Reader Services

The library has books for every reading interest and pleasure, in a variety of formats. Scroll down the page to find book information and links to suggested reading, information on the library's book discussion groups, and links to lists of new books, DVDs, etc.

 

Book Discussion Groups

There are some books you just need to talk about after you read them. They just have to be analyzed, marveled over or even disparaged. Why not join one of our discussion groups and share your opinions with others. Whether you agree or disagree about the book, it's always fun to find out what others think about it. It's also a great chance to read books you may not have read otherwise.


New Items Lists

There are links to new books, DVDs, audiobooks, etc. posted on the library's Online Catalog. To see what the new additions are select the link below and look for the lists on the right hand side of the page. Click on the desired list and the new titles will be displayed. Clicking on the title will allow you to see if the item has arrived, is checked out, or even put the title on hold. Go to New Items Lists.


Book News & Online Book Clubs

Three services are brought you to by DearReader.com. Book News lets you sign up for newsletters based on your reading interests. Just go to the library's website and click the logo to view & sign up for the current newsletters and to see lists of best sellers and award winning books. You can have the newsletters sent to you through your email address or through RSS feeds. You can also click here to visit the Book News site.

Signing up for Online Book Clubs, let's you receive via email a five-minute selection from a chapter of a book everyday, Monday through Friday. By the end of the week, you'll have read 2-3 chapters. Every monday a new book will be featured. Click here to see the genres available and to join an Online Book Club.

New Book Alerts is another free online service that showcases the newest titles purchased by the library. You can receive alerts by email and/or RSS feeds. If you see a new title that you are interested in, just click "borrow" to place a hold on the item. To go to the New Book Alerts site, click here.

 

Reader's Advisory Sources

NoveList
Online guide to help identify fiction books by title, author, plot description. To access Novelist click on the title above, scroll down until you see Novelist, then select library or remote access.

Authors and Literary Criticisms

Online Literary Criticism Collection
http://www.ipl.org/ref/litcrit
Sponsored by the Internet Public Library, this site is a starting point for finding criticisms of American and British literary works, as well as author's biographical information.  Search by an author's last name, work's title, or literary period.  Most resources are free, although some citations may refer to databases with limited access or retrieval costs.
 
Cabinet of Dr. Casey
http://www.drcasey.com/index.shtml
Information on horror fiction titles and authors, as well as comic books, movies, etc.
 
A Celebration of Women Writers
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/
List of women authors and links to their works or other information such as biographies, portraits, etc.
 
Jack London Online Collection
http://london.sonoma.edu/
Collections of Jack London's writing, correspondence, research aids, critical essays, etc.
 
Jane Austen Information Page
http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/janeinfo.html#janetoc
Contains resources for studying the works of Jane Austen. Includes the complete text of some novels, as well as biographical information, letters, essays, and a collection of other Jane Austen web pages
 
Literary Resources on the Net
http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Lit/
Pointers to literary information on the web organized by period and subtopic. Keyword search is also available
 
Complete Works of Shakespeare
http://the-tech.mit.edu:80/Shakespeare/works.html
Includes quotations, glossary, links to other Shakespeare resources on the Internet and is keyword searchable.
Fictional World of Archives
http://www.victoria.tc.ca/~mattison/ficarch/index.htm
What do James Bond, Mr. Bean and FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully have in common? Find out on the "Fictional World of Archives" page.
Sherlock Holmes on the Web http://www.geocities.com/~sherlockian/index.html
Site dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Has links to other Sherlockian sites/pages.

 


Readers' Advisor, or What To Read Next?

Fiction_L Booklists
http://www.webrary.org/rs/FLbklistmenu.html
Includes "Read-Alikes," genre and subject lists
What's Next
http://ww2.kdl.org/libcat/WhatsNext.asp
"What's Next" helps you search for the next title in a series. Searches can be made by title, author or series.
Overbooked
http://www.overbooked.org
Specializes in library and genre fiction information including themed booklists.
"If You Like..." Index
http://library.christchurch.org.nz/Guides/IfYouLike/
Provides "read-alikes" for such authors as Patricia Cornwell, John Grisham, Jackie Collins, as well as subject categories such as family sagas, thrillers, etc.
Sites for Book Lovers
http://www.slco.lib.ut.us/fiction.htm
Created by the Salt Lake County Library System, this site has numerous book-related links.
ATN Reading Lists
http://atn-reading-lists.wikispaces.com/
All Together Now (ATN) contains over 1300 reading lists. Suggested reading lists include genres, authors, school subjects, themes and more.

Book Discussion Group Resources

Reading Group Center
http://www.randomhouse.com/vintage/read/

Includes reading recommendations, “tips,” and “cheat sheets” for the Random House imprints, Vintage and Anchor.  

Reading Group Choices
http://www.readinggroupchoices.com/

Reading Group Choices selects discussible books and suggests discussion topics for reading groups.  This popular website offers interesting, informative, fun, and interactive material of interest to book clubs.

Reading Group Guides
http://www.readinggroupguides.com/content/index.asp
Includes hundreds of guides and recommendations, plus news.

Book Group How-Tos
http://www.spl.org/default.asp?pageID=collection_readinglists_bookclub_howtos

Located at the Seattle Public Library, this page presents ideas for creating a books discussion group. It also includes tips on making the most of your discussions.