Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home order, many people are finding more time to read, and the Alameda County Library System, which includes a branch in Dublin, has some “matchmakers” on staff to help with their selections.

Although the libraries are currently closed, the library system’s 11 matchmakers are available to offer suggestions based on readers’ likes and dislikes.

For example, Mary A., one of the matchmakers on the library system’s webpage, likes fantasy and science fiction, fairy tales and mythology, and historical fiction. Becky M. reads psychological thrillers and true crime. Nissa N. likes nonfiction adventure and history.

Readers can click on a specific matchmaker, or complete an online “book match” questionnaire to receive a list of recommendations. Until the libraries reopen, the matchmakers will only recommend e-books that are available to download from the library system.