Book Club in a Bag

The library has a number of book club sets with 8-10 copies per set just for our book clubs. Sets can be reserved via our new Kitkeeper system by clicking the link above. These sets are lent as a kit, so one member of your book club can reserve a kit, pick up the entire kit from the library, distribute it to the members of your book club during your meeting, and pick them all up at the following meeting before returning the set to the library. You can also pick up tracking sheets to help you keep track of who borrowed which copy.

What is a Book Club in a Bag?
A Book Club in a Bag is a kit of multiple copies (8 to 10) of one title for use by book clubs and book discussion groups.

Who can borrow Book Club in a Bag?
Book Club in a Bag can be borrowed by any book club. Members of the club with a valid Perth Union Library card can check out a kit for distribution to club members. The person who reserves the kit must pick up the kit from the library, and it is signed out to you for six weeks. The person who borrows the kit is responsible for returning the complete kit. We recommend distributing and picking up kit books to return to the library at your regular book club meetings!

Can Book Club kits be reserved in advance?
Yes, by using our Kitkeeper system.

How do I use Kitkeeper?
Watch this video to learn how to use Kitkeeper.

Where can Book Club kits be picked up?
Kits can be picked up at the Perth Union Library at 30 Herriott St, Perth ON.

Where can Book Club kits be returned?
Kits should be returned to the library after the meeting.

Who is responsible for returning Book Club kits?
The person who borrows the kit for a Book Club is responsible for returning the complete kit.

How long can book clubs keep a Book Club in a Bag?
Book Club kits can be borrowed for six weeks.

Can Book Club kits be renewed? Are there fines on Book Club kits?
No. Book Club kits cannot be renewed. Overdue fines for Book Club kits are $1 per day. It is important to return all books in a Book Club kit on time as other book clubs may have reserved the kit.

Where can I find discussion questions to help me with my book club?
We have links to discussion guides in our Kitkeeper system to stimulate discussion.We also recommend the following resources:
Canadian Book Clubs:
Canada Reads:
Reading Group Choices:
BookBrowse Reading Guides:


Can I suggest a new title for the Book Club kits? Can I sponsor a Book Club kit?
Yes! New book club kits are added to the collection each year in June/July. The library purchases 4 new book club kits, and around 6 new book club kits are sponsored by community members. Titles are selected from a range of reviews and suggestions, and a suggested title list is sent out to our community book club contacts once a year in May/June for additional input. If you are sponsoring a kit, your club may select the title and dedication plates may be added if you wish. It is $250 to sponsor a book club set of 8 copies.

Can I donate books for a Book Club kit?
While we prefer folks to sponsor a set, yes, you can! We will need at least 8 copies of the book. Books need to be in good condition, and titles should be less than five years old.