"It's such a cool and innovative idea.
As the need and demand presents itself, we add more clubs.”

Kim Nau, a NCBC Program Coordinator from Literacy Nassau, a NCBC Affiliate in Freeport, New York.
They launched their first club in October 2015 and now have 21 clubs.

What is the first step in becoming a Next Chapter Book Club Affiliate?

Complete and submit this inquiry form.  Once it is received, we will reach out within two business days to schedule a brief telephone call.  We believe that personal contact is better than electronic communication for addressing your questions and discussing your plans.  Afterwards, you will be sent a copy of our Standards of Practice and Affiliate Agreement to review.  We require a signed Affiliate Agreement before you can participate in the required training.

Who can join the NCBC Affiliate Network?

We use an “Affiliate” model to offer Next Chapter Book Club to communities all over North America and in other parts of the world.  A NCBC Affiliate is generally a library, social service agency, or a parents group that has signed our Affiliate Agreement, agreed to follow our Standards of Practice, and has designated a NCBC Program Coordinator to participate in our required training.  In some cases, the NCBC Affiliate is a partnership between two or more organizations.  We particularly encourage this approach because responsibilities are shared and long-term sustainability is more likely to occur.

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NCBC Affiliate 4 C's

COMMITMENT

to the NCBC mission

Helping people with disabilities enjoy books, friends and their community.

CONSISTENCY

in delivering NCBC services

Maintaining fidelity to the NCBC program model.

CONNECTION

with the NCBC network

Engaging with other Affiliates and participating in a growing global presence.

COLLABORATION

to maintain program excellence

Increasing capacity to deliver services by working with other organizations.

What do we need to know about the required training?

Organizations and individuals who want to start a Next Chapter Book Club program in their community have two options for meeting the training requirement. A live training session can be arranged (contact us for details and pricing) or a video presentation can be viewed online.

Online delivery of our training content is really a necessity now.  A growing number of organizations from distant states and international locations want to join the NCBC Affiliate network, but the round-trip travel to or from Ohio is not always practical for a half-day training program.

The online video is divided into three modules which can be watched consecutively, or in multiple sessions over a 30-day period. The content is primarily intended for the person designated as the NCBC Program Coordinator, but can also be viewed by others within the Affiliate organization.  A shorter training video for volunteer club meeting Facilitators is provided at no additional cost for 90 days.  A 30-minute follow-up telephone consultation with NCBC staff is also included to ensure that new Affiliates are fully equipped to start their own NCBC program.

How soon after training do we need to launch a club? Do we have to start more than one?

The purpose of training is to equip you with information and inspiration to get at least one club off the ground within 90 days. Many of our new NCBC Affiliates launch a club within a month of training.  Affiliates are not required to start multiple clubs, but many eventually do because there is often more than eight people (the maximum number of members a club can have) who want to join.

What are the main things we need to consider before deciding to become a NCBC Affiliate?

A successful, sustainable Next Chapter Book Club requires these things:

  • A public place to meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis (i.e. library, coffee shop, bookstore)
  • Club members (a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 per club)
  • Club meeting Facilitators (two volunteers per club who are willing to commit one hour per week)
  • Books (generally four sets per year, per club)
  • Training in club meeting facilitation strategies for engaging readers of all levels with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • A Program Coordinator who ensures that each club has a place to meet, members to attend, trained volunteers to facilitate, and books to read.  This role requires approximately one hour per week (once the club is up and running) and can be filled by a volunteer or a paid staff person from the Affiliate organization.
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