Tag Archives: Library Resources

Poll: What Would You Like to See?

Today we’ve got another poll for you. We want to know what you’d like to see more of in the library. A better selection of books? More chances for you to volunteer? Some YA author visits? Take the poll below to let us know what you’re craving! (You can choose more than one answer!)

WCL & Teens: TAG Groups and beyond in Wellington County

Did you know you can earn community service hours by participating in one of Wellington County’s Teen Advisory Groups (TAG, for short)?  Yup, that’s right!

But what is a TAG group, anyways?  Well, Teen Advisory Groups are our way of making sure we’ve got the materials you want to see in the library.  Come in and meet with other teens to discuss what kinds of books, movies, and music you’d like to see at the library.  Play some games and eat some food, and find out all about what kinds of programmes and events we’ve got lined up for teens.  Give us your input and advice for what you’d like to see at the library, and why.

You can participate in a TAG group at the Elora (Centre Wellington) and Erin branches of the Wellington County Library, and keep up to date with them here at the blog.

And there’s more!  Not every branch of the county has a TAG group, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways you can actively participate with the library.  The Arthur branch hosts a Teen Book Club every month, and at Clifford there is a Pageturners Book Club open to teens and preteens!  In Mount Forest and Harriston, you can hang out at the Teen Café, where you can talk about books, movies, and more, and find out about gaining community service hours for school!  Other branches sometimes hold single-session teen programmes, too, so always keep up to date with that’s going on at your local branch, and check out the library’s website here to find teen programming all over the county.

Want to see a teen-related programme at a certain library branch?  Let a librarian know, OR post a message here on the blog!  Let us know what you’d like to see, and where.  If we get enough interest, your idea might just happen!

Resource Spotlight: Novelist Recommended Reads

Ever been searching for something good to read, but don’t know have a specific book in mind?

There are lots of ways you can find new books to read, but it’s not always easy to remember all the resources available to you!  So today we’re doing a spotlight on one library resource you can use at the library or at home, to help you find that next perfect read.


Novelist is an online database where you can find information about books, whether they be teen books, children’s books, or adult reads.  You can access the database from our website, by clicking on Online Resources -> Research Tools -> Databases by Title -> “N” for Novelist.  Or, you can skip to the last page by clicking here.

This is what the home page of Novelist looks like.

There are tons of ways you can use this database…you can search by title, author, or description.  You can see what some of the current bestselling books are for all ages.  You can even follow a tutorial if you’re not sure how to get started.  But today we’re just going to pinpoint one cool feature about Novelist: The Recommended Reads List.

Here’s a close up of the reads list.

It’s on the front page of Novelist, so it’s really easy to find.  And you can use it to search for books in any genre!  For example, if I wanted to find a teen-geared romance novel, all I’d have to do is click “Teen” and “Romance”, and it’ll give me some choices.

Then, once I’ve chosen what kind of romance I’m looking for, it’ll bring me to a page like this:


You can see a list of recommended titles, all with publication dates, reviews, cover images, and a quick summary of what the book’s about!

Novelist and other resources are always available for you to use with your WCL library card.  Check them out next time you’re in search of a great read!