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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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 libbyapp.com, 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.



READER SERVICES PROGRAMS


BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK

For those of you in love with books, we are bringing back our Blind Date With a Book program. Beginning Wednesday, February 1, readers can check out a wrapped book and find out the title when they get home. Inside the package is a form to write your name, barcode and a short review of the book, including your opinion. You can return the form to the Reference Desk. The program will end Friday, February 17 and we will not accept forms after that date. A drawing from the completed forms will be held for a small Valentine prize. While you can check out as many titles as you want, only the first completed form will be entered into the drawing. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover-now you have a chance to see if it’s true.

Happy Valentine’s Day!




EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION

Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

March 20, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

Meeting in-person at the East Meadow Public Library

The eBook version of Hester can be accessed through the Nassau Digital Doorway.

Isobel Gamble is a young seamstress who sets sail from Scotland in the early 1800s with her husband, Edward. Only days after they’ve arrived in Salem, Edward abruptly joins a departing ship as a medic––leaving Isobel penniless and alone in a strange country, forced to make her way by any means possible. When she meets a young Nathaniel Hawthorne, the two are instantly drawn to each other: he is a man haunted by his ancestors, who sent innocent women to the gallows––while she is an unusually gifted needleworker, troubled by her own strange talents. As the weeks pass and Edward’s safe return grows increasingly unlikely, Nathaniel and Isobel grow closer and closer. Together, they are a muse and a dark storyteller; the enchanter and the enchanted. But which is which? Meticulously researched yet evocatively imagined, Hester is a timeless tale of art, ambition, and desire that examines the roots of female creative power and the men who try to shut it down.

Discussion guide for Hester.




IT’S A MYSTERY!

It’s a Mystery! – Mystery/Thriller Book Club

TO BE ANNOUNCED




Read 'N Share

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


Your Next Read

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.

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
 

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

 

 
 

ONLINE BOOK CLUB – TO BE ANNOUNCED
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
 IT’S A MYSTERY! MYSTERY/THRILLER BOOK CLUB
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
 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
 ON YOUR MARK
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
 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 Bag
 BOOK CLUB 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
 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.
 
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 EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
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
 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.
 HOMEBOUND SERVICES
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.
 
 MAGAZINE COLLECTION
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
 NEW BOOKS, MOVIES, MUSIC, AND AUDIOBOOKS IN COLLECTION
Check out the latest titles in the Reader Services 2023 book, movie, music, and audiobook collection.
 
Book Lists by Subject
 BOOK LISTS BY SUBJECT
Bibliographies prepared by the Reader Services Staff.
 
Books and Reading Lists
 BOOKS AND READING LINKS
Useful websites for book lovers.

 Contact our Reader Services Department at readers@eastmeadow.info.