Book Club Resources

Whether you are charged with picking your book club’s next read or you are thinking of starting a book group in your neighborhood, we can help:

Our Book Club in a Bag service can help make your next book club meeting a whole lot easier!  See more info below.

Want one-on-one help planning your book club reads?  The Book Squad does house calls!  For more information about this service, contact the Readers’ Services department via email at rs@lawrence.lib.ks.us or call 785-843-3833 ext. 147

For lists of good book choices and creative ideas for re-charging your group, check out these books about book clubs.

There are lots of great websites that can help you pick a good book and find discussion questions.  Some of our favorites include Reading Group GuidesReading Group Choices, and the NoveList database.

If you’d like updates from the Book Squad on book club news or other bookish information, sign up for our Book Club Hub monthly newsletter!

If you’re a podcast fan, click here to listen to the Book Squad Podcast!


To request a book club in a bag kit, go here: Kitkeeper

Book Club in a Bag kits typically have 10-12 copies of a particular discussion-worthy book. Bags check out for 6-weeks and must be reserved through KitKeeper. We also have sets of 8 Kindles which can be loaded with any ebook title! 

You only need one library card # to complete the reservation. The member who reserves the bag can distribute the copies to club members, then collect them at the next meeting and return them to LPL as a set.

Bags can be reserved up to a year in advance, and are checked out for a special six-week period. 

Browse by date, view availability by specific title, or just peruse all 200+ of our bags! Here are just a few of our favorites:


Would you like to help support the Book Club in a Bag service?

We happily accept donations of books that your book group has read. If you don’t have ten copies, we’ll gladly take as many as you have as a start for a new bag and add the rest. If you’d like to donate funds directly to this program, we have an “Adopt a Bag” option. A contribution of $100 covers the cost of ten copies of a selected book and the tote bag.

The Book Club in a Bag service is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library and the Lawrence Public Library Foundation.


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