South Regional Library will be closed for scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, January 31.

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.

Printable Checklist (PDF) – use for your group to vote on upcoming reads!

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

Teen LGBTQ Book Club

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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

The Teen LGBTQ Book Club reads a variety of genres but all of the books deal with LGBTQIA+ issues. This is a safe space for queer teens and allies. This program is for teens, ages 12 and up. Registration is required. ...

Ages: High School, Middle School, Teen

Registration required

Book Club & Movie Time (2nd-3rd Grade)

Wednesday, February 01, 2023 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm

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

Please join our 2nd & 3rd Grade Book Club! Registration for this program is required. For this session, we will be discussing Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. We will also watch the live-action film that is...

Ages: Elementary School

Registration required

Entrepreneur's Book Club

Monday, February 06, 2023 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

North Regional Library

Join us every first Monday of the month as we discuss our thoughts from the book of the month and share our struggles and triumphs in our entrepreneurial journeys. February's book is "Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World" by...

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

Registration required

Daytime Book Club: The Yellow House

Wednesday, February 08, 2023 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm

East Regional Library (East Meeting Room - Full Room)

Come join the Daytime Book Club as we discuss this month's book! The Daytime Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month, and new members are always welcome (we love meeting new people!). Registration is appreciated but not...

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

Registration required

Spanish Book Club / Club de Lectura en Español

Wednesday, February 08, 2023 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Main Library (Meeting Room #4311)

Join us in the Main Library to discuss books in Spanish. We will provide copies of the titles we are reading in the sessions. This is a great opportunity to practice your Spanish skills and learn more about books written by LatinX authors. This month...

Ages: Adult

Registration required

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