Friday, December 30, 2011

need some help with ebooks?

Did Santa or a loved one buy you an ereader for the holiday but you don't want to blow your budget on buying books? Well the library has you covered because you can check out ebooks free from the library using our Overdrive system. Don't know how to use it? No worries, we've got that too--check out our video tutorials on using Overdrive for Kindles, Nooks, iPads and other iDevices, and Sony eReaders.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

MP3 Audiobooks

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

New Books for January

What's coming out in fiction and mystery for January? Here are a few titles:

Taken by Robert Crais

When the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike-and Cole soon determines that it was no fake.

Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George

Inspector Lynley is back! And he's mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough.

Lunatics by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel

One is a bestselling Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist. The other is a winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Together, they form a writing team of pure comic genius.


Friday, December 16, 2011

First Books

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

Amazing Libraries (35 of them!)

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

Holiday Books

Some books about the history, folklore, and culture of holidays.

The American Book of Days
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Credo Reference is December's Featured Online Resource

Interested in Reference E-books that are available to you 24/7? You must look at our featured online resource for December-- Credo Reference.

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

Books into Movies for December

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

New Books for December

Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell

The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.

D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods

After a shocking loss, Stone Barrington is at loose ends, unsure if he wants to stay in New York and continue his work as a partner at Woodman & Weld. It comes as a welcome relief when he's summoned to Washington, D.C., by President Will Lee.

Gun Games by Faye Kellerman

Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus are back in this gripping mystery involving a secret cabal of some of Los Angeles' most wealthy-and vicious-teens.


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Library of Days Gone By

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 announced for 2011

National Book Award Winners for 2011 were announced on November 16, 2011. Perhaps some of them will end up on your holiday list.

They include:

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

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.

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

Books Take You Nowhere

Librarians Lie!
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

New Audiobooks

Jerusalem : a biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore, narrated by John Lee. The epic 3,000 year history of faith, fanaticism and coexistence.

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

Grzimek's Animal Life Online--November Featured Online Resource

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

ebooks for Nooks & iPads & more!

Heard about all the great, free ebooks you can download from the library but don't know how? Fret no more, because in addition to our video for Kindles, we've now made tutorials on how to download ebooks for your Barnes & Noble Nook and various iDevices. Enjoy!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

October Snow now What?

Did the freak October snow storm cause some damage to your trees and shrubs?
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 Fellin
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
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
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
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
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

Nine of the Funniest Library Videos!!!!!!!

Nine of the Funniest Library Videos...
From the Huffington Post. Savor them. No more than one or two per day.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy 100th

The blonde, light-footed partner of dancer Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers was born in Independence, Missouri in July, 1911 and died in 1995. In 1941, Rogers was Hollywood's highest paid female star performing dramatic, comic and Broadway leading roles. She made 73 movies opposite such leading men as James Stewart, Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Her 1941 Academy Award for her performance in Kitty Foyle are displayed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University along with a trove of correspondence, photographs, scripts and film and stage memorabilia in honor of her birthday. Come browse our media collection for some of Rogers' films such as The Gay Divorcee, The Barkleys of Broadway, Swing Time, Shall We Dance, Top Hat and 42nd Street.


Friday, October 28, 2011

October 2011 Audiofile Earphone Awards

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
Some of the titles include:

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!