Waltham City Directories Online


Great news! We now have the Waltham City Directories available online. They are in Internet Archive, a non-profit digitizing and archiving venture. Check out http://www.archive.org.
The collection currently includes 1925-1990 but will have earlier volumes added eventually. It also includes most suburban directories covering Wayland, Weston, Lincoln and Cochituate from 1906-1926.

This is actually just the first stage of the library’s involvement in Digital Commonwealth, a cooperative effort to digitize and make readily available collections from Massachusetts libraries of all types. Over time we will also be contributing historic Waltham maps, high school yearbooks, voter listings and other items. Stay tuned!

posted by Jan

Turkey Talk

Do you whether it is a male or female turkey that makes the noise “gobble” (hint: it’s not both…the other says “cluck”)?  Did you know that wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour?  Did you know that turkeys have about 3500 feathers?  Test your turkey knowledge and find out more fun facts here.

If you are interested in learning more turkeys you can find books about them at the call number j598.6.  There is also now a new database at the library to look up animals.  Among the databases the library provides that are suitable for children is the Marshall Cavendish International Wildlife database.  This trustworthy source provides information on many animals.  One nice feature of this database is the option to change the language in which the information is provided.  In addition to allowing you to view information in a language that is most familiar to you, this option also lets you switch back and forth to practice a new language.  Waltham residents can access this database from home using their library card barcode.

If you want to gobble up more turkey fun join us in the storytime room during our drop-in craft from 10:30am-11:15am on Saturday, November 17th.  We will be making turkey headbands.

Posted by Lisa