Maine Libraries to Search and Request Items
If you are looking for a book and can't find it in our library, here are some other resources that you can try! You may search and order books directly from the Minerva and Mainecat catalogs using your valid Wells Public Library card.
To borrow items from Kennebunk Free Library, and Kennebunkport's Graves Memorial Library, you must first apply for a library card with those libraries since they are not members of the Minerva or MaineCat consortiums.
To order items from the Balsam Consortium you must place your request with the Wells Public Library and we will borrow the items on your behalf.
For more information, or to have assistance with your search, ask a librarian, call 646-8181, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kennebunk Free Library--
Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport--
Balsam Consortium Catalog--
Reader's Advisory at the Wells Public Library
Need some suggestions for another book to read? Looking for the title of the next book in your favorite series? Here at the Wells Public Library we are always happy to help you with reading suggestions and resources to help guide you to that next great story. Feel free to ask a librarian!
Social Networking for Readers
Reading is basically a solitary endeavor, but modern technology has come up with ways to interact with other readers.
Two popular sites are Library Thing
and Good Reads.
Both sites allow readers to search for books without registering, but in order to participate fully one must register. Once an account is created, readers are able to keep track of what they've
read, post reviews, and communicate with other readers.
Maine Crime Writers Blog
Check it out!
Maine writers Julia Spencer-Fleming, Gerry Boyle, Sarah Graves, Paul Doiron, Kate Flora, Barb Ross, Kathy Lynn Emerson/Kaitlyn Dunnett, Lea Wait, Vicki Doudera and James Hayman, have joined together in a daily blog at: MaineCrimeWriters.com. Librarian John Clark of the Hartland Public LIbrary will be featured once a month to review Young Adult mysteries.
For Lovers of Series!
For those of you who enjoy following a series from the beginning, but have a hard time keeping track of what book comes when, there are several websites just for you.
Fict Fact, at www.fictfact.com
, allows you to track books by series, and tells you which book is next in a series you enjoy. It is possible to create an account and then receive email notifications when a new book is coming out from one of your listed series! You can share your series with friends, see what they are reading and make recommendations to friends.
There is also a book release calendar that shows you a list of titles that will be released during the month and much more, just check it out!
For you mystery/suspense fans, go to Stop, You're Killing Me! (www.stopyourekillingme.com)
. You can search not just by author and title, but by series character, job of character, location, time period, and more.
Fantastic Fiction (www.fantasticfiction.co.uk)
offers series information mainly on science fiction and fantasy, but also on other genres, such as mystery and romance.
Finally, the Kent District Library in Michigan has What's Next: Book in Series Database (http://ww2.kdl.org/libcat/WhatsNext.asp)
This site allows you to search by title, author, or name of series,
especially helpful for those authors who have done several series.
Thanks to Rebecca Vnuk of Booklist
for providing some of the websites featured here.
is a great tool for book lovers! Do you need help finding that perfect book? Perhaps you're looking for a book in a specific genre, or maybe you just need to know the next book in your favorite series. If so, NoveList Plus is the solution for you!
Using NoveList Plus, you can search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and nonfiction titles and more. Not only that, but NoveList Plus links to the MaineCat Catalog, which includes Minerva.
NoveList is a fabulous tool for readers, book groups, teachers and anyone who loves books. You can access NoveList Plus
here. It is part of the Marvel databases so you will be asked to enter your 14 digit Wells Public Library card number to use NoveList Plus. If you have any questions, please visit or call the library at 646-8181.
Wondering what's hot off the press?
Click on the image to read the latest Best Selller List from the New York Times, then visit the Minerva Catalog to request your favorites!
What do I read next?
Websites that help readers find their next book.
Thanks to Joyce Saricks, National Readers' Advisory Service speaker and writer, for this list.
AllReaders.com - Primarily Fiction, with Biography and History genres the only nonfiction sections.
BookBrowse.com - Current fiction and nonfiction by author, title, and genre. Also features, book discussion guides, best sellers, and "Favorite Book" award winners.
BookPage.com- An online version of the BookPage magazine that can be picked up at the Library.
BookSpot.com - Portal site for hundreds of book-related sites, including best sellers lists, award winners, and assorted reading lists
Fresh Fiction - Subscribe to Media Spotlight for daily updates on titles featured in the media.
Eye on Romance - For lovers of romances, this is a great source for romance novels of all types.
Gnooks - Provides an opportunity to find reading suggestions and readalikes
IndieBound - Titles promoted in independent book stores
Library Booklists and Bibliographies - Links to more than 1400 library booklists and readalike lists, fiction and nonfiction.
Overbooked - Self-proclaimed website for "ravenous" readers. Reviews, links, and lists galore.
Readers Advice - Offers author biographies and subject-based similar authors
What's Next? - Best guide to series order.
Maine Library Websites for Readers:
Here are some great places to visit on the web to find new authors, read alikes, Maine Authors and book suggestions.
If you're looking for a writer or a book with a Maine connection, be sure to use the Maine Writer's Database
. It is an extensive collection of information on over 500 writers. Originally created by Molly Williams of the Waterboro Public Library, this database has been enhanced and is now run by the Maine State Library. It is searchable by browsing an A to Z list, by keyword, genre, or time period or a combination. Check it out, it is amazing!
And if you need help with these resources, or would like a suggestion from a librarian, please contact us at 646-8181.