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Library can help you with Consumer Reports and books for the season


Every good shopper knows that the most important day of this week isn’t the day we carve the turkey. It’s Black Friday! As the unofficial kickoff day for the holiday shopping season, Black by: SUBMITTED - Embrace the shopping season with topical books.Friday (and its compatriot, Cyber Monday) offers the best deals of the year. With hundreds of items to choose from and ever-changing technology, it can be difficult to figure out which is the best deal for your loved ones.

That’s where West Linn Public Library and Consumer Reports come in. With your library card, you have access to thousands of product ratings from ConsumerReports.org for free! Consumer Reports is a nonprofit organization that tests products on behalf of the consumer. Its expert, unbiased ratings help provide a fair and safe marketplace and you can be guaranteed that their reviews are based on actual tests, not other companies’ reviews.

Along with product reviews, you can view consumer news reports, safety recalls and video reports.

To access this valuable resource, visit westlinnoregon.gov/library. You’ll need your library card number and PIN to log into Consumer Reports. Not sure of either of these numbers? Give us a call (503-656-7853) or stop on by and we can help you figure it out. Not a computer person?

The library has two subscriptions to Consumer Reports magazine, one for checkout and one for in-house use only. We also have yearly Buying Guides for autos, health care and general shopping.

And now that you are set for the shopping season, treat yourself to a good shopping story. Try Alex Kava’s “Black Friday,” in which Maggie O’Dell leads an investigation into the bombing of the nation’s largest shopping center, uncovering paranoia, racism and a sinister secret agenda that extends to the highest ranks of a white-collar lobby group.

As retailers count down to Christmas Eve, Maggie knows that infiltration is the only option — even though the cost could be huge.

Looking for something lighter? Sophie Kinsella’s hilarious “Confessions of a Shopaholic” has been a reader favorite since its release in 2001.

Meet Becky Bloomwood. She just hit rock bottom, but she’s never looked better! She has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is that she can’t actually afford it — not any of it. Monstrously in debt, she tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeed. Becky’s only consolation is to buy herself something ... just a little something.

For the nonfiction reader, settle down with Paco Underhill’s “The Call of the Mall.” Called the “Margaret Mead of shopping,” Underhill explores the shopping mall as a dipstick reading on the commercial and social culture. It examines how people use it, what it means, why it works when it does, and why it fails when it fails.

Happy Thanksgiving from West Linn Public Library!



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