Friday, May 27, 2011

New Books for June and July

New books to look for in June and July:

One Summer by David Baldacci

A departure for Baldacci. This one is a moving family drama about learning to love again after heartbreak and loss.

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Welcome the return of characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation.

Trader of Secrets by Steve Martini

Ingenious plot, great characters, and gripping storytelling once again from Steve Martini.

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Three generations of women from one family descend on the family vacation home together.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

With all the book awards out there, I hope that the Massachusetts Book Awards haven't passed you by. Celebrating books published in the previous year, the selection is made by Massachusetts librarians, literary societies and book store representatives. Now in its 11th year, the Mass Book Awards have recently published their short list, the winners of which will be announce in fall. Check out the list, which features fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children'
s/young adults titles. I'm sure you'll find a few books which are soon to become favorites of yours; I've certainly found a few of mine there already.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

2010 Census Information

The Census Bureau has made changes to their website.

The left hand side has links to data tools and their search engine American FactFinder.

The middle has Quick links to finding information on the most common subjects like Income, housing and population.

The right side has quick search for Population, Quick State Facts and
Economic Indicators.

check out the virtual tour video


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Looking for a few good books?

Have you found yourself wandering around the library, overwhelmed by the endless shelves of books? Fear indecision no more! In addition to the fiction & non-fiction displays on the first floor we've added two new displays on the second floor that highlight choice books from our collection. Recently, the librarians have been hard at work to bring you books on topics like fitness running, the Civil War, and wonderful coffee table books. So come on up to the second floor and have a look!

Monday, May 9, 2011

New Books for June

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

Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

Like clockwork, a new one every June. New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's hard at work again.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have all but disappeared in the Amazon. A provocative and ambitious novel set deep in the Amazon jungle.

A disturbing and compelling novel where the price of unchecked government is paid in blood, and peace can be bought only through betrayal.

Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars. Set against the backdrop of a Nantucket summer, Elin Hilderbrand delivers a suspenseful story of the power of friendship, the pull of love, and the beauty of forgiveness.


Mystery Lovers Rejoice! 2011 Edgar Awards Announced

Make your list now to enjoy the 2011 Edgar Award Winners and Nominees. The Mystery Writers of America made the announcement to honor the best mystery fiction, non-fiction and television shows from 2010 on April 28, 2011

The winners by category are:

Best Novel
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton. Traumatized at the age of eight and pushed into a life of crime by reason of his unforgiveable talent--lock picking--Michael sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long.

Best First Novel by and American Author
Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva
Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan, an old school newspaper man grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic. With the whole city of Providence on his back, Mulligan must weed through a wildly colorful array of characters to find the truth.

Best Paperback Original
Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard
An intricate plot involving a man thought to be killed in WWII, his nephew, and the quest of a family trying to retrieve paintings and diamonds that belonged to a fleeing Jewish diamond trader in 1939. Lots of twists and turns in this suspenseful incorporation of mystery, intrigue, and history.

Best Fact Crime
Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime and Complicity by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry
The adjectives associated with the University of Washington's 2000 football season-mystical, magical, miraculous-changed when Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry's four-part expos of the 2000 Huskies hit the newspaper stand: explosive chilling (Sports Illustrated), blistering (Baltimore Sun), shocking appalling(Tacoma News Tribune), astounding(ESPN), jaw-dropping (Orlando Sentinel).

Best Critical/Biographical
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the honorable Detective and his Rendezvouz with American History by Ynute Huang
The author uses the Charlie Chan character and the man who was the model for the character, Honolulu Detective Chang Apana, to examine the treatment of Asians in U.S. history and culture, including Hollywood and the government.


Friday, May 6, 2011

And the winners are...

Wellesley Reads Together, a town-wide program of reading and discussing the same books, will take place from October 1 to November 13, 2011. The chosen books are "The Good Garden : How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough" by Wellesley resident Katie Smith Milway. The book is based on the true story of a Honduran girl who, with her family, learns about and practices sustainable farming techniques used to revive their home farm. The second winner, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver, examines the economic, social and health benefits of a locally sourced family diet as it chronicles a year in the life of the author's family.
Watch the WFL website for future events as they develop.