Looking for Your Next Great Book Club Read?
Look no further! Kenosha Public Library has got you covered with a variety of titles to choose from with the Book Club in a Bag! These kits are available for a 6-week checkout period and provide your book club with everything you need to get started: 10 copies of a book, plus great discussion questions, all in a convenient tote bag.
KPL has an amazing selection already available for you, but we’ve got even better news-- because KPL is a SHARE library, you have fast access to even more titles from other local libraries!
All you need to do is visit our SHARE Catalog via our KPL website at mykpl.info or connect with any of our reference desks, either by stopping at your favorite neighborhood branch or by giving us a call. We know you’ve all got us on speed dial, but just in case: 262-564-6130.
Plus, anything you request from other libraries on SHARE is ready for you to pick up in 2-5 business days (assuming it is not checked out). If your title is not available in SHARE, KPL Staff can also check Interlibrary Loan for you, though this will take a few weeks to arrive, once requested.
Not Sure How to Use the SHARE Catalog?
Below is a quick run-down of the SHARE Catalog for you, focusing on searching Book Club in a Bag, but you can also stop by any reference desk and ask for a tutorial on how to use the catalog in person.
Open your preferred web browser and navigate to the Kenosha Public Library website at www.mykpl.info
On the Catalog Bar, type “Book Club in a Bag” and press enter to search.
This option is great for browsing what KPL has quick access to.
Once you press enter, your web browser will take you to your results in the full-service SHARE Catalog.
From here you can scroll through to find a title you are interested in or use the left sidebar to narrow down your search.
Pro Tip: Click “Show all copies” to show all of the information about a title, including a summary, what SHARE libraries own it, and whether it is available.
Once you find a title you are interested in, you can place it on hold for pickup at your favorite KPL branch!
Just click on the blue “PLACE HOLD” button to the right of the title.
- This will prompt a pop-up box to appear, so you can enter your library card number and your PIN.
Your library card number is located on the back of your card, near the barcode.
Your PIN is typically the last four numbers of your phone number.
If you are unsure of your PIN, or the PIN will not work, just give us a call at 262-564-6130.
At this point, the title will be sent over to the hold shelf for you.
Once it is available, you will receive a notification via your preferred means of communication (phone call, email, or text message).
Still Unsure About Using the SHARE Catalog?
No worries - that is 1000% OK! You can always give us a call at 262-564-6130 or stop at the reference desk of your closest KPL branch.
We are always happy to help place a hold for you or give you a quick tutorial in person.
But I Don’t Have a Book Club! Where Can I Find One to Join?
Believe it or not, Kenosha Public Library has you covered here too! We have a fantastic line-up of book clubs for you to choose from, all facilitated by KPL staff.
We will do the work, so you can focus on the most important part-- the reading!
Looking for something more traditional?
These book clubs pick a specific title to read and discuss each month:
Afternoon Coffee Break Book Club
AUGUST BOOK: Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
Wednesday, August 21
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Novels at Night Book Club
AUGUST BOOK: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Monday, August 19
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Stuck at home?
This book club for seniors, hosted by KPL and KAFASI uses a party line to bring the book club to your phone!
Call-In Book Club
AUGUST BOOK: Read a Short Story of Your Choice!
Tuesday, August 13
2:00 - 3:00 PM
To join, call KAFASI at 262-658-3508 (ext: 110 or 118) to get the party line information!
Do you like a bit of choice, but with a focused discussion?
These book clubs have a monthly theme, where you read a title of your choice within that theme!
Classic Novels Book Club
AUGUST THEME: Austen vs. Bronte Smackdown
Wednesday, August 28
3:30 - 5:30 PM
Politics & Military Actions Book Club
AUGUST THEME: Animals in War
Saturday, August 3
9:15 - 11:15 AM
Social Justice Book Club
AUGUST THEME: Education
Tuesday, August 13
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Tuesday, August 20
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Or maybe you’d like to connect with others to find something new to try?
These book clubs bring together people who like to read and discuss the same genres! No specific titles or themes read are required.
Fantasy/Sci-Fi Book Club
Monday, August 26
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Mystery Lovers’ Book Club
Monday, August 12
2:00 - 3:00 PM
As your local library, we love to support reading in our community! What are your book clubs reading? What library book clubs are you engaged with? Let us know! Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mykpl.info or by Facebook searching for “Kenosha Public Library.” We always love to hear from you!