Staff Picks: E-books & Digital Audiobooks

Click to browse Staff Picks on OverDrive

One of the questions librarians hear a lot is, “What should I read next?” We all read book reviews but know that our best advice happens when we actually have read the book from cover to cover. I put the call out and the Library Staff responded with the following recommendations from our Overdrive Collection.

Ebook recommendations:

Audiobook recommendations:

If you would like a recommendation, tailored to your specific reading tastes, reach out to us and identify a few titles, authors or genres you enjoy and we will be happy to recommend similar titles to explore. If you think we are missing something, please suggest a purchase.

Happy reading.

On Display: Library Staff Picks

How do you find your next book to read or movie to watch?  You probably get suggestions from friends and family, or some of you may belong to social communities such as Goodreads. Perhaps you have been enticed to try something from Amazon’s “recommended for you” list or Netflix’s “because you watched…” category.  Well, now’s your chance to get recommendations from the Bentley Library staff!

In preparation for the Library Staff Picks display, Donna and I asked our colleagues to select their top 10 favorite books and movies. It should come as no surprise that most people who work in libraries like to read books (no, librarians do not get to read books all day at work). We also like to watch TV shows and movies – a lot of movies (we don’t get to watch those at work either). Being bookish doesn’t mean only loving the classics or always opting for “serious” literature. The staff of the Bentley Library includes pop culture aficionados, history junkies, graphic novel fans, and dedicated audiobook listeners, just to name a few.

Enough about us. Stop by the lobby to see for yourself the books, movies and audiobooks recommended by library staff.  Each item is labeled with a sticker showing which staff member made the pick. Try something new and you just might find a kindred spirit here at the library.

Library Staff Picks on display at the library, October 6 - November 16, 2015.
Library Staff Picks on display at the library, October 6 – November 16, 2015.

Bentley Library Staff Picks

One of the benefits of working in a library is being surrounded by a staggering number of books and films, and while this does not mean that library staff get to spend our workdays reading and watching movies, most of us are avid consumers of all types of media in our personal lives.  Many of us participate in book clubs, our office conversations often revolve around what we’re reading and watching, and we will enthusiastically make book and movie recommendations to anyone who asks.

It’s in this spirit that we have been adding staff picks boards to Pinterest.  Right now you’ll find picks made by Liz, Donna and Amy, but more boards are on their way.  Here’s a sample of what you’ll find:


“If you’ve managed to escape hearing about David Sedaris or reading any of his books, start with this one. Do yourself a favor – the essays in this book are tear-inducingly funny.” / Liz, on Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

“Wonderful novel about fate and friendship and another book that helped re-ignite my love for reading for enjoyment.” / Donna, on A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

“The story of three friends whose lives are all in some way wrecked by the same woman – wonderful writing.” / Liz, on The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

Visit us on Pinterest to view more recommendations!