Discussion starter kits for your book group
Calling all book clubs!
We know how difficult it is to choose a book for your next book group meeting, and to find enough copies for all the members of your group.
So we've made it easier for you by collecting discussible books and putting all the copies in a canvas bag.
We've also included discussion questions and information about each author in a folder for each collection.
How can I get a Talk Tote?
Search our list of Talk Totes in PamCat, our online library catalog (or sort by author or title). Once your book discussion group has decided on a title, you can request Talk Totes like you would any other title.
It will be helpful if your group is flexible about which month you will use the Talk Tote, in case another group has already reserved it. However, once we agree on a date, the Tote will be reserved for your group.
Each Talk Tote includes:
Multiple copies of the same title
Author biographical information
Helpful hints on facilitating a group discussion
Checking out a Talk Tote:
Talk Totes may be checked out for eight weeks to library cardholders.
No more than one Talk Tote at a time may be checked out to an individual.
Talk Totes may be renewed once if there are no holds.
Talk Totes must be returned to a branch library circulation desk. Please do not put Talk Totes in book drop boxes.
Talk Totes are checked out to one person. Members of the group should get their copies from that member of their group.
The individual who checks out the Talk Tote is responsible for the return of the complete Talk Tote, including the bag, the books, and the binder.
What if a book is lost?
If your group happens to lose a book, we ask that you replace it with another copy of the book, new or secondhand, that is clean and readable.
How can my book group help?
You can help us build our Talk Totes collection by donating copies of books your group has read. This will be a great way for area groups to share not just the titles of what they've read and enjoyed, but the books themselves. Drop off copies of your discussion books at any Pamunkey Regional Library branch. Be sure to mention that they are for the Talk Totes. Thanks for your help!
Talk Totes & NoveList Plus Book Discussion Guides
Did you know that our readers' advisory database, NoveList Plus, has book group resources, including Discussion Guides on popular titles and classics?
The following is just a small sample, using titles from our Talk Totes list. Have your library card number handy if you are outside the library.
The Art Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Buddha In The Attic by Julie Otsuka
Cutting for Stone by A. Verghese
Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Burbery
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks
Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
Looking for more good reads? Try NoveList Plus, for reviews, read-alikes, series information, and more! Have your library card number handy if you are searching from outside the library.