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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:
Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen...     Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy's funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor-there's not much else to do in a dying small town that's almost beyond repair.
You certainly wouldn't open a bookstore. And definitely not with the tourist in charge. You'd need a vacant storefront (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy's house is full of them), and...customers.
The bookstore might be a little quirky. Then again, so is Sara. But Broken Wheel's own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought.
A heartwarming reminder of why we are booklovers, this is a sweet, smart story about how books find us, change us, and connect us.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd   
The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined.

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.

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?"

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.
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.

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.