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We provide best selling audio and print books you can checkout and download to a wide range of devices. Learn more about Digital Downloads
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Zinio Digital Newstand Platform offers you access to full digital copies of some of your favorite magazines. You can download and view these titles on your computer or mobile device. Learn more about using Zinio

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Download your favorite music from Freegal Music Downloads, a new FREE digital download for music. Learn more about using Freegal

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Hoopla is a free audio and video streaming service available to all Upper Arlington Public Library cardholders. Through Hoopla, patrons now have access to thousands of titles in video, music, and audiobook formats for streaming or temporary download. Content can be enjoyed on smartphones, tablets or computers. Learn more about Hoopla, check our support page, or download a copy of our Hoopla Instructions sheet.

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Join our Adult Department's Goodreads Group: connect with your librarians and other Goodreads Group members to discuss and share book recommendations.

Books Librarians Love

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LibraryReads is a monthly Top 10 list of books chosen by librarians all over the country. You can see the current and past lists at LibraryReads.org
In addition, our librarian Bonnie stocks a Goodreads shelf with those titles for your convenience.

Adult Guides

Our downloadable guides range from new release lists to “how to” instructions designed to help you with our collection.

Events for Adults

Intro to Meditation

Feeling stressed? Join us at Lane for an intro to meditation class led by an instructor from Yoga on High.

The iRest... more

When?
Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:30pm
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library
Amazing Library Resources: the Learning Express Library database

LearningExpress Library - Come learn how to use a resource that truly does have something for everyone. Whether you’re a high school... more

When?
Sat, 09/20/2014 - 1:00pm
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library
Let's Speak English

Let’s Speak English is an opportunity to practice speaking with ESOL trained volunteers.

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When?
Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:00pm
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library
Pebble Mosaic Stepping Stone

Come create a pebble mosaic stepping stone for your garden. Julie Reeder will lead participants as they design pebble mosaics with... more

When?
Wed, 09/24/2014 - 6:00pm
Where?
Miller Park Branch Library

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The Adult Readers' Blog

Written by Bonnie on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 8:29am

Books are almost as individual as friends. There is no earthly use in laying down general laws about them. Some meet the needs of one person, and some of another; and each person should beware of the booklover’s besetting sin, of what Mr. Edgar Allan Poe calls ‘the mad pride of intellectuality,’ taking the shape of arrogant pity for the man who does not like the same kind of books. ~TR

Theodore Roosevelt is one of the most voracious readers of all time.  He could read a book a day, sometimes more. Teddy's love for books was so great that he took them with him on African safaris.  He even took crates full of them on his dangerous, and nearly-fatal, exploration of the Amazon River.  Ohio-born author Candice Millard tells the story of that adventure in her book, River of Doubt.  

The Roosevelts were all great readers.  A complicated and fascinating family. However you feel about them, or documentary-maker Ken Burns, when the two meet they make history. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, a new seven part documentary by Ken Burns, airs on PBS starting this Sunday, September 14. 

Flyover State: Ohio and The Passenger Pigeon

Written by Bonnie on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:00am

Ohio is inexhorably tied to the fate of the passenger pigeon.  Huge flocks once darkened the skies over Columbus for...Read more

Thank Goodness for Louise Penny

Written by Bonnie on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 8:10am

If you take only one thing away from any of my books I'd like it to be this: 

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Adult Recommendations

I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

This beautiful and absorbing book follows the life of a bravely determined young woman, Malala, living in the Swat Valley along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Malala publicly supported female education which was a strong defiant act toward the local Taliban.  With poise, strength, and courage Malala gives us a first person account of what it is like to live in current Pakistani society.  Her detailed narrative of being shot by the Taliban along with her miraculous recovery is truly moving.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

As snow falls on Columbus today one might be contemplating an engrossing long winter’s read?  Donna Tartt’s first book in ten years, The Goldfinch weighs in at nearly 800 pages, but don’t be daunted.  The writing is lovely and deep as a snowdrift.  Just plow right in.

The Possibilty Dogs: what a handful of "unadoptables" taught me about service, hope, and healing by Susannah Charleson

The Possibility Dogs, is a fine book about raising, training, and working with search and rescue dogs. In this book, the author explores the realm of psychiatric service dogs; the characteristics and qualities required, and the incredible types of aids/interventions these dogs provide to their human partners. This book is an intriguing look at a little-understood and oft underrated branch of canine service.

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How About A Great Read?

We offer lots of ways to connect our readers with just the right books.

Our collections in this section make it easy for readers to not only identify books that fit their reading interest, but to also download titles at no charge to a media of their...Read more

Adult Services: About Us

Adult Services: (614) 486-9621
Manager: Vita Marinello


The Adult Services Department provides a broad collection of circulating materials in order to meet the needs and interests of adult library users. Browse the latest mystery, fiction, and non-fiction titles in print or audio book format.
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