Magazine Swap

I am a long-time member of the Minuteman Library Network and I really enjoy your services. I just wanted to offer a suggestion of adding a space where people can donate their magazines for other people to take (the same way they do it in the Newton main branch). I have many magazines that are a good and useful read and would love to share them with other residents. Newton’s program seems very successful.

I hope you will take this suggestion into consideration.

Thank you very much


Please watch for our new Magazine Swap area to appear in the AV Annex right after the annual Friends Book Sale ends. The shelves at the bottom of the ongoing book sale will be set aside for this purpose.

Kate Tranquada

Healthy Snacks

I would like to see healthier snacks in the vending machine and maybe some juices in the soda machine.

Frequent Library Patron


Our head custodian purchases the snacks and keeps the machines stocked. He has purchased pretzels and granola bars, and will watch for other healthier items that will work with the dispensing mechanism we have. The healthiest snacks around are fruits and vegetables, which our machine is not equipped to handle (unless they are preserved and packaged in a size that will fit the machine).

The best beverage option we have for the health-conscious is bottled water, and we will continue to keep it in stock. Real juices are too expensive to provide for 75 cents.

Please contact me with any specific suggestions you may have for snacks that will work in our vending machine. In addition, please feel free to bring your own favorite snacks with you to eat in the AV Annex at the Library.

Kate Tranquada

Internet Queueing Station

In the Internet area, it would be good to have another monitor displaying who’s “up” in the queue to use 1-hour computers. Currently, one must get up and down to look at a monitor that is not well-located and is often in use by others. Since it is hard to judge when computes are free, one can easily miss their time, and then wait extra-long times to get on. Or how about having the comptuer make a quiet, non-invasive sound go off when computers open up?

Additionally, the current sign-up station is not accessible to persons with disabilities!

Thank you!

Thank you for the excellent suggestions about one of the most popular areas of the Library. I will work with our computer specialist to see how we can improve the visibility of the waiting list.

We have discussed different options for the queueing station to make it universally accessible and practical in terms of traffic flow, and have not yet come up with a solution that meets both criteria. Although the sign-up station is not currently accessible to everyone, reference staff can sign up users from the reference desk, and they are happy to assist anyone with computer reservations, including those who call ahead by phone.

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