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Find your next great read

What kind of reader are you?

Explore librarian-recommended reads based on plot, place, prose, and people.

plot

Plot

I wanted to make it grip people on the first page… Construct the whole thing like a roller coaster ride.

- Mark Haddon

prose

Prose

He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music.

- James Joyce

people

People

I’m always writing about character first. Plot, such as it is, comes from the characters.

- Daniel Woodrell

An author knows his landscape best; he can stand around, smell the wind, get a feel for his place.  

- Tony Hillerman

book buzz

check out our latest staff pick lists and blogs, trending topics, and favorite reads. 

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Squirrel: In Memoriam

We fondly remember our dear squirrel friend whose unfortunate demise brought a pause to our routines on this, the 10th day of August, 2019.
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A Week to Remember: Julia Child

Read about the wonderful Julia Child

July 2019 Staff Picks

Check out this month's recommendations from Chicago Public Library. Visit our Books page for previous lists of recommendations.

Introducing a New Indigenous eBook Collection

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LIKE READING WITH OTHERS?

3 ways we've got you covered

1. Register for one of our library book clubs!

Our Book Discussion Groups are great ways to connect with book lovers and find fantastic new reads

Find out what we're reading, register and we'll see you there!

Book Clubs

2. Gather your friends, select your own title, and book one of our meeting rooms!

3.  Borrow a Book-Club-in-a-Bag kit to take home for your club

Meet Our

Influencers

MAYOR NAHEED NENSHI

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Naheed Nenshi Recommendations

Influencer picks from Mayor Naheed Nenshi

More Influencer Lists

Craig Dykers Recommendations

Influencer series recommendations from local architect Craig Dykers

Jennifer Keesmaat's Recommendations

Influencer recommendations from renowned city planner Jennifer Keesmaat

Marcello Di Cintio's Recommendations

Influencer recommendations from author in residence Marcello Di Cintio

Got a book confession?

You’re not alone! Read through the confessions that people have tweeted, don’t be afraid to share your own

#yolo

The book I'm embarrassed about reading, but secretly loved.

#yolo Tweets

MamaCath on Twitter: ""An Abundance of Katherines" by John Green…"

"An Abundance of Katherines" by John Green (I'm a Katherine/Catherine myself, so I couldn't resist checking it out and ended up really loving it!) #CPLbookconfession #yolo

bookfiend on Twitter: "when i was a stressed-out grad student…"

when i was a stressed-out grad student i DEVOURED all of my teen cousin's Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books. literary escapism! #CPLbookconfession #yolo

LibraryPatron on Twitter: "Um, The Da Vinci Code. It was fast-paced…"

Um, The Da Vinci Code. It was fast-paced and the conspiracy aspect grabbed me! #CPLbookconfession #yolo

Explore New Fiction

A small sampling of what's new to our shelves this month.

New Fiction

Explore New Non-Fiction

A small sampling of what's new to our shelves this month.

Non-Fiction Reads

spotlight on: non-fiction

Curated collections of non-fiction must-reads.

spotlight on non fiction

Am Queer, Must Travel

Love traveling but don't have that straight privilege to keep you feeling secure? We've got you covered!

Earth Day Reads for Adults

Earth Day, observed annually on April 22, is a day to promote environmental awareness and the protection of our planet.

New Professionals: What to Read While on the Job Hunt

Check out these recommended reads for help launching your career as a a new professional.
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