Readers' Services

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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Let Us Recommend Your Next Book

Do you want to receive a curated list of recommended books? Complete our Book Me form with your reading preferences and we will send you a list of books you might like.

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Staff Picks

Learn about the titles our staff have read and liked!

Posted by JoanL on Thursday, September 24, 2020

I’ve just met Duchess Goldblat and we’ve already cried together. And yes laughed together too. This is a memoir by the anonymous author of the @duchessgoldblat twitter account. I felt as if I was sitting at a table having drinks with anonymous as she

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Library Book Discussions

Join our book discussions online as we remain socially distant.  The following groups will meet virtually.  Please register and you will receive a link to attend the discussion online. 

Mystery Group - Classic and contemporary mysteries. 

Novel Experience - Popular fiction. 

Science Fiction - Classic and contemporary science fiction. 

Books and Brews - Popular nonfiction. 


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We get hundreds of new books every month. And every month, we send out new lists with interesting, thought-provoking, hot or just-plain-fun books in many different genres. Click the link below and under “What to Read,” select the lists you'd like to have delivered to your email. 


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Upcoming Book Discussions and Events

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Book Discussion Emails


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For Your Book Group

We have sets of books that you can check out for your book group.

Check out these online resources for book reviews and helpful tools for your own book group.

  • 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.


    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. 


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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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