Book Sale Success

The Friends of the Waltham Public Library recently wrapped up another successful two-week annual book sale, raising over $13,000 to enhance and support public library services in the City. Happy customers walked away with thousands of bargain books, audio books, music and video recordings.

The Friends of the Waltham Public Library raises funds to provide 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. The Friends is dedicated to supporting strong City-funded Library services, applying its funds to projects that are above and beyond the basics.

Book Sale Co-Chairs Betsey Greenman and Parrish Rice worked long hours planning and organizing their team of volunteers, and were rewarded with a 15% increase in sales over last year’s event. A small planning group met in the summer to discuss ideas for improving the sale for customers – the Friday night preview in particular – and decided on several changes to the room layout, rules of etiquette, and publicity. Others spent hours unpacking, sorting, shelving and selling the mountains of donations. Janet Welch and Dr. Helene Day appeared to have moved into the library for the duration of the sale: they were always on hand to be sure the books were in order and the cash box was tended. Many others devoted countless hours to the cause as well, including: Margaret Allen, Lela Chiavaras, Mary Connaughton, Joan Garniss, Rita Guardabassio, Jerri DeKriek, Elizabeth Hannon, Tom Jewell, Teresa Lorden, Norm MacDonald, Don McAdam, Juana McDougall, Jeanne O’Connell, Deb Savarino, Joan Sheridan, Maureen Taddeo and Graeme Williams.

The Book Sale Committee is especially grateful to the library staff for their help and cooperation. Head of Maintenance Gary Smith, ably assisted by Bill Sutherland and Matthew Harvey, 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.

Thank you to all of those who donated items for the sale and to all the customers who make the annual sale such a profitable and fun event.


Kate Tranquada

Library Director

Usher in Halloween with E.A. Poe

Spend an evening with Edgar Allan Poe at the Friends of the Library October 30th fundraiser: enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, desserts, and performances by actors from the Hovey Players. And that’s not all! Enter raffles (six tickets for a mere five dollars) for an impressive array of prizes — take a look at the list of donors below.

Join us for this one-of-a-kind benefit at the library:

735 Main Street
Friday, October 30th at 6:00 PM.
$15 at the door
Costumes are welcome…

Raffle prize donors include:

Aalok International
Albert’s Photo Studio
Back Pages Books
Barsom Rug Center
Bon Worth
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Costco Wholesale
Descar Jewelry Design, LTD.
D&L Discount Liquors
Doubletree Guest Suites
Dunkin’ Donuts
Embassy Cinema
Fiorella’s True Value
Fitz’s Bar and Grill
Gore Place
Green Papaya
Huntington Learning Center
Jake & Earl’s Dixie Barbecue
John Brewer‘s Tavern
Joyce Funeral Home
Marcou Jewelers
Michael’s Fine Wine
Moody Street Nutrition
More Than Words
Naked Fish Restaurants, Inc.
New England Mobile Book Fair
New Mother India
Newtonville Camera
Nickerson & Hills, Inc.
Omni Salon & Spa
Panera Bread
Park Lodge Hotel Group
Party Needs
Photo Quick
Russo & Sons, Inc.
Ryan’s Wine Shop
Salon Excellence
Sato Restaurant
Super Shag Dance Studios
Tango Mango
The Tea Leaf
Thomas H O’Connor
Tom Can Cook
Upper Crust
Watch City Brewing Company
Watertown Savings Bank
Westin Hotels & Resorts

Attention Genealogists!!

Waltham City Directory Front Page 1927
Do you have any near-and-dear (OR maybe not really so near or dear!) relatives from Waltham? Did they pass away sometime between 1912-1960 but you haven’t been able to find out exactly when? Try out our new link “Deaths in Waltham from City Directories: 1912-1960” available on our website. It’s a fully searchable list of deaths cited in the pages of the Waltham City Directories. From our homepage just go to Library Departments/ Local History/ Genealogy Resources, scroll down to “Waltham Materials” and click on “Deaths in Waltham…” to bring up the PDF file. To search, either click on the binoculars or press Control-F and put the name in the search box. You can easily advance from one entry to the next. Once you then have a date to go by you can easily look for an obituary, if wanted, in our library microfilm collection.
posted by Janice

State budget affects library users

Fiscal Year 2011 doesn’t begin until July 2010, but the long state budget process has already begun, and the news is not good. The executive branch has given the Board of Library Commissioners 16% less to work with than the current year, which is already down to 1997 levels.

What does this have to do with library services to Waltham residents? The Public Library, the Minuteman Library Network and the Metrowest Region depend on state funds in order to maintain key services. Among the uses for state funds in libraries:

· Telecommunications (Internet connection and online catalog) and resource sharing (Virtual Catalog of statewide holdings)

· The Talking Book Library – for residents with disabilities unable to read printed books – providing access to the world of news, fiction and nonfiction

· The delivery service that makes our very popular inter-library loan system work (43,286 items received from other libraries in Waltham in FY09 and 86,521 items provided from Waltham to other libraries in the same period)

· Online access to the full text of the New York Times and several Massachusetts Newspapers, including the Globe and Herald, back to the 1980’s

· Compensation for the cost of loaning tens of thousands of items to non-Waltham residents from the Waltham Public Library each year

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners held a budget session for public comment yesterday at the Sargent Memorial Library in Boxborough. In addition, a special Board meeting to address budget issues is scheduled for October 6 at the Board’s office in Boston. Follow these links to find out more about these meetings and opportunities to comment and the proposed budget plan.

Please also consider attending one of the upcoming opportunities to speak to and hear from your elected officials:

Waltham Town Hall 2009 will be held Oct. 2, 7, 14, 23, 6-8 p.m., Cafe on the Common, 677 Main Street. Friday’s forum will feature state Senator Susan Fargo, State Representative Peter Koutoujian, Mayor Jeannette McCarthy, and an aide to Congressman Edward Markey.

The League of Women Voters of Waltham will co-sponsor candidates’ nights at Waltham High with the Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce. School Committee candidates are Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. At-large City Council candidates are Oct. 22, 7 p.m.

Relief Efforts

We’ve had some questions from patrons regarding donating to victims of the tsunamis and earthquakes in Indonesia and the Pacific. Here are just a few places that you can donate: