The Mysterious Mysterioso Sees AllI, The Mysterious Mysterioso, was deeply honored and humbled to be part of the Louise Riley Library's celebration of the one hundredth birthday of the Calgary Public Library. One hundred years is but a single grain of sand dropping in the cosmic hour glass - yet it is nothing to sneeze at! As I gaze into my crystal ball I see Calgarians using the Library for centuries to come - the oracles have decreed it!
It was deeply satisfying to look into the future of so many library patrons and see that they will continue to use the library to find books and e-books and, in the future, mind-meld-books. Opps! Perhaps you shouldn't know about those yet. Forget I mentioned "mind-meld-books". Ha, ha! Mysterioso is such a kidder!...where was I? Oh, yes. For centuries to come Calgarians will use the CPL to access "materials" that will change their collective destiny!
"But, Mysterioso," you say, "how can I tell which book I am destined to read next? I have neither a crystal ball nor your astounding prognosticative talents!" Relax, my less gifted friend. The library has made it easy for anyone to find their Book of Destiny! Most of the staff at any of the eighteen branches possess impressive skills at matching readers with the books they were born to read, but if you can not make it into a branch to talk to one of these oracles you may find our new on-line catalogue will help tremendously. For example one of my personal favourite novels is "The Nostradamus Prophecies" by Mario Reading. When I look this book up in the catalogue of the CPL website, I can scroll down to "NoveList content" and see other titles and authors I might also like. I see that Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" is a book I am likely to enjoy and that the author Sam Christer is recommended for "readers who enjoy action-packed, suspenseful stories for adults who enjoy books about secret societies." That sounds perfect for me! I love secret societies! I am in several of them myself, including one so secret I don't even know what it is called. If you look up some of your favourite books on the CPL catalogue you are sure to find lots of suggested books to explore. You will also notice a link to Goodreads reviews. Goodreads is the largest social network for books in the world and through the CPL catalogue you can see the ratings and reviews for any given book - very good things to know while searching for your next great read.
You may also avail yourself of databases such as NoveList Plus, which is in the CPL's "E-Library" under the suject area "Books, Authors and E-Books." Here you can find all sorts of books, both fiction and non-fiction, based on criteria as diverse as genre, story line, pace, writing style and setting. This is also an excellent resource for book clubs, as it has many book discussion guides as well.
So with resources like these, you don't need a fortune teller to find great books. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to place a few holds on my library card.