Readers’ Services

Book Reviews

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Curious to find out what your neighbors are reading? Check out these book reviews written by fellow library users and readers who can tell you all about the last book they read! Plus, we’re always looking for new book reviews, so feel free to send us yours!



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More than 135,000 fiction titles for all ages including picture books, children’s chapter books, young adult titles, and books for adult readers that can be searched by subject, genre, time period, geographic location, character, reading level and more. Includes reviews, annotations, author read-alikes, “What We’re Reading”, book discussion guides, BookTalks, and annotated book lists. NoveList interacts with the Bethel Public Library online catalog to help you find what you are looking for. An Ebsco database.


Inter-library Loans (ILLs)

The Interlibrary Loan Service enables Bethel patrons to borrow materials from other libraries in the State of Connecticut that are not available at Bibliomation Libraries. You may view and search catalogs of libraries throughout Connecticut by clicking here. Call the Library or click here to place your request.

Book Groups

The Bethel Public Library offers several opportunities for book lovers to meet at the Library for book discussions and tell us why you loved–or disliked–this month’s choice.  The moderator will present background on the author and the book.  All are encouraged to jump in with insights, questions and reactions to the book.

Regular discussions are being held every month on Wednesdays, 10:15-11:30 am, at the Cady R. Morse Conference Room.

Classic Book Discussion Group meets every other month on Mondays, 6:30-7:45 pm, at the Cady R. Morse Conference Room.

Discussions are open to all adults and teens 16 and over.
No registration required!
View upcoming Book Discussions.

Reader’s Advisory Resources

Academy of American Poets

All About Romance

Bartleby: Great Books Online


Fresh Fiction
Tells which books are being discussed in the media

Catalogs books online

for book clubs, book lovers and families

Man Booker Prize

Man Booker International Prize

Mystery Readers International

National Book Award Winners

New York Times Book Review

Poets’ Corner

Pulitzer Prize Winners

What’s Next
     Search for a book in a series.

     Which book to read next.

WRL Bookweb
Includes lists of unusual genres