Start your genealogy search here!

April 17, 2014

Interested in researching your family history? Your Library can help! Ancestry Library Edition (available in the Library only) contains more than 700 databases listing over three billion names, including U.S. and UK census records, an immigration collection, vital records, military collection, and much, much more. A new option allows you to email records you find, so that you can more easily download or print them at home later.

Don’t know where to start? See our Genealogy Resources page, which has advice, links, and all sorts of other ideas to try. Read our genealogy blog. Or join our Genealogy Club, which meets on the second Wednesday of the month (except August) from 7:00 to 9:00 in the evening in Meeting Room A on the first floor. Open to all, no signup required!

New Book Club for Adults!

March 24, 2014

new booksThursday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. — Step out of a “reading rut,” and be introduced to a variety of works and new people! The club will meet monthly to read a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, across genres and varying topics.

Our first meeting will be an opportunity to discuss our goals and develop a list of titles to read. Please come prepared to briefly discuss one of your favorite books and share where your reading interests lie.

The purpose of this group is to have fun and enjoy the company of others who appreciate reading and sharing ideas. No RSVP is needed! All are welcome. We’ll meet at the back of the third floor, in the apse area.

Questions? Contact Catherine in Reference at  617-796-1380, or

Become a Resume Optimist!

March 21, 2014

Get an edge in today’s competitive marketplace with Optimal Resume!  Create resumes, cover letters, portfolios, and video resumes. Assess your skills and practice interviewing. Manage an unlimited number of career documents from one central location and share your credentials on your own professional website and across social networking sites. Lots of samples of resumes and cover letters are included, too.

Available in the Library and remotely to Newton Library card holders.

Test Prep for Free!

February 28, 2014

PrintDo you need to prepare for the SAT, AP, GRE, ASVAB, GMAT, citizenship test, or a licensing exam,  but don’t have the time or money for a prep course?  Then LearningExpress Library is the database for you!  Available through your library, LearningExpress offers practice tests and eBook study guides for these exams and many others.  The database also has tutorials for math, reading, writing, job search and workplace skills, and much more.  Just set up a username and password and study as much or as little as you like, any time of day, anywhere you have a computer–and all for free! Just click the “Register” button to get started.

LearningExpress Library

Please note: Home access for this database is available only to Newton residents with a Newton library card number beginning 21323.

Watch a movie, learn a language

January 30, 2014

SL-Mango-Premier-450x245Have fun learning a new language–Mango Premiere adds language-learning to your movie watching!

Start at our Mango Languages database (you’ll need your library card number or username), and choose Mango Premiere under “Apps.”  You don’t need to sign in.

Choose “Engage Mode” to review dialogue, grammar and culture with short lessons and interactive content.  Or choose “Movie Mode” for uninterrupted viewing, with subtitles or without, or with dual-language subtitles. Subtitles can also be color-coded for parts of speech if desired. Switch back and forth between modes whenever you wish.

Available for selected languages only, but check back for new additions!

Learn a language on the go!

January 24, 2014

original_F_mango_eLearn on the go with Mango Mobile apps!

Go to Mango Languages (you’ll need your library card number or username to log in), create an account, then download the free “Mango Languages Library Edition” app for your iPhone/iPad, Android device, Kindle Fire, or Nook. Find these in your app store.

Mango is available from your computer, too.  Dozens of languages, plus placement tests, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and cultural notes. Log in to keep track of your progress, or just explore!

Writing by the rule

December 18, 2013

computer_imageAre you in the midst of preparing a paper or thesis, a journal article, column or essay?  The Chicago Manual of Style Online can help!

Thoroughly modernized, the 16th edition covers not only grammar questions, but also organization and proofreading requirements of electronic publications.  You’ll also find updates on fair use and electronic rights information, how to cite electronic sources, a glossary of terms, an expanded chapter on bias-free language and even foreign language transliteration tables.

Available remotely with a Newton Free Library card or in the Library. Check out our other databases, too!


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