We’re fortunate to have patrons who really love to read, listen to audiobooks, and watch great series and movies. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what’s next, especially now that there are so many choices available. Here’s a collection of resources to help you discover new books to listen to or read and new films or TV programs to watch.

If you’d like further assistance finding something to read/listen/watch, we can help! Click here to complete a form for staff assistance.

STAFF FAVORITES

Eye of the World
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told by Alex Haley
Prodigal summer
Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains
The Weirn Books, Vol. 1: Be Wary of the Silent Woods
Foundryside
Gideon the Ninth
Grunt: the curious science of humans at war
Circe
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Anti/Hero
Plain Bad Heroines
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Semiosis
Parable of the Sower
Roll of thunder, hear my cry
City of Brass
The Cricket in Times Square
We Ride Upon Sticks
Witch of Blackbird Pond
The Golden Compass
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
A Dark Horn Blowing
Tyrus
Stone Fox
The Collapsing Empire
There There
Cold dish
Black Brother, Black Brother
Outlander
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
The painted queen
The Passage
Truth and beauty: a friendship
Why I wake early: new poems
Collected poems, 1930-1993
Snowbound : animals of winter
When Stars Are Scattered
How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion
On the Horizon
Monster and Boy
Simply Living Well
Floret Farm
What I Carry
The pioneer woman cooks a year of holidays
Magnolia Table Volume 2
Poisoned Water
Call Me American
Every Other Weekend
Everyday Millionaires
Don
The House in the Cerulean Sea
This is How You Lose the Time War
Neverwhere
Crush
Mexican Gothic
The Shadow of the Wind
A Darker Shade of Magic
Upright Women Wanted
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
Sabriel
Spinning Silver
Six of Crows

WHAT TO READ NEXT

Our New Books

Take a look at FCL’s newest additions on our New Items page. Clicking on any of the sections on our New Items page will take you to a list of those items in Minerva. And you can click on any one of those titles to place a hold request for yourself.

CloudLibrary

As a member of the Maine Infonet Download Library, FCL gives you access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks via CloudLibrary. Click here to learn more.

Book Recommendations & Reviews

WHAT TO LISTEN TO NEXT

Our New Audiobooks

Take a look at FCL’s newest adult & youth audiobooks on our New Items page. Clicking on any of the sections on our New Items page will take you to a list of those items in Minerva. And you can click on any one of those titles to place a hold request for yourself.

CloudLibrary

As a member of the Maine Infonet Download Library, FCL gives you access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks via CloudLibrary. Click here to learn more.

Audiobook Recommendations & Reviews

If you’re a audiobook fan, you know which attributes are most important to you. Good narrators are key. You might also have preferences about solo readers vs. casts of narrators, regional accents, pacing, and other characteristics that make you love an audiobook. Here are a couple of resources to help you navigate the many audiobook options that are available.

Audiofile Magazine is based in Portland, Maine. Even without a paid subscription to the print magazine, there is a lot of free content on their site, including reviews, profiles of Golden Voices narrators, and Earphones Awards winners. They also have free email newsletters. And they even have an audio version of Audiofile issues.

The Audie Awards “recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment” and are sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association. Their site includes lists and reviews of multiple categories of Audie-winning audiobooks since 1996. Here’s the list of 2020 Audie Awards winners.

WHAT TO WATCH NEXT

Our New Videos

Take a look at FCL’s newest DVDs/Blu-rays on our New Items page. Clicking on any of the sections on our New Items page will take you to a list of those items in Minerva. And you can click on any one of those titles to place a hold request for yourself.

Kanopy

Browse Kanopy, FCL’s on-demand video streaming service featuring independent, international, classic, and documentary films. Click here to learn more.

Free Videos & Resources

FCL and other Minerva libraries do try to purchase (when available) some DVDs of films or series that only appear on paid streaming channels or cable – so someday, hopefully soon, you might be able to check them out from a library.

Even though it feels like a lot of films and TV shows are only on paid cable or streaming services, there are still some free resources available.

PBS Video offers an assortment of videos in genres including; dramas, indie films, home & how-to’s, history, food, culture, arts and music, local videos, and more. Here are some familiar PBS programs that offer at least some free videos:

PBS has another channel called World, which includes great long-form domestic & international documentaries, programming on national issues, and Stories From the Stage.

Popcorn Flix lets you watch free films & televisions shows but they are interrupted by advertisements. You won’t find new top films & TV but their offerings do include some great classics.

With a free Vudu account, you can access a lot of popular TV shows and movies that are free to watch with ads.

Film News and Reviews

Entertainment resources such as the ones below are often a good way to keep up-to-date with what’s popular now and what new shows and movies are coming out soon.