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Finding books and materials for your book club has never been easier with the Book Club in a Bag program!

What do I need to know about the program?

  • Each kit contains 10 copies of the book and discussion questions.
  • Kits can be requested delivered to any library branch.
  • The kit will be checked out on the library card of the person requesting and picking up the bag.
  • That person is responsible for the return of the bag and all of its contents.
  • The loan period is six weeks and kits may not be renewed.
  • No more than one kit may be borrowed at a time by a cardholder.
  • Late fee is $1/day.
  • Lost items are subject to a replacement fee.

 A complete list of every book kit available in the Black Gold system is available here .

Book Club in a Bag Kits available at the Santa Maria Public Library


Adult Fiction

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Good Daughter by Karen Slaughter
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Life After Life by Jill McCorkle
The Light between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Martian by Andy Weir
Me Before you by Jojo Moyes
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Ordinary Grace by William Krueger
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Paris Wife by Paula McLain
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Round House by Louise Erdrich 
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awed
Where’d you go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Adult Non-Fiction

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – Adult Non-Fiction
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren – Adult Non-Fiction
Wild by Cheryl Strayed – Adult Non-Fiction
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman – Adult Non-Fiction

Children’s Fiction

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Children’s Non-Fiction

El Deafo by Cece Bell – Children’s Non-Fiction

List Updated November 2019 

The Book Club in a Bag program is supported by both the Friends of the Santa Maria Public Library and the Friends of the Orcutt Library.