Book clubs will find all of the ingredients for a thoughtful and hearty book discussion with Book Club to Go (BC2G), a new service from the Library. Each thick-strapped, canvas bag includes 15 copies of the same title, a book summary and review, the author’s biography and list of published titles, discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, and a customizable poster to display at the Library or wherever the book club meets.
“It’s designed to be a very easy and low cost way for book clubs—whether Library sponsored or in the community—to have access to a set of books to read and discuss,“ said Angela Farmer, Manager of the Information & Reference Department and a member of the BC2G Planning Team. “The books are either repurposed from Library initiatives like the Featured Book of the Month and On the Same Page Cincinnati, or they’re used books donated by the Friends.”
Twenty different titles are available (The Art of Racing in the Rain, City of Thieves, The Hunger Games, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music, etc.), and an entire kit can be checked out to a single library card. The BC2G bag also includes an inventory sheet that makes it easy to keep track of everything and return the complete kit to any Library location. There are no late fees or fines charged to the book club member who checks out a kit, but he or she may receive a reminder phone call from the Library if the kit has not been returned after four weeks.
In the future, we hope to add new titles to the list of available kits. Request a BC2G bag from the Main Library or your neighborhood branch for your next book club meeting!