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Online Research and Databases

DearReader

Get the first few chapters of a book emailed to you weekly. Every day, Monday through Friday, you will receive in your email a five-minute selection from a chapter of a book. By the end of the week, you'll have read two to three chapters. Choose from 11 different genres, with new books featured each week.

KDL StoryCompass

Find librarian-curated recommendations based on your favorite genres, authors, books, or movies.

Developed and maintained by Kent District Library.

Literary Reference Center

This robust full-text database provides the most relevant information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It gives students, teachers and librarians a complete foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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Michigan Authors and Illustrators

Use the database to find out about Michigan authors. You can look for non-fiction, poetry, mysteries, romance, children’s books and much more. You can find authors for presentations and visits. 

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

NoveList K-8 Plus

Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, Lexile reading levels, Common Core standards, books made into movies, and much more. Read reviews, learn about the author and create your own reading wish list.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

NoveList Plus

Don't know what to read? Start your journey here. Search by author, title, series, plots, or even books like the one you just finished. Browse lists of award winners, lists of genres, and lists based on age. Create and save lists of your own favorites. Find book discussion guides and more. In addition to fiction, includes includes suggestions for audiobooks and nonfiction.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

Provides a historically rich collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques — including contemporary content from the finest publishers.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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