Enjoying the Nutcracker!

Behind the scenes of the Nutcracker by Simmons College Radio.

I had the pleasure of seeing Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker over the weekend. Every time I see the ballet, I always find something new to appreciate. As a little girl, I was dazzled by the large sets, the beautiful costumes, the large Christmas tree, and the nutcracker itself. After I first saw the ballet, I announced to my relatives that I was changing my name to Clara. (The only one who indulged me was my maternal grandfather, though the phase didn’t last long). As an adult, I appreciate the grace and poise of the dancers and am in complete awe of what they are capable of doing. And yes, there is still a small part of me who wants to be Clara dancing around with her nutcracker and dreaming about visiting the Sugar Plum Fairy. (I could do without giant mice invading my living room, though).
The Nutcracker ballet has a long history, which you can explore with the help of the library.

  • The Nutcracker was first produced as a ballet, with music written by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg in Russia in 1892. It was largely based on the story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by the German writer, ETA Hoffman (or Hoffmann, depending on the source). Hoffmann’s protagonist, Marie, turned into Clara in the original ballet, though some later versions of the ballet reverted back to Marie. According to the article, “Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker” by Tamara Eidelman in Russian Life, the name, Clara, was dropped from Russian productions and changed to Masha, during World War I, so as not to appear pro-German. Her brother, Fritz’s name was changed to Misha. Incidentally, Clara was the name of Marie’s doll in Hoffmann’s original story. (You can read the whole article by visiting our subscription database page, selecting the database, World History in Context and typing in “nutcracker tamara eidelman” as keywords.)
  • George Balanchine, choreographed a version for the New York City Ballet starting in 1954. A film version was released in 1993 (starring Macaulay Culkin of Home Alone fame as the Nutcracker prince!) The Library of Congress has a picture of the New York City Ballet performing the Waltz of the Snowflakes in 1962. Our library owns a copy of Balanchine’s modern ballet, Jewels which also features a documentary about the famed choreographer.
  • You can read reviews of various performances of The Nutcracker using our online databases, including early performances from the New York City Ballet and Boston Ballet. Whet your appetite by reading this review of the original George Balanchine production in New York.
  • Author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak, designed costumes for the 1983 Pacific Northwest Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker. A film version was released in 1986. In 1984, Sendak beautifully illustrated ETA Hoffmann’s story.
  • In most versions of The Nutcracker, the female principal dancer is the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Clara is a young girl. This is the version that the Boston Ballet dances. Even though Clara is not the principal dancer, the auditions are intense, as evidenced in Jared Bowen’s article in Boston Common. In some versions of the ballet, though, Clara is an adult and is the principal dancer, performing to the famous “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”. In the American Ballet Theater production, choreographed by and starring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Clara is an adult, played by Gelsey Kirkland.
  • If you or your children are seeing The Nutcracker for the first time, there are a lot of ways to bring you up to speed. We have several books about the ballet, including The Illustrated Book of Ballet Stories and The Harlem Nutcracker based on a production featuring an African-American family in Harlem. The Boston Ballet has a special section on their website called “Just for Kids” which gives the synopsis of the ballet, as well as fun facts. (For instance, according to them, the Sugar Plum Fairy wears out her toe shoes during one performance!)

posted by Laura

Crossword Puzzles since December 21, 1913

Did you know that tomorrow (December 21) is the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle? According to Chase’s Calendar of Events, the first crossword puzzle was created by Arthur Wynne, and was published in The New York World. (The New York World is famous in that it was once run by Joseph Pulitzer, who funded the Pulitzer Prizes, and that it was also the workplace of reporter, Nellie Bly, who went around the world in 72 days).
According to our subscription database, Pop Culture Universe (which you can access from home), a version first appeared in Italy in 1890. Wynne’s crosswords were such a hit, that they were published every week, and in 1924, Simon & Schuster published a collection in book form. If you’re curious about how the puzzle has changed, Presidential Historian, Michael Beschloss, tweeted a picture of the December 21, 1913 version.
If you’re a crossword puzzle fanatic, the library is a great place to serve your passion. Did you know that some of our most popular questions that we get at the reference desk involve crossword puzzle clues?

