5 Great Ways to Find Your Next Read

With thousands of books published every year, choosing what to read can be more than a little overwhelming. Never fear, though - we're here to help! Here are five great ways to pick a book: Browse our recommended lists  Did you know we have a whole page of booklists created by KCLS librarians? Here, you […]

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10 to Try Check-in: July

This month for 10 to Try, I tackled Read a Debut. I chose Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile, a debut published in 2014 (also in eBook, large print, audiobook, and downloadable audiobook). We also have the first season of the TV show based on the book - and we have the author coming for a visit in just a couple of weeks! […]

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10 to Try Check-in: June

Happy Audiobook Month! Since we're celebrating audiobooks all month, seems appropriate to finish the Listen to an Audiobook category for 10 to Try in June. I picked Caleb's Crossing for a couple of reasons. First, I love historical fiction on audio, especially historical fiction that's written, as Caleb's Crossing is, in a style that matches the setting - in this case, […]

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10 to Try Check-In: May

Confession: I didn't really think 10 to Try was going to  "work" for me. I read pretty broadly already (it's kind of my job, after all), so I wasn't sure I'd be trying anything different or new. But five months in, I'm finding that I'm picking up books that I might not've read otherwise - […]

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10 to Try Check-In: April

Even the most prolific readers have books they missed along the way: classics that, when we finally get around to reading them, make us say "What took me so long?" This month, I read Octavia Butler's speculative fiction classic Kindred- and immediately wished I read it 10 or 15 years ago. Kindred, first published in 1979, is […]

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10 to Try Check-In: March

This month I decided to tackle what might be the easiest of all the 10 to Try categories: Read a book published since 1942. Aside from Shakespeare, Austen, and some other enduring classics, that's almost everything in the KCLS collection! To make it a little more challenging, I decided to seek out something published IN […]

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10 to Try Check-in: February

If you start with the hardest thing, it's all downhill from there, right? Reading is very rarely hard for me, but I'll admit that I've been eyeing the 10 to Try STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) category with some trepidation. Determined to get it out of the way first, I downloaded Magic and Loss, a […]

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Zombie Novels for Zombie Haters

I am not a big zombie fan. I made it through a single season of The Walking Dead, mostly with my eyes closed. I couldn't even finish the first volume of the comics. But over the last few years, I've read three great zombie novels that I recommend every chance I get, even (especially!) for […]

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5 Easy Ways to Find a STEM Book

Are you tackling our 10 to Try reading challenge this year? For me, one of the hardest categories is Read a Book About STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math). I'll talk more about my personal reading preferences and reading STEM later in the month, but I want to focus this post on something else: how to […]

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Most Popular Kids’ Fiction of 2016 at KCLS

We treat the kids' list a little differently, because so many of our most popular kids' books are part of series! Instead of giving you the 10 most popular overall, we've compiled with 10 most popular with books from the same series removed, so you'll see the top title in each big series (instead of […]

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