Please note!

April 19, 2014

stopsignrgbDue to a system upgrade the Minuteman Library System will be unavailable on Monday April 21, 2014 (Patriot’s Day). During this time it will not be possible to search any of the Minuteman Catalogs or to access My Account.

On April 21st, statewide databases will be available at:

Databases provided by the Newton Free Library will be unavailable on April 21.

On April 21st, the Digital Media Catalog (eBooks and eAudiobooks) will be available at:

However, access to OverDrive from now until April 22 will require a library card number beginning with 21323. Usernames will not work for OverDrive until the upgrade is complete.

Normal access to all services will resume on April 22, 2014. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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

A quote for Banned Books Week

October 2, 2012

Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association.

Celebrate Banned Books Week, September 30 – October 6!  The Boston Globe recently published an interview with the author Ken Follett:

Books: Your evangelical parents didn’t allow you to watch TV or films. Did they put restrictions on your reading?

FOLLETT: Amazingly, no. It’s crazy….My parents felt I would be irreparably damaged if I saw “Flash Gordon,” but when I was 12 they didn’t notice that I was reading James Bond books. Censorship is like that. It has no logic to it.

You can find books by Ken Follett in many different formats at the Library.

Free Poems!

April 28, 2011

It’s  National Poetry Month for a few more days, and we still have some staff-selected poems available for you to take home.  Look for them (while they last!) at the Circulation desk, Reference desk, New Books room, and the Children’s room.

If you want a whole book, look for poetry in English in 821 and 821.08 (collections); our Reference librarians can direct you to poetry in other languages, also in the 800s.

You can learn about National Poetry Month and find additional poetry resources at the Academy of American Poets.

Music for Election Night

November 2, 2010

While you’re waiting for election results to come in, listen to this!  Our database Music Online includes several campaign-themed albums.  Election Songs of the United States includes the hit from c. 1800, “Fair and Free Elections.”  Winners & Losers: Campaign Songs from the Critical Elections in American History (Vol. 1 & 2) has hits like “Get on the Raft with Taft,” “Row, Row, Row with Roosevelt,” and “Marseillaise for Tilden.”  If you still can’t get enough, there’s Presidential Campaign Songs, 1796-1996.

And if you want still more patriotic music, the “Patriotic Melodies” collection from the Library of Congress will provide you with not just sheet music, but sound clips, history, bibliographies, and web links for popular tunes such as Yankee Doodle Boy, the Star Spangled Banner, and Fanfare for the Common Man.

Music Online is one of our two music Databases of the Month for November:
(Home access for these databases is available only to Newton residents with a Newton library card number beginning 21323.)

Music Online

Morningstar online training

October 5, 2010

Get tips on how to get the most from the Morningstar database at their monthly online training session, Thursday, October 7 from noon to 1:00 p.m.  To get login instructions, send an email to

Morningstar includes comprehensive and up-to-date financial information on stocks, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Use the “Help & Education” tab to access the User’s Guide and investor education resources.

To access Morningstar:

Home Access | In Library Access
Also available via wireless in the Library.
Home access for this database is available only to Newton residents with a Newton library card number beginning 21323.

It’s time for summer reading!

June 25, 2010

It’s time for the Young Adult (YA) Summer Reading Program, Think Green @ the Newton Free Library!

Sign up online by clicking on the Teen SRP 2010 tab on the Summer Reading page. The program runs from June 24th to Sept. 6th. Teens (entering 6th grade through 12th grade) must read, log, and include a short review of 3 books in order to be eligible for a gift certificate prize at the end of the summer.
“tnk grEn” is sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

There’s a database for that

March 5, 2010

We have databases for research, all kinds of information, and just plain fun.  Learn more at a presentation by our Young Adult librarians, Thursday, March 11 from 4:00-5:00 pm in the ITTC (computer) room on the second floor.  The presentation will focus on teen interests, but is open to all.  You’ll learn about these databases:

Novelist:  Find your next book to read in this database of over 155,000 titles. Books of all genres are featured. You can also get author read-alikes, links to author websites and discussion guides.

Learning Express:  Provides practice tests and e-book study guides so you can score higher on tests like the SAT, AP subject tests, GED, GRE and TOEFL. It also includes tutorials for math, reading, writing, interview skills and job searching.

Statesman’s Yearbook Online:  Offers thorough information for 192 countries focusing on government and politics, economics, history and culture. Additional features include biographies of world leaders and a week-by-week chronology of world events since December 1999.

You can get to those databases and many here–most are available from home!  You can also ask at the Reference desk for one of our database brochures, or speak to a Reference librarian for assistance.

Need help with your investments?

September 29, 2009

Morningstar Investment Research Center is a comprehensive online investing database, available free at the Newton Free Library, providing independent opinion and data on more than 30,000 stocks and mutual funds.

To learn more about the database, attend a free online training session from home or office:

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 30th, at 4 p.m. (Eastern Time).

WHERE:  Anywhere with phone and internet access.

HOW:  To register, send an e-mail to, and mention the Newton Free Library.

Or try it out at the Library at your convenience:
Morningstar Investment Research Center*
(In Library Only–also via wireless in the Library)

Newton librarian speaks to Association of Jewish Libraries

July 30, 2009

Last month, Reference Librarian Cathy Balshone-Becze spoke at the regional conference for the New England chapter of the Association of Jewish Libraries (NEAJL),  held at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, Connecticut.  She spoke on “What Public Libraries Can Do For Special Libraries: Presenting an Overview of Services.”  See a report on her talk and view her PowerPoint presentation on the Association’s blog, where you can also read more about the meeting and the other presentations.


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