It’s nearly fall here in Iowa City which means book clubs are springing back to life. Whether you are already in a book club or hope to start one, the Iowa City Public Library has an exciting resource for you: Book Club Kits.
Book Club Kits are loaned for six weeks to help support reading groups and others who wish to read and discuss the same book. The kits come packaged in convenient canvas tote bags. Inside, you’ll find ten copies of books and discussion information to help guide your meetings. Recent Book Club Kit selections include National Book Award finalist Jean Thompson’s The Year We Left Home, a family saga set in the Iowa farmlands, and Rebecca Skloot’s award-winning The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a biography of a woman whose stolen cells have made a huge impact on modern medicine. For a full list of fiction and nonfiction Book Club Kits, click here.
Also available are Storytime Kits, perfect for birthday parties or daycares. Based around themes, Storytime Kits are loaned for three weeks. They come in plastic containers that consist of books, a storytime starter sheet, and activity items such as puppets and puzzles. No matter what time of year or what your children’s interests are, our Storytime Kits have themes that will excite every child, including holiday stories, animal adventures and multicultural tales. For a full list of Storytime Kits, click here.
You can find Book Club Kits on the first floor near the Help Desk and Storytime Kits at the Children’s Desk. There are no residency requirements on who can check them out; all patrons are welcome!