Book Club to Go

The Best Book Club Books for Your Reading Group

The South Dakota Humanities Council offers a packaged reading program for book clubs organized by individuals, libraries, bookstores, museums, and other organizations.

For a $50 application fee, the Book Club to Go includes up to 30 copies of any title from the council's lending library and an SDHC scholar to lead a book discussion for the group. Groups can choose from more than 30 titles from the SDHC Lending Library, which includes some of the best book club books you'll find.

A group discusses books during the 2017 SD Festival of Books in Deadwood.

Get started

Any organization is eligible to apply for a Book Club to Go program.

  1. Select a title from the council's lending library.
  2. Set a date for the event. 
  3. Contact an SDHC scholar to lead a group discussion
  4. Submit an online application with the $50 application fee 4-6 weeks before the program. 
  5. Promote your event. Thank the SDHC and NEH. Consult our promotional tips.
  6. Complete the evaluation form. Return the books. 


  • Program must be hosted in South Dakota and be open to the public.
  • Any organization or book club may apply.
  • Based on availability, organizations may apply for an unlimited amount of Book Club to Go programs.

For book discussions led by an SDHC scholar, the SDHC expects ...

  • A minimum audience of 15 people.
  • The presentation hosted at a facility with comfortable accommodations.
  • The program will be approximately 45 minutes with time for Q&A.
  • A good faith effort in promoting the event beyond the organization's members. The council provides tools to help groups promote their SDHC-supported events
  • Acknowledgment of the council's sponsorship.