Daily Archives: January 8, 2013

Introducing Bookster, A New Online Service from CADL

bookster_logoCapital Area District Libraries hosts all sorts of book discussion groups. Readers enjoy coming together to chat about fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, mystery and more. Some groups meet at our branches, others at area restaurants.

Now for the first time, we’re offering a book discussion group that’s completely online. Several CADL librarians have created an online space called Bookster, a conversational hub to foster the sharing of ideas and insights. It’s open 24/7, so that people can participate whenever it’s convenient.

DryGrassofAugustThis month, Joe McKee from CADL Haslett will serve as our first Bookster leader and is introducing Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew. Throughout the month, he’ll share reviews, author information and readalike titles. Jump into the conversation any time to post your own comments and see what other readers are saying.

To participate, follow Bookster on our blog and through our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages. Just watch for posts or tweets that refer to Dry Grass of August, and for the hashtag #Bookster.

Conquer the Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge with CADL

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A New Year means a clean slate, and a chance to better yourself — be it with a new diet, exercise, or watching fewer episodes of Dance Moms.

For those with the New Year’s resolution to read more, check out the Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge. As the name suggests, you are challenged to read a certain number of books in 2013. That number, be it 20 or 52, is up to you to decide. My Reading Challenge goal for 2012 was 30, and I ended up reading 36 books.

Two of those books were in the Game of Thrones series, and my last read of 2012 was Moby Dick. I think I should get to add a few numbers to that total. Plus, I wrote a novel in 2012, and had to re-read it several times—so my total should be something like, 200 or so.

This year, I bumped up my Reading Challenge goal, and I plan on using the Capital Area District Libraries to help me read 33 books. My first read of 2013, Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen, is an eBook I checked out from CADL for my Kindle. I wrote a blog post about checking out eBooks for Kindles back in July.

To take part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge, simply create an account on goodreads.com and look for the Reading Challenge section. The screen capture below will show you what to look for.

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Look for this image.

Creating an account on goodreads.com is free, and after doing so, just input what you want for a reading goal in 2013. You an always increase your goal throughout the year, so start with a low number if you wish (I bumped mine up several times).

After your account is set up, use Goodread’s search box to find the book you just checked out from CADL.

Type in the title or the author.

Type in the title or the author.

Next, move over to the green books icon, and wait for the hover box to appear. Then, click on Currently Reading.

Let Goodreads know which book you are readiing.

Let Goodreads know which book you are reading.

This lets Goodreads know which book you are reading, and tracks your start and stop date. Once you are finished, repeat the process, but click on Read instead, and bingo — the book is added to your Reading Challenge goal.

No matter what your Reading Challenge goal is for 2013, CADL is there to help you cross that finish line.

– Daniel J. Hogan writes humor and draws comics for clattertron.com. Follow him on Twitter, @danieljhogan.