(This description badly needed editing. I haven't time right now. Thanks for understanding.) This is a women's only book club. The modern book group of today is in some ways still a push for women's intellectual autonomy. Think of this book club as a refuge for women who want to cultivate their minds outside of our current culture's norm of watching television or films.
A club of women between their mid-twenties and seventies have been meeting together in the neighborhood for the past three years to discuss books. Adult women of any age may join us. However, it is not an open public drop-in book discussion.
Starting May 2014 there will be a membership fee to go towards the expense of the Meet Up web site. There is a tin on the refreshment table to place membership fees and any additional donation to cover expenses.
Members must RSVP. Please do not RSVP until you are almost certain you will be attending. Then if something crucial comes up and you cannot attend... immediately remove your name. The organizer becomes discouraged when members RSVP that they are coming and then do not show up. This is not acceptable behavior for this particular book club.
Again, please do not sign up as attending until you know almost for certain that you will attend. Go back and remove your name as soon as you find out you cannot attend.
Thank you for understanding.
It is a club that is dependent upon members showing up regularly and taking turns leading the discussions. The discussions are casual, laid back and friendly about the books we are reading. Many of the books are thought provoking and well written.
Our club implements a fun way to stay on task when we are discussing the book. The technique allows for equitable member participation characterized by equity within the time allotted. There is a social time prior to the book discussion and members are welcomed to stay afterwards to continue socializing over the refreshments. Members are encouraged to leave their remaining refreshments so members are more inclined to stay and visit. The organizer has ample platters and bowls for you to use for displaying your healthy refreshment contribution. Getting to know one another on a more personal basis is part of the fun of being a member of a book club. Come early, stay late. However during the discussion itself... we have a fun way to stay on task.
This book club meets in the Saint Paul Hamline-Midway area. This book club may or may not be currently open to new members due to the size of the venue. Due to the personal nature of book club discussions and due to the venues, the club has needed to use the "pending members" format. If you are interested in joining, please do not hesitate to contact the Organizer by joining the Meet Up site or by introducing yourself to the Organizer if you have learned about the club through another member or social setting. You will however be asked to join the meet up site and the book club specifically so you may use the RSVP function. If you do not have internet then you must call Teri to let her know to expect you. And, if for some reason the club meeting is cancelled (like due to a snow storm) she will need to be able to reach you. Joining the Meet Up site online is most likely the easiest way to contact the club and to know whether or not there are any changes to our meeting dates.
Meet Up allows you to use a first name only or an alias name for privacy. New rule: you must post some type of photo of yourself even if it is not a good likeness. The blank images are all the same and it makes it difficult at a glance of the RSVP list to see who is attending. Some members have similar names and so the photo likeness will help the organizer and event hosts to identify you.
After you join Meet Up, go to the Saint Paul Midway Book Club web page and click that you are interested in becoming a book club member. Fill out the very simple question form and send. The organizer will respond to you shortly.
Because the venues are relatively small, it is necessary to use the RSVP method of letting the organizer know if you are showing up to a book discussion. Again, the venues are not large spaces.
We potentially could have a few more members than actually would fit in the venues and so it is crucial for members to RSVP... but not to abuse the RSVP function by not showing up.
For the past three years every member who wanted to attend a particular book discussion was able to attend. (We have never had to use the waiting list function.) This makes reading the book more enjoyable knowing that you will be able to join in on the discussion.
It is necessary to show up pretty regularly to remain a member. It is also a requirement for a member to not abuse the RSVP system by not removing one's name if you cannot attend. A member must remove her name from the list as soon as she knows she cannot make a meeting.
Just as it is important to RSVP that you are coming, it is equally important that if something prevents you from attending, that you change your RSVP so that other members know how many to plan for in regards to snacks, chairs and space. And if there ever is a member waiting list... other members will have an opportunity to attend. Removing your name from the list, if you cannot attend, is a kind and expected courtesy of this particular club. Do not join (or, go back and remove your membership) if you are used to signing up for Meet Ups and then not attending.
