Reader Recommends – What do you think?

We’ve been looking recently at different ways you can tell each other what you think of our books, DVDs, CDs, talking books, and all the other things you can get out from the library.

One of the main things to come out of World Book Day was that we want to be more than just a place where you can get books, we want to be a hub for people to talk about books, discussing what they like and passing on recommendations.

There’s already at least two simple ways you can do this, one old fashioned, and one on the web. Here’s a quick guide to how to do them.

From your library you should be able to pick up one of these Reader Recommends slips. The idea here is that as you return the book, you can fill this in, pop it in the cover, and let the next person to pick it up know what you thought of it.

Couldn’t be simpler.

The ‘high tech’ version, is on the catalogue system. In the catalogue entry for any item, there should be an ‘add your review’ link, near the bottom of all the bumph. Click on that, rate the item out of ten, and tell us what you thought of it. It’s only more complicated because you need to put your card number and PIN in as well, but otherwise, it’s still fairly straightforward. Reviews are moderated and only your first name will be shown to other members of the public.

Want to go into more detail? Send us an e-mail at:, and if we get enough reviews, we’ll do a round up of them right here on this very blog. Anything in the blog is open for comments, so we hope that’ll become a great forum for discussion about books, music, films and everything else.

So. What do you think?

Alex – Library Officer

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