Reader Services


Welcome to the Reader Services Department:

Donna Ballard (Department Head), Janine Walsh, Christina Crocker, Mary Ellen Fosso, and Susan Saskin welcome you to the Reader Services Department Website of the EMPL web page. Our job is to provide you with books for the adult circulating collection, to keep the collection up-to-date, and to provide book discussions, working closely with the Public Relations Department. We publicize interesting aspects of the collection and just help to make EMPL the vital and exciting place it is!

Please browse our links to several sites. We’ve provided an e-mail address for your comments and suggestions. We hope you’ll find lots of helpful information. Enjoy!

These are the books we have read and recommend. Look for new reviews monthly!

To check the Online Public Access Catalog for the current availability of these books, please click here. Once you have gotten into the catalog, limit your search to the East Meadow location.

EMPL’s Bookshelf: Click here to view all of our reviews. Click on book cover or title to see the full review.

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family
it was amazing
This book explores the disease of schizophrenia through the Gavin family’s twelve children-six of whom have had psychotic episodes and six being disease free. The author did interviews with most of the family and interweaves the stories …


The Lucky One
it was amazing
In a novel influenced by amateur cold case sleuthings, Alice has joined the “Does”-the online group that tries to wrap cold case murders. She was a “lucky one,” whose cop father found her 48 hours after she was kidnapped, and she feels t…


The Secrets We Kept
it was amazing
Beginning from the very first page, this extremely well written historical novel had me enthralled. The theme of winning a war not with bombs or guns, but with great literature, was inspiring. The fact that the CIA used Doctor Zhivago to…


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Have you tried NoveList, our online readers’ advisory tool? NoveList is a wonderful database to help you find fiction books based on your preferences. You can search the database by entering a title or author that you like, or you can even describe the type of book that you would like to read and NoveList will present you with a list of books that match your preferences.


RBdigital Magazines is now available!

RBdigital Magazines is an online newsstand made free to you by the library. Full-color digital magazines are now available for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. The issues are always available so you don’t have to worry about holds or due dates. Read online using a PC or Mac or mobile browser, or download issues to your mobile device to read offline (iPad, iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire). This collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles. Rolling Stone, Brides, Glamour, Vogue, Newsweek, and Esquire are just a few of the titles we have to offer.

A valid East Meadow Public Library card is required to access RBdigital Magazines.  

Looking for eBook/audiobook suggestions? We’ve created some new and exciting lists to help you find your next read. From bestsellers to self-help, there’s a wide variety of topics to explore. Sign in to Nassau Digital Doorway by selecting East Meadow from the list of libraries and then log in using your East Meadow Library card barcode. Or you can sign in using your OverDrive account or with Facebook. Happy browsing!




Lunch ‘N Books – January 21 at 1:00 pm – Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Moderator: Anna Katsavos

Location: SAMANEA (The Former Source Mall), 1504 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY 11590

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Join us on January 21 at 1:00 p.m. as we discuss Inheritance, a book about secrets—secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment in which we live—a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236.

Discussion guide for Inheritance.

Book Discussion Roundtable: You Can Do This! – February 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Location: East Meadow Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554

Book Club

Do the words “it’s your turn to lead the book discussion” fill you with dread instead of delight? Join us as we talk about some ways to boost your confidence and make leading a book discussion easier for you to do. While all leaders have their own style, we will offer some tips and tricks to get your book group talking. We would love it if you would bring a book that you have successfully (or unsuccessfully) discussed to the roundtable, and share your experience.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236.

Meet the Author: Claire Lombardo – March 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Claire Lombardo

Location: East Meadow Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Meet Claire Lombardo, The New York Times bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had, as she discusses her multi-generational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Chicago couple – still madly in love after forty years – recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they’ve built. Set against the quintessential American backdrop of Chicago and its prospering suburbs, the book explores the triumphs and burdens of love and the fraught tethers of parenthood and sisterhood.

