Library program assists Burlington residents with reading choices

Published April 27, 2023 at 10:32 am


Having trouble deciding what books to read? Burlington Public Library can help.

Handpicked For You is a program where librarians choose the books for you based on your preferences. It can help you decide from an extensive list of choices as well as help you save time.

With a collection of 240,000 unique books, movies, and music CDs spread around seven locations (and more in the digital collection) it’s easy to overlook many titles. That’s where Handpicked For You comes in.

“Our staff have exceptional knowledge of our collections, and they are trained to help people find items that suit their needs and interests,” says Frances Hanemaayer, Manager of North Branches and the leader behind the library system’s Handpicked For You service. “We want our customers to take advantage of this talent so they can enjoy a great read (or watch) every time.”

Specifically, Handpicked For You makes the library collection more accessible in a few ways:

  • Customers who cannot readily visit the library can select a bundle of titles for a friend or family member to pick up on their behalf.
  • Staff can help customers find immediately available hidden gems and discover new authors so they don’t have to wait for our most popular items.
  • Customers looking for support on niche topics like welcoming a new sibling or managing incontinence can get discreet help finding useful resources.

You can follow this link to begin the process of joining the program.



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