So you want to learn about racism

We know that recent events have left many of you wanting to educate yourselves about racism and to better understand the experience of many Black Americans today and in generations past. It can be a daunting task, so we’ve compiled a selection of books to help you get started.

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Find Your Next Great Read with NoveList: Appeals and Themes

For our third and final part  in our series Find Your Next Great Read With NoveList, we will explore how to find the perfect book for you using appeals and themes. Let’s get started!


Searching for books by elements such as character personality, pace, and writing style helps you find books that fit your reading interests and style. NoveList offers several ways to perform these kinds of searches.

option one

On the  main page is a section titled “I’m in the mood for books that are . . .” where NoveList curators have paired two appeal elements to create a selection of books. To create your own list of titles by appeal, either click on the “Try our appeal mixer” link at the bottom of this section, or . . .

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Find your next great read with NoveList: Genre

For part two in our series Find Your Next Great Read With NoveList, we are showing you how easy it is to find new favorites in a genre you already love or to explore unfamiliar genres when you feel like branching out.

NoveList offers a multitude of options for browsing genre on their site.

Option One: Recommended Reads

The librarians at NoveList have created recommended reading lists for sub-topics within each genre. Lists are being added all the time, so check back often for more great reading suggestions.

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Find your next great read with NoveList: Author and title read-alikes

Welcome to part one  in our series Find Your Next Great Read With NoveList. In this segment, we will show you how easy this database makes it to find titles similar to your favorite books, authors, or even series. Let’s get started!

Step One

To locate the link to NoveList, click on the Reading tab in the ELibrary drop-down menu of the Lynchburg Public Library website.

Step Two

Click on the link to NoveList.

Step Three

Welcome to the main page of NoveList. In this tutorial, we are going to focus on the search bar at the top of the page. With the basic search features, we can search for a particular topic, title, author, series, or even narrator.

Step Four

Let’s test things out with a search for These Ghosts Are Family, by Maisy Card, “a transporting debut novel that reveals the ways in which a Jamaican family forms and fractures over generations, in the tradition of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.” LPL has this book in print and e-book format through Overdrive.

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Make it a Taika Waititi comedy weekend with Hoopla

You may be familiar with his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but have you checked out Taika Waititi’s original work? If you are looking for a zany, off-beat comedy that packs an emotional punch, then you can’t go wrong with any of these three films available to download through Hoopla. Consider them for your weekend movie night!

What We Do In The Shadows  (Rated R)

Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) – three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Hunt For The Wilderpeople  (Rated PG-13)

Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together.

Boy (Not Rated)

The year is 1984, and on the rural east coast of New Zealand Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ is changing kids’ lives. ‘Boy’ is a dreamer who lives with his brother Rocky and his Nan. When Boy’s father, Alamein, returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered find his own potential, and learn to get along without the hero he had been looking for.



Keep Track of Those TBR Books – Create a Saved List in Your Library Account!

We know the one thing getting you through this Stay at Home Order is the thought of getting your hands on all the lovely new library books when we are finally able to open again.  Trust us, we are right there with you.

But, what’s this? You can’t put anything on hold? How are you going to keep track of all 42 of those titles you absolutely have to read?!

Relax, we’ve got you covered! While we’ve suspended holds for the time being, you can put the saved list feature in your online library account to good use. We’ll show you how with this handy instructional guide.

Step One

First up, visit our online catalog and hit the Log In button in the upper right hand of your screen.

Step Two

Log in to your library account using your library barcode number and your PIN number (this will be the last four digits of the phone number you used to create your account).

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Book Bites Cookbook Club Online: Comfort Food

Tonight was supposed to be our third meeting of the Book Bites Cookbook Club and while I’m disappointed that I will not be able to sample your tasty dishes, I’m mostly sad to miss out on your company and your stories of how food is such a large part of bringing people together. Though we can’t be together in person, I’m glad that technology allows us to come together in our separate homes and talk about the food we love.

I’ll never make a food blogger with the quality of this photo, but trust me, it’s tasty!

It seems fitting that the theme for this month’s meeting is comfort food. If ever we need the familiar goodness of our favorite comforting dishes, it is now in this time of chaos and uncertainty. One of my favorite comfort foods is  a Quick and Easy Chicken and Rice casserole that I found about ten years ago on Allrecipes (btw, they have a quarantine cooking recipes section that might really come in handy). If you’re looking for something healthy to feed yourself or your family, this is not your dish, but if you have been hunting for something cheesy and buttery and delicious, you will not be disappointed!

Runner-up recipe: my very favorite chocolate chip cookies (AKA, the WORST Chocolate Chip Cookies from the Sugar Spun Run blog).

What makes something a comfort food? What is your go-to comfort food recipe? Share your recipes, photos, and thoughts in the comments section below!

Cooking in the time of quarantine

We know that many of you are spending some extended time in your homes lately and perhaps doing a lot more cooking than you might normally do. You might have limited ingredients available or a bunch of random ingredients you have no idea how to turn into a meal.

While this might sound like a recipe for disaster, never fear! Your friends at the Lynchburg Public Library have your back with this handy collection of digital cookbooks available free of charge through Hoopla. All you need is a library card, a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection and we will have you cooking in no time at all!

Need help navigating Hoopla? Give the Adult Services department a call at 434-455-6310 and we will be happy to walk you through the process.

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