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Our patrons respond best to the theme, not to the science bookclub label. When encouraging them to participate I talk about everyday experiences connected to the book, remind them there will be a book summary, describe our science partner and her role, and let them know we will serve a light supper. Maybe the light supper is the main attraction (LOL). Seriously, I try to customize my promo conversations to their interests and to make some connections between them and the topic. It does mean that I need to know enough about my patrons to make these links. I still find some reluctance from specific patrons who rarely attend library programs…not sure that I can ever overcome that resistance but we sure try hard!