For Book Lovers

For Book Lovers

Library users are passionate readers, and we've got resources for all varieties of book lovers. From book club picks to banned and challenged books to award winning titles for readers of all ages, there's no shortage of great books to pick from for your next exciting read!

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BANNED BOOKS FOR ALL. "BANNED" is crossed out. #UniteAgainstBookBans


The New York Public Library and the American Library Association are partnering to invite libraries, school groups, and readers across the country to participate in Books for All—a national initiative to help communities learn about and discuss some of the books that are being banned or challenged, along with ways to take action.

Award Winning Titles

The American Library Association bestows numerous prestigious awards to a wide array of titles each year. From the globally recognized Youth Media Awards to the Best Graphic Novels for Adults and so much more, these are some of the best reads out there according to librarians.

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Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the American Library Association Youth Media Awards—including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards—guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth.

Check out the 2023 YMA winners!

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Librarians are experts at connecting you with the information you need, whether it's a complex research project or the next good book on your reading list. This list of award-winning books is a good place to start.

Check out these lists of recommended reads!


Top 13 Most Challenged Books of 2022

Starting a "Banned Books" club? Look no further.

ALA documented 1,269 demands to censor library books and resources in 2022, the highest number of attempted book bans since ALA began compiling data about censorship in libraries more than 20 years ago. Of the record 2,571 unique titles targeted for censorship, these were the most challenged in libraries and schools across the country.

Sarah Jessica Parker Book Picks

From 2017-2019, the American Library Association's Book Club Central program provided resources to book clubs and book picks from honorary chair Sarah Jessica Parker.

Learn more about Sarah's Book Picks!


For Book Clubs

Book clubs provide a wonderful forum for readers to talk about books and the reading experience and libraries contain many helpful resources for book groups. If you're looking for a book club to join, check with your library. Libraries often provide meeting space for book clubs and many administer their own book discussion groups. Thinking of starting your own book club? Learn how to get started.

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