Book Lists

Browse curated book lists that we’ve put together just for you! These change seasonally or based on current events. You can also find books for our book groups here, as well as further reading.

Staff Picks: April 2021

Heat wave : a novel
The sandcastle girls : a novel
The Martian : a novel
Where the crawdads sing
When you read this
The silent patient
Naturally Tan
Ayesha at last
Red at the bone
Black sands

Books about Libraries 

The public by
The midnight library by Haig, Matt
The borrower by Makkai, Rebecca.
The inner circle by Meltzer, Brad.
Public library and other stories by Smith, Ali
The historian : a novel by Kostova, Elizabeth.
The bad-ass librarians of Timbuktu : and their race to save the world
This is what a librarian looks like : a celebration of libraries, communities, and access to information by Cassidy, Kyle
The library book by Orlean, Susan
The book woman of Troublesome Creek : a novel by Richardson, Kim Michele
Upright women wanted by Gailey, Sarah

National Poetry Month: April 2021

African American poetry : 250 years of struggle & song by
Conjure by Armantrout, Rae
Dearly : new poems by Atwood, Margaret
Whale day : and other poems by Collins, Billy
American melancholy : poems by Oates, Joyce Carol
What kind of woman : poems by Baer, Kate
My daily actions, or the meteorites by Corfman, S. Brook
Cardinal by Daye, Tyree
Violet bent backwards over the grass by Del Rey, Lana
Emporium by Machado, Aditi
Together in a sudden strangeness : America
When the light of the world was subdued, our songs came through : a Norton anthology of Native nations poetry by
The 100 best African American poems : (*but I cheated) by
Summer snow : new poems by Hass, Robert
Every day we get more illegal by Herrera, Juan Felipe
A thousand mornings by Oliver, Mary
Devotions : the selected poems of Mary Oliver by Oliver, Mary
Dog Songs : thirty-five dog songs and one essay by Oliver, Mary
West wind : poems and prose poems by Oliver, Mary
The sun and her flowers by Kaur, Rupi

Books with Floral Covers

Jack by Robinson, Marilynne
The ensemble : a novel by Gabel, Aja
The queen of hearts by Martin, Kimmery
Idaho : a novel by Ruskovich, Emily
Peony in love : a novel by See, Lisa.
It is wood, it is stone : a novel by Burnham, Gabriella
The rib king : a novel by Hubbard, Ladee
Oh garden of fresh possibilities! : notes from a Gloucester garden by Smith, Kim
With the fire on high by Acevedo, Elizabeth

International Women’s Day Reading List

Half of a yellow sun by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
In the time of the butterflies by Alvarez, Julia
Girl, woman, other by Evaristo, Bernardine
Lost children archive : a novel by Luiselli, Valeria
Convenience store woman by Murata, Sayaka
Conversations with friends by Rooney, Sally
The god of small things by Roy, Arundhati.
His only wife : a novel by Medie, Peace A.
Pet by Emezi, Akwaeke
Embroideries by Satrapi, Marjane

American Library Association list of most challenged books in 2018

Every year, in honor of National Library Week (April 7-13, 2019), ALA publishes their list of the books that were most often challenged or banned in the past year. Here’s the list with links to our catalog for your banned book reading pleasure!

Cover image for Captain Underpants
Reasons: series was challenged because it was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot was challenged for including a same-sex couple
Cover image for Drama
Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ characters and themes
Cover image of George
Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character
Cover image of Marlon Bundo
Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints
Cover image of Skippyjon Jones
Reason: challenged for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture
Cover image of Part-Time Indian
Reasons: banned and challenged for sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, and underage drinking, and for its religious viewpoint
Cover image of The Hate U Give
Reasons: banned and challenged because it was deemed “anti-cop,” and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references
Cover image of Thirteen Reasons Why
Reasons: banned, challenged, and restricted for addressing teen suicide
Cover image of This Day in June
Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content
Cover image of This One Summer
Reasons: banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and certain illustrations
Cover image of Two Boys Kissing
Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content


Global Forum Book Group

Further Reading – Wihtout You, There is No Us

Further Reading – My Promised Land

Further Reading – All the Shah’s Men

Further Reading – I Was Told to Come Alone

Further Reading – The Other Side of Paradise

Further Reading – Country Driving

Further Reading – The New Odyssey

Further Reading – The big Truck that Went By

Further Reading- The Sixth Extinction

Further Reading – Born a Crime

Further Reading – All the Kremlin’s Men

TED Talks

TED Talks – Climate Change

TED Talks – Future of Medicine

TED Talks – Future of Medicine

TED Talks Further – Culture and Stories

TED Talks Further – Mars

TED Talks Further – Will Robots Replace Us

TED Talks Further – War and Peace

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