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2018 #bewellread Reading Challenge



  • January: Read a book that was made into a movie.

  • FebruaryRead a book written by a person of color.

  • March: Read a book with a one-word title.

  • April: Read a memoir/biography about a person who doesn’t look like you.

  • May: Read a book recommended by a friend.

  • June: Read a book about music.

  • July: Read a book set in a cold climate.

  • August: Read a book that teaches you something new.

  • September: Read a book you’ve always meant to read.

  • October: Read a creepy book.

  • November: Read a book you’ve heard nothing about.

  • December: Read a short story.

Stack of books.


Post a photo of your book selection each month on social media with #BWELLREAD and be entered to win a $25 gift card! Learn more or print out the 2018 Challenge [PDF].





  • A.K.A
    Also Known As.... Author pseudonyms, aliases and nicknames.





  • NPR Books
    Read or listen to podcasts of book reviews, author interviews and authors readings from their works provided by National Public Radio.



Book Clubs


Book Clubs in BCPL Branches

Many BCPL branches host community book clubs and book related activities in our spaces and they are listed in the library's online calendar of events.


Other Community Book Clubs:


  • African American Literature Book Club
    Online discussions of books by African American authors.
  • Baltimore Book Club Meetup Group
    Local group meets monthly to discuss both fiction and non-fiction books, generally meets in a local restaurants
  • Book Discussion Guides
    Review book discussion guides from Novelist Plus. (Note this link is accessible from public PCs in BCPL libraries or from elsewhere with a valid BCPL library card.)
  • Bookreporter
    Weekly book reviews and author profiles and interviews, excerpts of new releases, literary games and contests.
  • Reading Group Guides
    Enhances a group's reading and discussion of a book. Includes descriptions of each book, questions, discussion topics, author biography, and sometimes a note from the author to assist the group in having a stimulating and interesting discussion.


Book Reviews

"Inside BCPL" gives you the details on the library's "Between the Covers" Blog of Reviews


  • Between The Covers
    Book reviews, interviews and news from BCPL bloggers

  • BookPage 
    What's new in the world of books.

  • BookWire 
    The "First Place To Look For Book Information."

  • Jen's Jewels Reviews 
    Reviews of popular titles in romance, chick-lit, mystery and suspense from aspiring author Jennifer Vido.

  • NPR Book Page
    A web site from National Public Radio reviewing books and their segments on books.


Donating/Buying Used Books

Better World Books Logo

Donations of gently used items in good condition and odor- and mold-free are accepted at all BCPL Branches. Branches cannot accept textbooks, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, directories or maps. Branches reserve the right to evaluate, sell through Better World Books (opens in new window) or recycle donated materials using the same criteria applied to our purchased material.  The library cannot ascribe or provide a receipt of cash value for your donation but can initial and date statements that confirm and/or describe the contents of a donation for your tax records.


Withdrawn library materials and donations are for sale 24/7 online through Better World Books. Better World Books funds literacy initiatives. A percentage of the sale price is returned to the library to purchase additional materials and to fund library services.


Other local resources that may be accepting book donations and other gently used material:

  • AMVETS and Value Village Thrift Stores
    Located in communities throughout the country, AMVETS Thrift Stores offer quality used clothing, household goods (including books) at reasonable prices.

  • BookMooch
    BookMooch is a community for exchanging used books and lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want.

  • Book Holder's
    Buy and sell used text books.

  • The Book Thing of Baltimore
    Donate books and magazines.

  • Maryland Book Bank
    Accepts book donations of all types and distributes free children's books to families, teachers, schools, and organizations throughout Maryland.

  • Salvation Army Family Stores
    Their website includes information on the location and items accepted.


Interested in trading or swapping books?


  • PaperBackSwap
    Mail a book. Get a book. Any book you request is yours to keep, share or trade. No late fees. No processing charges. No hidden charges. Every time you mail a book to another member, you can request one for yourself from over 3 Million.  NOT just paperback books: also hardbacks, audio books, textbooks and more!  Their phone number is (410) 662 5631


Find a Good Book


Use the Library's online literature tools to find a good book...


