Looking for a great book for the holidays -- Librarians to the rescue

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sometimes, you want just the right book for that special person on your gift list.

Other times, you simply want to escape for a quiet hour or two and read…for ideas, information, adventure, or pure amusement.

When you’re not sure just which book(s) to choose, you can always ask a librarian for recommendations: they’re especially good at recommending titles you — or your special person —will enjoy.

To make your search easier, avid readers at the King County Library System have created a list of best books of 2016, recommended for adults, kids, and teens.

Covering both fiction and nonfiction titles, the KCLS Best Books Lists include titles nominated and voted on by library staff. If you don’t have time to ask a librarian directly, you can easily start your search with the KCLS Best Books lists.

According to Emily Calkins, KCLS Readers' Services Specialist, “We looking for a balanced list that represents all the different aspects of our collection, with a mix of quality and appeal. So you'll see some big name bestsellers on the list as well as some hidden gems that we think haven't gotten their due this year.”

If you find that the newest titles have long waiting lists at the library, you can check out any of the other reading lists on the KCLS Booklists web page, from Best Books Lists for previous years, to subject and school grade lists for all ages.

If you enjoy browsing on your own for great reads, visit Browse Books for ideas. Or visit your nearest KCLS library to look around, ask a librarian for recommendations, or find an enjoyable program for your kids while you have some quiet time to read.



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