Cedarburg Reads

Cedarburg Reads is a community-wide program co-organized with the Friends and the library with the singular goal of helping Cedarburg residents in meeting their neighbors, one conversation at a time. This month-long program happens once a year in the fall.

Designed to bring people together through the reading and discussion of a common book, programs like this one have been implemented throughout the country to create a shared experience of civic unity through the reading of literature.

Related events about the book topic happen in the library and the community throughout the month.

2022 Cedarburg Reads… And Writes!

Join us in the 2022 Cedarburg Reads…and Writes! community read event which will also include the inaugural Cedarburg Reads writing contest!

This Year’s Book

“Every Now and Then” by Leslie Kagen: A heartfelt coming-of-age story about three young girls searching for adventure during the summer of 1960. Frankie, Viv, and Biz, eleven-year-old best friends, would forever remember it as the summer that evil paid a visit to their small town and upset their idyllic lives. “Every Now and Then” is a story about ties that bind forever, the timelessness of guilt and grief, and the everlasting hope for redemption.
Lesley Kagen is a speaker, narrator, actress, Milwaukee native, and New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, including her newest and this year’s Cedarburg Reads pick, “Every Now and Then.” Common themes in her stories, which are often set in the 1950s-60s, include dealing with loss, family, mystery, truth, community, corruption, and childlike perception. Lesley currently resides in Cedarburg.

Cedarburg Reads Writing Contest Deadline
Sunday, Oct. 9
Time: 11:59PM

A judges panel will review original short stories and creative nonfiction/memoir based on the theme of “Hometown Memories.” Submissions will be accepted in four age groups: grades 3-5, 4-8, high school, and adult. Submission length for all age groups is 1000 words or less. The contest is open to all Ozaukee County residents.
One entry per person. Cash prizes will be awarded. Deadline to submit your entry is Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 11:59pm. Application and entry form will be available online at cedarburglibrary.org and uploaded entries must be either a PDF or .doc format. Hard copy entry forms and instructions will also be available at the Cedarburg Public Library’s Circulation Desk. Questions may be directed to Adult Services Librarian Allison Wray at awray@cedarburglibrary.org or 262-375-7640 ext. 206.
Winners will be announced at the author event on the evening of Tuesday, October 25th at the Cedarburg Public Library.

Cedarburg Reads & Writes Contest Form

Monday, October 17 | 1:00PM | Community Room
Thursday, October 20 | 6:30PM | Community Room

Cedarburg Reads AUTHOR EVENT
Tuesday, October 25 | 6:30PM | Community Room
Author event & writing contest winners announced.


Adult Non-fiction

New Adult Nonfiction books available at Cedarburg Public Library.

12 Rules for Life

By Jordan B. Peterson


By Mirin Fader

Feels Like Home

By Lauren Liess

In Love

By Amy Bloom


By Anderson Cooper Katherine Howe

Truth about Crypto

By Ric Edelman

James Patterson by James Patterson

By James Patterson

I am glad that my mom dead

By Jennette McCurdy


A selection of science fiction and fantasy books available at Cedarburg Public Library.

A Marvellous Light

By Freya Marske

Winter's Orbit

By Everina Maxwell

The Jasmine Throne

By Tasha Suri

Nettle & Bone

By T. Kingfisher

When Women Were Dragons

By Kelly Regan Barnhill

Black Sun

By Rebecca Roanhorse

Undertaking of Hart and Mercy

By Megan Bannen

New Picture Books

New picture books available in the Youth Services Department.

Creepy Crayon

By Aaron Reynolds Peter Brown

The Smart Cookie

By John Jory

All are welcome

By Alexandra Penfold

Time for School, Little Blue Truck

By Alice Schertle

The Crayons Trick or Treat

By Drew Daywalt

The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster!

By Mo Willems

New JV Fiction

It's the End of the World and I'm in My Bathing Suit

By Justin A. Reynolds

My Own Lightning

By Lauren Wolk

The School of Whatnots

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

The secret battle of Evan Pao

By Wendy Wan Long Shang

Small Town Pride

By Phil Stamper

Valentina Salazar is Not a Monster Hunter

By Zoraida Córdova

Friendship Stories (middle grades)

Navigating friendships can be rewarding and also challenging in middle and high school.

Volunteer with the Friends

Join a lively bunch of folks who love to be part of the library and the Cedarburg community! Experience the results of your time and effort by seeing programs happening and folks checking out new materials.

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