unlike many book discussion groups, Business Reads will not ask participants to read a particular book each month, Norman said. Rather, the hope is to foster free-flowing discussion on books, articles, and web resources that participants find interesting, so several topics can be explored at each meeting and attendees may be inspired to read and explore books and resources that others recommend, she said.

Delaware public libraries offer a wide range of books and other resources that can help anyone with an interest in business, from job-seekers to CEOs. “If reading about business is your passion, then you can ‘geek it’ at your local library,” Norman said.

As the Business Reads program is established in Dover, the Job Center@Delaware Libraries will use videoconferencing to broadcast sessions to other libraries in the state in 2013, Norman said.

Registration for the Business Reads program is suggested, but not required. To register, send an email to events@lib.de.us. Participants in the noon session are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch.

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