Q: What is a Book
Club to Go (BC2G)?
A: A Book Club to Go is a bag that contains ten paperback copies of a single title
and is intended for use by book clubs or reading groups. Along
with the books, each bag contains a list of discussion
questions, discussion leader tips, and a sign out sheet to
help keep track of the contents of the bag.
Q: What are your
criteria for selecting books?
A: We try to choose
the titles meeting the following criteria:
* The book is
interesting and/or provocative enough to prompt discussion and
create dialogue among participants.
* The book contains
strong themes, complex characters, or interesting/unusual
* The themes of the book are universal and
stretch beyond place and time.
* Characters face difficult
decisions, often of a moral or ethical nature.
* The book
can be read on multiple occasions, with the reader discovering
something new each time.
* Readers may interpret the book
in a variety of ways.
* The book is available in paperback.
* Discussion questions are available online.
Q: Who can borrow a
A: Any Monterey County Free Libraries
(MCFL) and any Salinas Public Library (SPL) patron with a
valid library card can borrow a
BC2G bag. SPL and MCFL cards are free and available to all. To
apply for a MCFL card use
To apply for a SPL card, please visit any SPL branches.
Q: I would like to
start a book club. Can you help me?
A: Yes, we have
some literature on book clubs and reading groups available.
Please check our Selected
Resources for Book Clubs web page.
Q: May I request a bag
for next month?
A: Requests for specific bags/titles
should be made at least three months in advance. However, you
may contact your BC2G Coordinator
to find out if any bags are available on shorter notice.
Q. My group meets
monthly. May I borrow a bag every month?
A. Yes, you
can reserve titles up to a year in advance. However, an
individual is only allowed to have one bag checked out at a
time. We recommend having two members alternate reservations
so that during the meeting you can have the bag with your
current book along with another bag with your next month book.
Q: How do I reserve a
cardholders can reserve bags by filling out our
calling us at (831) 899-2055, or by email at:
SPL cardholders can reserve BC2G bags by calling Sean
Briscoe, Program Coordinator at (831) 758-7041, or by email
Check the bags location at
Patrons who have both library cards have a choice of using any
of the above methods of contacting us. Rule of thumb: for bags
located at MCFL it is easier and faster to reserve them at
MCFL, for bags located at SPL it is easier and faster to
reserve them at SPL.
Q. May I reserve a bag
from the Online Catalog?
A. Unfortunately, not at
Is it possible to choose the branch library where I’d like to
pick up the bag?
A: Yes, you may pick the bag up at
any of our locations.
Q: My group has less
than ten members. Can I check out only a few items from the
A: Bags must be checked out as a whole;
individual contents cannot be checked out separately.
Q: My group has more
than ten members. Do you have bags with more than ten books?
A: Please use your library’s online catalog to request
additional copies of the title as needed. However, these books
will be subject to the regular three-week borrowing period.
Q: Some of our
members prefer Large Print books or audio books. Do any of
your bags contain those items?
A: Many of the books
are available in Large Print and audio. Check your library’s
online catalog to request the title in a different format.
However, these books will be subject to the regular three-week
Q: Some of our members
like reading eBooks or listening to eAudio. What to do?
A: The BC2G
bags contain only print books, but many titles are also
available for download. Check your library’s online catalog.
Q: How long may I keep the BC2G bag?
A: Bags and their contents can be checked out for a period of
Is it possible to renew a bag?
A: The bags cannot be
renewed, but if you need more time please contact your
Q: How can I cancel a reservation?
A: To cancel a reservation, please contact your BC2G Coordinator.
Q. Can my group members return their own books to the library?
A. No, the bag must be returned in person with all copies of
the book at the same time.
Q: Is it possible to
use the book drop to return a bag when the library is closed?
A: Bags must be returned to a library staff member during open
hours. They cannot be placed in the book drop.
Q: Do I have to return
a bag to the same branch I checked it out from?
Bags checked out at any branches of MCFL can be returned at
any branch of MCFL. Bags checked out at SPL should be returned
to any branch of SPL. However, bags checked out at MCFL cannot
be returned to SPL or vice versa.
Q: What if I am late returning a bag?
A: Overdue bags will be charged a fee of 25 cents per day.
Please call your BC2G
Coordinator to find out if another group needs the bag right
if I am late returning one item from a bag?
will be asked to keep the bag until the remaining item is
Coordinator will find out if another group needs the bag right
away. If not, you may get an extension for some days.
Q. One of my group
members forgot to return their book; who is responsible for
A. Per the lending agreement, the person who
checked out the bag is responsible for the bag and all of its
What should I do if a book is lost or damaged?
your group loses or damages a book you have two options:
replace it with another copy of the book that is the same
edition and in good condition or pay the replacement fee of
$15 for the book.
Q: What if the bag
itself is damaged?
A: The replacement fee for a bag
if I lose an entire bag including the contents?
The replacement fee for a bag and its contents is $150.
Q. Can my book
club suggest titles for the program?
A. Yes, click
on the Suggestions
Box and let us know your ideas!
Q: Do you have books
in languages other than English?
We currently have several
bags with books in Spanish and a number of Spanish/English
bilingual bags as well.
my local library have space for my group to meet?
of the SPL and MCFL libraries have meeting spaces. Please call
or visit your local branch to find out.