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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

Book Club & Movie Time (2nd-3rd Grade)

Wednesday, June 07, 2023 • 4:30pm - 6:15pm

South Regional Library (South Regional - Children's Programming Room)

Please join our 2nd & 3rd Grade Book Club! Registration for this program is required. For this session, we will read and discuss Lyle, Lyle,Crocodile by Bernard Waber. We will also watch the film that is based on the...

Ages: Elementary School

Registration required

Forever Young Book Club

Wednesday, June 07, 2023 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm


A book club for adults who read Young Adult. We meet the 1st Wednesday of the month at RTP Uncorked Wine Bar at Boxyard RTP. Grab a glass of wine (or any beverage) from RTP Uncorked Wine Bar while we discuss that month's book pick. RTP Uncorked...

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

Registration required


Monday, June 12, 2023 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm


Join us virtually this month to discuss THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave.  "Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Protect Owen’s...

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

Registration required

Baby-sitters Club Book Club @ Southwest

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm

Southwest Regional Library (Southwest Regional - Children's Programming Room)

Join us for a book club all about the Baby-sitters Club! Each month, we'll discuss a book from the graphic novel series and do a fun activity....

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

Registration full.

Durham Book Club - For Middle School Students

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Southwest Regional Library (Southwest Meeting Room - Full Room)

Join us for an in-person book club for middle school students. We will be reading and discussing The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson. 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

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