Who do you think you are? Try our genealogy databases!

May 3, 2011

Are you researching your family history (or just interested in history in general)?  You can find lots of interesting material in our Databases of the Month:

American Ancestors, website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
(In Library Only)
Over 3000 digitized collections, and access to digitized items in the NEHGS catalog.  Includes vital records, journals, atlases, and maps.

America’s Obituaries and Death Notices
In Library   |   Home Access
More than 34 million listings.  Search by map-based interface, or by name, date range, or obituary text.

Ancestry Library Edition
(In Library Only)
Billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, immigration data, photos, and more.  Includes U.S., Canadian, U.K., and other international records.  Over 150 million military records from the Colonial Era to the Vietnam War.

We also have a genealogy blog, and a Genalogy Club, which meets in the Library on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm, usually in Room A on the first floor.

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Use Your Words!

December 1, 2010

You can find them all in our December Database of the Month, Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Search over 470,000 entries in Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Other resources in the database include Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Thesaurus, Medical Dictionary, Spanish-English Dictionary, French-English Dictionary, a Style Guide, and Word Games.

They even offer gifts for the linguistically minded!


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


Looking for work?

February 28, 2010

We have one-stop shopping at our online Career Center!  We’ll link you to useful websites, classes and databases, and our Job Search Blog.

And don’t forget the Library’s Job Seeker Series.  Come to our next program on March 18th at 7:00 p.m.,  Are you Linked In? Using Social Media to Make Career Connections. The session, facilitated by Career Coach Tammy Gooler Loeb, will cover effective strategies for using social media resources to help job seekers access the people and information they need to advance their careers. Come prepared to share your successes, challenges and questions!


Flu and Flu clinic information

October 8, 2009

Looking for a Flu Clinic?  Click here to search for flu clinics in Massachusetts by zip code, town name, or map location. Some clinics offer pneumococcal (“pneumonia”) immunizations as well as seasonal flu immunizations. When clinics begin providing H1N1 swine flu immunizations, that information will also be listed.  Information on Newton flu clinics, as well as other information specifically for Newton residents, can be found here.

Flu.gov (from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) has many resources for information on both seasonal and H1N1 flu, including a new H1N1 Flu Self-Evaluation guide for adults 18 and older and a Flu Myths and Facts section.

Both the Massachusetts Department of Health and the CDC also have websites with constantly updated flu information.


Are you searching for a job or new career?

June 4, 2009

The Newton Free Library can help!  Check out the resources in our online Career Center, read our Job Search blog, or use our online databases to explore careers, research businesses, or take practice tests.

We also offer a class in Applying for a Job Online (if you can’t make it to a class, you can view the class handout here.)

And of course we have plenty of resume, cover letter, and job exploration books, magazines, and audiovisual materials.  Ask for help at the Reference Desk.


Adoption resources

February 5, 2009

We add new websites to our resource pages on a regular basis, and our newest addition is a page of resources on adoption.

If you want to learn more about this topic, check out these websites:

Adoption – Child Welfare Information Gateway

Resources on all aspects of domestic and intercountry adoption, including adoption from foster care, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Adoption – Office of Health and Human Services

Information on adoption and foster care from the Mass. Office of Health and Human Services.

Adoption Guide

Information on all aspects of adoption, from Adoptive Families Magazine.

Adoptive Families Magazine

Includes selected articles from the current and past issues, as well as links to other adoption information.

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys

The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys has members throughout the U.S. and Canada who are experienced in the complexities of adoption law as well as interstate and international regulations surrounding adoption.

Foster Care – Office of Health and Human Services

Information on foster care services and licensing information, from the Mass. Office of Health and Human Services.

Intercountry Adoption

Information on adopting a child from overseas, from the Office of Children’s Issues, U.S. Department of State.

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange

Information on adopting children in foster care.