Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


A Great Idea

Book Club in a Bag

I had never seen this before (probably many of you have), but it was first brought to my attention by science fiction writer and all-around great guy, Robert Sawyer. The Kitchener Public Library has started offering book clubs in a bag, where you get a set of ten copies of the same book, plus a book-club discussion guide and everything checks out as one item.

When I read Robert's post, I thought that's a great idea! Then, when I finally got a library card at my local library, guess what they have? Yep! DIBs or Discussions In Boxes. From their website:
A selection of challenging and entertaining discussion books plus a binder full of reviews and information about the authors is available for a checkout period of 6 weeks.
And here's a PDF explaining the service at Bettendorf.

How cool is that? Is this something your library could do?

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  • At 2:49 PM, Blogger LibraryChristi said…

    The Merrimack Valley Library Consortium in MA has what they call book club kits. When I worked at a library in the consortium I created one for Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis. They're great for both patrons and libraries - I loved them!

  • At 7:56 PM, Blogger Janie L. Hermann said…

    We have a Book Group collection that is a similar concept, just executed differently. It is a collection of books requested by the various book groups around town and we buy multiple copies of the book (anywhere from 5 to 10, depending on the size of the group requesting).

    Each book group in town is kept in an Excel file and they can fill out a form alerting our Readers Services Librarian of their upcoming books and we buy copies to fill that need as best we can.

    What is really cool about the book group collection is that anyone can browse it and it is one of our most popular collections. It is a great place to find a good read and to see what everyone else in town is reading.

  • At 2:47 PM, Blogger Katie said…

    We do this at the Cherry Hill Public Library and the response has been amazing! We call it “Book Clubs to Go” and we currently have a total of 17 titles (or bags) in circulation. Each bag includes 10-12 books and a brief biography of the author with a list of discussion questions.

    In a few months we are going to launch “Junior Book Clubs to Go” which will be bag with books geared toward grades 4-8.


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