The Power of Presence Book Circles

To harness the inherent power of Suncoast families and strengthen the parents who shape them, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR), with support from The Patterson Foundation, facilitated a series of book circles open to the community to explore The Power of Presence, written by Peabody Award-winning author Joy Thomas Moore.

SCGLR kicked off its first Power of Presence event on January 31, 2019, hosting Joy Thomas Moore and more than 200 book circle passionaries who wanted to explore how to “be the voice in a child’s ear even when you’re not with them.”

 

Since the book circles began, nearly 1000 people from local businesses, nonprofits, government, and the media have explored the 22 different short stories from single moms shared in the book and came away with their own takeaways and A-ha! moments. A toolkit on how to replicate this Book Circle initiative in your own community is available at http://bit.ly/30R81vRPowerOfPresenceToolkit

 

 

The #PowerOfPresence book circles have were so meaningful, we extended this opportunity into the summer months.

 

Related Material:

The Power of Presence Book Circle Discussion Guide

This guide provides questions designed to spark conversations.

The Power of Presence CÍRCULO DE LECTURA GUÍA DE CONVERSACIÓN

Esta guía le proporciona preguntas diseñadas a desencadenar conversaciones.

The Power of Presence: The PULSE Newsletter #1

What happens when you connect more than 200 community members, dedicated staff & a Peabody author?

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Book circle leaders gathered at the library to discuss how they could strengthen their book circles.

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Book Circle leaders are taking the conversation on The Power of Presence to social media.

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Book Circle leaders are using interactive techniques to engage participants.

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Kayla Terrel & Angie Matthiessen share how their Book Circles are inspiring each to be present.

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Book Circle Leaders and Participants Spread the Message of "Presence!"

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Book Circle members share how the "Lessons from a Lioness" resonate with them in a powerful way.

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Book Circles adopted a Round Robin format to engage in critical thinking and reflection.

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Book Circle participants resonate with Presence of Faith and Presence of Heart

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Book Circle members value the strength of a “pride.”

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Book Circles build and strengthen support systems.

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Mealtime together supports and strengthens relationships

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The Suncoast Celebrates The Power of Presence Book Circles!

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What parent footprint do you want to leave for your children, grandchildren, etc.?

Joy Thomas Moore, the author of The Power of Presence, wants readers to engage with their children.

Joy says she isn’t a parenting guru, it was more trial-and-error than anything.

When talking about her book she explains, “I didn’t want to present myself as an expert because I wasn’t, I was an experimenter along the way.”

Despite her humility, the insights contained in Moore’s 2018 memoir, The Power of Presence, have inspired more than 1000 locals to join book circles and study how to “be a voice in your child’s ear even when you’re not with them.

Moore’s book, which she described as “part memoir, part self-help, part inspirational … a love letter to single moms” is an encouragement to all mothers to be “lionesses” and have each other’s backs.

Sounds pretty great, right?

Here’s more cool news. Thanks to the generosity of The Patterson Foundation, each participant will receive a FREE copy of the book!

If you are interested in being part of this movement, time is running out, but it’s not too late. Click here to learn more.