Book Club Kits are now on the shelves!

Book Club Kits are now available on the shelves at all the ECRL branch libraries for checkout.

Book Club Kits make it easier for book clubs to find good titles to enjoy with enough copies for everyone.  East Central Regional Library has a variety of Book Club Kits available for checkout.

Each Kit contains 12 paperback copies plus discussion guides for popular book club reads in a plastic tote box. Check out a kit and share the copies with your club!

You can search for and place holds for Book Club Kits in the ECRL catalog, just like any other item format! See the list of Book Club Kits available or use the search term “book club kit” in the ECRL catalog.  Book Club Kits can be checked out for 6 weeks.

Instructions for placing and managing holds in My Account

Book Club Kit Pro Tip: If you wish to schedule your book club titles throughout the year:

  • Place holds on the desired titles in the ECRL catalog.
  • Suspend the holds in My Account.
  • Set the activation date for each Book Club Kit approximately 1- week prior to when you wish to pick it up at your branch library.

Enrich your Book Club reading experience! Browse the shelves for a Book Club Kit today.

This change will simplify the request procedure and allow you to manage your own requests. Effective June 18th, 2017 we will no longer taking paper request forms, but will honor all requests submitted through June 18th via the old Book Club Kit request procedure.
Please note:  we cannot guarantee your requested kit will be available when you want it.  We recommend that you check your holds approximately 1-week prior to your needed date to ensure a kit is on the way.  This will allow you time to select an alternate kit if needed.

May Teen Book Club Kit Highlight

May’s teen book club kit highlight is a National Book Award Winner, Challenger Deep by New York Times bestselling author, Neal Shusterman.  It’s an exploration of mental illness and a teenage boy who struggles with schizophrenia.  The book is based partly on the experiences of the author’s son, who is also the book’s illustrator.

Watch the book trailer…

New Teen Book Club Kits at ECRL

Not only does East Central Regional Library have adult book club kits, we have book club kits for teens.  Each kit contains 12 copies of each title, and specific guides of the book for use by book club members.   These kits are great for teachers, youth leaders or anyone that wants to lead a teen book club.  Plus they make great choices for those adult book clubs looking for something new or wanting to branch out.

Recently over 25 new teen book club kits were added to our list.  We now have over 50 teen book club kits that may be borrowed from any ECRL branch.  For a list of all the kits go to

Each kit comes in a plastic tote box. ECRL Book Club Kits may be reserved up to one year in advance, and can be checked out for 6 weeks.  Stop by your local ECRL branch and reserve one today by filling out a book club request form.

This month we would like to highlight one of our teen book club kits, Salt to the Sea by Rita Septys.  It is an important novel that rings true with so many people today, the fight and flight of refugees.

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

Watch the book trailer…