Unleash Your Inner Book Reviewer

Our Picks, Your Picks = Better Picks!

Submit a RecommendationCalling on Evanston readers and viewers! Would you enjoy writing book and movie or TV show reviews? Want to release your inner librarian? Well, we want your suggestions to share with the community! We’re so sure that you have great ideas to share that we’re asking you to submit reviews of what you’re reading and watching to recommend to others. We want to hear our community’s voice!

We’ve just launched the “Our Picks, Your Picks” display on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library.  With the huge array of readable, watchable content available today, we can’t read every good book or watch every compelling show that’s created.  That’s where you come in. We know that Evanston residents are a thoughtful and diverse bunch with different backgrounds, cultures, and interests. That means boundless variety in our choices and tastes. With “Our Picks, Your Picks,” we’ll be able to make better, more informed, more inclusive decisions about what Evanstonians would like to read and watch.

Together, let’s draw attention to favorite books and media that have entertained, educated or inspired you.  With your participation, we can make our recommendations better and more appealing for more people.  (At the moment, “Our Picks, Your Picks” applies to adult materials only.) Help us shine a light on the books and shows you love so that others can find and enjoy them too.

It’s easy to do, in-person or online.

Stop by the Main Library and ask a Librarian on the 2nd Floor for an “Our Picks, Your Picks” recommendation card. Fill it out with a brief review, explaining why you are making the recommendation. Drop it in the clear, lucite entry box at the desk.

OR, fill out the online recommendation form at https://www.epl.org/connect/community-picks/ to write your review from wherever you are and submit electronically.

OR, you can access the electronic submission form from our Evanston Public Library app. It’s listed as “Write a Review.”

One day, you’ll stop by the Library and your recommendation will be on the “Our Picks, Your Picks” display, just waiting to be shared.

We look forward to all of your recommendations.

Recommendations based on your favorite book as a child

March 3, 2014

original-13151-1393527101-15This list of “22 Books You Should Read Now, Based on Your Childhood Favorites” is causing quite the debate here at the Reader’s Services Desk. Some of the recommendations we vehemently disagree with: Swamplandia! for fans of A Wrinkle in Time??!  Others are spot-on: Love The Giver? Try Never Let Me Go.


Gimme Five

August 13, 2010

One of the great things about working in the library is that you are constantly exposed to new things, you are always learning. Just today I came across a comment from an astute EPL patron on our library website which alerted me to a great new online resource for book recommendations. The website is called Five Books and each day features a different writer or expert recommending five books on a particular subject matter in which said writer is particularly well versed. So, for instance, Calvin Trillin recommends memoirs, Sophie Kinsella recommends chick lit, and Alison Weir recommends historical fiction. And unlike many book recommendation sites, you don’t just get a brief, pat listing of titles, but instead are treated to fascinating, in depth interviews with these learned experts expounding on their choices and why they chose them. The site is also handily organized so that you can browse the archives of lists by either subject matter or by region of the world you are interested in reading about. Just browsing over the site a bit this morning I’ve already come across a whole list of great new books to read, including several written by the experts themselves (thanks to informative biographies of the contributors and a helpful links feature directing users to their books). So if you’re looking for good book recommendations or are just an unapologetic list-junkie, check out Five Books. But users beware, your “To Read” list is about to get much longer. Thanks to EPL patron David G. for the tip!