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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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It's the season to scare your pants off with some great new horror! Get these from your favorite library location.
#HorrorBooks #Halloween #ScaryStories #SCLRecs
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"Jerry Pinkney was a celebrated artist and illustrator famous for children's picture books. In a career spanning five decades, Pinkney illustrated more than 100 children's titles, earning popular and critical acclaim for his detailed watercolors of folk and fairy tales, young people's classics, and stories that explore the African-American experience. Pinkney was the recipient of scores of prestigious awards. He won the industry's highest award, the Caldecott Medal, in 2010 for The Lion & the Mouse (2009), a wordless version of Aesop's fable. He is also the winner of several Coretta Scott King awards, Caldecott Honor designations, and prizes from the Society of Illustrators, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe. Pinkney's many other honors include the United States nomination for the Hans Christian Andersen Prize in 1998 and induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012." (Contemporary Black Biography, GALE) #SCLRecs ...

Tomorrow is #BlackPoetryDay, when celebrate Black poets, past and present. Black Poetry Day was established in honor of Jupiter Hammon, the first published Black poet in the nation, who was born October 17th, 1711. #SCLRecs ...

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women in every State, as well as many Tribal organizations and Territories. To find information on how to get screened through this program, visit: cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/screenings.htm #SCLRecs ...

Are you curious about becoming a vegetarian? What is a vegetarian or vegan anyway? Want to expand your cooking skills or become more familiar with different foods? Are you looking for healthy food choices? Check out these titles, and more, to help yourself and the planet! #VegetarianMionth #SCLRecs ...

September is Mushroom Month! We put together a list of books in our catalog - just click and reserve to learn about fabulous fungi! Link in bio. #MushroomMonth #SeptemberIsMushroomMonth #MushroomMonth2021 #SCLRecs ...

On September 17, the United States honors those who were either taken prisoner or went missing during wartime. Learn more with these books, available through the Springfield City Library. #SCLRecs ...

Fans of #OuterBanks should check these out! #SCLRecs ...

The world has been watching in deep concern while the Taliban has retaken the nation of Afghanistan and while thousands of Afghans have tried to flee their own country. What has led to this grim situation? Find out more from these books, available through your library. #SCLRecs ...

Book Groups


413 Gourmet Club

413 Gourmet Club

A cooking class meets book club series for those who love to cook at home. Cook together – hands-on and in-person! | Adults

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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 reade and discusses the same book. Join us! | 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