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Book club discussion

Book Clubs

There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books. 
~Irving Stone

The Stratford Public Library makes it easy!

Request a book club kit

We know it can be hard for all your book club members to get a hold of the same book, at the same time. Scheduling a meeting is hard enough!

So let the library help! With our book club kits, your club can borrow multiple copies of a book.

Our Kits

We currently have over 130 kits different, free Book Club Kits featuring new and popular adult titles such as Becoming by Michelle Obama, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, and Albatross by Terry Fallis.  Check out the full list here.

  • Each kit contains 10 copies of the book
  • Many kits include discussion questions

How it Works

  1. Visit KitKeeper
  2. Browse by title or by date for availability
  3. Click Reserve this Kit and follow the steps on the screen

It's that simple! For step by step instructions, check out our guide to using KitKeeper.

If you need assistance choosing a title for your club or help with KitKeeper, contact Melanie Kindrachuk, Book Club Coordinator at splbookclubs@pcin.on.ca.

More Information

For more information on how SPL can support your Book Club, contact:

Melanie Kindrachuk
Public Service Librarian

splbookclubs@pcin.on.ca
519-271-0220 x128

  1. What is a Book Club Kit?
    A book club kit consists of 10 copies of a book packaged in an easy to carry tote bag, alongside some book club leader resources.
  2. Who can borrow Book Club Kits?
    Book club kits can be borrowed by any local book club. The Book Club Kit will be checked out on the library card of the person picking up the bag. That person assumes responsibility for the bag and all its contents.
    These kits are not available for Interloan at this time.  If you don't have a library card, apply for one online!
  3. What titles are available as a Book Club Kit?
    All sorts! See the complete list of Book Club Kits that we hold in our system.
  4. How can I reserve Book Club Kits in advance?
    Book clubs must sign in to KitKeeper using a current PCIN library card (Stratford, St Marys, West Perth, Perth East or North Perth). Using the KitKeeper scheduling software, clubs can check on kit availability and book up to a year in advance!  Instructions on using KitKeeper
  5. Where can I pick up a Book Club Kit?
    For the time being, kits can be picked up during our Curbside Pickup hours
  6. How long may I keep a Book Club Kit?
    The loan period for a Book Club Kit is a default of 5 weeks. The return date will be set when you book your kit on KitKeeper.  It is important to return all books in the Book Club Kit together and on time as other book clubs may have reserved them.
  7. Can I renew a Book Club Kit?
    No. Book Club Kits cannot be renewed in order to ensure that the set is available for use by other book clubs.
  8. Where can I return Book Club Kits?
    Book Club Kits must be returned together as one unit, with all books and resources inside, as they were checked out. A Book Club Kit will not be checked in unless all books and resources are inside. Book Club Kits may be returned through the book drop as long as all items are included and the bag is zipped closed to keep all items together. 
  9. What is the late charge for books in a Book Club Kit?
    The late charge is 25 cents per day per complete set.  The late fees are applied to the card of the person who signed out the kit. 
  10. What is the charge if one of the books is missing?
    A flat rate of $10.00 will be charged for each missing item of a kit owned by Stratford Public Library.  Kits owned by PCIN member libraries may have alternate replacement fees. 

While SPL does not have it's own Book Club at this time, there is one book club that meets at the library and is open to everyone.

Good Book Group

The Good Book Group has been meeting at the Library since 1989. They are an ever-changing group of people who enjoy getting together to talk about books. Books are chosen for discussion several months in advance and the upcoming selections are listed below.

When? 1st Tuesday on each month at 2pm and 7pm
Where? The Stratford Public Library Auditorium.

UPCOMING TITLES

September 3, 2019 | Apron Strings by Jan Wong
December 3, 2019 | Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce 
January 7, 2020 | The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Readers' Advisory Resources 

How to Run a Bookclub

Stratford Public Library is an official partner of the Amnesty International Book Club.

The AI Logo for Amnesty International Book ClubBook Club is a great place to select your club’s next read, as the organization aims to support readers beyond just the book.   What does that mean? High-quality book titles are regularly featured, along with a great range of accompanying support information including interactive author interviews, podcasts, discussion questions, and of course, how the item examines human rights issues.  The AI Newsletter has well over 6,000 subscribers and is mailed monthly with the latest news in books, actions, reflective essays, and a discussion guide. 

For more information, check out their website.