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Shelf Talk 48: Staff Reading Recommendations

Reading is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It is a great way to strengthen your mind and further develop important life skills without even realizing it. These include better communication, comprehension, and critical thinking skills. The most difficult aspect of reading is knowing where to start. Everyone has their “go-to” author or genre, and if you don’t enjoy reading, it’s possible you just haven’t found yours yet! Lucky for you, we offer thousands of books to choose from. We have six locations that each have a variety of books. For those who prefer to receive their reading via e-book or audiobook, we also offer an app called Libby! Libby is home to thousands of titles that can be accessed by creating an account with your MCLS library card. Our staff is available to help you locate specific books within our system, assist in creating a Libby account, or give reading recommendations. We asked our staff to share their favorite book, genre, author, or what they are currently reading. Below are some of those responses. Linda Dawson, who is the branch manager of our Wilson location recommends books that offer suspenseful plots. “I have just finished reading Dream Town by David Baldacci, and I'm currently reading Sparing Partner by John Grisham. I enjoy reading books with a little suspense by authors like C.J. Box, Harlan Coban, David Baldacci, Greg Iles, and John Grisham. I am hoping that Greg Iles does another book real soon. He hasn't done one since 2019.” Mandy Hill, who manages the Manila and Leachville locations, shared her favorite time of day to dive into a good book. “My favorite time to read is when I'm lying down to ‘sleep.’ I read through my Kindle app on my phone to help ‘wind down.’ Then I get so into the story that it's somehow 1:30 in the morning and my eyes scream ‘Enough, SLEEP NOW!’ Then it's finally time to rest. #BadReadingHabits” We hope that by sharing some of our favorites, we inspire you to read something new. It’s never a bad time to start a new book, and don’t forget that your local library is here for all your book needs. We look forward to seeing you. Happy reading!

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