You're invited to join a book clubHave you ever thought about joining a book club but decided not to, or have dropped out of one for various reasons? If so, then joining the Friends of the Library Book Club might just be the answer for you.
By: Michelle Saffel, Friends of the Library, Alexandria Echo Press
Have you ever thought about joining a book club but decided not to, or have dropped out of one for various reasons? If so, then joining the Friends of the Library Book Club might just be the answer for you.
In the past I’ve belonged to a social book club, and while enjoying the socializing time with friends and neighbors, there were several reasons that it was not a good fit for me. Now that I have experienced both a social book club and the Friends Book Club I can share with you some of the benefits of the Friends:
• Minimal cost. Rather than having to spend $10 to $20 each month on a new paperback or hardcover book, the Friends Book Club costs just $4 per quarter for Friends of the Library members, or $5 per quarter for those who are not members. The library provides the books for our book club each month.
• Hate cleaning your house before hosting book club? The Friends Book Club meets at the library in the conference room so no one is taking turns hosting it at their house, having to clean beforehand, or having the worry of providing food and beverages.
The Friends of the Library Book Club started late 2003 as a partnership between Friends of the Library and Community Education, and eventually became just a Friends of the Library organization.
There are 18 people on our roster with an average attendance of 10, so the group is big enough to generate good discussion.
At the end of each discussion we rate the book from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest) and keep track of our ratings.
We pick a year’s worth of books at a time, and a lot of effort goes into this. Throughout the year we keep a list of recommended books. Toward the end of the year, someone from the group volunteers to access the library’s system and determine if there are enough books available for our group.
We try to ensure there are enough books within the system so that everyone has a chance to check out a copy during the month.
When looking at the recommended titles, we also try to pick something from every genre so we are not stuck on the same type of book, like you might be if you are just reading on your own.
Genres include classic, historical, biography or autobiography, mystery, recent bestsellers, and we have chosen several Minnesota authors.
A list of our upcoming books are: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, Last Letter Home by Vilhelm Moberg, The Master Butcher’s Singing Club by Louise Erdrich, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, Infidel by Ayaan hirs Ali, Innocent by Scott Turow, and Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah.
We meet on the fourth Monday of every month (excluding holidays when it is changed to the third Monday). Please join us!