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!

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Want to know what the hottest new book releases will be? Check out Reader Services’ reviews of forthcoming books at our “Coming Soon to Our Library” blog and be the first to reserve these soon to be in demand titles!






Enjoy Bonus Borrows more often! Bonus Borrows will be available the last seven days of each month, starting in March. Choose from these select titles without using your monthly borrows! No borrows? No problem! Titles in hoopla’s Bonus Borrows program don’t count against your limit, and they’re available the last seven days each month, starting in March. Enjoy hoopla all month long! Click here for more information.



Nassau Digital Doorway

The library is open, but here is another way to get books!

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!

Nassau Digital Doorway Now Has Magazines!

RBdigital Magazines have moved to OverDrive and can be accessed by using the Libby app. If you aren’t able to use Libby or, you can use the library’s OverDrive website. Full-color digital magazines are available for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. You can access over 3,000 digital magazines with a rolling 3 years of back issues (where available). There are no magazine checkout limits, so you can borrow as many as you like. This collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles. Rolling Stone, 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 the digital magazines through OverDrive.

Please click here for information regarding the RBdigital transition to Libby.

Libby for Amazon Fire tablets – Libby is now available to download from the Amazon Appstore.



April 29, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice For Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Registration details to be announced.

The eBook version of Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice For Murderers can be accessed through the Nassau Digital Doorway.

When she discovers a dead man in the middle of her tea shop located in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Vera Wong, a lonely senior citizen with time on her hands, calls the police but not before swiping the flash drive from the body, setting a trap for the killer that becomes complicated by unexpected friendships with her customers.



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March 25, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

All The Broken Places by John Boyne

Registration details to be announced.

The eBook version of All The Broken Places can be accessed through the Nassau Digital Doorway.

An elderly London resident befriends the little boy who moves in downstairs, but his parents’ fighting brings her back to her harrowing escape from Nazi Germany at age 12 and grim post-war years in France with her mother.

Discussion guide for All The Broken Places.




Read 'N Share

READ ‘N SHARE – Read a good book recently?
Talk about it with other book lovers! 

Read ‘n Share Titles – August 2023

Read ‘n Share Titles – August 2022

Read ‘n Share Titles – August 2021

Read ‘n Share Titles – February 2021

Read ‘n Share Titles – July 2020

Read ‘n Share Titles – April 2020

Lunch 'N Books




Your Next Read


Let the Reader Services Department along with the assistance of the library staff help you find your next book to read. Click here to fill out the online form with your preferences and we will build you a customized list of recommended titles.

If you read any of the recommended books or choose not to read them, please send us feedback by clicking here and completing the online form.

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.

Happiness Falls
really liked it
Having loved Angie Kim’s first novel, Miracle Creek, I couldn’t wait to read her newest work, Happiness Falls. It is reminiscent of her debut work in several different ways. It centers on a biracial Korean-American family who live in Vir…
Silent Came the Monster: A Novel of the 1916 Jersey Shore Shark Attacks
really liked it
Just when you thought it was safe to pick up a book, Silent Came the Monster has surfaced! My interest in sharks began in 1975 when I saw Jaws in the theater. I was a young girl who up until that point, had been weaned on innocuous Disne…
it was amazing
The author spins a marvelous tale that attempts to answer the question of who was the inspiration behind the character of Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Albanese creates a very plausible and enticing “what if”…
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau
really liked it
I was quite eager to read The Daughter of Doctor Moreau for two reasons. I thoroughly enjoyed Mexican Gothic, and I’m a huge fan of The Island of Doctor Moreau. While this book wasn’t the masterpiece that Wells’ original was, this was qu…
Her Last Affair
it was amazing
This character driven thriller is a pure delight to read. Searles has really hit his stride in Her Last Affair as it captivates from the beginning until the very last page. ¾ of the novel is wicked funny while the last ¼ is heart-wrenchi…
The Paris Library
it was amazing
So far this has been my favorite read for 2021! I loved both the story and the characters, so much so that I didn’t want it to end. It’s an excellent historical novel where the author has based her story on actual events that occurred du…
The Mystery Of Mrs. Christie
really liked it
Let me start off by saying that I’m a huge Agatha Christie fan. I’ve read her books, I’ve seen the movie adaptations, I think she is brilliant! To say that I was really looking forward to reading this book would be an understatement. So …
The Devil and the Dark Water
it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! In fact, at this point in time, it is my favorite read of 2020. The plot was well constructed and the characters were rich and multifaceted. I loved the mystery element, it was complex but dropped many clues…

Click here for the Women of the Supreme Court bibliography. All of these titles can be found on the Nassau Digital Doorway.

If you would like to recommend a title, please click here.

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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.


download audio books

Need help downloading eBooks and audiobooks from the library? Begin with this link.



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.

It's a Mystery
Love a good mystery? Join our mystery/thriller book club as we delve into both the classics and latest releases of the genre. Click here to see a complete list of all of the books that we have discussed in our mystery/thriller series.
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 esteemed program.
Book in a Binder
Welcome to the Book Club in a Binder Program, brought to you by the East Meadow Public Library. Click here for more details regarding this exciting new program that will be coming soon.
Lunch 'N Books
Twice a year we offer a series of four books for discussion. Join us at 1:00 PM when expert leaders will discuss literary works of fiction and non-fiction. 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 has a book discussion group that meets at 7:00 PM. Book selections are made with the assistance of Reader Services librarian Donna Ballard, 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 Donna Ballard at 794-2570, ext.1236. 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, Movies, Music, and Audiobooks in Collection
Check out the latest titles in the Reader Services 2024 book, movie, music, and audiobook 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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