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duPont-Ball Summer Clubs are Here!

Below are descriptions and intro videos for eight virtual clubs and interests groups members of the duPont-Ball Library team have decided to run this summer. Pick one (or more) that fits your passions, then sign up to join us for fun online discussion! All club meetings will take place in Microsoft Teams. See blurbs and videos below for further details.

YA book club – Dani Pleines

Hey fellow Anarchists. Do you miss going out into the world and wreaking havoc? I have the perfect way for us to pass time while we’re stuck inside our lairs: read Archenemies, the second book in Marissa Myer’s trilogy, Renegades. We’ll have three meetings, every other Friday, to discuss ideas like character motives, plot predictions, and fun hypotheticals, like our fantasy cast for a Renegades movie! All Stetson-enrolled (Summer/Fall) book club members will receive a complementary  Archenemies eBook and Cultural Credit. So join us now! Email dpleines@stetson.edu with subject line “Book Club” to sign up.

History of Stetson University club – Kelly Larson, Sue Ryan

The Stetson History club will meet every other week to discuss various topics in campus history. Archivist Kelly Larson and Dean Sue Ryan will be on hand to answer all your questions, show you some of the treasures in the archives, and even quiz you on a bit of Stetson trivia! Meetings will occur every other Thursday at 3:30 PM starting on May 28th. Email kllarson@stetson.edu with subject line “Stetson History” to sign up.

Film club – Elizabeth Martino

Stuck at home and burning through your to-watch list? Join us in movie club to discover some new favorites and reexamine old classics.  This summer we’ll look at coming-of-age movies, why they hold such significance for us, and talk about our personal favorites.  We’ll pick a different movie to watch before every meeting on alternate Fridays, starting May 29th and running through July 10th. Films are available to Stetson students and employees for free through the library’s streaming services. Grab your popcorn and let’s talk movies together! Email ecmartino@stetson.edu with subject line “Movies” to sign up.

Theme parks club – Chris Finkle

Theme parks are fascinating nexus points of overlapping disciplines – art, engineering, commerce, cuisine, logistics, performance, and so much more. Their history stretches back a century and their footprint spans the globe, but the seat of their power is just an hour away in Orlando. Come discuss the triumphs, failures, and idiosyncrasies of the parks with other fans! There will be five meetings, every other Thursday from May 21st to July 16th. Email cfinkle@stetson.edu with subject line “Theme Parks” to sign up.

Creative writing club – Kelly Larson, Chris Finkle

Nothing is more valuable for polishing your writing skills than working in a community of other writers. Guided by three weeks of poetry prompts and three weeks of fiction prompts, we will discuss our own and each other’s writing, culminating in a showcase week at the end of summer semester. Meetings will occur every Wednesday at 1 pm. Email cfinkle@stetson.edu or kllarson@stetson.edu with the subject line “Creative Writing” to sign up.

Paranormal club – Debbi Dinkins

The duPont-Ball Library’s Paranormal Club will discuss ghosts during the summer 2020 session. Specifically, we will talk about the popularity of ghosts and ghost hunting as a form of entertainment. Club members will watch examples of television shows about ghost hunters, psychics, celebrity ghost experiences, and then discuss. Discussions may challenge your beliefs about life after death and the existence of ghosts. Additionally, we will talk about how some ghost hunting celebrities have leveraged their fame into other industries such as the travel industry and product endorsement. Club members will help guide discussions.

The Paranormal Club will meet virtually during the summer session. Four meetings are planned but more may be scheduled during the semester. The first meeting is Tuesday, May 26th, at 7 pm. Email ddinkins@stetson.edu with subject line “Paranormal” to sign up.

Binge-watching club – Jennifer Corbin

The Binge-watching Club will discuss the phenomenon of binge-watching and we’ll do some binge-watching. Club members will recommend their favorite shows and share information about where they go to find out about upcoming series and release dates for new seasons. We will talk about what re-watching favorite shows means during a lockdown. Other topics of discussion may include the pros and cons of various streaming services, streaming services available through libraries, the popularity of re-watch podcasts, and staying healthy while binge-watching. The group will choose a show* to binge-watch individually and discuss it at our final meeting. Email jcorbin1@stetson.edu with subject line “Binge Watch” to sign up. This club will meet 4 times on Thursdays, June 18, June 25, July 2, and July 9 from 4 pm to 5 pm.

Requirements: must have access to Netflix.

*Tiger King is not an option.

