Friday, August 21, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions

What is in a kit?

A kit consists of a sturdy canvas bag, 15 paperback copies of the title (one of which may be a large print version, in paper or hardcover, depending upon availability), discussion questions, a sign-out sheet, and a discussion group flyer.

Who can sponsor a kit?

A NH library that participates in the New Hampshire Interlibrary Loan Program, and has a van stop may choose to sponsor a kit. We also welcome sponsorship from book discussion groups and civic organizations, but, a NH public library must be willing to act at the intermediary between the group and the RTG committee.

Does the sponsor get to pick a title?

The short answer is "no." Kit titles are assigned by the RTG committee. A sponsor may decline a title assigned by the committee. All titles are vetted by the committee before assignment.

What are the criteria for a title to be added to program?

Additions must be current and available in paperback (the large print copy may be in hardcover). The book should present opportunities for discussion and have discussion questions available. Any candidate for addition to the list will be reviewed by the RTG Committee before being added.

How long can a kit be checked out?

The standard length of time a kit may be checked out is eight weeks. However, the host library has some discretion to extend the borrowing period. It may not, however, reduce the borrowing time to less than eight weeks.

How can book clubs borrow a RTG kit?

Kits are circulated through the ILL system. Book club representatives should contact their local public library. A library card is required to check out kits.

How can libraries reserve a kit?

Reserves are based on demand and are left to the discretion of the host library. If you would like to reserve a kit, please contact the host library to discuss reserve options.

What if all the books in a kit are not returned?

All kits must be returned to the host library by the due date. If missing items are not returned within two weeks of the due date, the host library will bill the borrowing library for the missing items.

What if a copy of a book is lost or damaged?

If a book is lost or damaged, contact the host library to discuss replacement options. In all cases of lost or missing items, the borrowing library assumes the cost of replacements. (Patron responsibility is left to the discretion of the borrowing library.)

Are RTG kits renewable?

Kits are renewable at the discretion of the sponsoring library, based on demand.

I have a suggestion/question, or I would like to sponsor a RTG kit, whom do I contact?

Contact a RTG committee member:

Diane Mayr, chairperson, Nesmith Library, Windham
(Click here to send an email.)
Sarah Basbas, West Side Community Library branch of Manchester City Library
Elizabeth Flot, North Hampton Public Library
Claudia Mayer, Manchester City Library
Heather Murray, Bedford Public Library
Elizabeth Nerbonne, Rochester Public Library
Tricia Ryden, Wiggin Memorial Library, Stratham

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