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A guide to resources for finding the perfect book.
Last Updated: May 29, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Visit your local libraries.

  • Mesa Public Library
    Here is a link to your public library. If you haven't signed up for a card plan a visit soon. The full features of this website will be available to those of you who have your library card.
  • Maricopa County Library
    A great resource that includes ebooks, audio books, book lists, research tools and more. You can register online for free if you are a resident of Maricopa County.


You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.  ~Paul Sweeney

Book Talks and Book Lists


Overview of online resources

There are an amazing number of online resources to find a book available. Some of them are very generic and some are tailored to your specifications. They can all serve a purpose in the search. Be aware that sites that are vendor operated will have a bias toward their products, if they will even show you products from other sources. That doesn't make them "bad" searches, just more limited in their results. by Laurie Bridges

Websites for finding just the right book!

Here are some links to websites that can help you find a great book!
Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.
  ~Harold Bloom

  • Mesa Public Schools Library:
    Searching from home? click here.
  • Mesa Public Schools Media Centers
    A district wide list of school libraries for searching while on campus.
  • Destiny Quest:
    An alternative search for the Mesa Public School's library catalog. This is for searching from campus.
  • Novelist
    When on campus go to Novelist under English Language Arts. From home login to your student portal and follow the links to the Library Resource Center.
  • goodreads
    A free resource for tracking your own reading history, making friends, getting new books and for finding lots of great books.

ebooks for free

  • Project Gutenberg
    The first producer of free ebooks. No registration required.
  • Internet Public Library
    Links to Kids and Teen Collections.
  • Free-ebooks
    The free books are limited to 5 a month for more books a subscription is required.
  • ebooks directory
    At last count they ave exactly 7981 free e-books in 638 categories.
  • Internet Archive  
    The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.

Tell us what you think!

How many really great books have you read in the past year?


Google Book Search



If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe?  The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.  ~Author Unknown

Book Lists

Use these book lists to select books for the independent reading projects we will be doing in this class.


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