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Kilmer Library unveils new Recreational Reading section

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Vu Ngo and Courtney Jenkins enjoy some of the offerings in Kilmer Library's new Recreational Reading collection.
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Vu Ngo gets engrossed in a Tom Clancy novel, one of over 100 items in the Kilmer Library's new Recreational Reading collection.

The Kilmer Library on Livingston Campus is now home to a new Recreational Reading section. The collection, which includes over 100 books with an estimated 100 more soon to be added, is maintained by Education Librarian and Instruction Coordinator and current Kilmer Library Reference Team Leader, Jeris Cassel.

The collection, located on the main level of the library in a display bookshelf and bookshelf behind the Reference Desk, features many titles from The New York Times Bestsellers list and also includes graphic novels, science fiction, romance novels, and nonfiction titles such as biographies.

Cassel, who is responsible for coordinating staffing for research assistance and oversees the general (non-business) collection at the Kilmer Library, said the collection was created in response to requests from students at the service desks and most recently on the Libraries' online Counting Opinions survey for a leisure reading section.

“We have received an increasing number of requests from students for books to read for fun and leisure,’ said Cassel, “and for a collection of fiction books they could browse to find books for leisure reading.’

The recreational reading books are marked with a red sticker on the spine, and follow different guidelines when they are checked out. The books can circulate to Rutgers students, faculty and staff and can be checked out for 28 days with 1 renewal.

The collection, which includes such titles as Sara Gruen's Water For Elephants, Jodi Picoult's House Rules, Jay-Z's Decoded, and Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, was created with a $500 allocation from the Libraries central administration to start the collection. Many books have been donated by library staff and faculty, their friends, and family members, said Cassel.

In addition to the new collection in Kilmer, students can join a Rec Reading Sakai blog to discuss books, make recommendations to other readers, and make suggestions for the collection. If students would like to join the blog, they can contact Jeris Cassel at

A physical suggestion box has also been placed near the collection.

To review the contents of the Recreational Reading section online, please see:

Written by Alana Milich

Posted April 7, 2011; April 13, 2011