Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
If you can’t get in your car or go for your daily walk without listening to your favorite mystery writer on a sound recording, we hope you will try our MP3 collection of audiobooks. One or two discs hold the contents of an entire book and are compatible in most newer model cars (after 2007) and portable MP3 players. The sound quality is excellent and tracking is easy. The collection features various genres including new fiction, mystery, classics, biography, language instruction and nonfiction. Check out our display at the entrance to the Media Room on the first floor of the library. And remember – if the title you are looking for is checked out, we may have it in another audio format such as book on CD, Playaway or downloadable through Overdrive.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Taken by Robert Crais
Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
Friday, December 16, 2011
Babies love books - even 3 month olds like Elijah. Come to the Wellesley Free Library to browse our large collection of board books and picture books. Or drop in for Bookbabies, our weekly stories, songs and fingerplays for babies and toddlers 3-30 months of age. The group meets Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Main Library, Tuesdays at the Fells Branch and Fridays at the Hills Branch.
Another handy resource in the Children's Room is the Grandparent Travel Kit, which may be enjoyed by any caretaker, grandparent or not! The kit includes :
-Fodor's Around Boston with Kids
-Make Way for Ducklings (CD included)
-Fun with the Family in Massachusetts
-Walks in Wellesley (map included)
-Reading with your grandchild
We’d love to hear from you. Share with us YOUR child’s favorite books!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
And you thought the Wellesley Free Library was a really nice library? Well it is, of course, but check out some amazing libraries on TheBestColleges web site. From Sweden to Australia to New York City these libraries really might be "the 35 Most Amazing Libraries in the World."
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
| || The American Book of Days |
By Christianson, Stephen G.
Compiled by Christianson, Stephen G.
2000-01 - H. W. Wilson
0824209540 Check Our Catalog
For each day of the year, several essays explore significant events at their anniversaries. Coverage of American holidays has been revised and updated since the first edition in 1937.
| || Holiday Symbols and Customs |
By Henderson, Helene
2008-03 - Omnigraphics
9780780809901 Check Our Catalog
Holidays reflect the history and identity of people of all cultures. This book provides an introduction to the ways in which people celebrate and the meanings attached to these traditions.
| || Charlemagne's Tablecloth |
By Fletcher, Nichola
2005-08 - St. Martin's Press
9780312340681 Check Our Catalog
Feasts, banquets, and grand dinners have always played a vital role in our lives. They lift the spirits, involve all our senses and, at times, transport us to other fantastical worlds. Nichola Fletcher has written a captivating history of feasts throughout the ages that includes the dramatic failures along with the dazzling successes.
| || The Joy of Family Traditions: A Season-By-Season Companion to Celebrations, Holidays, and Special Occasions |
By Thompson, Jennifer Trainer
2008-05 - Celestial Arts
9781587611148 Check Our Catalog
This season-by-season companion to 400 celebrations, activities, and rituals inspires and instructs families on creating, personalizing, adapting, and preserving family traditions that will be meaningful and special to them. …More
| || Holiday Decorating |
By Fulweiler, Megan
2001-11 - MetroBooks (NY)
1586632272 Check Our Catalog
Filled with charming ideas for decorating inside and out, "Holiday Decorating" explores ways to inject the spirit of the season into every part of the home, from the front porch to the family room and dining room. …More
| || Ex-Etiquette for Holidays and Other Family Celebrations |
By Blackstone-Ford, Jann
Author Jupe, Sharyl
2007-10 - Chicago Review Press
9781556527197 Check Our Catalog
Through realistic and trusted advice, this innovative new guide brings the celebration back to the holidays for blended families. . …More
| || Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present |
By Stuever, Hank
2009-11 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780547134659 Check Our Catalog
A heartfelt, hilarious look at the evolution of a half-trillion-dollar American holiday. Stuever's portraits of the happy, mega-churchy, shop-until-you-drop community in "Tinsel" are revealing and riotously funny, showing how our ancient rituals of celebration have survived--and succumbed to--the test of time. …More
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Not only does it search its 550+ reference titles covering a wide range of topics, Credo also searches images, videos, Google Books, e-journals, and our library catalog and subscription resources,
The results are displayed in a well-organized topic page. Don't be the last to check it out!
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Dec 9) is adapted from John le Carre's 1974 spy thriller. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, this remake stars Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Toby Jones and Mark Strong.
Carnage (Dec 16) is based on Yasmina Reza's award-winning 2006 play God of Carnage, a scathing drama. Directed by Roman Polanski, the film stars Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz.
Sherlock Holmes : a Game of Shadows (Dec 16) is inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth and his adventures. Guy Ritchie directs and stars for this sequel include Robert Downey Jr., Rachel McAdams and Jude Law.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Dec 21) is adapted from the late Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. Directed by David Fincher, stars include Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright and Rooney Mara.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Apparently the library of days gone by isn't much more different than the library of today, according to a recent article in the New York Times Sunday Book Review about the reading habits of library patrons in Muncie, Indiana, considered to be the bellwether city for average American life in a small town. The data was taken from checkout ledgers from 1891 to 1902 and collated with census ledgers at the time to give a more exacting picture of what your everyday Joe was reading. So what kept readers' noses in books? The same kind of thing that does today: popular literature! Of course, the popular literature of the late 19th century isn't anything that we'd recognize today (just who the heck is Oliver Optic anyways?) but the story remains the same--if it's a page turner, you can bet that your local library will be stocking several copies.
