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.

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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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April 12 is the UN's International Day of Human Space Flight, “to celebrate each year... the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.” Pick up a book about astronauts or space flight curbside! #SCLRecs #DayOfHumanSpaceFlight #InternationalDayOfHumanSpaceFlight ...

It's #MoneySmartWeek and we have book recommendations! Check out the extended book list - link in bio, easy click to reserve! - and the post earlier today with all the FREE webinars this week on money management! #SCLRecs ...

Celebrate International Kids Yoga Day with kids around the world by trying out poses that can be found in these easy to follow and fun books! Call a reference librarian at a branch near you to request a book and schedule a curbside pick up appointment. #SCLRecs #InternationalKidsYogaDay #IntlKidsYogaDay #KidsYogaDay ...

April 7 is Beaver Day! Beavers are more than fascinating watchable wildlife–they can help us solve major environmental problems. By building dams, beavers restore the land’s most valuable ecosystem, wetlands. Not only are wetlands havens of life with biodiversity comparable to tropical rain forests, they also provide essential services, such as water cleansing, climate regulation, and moderating the flow of streams. Grab a book or documentary curbside!⠀
#BeaverDay #InternationalBeaverDay #SCLRecs

Goooooooaaaaal! Did you know the US's very own soccer league, Major League Soccer (MLS), was founded 25 years ago? Score these great reads on players and their path to victory, and learn the often bumpy history of soccer in the United States. Go for the gold! See link in bio or call for curbside pickup. #MLSSoccer #MLS25 #Soccer #SCLRecs ...

From books about the teen juvenile system, to being an undocumented immigrant in 2023 when everyone is microchipped, to a dad on Death Row. Follow these teens as they overcome overwhelming adversity to discover who they really are. These books are both uplifting and devastating, but leave the reader feeling that there is hope in the darkness. #SCLRecs #Resilience ...

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, hate crimes against Asian Americans have been rising sharply. Recently, a Filipino woman was brutally attacked in New York City, and a gunman in Atlanta shot and killed 8 people, 6 of whom were Asian American women. These crimes were not the first instances of hate directed against Asian Americans. Learn more about the history and current realities of anti-Asian racism by reading these books, available through curbside pickup. #SCLRecs #StopAsianHate #StopAsianHateCrimes ...

In 2014, President Barack Obama declared March 31st, the birthday of Chicano labor leader Cesar Chavez, as Cesar Chavez Day. Along with labor organizer Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union) and joined Filipino and Chicano farm workers in a five-year strike against California's grape growing companies. To strengthen the strike, Chavez organized a successful national boycott of non-union grapes, helping to win better wages and working conditions for the notoriously exploited workers. To learn more about the dedication and sacrifices of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, check out these books and documentary movies, available through curbside pickup. ⠀
#SCLRecs #CesarChavezDay #CesarChavez

In addition to his bestselling novels, James Patterson is also the author of fascinating true crime stories! You'll be riveted by these scandalous tales of passion, greed and revenge. #SCLRecs #JamesPatterson ...

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