Did you know that the library lends out kits for book clubs? We currently have almost a hundred book discussion kits, each one filled with between eight and fourteen copies of a given title. The offerings vary from literary fiction and perennial favorites to non-fiction and memoirs. Some kits contain extra features such as readers guides, audiobooks, and more. Everything is neatly bundled up in a grab-and-go tote.
Here are some of our Book Discussion kits:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now….
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.
Book club kits may be checked out to individuals with a current library card in Allegheny County. They can be sent through delivery to another library or picked up right in Green Tree. The lending period for the kits is three weeks, but if your club requires a bit more time, ask a library staff member and we can extend the due dates if no one else is waiting for it. The person checking out materials under his/her card will be responsible for all the items in the kit.
Are you looking to be part of a book club? Feel free to join us at Green Tree Public Library. We hold a lively discussion on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Poplar Room.