"What on earth is going on?"

Robin Zebrowski

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, Beloit College

"Reading literature in the workplace is a bonding experience: everyone is a bit lost and they’re all trying to figure out what on earth is going on in the story beyond the surface level. But as they start to figure that out, they suddenly find connections to their own lives and their own experiences. We use stories to ask questions about the nature of what it means to be human."

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I launch Books@Work in my workplace?

For many reasons! You can do Books@Work to improve team effectiveness, to build a better workplace culture, as part of a wellness initiative, or as a diversity & inclusion effort. But you can also do Books@Work just because. Find out more here.

I want to launch Books@Work in my workplace. What do I do?

Fill out our inquiry form with information about your company, your needs and what you hope to accomplish with Books@Work, and we’ll go from there.

How is Books@Work different from a book club?

Our programs are facilitated by a university professor and rooted in scientific learning principles. Readings are carefully chosen to foster high-quality connections. Read more here.

What do former participants and employers say about Books@Work?

Read stories from our programs and hear directly from our participants here and here and here.

How much does the program cost?

Up to $5000 for a full program, including books, professors and administration, pro-rated as appropriate. Find out more here.

How long is a typical program?

Most programs last three months with participants meeting weekly for one-hour sessions, although we can tailor the program to meet group needs. Find out more about the nuts-and-bolts of the program.

Can I try Books@Work before I commit to a full program?

We are happy to work with you to try out the program at a pro-rated rate. We recommend four hourly sessions to explore the program’s power and continuity. Contact us to design the right pilot for you.

I’m an employee. How do I get my workplace to do Books@Work?

Make a case for why Books@Work fits your organization’s objectives and culture. We will be happy to help. Find out more here.

I’m a professor. What does it take to facilitate a Books@Work program?

Books@Work professors identify a great text, are keen to focus on discussion and remain flexible and open. Does this sound like you? Find out more here or get in touch.

Why is Books@Work a nonprofit?

First and foremost, Books@Work is driven by a social mission to bridge educational divides – at work and in the community. Read more about our mission.