Reader’s Advisory or What to Read Next


eSequels is a guide to novels in series. Look up your favorite author to get a complete list of their books with annotations. It also indexes character, location and subject as well as author and title so you can identify a series that you may remember. And last,  eSequels lists the novels in the correct reading sequence so you can begin at the beginning rather than blunder into the middle of “Act III.”  To use this resource you must have a library card that starts with the numbers 2 1996.


Looking for a great book to read?  Check out NextReads, our monthly e-mail newsletter service which will send you great book suggestions by email.  Each newsletter includes new books that may be of interest as well as some older ones that you may have missed, with links to the library catalog so you can see what’s available and place requests for books you want to read. There are over twenty subjects to pick from for readers of all ages, and you can preview them all online before subscribing.

NextReads E-Mail Newsletters — See the list of newsletters, preview and sign up.  You will need to enter your library card number before subscribing.



Using your Swampscott Library Card number, you can access NoveListPlus, an electronic readers’ advisory resource which assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. Through its attractive and easy-to-use interface, NoveListPlus allows readers to use a favorite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest. Readers can also enter words that describe the contents of a book they would like to read, and NoveListPlus will list relevant book titles. In addition, users can browse over 1,200 theme-oriented book lists, 160 award lists and 1,800 fiction related web-sites.

Access NovelistPlus
*When prompted for a “Patron ID”, enter your Swampscott Library Card Number without spaces. You must be a resident of Swampscott to access Novelist.

Overdrive Audiobooks and E-Books

OverDrive is an electronic service that lets you download audiobooks or e-books to your computer and then transfer the file to certain MP3 players or e-book readers. Some audio titles can also be saved to iPods or burned to CD’s.

Our collection of audiobooks and e-books includes fiction and nonfiction for adults as well as books for teens and children. You check them out with your library card and download them for two weeks. Holds can be placed on books that are currently out.

NOBLE residents just have to:

Download Audiobooks and E-BooksBrowse or search our collection, download the special software you need, check out some books, and enjoy your book!

This service is for residents of the NOBLE community of libraries. If you are a non-resident with a NOBLE card, you can still get access to OverDrive by using the Boston Public Library:
Boston Public Library’s OverDrive collection:
BPL OverDrive
Link to sign up for an e-card online:
(All Massachusetts residents are eligible)
BPL e-cards

Book Groups


Would you be interested in a day time book club at the library? We started an afternoon book club meeting the third Tuesday of every month at 1:00pm. Books, both in regular print and large print, are available at the Main Desk. Participants read the book before the meeting and have a wonderful discussion about the book. Light refreshments are served. There is no sign-up or long-term commitment. Meetings are held in the Baldwin Room, next to the library’s Reference Desk. Every few months, participants will help select upcoming titles. With winter coming, an afternoon book group is a great way to get out even with the days getting shorter.

Book Discussion Group

This group meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third or fourth Tuesday of every month at the Swampscott Public Library. Izzi Abrams, one of our librarians, leads the group in wonderful, thought-provoking discussions. Books that are discussed range from fiction to nonfiction, biographies to young adult literature, and beyond. Please contact Izzi Abrams at 781-596-8867 if you have questions about this group. New members are always welcome.

Dinner Detectives

This group meets at 6:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the Swampscott Public Library. Each participant reads a different mystery title on a common theme, which changes monthly. If you enjoy mysteries, join us for an evening of lively discussion. You can bring a brown bag dinner and the library will supply coffee and dessert. Contact Susan Conner or Alyce Deveau at 781-596-8867 if you have questions about this group. New members are always welcome.

Brunch Bunch Book Group

Join us at noon for a book discussion/playgroup time. Moms can have salad and coffee while they discuss the month’s selection and children can have pizza and juice/water and play or do a craft. This is a novel way to host a book discussion group but we thought it may answer the needs of some of our patrons. The group will meet in the Children’s Room and three staff members will be present.

My Book is Better than Your Book Book Group

This group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am. If you want to be able to select your own book without interference from a group leader then this is the book club for you. All the members of the club will read a title of their own choosing and come to the library to discuss it. This is more a book sharing group. Come join us and perhaps you will discover books that you would like to read.

Book Lists & Book Websites, & All Things Literary