Bradford Library launches online book recommendation service


Anyone with a Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library card can fill out a book preferences form and receive an email with around 10 suggestions. Library hopes to expand to movie, TV series, video game and music recommendations

For Bradford West Gwillimbury bookworms, a New Year means a bunch of new books to read.

BWG Public Library has launched a new service called My personal librarian to help people who need recommendations find their next favorite books.

“This service is convenient because you can do it online. We also offer this service to anyone who wishes to come and talk to us, ”said Elizabeth Campbell, Library Information Services Librarian.

“We developed it over the summer and tested it on staff. This is not a novel idea – many other libraries are now doing it.

Basically, anyone with a BWG library card can fill out an online form, which includes questions about the types of books you like to read, the preferred format (print, large print, or audio) and spaces to write in some of your favorite books, authors and topics, and what movies and TV shows you like to watch.

A team of librarians review the information and send an email with around 10 suggestions, Campbell said, adding that the turnaround time was around seven days.

Although the form is only open to people with a library card, anyone can request book suggestions from the librarians in person at the library at 425 Holland Street West.

Campbell said people will often say that they have read everything by their favorite authors and are looking for something new, and My Personal Librarian is a good way to help them.

The form is only for books, but if it is successful, the library can develop another one for movie, TV show, video game, and music recommendations. Now people can only get suggestions for them through librarians.

Currently, some of the most popular books checked out from the library include everything written by James Patterson and John Grisham, the biography of Michelle Obama and all “on the revelations about what is happening in the White House,” Campbell said. .

“We want to help them find the next great book they’re going to read. “

10 of the best-selling books for winter 2019:

  • Judgment of Joseph Finder
  • The kingdom of copper by SA Chakraborty
  • Alafair Burke’s best sister
  • The Elevator Moment by Melinda Gates
  • I owe you one by Sophie Kinsella
  • Thomas King’s Case of Malice
  • Cat and Nat’s Mom Truths by Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer
  • Blessing in disguise by Danielle Steel
  • James Patterson’s First Lady
  • The dress: a novel from Jennifer Robson’s royal wedding


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