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NoveList vs Goodreads

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How do you choose which book you will read next?  Do you depend on recommendations from members of your book club? An interesting author interview that you hear on the radio?  The list of bestsellers in your favorite magazine? A quick perusal of Goodreads? All these sources are helpful, but there is one other source that you many find equally helpful and that is NoveList, a database found on your library’s website.  Using NoveList and Goodreads together can be especially helpful because Novelist provides professional reviews and Goodreads provides reader comments Novelist is objective whereas Goodreads is subjective.  In combination you can get a balanced idea of whether you would like to read a particular book. 

In addition, NoveList uses a set list of standardized genre terms, which are clearly understood and dependable, such as ‘Books to Movies’ or ‘Historical Fiction’ while Goodreads uses reader-created tags which allow for genres that may be more difficult to categorize, such as ‘written-by-women’ or ‘first-reads-giveaway’. Both can be helpful.

Remember to enter your library card number and  PIN to access NoveList from home and enjoy some wonderful winter reads!

History of College Football

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Can’t get enough of college football?  Want to know more about the history of this extremely popular pastime?  Want to learn about the individual coaches and players that went before and created the sport that we know and love today? The Upper Arlington Public Library can provide a concise, but thorough, history for you in its  St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture.  From the invention of the rules by Yale’s Walter Camp “the Father of Football” through the 1942 national championship of Paul Brown’s Ohio State Buckeyes to the 1984 controversy surrounding the televising of college football you’ll find a brief but informed account. You will also find quick biographies of the greats of college football such as Amos Alonzo Stagg, Grantland Rice, Dick Butkus, and Walter Payton

Check it out during half-time and enjoy the game!