Button for Literature Resource CenterLiterature Resource Center is a full text database that provides critical analysis, biographies, and bibliographies of 90,000 novelists, poets and essayists from Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism and other literary sources. Searchable by author, title, time period and literary themes

NoveList K-8 PlusNoveList PlusNoveList Plus contains full text fiction and non-fiction book reviews and book lists for all ages: children, teens and adults. Locate books to read by describing a plot or find similar titles or authors.  NoveList K-8 Plus includes picture books, children's chapter books and young adult titles

Scribner Writers OnlineScribner Writers Online contains more than 2,000 original, scholar-signed biocritical entries averaging 15-20 pages each. They include a concise overview, hyperlinks for cross-referencing and information that places the author's work in personal or historical context

Twayne's Authors OnlineTwayne's Authors Online are 175 to 200page online treatment which feature interpretations and critiques, written by scholars during the same period in which the work originated. As such, Twayne’s Authors Online is not only a valuable resource for literary study, but for multidisciplinary study through literature — including history, society and culture

Other Resources Include...


  • Allreaders
    Choose a genre, and then use the detailed search engine to specify features you like, such as plot, characters, setting and style.

  • Based on the Book
    A compilation of over 800 book titles, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures. Maintained by Mid-County Public Library.

  • BCPL's Booklists
    Includes bestsellers, award winners, and genre recommendations. Check out our lists of Best Selling, Award winning, and otherwise librarian vetted books as well as our list of BCPL's most popular titles...!

  • Learn more about this resource.
    Book Browser from Barnes and Noble allows you to search by subject in many areas, including fiction and non-fiction, and also by audiobook, books in Spanish, and large type. Also offers book lists.

  • Book Seer
    A simple interface that lets you type in an author and title that you've enjoyed and get back suggestions from Amazon and Library Thing's databases!

  • Genrefluent
    Book reviews, genre links and more from Diana Tixier Herald.

  • Good Reads
    With over over 1,700,000 members,  Goodreads is the largest social network for readers in the world.  A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more.

  • Library Thing
    Keep an online catalog of the books you have read, write book reviews, see what others have read and check out their book reviews.

  • Which Book
    Interactive database that lets you choose a book by mood and other appeal characteristics as well as character, plot and setting.

  • What’s Next
    Database for searching the order of books in adult fiction series from Kent District Library.




Library Organizations


  • American Library Association
    Provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship.

  • Maryland Library Association
    Founded in 1923 to promote library service in the state, it's members are library staff and trustees, library school students, libraries, and friends of libraries representing the full spectrum of librarianship in Maryland.


Library Schools


  • Accredited Library Schools in the United States and Canada
    From the American Library Association, each entry includes contact information, program name, date through which it is accredited, and distance education opportunities. You can search by state/province, distance education options, degree type, and specific institution.


Library Information


  • Maryland Libraries
    The most complete source for catalogs and home pages for all public, college, university and special libraries in Maryland.

  • Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
    Provides comprehensive library services to the eligible blind and physically handicapped residents of Maryland.

  • Library of Congress Home Page
    Browse historical collections for the National Digital Library (American Memory), visit Library Reading Rooms, access special services for persons with disabilities, and read about Library of Congress cataloging, acquisitions, and preservation operations and policy.

  • Ipl2: Information You Can Trust
    An electronic library environment hosted by the School of Information and Library Studies of the University of Michigan. Visit various rooms and divisions including a public library.

  • National Archives and Records
    Records of the United States Government including Presidential Libraries, historical records and current government information.

  • Federal Depository Libraries Directory
    Locate federal depository libraries by state or area code.




  • Early Literacy Resources
    Links to everything parents and/or caregivers need to promote reading readiness in children birth to five

  • Literacy Instruction
    From Connections by Baltimore County Public Library
    Local community organizations and agencies that can provide basic reading, writing and mathematics skills instruction

  • The Book Thing of Baltimore
    This non-profit organization takes donations and distributes them free to those who want to read

  • ProLiteracy
    A non-profit, non-governmental, worldwide literacy organization


Publishers and Book Stores


  • BookWeb
    News and information about books, bookstores, authors, the First Amendment, links to thousands of bookstores across the country, and the latest news about books and the book industry. Sponsored by the American Booksellers Association.

  • Loganberry Books
    This site has a stumpers section where you can search the archives by keyword if you can remember details about a book but not the title or author. Mostly for children's books.


Revised: February 26, 2018