Members typically attend one meeting a month to discuss one book at a time during a time of day that is hopefully convenient for that particular member. We all have commitments and priorities. However, as a club we are looking for five to twelve regular members who are open to a monthly meeting or ten to twenty members who are open to attending every other month. Currently the book club is an early-evening club meeting once monthly.
It is perfectly fine to attend only every other month if reading one book per month is too much for your schedule. We will begin to supply a list of three book titles in advance so members may seek out the books and allow for more time to read them.
Once in a while, maybe twice a year, we may have a speaker or social get-together. The social could be a time to bring a female friend (not-yet-in-the-club) to see if that individual would like to join. Please consult with the Organizer beforehand.
The regular book club discussions meet geographically in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul. The address will be provided only to members and never published. New members must speak once via telephone with the Organizer to learn about the location of the book discussion. When you post public messages, please do not mention location by proper names or by address. Occasionally, maybe once or twice a year the book club discussions will have a change of venue due to the organizer being out-of-town. If you have a home in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood that is capable of seating ten women for a lively discussion consider volunteering to host once a year. Recently (2014) the organizer learned there is a way to post the address of the events so only members of our book club can view them. Again do not share the address in any comment or posting anywhere. Thanks.
All members bring simple / healthy / yummy member-provided snacks to each club meeting... enough for five to eight people. Veggies, Salad and Fruit are always a good option. Please do not bring cream cheese spreads or flavored cream cheeses. These do not seem to be very popular.
Don't sweat it. Bring something simple and easy... homemade is always appreciated, but store bought is fine. There is a kitchen near our discussion area for dishes and to heat up snacks if needed. We encourage healthy snacks and/or protein type snacks due to most individuals needing to cut down on sugar and fat.
Some members arrive directly from work and the snacks become their supper. Ideas of snacks: veggies, cheeses that may be sliced and crackers, apples, oranges, grapes, pickles, olives, dip and natural chips or whole wheat pita, salads, again any cut veggies, pineapple, etc. There will be platters, bowls, plates, cups for you to use for setting your snack on the table and also hot and cold beverages. You may bring any type of beverage you wish to share. We used to have too many snacks of simple carbohydrates so be creative and think of something that has protein or is a complex carb or protein. Veggies with a protein type dip are excellent.
The types of books are mainly novels. Sometimes we may like to read a memoir or biography. We read living and deceased authors works, men and women writers and occasionally works that have been translated from another language. Some books we will read will be award winners. The host is open to suggestions that could possibly be added to the list. Remember that if you read a book a month or one every two months and there are other books on the list, it could be several months before we get to your suggestion. Also, regular participation by a member is crucial especially if you have a book you would like others to read.
The structure of time is about a half hour pre-meeting social time, an hour or so of book discussion with a leader (that usually begins with set questions to ponder and that may veer off anywhere), and finishes with another social period lasting as long as convenient to the host.
Over the past three years there have been many new folks joining the founding members. Some discussions have been extremely lively and entertaining. We are a warm welcoming group of women. New to book clubs? Posted on our web site under PAGES there is a book club etiquette guide to help newbies. You may also view past past meet up pages to see what type of books we have read. You may also click on Pages and More once you are a member to see other articles or postings.
Repeat from above: Our club implements a fun way to stay on task when we are discussing the book. The technique allows for equitable member participation characterized by equity within the time allotted. There is a social time prior to the book discussion and members are welcomed to stay afterwards to continue socializing over the refreshments. Members are encouraged to leave their remaining refreshments so members are more inclined to stay and visit. Again if you missed this: The organizer has ample platters and bowls for you to use for displaying your healthy refreshment contribution.
Getting to know one another on a more personal basis is part of the fun of being a member of a book club. Come early, stay late. However during the discussion itself... we have a fun way to stay on task.
This is a casual, laid back, friendly women's book club discussion about the books we are reading. This book club meets in the Saint Paul Hamline-Midway area. Please contact the Organizer if you would like to join.