  • Photo copy crossword puzzles from major newspapers, such as The Boston Globe and The New York Times. We keep the Sunday copy of the The New York Times Magazine at the reference desk, so be sure and come to the desk to ask for the copy, there. After you make a copy and complete it, you have my permission to come back to the desk and brag if you finished it in pen. If you’re more my speed, you can also photo copy the crossword puzzles from People and TV Guide magazines.
  • Log in to our subscription database to access historical archives for The Boston Globe and The New York Times and challenge yourself to decades of crossword puzzles. Just type in “crossword puzzle” as a keyword and you will have thousands to choose. Before doing your search, challenge yourself now with the Boston Globe crossword puzzles from April 8, 1917 and January 1, 1970.
  • Check out the documentary, Wordplay, about the 28th annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament founded by New York Times puzzle master, Will Shortz. Interspersed throughout the documentary are interviews with a variety of celebrities (circa 2006) and their crossword puzzle habits. FYI, former New York Yankees pitcher, former Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees does the Sunday Times crossword in pen! Even this staunch Red Sox fan has to like any (former) Yankees player with intelligence and chutzpah to achieve that accomplishment!
  • Check out the new book, On Crosswords: Thoughts, Studies, Facts, and Snark about a 100-year Old Pastime by T. Campbell
  • Check out the Puzzle Lady mysteries by Parnell Hall, starting with A Clue for the Puzzle Lady
  • Request the CD, Sunday Puzzles, featuring Will Shortz on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition. While this contains all sorts of puzzles, not necessarily crossword puzzles, it will definitely make you think.

posted by Laura

50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy Assassination

Talk to anyone who is 55 years old or older, and he or she can tell you exactly where she was when President John F. Kennedy was shot, and where she was when Kennedy was announced dead. Even for those of us who were not yet born on November 22, 1963, the Kennedy assassination continues to haunt us. Iconic images of John F. Kennedy, JR saluting his father’s casket, or Lyndon Johnson taking the oath of office, flanked by Mrs. Kennedy still wearing her blood stained suit are seared into our minds.

There are many ways to honor the 50th anniversary of this tragic event and the life of John F. Kennedy.

posted by Laura

The World’s Strongest Librarian — Review by Jeanette

I just finished listening to a great book…It’s also available in hard copy and downloadable audio book. If you’d like an insiders look of what it’s like working in a library combined with the story of how a person manages living with Tourette’s Syndrome. Check it out!
The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne… From the book description: “the author was never able to blend into the background. Even before he was formally diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome, the condition would bring chaos into his world. Hanagarne tried countless therapies, but it would not hold him back as he finished his degree. Here he shows how battled Tourette’s while shedding light on the often misunderstood affliction.”
It’s a memoir of a man who grew up loving the library and ended up becoming a librarian in Utah. His journey to working at the library was a struggle due to the fact that he suffered from Tourette’s Syndrome, he managed to control the tics and vocalizations somewhat by working out lifting weights, etc.
Amazing how the situations he encounters in Utah are so similar to the things we face here in Waltham. I think of Utah as being countrified but there are big cities there and big libraries too.
As a person who works at the library, I really enjoyed this book and found some interesting ideas on how to cope and enjoy what goes on around me.
posted by Jeanette

Remembering Marcia Luce, a co-worker and a friend

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Marcia Luce’s death on Friday, November 1. Marcia, who was at work in the Library just a week before her passing, will be deeply missed. She was on the library staff for over 30 years in several different capacities, most recently running the Technical Services Department. We will miss her kindness and friendship, her baking skills and creative book displays, in addition to her many other professional contributions to the library.” Kate Tranquada, Library Director

“When thinking of Marcia I remember her Sunday afternoon Reference desk duties. It seemed she had patrons come up to her who were really more like friends. They chatted and laughed and talked books. Marcia always knew what the person liked, what was new, what she’d already ordered for him, what he would definitely like… even ” Oh, you’ve already read everything by her-you have to wait awhile for the next one! Read something else in the meantime!” She loved her books and everyone else who loved them too!” Jan Zwicker

“I will miss Marcia’s “hi Doreen” greeting, when I saw her at reference or when visiting the circ desk. I will miss her clever book displays sprinkled around the library, and our chats about displays. So knowledgeable, about many topics, and always interesting to talk to. She was incredibly brave, fighting illness for years, without a complaint. Marcia was one of the bravest women I have ever met. Marcia will be missed so very much, but never forgotten.” Doreen Buchinski

