Events

Book clubs

Book club kits

Each bag contains 8-10 copies of a single title, a set of discussion questions, and tips for running a successful book club.

From the list of kits, click on the "Reserve Kit" button to request it. Ask Us for help reserving a kit or if you have questions about the service.

You will be notified by phone or email when your kit is available to be picked up at the Hennepin County Library location of your choice. Kits must be returned to any Hennepin County Library location during open hours since they can't be returned in a book drop.

A kit is checked out to one book club member who is responsible for all of the materials. The fine for overdue kits is 30 cents a day, and fees for missing books will be charged to the book club member who checked out the kit.

The group may keep the kit for up to six weeks. Book club kits may not be renewed. A book club member can have up to six kits reserved at one time.

Complete list of book club kits

Kits are generally for adults and include fiction, nonfiction and large print titles. Some kits with teen titles are available for adult and teen readers. The list includes links to online copies of the discussion questions and information about the author.

Once a date is selected for kit pick up it may not be changed since future reservations will be based on this information.

Check by title for available dates

Select the title you'd like to read and click on the "Reserve Kit" link to find out its available dates.

Check by date for available titles

Select the date when you'd like to pick up a kit and click on the "Submit" button to get a list of available titles. Remember to check your chosen location's open days and hours when you pick your date.

Check or cancel your reservation

To see which kit(s) you have reserved, you will need your library card's barcode number and PIN.

Online resources

Authors

Authors

Contemporary Authors

Complete biographical and bibliographic information on U.S. and international authors. Includes awards and honors, adaptations, and commentary.

Dictionary of Literary Biography

Essays on authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers and playwrights. Includes biographical data, awards, bibliographies, descriptive overviews, images and reviews. DLB Yearbook offers literary events year by year.

Something About the Author

Articles and images detailing the lives and works of children's and teens' authors and illustrators.

Books

Books

Books in Print

Information on in print, out of print, or forthcoming books, ebooks, audiobooks, and videos. Includes reviews, contents, previews, author biographies, awards information, and publisher information.

Gale Literature Archive

Cross-search two or more resources at once. Includes children's literature, classical and medieval literaturs, criticism and biography.

Literature Criticism Online

Commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books, and journals. Covers poetry, drama, novels, short stories, and more. Goes back to 1400.

Literature Resource Center

Biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline. Includes criticism, plot summaries, and dictionary of literary terms. Goes back to 1400.

LitFinder

Full-text poems, short stories, essays, speeches and plays with summaries, biographies and images. Some content is citations and abstracts. Goes back to the 9th Century.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Find fiction and nonfiction titles for children and teens. Includes read-alikes, discussion guides, reviews and articles.

NoveList Plus

Find fiction and nonfiction titles. Includes author read-alikes, discussion guides, reviews and articles.

Salem Literature

Contemporary literary criticism of both fiction and nonfiction going back to 1977. Includes original analysis, biographical information, and images.

Downloads and eBooks

Downloads and eBooks

3M Cloud Library

Download books for readers of all ages. Access limited to Hennepin County residents and property owners.

BookFLIX

Fiction and nonfiction eBooks for young readers. Includes streaming video, games and educator resources.

OneClickdigital

Download audiobooks for children, teens, and adults. Available to Hennepin County residents with a valid library card.

One More Story

Available only in a library. Picture books set to music and read aloud to you, or use the "I Can Read It" mode to read them yourself. For children ages 2-6.

Overdrive Digital Library

Download books, audiobooks, videos, and music for all ages. Available to Hennepin County residents with a valid library card.

Overdrive Digital Library (eBooks)

Download books for readers of all ages. Available to Hennepin County residents with a valid library card.

Tumblebook Library

Animated story books and chapter books with highlighted text. Also includes nonfiction books and videos, puzzles and games. Some titles in Spanish and French. Kindergarten - Gr. 5

Tumblebook Library (Spanish)

Los TumbleBooks son libros animados, con ilustraciones que hablan, para enseñar a los niños los placeres de la lectura en un formato que les encantará.

Zinio

Read magazines online or download via app. No limit to how many you can check out and they may be kept indefinitely.Free access limited to the library collection.

Other library catalogs

Other library catalogs

MnLink

Search for materials at public and academic libraries across Minnesota. Includes magazine and journal indexes, some with full-text.

WorldCat

Search for materials at public and academic libraries across the world. Includes manuscripts written as early as the 11th century.

Plays, poetry and short stories

Plays, poetry and short stories

Columbia Granger's World of Poetry

Full-text of widely read poems, plus commentaries and biographies.

Play Index

Plays written from antiquity to today and published from 1949 to the present. Covers plays written in or translated into English, including mysteries, pageants, plays in verse, puppet performances, radio and television plays, and classic drama.

Short Story Index

Citations and some full-text stories from collections and anthologies published each year in all literary genres. Goes back to 1984.

Theatre in Video

Streaming video of the world's leading plays and theater-related documentaries. Allows bookmarking and sharing. Content goes back to 1937.

Author alerts

Get an alert by email or text message when the Library orders a new title by one of your favorite authors or performers.

View author alerts