Thursday, January 27, 2011

WFL on the Web

You have already discovered one way to find Wellesley Free Library on the Web but have you tried our other avenues?

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Monday, January 24, 2011

New Books for February and March

New fiction for February and March:

Fadeaway Girl by Martha Grimes

Martha Grimes returns to her twelve-year-old heroine, Emma Graham, in this suspenseful sequel to the bestselling Belle Ruin.

Fatal Error by J.A. Jance

J.A. Jance delivers another pulse-pounding tale of suspense where no one is safe from a ... FATAL ERROR.

Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy is back with a tale of joy, heartbreak and hope in a close-knit Dublin community.

Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith

The twelfth installment in the beloved, best-selling Precious Ramotswe series is once again a beautiful blend of wit and wisdom, and a profoundly touching tale of the human heart.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Free Legal Guides Online!

Need to get out of that speeding ticket you picked up while trucking down 128? Found yourself in small claims court? Thinking about embracing the new economic lifestyle of the sharing society? Maybe marrying someone from across the pond and not sure what to do about their visa? Then you'll want to check out the ever-helpful and very popular NOLO guides, of which 11 are free and online here!


Sunday, January 16, 2011


Looking for quick, but comprehensive lists of the best books for 2010. These lists compited on the Earlyword. com will meet your need. The first link is to a spreadsheet listing the top ten or top 25 books in a variety of sources. Look a few lines down in the center from the top of the page and you will see a link for a excel spreadsheet. The second list is all the major lists of best books for 2010, along with other best categories, for some sources.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Astronomy and Physics Books


From how physics will change the way we live, to the geometr
y of the universe and what it tells us about it's origin and ultimate fate, you can find the most up to date information at the library. These new books reveal the latest discoveries in physics and in our understanding of the cosmos.

The Grand and Bold Thing : An Extraordinary New Map of the Universe Ushering in a New Era of Discovery
Ann K. Finkbeiner

Finkbeiner reveals the story behind the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, "the most complete map of the universe ever." With a million galaxies you could make a true census: how galaxies
differed, how baby galaxies changed as they grew, what kinds of galaxies they grew into. With a million galaxies you could watch the universe growing up. This delightful book reveals just how much SDSS has changed how astronomers work, and how they and we see the universe.

Sizing up the Universe : A New View of the Cosmos
Robert J, Vanderbei, Richard J. Gott

The almost unimaginably large size of many objects in the universe accounts in part for astronomy's tremendous appeal. Yet the problem of depicting a vast range of scales is perhaps astronomy's greatest challenge. Sizing Up the Universe addresses, in highly readable and richly illustrated style, the intriguing concept of size in the universe.

Physics of the Future : How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
Michio Kaku

Based on interviews with over three hundred of the world's top scientists, who are already inventing the future in their labs, Kaku presents the revolutionary developments in medicine, computers, quantum physics, and space travel that will forever change our way of life and alter the course of civilization itself.

The Hidden Reality : Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
Brian Greene

In recent years, a growing body of work-based on the principles of quantum mechanics, cosmology, and string theory-has been steadily converging around a proposal that our universe is actually only one of many universes. In fact, research supports a number of different models of parallel universes in which our world appears: for instance, as one of many bubbles; in a rapidly growing bath of universes, or as one of numerous cosmic slabs separated from one another through additional spatial dimensions.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Tax Forms at the Library

For those of you on the prowl for IRS forms, our shipments from the federal government have not arrived as of January 7, 2011.

Massachusetts tax booklets with forms only have now arrived. You must find the instructions at or call the number below to have them sent to you.

We welcome a call (781-235-1610) regarding the availability of forms at our library OR you may request forms and instructions by calling:

Federal Tax Forms & Instructions: 1-800-829-3676 (1-800-TAX-FORM).

Massachusetts Tax Forms & Instructions: 1-800-392-6089 or 1-617-887-6367.

Tax Deadlines:

Federal--Monday, April 18, 2011

Massachusetts--Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Novelist--Featured Online Resource for January

Looking for advice on what to read on cold winter nights?

Try out Novelist, our online resource for January that is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Novelist provides:
  • a search of over 150,000 fiction book
  • articles about the book
  • booklists
  • series information
  • book discussion guides
  • author read-alikes
  • browsing feature by genre (fiction a-z, mystery, fantasy, suspense & thrillers and more).
See what is waiting for you! SH


We're putting out a challenge to middle school readers....can you read 52 books in the 52 weeks of 2011? The 52/52/52 Challenge is open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, and students who finish the challenge will be entered to win a big mystery prize. Registration will take place during the entire month of January. Come join us for the kick-off for the 52/52/2011 on Saturday, January 8th from 11-12 in the Quigley Youth Room.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

MP3-CD Audiobook Collection

Come browse our new MP3 audiobook collection in the Media Room. If you have listened to audiobooks in the past, you will enjoy the sound quality, compact storage and longer tracks. Many newer cars have MP3 compatible audio systems. Computer media players like Windows Media Player and iTunes can also play MP3s. Many cell phones can now be loaded with MP3 files as well.

Here are a few new titles to choose from:

Little Bee by Chris Cleave - An astonishing novel about lives thrown into terrifying chaos in war-torn Nigeria and middle-class London.

Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino - In this true and inspiring book, a deep friendship rises from a shocking crime and a miscarriage of justice.

Let's Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell - Caldwell's loving ode to her dear friend, Caroline Knapp


Monday, January 3, 2011

New Books for February

What mystery and fiction titles are coming out in February? Here are a few:

The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig
"Pride and Prejudice lives on" (USA Today) in Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series, which has been hailed for its addictive blend of history, romance, and adventure. In The Orchid Affair, Willig introduces her strongest heroine yet. Laura Grey is a veteran governess who joins the Selwick Spy School.

Breach of Trust by David Ellis
Former college football star and criminal defense attorney Jason Kolarich returns in this shocking thriller.

The Secret Soldier by Alex Berenson
John Wells goes undercover in Saudi Arabia in a cutting-edge novel of modern suspense.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Library of Congress National Film Registry

The Library of Congress Librarian names 25 films to the National Film Registry reflecting genres from American History. This year the films represent years from 1891 (yes, I mean 1891)--Newark Athlete--to 1996--Study of a River. The Registry currently numbers 550 films.

The films that are considered may be nominated each year by the public. Nominate your favorite film for the 2011 Registry, keeping in mind that it must be at least 10 years old and “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” (from LOC website) No more than 50 titles may be nominated per individual.

A documentary, These Amazing Shadows, revealing the importance of the National Film Registry and how these selections are made will premiere at the Sundance Festival in January, 2011. Stay tuned for reviews on this.

Click on the link below to read more about each of the 25 films listed. Many of these may be requested through the library catalog.

Films Selected to the 2010 National Film Registry

  1. Airplane (1980)
  2. All the President’s Men (1976)
  3. The Bargain (1914)
  4. Cry of Jazz (1959)
  5. Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)
  6. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  7. The Exorcist (1973)
  8. The Front Page (1931)
  9. Grey Gardens (1976)
  10. I Am Joaquin (1969)
  11. It’s a Gift (1934)
  12. Let There Be Light (1946)
  13. Lonesome (1928)
  14. Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)
  15. Malcolm X (1992)
  16. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
  17. Newark Athlete (1891)
  18. Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)
  19. The Pink Panther (1964)
  20. Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)
  21. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  22. Study of a River (1996)
  23. Tarantella (1940)
  24. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
  25. A Trip Down Market Street (1906)