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Resources for Readers

Find a Good Book | Downloadable eBooks and more | Book Club Resources
Newsletters and Email Lists | Research Books and Authors | World Affairs Council

Hot Titles at the Library

Lists of bestsellers and other popular items available for holds via JAXCAT. Lists include the Bestsellers from the NY Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today. Award-winning lists include the Hugo, Newbery, and Pulitzer Prizes. Updated weekly.

You'll also find lists of the most popular items that the library has. Here's a sample:

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Reading Guides

Pathfinders are reading guides that serve as a map and reference to bibliographic research on a specific topic. They are constructed by librarians and library staff in order to assist the public in selecting and reviewing research or items of similar interest.
Pathfinders are currently available in these areas - Visual Arts : General Sources, Graphic Arts, Photography, Art Museums & Galleries, Movies, Television & Radio and more.

Speaker Series Reading List for the World Affairs Council

A non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is: To promote understanding of the world and its people and to engage citizens of Northeast Florida in becoming better informed participants in the global community.


Downloadable Audiobooks, eBooks, Music and Videos

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Search for Popular e-Books
Overdrive offers a variety of Downloadable AudioBooks, eBooks, Music, and Videos. With a valid library card you can browse and search hundreds of great titles and download them to your computer, transfer them to a portable device, or burn onto a CD for your listening pleasure anywhere, anytime. Try it, it's easy!

NOTE FOR KINDLE READER DOWNLOADS: You may receive renewal or purchase messages from Amazon regarding your OverDrive download of library eBooks to Kindle readers. These messages are not from JPL, and do not affect the terms of your library download. JPL never solicits purchases or charges any fees for the use of digital library material.


Are you in a book club? Do you want to join one?

Book Bunches

Interested in forming a book club? Want a popular title, but need multiple copies so that you and your friends can read together and discuss the material? Check out our Book Bunches! We've gathered ten copies of different titles - in audio and print format - for you to check out for yourself and your friends.


Stay on top of things with Newsletters and Email Lists!

Email Book Preview

Join our Online Book Clubs and start reading books in your email. Each day we'll send you a 5-minute portion of a book. By the end of the week, you'll have read 2-3 chapters. If you'd like to finish a book, stop by the library and pick up a copy. Every week we feature new books. Sign up today and start reading tomorrow.

Next Reads™ Newsletters

Want to receive newsletters listing some of the hottest books recently published? Want to get the latest books in Health, Mystery, Horror, Science Fiction, or other genres? Subscribe to a NextReads™ newsletter and have a list emailed directly to you! Some are published monthly, others bimonthly.


Research Books and Authors with Databases

For more literature databases, click here.

Books and Authors (Gale)

Readers can use Books & Authors to enhance the experience of the book they are currently reading, digging deeper into its themes and origins, or learning how the author's life and times contributed to the work.

NoveList Plus: Your Guide to Fiction and Nonfiction

NovelistPlus  NoveListPlus: Your Guide to Fiction and Nonfiction (EBSCO)
Fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages
Expert reading recommendations from professional librarians
Read-alikes for every title, author, and series
Easy-to-use interface designed with readers and librarians in mind
Simple but effective searching
Quick and easy-to-use resources including:
Book Discussion Guides
Thematic book lists
Reading and book-oriented articles

*NOTE: For assistance with NoveList, please click here.
Novelist Plus K-8  Novelist Plus K-8 (EBSCO)
Engage your younger readers and encourage reading success! NoveList K-8 Plus helps parents, teachers, and librarians improve literacy, connect reading across curricular areas, teach reading and writing concepts, and engage young readers.


World Affairs Council of Jacksonville A selective listing of publications relating to the Council's Speaker Series, available for check-out, through the Library's e-Research databases, or from Internet websites.
   
The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to promoting understanding of the world and its people and to engaging citizens of Northeast Florida in becoming better informed participants in the global community. Ensuring that Jacksonville citizens have access to the best thinking on global issues, the World Affairs Council has two signature speaker series which examine critical current topics with guests who provide more “light than heat,” revealing the stories behind the headlines while delivering balanced perspectives and promoting thoughtful consideration and learning.