Loudoun County Public Library (LCPL) has developed programming aimed at reaching adult community members with physical and intellectual disabilities. The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) was established after a discussion about how many adults with disabilities are living in, but are not really part of, their communities.
NCBC is based on a model developed by the Ohio State University Nisonger Center and is presented in partnership with The Arc/Paxton Campus. The program offers bi-weekly opportunities, rather than an occasional outing, for people with intellectual disabilities to read and learn together – regardless of reading ability. Through NCBC, they have the chance to be members of a book club and discuss what they're reading in a relaxed community setting. The NCBC members determine practically all aspects of the group, including what book to read, how much they want to read and where they meet. NCBC members are learning, making friends and having a lot of fun. Several library systems throughout the country now offer the NCBC, including the Scotch Plains Public Library. Staff from LCPL contacted Scotch Plains for assistance and support. The library won the 2015 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for Libraries for their program.
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Loudoun County (Ohio) Public Library offers a book club designed for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.