Skip to main content

North Main Book Nook -- Your Next Read

Does this ever happen to you:  You've finished a great book and are heading to the library to return it. You've got nothing else checked out, and no books on hold to pick up. Or you've got a huge pile of unread books at home, but nothing is calling out to you as the right next book. But maybe you need a new book to read, either because the weather is awful and you want to stay in, or you're on a reading high because of how much you liked the book you just read, or you need something to talk about with the book-obsessed friend you're meeting for dinner next week. So how do you figure out what to read next?

There are lots of ways to go about this.  You can get recommendations from family and friends who know you and your reading interests well. You can see whether the author of the book you just finished has published anything else.  You can stroll the stacks at the library and see if a title (or a cover) jumps out at you. You can ask any one of the Wallingford Public Library librarians for suggestions.  You can read this recent Washington Post article to find out what your favorite authors are reading this summer and follow along. Or this other recent Washington Post article, listing some favorite books of 2017 so far. Or any number of other, similar articles. You can check out all the displays in the North Main Book Nook.  Or, you can walk over to the brick pillar in the front corner of the Nook and see what's posted on the Your Next Read bulletin board.

The Your Next Read bulletin board is filled with book stuff -- book lists, book magazines, photos of books, you get the idea.  Some of the contents of the bulletin board change weekly (the New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists, for example).  Others change monthly (Top Ten lists from Book Page and LibraryReads, and the Top 20 list from Indie Next). Still others are seasonal, highlighting the most anticipated books scheduled for release over the next few months. And others showcase award winners (the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners are up now, look for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Awards later in the year). The rest of the space is filled in with pictures of new notable releases, along with whatever else fits!  We've even had patrons suggest book lists they'd like to see on the Your Next Read bulletin board, and we take those suggestions to heart (see, e.g., this set of titles).

Come by and check out what's currently on the bulletin board, and let us know what you decide to read next!


Popular posts from this blog

Welcome to North Main Book Notes

Welcome to North Main Book Notes, the new Readers Advisory blog of Wallingford Public Library. Posts on this blog will cover a wide range of reading and reading-related interests, from new books to favorite books to trending or popular books, all across a wide range of genres and categories. Librarians from across WPL departments will contribute to the blog, and we encourage patrons to let us know what they would like to see posted here.  We're excited to have this new way to share our love of books and reading with our patrons!

Winter by Ali Smith

Winter is the season when nature lies dormant, when the light is at its low point, when the world seems dead. Ali Smith's captivating new novel, Winter, begins with an extraordinary list of all the things that are "dead," which seems to encompass everything -- "God was dead: to begin with," Smith writes, and not just God, but chivalry, history, the welfare state, neoliberalism, hope, TV, marriage, flowers, religion, the media, the internet and love. But if there is anything Winterisn't, it's dead. Like the rest of this wonderful novel, this list of supposedly dead things is filled with vitality, word play and teasing fun.

Ali Smith was born in Inverness, Scotland in 1962. She is the author of nine novels and five short story collections. Her first collection of short stories, Free Love and Other Stories, won the Saltire First Book Award in 1995. Her second novel, Hotel World, won three awards and was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Bo…

North Main Book Nook Staff Picks Display

In this second blog post describing the themed displays in the North Main Book Nook, we turn to the Staff Picks display.  Unlike the earlier "Staff Favorites" display which used to be located between the main computer area and the teen area, and which was filled by all Wallingford Public Library staff members as the mood struck, this Staff Picks display is filled with books chosen by four specific WPL staffers on a rotating three-month basis.  

Each of the four is responsible for keeping one quadrant of the octagonal display fully stocked with reading favorites.  Here is a blog message from Programming Librarian Julie Rio, one of the four library staffers in the current Staff Picks rotation:
Greetings and Salutations! My name is JulieRio and I am the Adult Programming and Community Services Librarian at the Wallingford Public Library. During this quarter of the year, I am one of the staff members whose favorite books are being highlighted in the Staff Picks display in the L…