Are you looking for your next great read? Your public library can help you with that.
“We’ve got a number of really great tools to help find a new book to read. People are sometimes stumped when they come in here,” says Programming and Outreach librarian Deanna MacDonald. “We have a lot of books here, after all, and while browsing is really fun, sometimes people just don’t have the time, and they want to narrow it down a little more.”
Savvy library users have long known that staff are always happy to recommend new titles and authors, but even long-time borrowers may not know about online tools like NoveList and the NextReads newsletters, available through KFPL’s website to library card holders. These tools can help guide readers to books they may not have considered checking out.
“We use them ourselves, along with our own knowledge of our collections, to answer the tricky question of recommending titles to patrons,” MacDonald says. Library staff will be sporting buttons inviting the public to ask about ways of finding new books, including the increasingly popular Turning the Page sessions. Experienced librarians lead these one-hour book talks that feature new and classic titles. Previous sessions have covered mysteries, new fiction and winter cookbooks.
The library is also launching a new service this January aimed at people who need help finding a good book. Called “3 for 3”, the service allows patrons to tell the library about three titles they enjoyed reading and get back recommendations for three books to check out.
Visit the KFPL Reads blog at http://reads.kfpl.ca/ for more details, or hit our website at http://www.kfpl.ca.