Harvard University is attempted to digitize all of its collections and make them free of charge – yes!  Part of this endeavor is the “Colonial North American Project,” a fully searchable collection of 150,000 images of “diaries, journals, notebooks, and other rare documents from the 17th and 18th centuries.”

Bond to Clement Maxfield, 30 March 1664.  William Stoughton’s bond for forty pounds to the constable of Dorchester, Massachusetts, guaranteeing the appearance of Daniel Elders at court. Elders was the defendant in a suit brought by Mitchel Bacon of Woburn against Daniel Elders of Dorchester.

From the Harvard Gazette: “In elegant script, the documents provide a glimpse into the life of North American colonies through the eyes of real people who wrote about family affairs and daily life but also about slavery, Native Americans, education, science, and revolution.”  Harvard continues to digitize the full collection with 300,000 documents from 1,654 collections left to digitize.

Tip: How can you use this in class?  Besides providing a glimpse into Colonial life in New England, the project’s collections can aid genealogy research – or a research project involving a prominent figure in New England’s history.


We’ve seen a big increase in interest in our digital audiobook collection.  Here are a few titles we’ve recently added:

(How do you “check out” a digital audiobook?  Bring your device – iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc – to the library and ask Celia or Mrs. Westbrook to upload the book on to your device.  Not sure what audiobooks are available?  Check out the audiobooks page for a list.  Is the book you’re looking for not on the list?  Swing by the library, and ask Mrs. Westbrook if it can be purchased.)

Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down. (from Goodreads)


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath and her twin sister Wren have been Simon Snow fans their entire lives.  But when the sisters go away to college and Wren who has outgrown the fandom tells Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates, Cath has to learn how to survive on her own: without Wren and maybe without her obsession with Simon Snow…

“A deliciously warm-hearted nerd power ballad destined for greatness.”
 New York Journal of Books




Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive.

This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.  (from Goodreads)


It’s cool and rainy and suddenly very autumnal outside.  Time to grab a good book to read!  And check out Steve McCurry’s “To Read is to Fly,” a series of photographs of people reading around the world.  What are you reading this weekend?

The ability to read awoke inside me some
long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
– Autobiography of Malcolm X