Streaming video–now available in OverDrive!

December 3, 2014

Streaming VideoOverDrive 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 Inline image 1 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 ( or the app).

Do you like movie soundtracks?

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.


More eBooks and audiobooks for your vacation

June 13, 2014

180x150-A-ENeed books for your next trip? OverDrive now has a ten item limit–you can have ten items checked out at a time (eBooks and/or audiobooks), and seven more requested. And if you like audiobooks, you can now choose a three-week loan period, just like with eBooks. Return them early, and get even more!

For help in getting started with your iPad, Kindle, or other device, see our help pages.




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

Always Available Travel eBooks

July 15, 2013

Going on a trip?  Skip the heavy guidebooks and download one of these “Always Available” (i.e., no waiting lists) eBook guides from OverDrive to your iPad, smartphone, or other mobile device. Titles include guidebooks from Lonely Planet for California, the Grand Canyon, New York City, the Caribbean, Italy, France, and Great Britain.

If you haven’t used OverDrive before, see our Help pages, or the help pages from OverDrive for more information. And search the Travel category in the OverDrive catalog for even more eBooks, and some downloadable audiobooks, too!

Choose a username, save time

December 31, 2012

Did you know that you don’t need to have your library card number handy to log into your library account? Choose a username–anything you can easily remember–and save time and aggravation!  It’s easy:

To set up a username, go to “My Account” in the catalog,

  • Log in with your barcode and PIN.
  • Go to “Modify Personal Information.”
  • Enter a username of your choice.

The next time you want to log in, enter your personally selected username along with your PIN. If you forget your username, you can still log in with your library barcode.

See the FAQ for more detailed instructions.