JMCPL Book Club in a Bag!

Book Club in a Bag

JMCPL’s Book Club in a Bag service provides everything you need for a fun and stress-free Book Club meeting, packaged together in one easy-to-use kit.

Each kit contains:

  • 10 copies of one book title
  • Discussion questions
  • A sign-out sheet to keep track of the books


Book Club Guidelines

We recommend you elect one club member to check out a Book Club in a Bag kit on behalf of your group.

They will need a valid John M. Cuelenaere Public Library card and will be financially responsible for returning all the pieces with the kit. We’ve included a sign-out sheet to help your Club keep track of its contents.

How to Use Book Club in a Bag Kits

  • Browse and place holds on Book Club in a Bag kits at your convenience, using the library’s online catalogue, or the list below.
  • Place holds on kits up to a year in advance and manage them by suspending and reactivating your holds closer to your Club’s meeting schedule.
    • Some kits may be in high demand, so we recommend reactivating more than one hold at a time, to ensure at least one of your choices is ready to borrow in time for your Book Club’s get-together.
    • You’ll have seven days to pick up your kit once it becomes available.
    • The loan period for the Bookclub in a Bag kit is six weeks (42 days). Renewals are not permitted.
  • Pick up and return your Book Club in a Bag kits at John M. Cuelenaere Public Library.
    • Staff at the Circulation Desk will help you retrieve your kit.
    • Kits must be returned to the Circulation Desk inside the library, as they will not fit through the outside drop slot.
  • Make sure your kit is complete before returning it to the library.
    • If your group loses a book or part of the guide, you’ll be charged a replacement fee for the cost of the item.
  • Return your kit on time to avoid overdue fines.
    • Fines for Book Club in a Bag kits are $3 per day, and apply to the entire kit as well as its individual pieces.
  • Book Club in a Bag kits are not available for pick-up outside of John M. Cuelenaere Public Library.

We have a wide variety of titles available and we are adding more each year! Below is a list of Book Club in a Bag kits we have in our collection! They will be in our catalogue and available for holds after our Book Club in a Bag Collection Launch with special guest Lynda Monahan on November 21st, 2019!

  • A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson
  • Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
  • When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
  • Need to Know by Karen Cleveland
  • The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah
  • Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks
  • Next Year For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • The Huntress by Kate Quinn – Coming Soon!
  • Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill
  • The Au Pair by Emma Rous – Coming Soon!
  • The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
  • Women Talking by Miriam Toews – Coming Soon!
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate – Coming Soon!
  • ¬†Am a Truck by Michelle Winters