Reading Suggestion Resources

Adult Virtual New Bookshelf

Browse the new adult books on our virtual new adult bookshelf!

Children's Virtual New Bookshelf

Browse the new children’s books on our virtual new children’s bookshelf!

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Readers' Advisory: What Should I Read Next?
Digital Displays, suggested reads, reading resources, genre suggestions, and more!

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Your Next Great Read

Personalized Readers’ Advisory! Get personalized book selection services from a dedicated selector! Fill out our online form to let your selector know your reading preferences and within three (3) days your assigned selector will contact you to introduce you to the program. Form for Adults – For 16 and olderForm for Kids – For Elementary…

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Reading Kits for You

Book Club Kits

Book Club Kits available by request to any patron on a first come, first serve basis. Each bag contains 10 copies of the book, a discussion guide, and information about the author in a handy tote bag.

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Books & Stories to Go Kits

Books and Stories to Go Kits Also called Smart Start bags, contain 10 books on a specific topic, but count as one item to checkout. Over 100 bags available for a three week checkout with…

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Looking for your next great read? NoveList Plus has expert reading recommendations. Find series information, reading lists, award winners, book discussion guides, and more.

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Reading Databases

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Axis 360 – available to ACPL cardholders (must have a valid card and pin number). Axis 360 titles will currently run on any Windows PC and on iOS and Android mobile devices. Below is a list of downloading instructions (Axis360 eBooks currently will not work with basic Kindles or Nook devices). Axis 360 Instructions

Overdrive – digital collection allows access to eBooks and audiobooks, extending content beyond the physical walls of the library available anytime, anywhere.  Use the Libby App on your tablet, phone or any app capable device today! Overdrive instructions here.

RBDigital – allows access to a variety of downloadable audiobook titles.  First times users must register, creating a username and password and providing a valid email address. RB Digital Instructions Here.

Biblioboard – Also known as the NC Live Homegrown Collection. A growing library of traditional content including, fiction, graphic novels, comics, children’s books, university press books and much more.

Literature

ABC-CLIO Ebook Collection – History and literature ebooks, including the series Daily Life, Critical Companions, Literature in Context, as well as American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography.

eBooks on EBSCOhost – Over 26,000 fiction, reference, scholarly, and professional books online.

Gale Literature Resource Center – Articles, critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, and biographies covering authors, their works, and literary movements.

North American Women’s Letters and Diaries – Women’s writings from the Colonial period to 1950. Includes writings by Abigail Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Dorothea L. Dix, Julia Ward Howe, and more.

ProQuest Learning: Literature – Full-text works of poetry, prose and drama, and secondary sources such as author biographies, literary criticisms, essays, reviews and interviews. Designed with schools and public libraries in mind.

Poetry

African American Poetry – Poems from 1750-1900 including Lucy Terry Prince, Phillis Wheatley, Jupiter Hammon, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and more.

American Poetry – Find poems written from 1650-1920. Includes Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Phillis Wheatley, Walt Whitman and Herman Melville.

English Poetry – Find poems written from 600 to 1900 including Thomas Percy, Walter Scott, Robert Dodsley, Francis Turner Palgrave, and more.

Faber Poetry Library – Find poems written by modern poets such as Wendy Cope, T. S. Eliot, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Tom Paulin, Sylvia Plath and more.

Twentieth-Century African American Poetry – 62 of the most important African American poets of the last century: Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde and Rita Dove.

Twentieth-Century American Poetry – A database of modern and contemporary American poetry from the early twentieth century to the present. Presently includes 36,000 poems drawn from 460 volumes by 217 poets.

Twentieth-Century English Poetry – Modernist poems (1900-1999): W.B. Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves, A.E. Housman, D.H. Lawrence, Carol Ann Duffy, and more.