Looking for a legit book club where people actually talk about the book? Join us for Collingswood Reads, the Collingswood Public Library’s very own Book Club!
Adults and teens are welcome to gather in the library’s Peter Childs meeting room to discuss the monthly book pick, meet neighbors, and munch on snacks. We read a variety of genres, including mystery, fantasy, historical fiction, and science fiction, not to mention selections from nonfiction. We invite you to come share your thoughts and hear others’ perspectives as well.
Book club meets once a month, typically the fourth Wednesday of the month, from 7-8 PM. To check the schedule, which occasionally varies due to holidays, ask our staff or visit the library’s events calendar at www.collingswoodlib.org/eventcalendar.
Our next book:
Collingswood Reads book club meets on Monday, October 1st at 7pm. Join us to discuss Word by Word by Kory Stamper. Word by Word is our town book for the Collingswood Book Festival.
Many of us take dictionaries for granted, and few may realize that the process of writing dictionaries is, in fact, as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography, from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it, to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language. She explains why small words are the most difficult to define, how it can take nine months to define a single word, and how our biases about language and pronunciation can have tremendous social influence. And along the way, she reveals little-known surprises—for example, the fact that “OMG” was first used in a letter to Winston Churchill in 1917.
Word by Word brings to life the hallowed halls (and highly idiosyncratic cubicles) of Merriam-Webster, a startlingly rich world inhabited by quirky and erudite individuals who quietly shape the way we communicate. Certain to be a delight for all lovers of words, Stamper’s debut will make you laugh as much as it makes you appreciate the wonderful complexities and eccentricities of the English language.
October 24th – Were’d you go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
November 28th – Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
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