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New Service Makes Suggestions to Readers Based on Their Interests

The Gloucester County Library System (GCLS) has created a new service dedicated to the true “bookworm”.  “Need a Book?” is designed to help avid readers find new books and authors that appeal to their individual taste.

Readers are invited to fill out a form, online or in person, describing the kinds of books they are interested in.   A librarian will review the form, search the library’s holdings, and locate books that match the reader’s interest.  Within two weeks of completing the form, the customer will receive a list of at least ten suggestions, including the title, author, and a brief description of each book.  

“Summer time is approaching and I know that many avid readers like to have their summer reading mapped out for the season,” said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.  “The Gloucester County Library is offering to perform a personal search for its members and take a lot of the guess work out of finding the right books.” 

“Very few libraries in the country provide a service like this,” said Freeholder Joe Chila, Liaison to the GCLS.  “It’s labor-intensive, but it costs virtually nothing except the librarian’s time.”   The program is modeled after a service developed by the Williamsburg Regional Library in Virginia. 

“The form is a long one, and readers can complete as much of it as they want to.  The more information the reader provides, the easier it is for the librarian to come up with good recommendations,” said Chila.

The “Need a Book?” service is available to adults and young adults (age 12-17) who have a library card from a library that is a member of the LOGIN library consortium.  The reader’s registration form can be found on the GCLS web site at www.gcls.org (click on the Need a Book icon).  The form is also available at any branch of the Gloucester County Library System for those who prefer not to register online. 

For more information about the program contact the Gloucester County Library System’s Reference Department at 856-223-6050.