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1. What is a book club kit?
A book club kit is a bag containing 9 paperback copies, 1 large type copy (when available) and 1 audiobook on CD version (when available) of a selected book. The kit comes with everything you need for an engaging and entertaining book club meeting; the books, discussion questions, author interviews, read-alike suggestions, and a list of suggested food and wine pairings.

2. What is the purpose of the kit?
These kits are meant to introduce book clubs to thoughtful, high-quality and lesser-known books of literary merit as chosen by the Mill Valley Public Library staff and our own library book club facilitators. The kits also serve as a convenient way to gather multiple copies of one book and supplemental materials to enrich the group discussion.
 
3. How long can I check out a book club kit for?
A book club kit checks out for one 6 week period.

4. Can I renew a book club kit?
No, book club kits cannot be renewed.

5. Who can check out a book club kit?
Anyone 16 or older with a current library card in good standing (fines under $10 and no replacement fee charges) residing in the 94941 zip code can check out a kit.

6. Does my whole book group check out a book club kit?
No, a book club kit is checked out to one member of the group only. The kit is checked out on their account, and they are responsible for returning the kit in its entirety to the library.

7. How do I check out a book club kit?
Book club kits can be reserved in person, over the phone (415) 389-4292 x.4740, or you can submit an online request form. There must be an open 6 week period in order to make a reservation.

8. What do I need to check out a book club kit?
You will need to present either your own library card or photo ID. You will also need to sign a lending agreement form before you can take the kit home.

9. Will the library only check the kits out to people who actually have them reserved, or can family/friends come in with the corresponding patrons' cards and check the kits out?
We will only check out the kit to the person who has made the reservation because the kit is expensive if lost ($150), and you will need to sign an agreement form taking responsibility for the book club kit. For your protection, we do not want someone else signing the agreement form in your place.

10. How do I know which kits are available?
You can speak to a staff member at the reference desk, or you can check our online book club kit availability calendar.

11. How far in advance can I make a reservation?
 Book club kits can be reserved up to 6 months in advance.

12. Once I make a reservation, how much time do I have to pick up the kit?
The checkout period begins on the 1st day of your reservation.  You have 1 week from the pickup date to come to the library, sign the lending agreement, and pick up your kit. If you have not picked up the kit within 1 week, we will cancel your reservation and the kit will become available for someone else.

13. Where do I return the book club kit?
The kit must be returned in its entirety and in person to the Mill Valley Public Library circulation desk during open hours. Do not put book club kits in the after-hours drop box. Also, do not return the book club kit to another library. If you put the kit in a drop box or return it to another library, you will be charged a $25 misreturned fee.

14. Can members of the book group return their books separately?
The kit must be returned in its entirety and in person to the Mill Valley Public Library circulation desk during open hours. Do not put book club kits in the after-hours drop box. Also, do not return the book club kit to another library. If you put the kit in a drop box or return it to another library, you will be charged a $25 misreturned fee.

15. What are the fines if the book club kit is late?
A late kit will result in a fee of $5 per day until it is returned. If a book club kit is returned but is missing some components, it will not be checked in. It is considered “late” and will accrue a $5/day late fee until the necessary items are returned.

16. What if I lose a book club kit, or part of the kit?

 Replacement fees are as follows:
 Paperback book………………..……………...…….$16.00
 Large Type book……………......……….…………$36.00
 Audiobook on CD……………..…...………………..$46.00
 Each individual CD disc……..…......…………….…$8.00
 Audiobook case………………..……...…………..…$10.00
 Bag……………………………………....……………….$10.00
 Full kit replacement……………….…….$150.00

17.  How many book club kits can my group check out at one time?
One book group should only check out 1 book club kit at a time out of consideration for other book clubs.  You may have reservations for multiple kits providing they are not concurrent reservations.

For more information contact the Reference Desk at (415) 389-4292 x4740.

 

Last updated: 11/20/2012 2:01:44 PM