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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ADULT SUMMER READING CLUB

THE EAST MEADOW PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT SUMMER READING CLUB RETURNS – BE A PART OF THIS FABULOUS PROGRAM!

Instructions on Registration and Submitting Reviews

CHECK OUT OUR SUMMER READING CLUB BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR RECOMMENDED TITLES WE’RE SURE YOU’LL LOVE!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OUR SUMMER READING CLUB, PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK.

THE READER SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS THRILLED TO PRESENT OUR 2022 ADULT SUMMER READING CLUB LINEUP OF EVENTS.

Explore the OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES at East Meadow Library

This summer, we celebrate our beautiful coastlines, our sandy beaches, and the season that all Long Islanders look forward to the most and love the best.  After two years of restrictions, we can now return to our library, attend programs, and check out books, CDs, and DVDs-all in-person. And nothing says “summer” more than the Adult Summer Reading Club.

The festivities begin on Tuesday, June 7th, at 7:00pm when our Summer Reading Club Kickoff Event features an in-person appearance by author John Searles. He will speak about his latest novel Her Last Affair, and will be autographing copies available for purchase.  In a review of the book, Library Journal notes that “Searles is the master of slow burn and intricate plot building….” Don’t miss it!

On Tuesday, June 21st at 7:00 pm, we will discuss the novel Sea Wife by Amity Gaige. A 2020 NYT notable book, Sea Wife explores the perils of a family literally and figuratively “all at sea.” Much to discuss here.

Registration for the Adult Summer Reading Club begins June 7th in-person or online. Book reports will be accepted from June 13th until August 12th. Three book reports admit you to our August End of Summer-Wish It Were Longer Party with Brenda Janowitz, author of The Liz Taylor Ring, who will also be signing her books. Of course we hope you will read more books, and write more reviews, so that we can share them with the rest of our EMPL reading community. 

Other Reading Club events will include a meeting of the Mystery Club, an ocean themed craft program, and a wrap-up Read ‘n Share. And then there’s the Garden of Readin’. Weather permitting, one morning a week, June through August, Reader Services librarians will meet you in the library garden to informally talk books, movies, music and give you some suggestions on new things to borrow.

We hope you come check us out!


SUMMER READING CLUB KICKOFF SPECIAL EVENT!

MEET THE AUTHOR – JOHN SEARLES
June 7 at 7:00 p.m.














Join us for our Adult Summer Reading Club Kickoff as John Searles discusses Her Last Affair, a thrilling, character driven, twisty novel that is reminiscent of classic film noir. John Searles will be signing copies of his book which will be for sale after the program.

This will be an in-person event held at the library. Please register by clicking on this link.

Click here for additional information on this special event.

Please click here for the reading group guide for Her Last Affair.



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

EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION


June 21, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Evening Book Discussion

Sea Wife by Amity Gaige

Meeting Details to be Announced

The eBook version of Sea Wife by Amity Gaige can be accessed through the Nassau Digital Doorway.


Sea Wife is an entrancing tale about a young family who escape suburbia for a year by embarking on a sailing trip that upends all of their lives. It is a story about marriage, family and love in a time of unprecedented turmoil. This novel is unforgettable in its power and astonishingly perceptive in its portrayal of optimism, disillusionment, and survival. 

Discussion guide for Sea Wife.




IT’S A MYSTERY!

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

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

July 26, 2022 at 7:00 p.m

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Meeting Details to be Announced

The eBook version of Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman can be accessed through the Nassau Digital Doorway.

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . With piercing insight and fascinating twists, Something in the Water challenges the reader to confront the hopes we desperately cling to, the ideals we’re tempted to abandon, and the perfect lies we tell ourselves.

Discussion guide for Something in the Water.



READ ‘N SHARE

August 8, 2022 at 7:00 p.m

Zoom Meeting Details To Be Announced

Read 'N Share

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.


    

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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 exceptional new 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 2022 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.

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