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While some struggle with a long list of books they’d like to read, others have a more difficult time choosing their next title. Don’t let the overwhelming variety of selections land you in a reading slump. Find your next novel or work of nonfiction by looking to some local help.

If you have the time, nothing compares with browsing the shelves at your local library branch. While being able to reserve your books online and pick them up when they are available is a fantastic feature, there’s also something to be said for stumbling upon a book that you didn’t even know you were looking for, but turns out to be just right for what you want to read at that time.

Another place to seek insight on recommended reads is from the library’s staff. Strike up a conversation about your reading likes and dislikes, and our staff will be more than happy to suggest some titles that you may enjoy. Library staff regularly share commentary on their most recent reads at booknook.omahalibrary.org. The books can be sorted by category, allowing you to read reviews on topics that most interest you. Library staff also share some of their favorite books — or “Recommended Reads” — every month in The World-Herald, based on themes happening in our libraries and beyond. Furthermore, suggestions for new books to the library’s collection are shared in its quarterly newsletter, Connect. Copies are available at your local branch.

Finally, a personalized reading list can be requested through omahalibrary.org. Simply click on “Custom Reading List” in the lower right corner of the home page and complete a short questionnaire to help us determine what you might enjoy most. Based on the information you provide, you will get a reading list made especially for you.

This option is also available for children at omahalibrary.org/reading-list-kids.

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