January 29, 2015
Try our Databases of the Month: Mango Languages for adults, and Little Pim for kids. Dozens of languages, as well as ESL instruction. Mobile apps, too! (Mango only) Use them at home (FREE from the library) to learn a language you can use on a trip to somewhere warm!
December 3, 2014
OverDrive is not just for eBooks and audiobooks anymore. The Minuteman Library Network has added streaming video! Our initial collection of nearly 100 feature films, documentaries, and instructional videos is now available, with more to come soon.
A few details:
- Video formats are marked by the icon in the Overdrive catalog.
- Videos are streaming, not downloadable, so you will need a constant WiFi/internet connection.
- The lending period for Videos is 3 days. However: Videos automatically “return” themselves if you watch through the end of the credits, and STARZ videos automatically “return” themselves 48 hours after you start watching.
- Videos count toward total OverDrive account checkouts (10) & holds (7).
- Individual video title records are in the main catalog, but unlike ebooks and e-audiobooks, videos can ONLY be checked out in OverDrive (digital.minlib.net or the app).
November 19, 2014
Try one of our databases for online education, and learn something new:
Test prep for free! Free online practice tests, eBook study guides, and tutorials for most major tests, including SAT/PSAT, AP, ACT, GRE, and much more. Try out their skills improvement courses for math, reading, and writing, for kids, teens, and adults. See their Career Center to practice for occupation and licensing exams.
Over 500 online continuing education courses–explore a new hobby, prepare for a new career, learn a new skill. There’s something for everyone! More info is available here.
November 6, 2014
Come to the Library lobby today for hoopla day! We’ve got information, instruction, and free candy!
What’s hoopla? It’s a database that lets you borrow FREE movies, music, and audiobooks with your library card. Lots of content for children, too! It’s easy–ask us how and we’ll show you. You can stream or download the digital content to your computer, laptop, or portable device.
Need more music? We can also help you access the Naxos Music Library database with your library card–free streaming music for your computer or portable device. Classical, World music and more, with liner notes and other resources for learning about music. You can also create and save playlists of your favorites!
For both, no need to return anything and never any fines.
Download the hoopla and Naxos apps today!
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.
September 12, 2014
Then 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!