Monday, November 28, 2011
National Book Award Winners for 2011 were announced on November 16, 2011. Perhaps some of them will end up on your holiday list.
FICTION Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. A big-hearted novel about familial love and community against all odds and a wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Taking place over a 12 day period during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Salvage the Bones is revelatory, real, and muscled with poetry.
NONFICTION The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt An innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript (On the Nature of Things by Lucretius), plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.
POETRY Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney
YOUNG PEOPLES' LITERATURE
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.
A list of the winners and finalists may be found on the National Book Award website. Make your request for these and other finalists at your library today!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Read this important new study, effectively debunking various myths long propagated by "librarians" that books will "transport you" to places you've never been. On behalf of my profession, I'd like to apologize to all the boys and girls who have been misled about this amazing power of books.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Catherine the Great : portrait of a woman by Robert K. Massie, narrated by Mark Deakins. Hear about the 14-year old German princess who came to Russia and became one of the most powerful and fascinating women in history.
The price of civilization : reawakening American virtue and prosperity by Jeffrey Sachs, narrated by Richard McGonagle. A diagnosis of our economic ills by the author of The End of Poverty and Common Wealth, Sachs calls for Americans to restore the virtues of fairness and honesty as the foundations of national prosperity.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
November Featured Online Resource
Looking for information on animals? Go to one of the best animal resources available--Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia--with up-to-date facts on 4000+ species (including prehistoric), photos, maps, videos, news and websites. Excellent for student reports as well as serious research but the photos, maps, videos, and audio tracks make it a great place to just have fun! Have your library card ready and try it out today.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Learn how to prune and care for damaged trees with these books.
| || Homeowner's complete guide to the chainsaw : a chainsaw pro shows you how to safely and confidently handle everything from trimming branches and felling trees to splitting and stacking wood |
By Ruth, Brian J.
Author Ruth, Jen W.
2009-10 - Fox Chapel Publishing
9781565233560 Check Our Catalog
Taking the fear out of chainsaws by emphasizing safe handling practices, this resource aims to put raw power in the hands of everyday yard workers. With step-by-step color photographs throughout, 12 of the most common household chainsaw operations are tackled with expert advice and sure-handed guidance. …More
| || The Tree Doctor: A Guide to Tree Care and Maintenance |
By Predergast, Daniel
Author Predergast, Erin
Author Prendergast, Daniel
2003-09 - Firefly Books
9781552977422 Check Our Catalog
"A practical guide for growing healthy trees."
As the most dominant and permanent feature in any garden, trees establish a landscape's character more than any other plant.
Moreover, trees can filter the air of pollutants, muffle noise, screen the sun, calm the wind, attract birds, reduce soil erosion, raise the water table, and increase property values. Knowing which varieties to grow and how to maintain them is a must for anyone who owns trees or is considering planting one.
The Tree Doctor is an easy-to-understand guide for growing healthy trees that will benefit generations to come. …More
| || The Pruning Answer Book |
By Hill, Lewis
Author O'Sullivan, Penelope
2011-03 - Storey Publishing
9781603427104 Check Our Catalog
Previously published as: Pruning made easy. …More
| || Pruning Basics: Tools * Techniques * Timing |
By Squire, David
2001-06 - Sterling Publishing
0806951133 Check Our Catalog
"Gives excellent, thorough advice on what to prune when and how to go about it, with clear, easy-to-read diagrams and lots of them. It will help you achieve full bloom, healthy growth and proper shaping for any kind of shrub or small tree."--"Chicago Tribune."
| || Pruning & Training |
By Brickell, Christopher
Author Joyce, David
Joint Author Joyce, David
1996-08 - DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
1564583317 Check Our Catalog
Whether you are planning a new garden, wondering how to bring back a neglected tree or shrub, or want to develop areas of special interest, AHS Pruning & Training contains all the techniques you need in easy-to-follow, step by step explanations. …More
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
If you are an audiobook lover, you will want to take a look at the newly announced Audiofile Earphone Awards for October, 2011. These awards are given to audio presentations with exceptional
- narrative voice and style
- vocal characterizations
- appropriateness for the audio format
- enhancement of the text
The Wreckage by Michael Robotham; read by Sean Barrett.
The Return by Hakan Nesser; Read by Simon Vance.
Neuromancer by William Gibson; Read by Robertson Dean
Dead Man's Folly by Agatha Christie; read by John Moffatt
So if you are going on a trip, exercising, or just relaxing, request one of the October 2011 Audiofile Earphones Award Winners to enjoy!