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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Feed Your Device at the Library Print Email

Hoping for a new device this holiday season? Whether you're unwrapping one yourself or gifting it to a loved one, there's no need to spend even more to fill it up, when free content from the library is just a few clicks away!

Logo for Washington Anytime LibraryAvid reader? Get eBooks and audiobooks from Washington Anytime Library. With a wide selection of popular titles and perennial favorites, there's lots to choose from here. Branch out even further with more titles, including comics, from hoopla - lots of fun books to choose from for readers of all ages! Or go for some light reading with Zinio, which provides digital magazines on your device, including back issues.

Logo for FreegalMusic lovers will be thrilled to discover the variety of tunes they can access with their library card. Check out full albums from hoopla and stream to your device so you can listen on the go. You'll also want to take advantage of Freegal, where your options include downloads (5 free titles each week for you to keep!) or streaming (full albums or your own custom playlists!).

And if your holiday plans include a little downtime, you'll want to take advantage of hoopla's selection of movies and TV shows. No need for subscription services here - simply click to borrow each title and you can be watching classics or new flicks within a few minutes. It's that easy!

Ready to get started? All you need is your library card and PIN to be on your way to great content - free from WCLS to you. Now how's that for a happy holiday?

Debut Novels 2015 Print Email

The year is winding to a close, and it's a great time to take a look at some of the notable debuts of 2015. I always hope to read more new authors, and though I did pretty well this year, the sheer volume of critically acclaimed debuts makes me realize how much I missed!

Cover image for Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye WatkinsIf you're the same, you'll want to check out our list of 2015 Debut Novels. Here you'll find gems like Rajia Hassib's In the Language of Miracles, the story of a Cover image for Chigozie Obioma's The Fishermenfamily dealing with grief and guilt in complex ways. It's thoughtful and compelling, highly recommended. If you love dystopia, Claire Vaye Watkins' Gold Fame Citrus might ring your bells - a tale of drought-crippled California and a couple fighting to survive and thrive in unimaginable circumstances (great choice if you loved The Water Knife!). Or try Chigozie Obioma's The Fishermen, a novel that intertwines myth and modern-day life in Nigeria, when Benjamin and his brothers defy their father's ban on fishing in the local river, an action that sends shock waves through the family's life.

With these and other highly-praised debuts, you'll enjoy experiencing new voices and adding names to your must-read list!

A Year of Staff Picks - Administrative Services Print Email

In 2015, we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. We hope you've enjoyed following along with this series as much as we've enjoyed bringing it to you. Let's wrap up the year with a visit to our Administrative Services center!

Collage of photos of WCLS Admin Services staff & building

Our Administrative Services center is the hub of activity for all our branch libraries. Headed by Executive Director Christine Perkins, Admin staff do a variety of jobs relating to the daily operation of our entire library system -- with 10 branches and a bookmobile to support, you can bet we all stay busy! This work takes many forms, from management to community relations, from computer support to collection development, from distribution to facilities maintenance, from programming to interlibrary loan. No matter what our job titles, however, the focus remains providing an excellent experience to everyone who visits our libraries in person or online. Though this building is closed to the public, you'll often see Admin staff out and about in our libraries. We hope you'll have fun getting to know the Administrative Services staff through the full list of interesting titles we are recommending to you!

A Little Christmas Murder Print Email

Summer might be the time when most people think about reading for fun, but it's just as important around the holidays. Whether it's the crowds at the mall, the crazy schedule of events, or just the ever-present holiday treats, Christmastime might mean you need a break more than ever. And what better place to find it than in a cozy mystery set during holiday time?

Cover images for A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry; The Bark Before Christmas by Laurien Berenson; Ornaments of Death by Jane Cleland

Kick things off with Laurien Berenson's The Bark Before Christmas, in which Melanie Travis attempts to balance work, motherhood, the holidays - and a little detective work on the side. No problem, right? Dip into Prescott's Antiques for a festive party with a winter theme in Jane Cleland's Ornaments of Death. . . it's just too bad the guest of honor turns up dead! And what's Christmas without Anne Perry? The mistress of Victorian murder takes readers to the Mediterranean with this year's A Christmas Escape, in which holiday celebrations mingle with quarreling vacationers, a rumbling volcano, and of course, a mystery. Check out these and other Christmas-themed mysteries if you need to escape the holiday madness!

The Votes Are In! Print Email
Logo for Library Reads Favorite of FavoritesIt's time once again for Library Reads' annual feature Favorite of Favorites! If you're not familiar with Library Reads, this program spotlights the books librarians are most excited to read and share each month. At Cover image for Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradalyear end, the lists are all compiled and librarians are invited to vote on the best of the best. It's delightfully fun every year to see what tops the charts. This time around, the list includes big blockbusters, of course, but also some more under-the-radar reads. My fave of the 2015 list? Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. This excellent reading group pick is populated by quirky characters who'll probably seem somewhat familiar to you, and it's bursting with humor, emotion and mouthwatering food. Whether you're looking for great titles to give as gifts or to read on your own, the holiday season is the perfect time to check out the full list of 2015 Library Reads Favorites in our catalog.
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