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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A Riveting Survival Story Print Email

Jacket cover showing a picture of Captain Phillips leaning on the rail of a boat with open water behind himA film adaptation of Captain Richard Phillips' harrowing survival story is coming to theaters October 11th.  A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, published in 2010, tells Phillips' true story of setting out on a cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, and being kidnapped and held for ransom by pirates off the coast of Somalia.  Phillips' story is heart-pounding as he takes the readers through every detail of his ordeal, from the moment the pirates board his ship through the final, breathless U.S. Navy SEAL hostage rescue.  Check out a copy of the captain's first hand account before you head to the theater to see Captain Phillips, the film version starring Tom Hanks.

 
News from Whatcom READS! and WRITES! Print Email

Copy of the Whatcom READS Facebook masthead showing logo and a picture of CherylCheryl Strayed, author of Wild which is the Whatcom READS! selection for 2014, celebrated her birthday recently and tweeted about hanging out with Reese Witherspoon who is cast to play Cheryl in the film adaptation of Wild.  Whatcom READS! now has a Facebook page - like us! and stay in-the-know about all things Wild that are happening this fall and in early 2014.  And Whatcom WRITES! invites writers to submit your poem, fiction or nonfiction (800-word limit) on the subject JOURNEYS by November 15, 2013.  Visit whatcomreads.org for complete submission information.

 
Annual Banned Book Week Print Email

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Banned Books Week is being celebrated this week (September 22-28) to raise awareness of the most challenged books of the past year. This annual event was created to support the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Classic titles such as To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby have been on previous banned titles lists. This years list includes 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls.  To learn more, visit the American Library Association website or click HERE for a list of books banned between May 2012 and May 2013.

 
National Book Awards Longlist Print Email

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Last week, the National Book Foundation (sponsor of the National Book Award) made the longlist of titles being considered for the award available to the public for the first time ever.  Ten titles have been selected for consideration in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature categories.  Finalists will be announced on October 16th and winners for each category on November 20th.  By making the longlist public, the National Book Foundation hopes to expand the reading audience for all of the great candidates.  Check out the longlisted titles in the library catalog:  Fiction - Nonfiction - Poetry - Young People's Literature  (Beyond the Catalog requests can be placed for any titles not owned.)

 
Use Your Library Card to Access Premium Information Print Email

Image of a woman holding up the sign for information (circle with a small During National Library Card Sign-Up Month, take a moment to scan the list of premium information databases that your library card gives you access to ... and make a note to use them the next time you are:

  • Researching a purchase (Consumer Reports)
  • Stumped helping your kid with homework (live tutors at HelpNow by Brainfuse)
  • Investigating your family history (Heritage Quest)
  • Updating your resume, searching for jobs, or writing a cover letter (Job & Career Accelerator)
  • Preparing to take a licensing or academic test (Learning Express)
  • Wanting to read the current edition of The New York Times -or almost 8,000 other publications (ProQuest)
  • Wondering if you can repair your car or small engine yourself (ChiltonLibrary and Small Engine Repair Reference Center)

These are just a few examples of the powerful information that is available to you - and your library card is the ticket to access!  Also, watch the Knowledge Blog for up-to-date information on current topics; for example, resources to help you understand the changes coming to health care starting October 1st.

 
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