Books to help keep New Year’s Resolutions

January 12, 2013

The Huffington Post has a post by the librarian/blogger Joy Weese Moll, “A Librarian’s Tips For Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution“. In the post Joy recommends three recently published books that contain techniques to help readers keep their New Year’s resolutions. You can also read Joy’s blog post a “New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge” on her personal blog, Joy’s Book Blog.

Links to the MLN catalog records for the books Joy recommends:

Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, & Al Switzler

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Emotional Equations: Simple Truths for Creating Happiness + Success by Chip Conley


Boston Book Festival: Saturday, October 27th 2012

August 25, 2012

The Boston Book Festival will be held this year on Saturday, October 27th in the Copley Square area of Boston. The event showcases a wide variety of author discussions and workshops for kids, teens, and adults. It spans over the night of the Friday October 26th into Saturday the 27th. This year’s schedule, which is still being created, already features an impressive array of speakers.

A full listing of events along with information about the speakers is available on the Boston Book Festival Website: The Book Festival blog is another source for information about authors, books, and reading-related local events. Of particular interest is the summer reading list created by the Book Festival staff in June 2012, it features a unique list of selections: Summer Reading from the BBF.

Some information about this year’s main events and speakers is below, book titles available through the Newton Public Library are linked to the Minuteman Catalog.

2012 Presenters:

Keynote address: Richard Ford “Richard Ford is a Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction winner who has taught at Williams College and Princeton University. He is most noted for the Frank Bascombe series, comprising The Sportswriter (1986), Independence Day (1995), which won the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner award, and The Lay of the Land (2006). His most recent novel, Canada, tells of how Dell Parsons’ life changes after his parents are arrested for robbing a bank. Richard currently lives in Maine with his wife Kristina.”

Kids’ Keynote: Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket is the author of far too many books, most recently Who Could That Be At This Hour?, the first volume in his new series, All The Wrong Questions, which chronicles his suspicious childhood and his childhood suspicions. His other books include the alleged bestsellers A Series Of Unfortunate Events, and 13 Words, a collaboration with illustrator Maira Kalman. When inconvenience or the treachery of his enemies prohibits him from making an appearance, Mr. Snicket is represented by Daniel Handler, author of four novels, most recently the Printz honor-winning Why We Broke Up, coincidentally also in collaboration with illustrator Maira Kalman.

Page to Screen: “Book lovers and cinephiles alike love to argue the merits of film adaptations of beloved books. But who’s more invested in this process than the book authors themselves? The Boston Book Festival kicks off BBF 2012 on Friday, October 26 at 7:30 pm with a very special conversation among five authors whose book-length works have been turned into films and television shows.”


Books and Reading FAQs

April 6, 2010

Where can I find that list of the 100 best novels?

Does this old book that belonged to my grandmother have any monetary value?

Which books are the most often re-read?

The answers to all  these questions and more can be found at Frequently Asked Questions on Books and Reading on the American Library Association website.

The ALA has compiled more than 30 Fact Sheets on a variety of topics including the number of libraries in the U.S. (122,566) and the percent  of Public Libraries that offer internet access (98.7%).

So, the next time you find yourself wondering about where to donate all your gently used  books or just how many librarians there are, check out the ALA FAQs.

Photo of question mark (cc) by Leo Reynolds and republished here under a Creative Commons license.  Some rights reserved.

Other Resources

September 7, 2006


Bookletters Available on your library’s home page. Features current fiction and nonfiction titles. Bestseller lists, awards’ lists. Includes adult, teens and children’s titles. Has an e-mail alert feature to help you keep up with what’s new. Coming soon to the Winchester Public Library.

Librarians Index to the Internet
Web sites related to topics in literature evaluated and selected by librarians

Novelist Library database. Some features: find similar books, author read a likes, describe a plot, book discussion guides, book reviews by title. Covers adult, teen and children’s titles.

Readers Advisory Link Farm

Extensive list of links to RA resources compiled by a Library Science professor.