Friday, February 27, 2009

Resume Resources

The Wellesley Free Library now has a Career Center, featuring resources to help you jump-start your new career. Resume books are the most popular at the moment, so here's a short selection of some titles to help you revamp or write your resume:

30-minute résumé makeover : rev up your résumé in half an hour / Louise Kursmark CAREERS 650.14 Kursmark

The only resume and cover letter book you'll ever need / [edited by Richard Walsh] CAREERS 650.14 Only

The quick résumé & cover letter book : write and use an effective résumé in only one day / Michael Farr CAREERS 650.142 Farr

Step-by-step resumes : build an outstanding resume in 10 easy steps / Evelyn U. Salvador CAREERS 650.142 Salvador

If it's online resources you favor, check out these helpful sites:

Jobstar Central - A variety of links, tips, and sample resumes are featured here

Susan Ireland's Resumes - From the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume, this site features 90 sample resumes, arranged by format and occupation, with other resources.

Virginia Tech's Career Services - A clearinghouse for all things related to resumes.

Google Docs Resume Templates - Google has free and easy-to-use online templates though Google Docs.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Global Road Warrior

The name of this database is enough to entice me to take a look at it! For those who need to know more about this reference tool which bills itself as The Ultimate Guide to the World before trying it out, here are some facts for you.

For our patrons researching countries for travel or an assignment.

Covers 176 countries and territories,

92 data categories including money, food & recipes, maps, points of interest, culture, visas and immunizations needed, weather, security, country facts, and more.

1575 maps (including outline maps)

4200 currency & coin images

Available in the library or remotely

You may find Global Road Warrior on the Wellesley Free Library Database page in our catalog. If you are in your home, you will need your library card number. In no time at all, the world is yours to discover!--SH

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Plug in a zip code or click on a map to find the closest independent bookstores to you. (developed by the American Booksellers Association) is promoting independent stores of all kinds through this easy store locator. And don't forget to take a look at their book lists and best seller lists at theirBookWeb site.

Friday, February 20, 2009

SF & Fantasy

Enjoy these books, the most popular science fiction and fantasy books by circulation since July 2008.

Top 10 Science Fiction

1. Odd Girl Out
by Zahn, Timothy

2. Invincible (Star Wars)
by Denning, Troy

3 The lost fleet : valiant

by Campbell, Jack

4. The Ashes of Worlds
by Anderson, Kevin J.

5. The Last Theorem
by Clarke, Arthur C.; Pohl, Frederik

6. Matter
by Banks, Iain M.

7. The Scourge of God : A Novel of the Change

by Stirling, S. M.

8. Pebble in the Sky
by Asimov, Isaac

9. City at the End of Time

by Bear, Greg

10. The Prefect

by Reynolds, Alastair

Top 10 Fantasy

1. The Blade Itself
by Abercrombie, Joe

2. Furies of Calderon

by Butcher, Jim

3. Victory of Eagles

by Novik, Naomi

4. Backup
by Butcher, Jim; Mignola, Mike (Illustrator)

5. Storm Front
by Butcher, Jim

6. Before They Are Hanged
by Abercrombie, Joe

7. Tracing the Shadow

by Ash, Sarah

8. Cast in Courtlight
by Sagara, Michelle

9. Havemercy
by Bennett, Danielle; Jones, Jaida

10. Ink and Steel : A Novel of the Promethean Age
by Bear, Elizabeth


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mango Online Language Instruction

You can now broaden your horizons and learn up to 12 new languages with Wellesley's new database, Mango Language Instruction. Available to Wellesley cardholders from a home computer, you may access Mango by simply going to our homepage at and clicking on Databases. Register with your email and a password to begin learning Spanish, French, Japanese, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Greek, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese and more.

Immerse yourself in a conversational style from the very beginning of the course and be prepared to ask directions, call for a taxi, read a subway map or order a coffee in the destination of your choice.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln

This year we are celebrating the Bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, our country's 16th President. You may have noticed a flurry of publications about his life and his presidency. However, there are some titles, old and new, that stand out as the best, and we own ALL of them. So take some time and put a request in for one of the titles so you can understand why this man is so highly regarded.

