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The Traveling Book Club is an easy way to sustain a book club or start one of your own.

Things to Know

  • Requests for bags may be made by phone, in person, or online.
  • Each Book Club bag contains 10 copies of the book.
  • When choosing a title, check the Traveling Book Club Kit's availability. Each title has only one kit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 7 days in advance.
  • Bags may be reserved up to a year in advance.
  • The bag is checked out on the library card of the person picking up the bag. That patron is responsible for the bag and its contents
  • The loan period is 6 weeks.
  • A patron may have 2 bags at one time.
  • Bags may be renewed once if no other group has reserved it. Please call (850) 606-2665.

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Frequently Asked Questions

One of my group members forgot to return their book. Who is responsible?

The person who borrows the bag is responsible for the return of the bag and its contents.

My group meets monthly. Can I borrow a bag every month?

Check the titles you are interested in to find out when each is available.  You can schedule reservations up to a year in advance. You may have up to 2 bags checked out at a time.

Can my group members return their own books to the library?

No, the Traveling Book Club bag must be returned with all copies of the book.

What if a book is lost?

Please call (850) 606-2665.

Does my local library have space for my group to meet?

Check Meeting Room Information for room locations and availability.

Book Discussion Tips

  • Prepare ahead of time, read the book, biographical information about the author and book reviews. Prepare questions ahead of time or use the questions included with your Traveling Book Club kit.
  • Have a comfortable seating arrangement.
  • Begin by introducing yourself and, if people are not all familiar with each other, have them go around and introduce themselves.
  • Think of yourself as a facilitator. Try to begin with a provocative question and step back. Avoid closed-ended questions like "Did you like the book?"
  • Your job as a leader is to maintain the focus and keep the discussion moving.
  • Be a good listener and observer. Listen for quiet members and try to draw them into the discussion. Watch for someone anxious to get into the conversation and help them to find a gap in the conversation.
  • Respect everyone's opinion. Not everyone will like the book. When there are differing views encourage discussion about the reasons for liking or disliking a book. Let it be known that the group is non-judgmental and everyone's opinion is valued. Often the best discussions happen when there is less agreement.
  • Don't use the discussion questions as if it were an exam. Rather use them as conversation starters.
  • Choose a favorite passage or two from the book. Reading aloud can bring a new perspective to the passage.
  • Don't worry too much about short silent periods, but be prepared with your own notes to get the discussion started again.
  • Be sure to end on time, summarize points made during the session and thank everyone for their participation.


Books (available from the Leon County Public Library System):

  • The Reading Group Handbook, by Rachel W. Jacobsohn, Hyperion, 1998 is widely recognized as the definitive guide to starting a book club. Now, with new material geared specifically toward fans of Oprah's Book Club, this book is the one source fans will need to take their love of books to the next logical step and start their own reading groups.