Looking to spend some time with fellow readers discussing your favorite books, or just comparing notes in a group environment? You can find a Library-sponsored book club at many of the branches throughout the county. You can find a complete listing of upcoming events on our web calendar.

Book Club in a Bag

We’ve got over 100 titles for you and your Book Club to choose from! Don’t just sit there, head over to the Library of Things catalog and reserve your bag today. Book club bags can be reserved for pick-up at any of our library locations.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Book Club in a Bag?

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.

How do I get one?

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:

  • See what kits are available (cover image, description, etc.)
  • See when kits are available
  • Place reservations for book club use over the next 6 months
  • Reserve a specific kit
  • Remember when the kit can be picked up
  • Remember when the kit is due back at the library

See how to make your reservation here (English) or here (Spanish)

How long will they check-out?

You can check out a Book Club in a Bag kit for up to 42 days. Bags cannot be renewed. Reservations can be made for up to 6 months in advance using the Library of Things catalog.

Where are the kits?

The kits are housed at the Medford Library, but they like to go on trips and our couriers will deliver the bags to your preferred branch location for easy pick-up. When you’re done with it, return it to any of our library branches (during business hours, please) and we’ll take care of seeing them back home until they’re requested again.

Are there terms and conditions?

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. Please see our Library of Things lending agreement here and our supplement waiver here.

Where’s the list?

Right here! Visit the Catalog button below.

Thanks to the Friends of the Medford and Ashland libraries who have funded this program.