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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 190 magazine titles, with some recent issues also available. Download current issues of popular magazines to your computer, smartphone, iPad, or tablet with Zinio. Over 190 titles available- here are just a few: American Craft, American Patchwork & Quilting, Astronomy, Atlantic, 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, Foreign Policy, Good Housekeeping, Harper's Bazaar, HGTV Magazine, Home Theater, House Beautiful, iPhone & iPad Life, Interweave Knits, Kiplingers, Knitter's Magazine, Macworld, Midwest Living, Mother Earth News, Mother Jones, Motor Trend, National Geographic Interactive, New Yorker,  Newsweek, Organic Gardening, PCWorld, PC Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Prevention, Quilts and More, Road & Track, Redbook, Rolling Stone, Runner's World,  Smithsonian, US, Utne Reader, Vanity Fair, Vegetarian Times, Weight Watchers, Whole Living and Woman's Day.  Link to eMagazines with Zinio​     


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. 

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:

  • February-March -  Christin Congdon, paintings
  • April- May - Patrick Lynch, paintings
  • June- Paintings by Mike McKeever

 Waconia Library:   

  • January-February- Anna Rosenthal, Botanical art
  • March-April- Paintings by Scott Lord
  • May-June- Crystal Murillo, Paintings, drawings, masks, and pottery
Watertown Library:   ​
  • January-February- Anna Rosenthal, Botanical art
  • March-April- Paintings by Scott Lord
  • May-June- Crystal Murillo, paintings, drawings, masks and pottery


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Painting by Scott Lord Botanical Art by Anna Rosenthal

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Painting by Christin Congdon Painting by Patrick Lynch


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:

The Girls of Atomic City: The untold story of the women who helped win World War II by Denise Kiernan   976.873 KIE
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.
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 speaking at the Chanhassen Library on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 pm.  CLUB BOOK. 

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.    


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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 is a browsing collection of high-demand titles for people visiting the 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 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, Waconia, Watertown and Norwood Young America Libraries, with one book allowed per library card.
Thanks to the Friends of the Library groups for these communities.  
Watertown Library Lucky Day shelves

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.