“My favorite Marcia story is about how she organized the whole library staff to make me a quilt as a wedding gift! There were a couple of staff members with some sewing experience and I think they all thought Marcia’s plan was a bit too ambitious, but that didn’t stop Marcia! She gave out assignments. The staff with sewing experience coached the novices along. The group managed to stitch and assemble the whole thing in the library, right under my nose, and I never caught wind of it. The end result was a gorgeous and unbelievably touching memento that I display proudly on my den wall.” Deb Fasulo

“I remember doing a last minute museum pass reservation for Marcia so that she could go to the Children’s Museum with her great-grandson. She loved spending time with him.” Lisa Aucoin

” Marcia and I worked together many Saturdays through the years. We always had plenty to talk about because we were both animal lovers. I loved to hear tales of her gineau pigs, birds and other small animals. Shortly after being hired at the library, I got a kitten from a friend of a co-worker. Some years later, Marcia got a kitten from the same family. From then on, we always joked that we were related by “cat”. I’ll always remember Marcia as my Cat Cousin.” Marialice Wade

“There’s an empty spot in the Library’s heart,
we lost a friend today.
A friend and co-worker who wore many hats.
She had a zest for life we all wish we had.
There wasn’t much she couldn’t or wouldn’t do.
It’s going to take more than two feet to fill her shoes.
Rest easy Marcia, memory of you will resound from
Non-fiction to Tech Services and at all the desks in between.
Sometimes when people met Marcia for the first time, she would come across as a bit scary.
Marcia was like the old school librarians I remember from my youth, she was tall and had a commanding way about her but once you got to know her, Marcia’s sweet soft center came shining through.
Marcia was very crafty! She was always learning how to do new things, and sharing that knowledge with others.
Wonderful creations (low calorie of course) came from her kitchen and she enjoyed sharing them with her colleagues.
Marcia was very creative and you could see evidence of that in most every corner of the library. I can still see her standing down in the reference room doorway looking towards the front door to see how the “new” table under the skylight looked.
She would sit at the Main Circ desk to see if the sign over her latest display in the main lobby was hanging straight. Her treasure trove of seasonal decorations are often on display in many nooks and crannies throughout the library.
It is going to be a long time before I don’t imagine Marcia coming around the corner or walking up the aisle pushing a squeaky book cart in front of her.
Miss you Marcia, I know I’ll often wonder what would Marcia do? or think, I bet Marcia would like this! In fact just today I saw a recipe and thought it should go in your recipe box …Fond memories always, Jeanette” Jeanette Curnyn

“One of my favorite things about Marcia is that when she asked or suggested that you do something, I always got the impression that there was no choice, it was more of a demand, and I’m not just talking about when she had a computer or printer problem that I had to fix.
On my first day at the library, she asked where I lived. When I told her that I lived in Jamaica Plain, she asked what route I took to get here. She obviously wasn’t happy with my response, because she gave me turn by turn directions, making sure that I wrote every turn down. I hate to admit it, but she was right. I still take the same route everyday!
Marcia also suggested that I take out a book entitled The Art of Fermentation. For weeks, I ignored this request, and for weeks, she kept on telling me that I need to take it out. And, again, she was right. My fermentation lab (aka my dining room) now stinks of fermenting kimchi and hot sauce.
Even when she brought snacks or a delicious cake for the staff, whenever she told me it was there, I felt like I had no choice, but I had to stop what I was doing and go eat some of it immediately, and that is one request that I never complained about since her baking skills were extraordinary.” Todd Strauss

“I don’t know how many people remember this, but Marcia used to head the party committee & we had many delicious luncheons. One year we had a luncheon every month pertaining to a different country. The one I remember most was the Japanese luncheon. I do not remember what we ate but I remember dealing with chop sticks for the first time. We always had a lovely tea every Spring, too. None of it would have happened without Marcia’s enthusiasm & cooking skills. And let’s not forget her gourmet birthday cakes! She will be missed.” Virginia Waldron

“Marcia was the ‘Julia Child of the library’! Making birthday cakes for coworkers celebrating a birthday that month was an example. Lemon, coconut, chocolate, strawberry shortcake with homemade biscuits, I can’t say which was my favorite. Marcia even set aside some for the evening staff. Then there was the day the smell of fresh baked cookies permeated the library. Following the delicious smell, there was Marcia baking cookies for the staff in the staff kitchen.
But, Marcia was so much more. She was a friend and colleague.
She was an expert at making library displays, at recommending books, and her gardening techniques. Her travelogues of her trips brought us to those places through photos and descriptions. I loved sharing stories of our grandchildren and her precious great grandson.
Marcia was a huge presence in the library and she will be sorely missed.
Rest in Peace, Marcia. Bake, read and make them smile in Heaven.” Gerry Chiasson

