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Spartan Book Club


The Spartan Book Club encourages alumni and friends to virtually connect with each other to read and discuss books on a range of topics. There is no cost to participate and a new book will be chosen approximately every two months — simply purchase the book or borrow it from your local library. The book club is open to all Spartans — alumni, faculty, staff and friends. You can join the book club at any time and do not have to participate in every reading session.

How it works

There are no meetings of the Spartan Book Club - you can participate anywhere you have Internet access and on days and times that are convenient for you. The book club is entirely online and connects through a private forum where participants can discuss the current book and network with each other. There will be a moderator who manages the forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the group, share relevant articles and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Participants will be encouraged to post and share as well. 

Why should you join?

  1. Connect with Fellow Spartans. The Spartan Book Club will introduce you to MSU alumni, faculty, staff and friends from across backgrounds, geographies, generations and professions. Meet new people and gain different perspectives while reading the book.
  2. Embrace Lifelong Learning. The Spartan Book Club will help you learn and grow with fellow Spartans as you enjoy regular discussions and share personal insights.
  3. Reading is Good for You: Reading can reduce stress, help you sleep better and improve your relationships [1]. Did we mention it also makes you smarter? Reading increases your verbal intelligence, your emotional intelligence and your creativity [2].

Spartan Alumni Reading on Campus

Spartan Alumni Reading on Campus

What will we read and how often?

We will vote among several options each period and select a book based on participant interests. Our current book is “A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II” by Sonia Purnell. We will begin this reading Jan. 11, 2021.

The group will spend approximately two months on each book, so you’ll have plenty of time to read. You do not have to participate in every book reading and your level of participation in the discussion is entirely up to you.

 2021 reading schedule

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For more information: If you have questions about the Spartan Book Club, please contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email or by calling (517) 884-2106.

1 The Expert Editor, 2016, https://experteditor.com.au/blog/brain-books-benefits-reading/
2 Harvard Business Review, 2012, https://hbr.org/2012/08/for-those-who-want-to-lead-rea/