Read­ers Cor­ner

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Emily Holling­shead

You’ve prob­a­bly heard by now about our Read­ing Maps, and I hope you’ve had a chance to ex­plore them! (If you haven’t, yet, you’ll find them at http://bit.ly/read­ingmaps) But if you’re look­ing for books sim­i­lar to some­thing we haven’t cov­ered, yet, we have an­other great re­source for you called Nov­eL­ist. You’ll find a but­ton on the left side of our web­page, and all you need is your li­brary card num­ber and PIN to log in. Then get ready to add to your read­ing list!

You can start by typ­ing the name of a favourite au­thor, book, or se­ries in Nov­eL­ist’s search box. That will bring up the books you’ve re­quested, and you can click to see sim­i­lar ti­tles (“read alikes”), or nar­row the list by lo­ca­tion, char­ac­ter type, au­di­ence, or one of sev­eral other char­ac­ter­is­tics. But don’t stop there. Say you know that you like sci­ence fic­tion books with quirky char­ac­ters, or you need to write a book re­port on a his­tor­i­cal novel set in an­other coun­try that fea­tures chil­dren. Type “sci­ence fic­tion quirky char­ac­ters” or “his­tor­i­cal other coun­try chil­dren” into the search box! You’ll get a list of books that you can then nar­row down by lo­ca­tion, au­di­ence, etc. How spe­cific can you get? I asked for a sci fi se­ries writ­ten for 9-12 year olds with quirky char­ac­ters, and got two sug­ges­tions to try.

When you find some­thing that sounds in­ter­est­ing, click the goodreads but­ton to read re­views, or “check the li­brary cat­a­logue,” to have Nov­eL­ist bring up a list of copies that you can get through the Drumheller Pub­lic Li­brary. Then you just have to de­cide whether you want the book, the au­dio­book, the ebook, the graphic novel…

For more in­for­ma­tion on pro­grams, events and ser­vices at the li­brary, please feel free to visit our web­site at www. drumheller­li­brary.ca, or call us at 403-823-1371. We’re also on Face­book, Twit­ter, and Pin­ter­est!

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