More Features of NoveList To Help You Choose What To Read Next!

Here are more exciting features of NoveList Plus for the avid reader! We first mentioned this useful book selection tool in a blog post back in April. Here are some features you may not know about!

NoveList has a wide variety of Book Lists. There are fiction lists and narrative nonfiction lists, each separated by age groups. You can browse through different genres such as Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery, and Historical Fiction. You can also check out forthcoming titles as well as many specific subgenres.

For example, if you are interested in reading cozies, search under Adult > Fiction > Mysteries > Getting Cozy, where you will find such titles as M. C. Beaton’s The Witch’s Tree (which happens to be in Overdrive and hoopla) and Buried in Books by Kate Carlisle (available as an audiobook on hoopla).

There are extensive lists of Award Winners, which are also separated by age and include fiction and nonfiction. The most recent Pulitzer Prize winner, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, is one of the books displayed under Recent Awards, and it can be checked out on Overdrive.

As we mentioned in the previous NoveList blog post, when you see a book you like and click on the title, a wonderful feature is that you can click on the Series and get a list of the whole series in order, as well as Read-alikes listed on the side.

There are a wide variety of narrative nonfiction book lists, including Biography and Memoir, History, Travel Writing, and Nature and Science. These are also broken down into subcategories.

If you find a title you like, you can visit Overdrive/Libby or hoopla to see if the library has an electronic version of it.

Click here to access NoveList, and feel free to email the Reference Staff at mar@noblenet.org for assistance with using this resource, as well as getting further book recommendations.

Great Courses: Great Resources in Crisis

Many of the financial headlines we’ve swiped through in recent months have shared at least one common factor: they’re revealing the world to be a profoundly unstable place. If you’re feeling a bit insecure, uncertain about the global economic future and your place in it, why not shore up your knowledge and skills at no cost? 

If you’re up for some enlightening viewing that may just enhance your personal and professional toolkit, the Abbot Public Library has an excellent resource for you: The Great Courses! In case you haven’t heard, hundreds of video lectures by professors eminent in their fields, some from Ivy League universities, are available to stream through the Abbot Public Library for free with your Marblehead library card. If you were to buy the DVD versions of these courses, you would be paying up to $50 for just one course! 

Begin at the beginning with a comprehensive course of 48 lectures illuminating “An Economic History of the World,” progress to the timely “Economics of Uncertainty,” and bring it all home to your personal situation with “Money Management Skills.” Want to feel more secure about the expertise you have to offer, whether you’re currently working or hunting for a job? Have a look at courses like “Critical Business Skills,” “Public Speaking” (essential even in this Zoom era), and “The Psychology of Performance.” With no less than 21 economics and personal/professional development courses on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice! You can browse all available titles on various topics here.

Great Courses videos are available via one of our streaming services, RBDigital. If you’ve never logged on before, please visit our FAQ page for instructions. You can stream on your laptop, desktop, most mobile devices, and even on your TV (instructions for streaming to your Smart TV are also in our FAQs). All you’ll need is your Marblehead library card; if you don’t yet have one or have lost yours, begin here, and our staff will be eager to assist you!

Tune out the pundits and tune in to great learning options!

Discover Your Next Great Read With NoveList

Use NoveList Plus to Discover Your Next Great Read!

Did you know you can access many digital resources at home with your library card? One example is NoveList Plus, which makes it fun and easy to discover your next great read!

Once you log on, with your library card, you can begin searching by browsing fiction, nonfiction, genres, themes, or award-winning booklists. Don’t have a library card? Find out how you can register online!

The “Advanced search” section allows you to search by three different terms. You can scroll down and “Browse” to find preferred search terms by subject/appeals, author, title, series, and dewey number. 

And further down under “Search Modes and Expanders” you can set limits not only for books but for media mentions from TV and radio shows, and by document type for articles and lists within NoveList. You can also limit by year and for forthcoming books.

If you have an author you like, NoveList gives detailed information about that author, the books they have written, and all the series written by the author.

If you click on the title of a book, you can find reviews for it by literary journals. Under “More about this book,” find genres, themes, writing styles, and subject headings. To find similar books, scroll down further to check off several categories of interest relating to the book. 

If you are ready to move on, there is a list of Read-alikes to the right with similar titles or authors you might enjoy.

In addition, under the “Quick Links” tab at the top of the page, there are articles and resources for book discussion groups.

With so much to offer, you are bound to find your next great read with NoveList!

Read about more NoveList features here.