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What is Borrow-a-Book Club?

Borrow-A-Book Club is a service provided by the Burlington County Library System enabling customers to easily organize a book discussion group for 2 or more people. Participants will be able to borrow a labeled canvas bag containing multiple copies of one of our selections, along with helpful aids for organizing and running a successful book discussion group. It is a great way for groups to enjoy companionship, education, socialization and cultural enrichment.

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Who can participate?

All BCLS cardholders, in good standing are eligible to participate. In addition to groups of friends and neighbors, we encourage representatives of associations, home schooling groups, faith-based organizations and youth groups to borrow a bag.

How does Borrow-A-Book Club work?

Depending on your group, you might want to contact your participants to select first and second title choices. After checking out your Book Club title, distribute the books to your group allowing them at lease 4 weeks to read the book. Your book discussion should occur during the sixth or seventh week.

How long can I keep a Borrow-A-Book club bag?

A Borrow-A-Book Club bag circulates for 8 weeks and can not be renewed. You have one week to pick up your book bag before it is placed back in general circulation. All Borrow-A-Book Club bags will be kept at the Main Library in Westampton. If you would like to have your book bag delivered to a branch or member library location, it is necessary to request the bag. Book bags can also be delivered to you at a Bookmobile stop.

What if the title the group has chosen is not available?

It may be necessary to reserve a specific book club title. While waiting for your first or second choice, please take advantage of another book club title.

What materials will be provided in the Borrow-A-Book club bag?

Everything you need to run a successful book club will be provided in a Borrow-A-Book Club bag. Your bag comes fully equipped with multiple copies of a single title and information about the story, the author and how to organize and run a successful book discussion group. Also included are book discussion group questions and a facilitator’s check out and check in sheet to help keep track of which participant has a particular book. Please be sure to fill out the survey form and return it with the book bag. Additional materials for in-depth study are included for two titles. A study guide for each participant and one DVD are included in the bags for Antigone and To Kill A Mockingbird to encourage in-depth study. Also, a DVD and discussion questions regarding the film are included with The Quiet American and Cold Mountain.

What is I don't return the bag on time?

When a Borrow-A-Book Club bag is overdue, a $1.00 per day overdue fine will be applied with a maximum fine of $15.00.

Where can I get a Borrow-A-Book Club bag?

Borrow-a-Book Club book bags can be borrowed or returned at any BCLS location.


Available titles in this collection:

7th Heaven by James Patterson

Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians** by Brandon Sanderson

The Alchemist** by Paul Coelho

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Antigone (The Play) by Jean Anouilh [adapted by Lewis Galantiere]

The Appeal by John Grisham

At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon

At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien

The Beach by Alex Garland

The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro

The Book Thief** by Markus Zusak

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas**
by John Boyne

Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

The Company of Women by Mary Gordon

The Covenant by Naomi Ragen

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time** by Mark Haddon

Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

The Gardens of Covington by Joan Medlicott

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (2)

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

I, Alex Cross by James Patterson

The Innocent Man by John Grisham

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Lovely Bones by Anne Sebold

Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

No Talking* by Andrew Clements

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

A Painted House by John Grisham

Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Private by James Patterson

The Quickie by James Patterson

The Quiet American by Graham Greene

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

The Romance Reader by Pearl Abraham

Sam's Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Shack by William P. Young

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

South of Broad by Pat Conroy

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson

The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer

Testimony by Anita Shreve

Thank You for All Things by Sandra Kring

Their Eyes Were Watching God** by Zora Neale Hurston

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin

The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

To Kill a Mockingbird** by Harper Lee

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

True Blue by David Baldacci

True Colors by Kristin Hannah

Wuthering Heights** by Jane Eyre

* Suitable for Tweens
** Suitable for Teens

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