“Whenever I think of Marcia, I think of food. She was often cooking, baking,or bringing in treats from her favorite bakery. When I met Marcia my first week of working here, her words of introduction were, “I’m putting together a collection of staff recipes for the staff Christmas party. Can you give me a recipe?” I promised a recipe for devilled eggs, and the next day she asked me for the recipe. I said that I would give it to her later. The day after that, she asked for the recipe. I again said that I would give it to her later. The day after that, I was in technical services and she asked for the recipe. I mentioned that I still didn’t have it. She immediately ushered me over to a desk, gave me a pen and an index card, and said that I was not allowed to leave the technical services section until I wrote out my recipe for devilled eggs. That’s when I realized that this was a lady who took everything related to food seriously!
As others have already mentioned, Marcia made birthday cakes every month in honor of those who were celebrating a birthday. I happen to be one of several people at the library whose birthday is in July. One of the years she told me that she was worried that I was getting left out of the July birthday cake choice, and asked me to let her know my favorite flavor so that I would definitely enjoy the cake. I, who could probably compete with Marcia for biggest sweet tooth among our staff, said that I enjoyed most flavors of cake, but she was insistent and sure enough there was a birthday cake made with me in mind.
When Marcia wasn’t baking, she would frequent some terrific bakeries, bringing in the treats for our monthly library department head meetings. Before I was a library department head, she always made sure to stop by the reference desk with lemon squares for me. When I became head of reference and attended the meetings, Marcia always made sure to buy extra lemon squares just for me. I was so touched that I didn’t have the heart to tell her I don’t like lemon squares!
I’ll always be grateful to Marcia for her great sense of humor, the kindness she showed others, even under a gruff exterior and for teaching me that Belgian Chocolate is much better than Swiss Chocolate. Wherever she is, I hope that she is enjoying a much deserved large box of Godiva!” Laura Bernheim

“I have so many great memories of Marcia: Getting me hooked on her British authors and hearing her say ‘I have the new Katie FForde’; Coming into work and finding the latest knitting book in my drawer, put there by Marcia simply because she knew my love of knitting; Listening to her describe a recipe for a special cake and then having it appear in the staff break room the following week. It was because of Marcia that when the staff kitchen was redone we got a stove where before it was just a stove top! Marcia could do just about anything including gathering a group of co- workers (the majority of whom did not sew) and creating a beautiful quilt for a co- worker’s bridal shower. And finally, I always knew that if I asked Marcia what she thought…she’d tell me. She was honest, forthright and had a heart of solid gold.
‘Loss leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal’—Irish Wisdom” Maureen McEneaney

“Everywhere I look I see reminders of Marcia. Her displays, the Thanksgiving Teddy Bears that are much loved by our little patrons. Her jacket on the back of the chair in Tech Services. The pile of books at her computer. She’s making sure we won’t forget her, as if we ever could. Much love my dear friend.” Marjorie Hartman

“The last few times I have been in the library, the door to Tech. Services was open. It makes me so sad to see Marcia’s empty chair. Some of my most enjoyable days at WPL were spent in the chair next to her while I processed CDs. Coming from the happy chaos of the Children’s Room, Marcia’s room was a peaceful place with her classical music playing softly in the background.
When I first met Marcia, I was intimidated by her sometimes gruff manner, but it didn’t take me long to realize that beneath that was a real gentleness. We shared many wonderful days both inside work and out. Her passion for so many things was inspiring…her family, books, music, food, flowers, museums, her church, her fabulous displays and so much more. Seeing her do battle with her disease with that same passion was also truly inspiring!
During some of the saddest and most difficult times in my life she was always there with a sympathetic ear and her no nonsense advice. ‘Just eat pasta and good quality chocolate and everything will be OK.’ :-)
I will truly miss her presence and I hope that she’s somewhere reading a good mystery, baking cakes for a heavenly choir, and eating pasta, chocolate and chicken pie.
Farewell my dear friend, Sharyn” Sharyn McGann

