Book Search Resources

Shoutbomb Text Alerts

This service will text you about holds, renewals and almost overdues. In addition, it will allow you to renew eligible items with a simple return text message. Send a text to magic@shoutbomb.com. In the body of the message type SIGNUP and send… follow the instructions after that. If you have trouble call the Library at 630-365-2244.

NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through Town and Country Public Library. Want to find a new author? Can’t remember all the titles in a series? NoveList Plus is a great resource for readers. Simply search it to find books that match your reading style. Browse by book genre, browses by book appeal.

New Book Alerts

Wouldn’t it be great if you were notified when Town and Country Public Library received new books? New Book Alerts is a free online service that showcases the newest titles purchased by Town and Country Public Library. If you see a new title that you are interested in, just click “check catalog” to place a hold on the item right away.

Goodreads

Goodreads users can add books to their personal bookshelves, rate and review books, see what their friends and authors are reading, participate in discussion boards and groups on a variety of topics, and get suggestions for future reading choices based on their reviews of previously read books.  The site provides default bookshelves—read, currently-reading, to-read—and the opportunity to create customized shelves to categorize a user’s books. It also offers quizzes and trivia, quotations, book lists, and free giveaways.

A Few Things You Can Do On Goodreads:

  • See which books your friends are reading.
  • Track the books you’re reading, have read, and want to read.
  • Check out your personalized book recommendations. Our recommendation engine analyzes 20 billion data points to give suggestions tailored to your literary tastes.
  • Find out if a book is a good fit for you from our community’s reviews.

Shelfari

Shelfari introduces readers to our global community of book lovers and encourages them to share their literary inclinations and passions with peers, friends, and total strangers (for now). Shelfari is a gathering place for authors, aspiring authors, publishers, and readers, and has many tools and features to help these groups connect with each other in a fun and engaging way.

Shelfari’s members can:

  • Build virtual bookshelves to express themselves to their friends and to the world
  • Discover books that are popular in their trusted circles of friends
  • Influence peers by rating and discussing books online
  • Discover and learn from people with similar reading tastes
  • Participate in online book groups to further explore literature and share ideas
  • Interact with and learn from authors
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