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Brevard County Libraries have over one million, two hundred and fifty thousand books, periodicals and newspapers! You can read thousands at Brevard County Libraries! Large print and foreign language books are also available. It's no wonder why your libraries receive over four million
patron visits annually. Those patrons check out almost six million items during the course of a year! Reading is an active mental process.
Unlike TV, books make you use your brain. By reading, you think more and become smarter.
Brevard County Library Discussion Groups
Brevard County Library Discussion Groups meet at various Brevard County Libraries. For specific titles, dates, and times, please contact your local library.
- Central Brevard Library and Reference Center - "It's a Mystery" group meets on the third Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Call 633-1792 for more information.
- Cocoa Beach Public Library - Book discussion groups meet in the Captain's Room on the 2nd Tuesday at 1:00 PM and the 2nd Wednesday at 10:00 AM of each month. The groups discuss different books. For more information, call the library at 868-1104.
- Eau Gallie Library - Max's Great Book Discussion is held the 2nd Friday of each month @ 10am. Call 255-4304 for information.
- Franklin DeGroodt Library - The Franklin DeGroodt Book group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:45 p.m. Call Patti at 952-6318 for more information.
- Melbourne Library - The afternoon Melbourne Book Group meets Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The evening Book Group meets third Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Each group meets once a month. Call 952-4514 for more information.
- Melbourne Beach Public Library - The Melbourne Beach Book Club meets the first Tuesday of each month from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. The New Neighbors of South Brevard Beaches Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. For more information, call the library at 956-5642.
- Satellite Beach Library - The Satellite Beach Book chat meets on Monday at 1:00 p.m., once a month. Call 779-4004 for more information.
- South Mainland Library - The South Mainland Book Group meets monthly, October through May. Call (772) 664-4066 for information.
- Suntree/Viera Library - The Suntree/Viera book discussion group is held on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. Please call the reference desk at 321-255-4404 to find out what book the group is reading and reserve a copy ahead of time.
Other Book Discussion Groups
Online discussion groups are web applications that manage user-generated content. Participate in discussions about books and topics that interest you!
- Book Browse - Provides reviews, questions, and topics for discussion on science fiction, classic, contemporary, children's, and young adult titles.
- Reading Group Choices - Suggests a list of titles to be used for discussion groups, offers discussion guides and organizational advice.
- Reading Group Guides - Suggests titles, provides discussion guidance and is browsable by genre, author and title.
- Library Journal - Offers bestseller lists for adult and children's hardback and paperbacks, audio titles, and anticipated bestsellers. Scroll toward bottom of page to find the various bestseller links.
- New York Times - Offers a weekly update of hardback and paperback titles for adults and young people.
- Publisher's Weekly - Magazine for the book publishing and library audiences, offers bestseller lists in fiction and nonfiction, audio, mass market, religion, and children's books.
- USA Today - Lists the top 150 bestsellers and the best business books.
- Book Review Digest (Not Available Online) - Print resource found in many local libraries, contains short excerpts of reviews from many magazines and journals.
- Booklist Magazine- Librarian's selection tool offering reviews of books and audio-visual titles for adults and children. It alsooffers author interviews, bibliographies, and book-related essays by well-known writers. Some of these features are still available to anyone, but an increasing number are restricted to access by subscribers only.
- General Reference Center Gold - Magazine database which Brevard County Libraries subscribes to, indexes thousands of book reviews.
- New York Times on the Web - Offers access to full text reviews back to 1980 (although a free registration is required). Includes hundreds of first chapters of titles reviewed in the New York Times Book Review or on their bestseller list.
Find Award Winning Literature
- 100 Best - Titles of fiction and non-fiction chosen by the publisher Modern Library and by readers.
- Hammett Awards - Named in honor of Dashiell Hammett, are given annually by the North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers to reward excellence in the genre of crime literature.
- National Book Awards - Recognizes books of exceptional merit written by Americans.
- Nebula Awards - Voted and presented by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), to acknowledge excellence in science fiction writing.
- Nobel Prize in Literature - Recognizes the "most distinguished work of an idealistic tendency." Includes a searchable database of laureates.
- Pulitzer Prizes - Recognize literature in sevencategories. Choose from a list of winners past and present.
- Spur Award - Given annually by the Western Writers Association for distinguished writing about the American West, in 13 categories. Choose from winners going back to 1954.
For Parents and Young Readers
- Booklist Editors' Choices - Selections for older, middle, and younger readers. Includes selections back to 2001.
- What Do I Read Next? - Offers an easy way to find books similar to your favorite authors, titles, plots, and genres. Note: to access this database outside a Brevard County Library, please click here.
- Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Program - Florida's reading motivation program for students in grades 3-8. Over 82,000 students read enough books to qualify for voting in the statewide balloting for their favorite book for the year..
- Born to Read: It's Never to Early to Start! - Sharing books with children is easy with these simple tips for parents and lists of recommended books for even the youngest child.
- Caldecott Medal & Honor Books- Offers best books, award winners, books on many subjects, author links, storytelling, on-line stories, children's writing, and more.
- Help My Child Read- "Editor's Picks" of resources for helping children to learn and enjoy reading. The page also includes links to lists of resources related to other aspects of education.
- Newbery Medal & Honor Books
Read Books Online
- Bartleby - Offers online versions of classic pillars of literature, nonfiction, and reference, such as Shakespeare, Gray's Anatomy, Robert's Rules of Order, and Emily Post's Etiquette. Offers some contemporary content. Some titles available for download in the Bartleby.com E-book Store.
- LibriVox - LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. Many of the audio files have accompanying e-text to read the book online.
- NetLibrary - Free access to over 15,000 full-text books you can view online. They cannot be downloaded to eBook readers.
- On-line Books - The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet.
- Project Gutenberg - Created as a way to centralize and make freely available famous and classic texts published before 1923 such as Poe, Dante, Alcott, and Burroughs. Download over 33,000 free eBooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android, or other portable device.
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