A. Lincoln: A Biography. Ronald C. White, Jr. Random House, 2009.

Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie years and The War Years. Carl Sandburg. Harvest, 1954.

Herndon’s Lincoln. William H. Herndon. University of Illinois, 1889.

The Last Lincolns: The Rise and Fall of a Great American Family. Charles Lachman. Union Square, 2008.

Lincoln. David Herbert Donald. Touchstone, 1995.

Lincoln and his Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War. Craig L. Symonds. Oxford, 2008.

Lincoln and his Generals. T. Harry Williams. Diane Publishing, 1952.

Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness. Joshua Wolf Shenk. Mariner, 2002.

Manhunt: The Twelve-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. James L. Swanson. Harper Perennial, 2007.

Mrs. Lincoln. Catherine Clinton. HarperCollins, 2009.

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Doris Kearns Goodwin, Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. James M. McPherson, 2008.

With Malice toward None: A Live of Abraham Lincoln. Stephen B. Oates. HarperPerennial, 1977.

For more information on the Bicentennial Celebration, try the Official
Bicentennial website.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

What exactly is a factoid, anyway?

Many people have written us wondering what factoids are. Apparently there are two slightly contradictory definitions. The primary definition is that factoids are pseudo-facts, i.e. they look like facts but are not actually true. (Stephen Colbert might say they lack a little truthiness.) Another definition that has gained some ground is that of a completely meaningless fact (or factlet as William Safire would have it). For more on the subject read the Wikipedia entry on factoids.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Shopaholic For All Seasons

Can't wait for the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic to come out this week? Of course, you knew the film is based on the book of the same name. In fact, there's a whole Shopaholic series of books, all by Sophie Kinsella, which are in the Wellesley Free Library's collection.

In this sobering time of recession, live vicariously through the character of Becky Bloomwood -- or roll your eyes at her -- but get a few laughs in the process:

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan

Shopaholic Ties the Knot

Shopaholic and Sister

Shopaholic and Baby


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Are you a nosy neighbor? Do you want to know how much your neighbors paid for their house? Well, there are several ways to find out. has some recent sale data. Another great source which we like to use is the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds website:

On this site, you can search recorded land records -- deeds, mortgages, and other documents -- for Wellesley and for any other Norfolk County town. The best way to search is by name, but you can also do some searching by street address.

For other counties in Massachusetts, try


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Podcasts - Radio At Your Leisure

Podcasts have only been around for the past four years or so but they've revolutionized the way radio, among other media, are delivered to you for your listening (and viewing) pleasure. If you don't already know what podcasts are, check out this helpful video below, "Podcasting in Plain English"

Podcasts have created an environment where radio stations, newspapers, television stations, etc. can put their products online for people to listen to or view at their leisure. It has also created a cheap and easy way for anyone else to create their own radio show for the world to enjoy. The range of offerings is diverse, from NPR's classical music broadcasts, to authors discussing their latest book, to high school students' news productions.

If you're interested in podcasts, you might start by downloading a podcast player such as iTunes or Juice. After you've installed these programs you can start hunting for your favorite topics or radio broadcasts. iTunes already has a directory of podcasts within the program but if you're interested in looking for something new or different, you might try a few of these sites:

NPR Podcast Directory - The site that gives you access to all of the podcasts produced by NPR, in an easily searchable format.'s Podcast Directory - An exhaustive listing of all locally-produced NPR stations' podcasts.

New York Times Podcasts - The highlights from the Times, delivered straight to you.
The Washington Post Podcasts - Highlights from the paper, in addition to video podcasts.

Podcast Alley - Over 55,000 podcasts are collected in this exhaustive directory. The range is mind-boggling, from Harry Potter to Vegan cooking techniques.

Enjoy the wild world of podcasting, and maybe even try your hand at making one!


Ever wonder just how a book gets published?

Whether you're a writer or a reader, an agent or a bookseller, you'll enjoy this informative video. Follow a book's progress from writing to editing to copyediting, production and marketing.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

How to get your library fines waived

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger reveals all in this Los Angeles Times blog entry.
Be sure and read the comments.