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New ....More new ebooks available now with the 3M Cloud! You will be amazed at the huge variety of books, from children and teen up to adult books, both fiction and non-fiction. Link to our eBook page.​

Pop sicence mag sept web.jpg​Download eMagazines with Zinio NOW over 160 magazine titles, with some recent issues also available. Download current issues of popular magazines to your computer, smartphone, iPad, or tablet with Zinio. Over 100 now titles available- here are just a few: American Craft, American Patchwork & Quilting, Astronomy, Bloomberg Businessweek, Cabin Life, Car & Driver,  Cloth Paper Scissors, Cosmopolitan, Country Gardens, Country Living, Discover, Dwell, The Economist, Elle, Esquire, EveryDay with Rachel Ray, Family Circle, Family Handyman, Food Network Magazine, Forbes, Good Housekeeping, Harper's Bazaar, Harvard Business Review, Home Theater, House Beautiful, iPhone & iPad Life, Interweave Knits, Kiplingers, Knitter's Magazine, Macworld, Mother Earth News, Mother Jones, Motor Trend, National Geographic Interactive, Newsweek, Organic Gardening, PCWorld, PC Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Prevention, Quilts and More, Road & Track, Redbook, Rolling Stone, Runner's World, Shutterbug, Smithsonian, US, Utne Reader, Vegetarian Times, Weight Watchers, Whole Living and Woman's Day.  Link to eMagazines with Zinio​      Complete list


Check this out!  Your Minnesota Public Libraries. So Much More Than You Expect.  
Every $1.00 invested in Minnesota Public Libraries returns $4.60 to our communities. 

March Service of the Month: Looking for your roots? You can dig for them at your Library!   How can we help?

April Service of the month: Job Searching- Looking for a job? Start at the Library with Job Now! Check out our resources.

August Service of the month: Take us with you! we have apps for iphones, smart phones and ipads: our catalog, databases, eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks. Check it out! 

What is a Little Free Library? There are several in Carver County already. Check out their web site! 







Homework Rescue 

Get online homework help from an expert tutor. For grades 3-12, Homework Rescue is available from 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., 7 days a week, in English and in Spanish. (Provided by MELSA)


Emails with information on new books!     Sign up  for monthly emails featuring our new books: from BookLetters.      Bookletters is a free service that delivers reading recommendations, news, and comments about books and authors directly to you via e-mail. Each newsletter includes a link to the Carver County Library catalog where you can place a hold on the books you want to read.   You can choose from Mystery, New Fiction, New Non-fiction, and much more.
You can also clink on a link and see the current eNewsletter of new books on the offered topics.

br fitness kitweb.JPGBrain Fitness in a KIT at all the Carver County Library branches! Developed with grant funding, these kits contain 4 games that stimulate and engage your brain. Recent studies have shown a direct link between playing games and retaining brain functions. This is particularly important for people as they age, but all ages will enjoy these games.

These kits can be checked out for 6 weeks and can be renewed.

Kits can be generically requested from other Carver County libraries as well as the library at which you normally check out materials. Details of games in the kits are not available. They must be returned to a Carver County Library when it is open, they do not fit in book returns.

The Brain Fitness Project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in Minnesota by State Library Services & School Technology.    For more information, please contact your local Carver County Library at Chanhassen, Chaska, Norwood Young America, Waconia or Watertown.​ 


Art at the Library! The Chanhassen, Waconia and Watertown Libraries each have regular exhibits by local artists. Some items are for sale, you will need to contact the artist.  

Chanhassen Library:                                                                                                                            

  • March & April- Hidden in Plain View- Photographs by Tom Wik, Amy Anderson, Peter Latner, & Michael Dvorak
  • May & June - Photogaphy by Bruce Edwards

 Waconia Library:   

  • March & April - Paintings by Reid Thorpe
  • May & June - Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Project
Watertown Library:  
  • March & April - Paintings by Reid Thorpe
  • May & June - Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Project​

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Art by Reid Thorpe Photographs by Bruce Edwards



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Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Project​​ Photo by Tom Wik- Hidden in Plain View


If you are an artist interested in exhibiting your works, please contact Kathy Perschmann 952-227-1508 for Chanhassen; or Laurel Bradshaw 952-442-4714 for Waconia and Watertown.



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 adultsteens, 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:

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.

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.

Straight out of View: Poems by Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen.  Select your three favrite poems, read them to your book group, then explain why they appealed to you.  

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.  


Lucky Day Collections at the Carver County Libraries!                     

Thanks to the Friends of the Chanhassen Library, current popular Lucky Day image 250 .jpgbooks can be instantly borrowed on a first come-first served basis at the Chanhassen Library.  The “Lucky Day” collection, located close to the new fiction and staff recommendation shelves, is a browsing collection of high-demand titles for people visiting the Chanhassen Library.    Visitors will have the opportunity to avoid long wait periods for these titles and have a “Lucky Day” experience.  The books in this collection are chosen by staff to match the local community’s reading tastes in popular, high-demand titles.   To help keep a supply of titles available for Chanhassen Library visitors to check out and enjoy, a few special borrowing conditions have been applied to this collection:                                                          
You may check these books out for 14 days                                                                                                     
There is a limit of 2 Lucky Day books per library card                                                      
Lucky Day copies cannot be renewed                                                                                                     
Reservations or requests online or by phone cannot be placed on these Lucky Day copies                                                    Lucky Day books must be returned to a Carver County Library for quicker turnaround 
NOW also at the Chaska and Waconia Libraries, with one book allowed per library card. Thanks to the Friends of the Chaska and Waconia Libraries. Coming soon to Watertown and Norwood Young America!

Check out a Power Check Energy Meter provided by Xcel Energy for Carver County Library customers.                 
Identify high-energy appliances at home or office and reduce energy usage. 
Each meter comes in a protective carrying case and includes:
  1. An energy meter manual and a booklet with home-energy assessment instructions.
  2. A USB cable to download usage-tracking information.
The meters may be checked out for one 3-week loan period.
Reserve one online.

Are you done reading the latest bestseller?  Donate it to the library so others can enjoy it!  Drop off your recent bestseller at your local library branch.  Your bestseller donations help stretch our budget and help our community find a larger selection of books available at the library.  Thanks! 

The Arts Consortium of Carver County is designed to support and serve as a viable resource and advocate for artists and the arts in the communities of Carver County. Find out more about ACCC

Watch the Go Green Live presentations to learn more about going green from the Carver County Library and the Carver County Environmental Center.
Volunteers are needed to teach adults computer basics at Chaska, Watertown, Waconia, and Norwood Young America libraries.  Classes are typically 1-2 hours in length, offered once a week, and limited to two students.  As a volunteer you will need good, basic computer skills.  This is a great opportunity to interact with others who are curious and excited to learn the benefits of technology.  Complete lesson plans and training are provided.