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Novelist Plus

Novelist Plus

Looking for your next great read? NoveList Plus has expert reading recommendations. Find series information, reading lists, award winners, book discussion guides, and more.

READSquared

READSquared

See the challenges, games, and prizes are available during our Summer and Winter Reading Challenges on READSquared!

Reading Kits for You

Book Club Kits

Book Club Kits available by request to any patron on a first come, first serve basis. Each bag contains 10 copies of the book, a discussion guide, and information about the author in a handy tote bag.

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Kits for Kids

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  • Educational Kits

Staff Reviews

Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys

“Cemetery Boys,” by Aiden Thomas. Copyright 2020, Swoon Reads (344 pages, $17.99). Content Warning: Transphobia, Blood, Death, Death of a parent, Violence Cemetery Boys is a refreshing coming…
Fractured Fables

Fractured Fables

“A Spindle Splintered” by Alix E Harrow.  New York:  Tom Doherty Associates, 2021. 119 pages, $17.99 “A Mirror Mended” by Alix E Harrow.  New York:  Tom Doherty Associates,…
Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

“Breaking Bad: A Cultural History” by Lara C. Stache; Rowman & Littlefield (236 pages, $38). AMC’s Breaking Bad spent five years presenting its audience with the tale of…
Babel

Babel

Babel: An Arcane History by R.F. Kuang. New York, NY : Harper Voyager, [2022]. Content Warnings: Racism, Colonization, Racial slurs, Slavery, War, Death of parent. Babel is one…

Reading Databases

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Overdrive – digital collection allows access to eBooks and audiobooks, extending content beyond the physical walls of the library available anytime, anywhere.  Use the Libby App on your tablet, phone or any app capable device today! Overdrive instructions here.

Hoopla – A digital streaming service providing patrons an enormous selection of digital video (movies and TV shows), music, and comics. Also available on: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku. Find Hoopla instructions here.

Biblioboard – Also known as the NC Live Homegrown Collection. A growing library of traditional content including, fiction, graphic novels, comics, children’s books, university press books and much more.

Literature

ABC-CLIO Ebook Collection – History and literature ebooks, including the series Daily Life, Critical Companions, Literature in Context, as well as American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography.

eBooks on EBSCOhost – Over 26,000 fiction, reference, scholarly, and professional books online.

Gale Literature Resource Center – Articles, critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, and biographies covering authors, their works, and literary movements.

North American Women’s Letters and Diaries – Women’s writings from the Colonial period to 1950. Includes writings by Abigail Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Dorothea L. Dix, Julia Ward Howe, and more.

ProQuest Learning: Literature – Full-text works of poetry, prose and drama, and secondary sources such as author biographies, literary criticisms, essays, reviews and interviews. Designed with schools and public libraries in mind.

Poetry

African American Poetry – Poems from 1750-1900 including Lucy Terry Prince, Phillis Wheatley, Jupiter Hammon, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and more.

American Poetry – Find poems written from 1650-1920. Includes Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Phillis Wheatley, Walt Whitman and Herman Melville.

English Poetry – Find poems written from 600 to 1900 including Thomas Percy, Walter Scott, Robert Dodsley, Francis Turner Palgrave, and more.

Faber Poetry Library – Find poems written by modern poets such as Wendy Cope, T. S. Eliot, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Tom Paulin, Sylvia Plath and more.

Twentieth-Century African American Poetry – 62 of the most important African American poets of the last century: Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde and Rita Dove.

Twentieth-Century American Poetry – A database of modern and contemporary American poetry from the early twentieth century to the present. Presently includes 36,000 poems drawn from 460 volumes by 217 poets.

Twentieth-Century English Poetry – Modernist poems (1900-1999): W.B. Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves, A.E. Housman, D.H. Lawrence, Carol Ann Duffy, and more.