Friday, March 29, 2013


Wellesley Reads Together is joining forces with Mass Bay Community College to promote a community reading program. Community engagement is a major theme of each of the possible choices.

Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

Outcasts United by Warren St. John

The Pact by S. Davis, L.F. Page, R. Hunt , G. Jenkins

For more information and to cast your vote click here.

Voting deadline is April 10, 2013. The winning title will be announced in May

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Massachusetts Book Awards Must Read for 2013

The Must Read Books for 2013 have just been announced by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.  From this list of 2012 published books by a Massachusetts author or about a Massachusetts subject, a winner will will be chosen in late April to reign as the Mass Book winner for 2013 in each of 4 categories.

Some nominated books from each category include:

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
The Technologists by Matthew Pearl

Brothers by George Howe Colt
Autumn in the Heavenly by Stephen R. Platt

Shortly Thereafter by Colin Halloran 
What is Amazing by Heather Christle

Children's/Young Adult
Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antoinette Peacock
There Goes Ted Williams--the Greatest Hitter that Ever Lived by Matt Tavares

Don't wait to check out the other titles and place your requests for these titles.  

If you have read any of these, which would you place your vote for to win this wonderful award?  Please leave a reply here to promote your favorite title!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

I Hunt Killers

Book Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

I woke up the other day to a text from my oldest friend that said: “You need to read I Hunt Killers right now!”

This friend also happens to be a librarian so I took her advice and immediately put a hold on the book. I started and finished the book the day I checked it out of the library.

The story follows young Jasper “Jazz” Dent, the teenage son of Billy Dent - who is declared by the novel as the most notorious “super-serial killer” of all time. While Billy raised our protagonist Jazz, Billy murdered a record number of people; all the while teaching young Jazz the finer psychology behind murder. The novel introduces teen Jazz to the reader four years after Billy’s capture. In addition to the average struggle that accompanies most teens, Jazz has to deal with the remains of his father’s brainwashing. Jazz learned skills like manipulation, spotting “prospect” kills, and how to interact with the world without leaving evidence. Skills which prove beneficial to Jazz, a teen who just wants to live an average (as possible) life. If that weren’t enough for Jazz to deal with – a body was just found in his town with eerily similar traits to his father’s early killings. Jazz will have to use every trick his father ever taught him to catch this copy cat killer before it is too late.

A definite must read for anyone who loves stories with surprising endings and great character development.

The sequel Game is due out April 16, 2013.

Click the link and place the book on hold today!


Friday, March 15, 2013

What's new in Mystery and Fiction for April?

What's coming out in Mystery and Fiction in April?  Here are a few titles:

Secrets From the Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford
A woman tries to uncover long-buried secrets about her family. 

Paris by Edward Rutherfurd
Another epic historical novel by Edward Rutherfurd, this one about the City of Light. 

Palisades Park by Alan Brennert
The story opens in the 1930s as seven-year-old Toni is entranced by the amusement park in Palisades.  It follows Toni's family's story until 1971, when the park closed.  By the author of Moloka'i and Honolulu.


Monday, March 11, 2013

Google Doodle: Celebrate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Google celebrates what would have been the 61st birthday of Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with this great Google Doodle. The Doodle features Ford Prefect's Towel, and the Guide itself - telling you not to panic.

Have you read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?
Are you a fan of towels?
Do like the number 42?
Stop in the library to check out a copy of the book, eBook, or borrow the DVD today!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 and Heritage Quest--Featured Online Resources for March

Feeling the urge to connect with your genealogical roots?  Start your family tree with our online resources for March, (In library Use only) and HeritageQuest, to discover film and images of essential historical records including census data, obituary indexes, military records, immigration documents dating, and more back to the late 1700s.  SH

Is it too early to get excited about Catching Fire?

My thought - based on this picture - no, it is not too early!

Now I want to read all the books again. I am a big fan on movie adaptations. I love watching how other people visualized the book/story. What do you think about movie adaptations?


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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Takin' out the trash

It's amazing how much junk we can accumulate on our "computers." Where does this stuff come from? I don't remember ever installing a temporary file feed on my computer. Nor did I ever tell my computer that "temporary" really means keep forever. And when I empty my recycling folder and say yes I do want to permanently delete these files, I don't mean permanently except if someone feels strongly about retrieving them! Given my occasional  urges to tidy up my computer (and the immediate relief said computer must feel when unburdened by months of electronic debris), I was pleased to see this article on free clean-up tools in PC World. I can't wait to get home and start scrubbing...