How do you find new books to read? There are reviews of course, from the New York Times Book Review (found on the ProQuest Magazines & Newspapers database) to great websites like Book Riot. But for a lot of us, we find out about new books through other people such as friends, family, colleagues, and your friendly neighborhood librarian. Suggesting books that readers might like is an essential part of library service at Kitsap Regional Library. We do this through book lists, displays, book talks, and conversations across the desk and in the library stacks.
Beginning in June we’ll be rolling out a brand new online readers advisory service called BookMatch. This service extends the personalized touch that the library has always been known for. Fill out the form, tell us a little bit about what you like (or hate!) to read and we’ll create a list of books chosen just for you. Do you have an author that you love but have read everything they’ve written, or a genre that you want to explore but don’t know where to start? Are you looking for gift suggestions for family and friends, or reading choices for a student’s homework assignment? BookMatch can help! The more you share, the better our suggestions will be, so think about what you’re looking for:
- Do you love books with great stories, or settings, amazing writing or characters?
- What are you in the mood for right now?
- Do you prefer fiction, nonfiction, or a mix of both?
- Would you like books for adults, teens, or children?
- Do you like audio books or large print?
Once you’ve submitted the form, we’ll get to work on your list and have a response back to you in a few days. If you’re interested in trying out the service, find it on the Ask Us/Tell Us page.