 

Conspiracy Theory Club – Bijan Fallahi and Colette Cacciola

 

Are we being lied to about the origin of the coronavirus? Did forces within the US government assassinate JFK? What really happened at Roswell? If you have a burning passion to unearth the truth, or, you know, are mildly curious and have nothing better to do while practicing social distancing, grab a tin foil hat and join our discussion! We will have five meetings, every other Friday from May 29th  to July 24th. Each meeting will cover a specific conspiracy theory. Email bfallahi@stetson.edu or ccacciol@stetson.edu  with subject line “Conspiracy” to sign up.

Join the Virtual SF Book Club to Discuss HG Wells’ “The War of the Worlds”!

In difficult times, fiction can provide an escape – or hold up a mirror to the challenges we face. Read about a nation under siege from Martians and discuss how our own situation compares!

This special virtual edition of the duPont-Ball SF Book Club will meet online in Microsoft Teams at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 – about two weeks from now. Email cfinkle@stetson.edu with the subject line “Book Club” for information on how to participate.

H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds is a classic work of science fiction that invented the “alien invasion” genre. It has been adapted dozens of times, including in a famous 1938 radio drama by Orson Welles that may or may not have incited mass panic. The book (available for free here) will take a quick reader only about four hours to get through, and the radio drama (available on YouTube here) is only an hour.

On April 23, we will gather online to discuss the themes and legacy of the story. Cultural Credit will be offered to participating students! Once again, sign up by emailing cfinkle@stetson.edu with the subject line “Book Club!”

Join the YA Book Club for Cultural Credit and a Free Book! (4 Spots Left, Now Virtual)

Join the library’s YA Book Club this semester as we read Renegades by Marissa Meyer.  Contact Elizabeth Martino at ecmartino@stetson.edu to sign up.  We have four books left so sign up soon.  (We can mail the book to you if you are off campus.)  The YA Book club meeting will be held virtually on Friday, April 24th, at 2 pm.  Participation is limited to 15 people and a free book will be provided to participants.  This is a cultural credit event.

Innovation Lab Workshops – Cultural Credit Available!

Sign up for one of our Innovation Lab Workshops, where you can learn about how all the exciting tech in the Innovation Lab applies to your life and studies! Learn about 3D printing, 3D scanning, VR, and much more – plus, you can get Cultural Credit!

Spots are limited, so be sure to sign up early via LibCal. Click here to sign up!

UPDATE 3/16/20: In order to comply with social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this event has been cancelled for the rest of the semester.

(Note: only one cultural credit per student, so don’t sign up for more than one time. They’re all the same event.)

Vote on the Spring SF Book Club selection!

This semester, the library will be running two book clubs – the Speculative Fiction Book Club meeting in late February, and the YA Book Club meeting in April. Now is your chance to vote on which book the SF club will read!

“Speculative Fiction” is a catch-all term referring to fiction that contains elements that do not or could not exist in the real world. It encompasses Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, and more besides – and many of the genre bending books on this shortlist include all those elements as well. Read the descriptions and place your votes now! Signups to join the club will open soon.

Stetson’s Haunted History Tour (Register Today!)

 

Guide for tour: https://guides.stetson.edu/HauntedHistory2019 


Register here today for our Haunted History Tour of Stetson! This brief walking tour will allow you to experience the most haunted places on campus!

We’ll tell the tales of tragedy, romance, murder, and mystery which have haunted Stetson students for ages. We’ll explore the fact and fiction of Stetson’s ghostly legends.

The tour will take place Wednesday, October 30th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. We’ll start on the library steps for our tour around campus. Make sure to sign up today!

https://guides.stetson.edu/HauntedHistory2019 

Get a FREE BOOK with the duPont-Ball Book Club! (UPDATE: Waitlist only)

The people have spoken, and this semester’s Book Club book will be I Shall Wear Midnight, by Terry Pratchett!

The book club meeting will be held in the library on Monday, November 11th at 6:30 PM, so please do not sign up if you will not be available to attend this event. The meeting will feature discussion, food, and cultural credit.

We have fifteen copies of the book to give out to the first fifteen applicants. All you have to do is email cfinkle@stetson.edu with the subject line “Book Club” to sign up! You will then receive instructions on how to retrieve your book.

I Shall Wear Midnight is a novel of Discworld. “As the witch of the Chalk, Tiffany Aching performs the distinctly unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone—or something—is inciting fear, generating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Tiffany must find the source of unrest and defeat the evil at its root.”

Vote on the Fall duPont-Ball Book Club book!

The duPont-Ball Book Club is returning this fall, and you get to decide what book we’ll read! Take a look at the descriptions in the poll, then vote for your favorite here. The winner with the most votes by this weekend will be available for free for the first 15 people to sign up for the book club, who will then come to the library to discuss it later in the semester!

If the poll doesn’t embed properly for you, you can also access it here. Voting ends Friday at midnight!