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Best on the Web – What’s Next on Your Reading List?

Amazon.com pioneered book selecting and reviewing on the web, but more recently several other sites have been created to help people find, enjoy and share books. On one level, time spent reading about books is time that could be spent reading books. But on another level, it can be hard to find the best of all possible books to read. Here are three reading sites worth a look.

GoodReads.com promises to “Get great book recommendations from people you know, keep track of what you’ve read and what you’d like to read, form a book club, answer book trivia, and collect your favorite quotes.” Think of it as a sort of Facebook for readers.

LibraryThing.com invites you to catalog your home library, and then share your recommendations with people with similar reading tastes. Several features are free, but there are nominal fees associated with more advanced services.

Overbooked.org is the brainchild of Chesterfield County Library staff member Ann Theis. Overbooked provides a valuable service to readers by summarizing which books, both fiction and nonfiction, receive starred reviews in Booklist, Kirkus, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. As such, the goal of Overbooked is to help readers find the highest quality reading experience.

Chris’ Corner

Did you know that Librarian, Chris Wiegard, is a frequent contributor of book reviews to the Richmond Times-Dispatch? Take some time to read his current and time-tested reviews in the café display at the Hopewell Library, then take one of his recommended books home to read for yourself!

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Best on the Web – Free Mobile Music Player

Portable digital audio players make it easy to listen to your favorite music anytime, anywhere. In 2001, Apple unveiled its first generation iPod and started a portable music phenomenon. These days, music buffs and novices alike wait in line for the latest and greatest devices, which now include phones, tablets, and a range of players. To make the most of your player, it helps if you have a wide variety of music stored in an organized library. Songbird, a free media player platform, was founded in 2006 as a user-oriented alternative to Apple iTunes. Songbird is an adaptive system that was created to work well with modern web services and across the newest generation of media players and smart phones. It is completely customizable, allowing users to choose their own interfaces and features. Songbird isn’t just a platform for managing your media library; it offers members an immersive music experience by helping them find new music, discover the latest videos, listen to old favorites, and experience a deeper connection to the songs they love. Technology changes fast and no one wants to be locked into one device or platform. If you want a dynamic media player that suits your changing needs and mood, Songbird might be the right fit for you.

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Best on the Web – 24/7 Reference Help

Appomattox Regional Library System is committed to providing patrons with effective reference service and computer assistance. But as we all know, some questions can’t wait. When you find yourself in a situation when you need an answer, and fast, visit the Library of Congress’s Virtual Reference Shelf for 24/7 reference help. Resources included in the Virtual Reference Shelf are vetted and recommended by some of the nation’s top librarians and researchers. Quickly locate trustworthy information in 30 subject categories, including Almanacs & Fast Facts, Business, Encyclopedias, Genealogy, Health/Medical, Law, Maps, and Science & Technology. Even if you don’t have a burning question, the Virtual Reference Shelf is a great tool for everyday use and occasional curious exploration.

Be sure to check out the information and resources available at www.FindItVA.com the next time you have a reference question. Simply type a subject word or phrase in the search field to get started!

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