“I will remember Marcia most for her kindness, that deep recognition that we are all in this together doing the best we can. She was deeply touched when someone did something special just for her. When I brought in a lemon cake for her, she shared it with staff and the following week she made a special stop on the way back from her treatment to buy the lemon cookies that I love.
Tech Services will never be the same. I will miss the coming and going of staff members who stop in to say hi, ask a question or just to chat with her about a common interest. And there will be the absence of someone yelling at the printer to STOP! when it prints more than she asked for.
Color me blue.” Pat Arsenault

“I have been working with Marcia for a good many years I most remember her thoughtfulness in driving me to and from the hospital and doctor’s appointments when I broke both arms about four years ago I keep expecting to see her returning from trips.” Patty Chaisson

“Marcia’s unexpected passing has left me struggling to sort through the flood of memories from our thirty years working together. I was the new Library Director when Father Bill suggested
I interview Marcia for a part-time position in the Children’s Department. I was impressed but worried that she was overqualified. I also thought she came on a little strong (truth to tell I’d never met anyone quite like her) and wondered if she’d long be happy here. I can still hear Father Bill insisting the job would be a perfect fit: “Trust me. If you hire her, you won’t regret it.” Father Bill, remembering my hesitancy, took delight in Marcia’s promotions and growing string of accomplishments. He’d wait for just the right moment to teasingly ask, “how’s that Luce woman working out!”
Marcia was extremely intelligent, highly educated and ridiculously well read. She never received a graduate degree in Library Science but was one of the finest librarians I’ve ever met. She proved to be terrific children’s librarian and because of her outgoing personality and research skills was soon filling in at the adult reference desk. She also knew movies and music (especially opera) and was invaluable helping grow the library’s fast expanding audio-visual collection.
Marcia soon moved up to full time library assistant, but where could her special blend of talents best flourish. When the longtime head of Technical Services retired I had my answer. Marcia was up to the challenge but worried I’d take away some of her other responsibilities. No, I promised, as long as she got the Tech Services work done and besides “when have you ever failed to persuade me to let you do something.” Disarmed, Marcia accepted. I never needed asking, “how’s running Tech Services working out for you”.
Marcia’s creativity, generosity and kindness to others, fierce loyalty to her staff, and love of cooking, baking and celebrating birthdays and special occasions are lovingly shared in other
blog posts. One strength that continues to amaze me was Marcia’s intense appetite for work. Her department went from ordering and processing a few thousand items a year in the 1980’s to up to twenty thousand after the library expansion. She accomplished this with almost no increase in staffing and with the help of a fabulous, small group of volunteers, many of whom she recruited herself.
Marcia’s mounting workload only motivated her to ask for more projects. Working a part-time second job in Concord and overtime most Sundays in Waltham wasn’t enough. She took over selecting most fiction and pushed to increase her areas in non-fiction beyond cookbooks. Need extra copies of some new books immediately? Let me stop by New England Mobile on my way to the library. And of course Marcia’s bountiful displays and booklists were a delight. I’m not sure how she wound up in charge, but when I suggested she might want to cut back and not push herself hard she gave me that withering “don’t even think about” look and, to prove me
wrong, sped up the pace. She was so fast sometimes I’d first learn of an author’s death when I saw his books on one of her display tables.
When I announced my retirement Marcia was far from enthusiastic. I think she saw my leaving as a minor act of disloyalty. To her everyone who worked and volunteered at the library was
family, and everyone who used the library and loved books good friends. Marcia’s life and happiness was too intertwined with the life at the library to ever permit a peaceful separation.
I’m not surprised that she fought her illness with the same determination she brought to every cause. That is one of the few battles I’ve ever seen her lose.
I know I was a better boss for having hired her and am a better person for having known her.
May she rest in peace, a rest she never sought but so richly deserves.” Tom Jewell, former Library Director

“I was fortunate to know Marcia for 11 wonderful years as a coworker at the Waltham Public Library. As mutual animal lovers, Marcia and I often shared stories about our four-footed friends. She knew the names of each and every dog and horse that graced my life during those years, and shared the joyful times as well as the times of grief when they passed away. She knew their names because she took the time to learn the details of each person’s life that she touched, including mine. She genuinely listened with her whole heart, and her responses came from the good, honest place in her soul. Unique and funny as those responses could sometimes be, they were always, truly Marcia to the core-and we loved her for them. Marcia, I will dearly miss you, your wonderful sense of humor, your courage, your irrepressible love of life, friends, and family, your kind and compassionate nature, and, of course, your heavenly baked goods!” Nancy Dent

Upcoming Books into Films

Some of the most popular films are based on books. Check out the books below before seeing the film version. Here are a few books-to-movies coming out within the next year or so. Click on a title to see if a book is currently available at our library and/or to request it. Click on the release date to see more information on the screen version.

