eSpotlight - Get Started on a Great Reading Year!

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Reading is the new cool!

As the new year begins, it's tempting to make resolutions for the next 52 weeks.  This year, why not resolve to read more?  Reading is good for you AND it's fun!  There's no downside! Get reading right now with some of our eBooks and eAudiobooks (yes, listening counts as reading).

So how do you get started?

Whether you're an avid reader, or someone who has read less than you'd like, it can be hard to find something new.  That's what we're here for.  Librarians LOVE recommending good books! If you stop in at your favorite branch library you can talk to a staff member in person and get the good news about what's new and wonderful.  But what if you can't come in? We've got your back there, too.


5forU is a way to ask your favorite librarian for recommendations -- without leaving your couch!  Fill in the form at our 5forU page and one of our skilled librarians will hand-pick five books to get you started.

NoveList and NoveList K-8

NoveList is an electronic resource that lets you search for books, get reading level information, subjects, character info, and more.  The really neat thing about NoveList is the Read Alikes feature.  All you have to do is search for a book or author you like, and NoveList will give you a list of other books and authors like your favorites.  If you're just in the mood for a book list, you can find a huge number in the left side-bar.  There are two levels of NoveList -- one for Adults and Teens, and one for kids in grades K through 8.

SJPL Bound

SJPL Bound is released quarterly and contains a wealth of information about what's going on at the San Jose Public Library!  You can read back issues at  Did you know that our awesome selectors (the people who pick out the books) give recommendations for all sorts of materials in every issue? Check out an issue now and see what's new and good.

Books & More

Bookmark the Books & More page to find lists of best-sellers, award-winners, and new books.  Want to just get an email update of news, new books, and more?  Sign up for email updates and newsletters!

Blogs, blogs, blogs!

You're reading one right now!  Many of our blogs give reading recommendations.  Just go to the main blog page and browse, or pick the subjects you like out of the list in the right sidebar.  Have you found a favorite blog author? Click on their name at the bottom of one of their blogs and you'll get a list of everything they've written.

Whew! That's a lot!

There's no time like the present to get started.  And let us know in the comments below what you find to read -- the only thing Librarians love more than giving reading recommendations is GETTING reading recommendations!
Happy Reading and Happy New Year!

Got questions? We've got answers!

Feel free to contact us. We will happily answer any questions you have!

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