Do you have an interest in learning more about social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, Linked In and more? Then this course is for you! We will be going over all the basics for creating social media accounts and what the differences are between different types. Registration is required and is limited to 10 people. You can either sign up in person at the Reference Desk or simply call 617.972.6436.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 12:00 PM
Announcing a beginner’s knitting class where you will create and finish a versatile set of fashion accessories. Please join us on Wednesday afternoons from noon - 1:30 PM starting on May 15th and ending on July 17th (no class July 3rd). Register soon, as space is limited! Stop by the Reference Desk or call 617.972.6436 by May 11th. There is no charge for the class, but a materials list will be provided to you upon registering.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 6:30 PM
Are you getting ready for college? Do you have questions that you need answered? Lanita Foley is a College Admissions counselor, and has worked at some prestigious schools (Stanford, e.g.) as an Admissions Officer, too. Join us as Lanita conducts a series of workshops for students and parents.
Understanding the College Admissions Process (for grades 10, 11, 12)
Wednesday, May 22at 6:30 PM
This session will focus on the details and timeline of the application process, how to navigate financial aid requirements, and how parents and teens can collaborate on getting into the best school possible.
Understanding the College Admissions Process (for grades 7, 8, 9)
Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30 PM
This session will focus on how middle-schoolers can position themselves through their high school experiences to have the best possible shot at the school of their dreams. This is a good general overview of the road ahead for middle school families.
Writing College Admissions Essays
Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 PM
This session for teens will help them learn how to create a personal statement that will garner the attention of Admissions Officers, and help them to generally focus their thoughts on how best to express themselves during the college admissions process.
These sessions are FREE and open to teens and families. Registration is required. To register please visit the Reference Desk or call to sign up at 617.972.6436.
Whether you need to find a book or article, download an e-book, use a public computer, scan a document, or join a knitting class, the Adult and References Services staff is here to help! Here are a few of the services we offer:
We can help you find all sorts of things: books on any subject, academic journal articles, rankings of the best vacuum cleaners, and the latest stock quotes are all part of a day’s work for us! Our staff of professional reference librarians is experienced and knowledgeable about both print and online sources, and stays up to date on the latest technological developments.
We’re delighted to be able to offer so many excellent online resources to our patrons! Of course, if you’re working on a report or project you can find source materials in our academic databases. But we offer so much more!
Like our Auto Repair Reference Center that you can use to view diagnostics, schematics, and service manuals for thousands of automobiles! It’s even accessible on your mobile device, so you can consult it while you’re out working on your car!
Or check out our fantastic Mango Languageswhere you can learn Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more – all at your own pace!
Browse through our offerings, you won’t be disappointed!
The Adult Department offers 24 public access computers, fully equipped with the latest versions of the most popular software. Two of these workstations are equipped with larger monitors and large yellow keyboards for our patrons with visual impairments, and all of them offer ZoomText.
Of course, you may print from these computers, as well. Your first 2 black-and-white prints each day are free; afterwards prints are 10 cents per page for B&W, or 40 cents per page for color.
We also offer an “Express” computer workstation that anyone may use for up to 15 minutes – a perfect, quick way to check email on the go!
There are 3 publicly accessible catalog workstations in the Adult Department where you may locate or request a book; but our staff is always happy to look something up for you, too!
Four of our computers are loaded with the WestLaw database for legal research.
We work hard to purchase materials that members of our community are sure to love. But if you ever find yourself wishing for something we don’t have, let us know! If someone else in the Minuteman Library network owns it, we can request it and have it sent here for you as soon as it’s available. If no one in the Minuteman Network has it, we can usually borrow it for you through our statewide Virtual Catalog resource, or our nationwide WorldCat* resource.
* If you are not a Watertown resident, we ask that you cover the cost of any loan charges for WorldCat items.
Foreign Language Materials
The library has books in Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, as well as a few foreign language newspapers, and a large collection of foreign language DVDs.
We have subscriptions to a number of daily and weekly newspapers, including The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The New York Times, The Watertown Tab, The Waltham News Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
We also subscribe to over 200 periodicals, and you‘ll find them all in our beautifully elegant reading room on the 2nd floor.
Movies, Music, and More
We feature the latest blockbusters and small indie films, classics, foreign films, documentaries, and TV series, so you’ll always find something great to watch! We have over 7,000 DVDs in our collection, and they’re all yours to explore.
Music? We’ve got that covered, too! From classical to jazz, from new age to reggae, we’ve got CDs to suit your every mood.
More, too! We have a large collection of books on CD, so you can take your favorite authors with you wherever you roam. If you’d rather not fumble with changing CDs, consider our compact, digital books on Playaway. All you need is an AAA battery and a pair of headphones and you can listen to an entire unabridged recording of many of your favorite books.
And, of course, we offer loads of eBooks and audiobooks for download to your favorite device. Stop by the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor, call us at (617) 972-6436, or email us anytime.
We’re here to help!
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