The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) is a community-based literacy and social program for adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Book clubs include five to eight people with a wide range of reading skills and abilities. Club members gather with two volunteer facilitators in local bookstores and cafés to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour each week.

Much like members of any other book club, NCBC members choose the book they want to read and how they would like to structure their club. NCBC members read adapted classic novels (i.e. Little Women and Treasure Island) as well as current, popular literature. NCBC members are learning and making friends and having a lot of fun doing it!

There are over 20 Next Chapter Book Clubs meeting each week in the greater Columbus area. If you would like to get involved as a book club member or volunteer facilitator, or if you would like to operate a NCBC program in your community, contact Jillian Ober.

Get Involved in the Columbus, Ohio area:

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Jillian Ober, MA, CRC
Program Manager
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
285C McCampbell Hall
1581 Dodd Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

614.685.6718 (p)
614.366.6373 (f)

Program Info Sheet [PDF]

NCBC Member Intake Form[PDF]


If you live outside of Columbus, Ohio and would like to get involved in NCBC, visit:


In The News

The April, 2014 issue of Woman's Day magazine featured Next Chapter Book Club in their Community Spotlight.

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Next Chapter Book Club short story grant featured in “DD Quarterly” summer issue

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center’s Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) program is featured in an article and photo on page 8 in the Summer 2011 issue of the Ohio Developmental Disability Council’s “DD Quarterly” newsletter.

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