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The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read.

The Illinois Center for the Book an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, sponsored by the Illinois State Library, Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian. The mission of the Illinois Center for the Book is to nurture and connect readers and writers, and honor our rich literary heritage.

BookPage is "America's Book Review."

Fantastic Fiction contains information on over 350,000 books!  Good site for determining the order of a series by your favorite author.

Wondering what to read....  Try What Should I Read Next
Interested in joining a book club?  Try Reader's Circle to find one.

Don't forget about the Read-alikes you can access on

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If you're interested in reading books that are "clean" or would like to recommend something to a younger child that reads well above his/her grade level, try Common Sense Media or Rated Reads.  Common Sense Media covers movies, apps, and video games, too.

The 'Juvenile Series and Sequels' database currently contains over 23,000 books in series titles that are classified into three audiences:

  • Young Adult – for high school-aged readers
  • Juvenile – appropriate for grade school through junior high-aged readers
  • Juvenile Easy – for young readers just beginning to read

Bestsellers and Award-Winners

Check out our "Titles of Note", covering best-selling lists from the American Booksellers Association as well as other sources.

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Upcoming Events
Teen SRC Jul 25, 2017 12:00 PM (US/Central) — JPL upstairs meeting room
Movie Matinee for Adults Jul 25, 2017 01:00 PM (US/Central) — Jerseyville PL meeting room
Summer Reading Club for Grown Ups Jul 26, 2017 07:00 PM (US/Central) — Jerseyville PL meeting room
Summer Reading Club for Grown-Ups Jul 28, 2017 07:00 PM (US/Central) — Cheney Mansion/601 N. State St.
Harry Potter Trivia Night Jul 29, 2017 06:00 PM (US/Central) — Father William Hembrow Center Cafeteria/Holy Ghost School