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The Westmoreland Library Network provides over 100 book discussion kits for Libraries and other community-based book discussion groups.

There are book discussion kits available for loan through the WLN. Each kit contains at least 10 copies of a single title, biographical information about the author, selected reviews, suggestions for discussion, and general information for book groups and readers.

Helpful FAQs:

How can I reserve a book kit?
Any community-based book discussion group may request a kit through its local library, which will then reserve the kit by providing the WLN office with the date the book kit should arrive at the library and the book discussion date. WLN will do its best to make arrangements for any special circumstances. Or, you may contact WLN directly at 724-420-5638 to reserve your kit.

How long may a book discussion kit be kept?
Kits may be borrowed for up to 8 weeks at a time.  The kits are not renewable and fines are .25 per day.  Replacement fees will be charged for lost items.

What happens if I lose the book kit?
The replacement cost for a WLN book kit is different for each kit. In the event that a complete book kit is lost, the borrower will be responsible for the replacement cost of the books and container. 

What if I only lose one book out of the kit?
The borrower is responsible for the cost of the item which is entered in the item record of the item plus a $3 processing fee.

The most up-to-date list of book discussion kits can be found by using the online catalog and searching for 'book discussion kit'.

Available titles:

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    Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
    Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison
    Arctic Drift by Clive & Dirk Cussler
    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
    Backwater by Joan Bauer, Young Adult
    Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh
    Bel Canto: a novel by Ann Patchett
    The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich, Young Adult
    Blackberry Tea Club: Women in their Glory Years by Barbara Herrick
    Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith
    Bobcat and other stories by Rebecca Lee
    The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
    Brick Lane by Monica Ali
    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
    Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
    Cane River by Lalita Tademy
    The Captain's Wife by Douglas Kelley
    Charlie Wilson's War by George Crile
    Cleopatra: a life by Stacy Schiff
    Crispin: the cross of lead by Avi, Young Adult
    Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
    Daniel Isn't Talking by Marti Leimbach
    Dead Wake by Erik Larson
    Dog Stars by Peter Heller
    Empire Falls by Richard Russo
    Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
    Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
    Falling man by Don DeLillo
    Flight 93, the Story, the Aftermath and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11 by Tom McMillan
    Galileo's Daughter: a Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love by Dava Sobel
    Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
    The Girl Factory by Karen Dietrich
    Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
    Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
    The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer
    The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman
    Home Front by Kristin Hannah
    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant
    In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
    In the Name of Salome by Julia Alvarez
    The Inheritance of Loss by Kirai Disai
    Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
    The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
    Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos, Young Adult
    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel
    The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
    The Living by Annie Dillard
    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
    Lost Sons by Judy Clemens
    Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
    March by Geraldine Brooks
    Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick and the Bitter Partnership that Transformed America by Les Standiford
    The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
    Midnight at the Dragon Café by Judy Fong Bates
    The Miracles at Santo Fico by D. L. Smith
    Missing Mom by Joyce Carol Oates
    My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
    The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
    O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
    Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
    Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
    Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
    Over the edge of the world : Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe by Laurence Bergreen
    The Pact by Jodi Picoult
    Petey by Ben Mikaelsen, Young Adult
    Pope Joan: a Novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross
    Precious : based on the novel Push by Sapphire
    The Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini
    The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
    Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
    Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji
    Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
    Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
    Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
    The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman
    Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
    The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, Young Adult
    State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
    The Stolen Child: a Novel by Keith Donohue
    The Story of [Western] Science by Susan Wise Bauer
    Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
    Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
    Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky
    Tangerine by Edward Bloor, Young Adult
    Testimony: a novel by Anita Shreve
    This Republic of Suffering: death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust
    A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    Under the Banner of Heaven: a Story of Violent Faith by John Krakauer
    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
    The Valley of Decision by Marcia Davenport
    Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis, Young Adult
    When the Killing's Done by T. C. Boyle
    The Whiskey Rebillion by William Hogeland
    Women of Troy Hill by Claire Ansberry
    The Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll
    The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond
    The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
    Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks