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Allison R
3030 Poplar Ave.
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Winter Update

the project

Let’s start a weekly book club for adults with disabilities at the library!

Books are a great way to learn about different ideas and experience different worlds. Reading is a hobby that a lot of people take for granted, and I want to make sure that people with disabilities have the opportunity to explore this interest. By allowing people of all reading levels to attend the book club, I am providing an inclusive environment to encourage reading enjoyment. Participants don’t need to be independent readers (though they are welcome!) because we will be reading books aloud, chapter by chapter, every meeting.

In order to be affiliated with Next Chapter Book Club, I will attend their July 15th training and learn their best practices for leading book clubs for adults with disabilities. This training also allows me to train other volunteer book club leaders, and provides the start-up books and supplies for the club.

the steps

Attend a training of Next Chapter Book Club on July 15, 2016.

Start the book club!

why we're doing it

My name is Allison Renner, and I am a semester away from graduating with my Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman’s University. All of my studies have focused on providing library services to people with disabilities. I also have five years of experience volunteering and working at SRVS, in their learning center for adults with disabilities. I have led art classes, one-on-one writing workshops, and arranged activities for the individuals, both in and out of the center. I have been hosting a monthly storytime at the Randolph branch of the Memphis Public Library and Information Center for almost a year now. Sharing stories and crafts with this population has been fun and enlightening for everyone involved, but I want to do more. This book club is a good starting point.


Disbursed Budget:

$425 for training

$350 for travel expenses (gas and lodging) 

$190.74 for books and supplies

If travel expenses are less than expected extra funds will be put towards the book budget.

RAISED = $1,078.00
less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $48.29
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $28.97

Original Budget:

1) $425 for Next Chapter Book Club training in Columbus, OH on 7/15/16

2) $400 for travel expenses (lodging and transportation) for the training

3) $375 for books and supplies for one year of club meetings


SUBTOTAL = $1,200
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $60
Donation Processing Fee (3%) $36



Winter Update

We have a great club of 4 members meeting at the Cordova Panera in Trinity Commons (714 N Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN 38018) on Wednesday mornings from 10-11am. We will meet December 14th, then break for the holidays and meet again in the New Year.


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I would love to start another club at a different time and location to accommodate more members. Post suggestions and like the Facebook page for more information: Next Chapter Book Club - Memphis

Join the Club!

Next Chapter Book Club will be meeting at the Cordova Panera in Trinity Commons (714 N Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN 38018) on Wednesday mornings from 10-11am. Like the Facebook page for more information: Next Chapter Book Club - Memphis

Looking for Volunteers and Participants!

Instead of posting updates on my personal blog, the book club now has its own home on the web: Next Chapter Book Club Memphis on Facebook. Please check it out, share some posts, and spread the word!

I am working on getting clubs set up at the Cordova Branch Library. There will be one for teens and one for adults. I'm looking for volunteers who would like to help out in the book club - one hour a week reading along with a small group of people with disabilities. I am also looking for participants who will be able to attend every meeting so they won't miss out on any good parts of the books! Please visit the Facebook page to volunteer!

Thank you!

Training Attended!

I attended the Next Chapter Book Club training this past Friday, July 15th. It was such a great session - I made incredible connections around the country and came away so inspired and determined to start these book clubs. There will be a bit of a change from how I have been running the library book clubs so far this summer, because I learned some methods that will help the clubs sustain themselves.

I will keep updating this page as things happen. For now, check out all the love in my latest Thank You newsletter!


I am blown away by all the support (financial and emotional) for the book club for people with disabilities! I am honored to be surrounded by such generous people who recognize the need for this program in our community. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who donated and supported this cause, who spread the word to potential donors, who posted a link on their Facebook page, and, most importantly, who got the word out to people who want to participate in the club!

I'm so excited to attend the Next Chapter Book Club training next Friday and bring back great methods for leading the book club, to ensure that everyone involved gets the most out of their experiences.

Thanks again!

Ice Cream Fundraiser

Last Friday I hosted an ice cream fundraiser at the SRVS Learning Center, and we raised over $200! Thank you SO much to Ms. Carol, the most awesome director and friend, for helping out with the fundraiser and making it possible. It was such a success that we're having another one this week! I hope these fundraisers help us meet our goal.

Thank you to all the individual donors as well. I appreciate your support so much, and have already bought a set of Charlotte's Web books for us to read together! We are starting, slowly but surely.

Making Progress!

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! I am astounded at how many people donated to support this project. It inspires me that people believe in this book club. We still have a lot of money to make, so I'll be holding ice cream fundraisers at SRVS to raise more money, and donate it to ioby in turn. Please continue promoting the fundraiser and the book club itself to anyone who might be interested.

Thank you again for your support! I appreciate it more than you know.


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Kim
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • SRVS Learning Center Fundraiser #2
  • In honor of TBB
  • Anonymous
  • Aunt Betty and Uncle Lee
  • SRVS Learning Center Fundraiser
  • yART Sale
  • Anonymous
  • Barbara & David
  • Astrid
  • May Belle
  • Cheryl
  • Diana Fedinec
  • Frank Renner & Family
  • Tyler & Cindy Hampton
  • Anonymous