The Most Fun We Ever Had is currently being adapted for an HBO series to be produced by Laura Dern and Amy Adams, and written by Lombardo.

Click here for additional information.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236.

Discussion guide for The Most Fun We Ever Had.

Evening Book Discussion – March 24 at 7:30 pm – Daughter of Molokai by Alan Brennert

Location: East Meadow Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554

Daughter of Molokai by Alan Brennert

Join us on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. as we discuss Daughter of Molokai. This companion tale to Molokai tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa, was forced to give up at birth. The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi’olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, to her adoption by a Japanese couple, her marriage and unjust internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II, and then, after the war, to the day she receives a letter from a woman who says she is Ruth’s birth mother, Rachel. The novel expands upon Ruth and Rachel’s 22-year relationship, only hinted at in Molokai. It’s a tale of two women, different in some ways, similar in others, who never expected to meet, much less come to love, one another.

For more information, please call the Reader Services Department at 516-794-2570 ext. 236.

Discussion guide for Daughter of Molokai.

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Welcome to our online book club where questions will be posted to promote our discussions. Click here for information on how to join the club.


GOOD READS (Google Directory Readers Advisory Search)
Good Reads
is a great way to begin your search for reading guides for your discussion group.

Foreign Language Collection
We now carry books in other languages.  At this point in time, we have books in Chinese, French, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. Click here to see the titles in our collection.
On the Bedside Table
Welcome to the East Meadow Public Library’s new Book Blog where you will find book reviews, new services, a calendar of our book programs and lots more. We’re looking forward to your comments, questions, and suggestions. Hope you enjoy reading what we’re writing!
Read 'N Share
Every month, members of the Library staff pick three books that they loved, which are printed on their personal bookmarks. If you like their picks, you can look for their bookmarks next month. It’s one more way to match the right
book with the right reader.
On your mark, get set, go find your favorite read!
Best Sellers Club
By joining our Best Sellers Club you will be automatically placed on the reserve list for the latest fiction by your favorite authors. Click here for more details regarding this exceptional new program.
Book in a Bag
Welcome to the Book Club in a Bag Program, brought to you by the East Meadow Public Library. Click here for more details regarding this exciting new program.
Lunch 'N Books
Twice a year we offer a series of four books for discussion. Join us at 12:30 PM when expert leaders will discuss literary works of fiction and non-fiction. You may bring your lunch at 11:45 AM; coffee and tea will be provided for a small fee. Click here for a listing of the books to be discussed and meeting dates. If you would like to see a complete list of all of the books that we have discussed in our Lunch ‘n Books series, please click here.
The library now has its own book discussion group that meets at 7:30 PM. Book selections are made with the assistance of Reader Services librarian Marcia Blackman, and copies of the book may be reserved at the Reference Desk.  Anyone interested in joining the group can just come and join us, no registration is needed. If you have any questions, please call Marcia Blackman or Donna Ballard at 794-2570, ext.236. Click here for a listing of the books to be discussed and meeting dates. If you would like to see a complete list of all of the books that we have discussed in our Evening Book Discussion Group, please click here.
Large Print Books
Our library has one of the largest collections of large print books in the county. We are proud of our holdings and know that you will find exactly what you are looking for. If you don’t find the book you want, please have a librarian check our large basement holdings. Click here for a sample of some of our newest large print titles.
Mary-Ellen Fosso, our Community Services Librarian, provides library services for homebound residents. For patrons physically unable to come to the library, we offer a homebound program to deliver books to you. If you are eligible (a doctor’s note will be required) please contact us for further information.
We have over 100 circulating magazines in our Browsing Room collection, featuring popular titles such as People, Modern Bride, Time, and Entertainment Weekly.
New Books in Collection
Check out the latest titles in the Reader Services 2020 book collection.
Book Lists by Subject
Bibliographies prepared by the Reader Services Staff.
Books and Reading Lists
Useful websites for book lovers.

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