Are you in a book club? Are you looking for new books to discuss?


Willard Library offers a Book Club in a Bag service with eight paperback copies, and discussion guides if available, for popular titles.

To request a bag, contact Jade Woodridge with your name, library card number, book title, exact pickup date (at least two weeks out), and pickup location (Willard Library or the Helen Warner Branch) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 269-968-8166, ext. 504. You may request any title. We can only fulfill your request if eight paperback copies are available from our vendor. See our list of suggested titles to get ideas or contact Jade for further suggestions.

No less than two weeks advanced notice is required to fill your Book Club in a Bag request. All you need is a valid Willard Library card and the desire to discuss amazing books! The kit checks out for six weeks and may be picked up at either of our locations. 


Click here to view a Willard Library catalog list of suggested titles.


Not a part of a book club? Are you interested in discussing new books?

The Willard Library "Brown Bag" Book Club (previously title "Book Club") reads both non-fiction and fiction from a wide variety of backgrounds both local and international. Willard welcomes you to participate on the first Thursday of every month! We encourage you to enjoy your lunch while you enjoy good company and discussion.


In response to COVID-19, Brown Bag Book Club meetings are on hold.


  • Battle Creek Reads, A Dog Called  Hope by Jason Morgan

Summary: "A Dog Called Hope is the incredible story of a service dog who brought a devastated warrior back from the brink and taught him how to be a true father. It is the story of Napal, who built bridges between his wheelchair-bound battle buddy and the rest of able-bodied humankind. It is the story of Jason, who found life’s true meaning with the help of his faithful companion. Humorous, intensely moving, and uplifting, Jason and Napal’s heartwarming tale will brighten any day and lift every heart."


  •  Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Summary: "The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Twenty-six-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant."


  • The Honey Bus by Meredith May

Summary: "May turned to her grandfather and the art of beekeeping as an escape from her troubled reality. The bees became a guiding force in May’s life, teaching her about family and survival, and it was during this pivotal time in May’s childhood that she learned to take care of herself. Part family story, part beekeeping odyssey, The Honey Bus is a rich and lyrical memoir of a girl who journeyed into the hive—and found herself."


  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black: A novel by [Esi Edugyan]

Summary: "Eleven-year-old George Washington Black—or Wash—a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen as the manservant of his master’s brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human."


  • The Sun is a Compass by Caroline van Hermert

The Sun Is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds by [Caroline Van Hemert]

Summary: "In March of 2012, [van Hermert] and her husband set off on a 4,000-mile wilderness journey from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic, traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe. Together, they survived harrowing dangers while also experiencing incredible moments of joy and grace -- migrating birds silhouetted against the moon, the steamy breath of caribou, and the bond that comes from sharing such experiences."




You will find these titles on the Mainfloor, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a copy! Those who attend Book Club meetings will get first priority. Most titles are available in audio, ebook, e-audio, and large print.

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