Choosing Your Next Book


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Learn how to use the library's many resources to choose your next book.

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Choosing Your Next Book

  1. 1. Choosing Your Next Book Baldwin Public Library October 10, 2009 How to access databases from home: • Go to: • Find the database that you want: o All of these databases below will be listed under “Literature and Reader’s Advisory” o Or try the a-z databases list. You can go directly to that list by going to: • Click on the link for that databases • Type in your library barcode and pin number o If you have an Alternate ID, make sure that you enter it in all CAPITALS • Voila! You’re at the database Great Databases: • Novelist: The best resource out there for finding a good novel of any genre o Favorite Feature: Author read-a-likes. Have you read every book by your favorite author? Click here to find similar authors and why they’re alike o Favorite Feature: Recommended Reads. No matter what your taste, you’ll find books that fall into everything from Western Romances to Dystopian Science Fiction o Related Database: Try booklist online for your nonfiction books • Booklist Online: Get book reviews, search for books, and learn about upcoming books o Favorite Feature: Check out their RSS feeds, you can find out book news from home automatically o Favorite Feature: Click on “Media” at the top and find out all about great Audiobooks, both from a plot point of view, and from a listening point of view. • What’s Next: Find all the books in a series, in order o Favorite Feature: Want to try a new series and don’t know where to start? At the bottom choose your reading level and favorite genre and get a list of authors with series books in that genre • Pearl’s Picks: Get a list of 10 of Pearl’s favorite books each month to help guide your reading Kathryn Bergeron o Favorite Feature: The books reviewed aren’t always new. A lot are older titles that you can easily find Adult Services Librarian available in the library, even when all our new books are checked out 248/554-4650 Presentation Slides Available at:
  2. 2. o Update: Pearl’s Picks last issue was released October 2009. Old lists will remain on our website • What Do I Read Next: Pick out what you like in a book, and get recommendations of similar books. o Favorite Feature: Help Me Find a Book – Choose a book you read and why and get suggestions o Favorite Feature: Who? What? Where? When? – Can’t remember that book you read last year, but want to recommend it to a friend? Type in a character’s age, a place, or a topic and get a list of books matching it. Kathryn Bergeron Adult Services Librarian 248/554-4650 Presentation Slides Available at:
  3. 3. In Library Resources: (1) Book Page: America’s Book Review – a free resource with book reviews, published each month a. Favorite Feature: Meet the Author – a brief look into the thoughts (and handwriting) of your favorite authors b. Favorite Feature: Bestseller Watch – See what’s great that’s being released soon and put it on hold before everyone else (2) Book Lists: Pre-made lists of books on all kinds of subjects a. Adult: Books for adults i. Librarian Picks: put out four times a year in both fiction and non-fiction. Our favorite books of the season ii. Communal Reading Bookmarks: Find out what Oprah is reading or take part in the Great Michigan Read, just by browsing for bookmarks at the Adult Services Desk iii. Miscellaneous Booklists: Everything from “1930s Bestsellers” to “Mystery Award Winners” and everything in between. b. Young Adult: Books for Young Adults (Teens) i. Best Books: Find out the best books of the year for teens and by teens ii. Great Reads: Divided up by age groups, find great reads for your young adults iii. Genre Lists: Mysteries for Teens, Historical Fiction for Teens, and more iv. If You Liked: Takes popular books and gives teens similar books to try out c. Youth: Books for children i. Books by Age: Great books for young, middle, and advanced readers ii. Books by Length: Is your child ready for chapter books? Try these lists. iii. Books by Genre: Books of all types for all kinds of readers d. Can’t find a bookmark for it? The Librarians would be happy to print you out a list to meet your needs Browsing the Library: (1) Book Club Books: A whole room full of well-written books from a variety of genres a. Favorite Feature: It’s easy to browse. Walk up and down the wall searching for that great book that you haven’t read yet b. Bonus: The books check out for four weeks Kathryn Bergeron (2) New Books Shelves: The latest in the Baldwin libraryServices Librarian non-fiction, and young adult Adult collection: fiction, 248/554-4650 a. Favorite Feature: Be among the first to read these great books, get them for three weeks, and impress your friends Presentation Slides Available at:
  4. 4. (3) Hot Picks: If you’ve been waiting for that book for weeks, or need to read a new book now, it’s a great collection. They go out for one week with one renewal. a. Hot Tip: There are no holds, so if you run out of time, bring the book up to the circulation desk to return it, and check it back out Web Resources: a. Suggested Reads: ( – Find book news, reading lists from Baldwin, and links to external resources for reading. b. Youth Books: ( – Find online book lists for children c. Ebooks and EAudiobooks Suggested Reads: ( eaudiobooks/) – If you’ve ever wanted to download books from home, try these suggested titles d. Baldwin Catalog: ( – Have you tried the links at the bottom of our catalog homepage? Find bestsellers, award winners, and more. Kathryn Bergeron Adult Services Librarian 248/554-4650 Presentation Slides Available at: