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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
We have more…view or sign up for emailed BookLetters newsletters on various topics.
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:
- DVDs you don’t have to pay to rent
- Books you don’t have to pay to buy (new items arriving daily!)
- Graphic novels and books in foreign languages
- Hundreds of magazine titles to check out, browse, or search online
- Music CDs and audiobooks (physical and downloadable) you don’t have to pay to download
- Free computer access, for job searches, email, or whatever
- Free classes on using a computer, finding a job, and other topics
- Free concerts, lectures & other events
- Book groups and clubs
- Storytimes and other programs for kids
- Study rooms and comfortable chairs
- Free wireless access
- Free research help
- Dozens of free online resources (databases) for research or fun (learn a language, check antique prices, fix your car!). Most of our databases are also available from home.
- Free personalized reading lists, bibliographies, and other book suggestions
- Free or reduced-fee museum passes
- Free literacy tutoring
- Free interlibrary loan for titles we don’t have
- Free delivery service to the homebound, and other special services
- Large print books and descriptive videos
- Used books and gift items for sale
- Research material on Newton history
- Free art exhibits, changing monthly
Come join us!