More than three years ago, Bernardsville Library initiated a new library service for its patrons – book kits put together specifically for area book groups to borrow. Referred to as book group bags, these kits contain ten paperback copies of a popular title along with an author biography, literary notes, and starred reviews - all contained in a sturdy canvas bag. The selected books include new and older fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs or biographies known to inspire good discussion among groups. A generous donation from an area resident has sustained this library service and made it possible to add new book group bags every year.
In library, we offer a handout listing the book titles for these book group bags, but another way to quickly see what we offer is to go to our Pinterest page on which we have a board for book clubs. There, you and your book group members will be able to see all the book covers and easily come to a decision on what to read next. All that’s necessary is for one member with a Bernardsville Library card to check out the bag (for six weeks) and return all the items intact by the due date. The reading is up to you!