Category Archives: Services

Are you bored reading everything in English?

You can borrow books from the Library in 17 other languages, both fiction and nonfiction:

1. Bengali
2. Chinese
3. French
4. German
5. Greek
6. Hebrew
7. Hungarian
8. Italian
9. Japanese
10 Korean
11. Latin
12. Marathi
13. Polish
14. Portuguese
15. Russian
16. Spanish
17. Yiddish

You’ll find them all at the back of the second floor, with the exception of Russian books, which are shelved at the back of the third floor. ¡Feliz lectura!

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Job Search help for graduates (and others!)

Since this spring’s college graduates are entering one of the toughest job markets in decades, they’ll need advice and assistance to take the first steps toward a successful career. The library can help, with resources on networking, writing resumes, interviewing and landing a job that matches the applicant’s strengths. If you’re looking for your first job, or you know someone who is, check out our new offerings, including Knock ’Em Dead 2009: The Ultimate Job Search Guide and You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career.

And don’t forget the resources in our online Career Center, our Job Search blog, or our online databases, which can help you to explore careers, research businesses, or take practice tests.The Library also offers a class in Applying for a Job Online (if you can’t make it to a class, you can view the class handout here.)  See a Reference Librarian if you need help.

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Gift ideas for readers, 2008

See what the library staff is recommending in our annual Books Librarians Give list!

Not enough ideas for you?  Check our our lists from 2007, 2006, and 2005.

And here’s more:

Greater Boston (WGBH-TV)’s list of holiday books (and movies), with local authors and Mary Cotton from Newtonville Books–video of the show is here.

The Books of ’08 from WBUR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

NPR has a whole page of “Best Books” lists, covering booksellers’ picks, fiction, crime & mystery novels, graphic novels, foreign fiction, cookbooks, and more.

And Book Group Buzz has a roundup of a few more lists here.

Interestingly, none of these lists overlap very much, demonstrating that there’s a great book out there for everyone!

Books make great gifts?  Why?  Read more here (with more gift book ideas, too!).

Do you have holiday gift favorites?  Click here to comment and add your own suggestions!

Happy reading!

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Do you like audiobooks?

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If you enjoy listening to audiobooks–whether checked out of the library on tape or CD, or downloaded–you might be interested in the Audiobooker blog.  Written by a “teacher, librarian, and audiobook addict,” the blog has listening suggestions, links to free downloadable audiobooks, information on MP3 players, and more.  Happy listening!

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“Books for You” article in the Newton Tab

Yesterday’s Newton Tab has a nice article on the Library’s personalized book recommendation service, “Books for You.”  Click here for the article, or click here to request your own booklist!

And to browse our list of recommended titles, click here.

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