Read a New Book Month

December 3, 2014

December is Read a New Book Month. Reading can be a great way to relax and unwind from all of the busy holiday happenings. Sharing a holiday classic, especially out loud can continue or start a fun family tradition. It is also a great time to give a book for a gift. Whether the book is for you, or a child in your life, reading a new book can be fun and exciting in more than one way.

Of course your library is a great way to try new books out for free! And the Librarian is the perfect person to help guide you in your search for something new and exciting to read. Our website has many links to new books and lists. Book notes is a page on our website that features new fiction books, new picture books, new non-fiction books, and older titles with brief reviews.


Reading a new book can mean more than one thing. Here are a few suggestions on how to read something that you normally wouldn’t pick.

  • Do you have a favorite author? Try reading a different one. Maybe a similar author or maybe one who writes nothing like your favorite. Maybe a favorite author, but a different genre? Some authors follow the same format, write in series etc. but some have varied styles and can write in different genres. For example a mystery writer may also write contemporary or historical fiction. Or maybe a new old book. One you started before and didn’t get the chance to finish.

  • Maybe try a different genre. Pick up a book of poetry. Or a non-fiction book on a favorite subject. Or a subject you know nothing about. Perhaps a biography of someone you would like to know more about. Have you read a magazine lately? The choices are many.

  • Perhaps a different format? We have a large selection of digital resources.  Have you listened to an audio book recently? Or downloaded an e-book or magazine to your mobile device or home computer? There is more than one way to read a book these days. And we even have books for people who have limited vision. Our Talking Books program is sponsored by the Library of Congress and is available through our library.


For the young children in your life, encourage the same thing. Maybe suggest something other than Dora the Explorer or a princess book! Children often follow the lead of the adults in their lives. Getting them excited about a new book, genre, character or non-fiction subject can lead to a whole new world of information for them. Our children’s staff is always excited to share new books or make recommendations for children and their families. Our lists include award winning Caldecott and Newbery winners to the student choices on the Buckeye Book Awards list and of course our Perfect Picks list. Finding a new and exciting book is not hard to do! 

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