Monday, July 14, 2014

Food Network Cookbooks

Can't get enough Food Network? Did you know FPL has a large selection of cookbooks written by Food Network stars?!? Check them out below:

The Pioneer Woman: Ree Drummond

Barefoot Contessa: Ina Garten

Giada at Home: Giada De Laurentiis

Week in a Day: Rachael Ray

The Kitchen: Marcela Valladolid

5 Ingredient Fix: Claire Robinson

Guy’s Big Bite: Guy Fieri

Hungry Girl: Lisa Lillien

Heartland Table: Amy Thielen


Culinary Arts e-Resource
Don't forget about our Cooking e-Resource: Culinary Arts Collection. Use this database to browse major cooking and nutrition magazines (Saveur, Bon Appetit, Vegetarian Times, etc.) from the 1980s until now. Find thousands of recipes and reviews. Now when you see that awesome recipe in Good Housekeeping while waiting at the doctor's office, all you have to do is jot down the date and month of the magazine, and you can look up the full article when you get home later!

Suggest a Purchase
Know of a good cookbook that you would like us to consider purchasing? Let us know.

Friday, July 11, 2014

When all the museum passes are taken...
free things to do with guests:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Take a MOOC!

Do you have some downtime this summer?  Do you want to expand your horizons and learn something new? Consider a MOOC!

What is a MOOC? MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses, allowing anyone with an internet connection and computer to take free classes on virtually any subject from elite universities.  A MOOC can give you an opportunity to test drive a career, enhance your professional skills or simply explore something new.  Best of all, they are free, available 24/7, and you can learn at your own speed. Subjects vary from the Arts, Math, History, Business, Law, Technology and many more.  The lists keep changing.

How do MOOCs work?  MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures that you watch on a weekly schedule when convenient for you.  They may also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams, however, there is no course credit given (with some exceptions).
There are many sites administering MOOCs.  Most are affiliated with major universities, with courses taught by university faculty.  Here are a few to get you started:

One of the largest, Coursera offers over 680 courses in a wide range of subjects, many taught by Ivy League professors.

This is a joint, nonprofit venture of Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley and others offering over 200 courses.

Originally a project of Stanford University, Udacity has additional educational and corporate partners and offers courses primarily in Computer science, mathematics, life science, business, engineering.

Khan Academy is for “global classroom” originally developed for students, but now offers classes for all ages.  They also offer free test prep.
Class Central
This site is a MOOC aggregator - you can explore courses from several MOOC operators by searching for a subject.  Music of the Beatles, Sports and Society, Applied Real Estate, and The Fiction of Relationship are just a few of the offerings in their vast catalog.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Reading 2014 eBook Pages

Ever wish you could do your summer reading on your iPad? The regular print book is great of course, but there are some key benefits to an eBook. For instance! -- how awesome would it be that when you are reading a Dickens novel, where it seems like there are upwards of 1,000 characters (perhaps a slight exaggeration, but only slight), you could easily go back to the last place So-and-So was mentioned when you are having a mental blank and cannot for the life of you remember who on earth he or she is? Or  -- wouldn't it be nice to have the option of plugging in some headphones and listening to an audiobook on your phone instead of having to read it? (Think about it... summer days outside... perhaps resting on a hammock with your eyes closed under some nice shady trees...)

This year, mix it up and do your summer reading on your phone or tablet! We have lots of eBooks and Audiobooks that you can download, all for free from the library. We even have your lists for you. All you need is your library card and you can get started with Overdrive.

School eBook Lists:

Library eBook Links:

If you need more help or have any questions, call us at 508-532-5570 x4361 or e-mail us at And keep an eye out on the Teen and Kids pages for more summer reading updates!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Free Fun Fridays begins June 27th!

For the fifth year in a row, Highland Street Foundation will be offering Free Fun Fridays!

Every Friday starting June 27th and running through August 29th, there will be free admission to a number of museums and cultural centers. In total, 66 museums will be featured over the ten weeks. Check the schedule to see the full list of all the exciting places you can visit! For more information, visit the links below or call 617-969-8900.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Horticulture Hotline

- Growing increasingly anxious over a withering plant in your home or apartment?
- Is a part of your garden giving you serious grief?
- Are you desperately wishing you had an expert gardener you could speak with but don't know anyone with a green thumb?

Horticulture Hotline

Good news! Tower Hill Botanic Garden, located in Boylston MA, has a Horticulture Hotline! Staffed by the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, the hotline operates Wednesdays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Call and discuss all your planting issues with expert gardeners, or leave a voicemail and they will call you back during HortLine hours. You can also send your questions by e-mail.

MA Master Gardeners Help Line

If Wednesdays don't work with your schedule, you can also get help on other days by contacting the Massachusetts Master Gardeners directly. If you aren't able to call during open hours, you can leave a message and they will call you back. Or, you can e-mail your question on their website. (You can even submit a picture!)
Hours: 10am-2pm
April through October: M, W, F
March and November: W, F
December through February: W

Visit Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Never been to Tower Hill? Considering visiting this spring or summer? Don't forget that you can check-out a museum pass at the library and receive half-price admission. Book here: Museum Passes.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

TED Talks

If you can't get enough of TED talks, you are in luck. New in our collection is Carmine Gallo's recently released Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds, a detailed look at what makes for effective communication in public speaking.

Gallo, author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs (2009), has analyzed countless TED presentations, and concludes that the best ones have nine elements in common. Read what these shared aspects are, and also get a behind-the-scenes look at how the most successful TED speakers wrote and prepared their speeches.

Whether you need to present on a project at school, communicate a new idea in a meeting at work, or give the speech at your best friend's wedding reception, learn how to become a successful communicator by getting help from TED and exploring the tricks behind keeping your audience expertly captivated.

Borrow Talk Like TED from the library in your choice of three formats:

More public speaking books available at FPL:


If you're looking to watch inspirational or informative videos, there are lots of different subjects available, whatever your tastes and interests may be.

Ways to watch TED:
Explore to your heart's content! Whether on your computer, phone, tablet, or TV, enjoy free, full-length TED talks 24/7. Happy viewing.