5 Easy Ways to Find a STEM Book

10 to Try 2017 Reading ChallengeAre 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 find a book about STEM topics.

Narrowing down your choices in such a broad category isn't always easy, and doing a catalog search for keyword "STEM" doesn't bring up the most inspiring picks. So what's a reader to do? Here are some strategies for find your STEM choice.

    1. Check out the blogWe're adding new posts all the time. Here are a few of my favorites on STEM-related topics:
  • Narrow down your topic. Pick a STEM field that's interesting to you. How about medical biographies? Interstellar travel? LEGOs (that's definitely engineering!). With more specific topic in mind, you're much more likely to get a manageable, browsable list of results.
  • Do a catalog search - but search by "List" instead of "Keyword." Staff at KCLS and other public libraries all over the country make lists all the time, and a quick search turns up LOTS of STEM-related suggestions.
  • Talk to a librarian! The next time you're at the library, head over to the Information Desk. The friendly librarian or PSA sitting there would love to help you pick out a STEM read that fits your interests! More of an online library user? Get a personalized list of recommendations from BookMatch.

How are you choosing a STEM title for 10 to Try?

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