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Literary Beacon: Home

Let the Rowan-Cabarrus Library help you navigate the world of books. Want to read the latest thought-provoking non-fiction book? How about a light-hearted fiction book? Either way, the Library has you covered.

College & University Reading Lists

You don’t have to go to a big university to have access to the thought-provoking books on their reading lists! Your Rowan-Cabarrus Library has you covered. Check out one of the books on summer reading lists from universities, such as NYU, UC Berkley, Duke University, Seton Hall, Bryn Mawr College, Boston University and more. These books are available in eBook and/or eAudiobook formats through the Library’s Dogwood Digital Library (OverDrive). You can access these books through the link in the Library’s A – Z database list or even better, if you’ve downloaded the Libby App, you can easily borrow them and read them in the app.

Reading List Books on Dogwood Digital Library

Book Cover for Braiding Sweetgrass
Book Cover for Caste: the Origins of Our Discontent
Book Cover for Exit West
Book Cover for Just Mercy
Book Cover for Somebody's Daughter
Book Cover for Such a Fun Age
Book Cover for The Alchemist
Book Cover for The Book of Longings
Book Cover for The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, gene editing, and the future of the human race
Book Cover for The Color of Law: a forgotten history of how our government segregated America
Book Cover for The Daughters of Kobani: a story of rebellion, courage, and justice
Book Cover for The Death of Vivek Oji
Book Cover for The Feeling Economy: How Artificial Intelligence is Crating the Era of Empathy
Book Cover for The Nickel Boys
Book Cover for The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
Book Cover for The Undocumented Americans
Book Cover for The Vanishing Half
Book Cover for The Water Dancer
Book Cover for Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
Book Cover for This I Believe: Life Lessons
Book Cover for When the Emperor Was Divine

The Debate: Print Books vs. eBooks


Print vs. Digital - Readers often have strong opinions on the best format for reading. The Rowan-Cabarrus Library has you covered no matter what format you prefer. Check out the tabs across the top of this guide to find great choices in both print and eBook formats. 

Why Reading Matters

The Politics of Fiction

Reading for Pleasure

"Reading for pleasure has social benefits as well and can make people feel more connected to the wider community. Reading increases a person’s understanding of their own identity, improves empathy and gives them an insight into the world view of others."

The Reading Agency 2015

Impacts of Reading for Pleasure