Do you have a favorite book you'd like to share with other Monroe County Public Library patrons? Impressed by the idea of a review that you wrote showing up in the library's catalog for other patrons to find and read? If you are the kind of person who doesn't just want to read good books, but also write about good books then we've got something new for you.
It is now possible for patrons who want to write reviews of library materials to do so. Visit the Create Local Reviewpage and let us know what you think of your recently read book or ebook. Maybe you listened to an audiobook, a music cd or even watched a movie you'd like other patrons to know about. Write as much or as little as you'd like, and give a rating of 1-5 stars. Once the reviews are published, they will show up in the catalog under the record for the selected title. The complete list of local reviews can be found together on our website as well.
Library staff will continue to write reviews here on this blog, but now you can share your voice too. Happy reviewing!
What if everyone in our local community all read and discussed the same book? Earlier this spring we read the excellent Room by Emma Donoghue and I am certainly looking forward to next year's selection as well.
As in the past, we are asking the community what they want to read together in 2013. It's time to vote!
Anytime before December 15, you can cast your vote for one of six titles that are nominated for the 2013 One Book One Bloomington and Beyond community read. All of the nominations this year are books that have been banned or challenged. The winning title will be announced in January and book discussions and related programs will happen throughout the Spring of 2013. Read about each nomination and cast your vote on online!
Local author Michael Koryta's new book isn't coming out until August 7 but you can already place a hold in our catalog. The Prophet is a straight up thriller that stars two brothers, one as an upstanding high school football coach and the other as a fringe bail bondsman. The brothers are estranged after the devastating fallout resulting from the kidnapping and brutal murder of their sister many years earlier. When a similar murder happens, the brothers must learn to work together before the murderer strikes again.
Master thriller author Dennis Lehane says, "The Prophet is a relentless, heart-in-your-throat thriller about ordinary people caught in the middle of an extraordinary nightmare." And Kirkus reviews praises Koryta's newest as "a brilliantly paced thriller that keeps its villains at a tantalizing distance, a compelling family portrait, a study in morality that goes beyond the usual black-and-white judgments, and an entertaining spin on classic football fiction. A flawless performance." Read more about Michael Koryta's The Prophet and Book Signing