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Books and Reading

Information to help you find a book to read.

Librarians enjoy reading just as much as you do and we'd love to talk to you about books.  Everyone has such different tastes in reading for pleasure that the Librarians invite you to enjoy Goodreads @  Goodreads is the world's largest website for readers and book recommendations.  Goodreads is owned by Amazon.  Amazon wants you, the consumer, to buy your books.  The alternative is your library.  It is a service you already support with your tax dollars, and when you have a library card the books are free!  The Hampton Public Library buys most of the books listed in the noteworthy titles that have been racing up the popular charts, but on Goodreads you can also look up books by your favorite genre.  Just follow the link, go to the explore tab and try out Goodreads!


The Hampton Public Library hosts a book club the first Wednesday and the following Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. respectively in the library.  The Between the Covers Book Club offers light refreshments and lively discussion of a popular title.  To join come in or call the Library @ 456-4451.  Everyone is encouraged to join!


  • Patrons who have library cards can use the catalog on our website to check for new books and place titles on hold.  You can also renew books by logging in on the top right corner of the catalog screen.  Use your library card 14 digit number and the pin is the last four digits of your 14 digit barcode.  You can also set up a username if that would be simpler for you.  Thanks for being a patron of the Hampton Public Library.


The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
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