Pseudo Book Club: “Drive”

July 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm 3 comments

Written by Kervin Tay (2I323)
Photographs by Tan Hong Kai (1A321)

On 18 June, HCI’s Library Club conducted a meeting of the Pseudo Book Club at Jurong Regional Library from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on “Drive,” one of the stories from Simon Tay’s Singaporean fiction collection Stand Alone. The objective of the PBC was to give a presentation on the content of the selected text and discuss it with the attending audience. Due to mature themes, teenagers aged 12 and above were invited for the discussion. The event took place at the stage on Level Four of the library.

Stand AloneThe presentation highlighted three excerpts from the short story. “Drive” is a story that highlights various traits typical of Singaporeans, such as the importance of social classes/stratification. The excerpts were explored in detail with the audience to provide a better understanding of the topic, which would later allow the audience to answer questions posed for discussion. This was followed up by an open discussion of the recent news where heartlanders were labeled as uncouth, and unwelcome in cultured places such as Holland Village. The main presenters were Foo Yang Yi (3I108) and Kervin Tay (2I323), who had assistance from other Library Club members during discussions to get the ball rolling. The presentation utilized about 50 minutes of the allocated time.

This was followed up by a mind map activity, where one group discussed the effects of social stratification, while the other group listed the advantages and disadvantages of social stratification. Presentations were made thereafter and it was evident that the participants gained deeper knowledge of the topic after the discussion.

The Pseudo Book Club is a recurring event, held every month with a new text for discussion.


Entry filed under: Events, News, Public Libraries.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. seeyongchun  |  August 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    I feel that the Pseudo Book Club is very interesting, as well as beneficial to people who went there. It allows people to do an in-depth, analytical study of the book at hand, and allows for more opinions to be heard during the Pseudo Book Club. Not only that, it also allows for a deeper understanding about the concepts and differing aspects of the book, which allows the reader to expand their knowledge on why certain books are written the way they are. The presentation also allows people who have not read the book to get a basic idea of what happened, allowing more people to contribute their ideas, whether it being simple questions, or other more complex questions which questions the purpose of the author, which makes it very beneficial for people who go there. Be it having a greater understanding of the book, or the learning of more different varieties of books.

  • 2. Winston Tan  |  August 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    I find the Pseudo Club an unusual one. It is a club set up for literature lovers, and even streches the minds of the members who actively paticpate in the discussions. The main idea of the club is for people to do an in-depth study of slected books, and give your own opinions to contrasting issues. I also like the way that they conduct their discssions. Presentations are made to breifly explain and clarify what the book is talking about and then a discussion whereby the members are allowed to vocie our their opinions. They are also allowed to question others and the book itself so as to make the discussion an interesting and fruitful one. At the end of it, people would have a greater understanding of the books and learn how to go beyond the norm by thinking deeper about the concepts and aspects of the books. I would love to join this club as I love literature and it would be a great opportunity for me to learn how others think and feel.

  • 3. Manogaran Kathiravan (@Mano_Kat)  |  October 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Wow! I just happened to be reminiscing about my work many moons ago…when I started the Pseudo Book Club many years ago as a teenager I had no idea it would evolve to this level. Thank you for keeping it alive and adding to it. Loving it loads…keep going and I’d love to attend a session if possible 🙂

    Have a great day.


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Library Club Leadership

Teachers In-Charge:
Mrs Rosalind Lee (SC)
Mdm Chan May Lun
Mdm Shieh Le-shiang
Mrs Kris Koo (Senior AO)
Mrs Wang Meng Juan (AO)

2011-12 ExCo:
Foo Yang Yi (Chairman)
Kervin Tay (Vice-Chairman)
Ian Wong (Training & Recruitment)
Zach Wang (Public Relations)
Joel Lee (Welfare)

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