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READSquared

READSquared

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


Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries

There are now 50,000 Little Free Libraries all over the world. Search the official Little Free Library map to find any near you today!

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.


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. Find more information and available titles here.

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Kits for Kids

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Staff Reviews

Lovingkindness Meditation

Lovingkindness Meditation

Lovingkindness Meditation by Sharon Salzberg On this Valentine’s Day, I’d like to share a resource that has been proven to increase people’s sense of well-being called lovingkindness meditation. …
Super Bowl Picks

Super Bowl Picks

Super Bowl Picks It’s Super Bowl week, so why not have feature some books where sports and their players play a main role? Tumble by Celia C. Pérez…
Romance Roundup

Romance Roundup

In honor of Valentine’s Day, lets chat about romance novels. What are they and why do we like them? There are two requirements for a book to be…
Great Pairs in Children’s Literature

Great Pairs in Children’s Literature

This Wednesday, January 24, is National Peanut Butter Day, which made me think of peanut butter and jelly, which made me think of other great pairs, trios and…
In The Dark I See You

In The Dark I See You

In the dark I see you. Narayanan, Mallika. New York: Union Square & Co., 2023. A blind woman stumbles (literally) over a body in her neighbor’s condo, and…

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.