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Mother-daughter book clubs -- a social side

You won’t find wine and crudités at these book club gatherings -- this set prefers juice and brownies.

Like their all-adult counterparts, most mother-daughter book club meetings open or close with snacks, treats, and chatter. Meetings provide a comfortable environment to spend time with other mothers and girls, to build community.

Members of the North Mankato Taylor Library mother-daughter book club always meet by the library fireplace in the evenings to mingle and nosh before the book discussion.

“There is definitely a social side to the book club,” says Michelle Zimmermann, who facilitates the program.

Mother-daughter book clubs provide the opportunity for mothers and girls to socialize and make new friends, whether they’ve just moved to the area, or lived there all their lives.

“I see girls become friends who probably wouldn’t be friends in other settings,” observes Zimmermann. “They wouldn’t take the time to get to know each other if it weren’t for the book club.”

The majority of the girls in Julie’s Golden Valley mother-daughter book club go to FAIR School Crystal, which draws students from eleven school districts. Book club members come from all over town and weren’t part of a prior clique or circle of friends.

“The mother-daughter book club has allowed us parents to get to know each other on a more personal and social level than volunteering at school events,” says Julie.

Mother-daughter book clubs -- like many other kinds of book clubs -- clearly serve an important social function. Being part of a book club means belonging to a small community that is welcoming and supportive.

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