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Books, Poetry, Authors, Writing

Engage in book clubs, writing and discussion groups, and author talks.

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Book club kits

Each kit contains 8-10 copies of a single title. A kit is checked out to one patron 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 patron who checked out the kit.

You may keep a kit for up to six weeks. Book club kits may not be renewed. Log in to your account to pause or cancel your requests.

Kits must be returned to a Hennepin County library during open hours since they can't be returned in a book drop.

Search for “book club kit” in the “Books, movies, music” tab and place your requests through the catalog. You may also use the lists below to browse the available kits.

Ask Us if you have questions about the service.

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

One search location for Gale's online literature archive resources, including Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete, Literature Criticism, and Something About the Author.

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.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Resources for finding fiction and nonfiction titles for children and teens by topic, genre, grade level, and Lexile score. Includes read-alikes, discussion guides, reviews and articles. 

NoveList Plus

Information and resources to find fiction and nonfiction titles. Includes author read-alikes, discussion guides, reviews and articles.

Downloads and eBooks

Downloads and eBooks

Cloud Library

Downloadable eBooks for readers of all ages.

Getting started? Find Cloud Library Online Help under "About" once you are in the resource.

EBooks Minnesota

An online eBook collection for readers of all ages featuring content from independent Minnesota publishers and including some of Minnesota's best literature and nonfiction.

Getting started? Find Support at the bottom of the page once you are in the resource.

OneClickdigital

Downloadable audiobooks for children, teens, and adults.

Getting started? Find OneClickdigital Support by clicking the question mark at the top right once you are in the resource.

OverDrive Digital Library

Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks and streaming videos for all ages.

Getting started? Find OverDrive Help link at the top right once you are in the resource. 

Zinio

Online magazines which can be read in your web browser or downloaded via app. No limit to how many you can check out and they may be kept indefinitely.

Getting started? Find Zinio Help at the bottom right once you are in the resource. 

Other library catalogs

Other library catalogs

MnLINK (Minnesota Library Information Network)

A statewide virtual library to search for library resources across Minnesota. Use MnLINK to make Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests for materials within and outside of Minnesota.

WorldCat

Library materials from public and academic institutions across the world. To request materials through Interlibrary Loan, use MnLINK.

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.

Loeb Classical Library

Classical Greek and Latin texts alongside English translations. Spans eighteen centuries, from 800 BC to 1000 AD, and includes epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory.

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

Productions of the world's leading plays and documentaries discussing the history of theatre, acting methods, pioneering dramatists, and actors.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently redesigning Author Alerts. During this transition period, you will not be able to sign up for new alerts or manage existing ones. If you’ve previously signed up for an alert using your library card, you will continue to receive emails when titles are ordered by that author/performer. The full service will be available again later this summer.