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Well-Read Book Club


The Well-Read Book Club is a learning experience where state employees can learn, discuss and explore new ideas, concepts, and skills together. This learning opportunity creates space for employees to take a deeper dive into relevant topics in the workplace such as leadership development, productivity, bias, inclusion, employee well-being, and more. The purpose of the book club is to foster exploration, connection, and collaboration among state employees with the intention to apply new knowledge and skills in their workplaces.


The Well-Read Book Club provides several offerings throughout the year, these book series consist of individual reading and group discussions of a selected book. The number of meetings, and credit hours will depend on the length of the book. Employees discuss each selected reading during one-hour virtual meetings utilizing Microsoft teams. Each participant enrolled in a book series will receive a reading/discussion schedule and study guide to assist employees in learning and discussions.

In addition, each book club series will have a private, online forum to give participants a chance to virtually connect, discuss key concepts and share learnings with each other throughout the entire book series. Please note: Participants are responsible for obtaining the book, we recommend you utilize your local library.

How did it all start?

The Well-Read Book Club started in 2019 as a group of employees interested in reading and discussing books together about health and wellness topics.

What are some of the books that have been read?

  • Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon, PhD. 
  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  • The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD & Elissa Epel, PhD. 
  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  • Leading with Emotional Courage by Peter Bregman
  • Hope Rising: How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life by Casey Gwinn and Chan Hellman
  • Just Work by Kim Scott
  • Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

What to expect in the future?

Currently, the OMES Learning and Developing team is developing a Book Club Toolkit and Resources for other leaders and employees interested in facilitating a book club with their teams and/or at their agencies. Please view the OMES Learning and Development Course Catalog to find the upcoming Well-Read Book Club series.

Last Modified on Aug 23, 2023
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