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Readers Advisory at your service
The Book Nook
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Have you ever waited eagerly for the newest book from your favorite author, but are on a long waiting list? While we cannot do much to speed up that process, there are other options for you in the meantime. You may consider placing a different format of the book on hold: for example, you could place a hold on a copy of the large print or audio format, which sometimes has fewer holds than the regular copy. Even better: use the time while you are waiting to discover a different author that could potentially become a new favorite!

One of the library’s most fundamental services is called “Readers’ Advisory.” This service involves librarians suggesting individualized book options to patrons, tailored to their unique needs and likes. In addition to helping you find new authors and sources of information, it can also be a great way for you to pass the time while waiting for more popular titles. For instance: you may be on the waiting list for that newest James Patterson thriller, but did you know that you can read books in a similar style by Mary Higgins Clark, Jonathan Kellerman, or John Sandford? If you’re a fan of Karen Kingsbury but have run out of books to read, have you tried Francine Rivers or Terri Blackstock? Fans of Lee Child’s “Jack Reacher” series may enjoy books by Vince Flynn or Robert B. Parker.

If you would like help with finding something new to read, please ask our staff, who would be very happy to help you out. However, there is another way you can find new authors: through our online library catalog, which is connected to Novelist Select. To use this service, go to our website, and click on “Pathfinder Central” on the right side of the page. Search for your favorite book or author, then click on a book title to go to the detailed view. From here, scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will see a “Novelist Select” section. Here you will find a list of books in the series, similar books, similar authors, and similar series, as well as a detailed list of the story elements that describe the book. Some books are also linked to Goodreads reviews and ratings. It is a great way to learn even more about the books you like, and find similar authors. Check it out!

There are lots of events happening next week, including the book sale this weekend: see the schedule below for a full listing. For more detailed information on any library events, programs, or resources, check out our website , send us an email (, or call the circ desk (620-792-2409). You can also “like” and follow GBPL on Facebook. There you will find posters and flyers for upcoming events, plus photos and videos from library activities and an archive of previous “Book Nook” articles.

Michael Adamyk is the Marketing and Technical Services Manager at the Great Bend Public Library. He can be reached by email at

Great Bend Public Library Weekly Schedule

Saturday-Tuesday, Oct. 20-23

From open until 30 minutes before closing: Friends of the Library Book Sale

In the basement (take the elevator)

Monday, October 22

4 p.m.: Art Exploration: Thanksgiving Paint Resist

5 p.m.: Teen Writing Club

6 p.m.: Crochet Club

Tuesday, October 23

9:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.: Baby Bounce Class

10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.: Early Literacy Storytime

Thursday, October 25

1 p.m.: Scary Movie for Teens

4 p.m.: Chapter Chats

5 p.m.: Build-Your-Own Frankentoy (Teens)

Friday, October 26

10 a.m.: Hot Air Balloon Blast (pt. 2)

10 a.m.: Tim Burton movie marathon (Teens)