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Book Discussion Kits

Youth services librarians in the South Central Library System have created extremely successful book discussion programs for the youth of their communities. It can be difficult to place holds on multiple copies of books, so to make things easier SCLS has created book group discussion kits for youth services librarians. Funding for the initial collection of book group kits came from a Wisconsin State Journal/Empty Stocking Club grant in 2002. (Committee members who chose the books for this initial collection were: Linda Colby, Mount Horeb Public Library; Karen Kjensrud, Baraboo Public Library; Maureen Palmer, Reedsburg Public Library; Sue Marie Rendall, Portage County Public Library; and Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System.)


Who can borrow these kits?

Youth services librarians/member library staff from the South Central Library System


How do we borrow the kits?

Contact SCLS Delivery at: or 608/266-6039 to schedule a time to borrow any of the kits.


How long can we keep the kits?

Libraries have 6 weeks to distribute, discuss and retrieve books from readers. The loan period for the books is 4 weeks. We suggest that you check books out to your readers as soon as you receive them and collect them as soon as you are finished with your discussion. The two weeks beyond the 4-week loan period should be sufficient time to collect any straggling titles.


What is in the kits?

There are multiple copies of books and discussion ideas and activities in each book group discussion kit.


Please contact Shawn Brommer if you have any questions, comments or to make suggestions for future book kit titles.


Kit titles:
Title Author Publisher
Arthur Locked in the Library Marc Brown Little Brown & Co
The Big Balloon Race Eleanor Coerr Harpercollins
Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis Yearling
Bug Boy Carol Sonenklar Yearling
Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger Lb Books
The Children's Story James Clavell Dell
Hope was Here Joan Bauer Puffin
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Jack Gantos HarperTrophy
Landry News Andrew Clements Aladdin
A Long Way from Chicago Richard Peck Puffin
Nothing but the Truth Avi Flare
The Outsiders S.E. Hinton Prentice Hall
Rewind William Sleator Puffin
Seedfolks Paul Fleischman Harper Collins
S.O.R. Losers Avi Harcourt
Stage Fright on a Summer Night (15 books) Mary Pope Osborne Random House
Stargirl Jerry Spinelli Knopf
Summer Reading is Killing Me John Sciezka Puffin
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Little Brown & Co
Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech HarperTrophy
Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963 Christopher Paul Curtis Bantam Books
Westing game Ellen Raskin Scott Foresman
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