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"The place to start discovering new reading possibilities!"

The Adult Services Department of Stoughton Public Library provides reference,
informational assistance and reader’s advisory services to the Stoughton community and visitors.

Public Services Librarians and Library Assistants are available to assist patrons with inquiries in-person, by telephone, and via e-mail during all hours the library is open to the public.

In addition, access to on-line librarian reference assistance and on-line databases are available at 24/7.

Check out all the Stoughton Public Library has to offer you!



2015 Adult Book Discussions
Reviews and excerpts are available in LINKcat.
Extra copies of the books are available at the Adult Services Desk.
No registration required.


How to Save a Life
by Sarah Zarr

Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill's mother agrees to adopt Mandy's unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.


The Art Forger
by Barbara Shapiro

Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum--still the largest unsolved art theft in history--one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece--the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years--may itself be a forgery. 


Lost Girls: an unsolved American mystery
by Robert Kolker
The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

Compare a nonfiction and fiction title concerning murder and mystery. Lost Girls is a portrait not just of five women, but of unsolved murder in an idyllic part of America, of the underside of the Internet, and of the secrets we keep without admitting to ourselves that we keep them. The Weight of Blood is a novel about family and murder. When one of Lucy's few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost girls--the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn't protect.
Read either or both titles.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer

Tuesday, April 28, 7 pm, Library
Wednesday, April 29, 1 pm, Senior Center

As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--
a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.


Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Tuesday, May 26, 7 pm, Library
Wednesday, May 27, 1 pm, Senior Center

Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia, a successful family woman,
is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.


Us by David Nicholls

Tuesday, June 23, 7 pm, Library
Wednesday, June 24, 1 pm, Senior Center


Euphoria by Lily King

Tuesday, July 29, 7 pm, Library
Wednesday, July 30, 1 pm, Senior Center


A constellation of vital phenomena by Anthony Marra

Tuesday, August 25, 7 pm, Library
Wednesday, August 26, 1 pm, Senior Center


Keep quiet by Lisa Scottoline

Tuesday, September 22, 7 pm, Library
Wednesday, September 23, 1 pm, Senior Center


Rooms by Lauren Oliver

Tuesday, October 27, 7 pm, Library
Wednesday, October 28, 1 pm, Senior Center



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Is it your Lucky Day?
Check out our Lucky Day Books and now DVDs!

The Lucky Day Collection consists of additional copies of current, high demand and best-sellers books and DVDS with long reserve lists.

The Lucky Day books are shelved next to the new books and the DVDs are placed on the first section with the feature DVDs, all on the 2nd floor. They are available on a walk-in basis only, no holds and no renewals. Each book checks out for 14 days and DVDs are loaned for 7 days. Should a Lucky Day item be returned late, the fees are $1.00 per day.

Please note: The Lucky Day DVDs are incredibly popular, so we must limit 1 DVD per household. When returned a new DVD can be checked out. Although the loan period is 7 days, we ask that should you finish viewing the DVD sooner, please return it so others will have a chance to view it. We also ask that Lucky Day DVDs be returned directly to Stoughton Public Library. When they are returned to other libraries, it delays the check in process and others are prevented access to DVDs

This collection has been made possible due to donations from the Friends of the Stoughton Public Library and other local gifts and grants.


" Life Transitions "

The Madison Community Foundation grant will allow Stoughton Public Library to focus on significant social issues or
“life transitions".

The materials purchased are related to all stages of life from birth, marriage, children, teens, retirement, divorce, health and wellness, death, job loss, relocation, homelessness and other topics. Information and resources on these subjects is especially relevant for communities such as Stoughton where residents are experiencing major employee layoffs, financial strain, and limited family resources,
as well as the events of everyday life.

Learn about the MCF grant and view a list including additional items purchase with this grant.
(Click here)
Listed below are some wonderful examples of what's available for you at the library.

Make it a point to look for the "Life Transitions" items when visiting the Library.
Each item is identified with a label on the spine above the location label.
Ask staff for more information.

Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful:
how to end your struggle with mindless eating and start savoring food with intention and joy.

Albers, Susan

Good housekeeping drop 5 lbs :
small changes, big results

Heather K. Jones ; Rosemary Ellis, editor-in-chief, Good housekeeping.


Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer

Allen, Moira

Coping with vision loss : understanding the psychological, social, and spiritual effects

Cheri Colby Langdell and Tim Langdell.


The 9-to-5 Cure:
work on your own terms and reinvent your life

Cardinale, Kristin

Appetite for reduction :
125 fast & filling low-fat vegan recipes

Isa Chandra Moskowitz ; with Matthew Ruscigno.

Teen cyberbullying investigated :
where do your rights end and consequences begin?

Tom Jacobs.

Pregnancy : from preconception to birth

[edited by Linda Murray].

Cut your grocery bills in half with America's cheapest family : includes so many innovative strategies you won't have to cut coupons

Steve and Annette Economides.

The power of your child's imagination :
how to transform stress and anxiety into
joy and success

Charlotte Reznick.

The life you want :
get motivated, lose weight, and be happy

Bob Greene, Ann Kearney-Cooke, Janis Jibrin.

Double delicious :
good, simple food for busy, complicated lives

Jessica Seinfeld

Careers with dogs :
the comprehensive guide to finding your dream job

Kim Campbell Thornton.