Archive | November, 2010

Happy National Day of Listening!

26 Nov

The National Day of Listening is a new national holiday started by StoryCorps in 2008.  On the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks all Americans to take an hour to record an interview with a loved one, using recording equipment that is readily available in most homes, such as computers, tape recorders, video cameras, and smart phones.  They have provided a free Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be a relative; it can be a community member you want to honor– a mentor, a veteran, a friend.  Essentially, you’re telling them that their lives matter and that they won’t ever be forgotten.

And even if you don’t use today as your “day of listening”, hopefully you will still be inspired to conduct your interview on any other day that is convenient to you and your loved one!  See the FAQ page for further tips about recording and preserving your interviews.


Gift Booklist for Middle School Children by Newton Free Librarians

15 Nov

Looking for a wonderful book for holiday gift-giving?  Look no further — here are this year’s wonderful suggestions from the Childrens’ librarians at the Newton Free Library.  There is something to delight every reader…..


Carman, Patrick. Trackers.

Carter, Ally. Heist Society.

Lee, Y.S. A Spy in the House.

Perkins, Mitali. Bamboo People.

Sedgwick, Marcus. Revolver.

Stanley, Diane. Saving Sky.

Realistic Fiction

Alonzo, Sandra. Riding Invisible.

Briant, Ed. Choppy Socky Blues.

Budhos, Marina. Tell Us We’re Home.

Cooney, Caroline B. Three Black Swans.

De Goldi, Kate. The 10 PM Question.

Myers, Walter Dean. The Cruisers.


Berk, Josh. The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin.

Corriveau, Art. How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog).

Dionne, Erin. The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet.

Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody. The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt.

Weiss, M. Jerry and Helen S. Weiss. This Family is Driving Me Crazy: Ten Stories about Surviving Your Family.

Historical Fiction

Cushman, Karen.  Alchemy and Meggy Swann.

Gonzalez, Christina Diaz. The Red Umbrella.

McMullan, Margaret. Sources of Light.

Paulsen, Gary. Woods Runner.

Preus, Margi. Heart of a Samurai: Based on the True Story of Nakahama Manjiro.

Watts, Irene N. No Moon.

Graphic Novels

Hinds, Gareth. The Odyssey.

Kim, Susan and Laurence Klavan. City of Spies.

Renier, Aaron. The Unsinkable Walker Bean.

Telgemeier, Raina. Smile.

TenNapel, Doug. Ghostopolis.

Yolen, Jane. Foiled.


Arbuthnott, Gill. The Keepers’ Tattoo.

Bow, Erin. Plain Kate.

Funke, Cornelia. Reckless.

Shulman, Polly. The Grimm Legacy.

Tomlinson, Heather. Toads and Diamonds.

Walsh, Pat. The Crowfield Curse.

Horror/ Supernatural

Brennan, Herbie. The Shadow Project.

Griffin, Adele and Lisa Brown. Picture the Dead.

Henderson, Jason. Vampire Rising.

Johnson, Christine. Claire de Lune.

Peck, Richard. Three-Quarters Dead.

Teller, Janne. Nothing.

Science Fiction

Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker.

Falls, Kat. Dark Life.

Jinks, Catherine. Living Hell.

Millard, Glenda. A Small Free Kiss in the Dark.

Myklusch, Matt. Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation.

Patneaude, David. Epitaph Road.

Biographies & Non-Fiction

Fleischman, Sid. Sir Charlie Chaplin: The Funniest Man in the World.

Gherman, Beverly. Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz.

Guiberson, Brenda Z. Disasters: Natural and Man-Made Catastrophes…

Janeczko, Paul B. The Dark Game: True Spy Stories from the Revolution to the 21st Century.

Schwartz, John. Short: Walking Tall When You’re Not Tall at All.


Atkins, Jeannine. Borrowed Names: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madame C. J. Walker, Marie Curie & Their Daughters.

Hemphill, Stephanie. Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials.

Levy, Debbie. The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship…

Mora, Pat. Dizzy in Your Eyes:  Poems About Love.

Paschen, Elise. Poetry Speaks–Who I Am. (with CD).

(November 2010)

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12 Nov

Money 101

2 Nov

Thinking about…

  • Getting a job?
  • Buying a car?
  • Going to College?

Whether you are ready now or a few years away from earning a paycheck or making an important purchase, you will want to educate yourself on how best to manage your dollars.

The Newton Free Library is now offering a new program on personal money management called Financial Literacy at the Library.  Every month, a different topic will be covered: everything from how to choose the right bank account to credit cards to car loans.

Join us on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Druker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library.  Presentations will last about an hour and there will be plenty of time for all your questions.  The program is free and no registration is required.  Bring your friends!

The November 17th program will focus on Banking Services:  which is the best bank and the best account for you; the difference between debit cards and credit cards; telephone banking; online banking; direct deposit and much more!

  • Subscribe to the Newsletter for pre-program reminders.

Questions?  Send an email to

“Own Your Space–Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online” Digital Book for Teens by Linda McCarthy

1 Nov

The Microsoft Download Center has a free e-book on its site.  Here’s what they have to say about it:

Help teens ‘own their space’ online. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, or educator, you can keep up with the latest computer and online safety issues and help kids learn to avoid them. In partnership with security expert and author, Linda McCarthy, we offer a free downloadable version of her new book, “Own Your Space – Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online.” Written for Internet savvy “tweens” and teens specifically, this book is also a useful resource for the adults they rely on.

The book is a collaborative project to provide free security learning to teens and families online, made available under the Creative Commons Licensing, and made possible by the support of individual and corporate sponsors.
Every day, millions of American school children log on or log in and make decisions that can compromise their safety, security, and privacy. We’ve all heard the horror stories of stolen identities, cyber stalking, and perverts on the Internet. Kids need to know how to stay safe online and how to use the Internet in ways that won’t jeopardize their privacy or damage their reputations for years to come.
Learn how to

  • Kill viruses, worms, Trojans, and spyware
  • Deal with cyberbullies
  • Give SPAM the curb and smash web bugs
  • Understand just how public your “private” blogs are
  • Keep wireless freeloaders off your network
  • Prevent sexting from ruining your life

You can download the entire book or chapter by chapter. You can also choose your download format: Microsoft XPS or Adobe PDF. (The links in this section correspond to separate files available in this download. Download the files most appropriate for you.)

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