Well of course there’s something to read — we have thousands and thousands of books.
But what you mean when you ask us this question is, “Is there anything fun to read here? You know, reading for pleasure and not for class?”
We don’t have a special section devoted to novels like you might find at your local public library, so it’s harder to find something if you don’t have a particular author or title in mind. But because we want you to love reading, we’ve put together this list of ways for you to get “fun” books:
Browse the shelves on floor 4M. You never know what title might jump off the shelf at you. A few options include ‘Tis, the second installment of Frank McCourt’s memoirs; the “speculative fiction” of Margaret Atwood, including Lady Oracle, Life After Man, Cat’s Eye and The Handmaid’s Tale; and a variety of the Oprah books, such as The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver; Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat; A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines; and the very first Oprah selection, The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard.
We also have a free Book Exchange on the Lower Level. The motto is, “Take a book, leave a book, read for fun!” All patrons are encouraged to choose something from the cart, or leave something behind that others might enjoy.
Still not finding anything “fun” to read? You have access to hundreds of thousands of books through Fenway Libraries Online and the Fenway Library Consortium. Visit these libraries in person (the Simmons College library in particular has a sizeable “Diversions Collection”) or place an Interlibrary Loan request.
The Massachusetts Virtual Catalog allows you to search the catalogs of – and request items from — more than 300 libraries across the state. That’s a lot of books!
Finally, we encourage you to visit the Boston Public Library Boston Public Library in Copley Square. A library card provides access not only to print books, but electronic and downloadable audio books as well. Plus, the McKim Building (the older part of the library) has many beautiful artistic and architectural details to see.
The best part? All of this – that’s right, everything mentioned above – is free.