Readers Advisor

Readers Advisor

I’m Mary K.–librarian, mom, blogger, reader. I believe there’s no such thing as too many books–if you do, too, you’re in the right place! Browse this page for great finds from across our collection. What will you read next?

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National Reading Group Month Print Email

Jacket covers from five of the books on the Founded by the Women's National Book Association in October 2007, National Reading Group Month salutes reading groups!  October is the perfect time to join or start a group - visit the book clubs page on to find an open book group that meets at the library.  Or check out one of the library book kits, pass the books out to friends and family, and then get everyone together to discuss the book.  If they enjoy the experience, maybe they'll want to do it again - and a book group is born.  Looking for other good book group selections?  Sample these recently published recommended titles or check out other resources for book groups in the library catalog.

It's Doctober! Print Email
DVD cover images from the four films listed by name in the blog postEach October since 2007, The Pickford Film Center in downtown Bellingham hosts a month-long celebration of the best documentaries currently available for theatrical exhibition.  Contrary to the idea that documentaries are primarily dry and scholarly educational tools, many big hits and top-grossing films are from the documentary genre; just think of Bowling for Columbine, Rivers & Tides, March of the Penguins, or The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.  Check out Pickford Film Center Doctober page for a schedule of this month's showings!  Too busy?  The library owns many of the films that were screened at Doctober 2011 (see list here) - put on your jammies and make some popcorn!
New Collection from Sherman Alexie Print Email

Jacket cover of Sherman Alexie's

Sherman Alexie, who turns 46 this month, is the author of the National Book Award winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and many other acclaimed novels and short stories.  In a new collection, Blasphemy, he once examines the Native-American experience.  Known for his hilarious yet poignant depictions of life on the reservation, Alexie writes about characters battling stereotypes, racism, and most of all questions about heritage and identity.  This new collection will please Alexie fans and give new readers a chance to sample his perceptive observations on Native-American life.  Don't miss hearing Sherman speak and read from this new collection on October 29th, 7pm, at the Bellingham High School Theater (ticket info), hosted by Village Books and the Lummi Youth Academy.

New Website for Christian Fiction Readers Print Email

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Novel Crossing is a new website dedicated to bringing Christian fiction readers the latest news, book releases, author commentary and reviews from a range of writers including authors, professional reviewers, fiction book editors and fans of Christian fiction.  Users have the option of free registration, which allows you to add books to your "books I've read," "books I'm reading now," and "books I want to read" shelves.  You can also sign up to receive their newsletter about new titles or get recommendations for your next book group read.  Simple, clean interface and good functionality - check it out!

Election Fiction Print Email

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As the November 2012 election approaches, Bookmarks magazine collected some of the classics of election-themed fiction dealing with political campaigns and elections in all their brutal, glorious permutations. Writers across time have identified common themes of our political life: "the very human urge for power; the bribery and 'buying' of some elections; the fear and excitement of change; the corruption of governments; the struggle to steer the honest course." (from Bookmarks July/August 2012)

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