Brewer Library Starts Book Fight Club To Attract Aggressive New Readers

Fight ClubFirst Rule of Book Fight Club: Please be quiet while in the Library.

I stopped by the library on my way home from work, and was surprised to discover a flyer advertising a Book Fight Club hanging on the wall just inside the door.

I asked the librarian about it, and she told me that it was their attempt to attract new, ambitious, hip readers to the library.  She reached behind the counter for a smaller version of the flyer and handed it to me.

“Hope to see you there,” she said with a smile as she held my gaze.

QuietSecond Rule of Book Fight Club: Books are due back on the date stamped.  Anyone returning a book after the due date will be fined.  No exceptions!

I slipped down an aisle, made sure no one was around (which wasn’t a problem as the Brewer Public Library is like a ghost town at 5:30 on a Monday night), and studied the flyer more closely.

Something about it intrigued me.  The initial meeting would be next Monday after the library closed at 7:00.

The first book was “Great Expectation” by Charles Dickens.  One of my all time favorites.  I was definitely down for Book Fight Club.

Brewer LibraryThird Rule of Book Fight Club: Members are expected to have read the selected book if they attend the meeting.

The Brewer Public Library is the ugly redheaded step-cousin twice removed of the gorgeous Bangor Public Library.

I believe the building used to house an insurance company.  I’ve never seen more than seven people inside the place, and the definition of a “new book” seems to be any tome in which the pages have yet to yellow.

So something exciting like a Book Fight Club is exactly what the place needs to attract new blood.  Maybe Stephen and Tabitha King will hear about the club and donate some money.  They have given so much to the one in Bangor, so where’s the Brewer love?

What happensThe Last Rule of Book Fight Club: What happens at Book Fight Club should be shared with as many people as possible so that more people join!

I renewed one of my books, returned another, and checked out a new book.

Then I drove home and went for a 3 mile run.  I’ve got to get myself into shape.

Book Fight Club is going to change my life…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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42 Responses to Brewer Library Starts Book Fight Club To Attract Aggressive New Readers

  1. Drops of Ink says:

    One of the few movies I actually liked Brad Pitt in. Though it may have sucked if he would have had to stay quiet..

  2. DIDN’T SEE THE MOVIE, BUT AN INTERESTING IDEA. AM GLAD THE BREWER PUBLIC LIBRARY REALLY EXISTS…NOT JUST IN SOMEONE’S IMAGINATION (I WONDER WHOSE?).

  3. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    AND FROM “DOWN EAST”…!

  4. First rule of Book Fight Club… Find a copy of War & Peace and hit your opponent with it.

    • Austin says:

      The First Rule of Book Fight Club is clearly listed at the start of the article. You need to work on your reading comprehension skills. Might I suggest joining a Book Fight Club???

      • Sorry, meant to say… “My first Rule of Book Fight club is…” I should have stayed awake more in… ummm that big building I had to go to for like ummm 5 days a week… ummm when I was like a kid? SCHOOL .. it was school.

  5. Irrelevant says:

    So how did it go??

  6. Claudia says:

    Cant wait to hear more!!

  7. Le Clown says:

    Austin,
    Will the e-book ever be made into a web movie?
    Le Clown

    • Austin says:

      We shall see, my friend. 🙂

      • Le Clown says:

        Austin,
        I like to see… I wish I liked to read as much I like to see, but these clown eyes are getting old, and they refuse to wear glasses…. Even though I look dashing in them…
        Le Clown

      • Austin says:

        I will do my best to sneak a camera into the first Book Club Fight meeting next week, and then work on editing it into a short film. Nothing wrong with a man in glasses,I point out as I push my glasses back up on my nose…

  8. ksbeth says:

    excellent, and i happen to be part of a happy hour book club here and we are reading ‘go dog go’ this month. i won’t ruin the ending for you –

  9. Austin says:

    Reblogged this on The Return of the Modern Philosopher and commented:

    I actually talked to the Librarian about this post when I went to the Library tonight. Told her I would reblog it to see if it attracts more people to the next Book Fight Club meeting…

  10. Renchick says:

    Hahaha! This is great! I love where you went with it. I thought it was going to be about a club that fights about books or fights with books. Bravo!

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  12. Try to hold yourself back if things get rough.

  13. D. Parker says:

    Book Fight Club sounds cool. I’ve been re-reading Great Expectations among other classics this week. Can’t wait to hear more about…shhhh!

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