What is a Book Club in a Bag?

A ready-to-checkout book club experience. Each Book Club in a Bag contains 6 - 10 copies of a specific title, discussion questions and other information about the book and author, bookmarks and copies of a survey for your club to fill out to let PVLD know what you thought and how we can improve this service.

Available Titles:

To place a hold on a Book Club in a Bag kit, click here.

Title

Author

Copies in bag

About

The Heart

Maylis de Kerangal Translator:Sam Taylor

5

How does a heart transplant affect all those involved. Translated from French.

The Baker’s Secret

Stephen P. Kiernan

7

Historical fiction. Normany coast, France. WWII.

Kitchen 

Banana Yoshimoto

8

Quirky. Translated from Japanese.  Published in 1983 but still widely regarded as great example of contemporary Japanese literature. 

Frankenstein

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 

9

Classic, Gothic horror. 

Lathe of Heaven

Ursula K. Le Guin

8

Classic SciFi exploring the nature of reality.

Less

Andrew Sean Greer

 

Pulitzer Prize winner

The Lover 

Marguerite Duras

Translator: Barbara Bray

4

Translated from French. Introduction by Maxine Hong Kingston. Set in prewar Indochina, the story of a French girl and her Chinese lover.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fickry

Gabrielle Zevin

6

Fiction. A bookstore owner NOT living his best life. Can he turn that around?

Neverhome 

Laird Hunt

4

Historical Fiction. A woman goes to battle during the Civil War. Her husband stays home.

 

  1. How many copies of a book are in each Book Club in a Bag?
    • There are 6 - 10 paperback copies (depending on the title) of the book.

  2. How do I check out a Book Club in a Bag?

    • Book Club in a Bag kits are on display at Peninsula Center Library. Pick one up, take it to the Circulation desk and check out the entire kit, just as you would a book, with your PVLD library card. 

  3. How do I return a Book Club in a Bag?

    • Please return all Book Club in a Bag kits to a Circulation desk at any PVLD location, not in a book drop.

  4. You are responsible for returning the bag and all the books on or before the due date.  

    • Please include the surveys your group has filled out with the Book Club in a Bag.

  5. How long can I keep a PVLD Book Club in a Bag?

    • Book Club in a Bag kits will be checked out for 3 weeks (they are renewable -- see below)

  6. Can I renew a Book Club in a Bag?

    • If no one has a hold on that Book Club in a Bag, you may renew it.

  7. Can I put a Book Club in a Bag on hold?

    • Yes! In the same way you put a book on hold, you can place a Book Club in a Bag on hold.\

  8. How many Book Club in a Bag kits may I check out at once?

    • Up to 2. This is to accommodate groups who would like to distribute the next book and collect the last book at the same meeting.

  9. What if I return a Book Club in a Bag without all the copies of the book?

    • A fine of $3.00/missing copy will be charged to your account to cover the cost of replacing the missing copy(ies).

    • If you are able to buy the same edition of the book, you may instead replace the lost copy and not incur a fine.

  10. What if I don’t return a Book Club in a Bag?
    • The replacement cost for a Book Club in a Bag and its contents is $50.00.

  11. What if I return a Book Club in a Bag after its due date?

    • A fine of $1.00 will be charged to your account for each day the Book Club in a Bag is overdue.