They're bags filled with everything you need to run a book club (except the people, that would be weird and probably illegal).
That means you get at least 10 copies of a single book, a check out sheet, author information, and suggested discussion questions. Some book bags contain two large print copies, an audiobook of the title, and some have a DVD of the book featured (spoiler: it is inevitably not quite as good as the book). There is a card on the bag listing the contents so you know exactly what you're getting and what to return.
The Book Club Bags are part of our Library of Things and use a reservation system separate from the main library catalog. This makes it easy for you to:
You can check out a Book Club in a Bag kit for up to 46 days. Bags cannot be renewed. Reservations can be made for up to 6 months in advance using the Library of Things catalog.
The kits are housed at various libraries, but they like to go on trips and our couriers will deliver the bags to your preferred Library of Things branch location for easy pick-up. When you're done with it, return it to one of the eleven Library of Things locations (during business hours, please) and we'll take care of seeing them back home until they're requested again.
Well, you don't need your firstborn as collateral, just know that the person who checks out the book club bag is responsible for the kit and all its contents. All the items on the inventory list need to be returned at the same time in the original bag. For more details on all library policies, visit our policy page.
Right here! Visit the Catalog tab above.
Thanks to the Friends of the Medford and Ashland libraries who have funded this program.
The following library locations serve as pick-up and drop-off locations for Book Club checkout. They might also have a limited selection of bags available for immediate checkout.