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Reading Groups focus on reading magazines, books, newspapers and online articles from local websites such as These groups meet twice a month. They are divided into low-intermediate, high-intermediate, and advanced reading material. Some groups may include children.

Tuesday Low-intermediate reading group

Reading Level
The low-intermediate reading group reads classic, award-winning, and modern American novels written for upper elementary school age students. We generally read about 50 pages of the book before each meeting, so it usually takes about 2 months to read each book. The books are usually available at the Ann Arbor District Library or you can buy them. During our meetings, members take turns answering questions and discussing the book. We always offer drinks and snacks, as well as time for socializing.

Although we say that children are welcome, most mothers find that (if their children are old enough to walk) they can’t focus on the group discussion and their children at the same time. So really, it’s great for mothers with infants, but not for most children older than 1 year who move around a lot. But it also depends on if your child will be able to sit quietly for 2 hours ????

Meeting Schedule
Our group meets every other Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We usually meet from October to June each year, and sometimes continue through the summer months.

Other Notes
It’s fine to come to a meeting even if you haven’t read all the “assigned” pages. There are always people who haven’t read as much as the others, and we always have lots to share and ask.

Intermediate (high) – 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Reading skills
This group uses intermediate to advanced fluency in communication. Members are expected to read 50-60 pages of a book (fiction or non-fiction) before each meeting (usually two weeks apart – the 2nd and 4th Wednesday morning of the month). Unfamiliar vocabulary, grammar and idioms are often discussed.

What books
Group members suggest the books to be read and vote on them, resulting in the final choices for the year.

The meetings take place in the members’ homes with refreshments and great discussions.

Intermediate (high) “Mystery Book Reading Group” – 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM,

Mystery reading group
The Mystery Book Reading Group is a high-intermediate English level group for those of us who love to read light mysteries and be entertained during the process. We’ll read around 50 pages as homework, which we’ll talk about at the meeting each time, and we’ll try to finish each book in one to two months.

Discussions and comments during the two-hour meetings will be based on the assigned reading material, thus encouraging newcomers to practice their spoken English language. We will meet at members’ homes, which will provide an informal and relaxed atmosphere to improve English among friends.

Children up to 15 months are welcome. This group will meet every other Wednesday. Maximum number of members: 20. The leaders will welcome and contact new members with additional information.

Advanced Reading Group, 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.

Group information
A friendly reading group of 12-14 intermediate to advanced English readers.

Meeting schedule
We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday, October-May from 12-2 p.m.  Optional summer outings and socializing.

Reading list and location
We generally read one book a month and members take turns choosing a book and leading the discussion.  We meet at least two times on each book.  Members take turns hosting in their homes and providing refreshments.

Advanced Reading Group, 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 12:00 – 2:30 P.M.

Advanced Reading Group
This year’s group is specifically designed for women interested in reading and discussing a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books (we typically cover the gamut!). We will be covering both American literature books and foreign literature translated into English.

However, given the advanced subject material, participation will require advanced English/fluency skills to fully engage. We will meet in members’ homes twice per month during the day for a light lunch and book discussion, usually on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month (times and dates to be confirmed).

Members of the group take turns hosting and/or providing refreshments and leading the discussion for each meeting’s book/topic area. All books should also be readily available at local libraries for check-out.