It’s time for summer reading!

June 25, 2010

It’s time for the Young Adult (YA) Summer Reading Program, Think Green @ the Newton Free Library!

Sign up online by clicking on the Teen SRP 2010 tab on the Summer Reading page. The program runs from June 24th to Sept. 6th. Teens (entering 6th grade through 12th grade) must read, log, and include a short review of 3 books in order to be eligible for a gift certificate prize at the end of the summer.
“tnk grEn” is sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


There’s a database for that

March 5, 2010

We have databases for research, all kinds of information, and just plain fun.  Learn more at a presentation by our Young Adult librarians, Thursday, March 11 from 4:00-5:00 pm in the ITTC (computer) room on the second floor.  The presentation will focus on teen interests, but is open to all.  You’ll learn about these databases:

Novelist:  Find your next book to read in this database of over 155,000 titles. Books of all genres are featured. You can also get author read-alikes, links to author websites and discussion guides.

Learning Express:  Provides practice tests and e-book study guides so you can score higher on tests like the SAT, AP subject tests, GED, GRE and TOEFL. It also includes tutorials for math, reading, writing, interview skills and job searching.

Statesman’s Yearbook Online:  Offers thorough information for 192 countries focusing on government and politics, economics, history and culture. Additional features include biographies of world leaders and a week-by-week chronology of world events since December 1999.

You can get to those databases and many here–most are available from home!  You can also ask at the Reference desk for one of our database brochures, or speak to a Reference librarian for assistance.

Summer reading for teens

June 19, 2009

Join the young adult summer reading program!  Win prizes!

You can sign up online, June 18th – September 4th.  Prizes will include some young adult books given away in random drawings, and gift certificates to New England Mobile Book Fair.  Teens (entering 6th grade through 12th grade) must read, log and include a short review of 3 books to be eligible to win.

Teen Open Mic event!

April 17, 2009

teen-event-logoSing a song, read a poem, play an acoustic piece, present a dramatic interpretation–or just bring your friends and come listen, and join us afterwards for snacks and chat!

When?  Saturday, May 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., in Druker Auditorium

All participants (7th graders and up), must preregister between April 13 and 24th.  Call (617) 796-1380, or email or  You can also register at the Young Adult desk on the 2nd floor of the Library.

All presentations must be suitable for a family audience.

Test Prep for Free!

April 1, 2009

At home or in the Library, let the Library’s LearningExpress database help you with the SAT, TOEFL, GED, GRE, licensing exams, U.S. Citizenship and many other tests.  LearningExpress includes practice tests and ebook study guides, as well as online tutorials for math, reading, writing, job search and interviewing skills, and much more.

Whatever your goal, LearningExpress Library’s resources will help you succeed!

LearningExpress Library
Home Access | In Library Access
(Home access for this database is available only to Newton residents with a Newton library card number beginning 21323.)

Celebrate our Young Adult Space!

March 19, 2009

Join us for cake and teen readings of creative pieces as we celebrate the Library’s young adult space with a birthday party!  Meet in the second floor YA area on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.

Writing a Shakespeare paper?

May 18, 2008

Be sure to check out Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Guide to Shakespeare.

In addition to information on Shakespeare and the plays, you’ll find information on Shakespearen’s sources, multimedia, , supplemental information (such as Shakespeare in Opera, or Music in Shakespeare’s plays), and links to external Web sites.

For full access to all Britannica articles see:
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online   Home Access | In Library Access
(Home access for this database is available only to Newton residents with a Newton library card number beginning 21323.)