Books & Reading

Find your next great read from one of these lists – check the catalog and request the book, or see if it’s available as an ebook or audiobook download!

American Library Association – Teen Read Week: booklists, activities, and information about this big October event.

GoodReads – Keep track of what you are reading, what you liked, and share with friends.

Graphic Novels Suggestions 6 thru 8 – Recommendations provided by ALSC

Nutmeg Winners – Connecticut’s state award for great literature geared towards those in grades 4-6 (Intermediate list), grades 7-8 (Teen list) and grades 9-12 (High School list).

Orbis Pictus Award – National Council of Teachers of English award for outstanding non-fiction for children.

Reading Rants – Out of the ordinary teen booklists.

Scott O’Dell Award – National Historical Fiction Award for youth.

Summer audiobooks from AudioSYNC  Download audiobooks – teen literature and classics – each week over the summer for free, and keep the books forever!

Summer Reading Suggestions 6 thru 8 – Summer reading suggestions provided by ALSC

TeenReads – Teen Reads offers reviews, book lists, and more for great teen reading.

Book Clubs at the JBML

Interested in reading in a group setting, dying to discuss one of your favorite books or just tired of reading the same old thing? Then it is about time that you joined one of the Youth Services Department’s monthly book clubs! Every month the Youth Services Department provides a different book where participants can come together to discuss as a group and participate in various activities. This is a great way for book lovers to socialize, make personal connections  and gives readers a chance to come in contact with different genres.

  • Graphic Reads for 3rd thru 5th grade readers
  • Paper to Popcorn for 5th grade and up – here we are comparing the book and movie, pizza is always provided.