Recommendations

Staff at the Recommendations Desk are here to help you find your new favorite book, movie, or television show. They can help you search the catalog, request a book or DVD not in our collection, or get on a waiting list for the latest new releases. If you're not sure what you want, they can offer suggestions based on what you've liked in the past—or we can suggest something entirely new.

Our BookMatch service allows you to request a customized list of book recommendations, built to your specifications. If you'd like a particular staff member to create your list, please note so in the BookMatch form and, if available, they will pick your titles.

The BookSizzle feature at the bottom of the page brings you the latest in literary news.

Your Librarians

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Ben

My name is Ben. I’m one of the Recommendations Librarians. I enjoy reading a variety of styles, though some themes pull me in more than others. I like to feel as though I’ve gained a new nugget of knowledge by reading a book – this can be that my understanding of the world has broadened, I’ve experienced a completely original story, or I developed a new skill. I tend to like books with psychological or philosophical themes that stretch my imagination and view of the world. I like books with colorful or complex characters. A book that plays with the form of the novel and demands my attention can be fun too. I admire when an author creates a unique book, treading his or her own territory. I also appreciate a generous heap of humor — usually of the satirical variety.

Reviews and blog posts by Ben
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Thea

My name is Thea and I work at the Recommendations Desk. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and young adult. I also enjoy many different non-fiction subjects including business, true crime, self-help, science, and music. I have extensive knowledge about various musical genres including rock, classical, and musicals. I also enjoy watching TV and movies when I have the time. When I’m not reading, I enjoy playing music (flute, violin, voice), writing, playing with my cats, gardening, kayaking, and having adventures at renaissance faires around the Midwest with my husband Bob.

Reviews and blog posts by Thea
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Sarah

My name is Sarah, and when I'm not at the library, I'm probably doing crafts while binge watching a TV series. I enjoy gardening and spending time in the water in the summer. I like audiobooks and short stories, but my favorite books come from the science fiction and romance shelves. I especially love Lois McMaster Bujold, Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, Patrick Rothfuss, John Scalzi, Seanan McGuire, and Ursula K. Le Guin. I also enjoy comics and graphic novels.

Reviews and blog posts by Sarah
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Angie

Hi! I am Angie and a big fan of dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction, science fiction, fantasy, cyberpunk, and Young Adult series books. I run the Geek Out book club at the library that reads many of these types of books. I also really love Harry Potter, so if you have any HP questions, ask me!

When I am not at the library, I enjoy reading, binge-watching TV shows, making jewelry, writing, walking in the fresh air and spending time with family.

Favorite authors these days: J.K. Rowling, Phillip Pullman, Rick Riordan, Pierce Brown, Sarah J. Maas, Naomi Novik, Erika Johansen, Becky Chambers, Sabaa Tahir, and Ann Aguirre. Favorite TV shows of late: The Flash, Arrow, Gilmore Girls, New Girl, The Office and Sherlock.

Reviews and blog posts by Angie

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Bill

Hi, I’m Bill, your resident science geek. When I’m not working in the library, I’m likely outside enjoying the great outdoors. I’m a fan of non-fiction science books, non-fiction baseball books, and pop culture biography books too. I’m ok with reading books on my iPad, but am old school when it comes to enjoying a paper book in my hands. When I’m not reading about science or people, I enjoy graphic novels. If you must know, I’m DC (ask me if you’re not sure). Oh, and I really enjoy listening to current pop music while reading.

Michael May

Mike

Hello, Mike here!

I am currently reading Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami, and next up is Melmoth by Sarah Perry.

I also recently enjoyed the graphic novel Sabrina by Nick Drnaso and the Berlin trilogy by Jason Lutes.

Cheers!



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