So Much More Than Books!

The West Bend Library offers a wide variety of materials for your entertainment and informational needs! We offer book clubs, programs, community talks, speakers, and much more! We can also help you figure out that next great book you want to read. Take a look at our latest monthly Staff Picks to get you started:

Staff Picks

Each month, some of our library staff will share what we are reading with our patrons. Here are our favorite selections for December:


Revival: A Rural Noir by Tim Seeley & Mike Norton

One Revival Day, everyone who died in Wausau, WI comes back to life. The CDC quarantines Marathon County to study the phenomenon. It's up to Rothschild detective Dana Cypress and her revived sister to figure out what happened, baffling social tensions, the government, and the frigid Central Wisconsin winter. This comic has GORGEOUS art, consists of 8 volumes, and a forthcoming film adaptation.



Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child 

This 2018 novel is the 23rd in the series that follows Reacher as he searches into his family's past and a Canadian couple who finds trouble while trying to reach New York, a superb series and two thumbs up!



Why Religion: A Personal Story by Elaine Pagela

"Enjoy this memoir about the author's life, including how she was personally brought to religious faith after the death of her 6 year old son and the death of her husband the following year. This is an amazing book of sadness and beauty."



Harry Potter (illustrated) by Jim Kay

"Did you know the first three Harry Potter books have an illustrated version? This is perfect for family read-alouds!"



This I Believe by Jay Allison

"This book features eighty essayists that make readers rethink how they have arrived at their personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others. This is a book about the philosophies of remarkable men and women."


Other 2018 Selections:


Quarterback: Inside the Most Important Position in the National Football League by John Feinstein

This book dives deep into the most coveted and hallowed position in the NFL. Take a deep look into the lives of five top quarterbacks!


Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg

Enjoy this delightful novel of friendship, community, and the way small acts of kindness can change your life!


Boys in the Cave by Matt Gutman

This is the compelling true story  of the 13 boys from a soccer team trapped in the Thailand cave for three weeks and their rescue...a great story about humanity and hope!


Find Your Next Book!

BookBub - Get free and bargain bestsellers for your ereader or tablet, as well as updates from your favorite authors. Sign up free today, and start reading instantly! 

Buzzfeed Books - You may know Buzzfeed as the famous popculture website of articles and quizzes, but be sure to check out Buzzfeed Books, which gives you the "Best of ..." lists, books turned into movies, quizzes, and fun book-related things to look at.

Fantastic Fiction - Fantastic Fiction is a database of over 40,000 authors! You can look for an author, series, book title, and even keep track of what your favorite authors are up to! 

Goodreads - Connect with our friends to find out what they are reading and what they like/dislike. You can also find YOUR next book on Goodreads and keep track of your own books. Goodreads allows you to keep your place and review what you've read as well!

KDL What's Next? - Want to find out the next book in your favorite series? Check out Kent District Library's What's Next Database! It's a great, well-known resource.

LibraryThing - Catalog the books you've read online! LibraryThing connects you to people who read what you do AND allows you to enter what you're reading currently and what you've read in the past.

Literature Map - Literature Map is very fun to play with! Type in your favorite authors name and a list of similar authors will appear. The closer the other authors are to the typed name, the more alike they are to that author. Take a look! 

Novelist Plus - Novelist is offered through Badgerlink, but is a great place to find your next book! You can browse books by genre, author, and age group!




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