Seeking refuge in print this silly season?

C.S. Lewis once said that “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me”. Now there is Books and Authorsa man after my own heart! But where do you start? There seems to be such a vast array of new titles and then there are those wonderful shelves of older books just waiting to be discovered. To top it all off, where are you going to find a book as good as the one you have just read? This is where we can help. Let me present:
  • Books and Authors: Helps you decide what to read next by allowing searches by genre such as wagon train westerns (!)  Then there is the Who, What, When, Where function where you can  browse by character, subject, location and time period. So, if you are looking for books on a boxer in London, this is the place to start!
  • NoveList Plus: a reading advisory tool suitable for all age groups. My favourite bit is using read-a-likes where you use a favourite author or series  to find others just like it.
  • NoveList K8 Plus: Aimed at kids and teens, this resource will help them find new reading options using their favourite writers, books or stories as a starting point.

All of these resources and many more are at the Source. You can access them at any community library or from the comfort of home with your library card number and PIN. Let’s face it, with the roads and shops the way they are, if you can escape into a book and a cup of tea then you have found yourself a happy refuge!

Help me find my next book please

It was C. S. Lewis who said that “you can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me”.  Escaping into a good book is a real joy but it isn’t always easy to find that perfect book even when browsing library shelves!  This is where Novelist Plus comes in.

NoveListPlus is a reader’s advisory service for adults and children with over 250,000 fiction and nonfiction titles. Use a favorite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest or  you can learn more through feature articles, book discussion guides, and book award lists.

Another attribute of  this electronic resource is the easy to use search criteria. For example if I wanted to search for a fictional book on dragons for teenagers, then using the search criteria I am given a large list on books to cast my eye over – complete with book summaries and ratings.

My favourite part is the  “Author Read alike” function which allows you to find other authors who write like your favorite author.  For example a search on Bernard Cornwell brings up five other authors who write like him.

You can access NoveList Plus and many other useful databases from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our community libraries.