Dr. Seuss’s birthday

Do you like party hats? You could put on a special hat to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel, on March 2nd. Try checking out one of his creations from the various sections of the Children’s Room. We have books to read to young children in the E Picture Book section as well as books for beginning readers in the yellow and blue areas of the Easy Reader section. You also can find Dr. Seuss books in Spanish at j468 Seuss and movies in the Fiction Video/DVD (green) section.

If you would like to know more about the life of Dr. Seuss, try looking in the Biography section in Row 8 (look under Geisel) or at the Something About the Author series. You can find this series, which provides biographical information about children’s authors, along the bottom shelves of the Reference section in Row 9 or among the online databases available through the library webpage.

Also, look for the Dr. Seuss activity sheets we’ll put out to celebrate here & there or anywhere!!

posted by Lisa

Thespians for Libraries

Enjoy a rollicking good time at the Weston Friendly Society AND support the Friends of the Waltham Public Library – all at the same time! The Society will be making a generous donation to the Friends this year, and they’re presenting Thoroughly Modern Millie next month:

March 26, 27 & April 1 , 2

at the Weston Town Hall

Tickets are $16, $19 & $22 – such a deal!

More information at

Keep up with Library News!

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From WPL’s webpage, click that link on the left-hand side that says Subscribe to Library News. You’ll be asked to enter your email address. That address is used solely for the purpose of sending the Library News that you choose to receive. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others. Letters arrive roughly once per month per newsletter. Once you’ve entered your address you’ll have an opportunity to choose the notices you’ll receive. It’s that simple to keep up with what the library has to offer.

posted by Deb

New York Times Reading List for Egypt

If you are trying to understand the situation in Egypt a little better, check out this excellent book list compiled by The New York Times. I’ve reproduced the list below so that you click on any title to reserve it.

Reading List compiled by Alexander Starr of The New York Times, c. 2011

The following books are not available in the Minuteman Library Network, but you may request them through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Mobilizing Islam by Carrie Wickham
  • The Muslim Brotherhood edited by Barry Rubin
  • The Yacoubin Building by Alaa Al-Aswany.
  • Zaat by Sonallah Ibrahim
  • Master of Games by Miles Copeland, Jr.

Public Libraries Help People Save Money

Read all about it: how a family of four saves almost $7,000 a year by using their public library.

A Valentine to Waltham’s Library Volunteers

From the Friends and the Library Staff

The Library is extraordinarily fortunate to have 33 volunteers who come in week after week to assist Library staff.  These fine people donate their time and talents in a variety of ways.  Volunteers shelve and straighten books, write press releases and prepare mailings for the Friends.  They help in every department, sorting donations for the ongoing book sale, putting labels and covers on books, entering data, finding missing items, creating a staff wiki, updating the online calendars and creating Friends email notices.

Working away largely unnoticed by library users, our volunteers play a key part in the success of the library.  We are deeply grateful for the generous assistance of:

Genevieve Allison
Ruth Anderson
Barbara Aucoin
Dennis Bernhardt
Karen Condor
Edith Cooper
Jerri DeKriek
Garrett Eastman
Jennifer Fitzsimmons-Gauger
Lisa Forster
David Freedman
Barbara Halpern
Cathy Hughes
Thomas Jewell
Sue Johnson
Christine Katsioules
Deana Littlefield
Sally Lobo
Anne Lundregan
Don McAdam
Mary McCusker
Irvin Orlandini
Barbara Pack
Victoria Rea-Wilson
Elizabeth Rea-Wilson
Sarah Robichaud
Sue Schmidt
Libby Shaw
Lim Siwlan
Ginny Sutherland
Jacquie Weekley
Graeme Williams
Mary Xu