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Reading Recommendations

Don’t know what to read next? Your Next Great Story is a service designed to connect you with suggested books (ebooks, audiobooks, and print), television shows, and movies based on your preferences. Just fill out a quick form and we will send you a customized list by mail, email, or you can pick it up in person at your local library.


Book lists

Librarians create curated lists on a theme each month – and you can click through to put items on hold directly in our catalog. You can get these sent directly to your email every month in our email newsletter.


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The 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines' Luzon Volcanic Arc was the second-largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, behind only the 1912 eruption of Novarupta in Alaska. Learn more about volcanoes with these books and movies from the library! #SCLRecs #MtPinatubo ...

We've put together a list of graphic novels when you’re looking for something fresh to read over the summer! See the booklists link in bio to see the full list, and click through to put on hold for pickup! #SCLRecs ...

From Frog and Toad to Elmo and Big Bird, children's books are filled with funny and heartwarming friendships. Share a wonderful story of love, kindness and understanding with your little one. #SCLRecs #BestFriendsDay ...

These Young Adult novels are a beautiful batch of rainbow stories-with those characters front and center (i.e., decidedly NOT the stereotypical sidekick) or queer characters that do things above and beyond being gay. You know, more like real life. #Pride #PrideMonth #SCLRecs ...

Be your best self. Books for everyone from the youngest tots to questioning tweens (and parents) . Of course these books aren't just for families with a direct connection to LGBTQIA+ issues, everyone can use these books' messages of love and acceptance. #Pride #PrideMonth #SCLRecs ...

White supremacy is a racist and ethnocentric belief, backed up by racist practices and institutions, that White people of certain European backgrounds are superior to all other races and ethnic groups, especially Black people and Jews. To learn more about the history and harms of White supremacy, check out these books, available through curbside pickup. #SCLRecs ...

Looking for something new and different to watch? British comedies just might be your cup of tea! These are just a few of the hilarious Britcoms available at your neighborhood library. #SCLRecs ...

How do you explain the significance of Memorial Day to a young child? Parents and teachers will find thoughtful, age appropriate stories at the library. #SCLRecs #MemorialDay ...

From May 31st to June 1st, 1921, a White mob numbering in the thousands - supported by private airplanes dropping incendiary bombs - obliterated the Greenwood District, a prosperous Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Thirty-five city blocks were destroyed, while as many as 300 Black people were killed, and nearly 10,000 were left homeless. We have curated a list of books and educational resources to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of this terrible event: https://www.springfieldlibrary.org/library/book-list-tulsa-race-massacre/ #SCLRecs #TulsaRaceMassacre #TulsaMassacre #BlackWallStreet #Tulsa #TulsaOklahoma ...

Do you have a child who is reluctant to read? May is Get Caught Reading Month PLUS our popular Discover Your Summer kicks off soon on June 14th. This is the perfect time to encourage your child's reading with a fabulous book series. Make this a brain building summer! #SCLRecs #GetCaughtReading #GetCaughtReadingMonth ...

Book Groups


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Romance Book Club

Get your Happily Ever After fix from the new Romance Book Club! | Adults

Books & Brew Book Club

Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion. | Adults

Afterthoughts Book Discussion Group

A traditional book discussion group where everyone reads and discusses the same book. | Adults

What’s Cooking Cookbook Club at Central Library

Do you enjoy cooking, or would you like to improve your cooking skills?  | Adults

Any Book Club

Any Book Club (ABC)

Join our Any Book Club and share your recent reads. | Adults

U.S. History Book and Media Discussion Group at Sixteen Acres

Members are encouraged to share any conversation-provoking history books that they are reading with the group. | Adults