Book Club in a Bag
What is Book Club in a Bag?
Book Club in a Bag (BCIAB) is exactly that: a bag that contains everything you need to easily and successfully run a book club in your community. Each kit contains 10 copies of a book (regular and large print), as well as an audiobook on CD and movie adaptation when available. A limited number of tablets can be booked if you have a club member who would like to read/listen to your chosen title digitally. Kits also contain a manual with information about the author, related themes and discussion questions, book club ideas, and a sign-out sheet to help keep track of the materials being signed out to your members.
How It Works
View our range of over 150 titles in the browse feature below, and then take a look at the availability calendar spreadsheet to determine when you would like to book your preferred kit. To learn more about a book, click on its cover. We offer kits for all ages and interests, including Adult, Young Adult, Juvenile, and Family (Family Book Club kits contain all of the items listed above, as well as additional games and activities to accommodate family groups joining the club together).
Once you've decided on a title and month to borrow, click on the Book Now link below and fill in all required information. Please note: You will need a valid library card in order to book and borrow a BCIAB kit. If you do not have a library card, you can register online, or contact your local branch. Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for Bookings
- Kits are signed out for a 6-week period and must be signed out by the 15th of each month in order to get a full 6-week usage out of the kit. Ensure that the kit you want is available for a consecutive 2-month period.
- Plan ahead! Choosing kits well in advance means that you will be able to get the kit of your choice when your club needs it. You can reserve a kit up to one year in advance.
- If you club members have not finished the book by the time of your meeting, ensure you have additional time afterwards for those members to finish up and return the book to you, allowing enough time to return the kit before the due date
Damaged or Missing Items
The patron who books and borrows the BCIAB kit is financially responsible for any lost or damaged items, so please ensure that your book club members understand this and return items to you in the condition they were borrowed. Individual book replacement prices vary, and the cost for replacing an entire kit is $260.00.
Click on the tabs across the bottom of the spreadsheet to switch between viewing Adult, Young Adult, and Juvenile/Family titles.
You can also view this spreadsheet on a separate page.