Your book club is in the bag!

If you’ve always wanted to start a book club but were never sure how to begin, the Georgetown Public Library is the place to go. The library’s Book Club in a Bag program provides everything you’ll need for your book club. Except friends—you’ll have to come up with those on your own!

What comes in the bag?

Book Club in a Bag contains 10 paperback copies of a book, an author biography, book reviews, and discussion questions. Each bag is checked out for two months and may be reserved in advance, but reservations and checkout are handled only by assistant library director Sally Miculek and cataloguing librarian Laura Helpert.

What kinds of books are available?

Book Club in a Bag has something to appeal to all readers. More than 50 book titles are available, ranging from classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby to more modern fare like The Kite Runner and I Am Malala.

What makes book clubs so great?

“Book clubs are a great way for readers to stay active in their reading and to try books they might otherwise overlook,” says Sally Miculek. “Book clubs are about having a shared experience. A lively book discussion calls for strong critical thinking and active listening skills, which make for better communication in other facets of our lives.”

Are book clubs held at the library?

Although some book clubs choose to meet at the library, none are currently promoted by the library. “But,” Sally teases, “keep an eye on our website as we’re hoping to incubate some book clubs in 2017!”

For more information about the Georgetown Public Library and its Book Club in a Bag program, visit

The Book Club in a Bag Program is generously supported by the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library and by a grant from the Texas Book Festival.

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