A Read Around Yolo bag is a sturdy zippered tote bag that contains 10 paperback copies of a single title and is intended for use by book clubs or reading groups. Along with the books, each bag contains a list of discussion questions (when available), discussion leader tips, and a sign-out sheet to help keep track of the contents of the bag.
Who can borrow a Read Around Yolo bag?
Only a Yolo County Library patron with a valid library card can borrow a Read Around Yolo bag. If you do not have a card, please ask at your local branch library about getting a free library card.
I would like to start a book club. Can you help me?
Are there any book clubs in the area that I can join?
Some of our branches host book clubs that you may be able to join or, occasionally, book clubs looking for new members will let us know. Please check out our Local Book Clubs page or ask a staff member for assistance.
How do I reserve a bag?
Requests can be made through your local library branch or directly from the Reference Desk at the Mary L. Stephens Branch Library in Davis (530) 757-5593 x3.
May I reserve a bag from the Online Catalog?
Not at this time.
May I request a bag for next month?
Requests for specific bags/titles should be made in advance to ensure availability. However, you may contact the Reference desk at the Mary L. Stephens Branch Library in Davis at (530) 757-5593 x3 to find out if any bags are available on shorter notice.
My group meets monthly. May I borrow a bag every month?
Yes, you can reserve titles up to one year in advance. However, an individual is only allowed to have one bag checked out at a time.
Is it possible to choose the branch library where I’d like to pick up the bag?
Yes, you may pick up and return the bag at any of our seven locations.
My group has less than ten members. Can I check out only a few items from the bag?
Bags must be checked out as a whole; individual contents cannot be checked out separately.
My group has more than ten members. Do you have bags with more than ten books?
Please use the Yolo County Library catalog to request additional copies of the title as needed. These books will be subject to the regular three-week borrowing period but may be renewed if there are no holds on them.
Some of our members prefer large print books or audio books. Do any of your bags contain those items?
Many of the titles in our Read Around Yolo program are available in large print and audio formats. Check the Yolo County Library catalog to request the title in a different format. Please note that these items will circulate for the regular three-week borrowing period but may be renewed provided there are no holds on them.
How long may I keep the Read Around Yolo bag?
Bags and their contents can be checked out for an extended loan period of 45 days.
Is it possible to renew a bag?
Not at this time.
I forgot what was in my bag when I got it—how do I know what to check for before returning it?
The contents are listed on the sign-out sheet in the bag.
Can my group members return their own books to the library?
No, the bag must be returned in-person with all copies of the book at the same time.
Is it possible to use the book drop to return a bag when the library is closed?
Bags must be returned to a library staff member during open hours. They cannot be placed in the book drop.
Do I have to return a bag to the same branch I checked it out from?
Overdue bags will be charged a fine of $2.00 per day.
What if I am late returning one item from a bag?
You will still be charged a fine of $2.00 per day.
One of my group members forgot to return their book; who is responsible for it?
The person who checked out the bag is responsible for the bag and all of its contents.
What should I do if a book is lost?
If your group loses a book you have two options: replace it with another copy of the book that is the same edition and in good condition or pay the replacement fee for the book.
What if the bag itself is damaged?
The replacement fee for a bag is $30.
What if I lose an entire bag including the contents?
The replacement fee for a bag and its contents is $150.
Can my book club suggest titles for the program?
Yes, call or visit the Reference desk at the Mary L. Stephens Branch Library in Davis at (530) 757-5593 x3 and let us know your ideas. Or donate your clean copies of titles your group has purchased so another group can enjoy them.
Does my local library have space for my group to meet?
A few of our libraries have meeting rooms. Please call or visit your local branch to find out.