5 for 5 - Book Review Program

The Central Maine Library District offers member libraries an opportunity to acquire publishers' review copies of new children's and young adult books. All you have to do is write a brief review for each title. The review form is below. You are welcome to come to Augusta to choose your own books between the hours of 8-5, Monday through Friday. Since we aren't shipping books to you, there is no cost associated. Your only obligation is to send us the reviews.

If you can't make it to Augusta, then use the request form below to let us know what types of books you are looking for. These requests are filled periodically when we have enough titles. If you can't come to Augusta, then we ask that you pay postage for us to ship the titles to you. That's where the 5 for 5 title of this program comes in. You get 5 titles for 5 dollars. The one dollar per book defrays shipping and copying expenses associated with the program. Please send a check, made out to Treasurer, State of Maine, along with your request form. Use the review form below to submit your reviews.

Requesting Books

  • Books may be requested in multiples of five, up to twenty at one time, depending on supply
  • Request form:
  • For questions, Contact Cheryl Ramsay at the CMLD office: 1-800-322-8899 or 1-207-287-5620, cheryl.ramsay@maine.gov

Reviewing Books

  • Written reviews are to be submitted to the CMLD office within one month of receiving the books.
  • Review form:
    • Fillable PDF Review Form: Complete online then print and mail in. Use the address on the form, attention CMLD Book Review, [PDF, 197 KB]

Book Review Tips

  • Writing reviews for fiction, nonfiction and picture books
  • Recommending for purchase or not