Red Wing Public Library staff are happy to work with book clubs, both to provide assistance in selecting books and to obtain copies for book club members. There are three books clubs run by or at the library: The Friends of the Library Book Club, the Overbooked Reading Group and the Pictures and Prose book club.

Finding books

Check out the links to the right or the books listed below for help in searching for a title to read, or even in setting up and running a book club.

Book club in a bag

The Minnesota Book Award book club in a bag kits are available for checkout! Each kit includes 10 copies of a book, reader guides and bookmarks, all in a handy canvas bag. Titles include the winning books from 2009-2012 in a variety of categories, including fiction, nonfiction and young adult. You can see the titles online but you’ll have to request them through us.

Obtaining copies

In general, if the library’s copy (or copies) of a particular book are checked out, then we will attempt to get the book from other SELCO libraries. If the book is very new, very popular or owned by very few other SELCO libraries, then we may have difficulty getting enough copies in a timely manner. Staff can tell you if the book you are considering falls into any of these categories.

New members

Occasionally we are asked for a referral to a book club. If your club is interested in such referrals, please leave the club name, contact information, and a recent book list (if available) at the service desk.

The following books (and many others) are available at the library to help you with your book club. Should you have any questions, please just ask at the service desk – we’ll be happy to help.

Helpful book club websites:

  • BookSpot
    Book guides, links to online groups, links to publisher guides and ore.
  • Reading Group Guides
    Book guides and information on starting and running book clubs.
  • Reading Group Choices
    Book guides and information on starting and running
    book clubs.
Book group book
The Book Group Book: a thoughtful guide to forming and enjoying a stimulating book discussion group
Picture of book cover for Book Lust
Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason
Reading group choices
Reading Group Choices: Selections for Lively Book Discussions
Picture of book cover for Reading Group Handbook
The Reading Group Handbook: Everything you Need to Know, From Choosing Members to Leading Discussions
Picture of book cover for What to Read
What to Read: The Essential Guide for Reading Group Members and Other Book Lovers