Off the Shelf: Celebrate National Book Lovers Day!

National Book Lovers Day is Aug. 9 and there’s no better place to spend the day than your local library!

The North Olympic Library System offers resources for book lovers, new readers and anyone who hasn’t picked up a book to read in years.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve taken time to read for pleasure or you’re looking for your next great read, library staff can help. Ask for a recommendation or browse the shelves for a book, a movie, an audiobook, newspaper or magazine.

Many library resources are available without a library card, but a card gives you even more options. It’s free and easy to get; all you need is your photo ID. With a NOLS library card, you can choose from more than 250,000 items to check out and bring home with you!

About one-fifth of this collection is physically located in the Sequim Library, the maximum amount due to limited space, but the great thing about a library system is that you have access to many more books than actually fit in the local branch library.

You can place a hold on any item in the NOLS catalog and it will be sent to your branch of choice for pick up.

A library card also gives you access to thousands of downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks available through the NOLS catalog, to read or listen to on your phone or tablet. E-books and e-audiobooks are available through the Washington Anytime Library Overdrive app.

Mix, match it up

If you’re not sure what to read next, check out BookMatch — an online service where NOLS librarians create custom booklists just for you. Simply enter your reading preferences and contact information in the simple online form and librarians will respond with a recommended reading list.

NoveList is another valuable reader’s advisory resource. Need the order of titles in a series? Check NoveList. At a loss completely? Try the author or title “read-a-like” lists, too.

You even can browse booklists of all genres. Access these reader’s advisory tools through NOLS at www.nols.org/online-resources and select “Reader’s Advisory.”

Book discussion groups offer a great way to connect with other local readers. Newcomers always are welcome to attend monthly library book groups. Try the Second Saturday Book Discussion Group or Novel Conversations which meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Create your own book club! Anyone can check out a book discussion kit from the library. There are more than 100 titles to choose from and book kits check out for six weeks and include at least eight copies of the book. Current titles include: “H is for Hawk” by Helen MacDonald, “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins and “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande.

Library staffers love to help connect readers to books. Visit the Sequim Library at 630 N. Sequim Ave. or get in touch with your friendly library staff by calling 683-1161, or sending an email to Discover@nols.org. The library is always open at www.nols.org.

Emily Sly is branch manager at the Sequim Library.

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