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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] or [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] or [email protected] with subject line “Conspiracy” to sign up.
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 [email protected] 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[email protected] with the subject line “Book Club!”
Join the library’s YA Book Club this semester as we read Renegades by Marissa Meyer. Contact Elizabeth Martino at [email protected] 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 onFriday, 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.
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!
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.