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Release Date: 01/29/2007

The Seattle Public Library's online 'Reader's Corner' offers variety of resources for readers of all ages and interests

Curious to know which books, CDs and DVDs are new or popular today at The Seattle Public Library? How about an email every few weeks with a list of book suggestions tailored to your own literary tastes, complete with links to the titles in the Library catalog so you can place holds immediately? Want to know which books "Book Lust" author Nancy Pearl is recommending right now?

Just visit and select "Reader's Corner." This new section of the Library's Web site offers a variety of resources for readers of all ages and interests.

See below for more information on each section of "Reader's Corner."

What's New / What's Popular
This section includes the following lists.

  • What's New - The Library adds hundred of new books, CDs and DVDs to its collection every month. Check this list to see what's new.

  • What's Popular - See what's hot at the Library right now. This list includes the Library's most frequently requested material.

  • The New York Times Best Seller List - Take a look at The New York Times' lists of the top 15 fiction and nonfiction books every week.

  • Pearl's Picks - Nancy Pearl, author of the "Book Lust" series and book reviewer for National Public Radio, offers suggestions for what to read in a list that she updates twice per month.


Staff-created Reading Lists
Librarians at The Seattle Public Library write and update hundreds of specialized book lists for children, teens and adults on a variety of subjects. From lists for children on Caldecott and Newbery award winners to lists for teens on topics like sports and adventure to lists for adults on historical fiction and books by Washington authors, this section includes reading recommendations for every interest.

The Library offers NextReads, a free, personalized email service that automatically notifies subscribers with book suggestions tailored to their own literary tastes. The service will email subscribers short, annotated lists of titles every few weeks in the subject areas they choose. Titles include links to the Library catalog so subscribers can place holds on material right away, then pick it up at their nearest branch. NextReads also includes information on upcoming appearances by authors at the Library and local book stores.

Books & Reading Databases & Web Sites
This section includes links to the "Books & Reading" category of the Library's "Databases & Web Sites" collection of online resources. These links include access to the Library's own online collection of OverDrive e-books and music, and resources such as NoveList, an extensive database of fiction for adults, teens and children that offers book reviews and discussion guides.

Lists for Book Groups
This section includes links to tips on starting and running a book discussion group and information on the Library's popular free book group program. Find out how to start a group, see a list of recommended books for discussion and check out the Library's online calendar to see when Library book groups meet.

"Having all of these great resources available in one convenient location on the Library's Web site will help our patrons start exploring the exciting new electronic options available to them" said Beth de la Fuente, manager of the Library's Fiction Department.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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