Book Club in a Box Kits


–Libraries sign up for the kits for a three-month period (time to receive, distribute, discuss, and send the kit back)
–Kits include 10 copies of the book and discussion questions
–Contact Ally Mellon at or 601-432-4117 to reserve a kit.

Mississippi Titles:

Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives by Brad Watson
Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Ever is a Long Time by W. Ralph Eubanks
The Healing by Jonathan Odell
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure by Norma Watkins
Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey
North Toward Home by Willie Morris
The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Wolf Whistle by Lewis Nordan

Young Adult Titles

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Bayou by Jeremy Love
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I Am J by Chris Beam
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (6 extra copies available in Spanish)
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Created Equal Kits

Created with a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, these kits can be customized for your library’s needs. Choose a book club kit and a film, just a film, or just a book club kit! All films have public performance rights.


Freedom Riders
The Loving Story
Slavery by Another Name
The Abolitionists


Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Justice by Raymond Arsenault (nonfiction)
March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (graphic novel)
Virginia Hasn’t Always Been for Lovers: Interracial Marriage Bans and the Case of Richard and Mildred Loving by Phyl Newbeck (nonfiction)
If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson (young adult)
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon (nonfiction)
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (fiction)
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of New America by Gilbert King (nonfiction)
Wolf Whistle by Lewis Nordan (fiction)
Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe (young adult)
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (nonfiction)

Dinner and Movie Kits

Dinner and a Movie Series — a partnership with the Mississippi Humanities Council’s FOOD: For Thought, For Life program — includes ten copies of one of the following food-themed books and five short documentaries on food (75 minutes total):

The Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Valuing the Vote Kits

Valuing the Vote – A partnership with League of Women Voters of Mississippi. Completed with funding from the Mississippi Humanities Council.

Focus on Women: contains 10 copies of With Courage and Cloth by Ann Bausum, the film Iron-Jawed Angels, and a CD of voter interviews.
Focus on African-Americans: 10 copies of This Little Light of Mine: the Life of Fannie Lou Hamer by Kay Mills, the film Never Turn Back by Tracy Sugarman, and two episodes of “Eyes on the Prize” from the PBS series.