Michele Coleman

Book Notes

Book Notes
by Michele Coleman
I'm a voracious reader and life-time library lover. I love talking about both my favorite authors and the latest new book I've discovered.

Aug 02

Find Your Next Great Read with NoveList Plus

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 9:19 AM by Peggy Carter

Finding Your Next Great Read is Now Easier Than Ever 

Have you ever finished a great book and wanted to find more just like it? Or wanted to help your child find just the right book to read? Iredell County Public Library now offers NoveList Plus, a helpful resource to help readers match up with the books that are right for them. 

The NoveList Plus database connects readers to their next book by making recommendations for what to read next. One of the most popular elements is read-alikes. This feature suggests titles that are ‘just like’ other titles. If you’ve just finished a great book, log into NoveList Plus and find great read-alikes. There are also read-alikes for authors and series. Consider NoveList Plus your one-stop guide to great reading. It contains lists of recommended reads and award-winning books. It covers both fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages from the youngest readers to adults. It also has extra content like reviews (both professional reviews and reader reviews), book discussion guides, curriculum guides, and other book-oriented articles. Book groups and teachers find these resources especially helpful. 

Library usage is critical component in literacy and educational success, and NoveList Plus provides valuable support. By identifying the right books for every reader, it helps younger readers achieve reading success. Parents, teachers, and students can search by age, reading level, grade, and more. Audiobook recommendations are a recent addition to NoveList Plus. When you want to find the perfect listening experience – whether that means short, long, for the whole family, a specific narrator – this service will help you find lots of suggestions. Sound clips are included so you can get a preview. 

Click here to find your next great read at NoveList Plus.


Jul 11

It’s Officially Summer

Posted on July 11, 2016 at 2:26 PM by Steve Messick

Summer in the South is officially here! Along with hot humid days, thunderstorm evenings and long summer nights. Growing up right here in town I enjoyed my childhood summers riding bikes around downtown, catching lightening bugs with the neighborhood kids and playing in our own local Sweet Nancy’s Creek. Many a day cooling off in that creek.

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Apr 28

Reader's Block

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 10:47 AM by Steve Messick

We’ve all heard of writer’s block but I believe you can have reader’s block too. As a true reader who avidly, continually and obsessively reads books this can be a true nightmare. As a child I always had my nose in a book and was often caught reading by nightlight with a blanket over my head. As an adult I buy handbags that will comfortably hold a book and an eReader so that I always have something to read. I even keep spares in my trunk. Who knows when you might be stranded? Not having a book can cause immediate panic! This being said what can be worse than not having a good book?

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