Do you like movie soundtracks?

October 1, 2014

Frozen, Boyhood, The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, Jersey Boys, and Hunger Games–these are just a few of the many soundtracks available in our hoopla database! Or revisit the music from older favorites like Rent, Mamma Mia, or Cinema Paradiso. Don’t like soundtracks? Browse new releases, alternative, children’s, comedy, classical, folk and much more. Movies and audiobooks are available, too.

Just find something you like in hoopla (or download the free app for Apple or Android), click “Borrow,” then follow the on-screen instructions to sign up for an account. You’ll need to be a Newton resident and have your Minuteman card number (some other towns also subscribe–check your local library).

No waiting lists, no fines, no need to return, and you can choose up to 10 items per month. Read more here.


Can’t get enough of the Roosevelts?

September 26, 2014

Did you enjoy the recent Ken Burns documentary on PBS? Want to read more? Check out our booklist!




Are you an Antiques Roadshow fan?

September 12, 2014

p4A_airplaneThen you’ll love our Database of the Month, p4A Antiques Reference. Whether browsing by category or searching, sale prices, regional auction data, background information and auction house links connect you with antiques, collectibles, fine art, and historic Americana. It could make cleaning out your house or rummaging through yard sales a fun project!

Need to quickly check a World Cup score?

July 1, 2014

Tip: Go to and click on the Google doodle. You’ll get the current score, timelines, match stats, and lineups–plus other World Cup links from Google. Click on “2014 FIFA World Cup” at the top of the page for more scores.

And if you missed any of the World Cup doodles, click here.

More eBooks and audiobooks for your vacation

June 13, 2014

180x150-A-ENeed books for your next trip? OverDrive now has a ten item limit–you can have ten items checked out at a time (eBooks and/or audiobooks), and seven more requested. And if you like audiobooks, you can now choose a three-week loan period, just like with eBooks. Return them early, and get even more!

For help in getting started with your iPad, Kindle, or other device, see our help pages.




Get down to business!

June 2, 2014

Are you starting a business? Researching job opportunities? Planning investments? Find the answers you need with three great business databases:

hoovers• Build a list of businesses in a certain industry
• Find company profiles, histories, and news
• Information on public, private, and non-U.S. companies


Mlogo_red_1RGBpc• Financial data on mutual funds, stocks, ETFs and markets
• Portfolio-planning tools and Morningstar newsletters
• Educational resources on investment topics


sp_logo• Stock & bond reports and historical stock information
• Company & industry reports and comparative company analyses
• Learn about investing strategies and analyzing stocks




Learn to use Foundation Directory Online

May 14, 2014

fdoCome to a hands-on workshop, Thursday, May 15th, from 2:30 – 4:00. For nonprofit representatives, learn to use the Foundation Directory Online Professional database to identify potential funding resources, such as grants from private foundations, corporations, and public charities.

This is a joint presentation of the Funding Information Network locations in Newton & Natick. Presenters will be Reference Librarians Demetri Kyriakis from the Morse Institute Library in Natick, and Susan Caulfield and Laurie Woo from Newton.

Limited to 12 participants–2 spaces remaining as of this posting. Sign up on the Library’s website here, or call 617-796-1369.


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