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Reading books at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Our staff love talking about books and authors and helping you discover your next great read. Browse our book lists or request a personalized list of recommended books to get started. Check out our resources for your own book group and view the library book discussion calendar.

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Learn about the titles our staff have read and liked!

Posted by BARB W on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Indecent is a play about a play, or more precisely, about a response to that play based on fear. On Broadway, in 1923, the play God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch debuted. It had played to many audiences already, but on this night, the police arrested

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Library Book Discussions

Come to our book discussions to connect with other readers and enjoy lively conversation around books. 

Mystery Book Discussion- Classic and contemporary mysteries. 

Novel Experience - Popular fiction. 

Get Together With Books - Popular fiction. 

Paging Through History - Nonfiction history and memoirs. 

Science Fiction Book Discussion- Classic and contemporary science fiction. 

Books and Brews - Popular nonfiction. 

Great Books Evening Group - Works from Great Books Foundation. 

Life Readers - 5 month series of discussions examining Dostoevsky's "The Idiot" 

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Upcoming Book Discussions and Events

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  • Meet our Book Experts

    With so many library items to choose from, let our expert staff help you select the perfect book, movie or music. Learn more about what our Info Services Advisors recommend.

    Alisa


    Being a Reader's Advisor is a dream job for this former English Lit major. I love reading books, discussing books, listening to audiobooks, matching readers with books...well, you probably get the picture. My favorite genres are literary fiction, psychological suspense, mysteries and memoirs. Lately I've been branching out into other types of nonfiction as well. And I love a great beach read, even in the dead of winter. 

    Barb


    My favorite genre is science fiction. I do indulge in nonfiction, horror and general fiction occasionally. Graphic novels intrigue me no matter what the subject. Other than that, my only criteria is to find a single volume, any genre, on the shelf that has gone unnoticed. Maybe the author is unfamiliar, or maybe the title or cover is provocative or challenging in some way. That book is mine.

    Joan


    One of my earliest literary memories is receiving a hardcover Little House on the Prairie for Christmas. I was about 10. I haven’t been without a book by my side since then. Whether it’s discovering an exciting novel by a new author or peeking into lives through a memoir, I still love the anticipation of opening that first page of a good book. My favorite genres are literary fiction, historical fiction, new fiction, memoirs, and social and political nonfiction.

    Jon


    I am a middle-aged male who likes short walks on the beach and reading. My favorite genres are mystery, suspense and thriller, and nonfiction.

    Lucy


    With such a wide variety of styles within the fiction genre, I find myself gravitating to it first. A strong storyline within a novel is important. My next favorite genre is memoirs, especially listening to them on audiobook when read by the author. Cozy mysteries are my guilty pleasure. I also enjoy watching documentaries and binge-watching television series.

    Neal


    I love a great story. I read everything from classics to contemporary. I like books with diverse settings and characters.  My favorite genres are mystery and suspense, horror and nonfiction.

    Sherri


    I love romances of all kinds because I can count on a happy ending, which is not always true in real life. I enjoy stories that make me laugh, take me to faraway places and tell the stories of ordinary people’s lives while showing us important events in our past. My favorite genres are historical fiction, contemporary romance, women’s fiction and psychological suspense.

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