Our BookWise library staff would love to help you find your next book! Or use the online tools listed to the right under the blue “Reading Lists” bar.
Curbside pick-up requests!
Looking for something new that you can pick-up at our curbside service? Fill out this simple recommendation form and we’ll have 3-5 picks ready and waiting.
Get Personal Book Suggestions!
If you tell us three books you’ve enjoyed, we’ll give you five more titles that match your reading interests. Just fill out our 3-for-5 Reading Recommendation Form to get started!
Short videos of Library staff reviewing new and great books. Produced in association with Chelmsford Telemedia.
Off the Shelf
Reading Suggestions from Social Media – Chelmsford staff and neighbors make a short video about a favorite book or a new recommendation, then share it with us on social media! Along with Chelmsford Telemedia, we’ve made them into a brand new show!
Our BookWise Librarians
Contact any of the staff below based on their reading interests and we will be happy to create a customized list of suggestions for you.
Becky’s reading interests are far-ranging, she is a fan of literary fiction, psychological and legal thrillers, outdoor/adventure non-fiction, cooking memoirs and selected mystery writers –Susan Hill, Lee Child, Louise Penny, Dennis Lehane to name a few. She was also a children’s librarian for 7 years so she has a soft spot for picture books and YA fiction. Becky’s musical taste trends to folk and indie artists, with the occasional Motown or classic jazz artist thrown in. Her favorite movies are usually Sundance or critic’s picks but she willingly accompanies her family to Marvel movies, especially the ones featuring Thor.
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Vickie reads more non-fiction than fiction, in a variety of subjects including true crime, science, UFOs and the unexplained, crafts and decorating. Leading a book group for the Library has widened her fiction reading, but she prefers books with a happy ending, and she particularly likes a good regency romance.
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Jessica reads books that offer a new perspective, including experimental fiction, “international” fiction, dystopian, magical realism, short fiction, travel writing, graphic novels and memoir, as well as contemporary literary fiction. She reads for the immersive quality of the writing and storytelling and the potential not only for escape, but also for a reevaluation of reality. These qualities follow through in her taste in film, which includes science fiction, foreign films, classic and contemporary noir, westerns, and emerging styles. Her music tastes run the gamut from blues to jazz to contemporary indie and experimental artists.
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Lisa comes from a multi-generational family of readers. Some of her favorite memories, as a child, include: weekly excursions to her home town library; sharing and discussing favorite books with whomever would listen; and taking on any odd jobs around the house to supplement her allowance so that she could purchase new and used books for her personal library! Lisa is ecstatic for children’s and young adult fiction as she was a school librarian for 15 years. In the adult realms of reading she enjoys mysteries, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, narrative nonfiction, and graphic novels. When not reading (in print, ebooks, and audiobooks) Lisa enjoys gardening, standup paddleboarding, biking, and walking her dogs.
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As a children’s librarian, Amy reads everything from picture books to young adult dystopias. She has a passion for middle-grade realistic fiction and fantasy, with a special love for the Harry Potter series and the works of Elizabeth Enright. Her favorite books are those in which the setting is as much a character as the characters themselves. Amy rarely has the opportunity to read books for adults, but when she does she is drawn to short stories, memoirs, and feminist nonfiction.
Jeff loves reading many different genres, but particularly likes science fiction and fantasy, historical fiction, mysteries, and nonfiction that touches on American or medieval European history. He prefers to read authors who create complicated nuanced characters and worlds that teach us something about ourselves and our relationship to the people around us. Jeff is also a movie buff and will watch anything from superhero films to romantic comedies to period dramas as long as they’re well written. For music, he enjoys contemporary indie rock, 80s new wave and metal, and showtunes.