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New Feature for Suggesting Ebooks for the Library to Purchase

   Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

The service we use for ebooks (and downloadable audiobooks) is called Overdrive, and recently a new title suggestion feature has been added to our Overdrive catalog.

There are two ways to get to this suggestion feature. First, be sure to search our Overdrive catalog to see if we already have the title you're looking for. At the bottom of every search page (including the "No Results" screen), you'll see this banner:

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Clicking that will automatically search the entire Overdrive catalog of available titles for your search criteria - not just those that the Chelmsford Library has already purchased, but everything we could potentially purchase too. If the title is available for purchase, click the "Recommend" button, and fill in your patron information. Then, if the title is purchased, you will be notified when it's available for checkout.

The second way to search for purchase recommendations is through the Advanced Search page. At the bottom are options for the scope of your search:

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Choosing "My library's collection" (which is the default option) will only search what we've already purchased. However, choosing "Additional titles to recommend" lets you search all available-to-purchase titles, and gives you the option to click the "Recommend" button to let us know you're interested.

All patron recommendations are reviewed by the MVLC ebook selection committee, who decide whether or not to purchase them for the consortium.

If you have any questions about this new suggestion feature or Overdrive ebooks in general, please contact the Reference staff at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211.

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Reading Suggestions for the Summer

   Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Reading on the beachIn case you missed the latest Friday Fiction program, the lists of suggested reads are below. This time, in addition to the usual list of suggestions, there is also a bonus list of staff suggestions for great summer beach reads:

If you need more suggestions, or have specific questions about reading or books, check in with Christine S. at the Readers Services Desk on the main level of the library (across from the Front Desk). She's there 9:30 - 4:30 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, or you can reach her by email at csharbrough@mvlc.org.

You can also find reading suggestions through our Reading Room webpage, which groups suggestions into lots of different categories to make them easy to locate. It also has links to all of our book groups, great free web resources, and much more.

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New Reading Suggestion Program: Friday Fiction

   Friday, July 6th, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Book GroupEveryone is looking for a great book to read this summer - and the library is here to help!

We've transformed our popular "Now... It's Your Turn" program into the "Friday Fiction" reading suggestions group. With an emphasis on popular summer reads and new fiction, this program offers great tips, fun conversation, and great recommendations.

The first gathering is:

Friday, July 13, 2012 at 11 a.m.
Fireplace room in the Adams Building

Feel free to bring suggestions of your own, or just be ready to learn about great titles to read this summer.

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Recommended Under-The-Radar Reads

   Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Seattle Librarian Nancy Pearl recently appeared on National Public Radio to highlight a few great books she that felt might not get noticed by readers this summer.

The titles of each book are listed below, with links so you can request the book from the library's catalog (or request that we purchase it if we haven't already). If you'd like to read Nancy Pearl's description of the books, check out the story on NPR.

Finding George Orwell in BurmaFinding George Orwell in Burma
By Emma Larkin

Check our Catalog

The Good SonThe Good Son
By Michael Gruber

Check our Catalog

Blood HarvestBlood Harvest
By S. J. Bolton

Check our Catalog

Miss HargreavesMiss Hargreaves
By Frank Baker

Check our Catalog

Under HeavenUnder Heaven
By Guy Gavriel Kay

Check our Catalog

Last Night in MontrealLast Night in Montreal
By Emily St. John Mandel

Check our Catalog

The Lotus EatersThe Lotus Eaters
By Tatjana Soli

Check our Catalog

Instead of a LetterInstead of a Letter
By Diana Athill

Check our Catalog

Purchase Request Form

Words for Empty and Words for FullWords for Empty and Words for Full
By Bob Hicok

Check our Catalog

Purchase Request Form

For help requesting one of these books from our catalog, or with placing a purchase request, please contact the Reference Desk. For more reading suggestions, check out our Reading Room page, and other book recommendations by Nancy Pearl.

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Holiday Book Guide

   Thursday, December 11th, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

The Gift of the MagiThe Youth Services staff of the library put together this list of books that would make nice gifts this holiday season. These books are divided up into type of book and age groups.

Following this listing, there are links to book guides from other sources around the internet to provide additional ideas.

Pop-Up Books

Picture Books

Ages 5-7

Ages 8-10

Ages 10-12

All Ages

Here are a few lists from other sources on the internet, listing their top book picks for the holiday season:

Other Book Gift Guides

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