It's very early to be talking about the winter holidays. But the supply chain stories you're seeing in the news will also affect bookstores this gift-giving season. Words to the wise: shop early. But also, don't sweat it: your library can help you zero in on just the right books for every reader on your shopping list.
The 2021 Gift Guide is available online now or in print at the library beginning the first week of October. Check these pages for expert recommendations for the thrill seeker, the hopeless romantic, the doer, and all the other adult readers in your life. You'll also find top picks for teens and kids of all ages, including future readers.
The great book you're looking for might have been published last year or the year before! Browse the 2020 Gift Guide and the 2019 Gift Guide for more top picks.
The readers' pages on VAPLD.info round up suggestions from librarians (avid readers, all), what's popular with readers in local book clubs, and recent selections of book discussions hosted by the library. This is a great place to look for suggestions for adult readers.
Book Talk pages on VAPLD.info recommend reading for grades K–8. Youth librarians, who know a thing or two about great books for kids, frequently update these selections with top picks for students at each grade level.
NoveList Plus is a clever online tool that lets you look for fiction and nonfiction by category, subject, genre, mood, setting, grade level, and reading level. If you know of authors your gift recipient has particularly enjoyed, you can find "read-alikes" here, too. This is also a great source for finding award winners for all ages. Access this tool anytime with your Vernon Area Library card number.
Vernon Kids on Goodreads: Browse the shelves of books that Vernon Area youth librarians give 4 or 5 stars. You'll find picks here for pre-readers, independent readers, and young teens in a variety of categories including board books, bedtime stories, adventure fiction, humor, nature, and a lot more. No login or account required.
Get personalized reading recommendations: If you know a bit about your gift recipient's reading preferences, fill out a brief form to tell a librarian about them. Then one of the reading experts at your library will custom-curate a list geared to that reader. The list will be delivered pronto to your email inbox.
And now you're ready to head to your favorite bookseller, local or online, to place your order. Then, sit back and wait for that gift-giving moment, knowing you've chosen thoughtfully.