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Readers’ Advisory

What is readers’ advisory?
It is helping patrons to find the best reading experience by providing recommendations, book lists, displays, etc. At RFL, we are proud to provide curated lists by our staff, magazines filled with book reviews, and online programs that help you find that next title.


Historical Fiction 2024

This May, find your way through another time with our Historical Fiction recommendations!

National Poetry Month 2024

April is National Poetry Month! Classic and contemporary, grab an exciting new read or an old favorite!

Women’s History Month 2024

We’re highlighting the accomplishments of women past, present, & future. Delve into the rich tapestry of literature and cinema crafted by these remarkable women. Tell us about the women who empower you!

Graphic Novels

Did you know RFL has a wide and diverse selection of graphic novels for all ages?

Check some out today!

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2023

The American Library Association documented 1,247 attempts to censor materials and services at libraries, schools, and universities in 2023. Of the 4,240 unique titles that were challenged or banned in 2023, here are the top 10 most frequently challenged.

RFL Staff Picks

Staff has hand-picked some of their favorite titles. Perhaps you will find one that you like as well!

Rhody Authors

Read local. Support local. Here are some of the titles from RI authors that we have in the library!

Reading Across RI

Reading Across RI is a program of the RI Center for the Book, made possible through a collaboration of librarians, teachers, and readers from across the state.

Find Your Next Book

NoveList logo. Click here to access this resource.

NoveList is a comprehensive readers’ advisory solution for fiction lovers, provided through AskRI. With an intuitive interface and extensive proprietary content, NoveList answers the question: What should I read next?

GoodReads logo. Click here to access this resource.

Find and read more books you’ll love, and keep track of the books you want to read. Be part of the world’s largest community of book lovers on Goodreads.

What Should I Read Next? logo. Click here to access this resource.

Enter a book you like and the site will analyze our huge database of real readers’ favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.

Fantastic Fiction logo. Click here to access this resource.

Search and browse bibliographies of over 50,000 bestselling fiction authors, with the latest books and series information. Sign up for free and follow your favorite authors, keep a list of books you want to read, and keep track of the books you’ve read.

Read Reviews

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Come to the library, pick up a copy of BookPage, and discover your next great book! BookPage highlights the best new books across all genres, as chosen by our editors. Every book we cover is one that we are excited to recommend to readers. A star indicates a book of exceptional quality in its genre or category.

This magazine is provided for free to all library users, thanks to donations from the Friends of Rogers Free Library.

Kirkus logo. Click here to access this resource.

Book reviews, recommendations, book lists, author profiles and annual Kirkus Prize award winners.

The New York Times Book Review logo. Click here to access this resource.

The New York Times Book Review is a weekly paper-magazine supplement to The New York Times in which current non-fiction and fiction books are reviewed. It is one of the most influential and widely read book review publications in the industry.

Find Award-Winners

The New York Times Best Sellers

Check out all the current best-sellers available at Rogers Free Library and other RI public libraries within the OSL network.

For a full list of all NYT Best-sellers, click here to be redirected to the New York Times’ Best Sellers website. Unlimited access available from a RFL public computer, or from your own device while connected to RFL’s wi-fi. A NYT account is required.

Reading Across Rhode Island logo. Click here to access this resource.

For over 15 years, Rhode Island’s only One Book, One State program focuses on a single book selected to stimulate meaningful discussions across our state. Once the selection is made, bookstores, schools, and libraries spread the word and build up momentum toward our concluding event featuring sold out addresses by the author. The Center provides thousands of books at no cost to schools and readers to fuel discourse that flows from connecting over a shared story and then bolsters the program with an in depth resource guide compiled by experienced teachers.

National Book Foundation logo. Click here to access this resource.

The National Book Foundation was founded in 1989 to administer the National Book Awards, which has been one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the country since 1950. The Foundation also produces numerous educational and public programs that help connect readers to books in new and meaningful ways.

The Booker Prizes logo. Click here to access this resource.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom.

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