Charlaine Harris, the author of the popular Sookie Stackhouse books, said that she might stop writing the series after the next two books. Read the full interview. I can only hope that she decides to tie up loose ends if she does stop writing the series. Hear that, Ms. Harris? NO cliffhangers!
Need a replacement for Sookie? Our database, NoveList Plus has some readalike suggestions including:
As an urban fantasy fan, my suggestions include:
Black History Month, Presidents Day and various other school assignments have created the perfect storm of requests for biographies among the school-age set in Milford. What’s a parent to do?
There are several ways to search for biographies in the library catalog. If you have a specific person in mind, you can do a subject search using the person’s last name and then the first name. We had a young man interested in Wyatt Earp and pulled up a list of possible categories with Earp as the subject. Since this young man was a middle schooler, we chose the “juvenile literature” link and discovered two Earp biographies in the CCPL system. Remember, if your home branch does not own a title, we would be happy to request the item from another branch!
Patrons often ask what the “JB” or “B” designates when they see these notations come up in the catalog. “B” stands for biography and a “JB” is a juvenile biography. If you are looking for a biography appropriate for a school-age child, seek out the juvenile biographies. They will generally have fewer pages and more photographs and illustrations than an adult biography.
Can’t find what you need in our print collection? Don’t despair! We have an excellent database for biographical research as well. Biography Reference Bank is a collection of biographical material from a variety of sources including, biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, and obituaries. It covers over 500,000 people and includes over 36,000 images! We may not have a book on a current figure like Lady Gaga, but you can find out basic biographical information about her, as well as articles and reviews on her music and photographs of her controversial costumes.
Visit the information desk at your local branch and ask where the biography section is located. Browse this section and you will meet the most interesting people!
Don’t be fooled by the name of this database – it has information on just about every tech-related subject you can imagine, for the most sophisticated geek to the novice just learning how to send e-mail.
Computer Source is a database which can be reached from the library’s home page under the “Research & Homework” link. There are several ways to use this database. For instance, what if your child needs several resources for a report she is doing on the future of the electric car? Check the box indicating you are seeking full- text articles and put the words “electric car” into the search box. Eureka! You will find full- text articles from Electronic Design , Electronics Weekly and Technology Review that discuss the latest developments in electric and hybrid car technology. Just think of the headaches this database could fend off when science fair time rolls around …
Explore the publications that are included in this resource. Want a review on the video game your child insists that all his friends own? Search under the name of the game and you are likely to pull up articles from Electronic Gaming Monthly or Games for Windows.
Need advice for deciding which of the latest I-Pods to purchase? A search will likely bring up articles from MacWorld. Do you need to make a technology purchasing decision at the office? PC Business Products, one of the featured publications, provides the latest news and information on software, hardware, supplies and services for individuals & companies who use PCs in business applications.
Just want to stay current on the latest technology developments? Read the most current issue of such publications as PC World and you will feel more comfortable the next time your friends launch into a discussion of the Firstech DroneMobile. Have fun!
The Library now has access to NoveList Plus, which provides you with all of the content you loved from the old NoveList, but adds information on thousands of non-fiction titles. Explore books, read reviews, find readalikes, and discover new genres with NoveList Plus. View content just for kids at NoveList K-8 Plus. Take a database tour to learn more.
Did you know that you can now use the library’s catalog to find readalikes? What’s a readalike? When two books are readalikes, it means that they have similar appeal. If you enjoyed one, there’s a reasonable chance you’ll enjoy the other. When you look at a book record in our catalog, scroll drown the screen to find additional content pulled from the Novelist database – just give it a few seconds to load! For many books you’ll find a section called Similar Titles from NoveList suggesting readalikes owned by CCPL. You may also see sections called Similar Authors from NoveList and Related NoveList Content (award winners, book discussion guides, recommended reading book lists, etc.). You’ll really appreciate this feature when you discover that the book you want is checked out. Novelist will give you a great list of readalikes to tide you over while you wait for your hold to come in!
You can also search the Novelist database directly to find additional content. If you’re an avid reader, take some time to check this database out – you’ll be glad you did.
In honor of Emily Dickinson’s birthday, Dec. 10, 1830, one of her poems -
There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human soul.
Discover more poetry by the Belle of Amherst with our American and English Literature database. Or go old school and check out a book.
NoveList is your one-stop destination for all things fiction! This versatile tool offers a multitude of resources for readers of all ages, including author biographies, award winner lists, book discussion guides, booktalks, curricular connections, and more.
One favorite use of this resource is finding author read-alikes. For selected authors, typing the name of the author into the search box yields a list of authors who write similar works. This is perfect for folks who are looking for their next read but aren’t sure what to choose. The various feature articles are yet another unique benefit of NoveList. Written by librarians across the country, these feature articles are full of reading recommendations for virtually all tastes, interests, and levels.
NoveList is the perfect resource for teachers, parents, bibliophiles, and reluctant readers alike. It can be found on our Research and Homework database page, along with many of our other databases. As always, if you have questions about this e-resource, consult a librarian.