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 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.
- 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.
- Browse our booklists. Technology & Society is a great place to find STEM titles recommended by KCLS staff. If you're in the mood for something fictional, try our science fiction recommendations. Or check our Best Books lists (fiction and nonfiction) for recent favorites, including STEM titles like Lab Girl, Crosstalk, and Eruption.
- 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?