Some communities are temporary; some are more permanent. Every single time I have served on a book selection committee, a community has formed. Many of us still stay connected (Sisters of the BCE) and still talk "shop" about books. My classes are temporary communities where we are connected by some common purpose for a semester. However, there are alumni of our program who still talk books every time we meet. I guess it is hard to let go of a community completely. After all, we were connected through our mutual love of books and reading. That does not dissipate even though the opportunity to come together and meet is more rare.
Some communities are FTF; some are online; some are hybrids. Karin Perry and I just began an online course we are offering through YALSA on Reading with a Critical Eye. We will be connected for 6 weeks in an online format. However, a few months ago we had the chance to meet one of our former "students" and catch up with her. And while I love (and prefer) FTF, having a way to connect online allows me to be a member of so many more communities. The more the merrier.
So, we have noted 5 virtues thus far. In the next couple of days, we will complete the 7 virtue blog posts. However, I do not think we have nearly scratched the surface of the virtues of books and readers. It is a wonderful world to live in.