These are a few of my favorite Audio-Visual websites

Julie Andrews
Lisa waltzing around the AV department

These are a few of my favorite Audio-Visual websites
When I can’t remember which Harry Potter is next… when I want to know when “Toy Story 3” is coming out on DVD… when I’m feeling sad…

Here in the Audio-Visual room we use regularly use outside websites that help us with patrons’ inquiries. Here are 3 that you may want to try at home:

  • To find different series by your favorite authors and see which book or audiobook is next in a series: KDL What’s Next Database
  • If you don’t know the exact title of the movie you’re looking for, want to see which movies an actor has been in, or want to see movies that are similar to your favorite movie: AllMovie.Com
    *a companion website,, exists for music
  • To see the DVD release date for a movie which is in theaters: Video ETA

posted by Lisa

Parent/Teacher Collection

Bullying continues to be a topic of national attention. The Children’s Room has a section on Conflict Resolution in the Parenting area which provides information on how to deal with bullies. There are many other sections in the Parenting area with books and audiovisual items which can help you deal with common issues facing children and those who care for them:

  • Adoption
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Daycare
  • Death
  • Development
  • Disabilities
  • Divorce
  • Family Issues
  • Feelings
  • Health
  • Learning Problems
  • Media
  • Moving
  • Multicultural Issues
  • New Babies
  • Parenting
  • Play
  • Potty Training
  • Reading
  • Safety
  • Sex Education
  • Teaching at Home

Read a list of selected titles from this special collection or do a search in our online catalog.

posted by Lisa

Everybody Wins @ Friends Annual Book Sale

The Friends of the Waltham Public Library recently held their annual book sale, raising thousands of dollars to enhance and support public library services in the City. Many thanks to all the customers who shopped for bargains at the sale, to everyone who donated books and recordings all year long, and to the dedicated team of volunteers who ran the sale.

Among the dozens of generous volunteers who sorted, shelved, and sold books over the course of the ten-day sale, three deserve particular mention. Book Sale Co-Chairs Betsey Greenman and Parrish Rice masterminded the production, starting their work months in advance. In addition to her countless hours working the sale, Betsey recruited and scheduled all the volunteers who made sure the shelves were stocked and kept the cashier’s table staffed day and night. Jacquie Weekley volunteered behind the scenes all year long, sifting through the piles of donations, sorting the annual sale items from the ongoing sale material. Due to Jacquie’s efforts the Friends have a thriving ongoing book sale in addition to the big annual event.

The Book Sale Committee is especially grateful to the library staff for their help and cooperation. Head of Maintenance Gary Smith sorted and stored donations all year long, then set up the room and supplied the volunteers with the books and materials they needed before and during the sale.

The Friends of the Waltham Public Library is dedicated to supporting strong City-funded Library services, applying its funds to extras that are beyond the reach of the City budget, such as laptops for free computer classes at the library, supplies for the Children’s Summer Reading Program, free and reduced-cost passes to area museums, and free programs such as workshops for job seekers, concerts, lectures and author appearances. A department of the City of Waltham, the library is available to all thanks to the citizens and elected officials of Waltham, who understand the importance of the public library as an essential tool for the educational, cultural and economic development of our community.

Waltham is fortunate to have such strong support for its library, and the library is privileged to benefit from the commitment of the volunteers who made this year’s book sale such a success.

Kate Tranquada
Library Director

Halloween Fun

The nights are getting colder and darker and that means that Halloween is near. Perhaps you are looking for something to do to celebrate the witching season.
Here are some ideas from around the area.

  • Haunted Happenings in Salem, MA now through October 31.
    31 days of Halloween programming.
  • Boston Ghost Cruise– Boston Ma October 23 to October 30
    This is new scary cruise departs from Long Wharf and brings Boston Harbor’s haunted sites to life.
  • Dead of Night Ghost Tours in Plymouth, MA now through October 31st
    Walk through Burial Hill, Plymouth’s oldest cemetery. Tours start next to Plymouth Rock on Water Street.
  • Witch’s Woods in Westford, MA now through October 31.
    A haunted hayride for ages 6 and up.

Look these sites up and more at the Waltham Public Library! Go to call number 394.2646 in the adult and children’s areas for books about Halloween. You can also find delicious treats to make as well as costumes and party ideas.

posted by Marialice