Monday, January 26, 2015

What's New in Mystery and Fiction

Here's what's coming out in Mystery and Fiction for February:

Holy Cow by David Duchovny
Elsie Bovary, the heroine of this novel, is a cow who gathers the troops to escape an industrial meat farm.

Twelve Days by Alex Berenson
John Wells has 12 days to stop the US from invading Iran.

Motive by Jonathan Kellerman
Psychologist Alex Delaware and homicide cop Milo Sturgis go head to head with a vicious criminal. 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Online Resource of the Month: Mango Languages

Did you know that you can learn a language for free with your library card?  

With Mango Languages, you learn by listening to real, everyday conversations.  Hundreds of different courses allow you to choose the one that's right for you, on your time.  Choose from:
  • Courses in 64 different languages and counting
  • Themed courses, such as Medical Spanish, Russian Slang, or Italian Romance
  • Images and videos about many different cultures
  • ESL instruction for speakers of 18 languages
Card mango ui sweetnothings

Whether you want to brush up on old language skills or learn your first words of a new language, Mango’s interactive activities will get you off and running!

To access Mango and other online resources, visit the WFL website and click on “Databases A-Z” in the Research tab.  Scroll down to Mango languages and enter your Minuteman Library card number.  Download the app to your smartphone or tablet to learn wherever you go!

To learn more about Mango and other language learning tools at the library, sign up for Language Learning Tools at the WFL on Monday, January 26th from 10:00-11:30 in Jackie’s room.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wellesley Friday Morning Book/Movie Group

Friday February 20, 2015
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Arnold Room
All are welcome to come and join in the discussion!  Our group meets on the third Friday of each month from 10-11AM.

For our February meeting, we are reading Then Again, Diane Keaton's delightful and powerful memoir focusing on family ties and the influence these have on our relationships. Copies of the book are available at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor.
New participants are welcome to join at any time. For more information, Contact Deb Berenbaum at 781 235 1610 x1220 or

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New New New Book/Film Discussion Group!

Please answer these questions at your earliest convenience...

Are you (literally) always right?
Do your family members suddenly remember the socks they haven't sorted or the dust at the bottom of the basement stairs, just when you begin to tell them about an interesting tidbit you came across while rereading The Letters of Pliny the Younger?
Is your brain's Drafts folder overflowing with unfinished letters to the editors of, well... everything?
In contentious verbal debates, do you often number your arguments (as in "Number 1, not all angels even know how to dance...")
When you think back on engaging discussions you've had, do any of the following images creep into your consciousness?
White knights and black knights jousting in an open field.
Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots.
Lincoln and Douglas.
Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier.
Muhammad Ali vs. your 9th grade gym teacher.
A white-tailed deer and 9 hungry wolves.

If you answered yes (or no) to any of these questions, we have a new book discussion group for you.

On Thursday, Feb. 26 at 10 am, we will inaugurate our newest book/film discussion group: The Fourth-Thursday-of-the-Month-Provocative-Non-fiction-Book-Discussion Group. The group will meet on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Here's what we plan:
Books chosen to encourage debate.
Lively, engaging, civil(!) discussion based on ideas, opinions and principles.
Three-month themes; e.g. the first three months' books will focus on War.
The first book will be Among the Dead Cities by A.C. Grayling.

For more information, feel free to email Rob Lerman