New book club to meet Monday

The first chapter in the story of the newest book club to hit Fort Frances will begin Monday.
The Borderland Reads International Book Club—a collaborative effort between the public libraries in Fort Frances and International Falls—will meet Jan. 20 at 4:30 p.m. in Room SC-114 at Rainy River Community College over in the Falls.
The main item of discussion for this initial meeting will be choosing a book for the club to read.
“We’re looking for input from people in Fort Frances on what the book should be,” said Margaret Sedgwick, head librarian at the Fort Frances Public Library, adding that doing so before Monday’s meeting was preferable.
Sounds like a simple process, right? But Sedgwick admitted coming to a consensus is proving to be a problem.
She says the Americans in the group are looking at more issue-based books—on topics like racism—rather than a piece of literature to read for enjoyment.
It’s hoped a compromise can be reached but everyone has their own opinion.
“Personally, I’d like to do something new and uplifting,” Sedgwick said. “But most of the books I think of are Canadian books.”
She acknowledged it might be difficult persuading the American members of the club to read a book for pure entertainment value —especially a Canadian one—by herself.
“Right now I’m the only Canadian [on the committee] so I’m out-numbered,” she explained.
Sedgwick is calling on any Fort Frances residents interested in joining the club, or sitting on the committee, to attend Monday’s meeting or call her at the library. You also can forward your book selections to her there.
The book club was formed primarily out of a movement on the Falls side to start a city-wide club. It then expanded north across the border, becoming the Borderland Reads book club.
“I was approached by the librarian in International Falls to get involved in the book club,” Sedgwick recalled, adding the main premise was to make it part of the twinning of the two communities last year.
The libraries in both communities have a reciprocal relationship so that residents of both towns can borrow from either facility. “It opens up the door to a whole other library,” Sedgwick said.
The goal of the Borderland Reads club is to cater to people of all ages, however, it is still being decided how to get kids involved and get around generation gaps.
The first book chosen will be geared strictly at adults. The club will choose a title by Feb. 1 so the books can be ordered.
There will be no fee to join the club, but people will have to register (details still are being worked out). Reading will begin March 1 so that participants will finish reading by the second week of April.
Discussion, guest speakers, and other events will take place about the book the week of April 7-11, which coincides with National Library Week—not to mention the official centennial of Fort Frances.