Readers Advisor

Readers Advisor

I’m Mary K.–librarian, mom, blogger, reader. I believe there’s no such thing as too many books–if you do, too, you’re in the right place! Browse this page for great finds from across our collection. What will you read next?

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Digital Comics Now Available! Print Email

Image of Wonder Woman against yellow background with hoopla logo

Have you tried hoopla yet? This service provides music, movies, audiobooks, tv shows and ebooks that you can stream or download to your device. WCLS cardholders are enjoying checking out the wide variety of content that's available through this service. And new to the hoopla platform are digital comics! Get your panels fix with popular titles like Lumberjanes, Justice League, Wonder WomanSandman, Peanuts, Doctor Who and Adventure Time, plus a whole lot more. All titles are available with no waiting and are free with your library card. Check out the full selection of comics titles available on hoopla today - sign up and be reading your favorite titles in no time!

 
Backlist Alert: 3 GLBT Teen Books for Adults Print Email

Collage of book covers: Every Day by David Levithan; Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour; I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

The American Library Association has designated June as GLBT Month, and though the month is almost up, there's still time to share great picks with GLBT themes. Though these titles are found in our Teen section, all feature plots and characters that adult readers will also find engrossing. That's definitely true for Jandy Nelson's I'll Give You the Sun, the story of twin artists Noah and Jude, whose relationship is torn apart in tragic circumstances and who gradually find a way to heal. For an intriguing exploration of identity and gender, try David Levithan's Every Day, the story of A, who wakes up each day in a new body, living an entirely different life. And if a bit of romance set against a backdrop of the film industry piques your interest, check out Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, which follows Emi and her quest to uncover the mysterious past of a legendary star. Read these on your own, or with your book club - either way, you'll be glad you did.

 
Survival of the Fittest Print Email

Cover art for The Martian by Andy Weir

The first trailer for the film version of Andy Weir's The Martian is out, and it's got fans excited to see Matt Damon heading up an all-star cast. The novel about astronaut Mark Watney's fight to survive when he becomes stranded on the Red Planet is attracting readers who never thought they'd enjoy reading hard scifi. It's a compellingly written story of resourcefulness and determination amid unthinkable circumstances, and makes a great book club selection (trust me, there's plenty to talk about here). You've still got time to experience The Martian before the movie's October 2015 release -- and if you've already read the book, check out our read-alikes. These titles feature the same out-of-this-world setting and edge-of-your-seat suspense that made The Martian one of my favorite recent reads.

 
A Year of Staff Picks - Mobile Services Print Email

In 2015, we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. June brings summer and a visit to the Mobile Services department!

Picture of WCLS Bookmobile and staff members

If you've seen our cheery blue-and-white Bookmobile on the road, then you're familiar with one part of our Mobile Services department. With five stops at various points around the county, the Bookmobile brings the library collection to eager patrons each week. Mobile Services also includes our Homebound services, visiting residential care homes as well as individuals, and library service to the county jail. The dedicated Mobile Services staff work hard to ensure access to the library collection, and they keep a sharp eye out for materials that will inspire and entertain their patrons. Take a look at some of the titles that Mobile Services staff are recommending this month, and be sure to give a friendly wave next time you see these staff members out and about!

 
It's Summer - What Are You Reading? Print Email

Graphic for summer reading - open book with colorful caption Summer is here! And whether you're traveling or sticking around home, you're sure to need a good book to keep you company. We've got you covered with some of summer's hottest reads from big names in the world of literature: Neil Gaiman, Erik Larson, Kate Atkinson and Ernest Cline, just to name a few. Want more recommends? Check out our Staff Picks page to find under-the-radar books and old favorites to add to your library holds list for the season. Wherever your bookish tastes lead, you'll want to participate in our 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program - Every Hero Has a Story. Starting June 6, visit our Adult Summer Reading site to rate titles, submit reviews, make book lists and earn badges. Be a superhero to your kids (show them reading is cool!) and have fun reading and exploring this summer!

 
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