Adult Reading Round Table
Developing Readers Advisory skills and promoting reading for pleasure through
public libraries in the Chicago metropolitan area


Join us for the Spring meeting of the ARRT Quarterly Book Discussion!

When: Thursday, April 10
th, 2pm

Where: Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich, IL 60047

Book: The Dog Stars by Peter Heller - A pilot named Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. Now his wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, Jasper, and a gun-toting misanthrope named Bangley. But when a random transmission beams through his plane’s radio, Hig risks everything to fly past his point of no return and discover the source of the transmission.


Registration: Please send an email to Leah White:



As we gear up for our two year study of murder and mayhem, the ARRT Crime Fiction Genre Study is putting together a website to centralize everything you need to know.  Check out the site below for the schedule, assignments, and notes from each discussion after it occurs. 

The first meeting will be held on 2/6/14 at Berwyn Public Library from 2-4p.  We'll be giving an Introduction to Crime Fiction and to the genre study itself.  You do not need to be a member of ARRT to attend to the first meeting.  We look forward to seeing at Berwyn, and hope you can join us as we delve into the world of crime. 

Everything you need to know is all in one place:



With thoughts of the new year, it's time to renew your membership to ARRT.  We have a great lineup of programs in the works for next year, and being a member is the best way to stay in the know by getting regular updates.  Just fill out and return the attached form. 



Calling all Readers Advisors!
The 4th and latest edition of the Adult Popular Fiction List is now available for purchase. 


Published in 2012 and created by the members of the Adult Reading Round Table Steering Committee, the ARRT Popular Fiction List was designed to help library staff evaluate their knowledge of popular fiction for adults.  The workbook can be used to help structure a discussion group or reading plan within an individual library or library system. 

The list was first updated in 2002 to reflect the latest trends in popular reading.  In 2007, the list was revised again, including more areas of popular interest and broadening its scopes to "popular fiction" from "genre fiction."   

Four levels of "familiarity" were established:
I have read this author
I have read about this author
I have heard of this author
I have never heard of this author

The list is divided into 14 categories. Only those authors the committee considered most important, popular, and currently writing are included. Librarians are encouraged to add authors of local interest to the list.
If you are interested in purchasing the 4th edition of The Adult Popular Fiction List for $15.00, please e-mail Debbie Walsh