The Bruins season is about to start!

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Can’t wait for the 2010-11 Bruins Season to start? Me neither!

Here’s a brief update of the offseason…
Cam Neely is now the President of the Bruins organization.
Peter Chiarelli is still the General Manager.
Claude Julien‘s going into his 4th year as Head Coach.
Doug Jarvis was named a new Asst Coach alongside Doug Houda and Geoff Ward. Interesting fun fact about Doug Jarvis: as an NHL player, he holds the record for the most consecutive games played with 964 from October 8, 1975 to October 10, 1987.

Status of the team:
Marc Savard is suffering a recurrance of post-concussion syndrome and is not currently practicing with the team.
Tim Thomas and David Krejci are both playing again after offseason hip surgery.
Andrew Ference is back after 2 hernia surgeries.
Dennis Seidenberg had a tendon in his arm repaired and is currently in the line-up.
Marco Sturm is still recovering from knee surgery and is aiming for a mid-November return to the ice.
Milan Lucic seems up to speed after last season’s ankle issues and
“Big Z” Zdeno Chara declined to have his pinky finger surgically repaired deciding instead to let it heal.
Dennis Wideman was traded in return for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell.
The B’s had #2 & #25 draft picks and got Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron.

The boys have a pre-season game coming up on 10/2 in Belfast Ireland against the Giants Selects on their way to the official season opener in Prague, Czech Republic. Belfast Giants Select is a unified team comprised of an All-Star selection of the best of the UK Elite League players from each team. The Bruins will play one exhibition game in Lieberec, Czech Republic on Tuesday, October 5 against HC Liberec at 7:00 p.m. local/ 1:00 p.m. ET.

The Bruins will open their 2010-11 regular season against the Phoenix Coyotes at the O2 Arena in Prague on Saturday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m. local/ 12 noon ET and will play the Coyotes again on Sunday, October 10 at the O2 Arena in Prague at 4:00 p.m. local/ 10:00 a.m. ET. They will return to Boston following Sunday’s game.

Fortunately, the guys will have 4 days off to recover from that crazy travel schedule before playing New Jersey on 10/16.

Other returning players…
Patrice Bergeron
Brad Marchand
Daniel Paille
Mark Recchi
Michael Ryder
Shawn Thornton
Blake Wheeler
Johnny Boychuk
Matt Hunwick
Mark Stuart
Trent Whitfield
Adam McQuaid
Tuukka Rask

There are a bunch of new guys still vying for a spot on the team. Click here for the complete roster to date.

New to hockey or need a refresher? I mean no disrespect when I recommend Hockey for Dummies as a great overview of rules and NHL records. This and other hockey books can be found in call number 796.96.

Here’s the 2010-11 Official NHL Rulebook.

So that’s it for a little Bruins update just in time for the season to start.

All together now:

Bruins Cheer


posted by Deb

Historical Fiction — October Display

Learn something NEW about the PAST! Travel back in time…10 years…50 years, another century or millennium. The choice is all yours. Cozy up to the past with a historical fiction novel today.
The Circulation Department Display for the month of October is Historical Fiction at the Waltham Public Library. Check out a book or two from the historical fiction display located in the foyer at the main entrance of the library on Main Street.
“A historical novel is a novel in which the story is set among historical events, or more generally, where the time the action takes place in predates the time of the first publication — distinguish and contrast the genre of alternate history. Artists classified as Romantics popularized the genre of the historical novel in the 19th century. Many regard Sir Walter Scott as the first to have used this technique, in his novels of Scottish history such as his novels Waverley (1814) and Rob Roy (1818). His Ivanhoe (1820) gains credit for renewing interest in the middle ages. Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831) furnishes another early example of the historical novel.” (from retrieved September 29, 2010)
More recent historical fiction titles include: The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee, Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe, Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent, Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory, Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. This is to only name a few of the many books available to check out.

Lists and Sites of Historical Fiction

Above mentioned lists can also be found at the display site.
posted by Doreen

Historical Fiction display

French Collection News/Nouvelles Collection Français

The Friends of the Waltham Public Library have partnered with the French Library and Cultural Center in Boston to bring you an enhanced collection of French materials! These books are available now in the Reference section of our library. Soon, we will have children’s books for you too!  They will be located in our children’s room.

Check it out!

Les Amis de la Bibliothèque Publique Waltham ont établi un partenariat avec la Bibliothèque Française et du Centre Culturel à Boston pour vous apporter une collection de matériaux améliorés français! Ces livres sont disponibles dès maintenant dans la section de référence de notre bibliothèque. Bientôt, nous aurons des livres pour enfants pour vous aussi!  Ils seront situés dans la chambre de nos enfants!

posted by Louise

New Computers!

I’m happy to announce that the library has ten new computers! These computers came from a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation so a big thank you goes out to them.

In the past week, I put out seven of the computers, and, as I write this, they are all being used by library patrons.  I’ll finish configuring the final three within the next week or two and then they will become available.

In other computer news,  we will be making three more laptops available to library patrons  in less than a month!  These laptops were purchased by the Friends of the Waltham Public Library so a  big thank you also  goes out to them.