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New Book Club for Adults!

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

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The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education, by Craig M. Mullaney

This book comes highly recommended by several of our patrons, for its thoughtful discussion of the current U.S. Army.  The author, Craig Mullaney, will be speaking at the library Monday, March 1 at 7:30 pm. The talk will be followed by a book signing with books provided by New England Mobile Book Fair.

Born into a blue-collar, Irish-Catholic family in Rhode Island, Craig Mullaney went on to graduate second in his class from West Point, become an Airborne Ranger and a Rhodes Scholar studying at Oxford. In his bestselling memoir, The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education, Mullaney offers us a first hand look at how the sum total of his training conferred him with an unorthodox education that readied him as a combat leader. But for all of his training and education, one question lingered in his mind; when the moment came to lead his men into battle would he be ready?

Craig Mullaney was appointed Principal Director of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia Policy at the Department of Defense in May 2009. Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Mullaney was President Obama’s defense policy advisor during the 2008 presidential campaign.

You can learn more about Craig Mullaney and the book on his website.

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New England Crime Bake, 2008

Do you write mysteries?  Like to read mysteries?  There’s still time to sign up for the 2008 New England Crime Bake Conference, run by the New England Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime.  The conference will be held this year in Dedham, MA, November 14, 15 and 16, and Harlan Coben is the guest of honor.  Registration closes November 7 (or when capacity is reached), and is $220 for non-members.

Love mysteries but can’t attend the conference?  Read the blog, with posts from well-known mystery writers, or look at the schedule here.  Or go hear one of your favorite authors at an upcoming New England event sponsored by the Speakers Bureau of the Sisters in Crime.

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Celebrate National Reading Group Month!

An initiative of the Women’s National Book Association, October is National Reading Group Month! Celebrate the joy of shared reading, and if you don’t already belong to one, join or start a book group! (Book Group Buzz has a great list of Book Group Resources.)

Events will be held around the country, including  a readers’ round-robin at Hotel 140 in Boston (140 Clarendon St.), Sat., Oct. 25; 2-5 p.m., with Joan Anderson (The Second Journey, Hyperion); Ann Harleman (The Year She Disappeared, Univ. of Texas Press); Jennifer Haigh (The Condition, HarperCollins); Judith Nies (The Girl I Left Behind, HarperCollins); Deborah Noyes (Angel and Apostle, Unbridled Books); and Gina Ogden (The Return of Desire, Trumpeter). Contact: Laurie Beckelman,, or Katherine Dibble,

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Exhibit about Irene Nemirovsky

Those who have read Suite Francaise (or other books) by Irene Nemirovsky may be interested in a new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, Woman of Letters: Irene Nemirovsky and Suite Francaise, on exhibit from September 24, 2008 through March 22, 2009.  The exhibition illustrates Némirovsky’s life and her extraordinary literary gift to the world with stunning and heartbreaking artifacts, including the original manuscript of Suite Francaise and the valise in which it was found, never before exhibited.

Read a review of Suite Francaise from our blog here.

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J. K. Rowling Goes to Harvard

OK, so you can’t expect a children’s book author to talk about the Marshall Plan.  Nonetheless, J. K. Rowling gave a wonderful speech at Harvard’s Commencement this past Thursday, titled “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination.”  Harvard Magazine has the full text and video of the speech.

Or, if you just want more Harry Potter, you have many choices at the library.  We have the books in the children’s, young adult, adult, paperback, and large print collections, and translations in Russian, Chinese, Hebrew, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Latin.  They’re also available on CD and cassette, and don’t forget the movies!  We also have related items, such as books on the meaning of Harry Potter, a leadership book based on Harry Potter, and even a knitting book (Charmed Knits).  Just search the catalog under author for Rowling, J. K., or under keyword for “Harry Potter” (in quotes).  

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Book Sale in Auburndale this weekend!

Join the Friends of the Newton Free Library on Saturday, September 8, 10 am-3:00 pm and Sunday, September 9, noon-3:00 pm for one of their best book sales ever! The sale will be held at the Auburndale branch library, 375 Auburn St., Auburndale, (617) 552-7158. There will be a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, an extensive collection of children’s and young adult books and a special Bloomsbury collection. All proceeds from the sale benefit the library.

In the video above, a volunteer with Friends of the Newton Library talks with the Newton TAB about the quarterly book sale.

Other upcoming sales:
December 1st and 2nd, 2007

(with thanks to the Newton TAB for the video)

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Shop at the Book Fair, Support the Library!

The New England Mobile Book Fair is celebrating its 50th anniversary by giving back to the Newton community.  When you shop there between May 9th and 18th, at checkout time, mention the Newton Free Library or that you live in Newton.  The Book Fair will then donate 5% of your sale (before tax) to the Newton Free Library and Newton School PTOs.  The Book Fair is located at 82-84 Needham St.

Thank you for your support!

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