A book club is a great place for you to meet other
who share your interest in books.
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 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
- 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.
BOOK CLUB RESOURCES
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 author information and book reviews, go to Literature
Each Book Club in a Bag contains ten (usually paperback) copies of one
title, discussion questions, author information, reviews, and book club
We have Book Club in a Bag kits for adults,
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
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:
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
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.
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis Notable for
shattering the uniquely American myth of the open, progressive-minded small
town, its incisive attack on the provincial mentality stunned a nation proud
of its new prosperity and power.
Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor A
young narrator chronicles his coming-of-age in Minnesota's Lake Wobegon, a
fictitious small town where all the women are strong, all the men are
good-looking, and all the children are above average.
Mayor of the Universe by Lorna Landvik
The world sees Fletcher Weschel as a mild-mannered insurance man, but
it could be the world has vision problems. In his fantasies, Fletcher
returns the call of the wild with a bellowing,"Here I come!" In reality, no
one hears his whispered, "Me, too." - except for some unlikely visitors who
descend upon him one cold November night. With their help, Fletcher
experiences mystery and wonder far beyond his daydreams, and the adventures
he's about to undertake are truly out-of-this world.
Safe from the sea by Minnesota author Peter Geye
Peter's first book Safe from the Sea: Set
against the powerful lakeshore landscape of northern Minnesota, Safe from
the Sea is a heartfelt novel in which a son returns home to reconnect
with his estranged and dying father thirty-five years after the tragic wreck
of a Great Lakes ore boat that the father only partially survived and that
has divided them emotionally ever since. When his father for the first time
finally tells the story of the horrific disaster he has carried with him so
long, it leads the two men to reconsider each other. Meanwhile, Noah's own
struggle to make a life with an absent father has found its real reward in
his relationship with his sagacious wife, Natalie, whose complications with
infertility issues have marked her husband's life in ways he only fully
realizes as the reconciliation with his father takes shape. Peter Geye has
delivered an archetypal story of a father and son, of the tug and pull of
family bonds, of Norwegian immigrant culture, of dramatic shipwrecks and the
business and adventure of Great Lakes shipping in a setting that simply
casts a spell over the characters as well as the reader.
Straight out of View: Poems
by Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen. Your group can read
Sutphen's book and discuss their favorite poems.
The Long-Shining Waters by Minnesota
author Danielle Sosin
A luminous debut novel set on the shores of
Lake Superior, this book follows the lives of three very different women at
different periods in history. This book was finalist for a Minnesota Book
Award. Sosin spoke at the Chanhassen Library on Oct. 27. “This program is
supported by the Minnesota Book Awards through grants from the Minnesota
Department of Education – State Library Services and the Minnesota Library
Foundation. For more information on the Minnesota Book Awards, visit
LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS
We do have Library Book Clubs at most of our branches. Call your local
to pull up the calendar to see all library events.