Reviews and Blog Posts: readers advisory

Book Discovery: IMDb

Image from Prince of the Universe Wordpress Blog June 2013

The Internet Movie database or IMDb is a key discovery tool for movies, t.v. shows and even soundtracks! If you are a star-struck fan or riveted by closing credits (you know who you are), IMDb is a 24/7 information wonderland. 

EEEEEK! Bram Stoker Awards Announced

Bram Stoker Award statuette of haunted house

The Hugos' rocket trophy is pretty cool and the Agathas' teacup is cozy, but the Bram Stokers' gargoyled, rat-infested haunted house award is the creepiest!

The Stokers have been awarded by the Horror Writers Association since 1987 and the latest winners were announced at their convention in Portland last month. The winners are:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

2014 Spur Awards

Light of the World by James Lee Burke

The Spur Award was initiated in 1953 by the Western Writers of America to recognize the best in Western fiction. Over the years, the award grew in number to acknowledge the diversity of Western literature for adults, teens, and children. If you are looking for a story "full of souls filled with concern, fear, joy and desire," you won't be disappointed with one of these award winning Westerns.

Personalized Reading Lists: Dive Into Some Great Recent Nonfiction Reads

Our librarians love creating Personalized Reading Lists for DPL customers. If you haven't requested your list yet, we want you to know what you're missing! Each month in this column, we feature a recently-created reading list to give you a taste of what to expect from the service.

Personalized Reading Lists: Marriage Stories

For the librarians on the Personalized Reading List team, making custom lists is one of the best parts of our job! We've been going strong for over a year now and, to date, we've completed over 400 personalized lists for our customers. Each list is unique, consisting of titles hand-selected by a librarian based on that customer's preferences. If you haven't requested your list yet, we want you to know what you're missing! Each month in this new column, we'll feature a recently-created list to give you a taste of what to expect from this new service.

Book Discovery: Podcasts

Baker Street Babes Podcast

You've finished the book. There's no sequel. You've got no back up options. "What do I read next?" may be your literary existential crisis but our raison d'être. Library staff use a number of discovery tools, like podcasts, to learn about books, movies, and music you may enjoy. Coincidentally, these are all the things we enjoy too!

All Hallow's Read

All Hallow's Read

If you ask your local librarian for reading recommendations (which you definitely should, whether in person or online), chances are at some point he or she will hand you a book by Neil Gaiman. There are many reasons for this. Gaiman’s got an engaging writing style. His books are fun to read and appeal to a wide range of readers, with exciting stories rooted in mythology and fantasy.

But moving beyond his writing, there are other reasons librarians just can’t help but like this guy. For one thing, he is a tireless and eloquent advocate for libraries and reading. For another thing, he comes up with cool ideas like All Hallow’s Read, his push over the past few years to create a new tradition of book-giving at Halloween.

Personalized Reading Lists: Behind the Scenes

Advisory Librarians Hard at Work

Over 150 people have used our Personalized Reading List service since we launched in December and we've received a lot of positive feedback. If you've wondered what to expect from a personalized reading list, here's your chance to peek behind the scenes! These recommendations come directly from lists our librarians have made for customers based on their reading preferences.

"Because you liked the intergenerational family connections in Robinson’s Gilead, you may enjoy The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz. Spanning the entire 20th century, Díaz follows a family through a curse that’s passed from generation to generation. Really interesting characters, and though there are tragic aspects to the story, it is not a depressing read."

Introducing Personalized Reading Lists

Book display

Looking for a great book to read? We're here to help! Connecting readers with books to love is something we’ve been proud to do for a long time. And this week, we’re pleased to introduce a new online service that makes it easier than ever to request a personalized reading list.

Click here to access the request form. Let us know a little bit about your reading tastes – your favorite (and least favorite) books and authors, and what kinds of books you’re in the mood to read. A readers’ advisory librarian will create a custom booklist for you based on your responses. Your list will include up to five titles and will arrive by email within a week.

While you’re waiting for your list to arrive, you can take advantage of the other resources we offer for readers:

Serendipity of Browsing

Sandra visits the Central Library for serendipitous browsing: scouting new authors and reigniting intellectual passions.

Sandra enjoys wandering the stacks at the Central Library on Sundays when her neighborhood branch library is closed and parking is free at the downtown meters. "If anyone ever asks me the most valuable item in my purse," says Sandra, "It's my library card."

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