Library Space to Open in Union

book club society members stand with new space

For World Book Day it only felt fitting to spend time with the Book Club Society as they received delivery of their new library space which will be opening soon in the Union.  We spoke with the President of the society, Bethany Spain to find out more about their weekly meet ups and plans for the library

Tell us a bit about where and when you meet up and what the weekly meeting entails?

Book Club meets every Tuesday 5pm-7pm in Poet's Corner on the 4th floor of the Learning and teaching building.  We also try keep the discord active for video calls once a week and we're about to begin movie nights!  Our weekly meetings usually involve an hour of discussion on the book of the week (don't worry! we're very relaxed and you can come along only on the weeks that interest you) and the second hour is more social with updates about upcoming events and general chat about what everyone is reading.

How did the library come about, where will it be based and when will it be available for students to use?

The library has been a goal of the club for a while, we all had books we wanted to share and thought it would be great to share them with everyone! The library will be up on Level 2 in the union in the Tiny Changes area.  It will be accessible whenever the union is open after opening day.

book club members pose with the new library shelf

Pictured from L-R are Jamie Campbell, Lucy Gray, Erin Christie and Bethany Spain posing with the new library unit that will be opening soon

Explain the process behind the naming of the library and how people can have their say?

The library is going to be named after a female Scottish author, we've been collecting names for a week and people will be able to vote for the name here

Why should people get involved with the society?

Book club is very relaxed, and it's helped all of us make friends and rediscover our love of reading.  There are no rules about what we read, just that all members get to vote, and we try our best to cover a selection of genres.  Book club is all about having fun and supporting each other on our book journeys.  We also have some fun events coming up like movie nights!

What book would you recommend for people to try out that the society are currently enjoying?

There's so many to choose from! This semester everyone loved King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E Schwab.  During the summer we're going to be doing a book a month but will also be doing a Percy Jackson read! Since the filming for the TV show begins soon.

To keep up with news on the opening of the library space and to get involved with the society follow them on Instagram