Book Club in a Bag

Have you been thinking about starting a book club and just do not know where to begin? The Marie Meseroll Book-Club-in-a-Bag program is a good place to start. The program is named in honor of Marie Grabowski Chilton Meseroll, a longtime Lawrenceville resident and member of the Friends of the Lawrence Library. The program’s goal is to provide everything needed to start a book club and to promote the love of reading.

What is a Book-Club-In-A-Bag?

Each bag contains:

  • at least six copies of a book title
  • biographical information about the author
  • discussion questions and plot summary
  • tips for the group leader

How do I reserve a bag?

Bags can be reserved through the loaning branch’s reference department and can be reserved up to one year in advance. Visit or call the loaning branch to reserve a bag for your group. A Mercer County Library System card is needed to reserve a title.

How long may I keep a bag?

Bags are checked-out by one member of the group who is responsible for returning all the materials. Bags may be kept for six weeks and are not renewable.

Where do I pick up and return my bag?

Bags may only be picked up and returned at the loaning branch. Overdue fees and missing books will be charged to the member who checked out the bag.

About Marie Meseroll

A long-time Friend of the Lawrence Library, Marie Grabowski Chilton Meseroll combined community service with her love of cooking as director of Foodways at Pennsbury Manor, and editing A Pennsbury Manor Cookbook; adapted from the recipes of Gulielma Penn. She was known for bringing cookies and desserts to any occasion, and for always having a full cookie jar for the neighborhood children. Her primary loves were her family, community, church, Bucknell University, music, and cooking.

Donating Books

If your book club is interested in donating copies of books to create a new “Book Club in a Bag” title, please call 609-883-8292 or email Ann Kerr

For more information about the program call 609-883-8292 or email Ann Kerr.