You may find yourself in the library, looking around, standing amongst hundreds of books and thinking to yourself:
"What do I read?!"
Maybe you've read everything by your favourite author already, or maybe you're just really in need of a good, leisure read. Whatever the case, you have a few solid ways to connect to a great read!
1. Ask staff! This may seem obvious, but librarians are often big readers. We're usually pretty good at recommending books we've read ourselves as well as finding out about other books you may enjoy. We can also take you around the areas like paperback books, where you can often spot a title that may not otherwise appear in a catalogue search.
2. Check out displays around your branch. At any given time, the Cedarbrae branch has 8-10 book displays set up. These revolve around a basic central theme (for example, we have an ongoing display for urban fiction picks) and the titles are often specifically chosen to be displayed. If you're a little shy to ask a librarian for help, but would still like some 'recommendations', picking up a book on display is a great start. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for spaces marked for new items, or titles that have just been returned.
3. Check out online booklists. You're on the Toronto Public Library website right now -- and it's got tons to offer! New recommended reading lists are created and posted regularly by avid readers based on all kinds of topics, reading levels and more.
4. Join a book club - online or at your local branch. If you're someone who loves to read and discuss, a book club might be a great idea. There are clubs at branches throughout the city, so drop in or call to see when they meet and if they are accepting new members. If you like the discussion aspect, but would rather stay at home in your pajamas while you do it, consider an online book club like Book Buzz!