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A book club is a great place for you to meet other               
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Starting your own book club is an endeavor that we applaud! And we've made it easy to do with these tips, resources and our Book Club in a Bag Program.

Do you want to start a book club, but are not sure how to get started?   Think about what your intentions are for your book club.  Before you start looking for prospective members, sit down for a few minutes and ask yourself the following questions.

  • Why are you starting a book club?
  • What type of people will make up the club?  Are you hoping that all of you will have something in common (beside your love of books), or are you looking to form a diverse group?
  • What types of books will your club  read?  Fiction? Non-fiction? One particular genre, such as romance, bestsellers or biographies?
  • Do you want to lead the club? If so, for how long, and how much time can you devote to organizing meetings, refreshments and discussions? If not, will other members be willing to take on these responsibilities?
Now that you have a clearer vision of what you want for your book club, it will be easier to find others who want the same experience.

Is it difficult to find enough copies of the book for your group?  The Carver County Library can help.
Are you a member of a book club ?   You can register your book club and get emails with library news of interest to your members. It may be an author visit, or a new Book Club in a Bag kit.  Registration form here.

For Book Discussion Guides, go to
For author information and book reviews, go to Literature Resource Center.

        In-Library Access
        Outside the Library Access

Each Book Club in a Bag contains ten (usually paperback) copies of one title, discussion questions, author information, reviews, and book club advice.   We have Book Club in a Bag kits for adults,  teens, and kids.
The Book Club in a Bag can be checked out for an extended loan period of six weeks.  All of the titles are sure to generate great discussion for your book group.  They may not be renewed.
One library cardholder from each book club will assume responsibility for returning the Book Club in a Bag and all of its contents to the library. The kits may be reserved via the Carver County Catalog.
The bag can be picked up at the library of your choice.  They must be returned to a Carver County Library when the library is open, as they will not fit in book returns.
NEW Book Club in a Bag Kits:
Girls of Atomic City: the untold story of the women who helped win World War II by Denise Kiernan  976.873 KIE  373 p. The incredible story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in US history. At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians-many of them young women from small towns across the South-were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains.

The Monuments Men: Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history by Robert M. Edsel
940.531 EDS

Saved by Gracie: how a rough-and tumble rescue dog dragged me back to health, happiness, and God by Jan Dunlap
921 DUNLAP   This author is speaking at the Carver County Libraries in the fall of 2014.

When polio came home: how ordinary people overcame extraordinary challenges edited by Connie Anderson
616.835 WHE 2013    This author is speaking at the Carver County Libraries in the fall of 2014.

The language of flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh 

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes  A love story for this generation, this book brings to life two people who couldn't have less in common. A heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, "What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?"

Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed  921 STRAYED A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe-- and built her back up again. 
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline 278 p. A powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship, set between 1854 and 1929, when the "orphan trains" ran regularly from cities on the East Coast to the farmlands of the midwest.
The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin 434 p. A novel of the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra 396 p. 2004- a rural village in Kosovo: a failed doctor who treats wounded rebels and refugees and a traumatized 8-year-old girl whose father was taken by Russian forces explore the shared past that binds them together. Marra will be appearing at the Chanhassen Library at 6:30 pm on March 19, 2015 - Club Book.
Nothing daunted: the unexpected education of two society girls in the West  by Dorothy Wickenden  920 WIC  286 p.  A captivating full-length book derived from a widely read and much beloved New Yorker piece about Wickenden's grandmother and her grandmother's best friend who left their affluent East Coast lives to "rough it" as teachers in the wilds of Colorado in 1916.

Paris Wife by Paula Mclain 311 p. Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by brash "beautiful boy" Ernest Hemingway, and after a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley makes a convincing transformation from an overprotected child to a game and brave young woman who puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband's career.

Light between Oceans by M.L. Stedman  345 p.  A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarity  371 p.  The friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer, in 1922, and how it changes both their lives.


Straight out of View: Poems by Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen.  Your group can read Sutphen's book and discuss their favorite poems.  

We do have Library Book Clubs at most of our branches. Call your local library or click here to pull up the calendar to see all library events.