Young Adult Summer Reading Program

The Waltham Public Library is once again hosting its summer reading programs for children and young adults. The Young Adult Summer Reading Program is open to teens and tweens in grades 6-12 and is now available online! It’s really easy (and safe) to sign up online, and once you do, you can keep track of all of the books that you read this summer and even write book reviews. If you prefer, you can still do the Young Adult Reading Program in person at the reference desk (starting Tuesday, June 24). Every book that you read gives you a chance to win a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. The first 70 teens who sign up get a free ice cream at Lizzy’s Homemade Ice Cream on Moody Street. You can read anything you want, from books to magazines to graphic novels, to listening to audio books. You can include the books that you’re reading for school summer reading but you don’t have to. For more information, visit the Young Adult Home Page or e-mail Laura Bernheim. (781-314-3435)

Thanks to the Friends of the Waltham Public Library, Lizzy’s Homemade Ice Cream, and the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems.

posted by: Laura

View of Waltham from 1875

Boston & Beyond

If you’ve ever imagined yourself in a hot air balloon you will have an idea of the views given in bird’s eye maps. The Boston Public Library’s Leventhal Map Center has an exhibit through the end of June of such maps from all over New England. There is even one of Waltham, done in 1877. Of course, The Waltham Public Library’s Local History room also has its own version, called View of Waltham, done in 1875. Come in to the library to see if you can spot any differences in the two versions, which we currently have on display outside the Waltham Room.

posted by: Jan