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Sault Ste. Marie Public Library

Recommended Reads

Need help finding your next great read? Ask our library staff for help or call the Reference and Information Desk at 705-759-5236 for assistance. 

You can also try using any one of the following library resources. Please note that a library card is required to access these resources.


NoveList is an online searchable tool to help you find new authors, read-a-likes, award winners, and books in your favourite series. Use NoveList K-8 to help you to select the best books for young readers.





Recently Added to the Library
Below are a few lists of materials that we have recently added to our shelves. Check back regularly for updated lists.

New DVDs

New Fiction

New Non-Fiction

Globe & Mail Bestsellers Fiction

Globe & Mail Bestsellers Non-Fiction

125 Reads for 125 Years Years 

For the Library's 125th Anniversary, the staff at the library compiled a list of their 125 favourite books released in the past 125 years. It wasn't an easy task to make the list and staff could pcik from any genre, format, or intended audience. There are lots of classic books on the list such as "Murder on the Orient Express", "Dead of a Salesman", and "The Lord of the Rings", but there are also lots of modern bestsellers such as "The Martian", "Gone Girl", and "The Orenda", and even some less well known books, such as "Skim" and "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic". Check out the list and see if any of your favourite books made the list.

Best Sellers & Award Winners
Below are some notable lists of best sellers and award winners.

Canada Reads
CBC's annual Canada Reads competition is a "battle of the books" in which 5 books are selected and then championed by celebrities to be the book the whole country should read each year. The competition started in 2002 and has resulted in numerous Canadian books becoming national best sellers. Click here to find titles currently in our catalogue.

Scotiabank Giller Prize Past Winners 
The Scotiabank Giller Prize was founded in 1994 by Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, Doris Giller. In 2005,  The Giller Prize teamed up with Scotiabank to create the Scotiabank Giller Prize to become Canada's richest literary award for fiction. The prize recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction in either long format or short stories. Click here to find the titles currently in our catalogue.

Governor General's Awards Winners
The Governor General's Literary Awards have been awarded for over 80 years to celebrate and promote Canadian literature. The awards have expanded to include 7 categories in both French and English and it is considered one of Canada's most prestigious awards. Click here to find the titles currently in our catalogue.