Carrie by Stephen King October 18, 2013

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins November 22, 2013

Divergent by Veronica Roth March 21, 2014

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card November 1, 2013

Horns by Joe Hill October 11, 2013

The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney October 18, 2013

The Maze Runner by James Dashner February 14, 2014

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead February 14, 2014

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin TBA

posted by Lisa

Fifty Years Ago Today — March on Washington August 28, 1963

Today, thousands are gathering in Washington DC at the Lincoln Memorial, to honor one of the most important events in American History, the March on Washington, a milestone of the Civil Rights movement, a movement that still continues to this day. President Barak Obama, the nation’s first African-American President, along with former Presidents Clinton and Carter, will be there to remember the March and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Not able to make it to Washington? Commemorate this historic event with the library!

posted by Laura

New eBooks, now available!

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A new batch of eBooks is available to Waltham residents from the publisher MacMillan. MacMillan’s eBook offerings specialize in Mystery series. Log in first to gain access to these residents-only titles. Here is just a sampling of the new titles available…

Author: David Rosenfelt
Attorney Andy Carpenter is an unabashed animal lover, and he has a reputation for saving both dogs and humans from Death Row. With the help of his beloved golden retriever Tara, Andy solves cases and wins courtroom battles in this acclaimed series of legal thrillers.
Open and Shut
First Degree

Author: MC Beaton
Agatha Raisin is a frustrated, yet endearing, retired, middle-aged public-relations agent who moved from London to Carsley in the English Midlands.
Introducing Agatha Raisin (contains #1 & #2 in the series in one download!)
Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener

Author: Chelsea Cain
Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer known as the Beauty Killer.

Author: Lindsey Davis
Marcus Didius Falco is a private investigator working in first century Rome. He’s described as ‘Roman Emperor Vespasian’s smart-aleck PI’. Falco moves around Rome’s empire, working for hire even in Roman Britain.
Silver Pigs
Shadows in Bronze

Author: David Handler
Mitch Berger is a film critic and Desiree “Des” Mitry is a Connecticut police trooper.
Cold Blue Blood
Hot Pink Farmhouse

Author: Val McDermid
Clinical psychologist Tony Hill has had a good run. He and police detective Carol Jordan have put away scores of dangerous criminals at a rate that colleagues envy. The Hill/Jordan series has been adapted for television under the name Wire in the Blood, starring Robson Green.
Mermaids Singing
Wire in the Blood

Remember to Log in to the Digital Media Catalog - at the beginning of your browsing session - instead of when you’re ready to check out.
The Minuteman Library Network offers many titles for all library users to access. And, individual libraries can also add titles just for the residents of their city or town, called Advantage titles. The Digital Media Catalog only shows titles that you, the browser, can access, so logging in opens up all those residents-only Advantage titles!
Bottom line: log in at the beginning of your search for the best selection!
Happy Downloading!

Log in first!

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Browsing for something to download from the Digital Media Catalog? Log in first - at the beginning of your browsing session - instead of when you’re ready to check out.

The Minuteman Library Network offers many titles for all library users to access. And, individual libraries can also add titles just for the residents of their city or town, called Advantage titles. The Digital Media Catalog only shows titles that you, the browser, can access, so logging in opens up all those residents-only Advantage titles!

Bottom line: log in at the beginning of your search for the best selection!

Happy Downloading!


May celebrations and Craft program


May is National Pet Month and National Bike Month. We will be celebrating both of these with the crafts we are making during the next children’s drop-in craft program on Saturday 5/18 from 10:30am-11:15am. We will be making license plates for bikes as well as mounting pictures of cute animals on construction paper. Feel free to join us!

The library has books on caring for pets in the 636 to 639 adult nonfiction sections, the j636 to j639 children’s nonfiction sections, and the beginning nonfiction section. You can also select from our children’s and adult books about bikes.

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