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December 1, 2015

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Book Group & Readers Resources



Booklist Online
Book reviews from the American Library Association.

Books, Movies & Music
Find out about new and popular books, CDs, and DVDs that The Seattle Public Library owns. Includes the New York Times Bestsellers list and reading lists created by staff and NextReads.

Kitkeeper and book group support

Information about book group how-to's along with book group kit information for SPL book groups.

Literature Resource Center
Biographical information about authors and literary criticism.

NoveList Plus
An extensive database of fiction and nonfiction for adults, teens and children, offering enhanced subject access and full-text reviews, Author Read-alikes, awards, theme-oriented book lists, Book Discussion Guides, Book Talks, and Feature Articles for a wide range of reading interests.

ProQuest Learning: Literature
Full-text poetry, prose, and drama from around the world.

Book group resource that provides nearly 1,000 guides from a variety of publishers. Searchable by author, title and subject.


Shelf Talk
A blog created and maintained by the staff of The Seattle Public Library. Read any good books lately? We invite you to share your own favorite reads and other enthusiasms.



Digital Books



Digital Books & Media
The Seattle Public Library offers a variety of digital audiobook, ebook, video and music services. Access these services 24/7 using a computer and your Seattle Public Library card number and PIN.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Full-text reference ebooks on a variety of subjects. Cross-searchable with other Thompson Gale databases.

SELF-e e-book collection

E-books from self-published authors. Collections include Indie Washington, featuring authors from Washington State, and LJ Select, a collection of self-published titles reviewed and selected by Library Journal.

The Online Books Page
Thousands of books available free on the Web.

Travel E-books

Read travel books online or download sections. Always available, no due dates. Includes titles from "Rough Guides" and "Eyewitness Guides."



Other Library Catalogs



King County Library System
Seattle residents are eligible for free library cards from the King County Library System.

Public Law Library of King County
Legal and law related information from the local public law library.

The Library of Congress
Catalog, online exhibits, Historic maps, photos, documents, audio, video and more from the world's largest library.

University of Washington Libraries
Library catalog, digital resources and more. You do not need to be affiliated with the University in order to use their resources in person.

WorldCat [OCLC]

Search for items in more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.



Writers Resources



Citation & Writing Guides
A collection of citation, grammar and style guides maintained by the University of Washington Libraries.

Richard Hugo House
Seattle center for the literary arts that supports writers of all ages and backgrounds and promotes the creation of new writing. Programs, writing classes and more.


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