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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 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:
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.
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
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.