BookWise: Virtual Reading Suggestions

Our BookWise library staff would love to help you find your next book! Read on to find out about all of the great ways to connect with us and find something great!

New! Quick Request Form

We understand it’s hard not being able to browse the shelves, so we have created a virtual request form! Simply provide your account number and answer a few quick questions, and we’ll have 3-5 items ready and waiting for pick-up.


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: Call or email!

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 Herrmann
– 978-256-5521 x1101
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 Turcotte – 978-256-5521 x1106

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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Maria Palacio – 978-256-5521 x1102
Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Maria lived in Florida for 21 years before moving to the greater Boston area in December 2020. She earned her BA in English from Montclair State University in New Jersey and her MLIS from Florida State University in Tallahassee. Maria enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 adult sons and 2 clingy dogs. She is an avid reader who enjoys trying new foods, cooking plant-based meals, baking treats, traveling and going for walks.

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Jessica FitzHansoJessica FitzHanso – 978-256-5521 x1115

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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Deanna Parsi – 978-256-5521

Deanna is most likely to be reading a mystery or thriller. Her list of favorite authors is long, but if pressed, she would mention John Connolly, Elizabeth George, Elly Griffiths, Stephen King, Louise Penny, Daniel Silva, and Karin Slaughter. Her other favorite categories include historical fiction (especially about Tudor England), gothics, popular fiction, narrative nonfiction about nature or history, and anything related to Jane Austen. Deanna’s taste in TV and movies tends towards comedies, and she is also a fan of the Marvel movies – when watching the big (or small) screen, she would rather laugh than cry. When she listens to music, she tends towards classic rock of the 70’s and 80’s, but most days would rather listen to the audio of Harry Potter.

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Lisa FrancineLisa Francine

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 paddle boarding, biking, and walking her dogs.

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Jeff Hartman – 978-256-5521 x1109

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.

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