Top Ten Nonfiction Check-Outs of 2016

Newton Public Library readers were interested in self-help, cookbooks, manga and a miraculous true story! 1. Christmas with Southern Living The definitive resource for Southern food, decorating, and entertaining ideas. It’s the publication no Southern home-in any part of the country-can be without.                 2. The Life-Changing Art of Tidying…
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Top Ten Fiction Check-Outs of 2016

NPL’s favorite reads of 2016, according to circulation:  1. Rogue Lawyer  by John Grisham Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no…
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Why I Love My Library – by Barbara

Back in the Ice Ages, when I was little,  “Story Hour” was my stay-at-home, non-driving mom reading to me our personal copy of the Golden Book Encyclopedia . Today, I  still read to my grandchildren, but my Newton Public Library offers me such diverse resources!     StoryTime is a great way to introduce children…
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Butterflies to Celebrate NPL’s 130th Anniversary!

Have you noticed our logo resembles a butterfly? We’re decorating the Library with paper butterflies to celebrate! If you’d like to participate, here are three patterns: An easy butterfly for those who are good with a scissors.  An origami butterfly, a relatively easy pattern, by origami standards: http://bit.ly/1rp4hsK The last pattern we’re supplying uses two…
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Why I Love My Library, by Lois

Imagine a place where you can get current popular books, newspapers, magazines, online access — FREE! That is your public library.  I have been an avid patron of the Newton Public Library for over 45 years — enjoying current publications, classics, books on tape and now CD, as well as stimulating discussion groups. Oh, and…
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Top YA Books for 2016

Last Thursday (4/14) was one of my favorite days in the world of YA literature: YALSA’s  Teens’ Top Ten nominees were released! Every year teen groups around the country nominate their favorite titles from the previous year. The finalists are released during National Library Week in April, giving teens plenty of time to start reading the…
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Guest Review: The Moor’s Account

Steve Richards reviews The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami. Variously said, history is written by victors, survivors and dominant cultures. Fortunately, contrasting stories may be available from research in many disciplines of science and humanities. Sometimes the evocative and truthful stories are told by historical novelists. The Moor’s Account, by Laila Lalami, is a wonderful example.…
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Oscar-nominated Movies & Their Books

It’s Oscar season! And as many movies are receiving their idiomatic “time in the spotlight,” their respective books are, too. Here are four popular books-turned-adapted screenplays of the past year, enjoyed by teens and adults alike:     Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews Greg Gaines is the last master of…
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