Library News

By: Elizabeth Cate
For: Red Rock News
Date: February 27, 2015

What Should You Read Next?

Like many readers across the country, I heard the buzz about the new thriller “The Girl on the Train” and decided I had to know what the fuss is about. I placed a hold on the book, and when it came in, I was immediately hooked. The phrase “couldn’t put it down” is a cliché in the book world, but “Girl on the Train” is one of those rare novels that deserves such praise.

One sign of a great thriller is the actual thrill you experience while reading it. Finishing a book like this can leave you wanting more excitement. The Library offers two online database tools to help you find your next book, whether you’re looking for a fast-paced thriller or a gentle read with a happy ending.

The NoveList database promises to “ deliver outstanding reading recommendations targeted to your needs,” and I found it does just that. When I typed in “The Girl on the Train,” I was pleased to discover nine read-alike titles that led to even more books when I clicked on the covers. Using NoveList, you can print your results and start looking on the shelf or in the Library’s catalog.

A similar recommendation tool is the Books & Authors database. Type in a title, author, subject, or series name, and Books & Authors displays a list of recommendations. It also includes biographical information about authors, and even provides e-mail addresses should you want to write your favorite authors.

Stop by the Library to learn more about NoveList, Book & Authors, and other informative resources on the Library’s website. These databases are provided by the Arizona State Library and can be accessed at by using your library card and pin number. If you are not comfortable using a computer, go to the reference desk at Sedona Public Library and ask a librarian for help.

Have you ever felt you just want to have your next book picked for you by someone else? That’s one of the benefits of participating in a community book discussion or book share. Held monthly at Sedona Winds, book discussion/share programs are free and open to the public. If you love books and reading, you will enjoy these informal gatherings to discuss the selected book or to share what you are currently reading and get ideas for what to read next. Loaner copies of book discussion titles are available in advance at Sedona Library in the Village. For more information, call the main library at 928-282-7714 or Sedona Library in the Village at 928-284-1603.

Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The land on which our beautiful library sits was donated, and the library building was constructed with private funds and is entirely debt-free. Donations and grants allow us to continue to offer free and innovative services to residents and visitors. Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.

Sedona Public Library is located at 3250 White Bear Road in West Sedona. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sedona Public Library in the Village is located at 7000 Highway 179, Suite D-100, in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours in the Village are Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You may call the main Library at 928.282.7714 and SPL-V at 928.284.1603 for more information about exhibits and services that we offer.

Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Elizabeth Cate is Collection Development Librarian of the Sedona Public Library.