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Welcome to the new Book Club Kit reservation system.

  1. About Book Club Kits
  2. Searching for a Book Club Kit
  3. Reserving a Book Club Kit
  4. Verifying or Cancelling a Book Club Kit with "My Kits"


1. About Book Club Kits and KitKeeper

A basic Book Club Kit includes 15 paperback books, a discussion guide, and a sign-out sheet in an easy-to-carry canvas tote bag. There are often other resources included such as a DVD, large print , or audio book. Check the Contents note found in the full display of each kit.

You can use this system, KitKeeper, to select and reserve a Book Club Kit for your book club. All you need is a library card in good standing from an MVLC library. Those who run multiple book clubs each year will be happy to know that reservations for specific kits can be made up to two years in advance.

When you find and reserve a Book Club Kit you can select any MVLC library at which to pick up your kit when it is ready. Book Club Kits can be used for a six week period. There are no renewals; however, if there are no reservations for the next six week period, you may check out the kit again.

It is very important to return your Book Club Kit on time. Often, other people will be waiting to use the kit in the time period immediately after yours. Because of the tight reservation system a kit must be returned at its assigned due date no matter what day it was finally received.

The time and resources used to create and manage Book Club Kits is considerable. Like any other library material the person checking out an item will be responsible for the complete return of all pieces of the kit without damage. A lost Book Club Kit is valued at $150. Lost or damaged pieces will be billed at cost.

With almost 300 titles available you have a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction for adults, teens, and children. If you have suggestions for new Book Club Kits, would like to donate materials or money, or have additional questions about Book Club Kits, please contact your local library.

 



2. Searching for a Book Club Kit

 

There are 3 ways to search for a kit:

 

  1. Look through the list of kits OR
  2. Select a Kit and look for available dates OR
  3. Select a date and see what kits are available.

 
A. Look through the list of kits
 

 
The first selection on the Book Club Kits home page will allow you to search through all available kits at MVLC Libraries by using various criteris. Click the large list icon or the GO button to access the search page.
 

 
There are four drop-down menus that you may select as your search criteria. You can select one drop-down or many. If you do not want to use a drop-down, leave it at the top "ALL entry".
 

  • ALL KITS will give you a list of all kits located at MVLC libraries.
  • ALL AUTHORS will let you select from a list of authors associated with the kits.
  • ALL GENRES will let you select Fiction or Non-Fiction.
  • ALL AGE GROUPS will let you select Adult, Teen, or Children.

 There are two drop-down menus for displaying and sorting your results.

  • DISPLAY ALL INFO will give you all information including description/summary.
  • DISPLAY ALL BUT DESCRIPTION will leave the description/summary out.
  • DISPLAY KIT LIST will give a simple one-line list with title, author, and age group.
  • SORT BY TITLE will sort your results by the title.
  • SORT BY AUTHOR will sort your results by the author’s last name.

Click SELECT after making your selections to get your results.
 

 

Click Here to continue in the Reserving a Book Club Kit section.




B. Select a Kit and look for available dates

If you know the title of a kit and you want to see when it is available, go to the second selection on the Book Club Kits home page

Look through the drop-down menu of title and select the title. Click Go.

 

Click Here to continue in the Reserving a Book Club Kit section.

 


C. Select a date and see what kits are available.

The third selection on the Book Club Kit Home Page will allow you to view which kits are currently available for a certain date or time period.

Select a month from the drop-down menu and click GO.
 

Hover over a date in the calendar and available kits will show in the right panel. You can quickly hover over one date after another to scan the titles. Once you find a date and kit you would like click the date.

 

Titles in the right panel will now become reservation links. Click the title to reserve.

Click Here to continue in the Reserving a Book Club Kit section. The date has already been selected, so you will continue at the logging in point.


 


 
 
3. Reserving a Book Club Kit 
 

A calendar will come up to show when the kit is available. The kit is only available to be reserved it the word RESERVE appears in the date box.


In this example this kit is not available in September 2012. You will need continue scrolling down to see when it is available.
 


 

This kit is so popular that it is not available to be reserved until May 2013! Click RESERVE for the date that you would like to pick

Enter your bar code and PIN/Password and click Submit.

Click the Continue button. If your card is not verified, please contact your local library to find a solution to the problem.

In this screen some information will be pre-filled from your library account; however, there are some important things that you will need to do.


First, check the phone and email information and correct if necessary. If you do not have a phone number and/or email, click the unavailable link to the right of the box.

Second, select the library from whom you would like the pick up the kit.

Finally, click the Reserve this Kit button.

A Kit Reservation Confirmation will appear. If you included your email, this will also be emailed to you.

Click Return to KitKeeper Main Menu to continue looking at kits.

 

 


 

4. Verifying or Cancelling a Book Club Kit with "My Kits" 

To verify your reservation or to cancel it, find My Kits at the bottom of the Book Club Kits Home Page.

Enter your bar code and PIN/Password and click Submit.

Click the Continue button.

You will see the kits that are on reserve for you. Tosee the details of your reservation click Show.

To cancel your reservation click Delete. You will be prompted to verify the cancellation.