Friday, September 30, 2011

New Books for October

What's coming out in October? Here are a few titles:

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Set in Israel in year 70 C.E, 900 Jews hold out against armies of Romans on Masada. Here, the lives of four women, all dovekeepers, intersect.

Litigators by John Grisham

An ambulance chasing law firm looks to score big on a class action suit against a large pharmaceutical company.

Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

In the spring of 1984, two high school students from opposite sides of the tracks fall in love. They go on to lead different lives. What happens when they reunite 25 years later?


Wellesley Reads Together begins October 1st

If you've stopped in to the library in the past few months I hope you've run across our Wellesley Reads Together display, which features copies of Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Vegetable Miracle and Kate Smith Milway's The Good Garden. If you haven't, shame on you--stop in because there's plenty for the taking!

Tomorrow, October 1st, marks the first day of events in celebration of sustainability in Wellesley; join us in the Wakelin Room starting at 3pm as children's author Kate Smith Milway visits the library and stop in to the Children's Room for some "down to earth" activities.

There's plenty more that will happen during the next month and a half, so stay up to date by visiting the WRT homepage and checking out our WRT blog where we'll share all sorts of great insights into sustainability!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

eBooks for Kindle Now At Wellesley Free Library

The Wellesley Free Library has been providing eBooks for a while now through a company called Overdrive. We are glad to announce that our selection of eBooks are now available for the Kindle.

All you need is a library card.

Visit our collection of eBooks Here.

Instructions on how to download our books to your Kindle click Here.

eBooks are also available from the following free websites.

Project Gutenberg

Internet Archive


Baen Free Library


Operators standing by to take your calls

They can't be serious...
Phil Bradley, whose scourings of the web provide an endless stream of useful and/or entertaining services and sites, has compiled a worthy list of fake web sites. This is not a list of scammers, exactly. In my perusal of the sites I didn't find any deceptions intended to ferret out your credit card number or banking passwords. What I did find was a beautiful collection of counterfeits, parodies, spoofs and other rather harmless (though not necessarily inoffensive) amusements. Take Dog Island for example, a resort island for dogs. Separated from the anxieties of urban life, dogs on Dog Island are healthy dogs who live a natural, healthy and happy life, free from the stress and hardship associated with daily live among humans. You (and your dog!) will be happy to hear that there are no costs associated with the dog's new paradise. Dogs that survive the rigorous selection process get a free pass! Genochoice makes available the latest technology to alter human genes before birth. You can truly offer your progeny "the best of nature...before you nurture." Phil helpfully sorts the 60 some odd sites into subject areas (scientific, political, etc) and rates the sites for believability and child appropriateness. So don't delay--discover the dangers of bread, the oldies but goodies of Clubbo, and the extraordinary extraterrestrials known as the Wingmakers...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Home Decorating and Design

With cooler temperatures fast approaching, our yearning for cozy, relaxing indoor space returns. Check out our collection of recently published design and decorating books for your inspiration and ideas. The following titles are just a few in this category.

An Island Sanctuary : a house in Greece by John Stefanidis & Susanna Moore

Decorate : 1,000 professional design ideas for every room in your home by Holly Becker & Joanna Copestick

The soul of a house : decorating with warmth, style and comfort by Chris Casson Madden

Color saves the day by Lucianna Samu

Bunny Williams' scrapbook for living /place portraits by Amy Archer by Bunny Williams

Modern vintage style by Emily Chalmers


U S News & World Report College Rankings 2012

Whether you are looking for a college or university that fits your career plans or are just interested to see who is #1 this year, check out the 2012 US News & World Report College Rankings. Anytime you are looking at rankings, always check the criteria that are used for placement in the list to be sure these are important to you.

Other college & university rankings may be found in the library:

The ultimate guide to America's best colleges 2012 by Gen and Kelly Tanabe. (100 Best College Values)

The Best 376 Colleges (2012) by The Princeton Review
(Available online with registration)

The Big Book of Colleges by College Prowler

College Prowler (Online)
(Rankings based on student interviews regarding college life--academics, Campus Housing, Greek Life, Campus Dining, Athletics, etc.)

Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward Fiske.
(Rankings based on questionnaires completed by Administration and Students on student life and professors.)

Insider's Guide to the Colleges by Yale Daily News.
Rankings based on student interviews regarding

Other resources may be found on our webpage under Reference Services. Check us out!


Friday, September 9, 2011

New Books for September

What's new for September and October? Here are a few titles:

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Zone One by Colson Whitehead


Remembering 9/11 ten years later

With the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country, the library has provided a display featuring books (fiction and nonfiction), books on cd, and dvds for the pubic. You may find it on the second floor by the elevators. Stop by and browse.

Some of the titles you will find include:

Extremely loud and incredibly close by Jonathan Safran Foer (Fiction)

Falling man by Don DeLillo (Fiction)

Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah

Dust: the inside story of its role in the September 11th aftermath by Paul J Lioy.

Let's roll: ordinary people, extraordinary courage by Lisa Beamer

Without precedent: the inside story of the 9/11 commission by Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton

World Trade Center (DVD)

The Concert for New York City (DVD)


Thursday, September 8, 2011

BBB's Top Online Scams

How well are you versed in the most frequent scams you might run into online? Sure, we all know about the Nigerian royalty who have suffered a devastating loss that may turn out to be your fortune, but this list certainly caught my attention because I see them daily while surfing the web. Click on the image at the left to check them out.