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

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

Web Renewal – Due 3 weeks from TODAY

I learned the hard way that “Renew All” meant that a book I took out yesterday is renewed, not for an added three weeks, but for one day! Ugh! How about explaining that under “Renew”?


Your frustration is understandable. At this point, the details about renewing online are described in the FAQs:

When you renew an item, the new due date is calculated from the date you perform the renewal. The additional time is NOT added on to the end of the original loan period…To get the maximum time on your loan, you should perform any renewals very close to the due date.

I will pass your message on to the staff at the Minuteman Library Network Central Site staff, who may be able to make this more clear up front.

Kate Tranquada

Download-Friendly Option


It would be neat to have a “download-friendly” format/option for the users’ or borrowers’ list. I call it my “bibliography.” Text/csv would probably be most universal – or rich text.

Many thanks.

I agree with you: a printer- or download-friendly option for lists available through the MLN catalog’s My Account would be helpful. I have passed your suggestion on to the Minuteman Library Network’s central site staff, who work directly with our vendor, Innovative Interfaces.

Best wishes,
Kate Tranquada