All library locations and services will be closed Monday, 5/27, for Memorial Day.
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Reading recommendations

We offer several online tools to help you choose what to read next. (Of course, you can also always ask a librarian at your favorite library location for recommendations.)

My Next 5

Get personalized reading recommendations from Durham County Library staff. Fill out the online form to tell us a little about what genres, books, and authors you like (or dislike). A librarian will review your info and reply within three days with a list of the next five books you should read!

NoveList Plus

Discover new books with this comprehensive database of books for all ages. It includes recommendations, articles, and lists for your fiction and nonfiction needs. You’ll need your library card number to log in if you’re not in a library building. More about NoveList >>

Reading recommendation emails

Subscribe to one of our email newsletters to have reading recommendations delivered right to your inbox. Choose from topics like the weekly New York Times bestseller list, graphic novels, armchair traveler reads, and so much more. Each newsletter comes with links directly to the library’s catalog, so you can easily place holds on items that interest you.

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Upcoming book programs

Phonics Fun: An Early Reader Program

Thursday, May 23, 2024 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm

Main Library (Main Children's Programming Room)

Do you have a little one that’s just beginning to read? This program is for them! In this six – week series we will practice reading and writing constant-vowel-constant pattern words. Each week we will cover a different vowel sound....

Ages: Elementary School, Kindergarten, DPS

Registration required

Durham Book Club - For Middle School Students

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Southwest Regional Library (Southwest Regional - Outdoor Space)

Join us for an in-person book club for middle school students. We will be reading and discussing Children of Stardust by Edudzi Adodo. Pick up a free copy of the book at the Southwest Children's Desk for you to keep! Limited...

Ages: Middle School, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds

Registration required

Fiction Book Club

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm

South Regional Library (South Conference Room)

Join us monthly for conversation about great (and not so great) fiction! This month we will be reading Trust by Hernan Diaz.

Ages: Adult, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, Senior Citizen

Graphic Book Club

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Virtual

Are you a fan of comic books or graphic novels? Join us on ZOOM for this month's meeting of Durham County Library's Graphic Book Club....

Ages: Adult, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, High School, Senior Citizen

Registration required

Read & Sip

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

East Regional Library (East Meeting Room - Full Room)

Are you looking for the community of a book club without the commitment? Do you want to get more reading done, but you struggle to find the time and stay focused? Grab your book and come to our Read & Sip!...

Ages: Adult, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, Senior Citizen

Registration required

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