Reader's Resources

Library Reader Services

  • Author Alerts - Sign up to get notified when the library orders new titles by your favorite authors or performers!
  • Book Club in a Bag - The library offers a quick and easy way to hold a book discussion group: Book Club in a Bag. Each kit contains ten copies of a popular book and information about the author and book, including some discussion questions, all packaged into a sturdy zipper bag for you to carry.
  • Book Express List - List of current books in our Book Express collection of best-selling titles.
  • BookLetters - Sign-up with your email to receive newsletters featuring programs and new items at the library. Newsletters include The Library Connection, new DVDs, audiobooks, upcoming book discussions, staff picks and more.
  • Books and Bites: Book Discussion - List of books discussed or due for discussion by the Books and Bites book discussion. Join us on the third Thursday of the month from 6-7 p.m. in the Community Room.
  • Books Coming Soon - Want to see what new titles are due out in the coming months? Discover which authors will be releasing their new books. The titles have a link into the Library Catalog that will allow you to place a hold.
  • Books Into Movies Featured Title - The library features one book each month for your reading pleasure.
  • New in the Catalog - Wondering what new books the library will be getting? See a complete list of items ordered this week. Many of these items can be reserved by clicking on the title. The library will notify you when items are here and available for checkout.
  • Novelist - Explore fiction with this powerful database. Search by author, title, subject, series, genre, plot and more. Browse book lists, author read-a-likes, and book awards. Includes book discussion guides. *
  • Novelist K-8 Plus - Find great fiction and nonfiction titles for children or teens. Search for items similar to your favorite book and browse for new reads using the many book lists. Tutorials - short videos on specific topics.* 

* Use your library card number to access these resources.

Web Pages for Readers

Please Note: The following links are supplied for informational purposes only and are not supported or endorsed by the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library or the City of Midland. The library gives careful consideration to the resources that it provides for the community and does not accept solicitations for inclusion to our pages.

  • Book Awards - Find award winning books to read.
  • Book Crossing - The practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.
  • Cliffs Notes -  Study guides to help readers better understand literature.  
    See also Shmoop and Sparknotes.
  • Fantastic Fiction - Author bibliographies with all the latest books, covers and descriptions. Also genre lists to find a new author.
  • LibraryThing - List your books and connect to other readers. Also includes reviews, book discussions, and ways to obtain a title.
  • Movies Based on the Book - Find the name of the book that a movie is based on. You can search by year, movie or book title.
  • Readers Advice Booklists - Guide to many online booklists on a wide variety of subjects.
  • Reading Group Choices - Reading Group Choices selects discussable books and develops resources to enhance book club experiences.
  • Stop You're Killing Me - "A website to die for... if you love Mysteries." View authors and series information as well as character job list, awards and read alikes.
  • What's Next - Kent District Library's resource will tell you the order of books in a series. Search by author, title or series.

updated 12/2018