Read any good books lately? We have!

July 7, 2011

Do you love to read, but don’t know what to read next?  Our Books for You service can help!  Fill out the online questionnaire (paper copies are available at the library) and we’ll email back a personalized reading list, or use our database to find fiction or non-fiction books recommended by our librarians.


Are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse (and other disasters)?

May 27, 2011

Whatever the emergency, your Library can help you prepare!  Check out our new Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, with suggested books, movies, and tips from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) on emergency preparedness, first aid, and survival skills.

And don’t miss our other LibGuides, on various practical, cultural, and literary topics.

Books Librarians Give

November 30, 2010

What would a Newton Free Library staff member suggest for the holidays?  Books!  Click here to see our 2010 edition of annotated staff suggestions, Books Librarians Give.  For your convenience, we also include publication information, prices, and for those who want to browse before they buy, the Library call number.

You can also find past editions of our list on our website, under “Staff Recommendations.”  Happy Shopping!

Need something new to read?

July 20, 2010

Try our July Database of the Month, BookLetters! BookLetters are e-newsletters you can browse, receive regularly by email, or subscribe to by RSS feed. We have more than 30 regular BookLetters, including fiction and nonfiction suggestions, for all ages. Some of the BookLetters available are: Book Club Choices, New Fiction, New Non-Fiction, Large Print Favorites, Books on the Air, History Revealed, Mystery, and Beginning Chapter Books.  Browse one today!

Looking for a good book?

September 9, 2009

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The Library has an online database to help you!  Our September Database of the Month is NoveList®, with information on over 155,000 fiction titles. 

NoveList’s easy to use “Find” box enables you to quickly search for books, authors, series, and plots for readers of all ages.  Other features include author read-alikes, BookTalks, feature articles and book discussion guides.

Not sure what you’re looking for?  Click on “Recommended Reads” under an age category to browse through hundreds of titles carefully selected by librarians and organized by genre or topic.  Or type a topic in the “Find” box (baseball, summer vacations, “women detectives in New York”) and “play” with the results.

Still need more ideas?  Check out the books Newton librarians have selected for our Books for You database, or fill out our questionnaire to have a personalized booklist emailed to you.

We have more…view or sign up for emailed BookLetters newsletters on various topics.

And once you’ve found a good book, we’d love your reviews for our Newton Reads blog!

When the going gets tough, the tough go to the library

December 7, 2008

Lately the press is full of cost-saving tips for the down economy, and using the library is often mentioned.  This walkway was full of people waiting to get into the building when we opened today, and the library has been busy and crowded all afternoon.  Why? Because we have:

Come join us!

“Books for You” article in the Newton Tab

February 14, 2008

Yesterday’s Newton Tab has a nice article on the Library’s personalized book recommendation service, “Books for You.”  Click here for the article, or click here to request your own booklist!

And to browse our list of recommended titles, click here.