Reader Services




Welcome to the Reader Services Department:

Marcia Blackman (Department Head), Donna Ballard, Janine Walsh, Christina Crocker, Mary Ellen Fosso, and Susan Saskin welcome you to the Reader Services Department Website of the EMPL web page. Our job is to provide you with books for the adult circulating collection, to keep the collection up-to-date, and to provide book discussions, working closely with the Public Relations Department. We publicize interesting aspects of the collection and just help to make EMPL the vital and exciting place it is!

Please browse our links to several sites. We’ve provided an e-mail address for your comments and suggestions. We hope you’ll find lots of helpful information. Enjoy!

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 Zinio is now available!

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Zinio is an online newsstand made free to you by the library. Full-color digital magazines are now available for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. The issues are always available so you don’t have to worry about holds or due dates. Read online using a PC or Mac or mobile browser, or download issues to your mobile device to read offline (iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Android and Kindle Fire/HD/HDX). This collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles. Rolling Stone, Brides, Glamour, Vogue, Newsweek, and Esquire are just a few of the titles we have to offer.

A valid East Meadow Public Library card is required to access Zinio.   




We are thrilled to announce we will be beginning our first online Book club with Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly starting April 1st. We are also very excited that the author will be joining us on Thursday, May 4th at 7:30 p.m. to talk about her book!

To join our online book group, please follow these simple steps:

1. If you are not a member of Goodreads you must create an account at 

(After joining you will receive an e-mail asking you to verify your e-mail address – please do so in order to participate in the discussion by clicking the link provided.)

2. Log into Goodreads and click on Community on top and Choose Groups.

3. In the search box type: EMPL Online Book Discussion.

4. Click Join and type in your library barcode when requested. Once we approve your membership please read the rules of the group.

5. Starting April 1st questions will be posted to promote discussion. At least two questions will be posted a week until the author visit.

Copies of the book are available at the Reference Desk. Please read the book and join us.

If you have any questions, please contact Janine Walsh at or at 794-2570 ext 262.



Martha Hall Kelly

                                                          May 4 at 7:30 p.m. – Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly 

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall KellyJoin us as we discuss this New York Times bestseller inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine. This remarkable debut novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. Martha Hall Kelly will be signing copies of her book which will be for sale after the program.






Benjamin Ludwig

June 2 at 7:00 p.m. – Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon by Benjamin LudwigJoin us as we discuss one of this summer’s most anticipated new books. This extraordinary debut novel is about an autistic teenager who desperately wishes to be reunited with her troubled birth mother in spite of having found the perfect foster home. It’s a story of an outsider trying to find a place to belong and about making sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to add up. Benjamin Ludwig will be signing copies of his book which will be for sale after the program.




Reader Services Department holding Ginny Moon posters.


Have you tried NoveList, our online readers’ advisory tool? NoveList is a wonderful database to help you find fiction books based on your preferences. You can search the database by entering a title or author that you like, or you can even describe the type of book that you would like to read and NoveList will present you with a list of books that match your preferences.



download audio books   NASSAU DIGITAL DOORWAY
Need help downloading eBooks and audiobooks from the library? Begin with this link.
    GOOD READS (Google Directory Readers Advisory Search)
Good Reads is a great way to begin your search for reading guides for your discussion group.
 Foreign Language Collection   WORLD LANGUAGE COLLECTION
We now carry books in other languages.  At this point in time, we have books in Chinese, French, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.  Click here to see the titles in our collection.
On the Bedside Table   ON THE BEDSIDE TABLE
Welcome to the East Meadow Public Library’s new Book Blog where you will find book reviews, new services, a calendar of our book programs and lots more. We’re looking forward to your comments, questions, and suggestions. Hope you enjoy reading what we’re writing!
 Read 'N Share   READ ‘N SHARE 
Welcome to the Read ‘n Share book club where avid adult readers can informally share the books they have read and enjoyed. Click here for more information regarding this new program. Click here to view the titles from the Read ‘N Share meetings.
 Best Sellers Club   BEST SELLERS CLUB
By joining our Best Sellers Club you will be automatically placed on the reserve list for the latest fiction by your favorite authors. Click here for more details regarding this exceptional new program.
Book in a Bag   BOOK CLUB IN A BAG
Welcome to the Book Club in a Bag Program, brought to you by the East Meadow Public Library. Click here for more details regarding this exciting new program.
 Lunch 'N Books   LUNCH ‘N BOOKS
Twice a year we offer a series of four books for discussion. Join us at 12:30 PM when expert leaders will discuss literary works of fiction and non-fiction. You may bring your lunch at 11:45 AM; coffee and tea will be provided for a small fee. Click here for a listing of the books to be discussed and meeting dates. If you would like to see a complete list of all of the books that we have discussed in our Lunch ‘n Books series, please click here.
The library now has its own book discussion group that meets at 7:30 PM. Book selections are made with the assistance of Reader Services librarian Marcia Blackman, and copies of the book may be reserved at the Reference Desk.  Anyone interested in joining the group can just come and join us, no registration is needed. If you have any questions, please call Marcia Blackman or Donna Ballard at 794-2570, ext.236. Click here for a listing of the books to be discussed and meeting dates. If you would like to see a complete list of all of the books that we have discussed in our Evening Book Discussion Group, please click here.
Large Print Books   LARGE PRINT BOOKS
Our library has one of the largest collections of large print books in the county. We are proud of our holdings and know that you will find exactly what you are looking for. If you don’t find the book you want, please have a librarian check our large basement holdings. Click here for a sample of some of our newest large print titles.
Mary-Ellen Fosso, our Community Services Librarian, provides library services for homebound residents. For patrons physically unable to come to the library, we offer a homebound program to deliver books to you. If you are eligible (a doctor’s note will be required) please contact us for further information.
We have over 100 circulating magazines in our Browsing Room collection, featuring popular titles such as People, Modern Bride, Time, and Entertainment Weekly.
 New Books in Collection   NEW BOOKS IN COLLECTION
Check out the latest titles in the Reader Services 2017 book collection.
 Book Lists by Subject   BOOK LISTS BY SUBJECT
Bibliographies prepared by the Reader Services Staff.
 Books and Reading Lists   BOOKS AND READING LINKS
Useful websites for book lovers.

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