Kindle titles in the library?

I am very pleased with the library system in MA. The wide selection of Christian books has allowed me to enjoy reading without spending a dime – great in this economy!

I would like to request books for Kindles. I got my Kindle for Christmas and I really want to use it more. If the library could expand the selection of Christian books to Kindles it would be great!

Thank you again and keep up the good work.

Dear EF,
Thank you very much for your compliment to the Waltham Public Library. We’re happy to offer informational, educational and entertainment resources in any economy!

Unfortunately, Kindle titles are not available to libraries currently. Kindles were originally designed to read books purchased directly from Amazon and no other source. But back in the Spring (April, 2011), Amazon announced that they are making plans to allow libraries to offer Kindle titles to patrons by using OverDrive as the online distributor. WPL is currently using OverDrive to supply downloadable books and audiobooks of the non-Kindle variety, so I would say it is likely that WPL will also, at some point, offer Kindle titles through OverDrive. The business model for libraries to use this service has not yet been revealed, so we in the library world wait for more information. Hang in there!

Thanks again for your kind words.

Best Regards,
Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director

Great Inter-Library Loan!

I know you probably receive lots of suggestions, but I have none. I love the library and especially inter-library loan! I could not afford to buy all of the books I want to read, and the inter-library loan is a godsend. Every book I’ve ever wanted is available and arrives promptly. I want to thank you for doing this! It’s an amazing system you have.
A library patron

Dear Library Patron,

Thank you very much for writing to let us know you are happy with your library service!

Our inter-library loan service is possible thanks to the state-funded delivery system; our membership in the Minuteman Library Network; the daily efforts of the Reference staff – especially Marialice – aided by Children’s and Audio-Visual staff; and the efficiency of our Circulation staff, who make sure you get your items when they arrive.

Best wishes and happy reading,
Kate Tranquada


Great Children’s Room, Long wait list

I want to tell you how much my 2-yr-old daughter and I LOVE your library. The Children’s Department provides loads of fun for us. We come to play when the weather’s bad. We love the selection of Patricia Polacco books. I enjoy movies, books and music and the library staff is always helpful.

I do have one sort-of disappointment: When there’s a popular CD, only one copy and 26 holds, I lose interest. I think for NEW items there should be a 1-week borrowing time. Otherwise you’re doing a great job.

Leah & L.A.

Hello Leah & L.A !
Thank you for that bunch of compliments. I’m so glad that you’ve been able to use so many library items and services.

It sure can be tough to wait when there is a popular item that you’d like to borrow. Sometimes the situation isn’t a bad as it looks, though; the catalog can be a little misleading. When you search for an item at a catalog at the library, it automatically limits your search to just the Waltham copies, unless you choose otherwise when you search. The result you see then is all the holds in the entire Minuteman Network for 43 libraries, but only the number of copies owned in Waltham. This paints a confusing picture since other libraries probably own copies too. (Change that box that says WALTHAM to ALL LOCATIONS and you’ll see all the other libraries that also have copies.) The 26 holds you mentioned may actually have 30 copies in the network that could help to fill your request.

Placing a request helps out in another way too. If there are Waltham patrons waiting for items that we don’t have, those items come up on a report to help us decide what items to buy. So, the list may not be as long as you think AND you’re helping the library staff choose materials people want. Request away!

Kind regards,
Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director

Ongoing Book Sale

It would be nice to see books in the ongoing book sale that are not ex-library books.

Thank you.

Thanks for visiting the Friends ongoing sale! Both donated books and weeded library books are displayed in the ongoing sale. As different areas of the library’s collections are evaluated, sometimes extra copies of library books go to the sale. Other weeks there are lots of donations to put out. The selection changes weekly, so keep visiting.

Best regards,
Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director


Teaching Company

Keep buying more Teaching Company courses. They are fabulous!


Will do! Feel free to make any purchase requests for specific Teaching Company titles or subjects with the AV staff.

Keep Learning!

Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director/AV Librarian


NEW DVD list

It would be nice to have a listing online of newly purchased DVDs like you have on the AV desk.

Thanks for asking! You actually can see a list, 2 different ways, from the Waltham Public Library website:

Under Common Tasks, click Book Lists and then New Books. Down near the bottom of this list you should find a group of items with the prefix [RENTAL] and those will be all the new movies with links to the Minuteman Catalog for placing requests.


From the library’s home page, down on the left-hand side, click Subscribe to Library News. Enter an email address and then choose which lists or announcements you would like to receive: film list, for example. Just once each month you would receive an email with the exact same list as is on the AV desk. No email addresses are ever given away or used for purposes other than the subscription you choose.

Happy Viewing!
Best Regards,
Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director/AV Librarian

Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks

Do you carry or will you carry OverDrive — an e-book provider service for public libraries?

Yes, indeed the Minuteman Library Network just recently began providing OverDrive to library patrons! Please visit the Minuteman Library Network website to try it out! It’s a brand new collection which will be growing in size in the near future, so check back frequently!

Waltham also still participates in the Recorded Books downloadable program.
Visit the Waltham Public Library website to check out more titles.

Feel free to contact the library at 781-314-3425 and press 5 for the Audio-visual Department if you’d like more information.

Happy Listening!

Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director

On request list and still waiting

I’m on the request list for a book. I signed up 4-5 months before publication. Now the book is in the library. One copy is a Speed Read and one is a Rental. I’m still waiting.
Is there some way you can put a box on the request form, so people who want to could get the Rental or Speed Read first? After all, I’ve been waiting.

Thank you.

I’m glad you’re utilizing the request service here at the library. Here’s how it works with new, hot bestsellers:
At least 1 Speed Read, 1 Rental and several regular copies of the book are purchased. The more requests Waltham patrons place, the more copies the library buys. The regular copies start going out to the first patrons on the request list while the Rental(s) and Speed Read(s) go out to the shelf for the browsing patrons. As regular copies are returned, they go to the next patrons on the request list. Rental copies are purchased by the Friends of the WPL and cost $1 for 1 week to rent. These copies are not eligible to fill requests, but are more for browsing patrons who would rather pay $1 and have it now than wait until a free copy is available. The money goes back to the Friends to buy more rental books, movies, museum passes and library programming. Speed Reads are also not eligible to fill requests, but are free and you have to be lucky to spot one. Patrons who are on the waiting list and do see either a Speed Read or a Rental available in the library are, of course, welcome to borrow or rent them and cancel their request. It’s sort of a trade off: you can guarantee a free copy will be held for you by placing a request or you can gamble and hope you find one of the copies available to a browsing patron.

This way we serve as many patrons as we can, whether they are here in person or placing a request from home.

Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director

Librarians’ recommendations

I think a list of recommendations by the librarians would be a nice way to learn of new books and authors.

Great idea! We’ve done displays based on that idea before. The staff is putting their heads together. Keep your eyes open for periodic bookmarks listing staff recommendations!

Kind regards,
Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director

Young Adult Fantasy Books

You guys need more fantasy books for Young Adults.


Thanks very much for your interest! While the library currently does not have the funding for a Young Adult Librarian, any of the Reference staff would be happy to take your purchase suggestions for authors or titles in person or on the telephone. The Head Reference Librarian, Laura Bernheim can also receive purchase requests by email at Most items are also available for inter-library loan throughout the Minuteman Library Network.

Keep reading!
Deb Fasulo, Asst. Director

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