Finding New Books to Read

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Do you struggle to find new books to check out from the library? Are you unsure of how to find the best book options for you or your child?

Schlow has lots of options to make your book selection process easier while our shelves are closed to browsing. 

 

For Adults & Teens:

NoveList Plus - Can’t decide what to read? Discover your next read using Novelist Plus!  Provides read-alikes, recommended genre/theme lists, series information, and more!

Schlow Reads - Browse our new read-alikes site for adult and teens.  View the virtual bookshelves to place requests on new or coming soon releases. Note: This site is still under construction, so please bear with us.    

Schlow Suggests - If you want more personalized recommendations, you can try our new service called Schlow Suggests. Fill out this easy form and a Schlow librarian will send you a list of book recommendations just for you!

Website Carousels - Want to see a quick list of what’s new in the Adult and Teen Collections? Check out our Website Carousels - found at the top of the main page of our website. Click the arrow to the right of the book covers to scroll through new titles and other featured topics and genres. Carousels are updated weekly.

In the Library Catalog - Reading a book in a series? Find additional books in that series by consulting the Series tab in the catalog listing. The catalog listing also includes a Similar Items tab that contains additional book recommendations based on the book you are viewing.

 

For Children:

Read-Alikes Website - We really miss talking about books with you, but you can still get recommendations from us by visiting our Schlow Library Read-Alikes site. You can look up a book you’ve already read and really liked, and you’ll find a list of titles we think you should try next! You’ll also find booklists by grade, booklists by genre, booklists on special topics and our new book browsing videos where we share new books that have just arrived in the children’s department.

Schlow Suggests - If you want more personalized recommendations, you can try our new service called Schlow Suggests. Fill out this easy form and a Schlow librarian will send you a list of book recommendations just for you!

New Picture Book Packs - Do you miss browsing the beautiful, new picture books in the Children's Department? Place a request here to receive 5 books from the New Picture Books shelf - chosen for you by a Children’s Department staff member. Check them all out, but if you see one you don’t want to take home, simply drop it off in our book return on your way out.

Beginner Backpacks - These little backpacks are filled with books and other items that are perfect for children who are learning early literacy skills or just starting to learn how to read. Find the list of backpacks here

Discovery Packs - Perfect for your preschooler, our Discovery Packs contain books and other fun activities based on special topics. Topics include penguins, fire engines, size and measurement, and more! Find the list of Discovery Packs here

Website Carousels on Children’s Page - Want to see a quick list of what’s new in the Children’s Department? Check out our Website Carousels - found at the top of the children’s page of our website. Click the arrow to the right of the book covers to scroll through new titles and other featured topics and genres. Carousels are updated each month.

Weekly Children’s Update - Updated each Monday, this page contains information about upcoming children’s programs, information on how to find new books, and activities for kids in our community and online.

Or, you can always reach out to us by phone (814.237.6236) or by email: 

Posted 11/30/2020