Sometimes patrons ask if we can look up books they have borrowed and returned, to remind themselves if they’ve already read the book. While we don’t keep a record of items once a patron returns them, there are a number of ways to keep track on your own. Using your library card number and PIN, you can log into your account through the CCPL website, and click on the “My Lists” feature on the top right of your screen. You can keep one running list or name as many lists as you’d like.
If you’d like a more interactive but still easy tracking method, consider If you are even a little familiar with social networking sites like Facebook, Goodreads is a breeze. If you need assistance, signing up for a 30-minute one-on-one tech session with a librarian can help you get set-up.

GoodReads lets you create “bookshelves.” Virtual organization has never been more customizable. You can organize the books you’ve read by genre, author, books you loved or totally hated, etc. You can track books you have read and books you want to read. You can also browse previous year’s Goodreads Awards winners and nominees. Categories include best graphic novel, best children’s book, best memoir, and more.

For smartphone/tablet users, there is a free Goodreads app which allows you to scan books instantly. This is a great feature if you come across something you want to remember at the airport, Barnes and Noble, or your public library. Scan the UPC barcode on the book jacket, see the average rating, the synopsis, and save it to your “to read” bookshelf. NEVER again will you say “what was that book I had in my hand yesterday?” or “Am I on book 13 or 15 of that John Sandford series?”

If smartphone apps are not for you (but you’re comfortable on a PC) use CCPL’s SelectReads service which allows you to subscribe to customized recommendations email newsletters.

If you are old-school and just want great recommendations, Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests is a highly recommended reference book. Found at most branches in Cecil County, this book by Cynthia Orr and Diana Herald is a superb browsing guide to understanding why certain people are attracted to certain genres and what they should try next! Be your own expert!
It’s also worth noting these websites which thoroughly cover popular genres. For mystery award winners, try For buzz-worthy science fiction reviews, try For Romance books, one of the best is

Still have questions? We’re here to help you find your next great read. Visit our, message us through Facebook: send an email to or call (410) 996-5600.

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