Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Wellesley College has an outstanding and varied calendar of events in the arts. There's dance, music, literary events, art exhibits, theater and film. And almost all events are free. This fall's schedule includes African dance, a jazz lecture and recital, Shakespeare, botanical imagery, Latino poet Martin Espada, a play about 9/11, lectures on Russia, poverty and practical invention. Find a printed calendar around campus or request one at 781-283-2373. Of course the arts calendar is also available online. See also featured events or exhibits at the Davis Museum.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I have written before about how many YA books are great for Adults. Now is your opportunity to check out what teens have nominated as some of the top books of the year. Teens now have the opportunity to vote through September 16th for their favorite title to narrow the list down to the Top Ten Best YA books in the past year. These will be announced during Teen Read Week October 16-22. If you know a teen, encourage him/her to take part in this voting opportunity!

Below is the list of titles in contention for a spot on the Top Ten list. Try some of them and you too may be hooked!
  • Bachorz, Pam. Drought. Egmont USA. 2011. (978606840160).
  • Beam, Cris. I Am J. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2011. (9780316053617).
  • Beaudoin, Sean. You Killed Wesley Payne. 2011. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. (9780316077422).
  • Black, Holly and Justine Larbalestier. Zombies vs. Unicorns. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2010. (9781416989530).
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Lost Gate. Tor Books. 2011. (9780765326577).
  • Clare, Cassandra. The Clockwork Angel. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry. 2010. (9781416975861).
  • Collins, Suzanne. Mockingjay. Scholastic. 2010. (9780439023511).
  • Collins, Yvonne. Love, Inc. Disney/Hyperion. 2011. (9781423131151).
  • Condie, Ally. Matched. 2010. Penguin/Dutton. (9780525423645).
  • Cremer, Andrea. Nightshade. Penguin/Philomel. 2010. (9780399254826).
  • Fitzpatrick, Becca. Crescendo. Simon & Schuster Children’s. 2010. (9781416989431).
  • Grant, Michael. Lies. 2010. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books. (9780061449093).
  • Hawkins, Rachel. Demonglass. Disney/Hyperion. 2011. (9781423121312).
  • Hakwins, Rachel. Hex Hall. Disney/Hyperion. 2010. (9781423121305).
  • Kagawa, Julie. The Iron King. 2010. Harlequin. (9780373210084).
  • Lore, Pittacus. I Am Number Four. HarperCollins. 2010. (9780061969553).
  • Moore, Peter. Red Moon Rising. Disney/Hyperion. 2011. (9781423116653).
  • Nelson, Jandy. The Sky is Everywhere. 2010. Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers. (9780142417805).
  • Oliver, Lauren. Before I Fall. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2010. (9780061726804).
  • O’Neal, Ellis. The False Princess. Egmont USA. 2011. (9781606840795).
  • Patterson, James. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel. Little, Brown & Company. 2011. (9780316036207).
  • Pearce, Jackson. Sisters Red. Little, Brown and Company. 2010. (9780316068680).
  • Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Blessed. Candlewick Press. 2011. (9780763643263).
  • Westerfeld, Scott. Behemoth. Simon Pulse. 2010. (9781416971757).
  • White, Kiersten. Paranormalcy. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2010. (9780061985843).

Friday, August 26, 2011

Books into Movies for September

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre will have its movie premiere on September 16, 2011 . Tomas Alfredson will direct and Michael Fassbender, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman and Colin Firth will star. Officlal movie site is Moneyball by Michael Lewis, will debut on September 23. Direction is by Bennett Miller. The cast includes Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Stephen Bishop. Official Movie Site :

Monday, August 22, 2011

New Books for September

What are the new titles for September?

Vault by Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell's 22nd Inspector Wexford novel.

Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke

Violence along the Texas-Mexico border.

The Affair by Lee Child

The Jack Reacher prequel, if you will. Go back to small-town Mississippi in 1997 and learn the backstory of what drove Jack Reacher out of the army.


Friday, August 19, 2011

NPR Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

National Public Radio's top 100 SF & Fantasy books based on their reader's survey. Click HERE to see the full list of 100 books.

The top 10:

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert

5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin

6. 1984, by George Orwell

7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov

9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Investing 101: Saving, Investing & Planning

Join us on Wednesday, August 31st from 7-8pm for the third presentation in our Summer Investor's Series as Chris Gaffney and Jeff Smith of the Wellesley Investment Partners help you understand the fundamentals of investing.

All good investment plans have three main components: saving, investing, and planning. A good savings plan provides fuel for investing; constructing a portfolio allows you to decide what investments are best for you; and last, but not least, you need a proper plan to achieve the goal which is driving your need for investing. Jeff and Chris will not only provide you with the information to help understand the fundamentals of investing, such as the difference between mutual funds, stocks, and bonds, but will also provide you with the motivation to take charge of your financial future.

To sign up, click here.

(photo courtesy of Images_of_Money)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Where is the wisdom?

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
--T.S. Eliot (Choruses from the Rock)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Online Resource for August--Massachusetts Newstand

Looking for a newspaper article from the Boston Globe but you already recycled your newspaper? Did you go on vacation and miss an editorial or maybe a column by Adrian Walker?

Massachusetts Newstand offers every article found in the Globe from 1980 to today as well as articles from other Massachusetts newspapers.

Browse it by date or use the search feature. Share the articles through e-mail or by printing them. Start using it today. SH

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Kindle and Overdrive

As Kindle users look forward to the day when they can download from Overdrive, we librarians view the future with a mix of excitement and anxiety. We look forward to serving Kindle users and hope we can buy enough copies to meet the increased demand. Overdrive CEO Steve Potash, when asked this week when this history making event will occur, would not offer any details other than 'soon'. But Potash did deliver a favorable report for public libraries when he recommended the library website as the first place to go to find in-copyright ebooks. For titles that the library does not own, users may suggest that their local library buy the title or buy it themselves from an ebook retailer. As a result, he predicted that the "value of owning a library card will grow exponentially and traffic will make last year's increases look like small fry". We await the future.