Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Adult Book Clubs Offer Variety

The Collinsville Memorial Public Library offers a variety of book clubs for adults to participate in.

Members of the International Fiction Book Club, led by Library Clerk Jim K., have ‘visited’ 25 different countries while exploring many innovative techniques for novel writing. Members of the IFBC tend to read authors from outside of the United States, but will feature an Alaskan writer and a Native American author in 2013. According to Jim, “The group varies in size but 15 different people have attended at various times. We are an informal group and no commitment is necessary. The only stipulation recommended is a love of reading literature.” The IFBC meets at 6:30pm on the third Wednesday of each month at the historic Blum House, which is located next door to the library. For more information about the IFBC, contact

For people who’d rather be watching a football game than reading international fiction, the Sports Room Book Club may be a better fit. In 2013, the SRBC will ‘welcome’ Gabby Douglas, Tony LaRussa, Hope Solo, and Tim Tebow. Books that will be discussed in the beginning of the year are Gabby’s new book Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith, Tony LaRussa’s One Last Strike, Hope Solo’s Solo: A Memoir of Hope and Tim Tebow’s Through My Eyes. Theo T., Library Clerk and moderator of the SRBC, summed up the upcoming selections: “It’s an all-star cast that you really want to meet here in the New Year.” For more information about the SRBC, contact

Although the Blum House Book Club is moderated by the Collinsville Library’s Children’s Librarian, Alison D., the club is by no means a book club for children. The BHBC, which typically meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm, has eight fantastic regular members who enjoy a wide variety of literature with the occasional non-fiction title thrown in for good measure. Currently, all of the attendees of the BHBC are ladies between the ages of 32 and 72, but they would definitely welcome a male perspective. In 2013, members of the BHBC are looking forward to reading Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda, and The Fault in our Stars by John Green. For more information about the BHBC, contact

Information about all of these book clubs can be obtained by visiting the library’s front desk, calling the library at 618.344.1112 or by going to
Posted by Jed Robbins, Library Assistant