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Book clubs and kits

Reading can be even better with other people! If you want to plug in to an existing book club, check out our events calendar – we host clubs focused on a wide range of genres and topics.

Book club kits

If you want to host your own book club, we’ve got essentially everything you need to get started. Our book club kits include 10 to 15 copies of one title in a handy tote bag.

Look for a kit at your location, or request a kit directly from the online catalog. You can also find a link to a discussion guide for each title in our online catalog.

Book club kit FAQ

What titles are available as book club kits?
Check in our catalog to see all available book club kit titles.

Who can check out book club kits?
Anyone with a Durham County Library card. The person who checks out the kit is responsible for returning it on time to the library.

Where do I pick up the book club kit?
Look in the area where books on hold are kept.

Can I check out just one book from the kit?
No, the kit has to be checked out as a whole.

How long can a book club kit be checked out?
Six weeks with no renewals, since other patrons may be waiting to check out the kit.

How many kits can I check out?
You can check out two book club kits at a time.

Is there fee if a book club kit is returned late?
No, Durham County Library is fine free.

What if a book club kit is returned with missing/damaged copies?
If the book club kit is returned incomplete, the price of each individual copy is charged. A processing fee of $5.00 per kit is charged only if the entire kit is not returned. The cost of the tote bag is $5.00.

Can book club kits be guaranteed for a specific date?
No, book club kits can’t be guaranteed for a specific date. It’s a good idea to have a second or third choice in mind as a backup in case you can’t get your first choice when you want it.

Are readers guides available for the titles?
Yes, we’ve put together an author biography and discussion questions that your book club can use for each title. The guide for each kit is available on its page in the catalog.

Book club kit resources

BookTalk.org – a discussion forum site where members can chat about what they are reading. Live author chats are also common on this site.

Book Group Buzz – a blog about book club selections. Offers insightful overviews and plenty of ideas for future reading group selections.

Reading Group Guides – over 2,500 online reading group guides for all kinds of books. Guides include a brief overview of each book and provoking discussion topics to get any group talking.

BookBrowse.com – a great resource for book clubs with an extensive reading guides section.

Reading Group Choices – recommendations for discussible books and resources to enhance the book club experience. Offers reading group guides, discussion topics, and free giveaways.

LitLovers – helpful info for book clubs with tips, ideas, resources, suggested book titles and more. Check out this website for beginning a book group.

Goodreads – another web-based reading group site that allows members to not only participate in reading groups, but also organize and catalog their books and socialize with other bookworms.

Upcoming book clubs

Durham Book Club-For Middle Schoolers

Monday, April 22, 2024 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm

East Regional Library (East Regional - Children's Programming Room)

Durham Book Club participants, let's get together to chat about Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee! If you don’t already have a copy of the book, stop by the information desk to pick one up. Space is limited, so sign up soon! Registration is...

Ages: Middle School, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds

Registration required

Graphic Book Club

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Virtual

Are you a fan of comic books or graphic novels? Join us on ZOOM for this month's meeting of Durham County Library's Graphic Book Club....

Ages: Adult, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, High School, Senior Citizen

Registration required

North Book Club

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 • 10:00am - 11:00am

North Regional Library (North Regional - Children's Programming Room)

Calling all fiction lovers!...

Ages: Adult, Senior Citizen

Colorful Reads Book Club

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Southwest Regional Library (Southwest Regional - Children's Programming Room)

Love reading stories from diverse authors? Do you find yourself seeking out books with a diverse array of characters and experiences? Join the Colorful Reads Book Club, where we will read different fiction books every month that are from diverse...

Ages: Adult, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, Senior Citizen

Registration required

Phonics Fun: An Early Reader Program

Thursday, April 25, 2024 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm

Main Library (Main Children's Programming Room)

Do you have a little one that’s just beginning to read? This program is for them! In this six – week series we will practice reading and writing constant-vowel-constant pattern words. Each week we will cover a different vowel sound....

Ages: Elementary School, Kindergarten, DPS

Registration required

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