Throughout the year we have requests from patrons who have decided to read a classic, but aren’t sure which one to choose. (There are several excellent print resources at the Reader Services Desk and an online summary to get you started.)
However, we also get very specific requests from students–usually needing to meet additional criteria such as the author being born before a certain date. Well now we have a terrific new online site just for you!
Use the left-side column to navigate titles by criteria and voilà! You have many choices to help you complete your classics reading assignment!
“The top 10 books published this month that librarians across the country love.”
Looking for your next good read hot off the presses? This site delivers. Each month LibraryReads.org highlights only newly published adult titles (including ebooks) that have been nominated by librarians. Readers will find both fiction and nonfiction selections. If you love hearing the buzz about fresh releases getting a thumbs-up from library staff, peruse these lists.
The goal here is similar to what our Readers Services staff members try to do everyday, which is to, while representing a broad range of reading tastes, put our favorite books into the hands of as many public library users as possible who might enjoy them. When we find a gem, word-of-mouth can be the best way to spread the news!
Here’s a sample of what you’ll find featured right now:
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
The Returned by Jason Mott
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Have you ever appreciated someone’s creative idea and then thought “Why didn’t I think of that?” That’s how I felt when I saw this unique headboard:
A library patron recently shared the website www.recyclart.org with me–who knew that so much beauty could come from such everyday items? Enter “books” in the search box located at the upper right-hand corner of the screen, then follow the links. You’ll find designs for structures such as walls, houses (including an igloo), a Christmas tree, planters, coat hooks, and even a purse. Amazing! Now if I could just learn to quilt in order to finish off the look…
A quick round-up of some of the things I’ve taken note of online the past few weeks:
* For those who enjoy thrillers, the International Thriller Writers announced the 2012 Thriller Award Nominees
* I’ve been wondering what happened to “chick lit” and was intrigued by the website 20SomethingReads.com, which bills itself as being “created for readers in their twenties, which we define as, “A decade. A state of mind. An age. A lifestyle. A time for self-discovery. A new perspective. An attitude. A philosophy. Independence. Freedom. A time to re-discover reading for pleasure – and FINALLY – read what you want.””
* This is still on my “to do” list, but it sounds fascinating: a podcast from The Guardian about the value and growing popularity of Science Fiction. You can read a bit about it from one of the participants or listen to it using the player below.
As our country anticipates another transition in the Oval Office, Book TV (from C-SPAN2) is re-airing interviews with then-Senator Barack Obama about his books. You can watch them any time online or on the C-SPAN2 cable channel this weekend. Check out Book TV on C-SPAN2 for other books and authors as well – a great resource!
Can you believe 2008 is already almost half over? Take a moment and delight in some enchanting quotes and poems about the month of June, along with a little gardening appreciation, too. Enjoy!
If you’re like me, you’ve been hearing more and more references to Web 2.0, and you may not know what it refers to. According to Wikipedia (which in itself makes use of Web 2.0 technology) it refers to “web design that aims to enhance creativity, information sharing, and, most notably, collaboration among users.” In other words, it’s web sites that are interactive, and it has led to social networking sites such as MySpace, wikis that anyone can add information to, and blogs (like this one!) It has also allowed for numerous sites for book-lovers- like you. Probably the best known such site is LibraryThing, which was launched in August 2005 and featured on our blog this February. This is a site that will catalog up to 200 of your personal titles for free, as well as keep a list of books, suggest titles based on your catalog, and allow comments on others’ profiles. Other similar sites exist, with Shelfari being perhaps the second best known. Slightly newer, it was launched in October 2006. Again, registration is free, but this site also allows for an unlimited number of books cataloged for no charge. Why not register for both and let us know which you prefer.
Earlier this week someone asked if I knew of any software that could be used to keep track of books she read. It would need to be usable from the St. Charles Public Library and from home and accessible online. I thought immediately of LibraryThing.
LibraryThing is a wonderful online resource for book lovers. If you have not yet discovered it, do check it out. The folks at LibraryThing have set up a tour for you, so you can see how it works.
You can set up a free account and record, for free, up to 200 books. You can use LibraryThing to share your favorite books with others, write brief synopses or reviews, join a group, or find other books you might like.
If you see me on LibraryThing, please send me a message on LibraryThing and tell how you like it.
Each day it seems that we are bombarded with web sites that upon first glance seem so appealing and exciting but with further exploration seem boring and rather shallow….Here are a few web sites (preceded by an explanation of their content) whose information we hope will offer useful information:
*Need to find the chronological sequence of all those Stephanie Plum’s titles….the Kent District Library has compiled chronological lists of many of your favorite authors, but be careful, this site is case sensitive.[Capitalize first letter of author's first and last name]
* All Readers features extensive book lists that you can search by mystery, romance, biography, history, science fiction and other genres. It also offers book reviews, summaries, author interviews and interesting articles on the world of books.
*Overbooked offers readers starred reviews, themed book lists and features new titles both fiction and nonfiction.
An exhaustive web page for book lovers.
*When you have read all your favorite author’s books and are looking for similar titles, check out the Boone County Public Library and our own “If You Like” lists for more popular fiction writers.
*If you are interested in a virtual book club that reads historical mysteries, check out author Laurie King’s very own online book club. Each month, discussion centers around one of her popular Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series.
Donna Seaman, associate editor and reviewer extraordinaire Booklist magazine and host of WLUW Radio’s “Open Books” program, has launched a companion web site to her hour-long radio program at www.openbooksradio.org. She first collected interviews with more than 30 authors who have appeared on her program in the anthology Writers on the Air: Conversations About Books. Now she is able to offer free downloadable audio files of select editions of “Open Books” interviews. New interviews will be added each month, so check back often.
And last but certainly not least……….for those who love to know what’s going on in the Windy City, take a look at Gapers Block…a web site that covers music, dining, sports, dance, books, films and just about anything that’s happening in Chicago. The day’s events are listed with time, place and a phone number. A wealth of information about Chicago with interesting sidebar essays.