For Readers

Information For Readers


Wondering what to read next? We can help you! Stop by at the Information Desk on the first floor of the Library. While you are waiting your turn to get a copy of the latest best selling novel, or a book currently popular among reading groups in the area, let us know what you're in a mood to read. Funny, light reading? Award-winning novels? Suspenseful page-turners? Come pick our brains. We'll help you find what you might like.

While you are visiting us on this page, try some of these links that might help you make your choice.

Recommendations from Our Librarians
These guides made by our librarians include reading recommendations in a variety of subject areas, as well as guides about library services, programs, and helpful links and tools.
NoveList
This very useful guide to fiction helps select fiction you may wish to read, based upon search criteria you enter. It also contains reviews of books from several reliable sources and summaries of books as well. A particularly nice feature allows you to link directly to the library's catalog (check the panel on the left side on the screen) after you have selected a book. Librarians at the Information Desk will gladly walk you through this. NoveList contains material for adults, teenagers, as well as children.
Saratoga Reads!
A group in Saratoga Springs committed to "participate in a program designed to create an extensive and shared conversation for all ages and various areas of interest, centering on the community-wide reading of a novel rich enough to sustain invigorating dialogue".
Books for Reading Groups
Multiple copies of books for reading/discussion groups are available on shelving in the fiction section of the library. Please ask at the information desk for help.
Web Sites for Readers
The weekly New York Times and other best seller lists, book and author news in online magazines, web sites for mystery mavens or sci-fi buffs, books for teens, book discussion guides to help reading groups, poets and poetry online, literary criticism, and more!
The New York State Writers Institute in Albany
Offers a variety of interesting events and programs at the Albany campus of the State University of New York (SUNY). Events are free and open to the public.Check out their visiting writers series and the film series. This web site also features the Writers Online magazine.
The New York State Summer Writers Institute in Saratoga Springs
The Skidmore College campus in Saratoga is the summer home of the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Every summer residents and visitors get a wonderful opportunity to see writers reading from their work and to listen to panel interviews, and talks. Evening programs are free and open to the public. This web site lists the Institute's summer events.
BookCrossing
One way to describe this web site's mission is, "If you love some books set them free" (our apologies to Sting.) Earn instant good karma by "releasing" a book you own so that others read, enjoy, and share it. A unique way to enjoy and share books.