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Home > September 2007 through August 2008

Book Sale, August 2, 2008

On Saturday, August 2, 2008, we will hold a special summer book sale from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Library’s Community Room. All books in the Community Room will be priced at 50¢. During book sale hours, all individually-priced books in the ongoing sale area will be reduced by 50%.


Real Men Don’t Rehearse: the Secret World of Professional Orchestras, June 5, 2008

Bassist and author Justin Locke presents an inside look at the world of professional musicians and world-class musical performances, drawing on his experiences playing for the Boston Pops and other orchestras. He will share his sense of humor about great musical moments and great musical gaffes at the Friends of the Needham Public Library’s annual meeting.

Book Sale, May 31 - June 1, 2008

On Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, 2008, we will hold our spring book sale. This sale will include individually-priced books as well as hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and mass-market paperbacks. Sunday will be Bargain Day—everything will be half-price.

Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia, May 4, 2008

Marshall I. Goldman is an economist who has specialized in the Soviet and now the Russian economy. He will speak about his new book Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia (Oxford University Press), a timely examination of the resurgence of Russia in an environment of sharply increasing oil prices. His book explores how Vladimir Putin has exploited the favorable oil market of the last decade to strengthen Russia's financial position and remake the Russian economy.

Spahn, Sain, and Teddy Ballgame: Boston’s (almost) Perfect Baseball Summer of 1948, April 6, 2008

In this program just two days before the Red Sox home opener, several authors contributing to a forthcoming book will revisit how, back in the day when Boston was home to two professional baseball teams, the National League Boston Braves and the American League Boston Red Sox almost played each other in the 1948 World Series.

Joyce Antler, You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother, March 2, 2008

Join author Joyce Antler for an entertaining and informative presentation and discussion of the history of the Jewish mother and her paramount role in her family. Professor Antler will talk about her book You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother.

David Alan Grier, When Computers Were Human, February 10, 2008

Before the arrival of electronic computers, the term “computer” usually referred to a person, someone who did mathematical calculations. Well into the twentieth century, such work was done mostly by hand. The focus of David Alan Grier’s lecture, and book by the same title, is on the people who took us from hand calculation, through mechanical calculators, to electronic computers. Even if you don’t know a binary symbol from a decimal digit, the stories are fascinating.

Book Sale, February 2-3, 2008

On Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3, 2008 we will hold our winter book sale. This sale will include individually-priced books as well as hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and mass-market paperbacks. Sunday will be Bargain Day—everything will be half-price.

Book Sale, December 8, 2007

On Saturday, December 8, 2007, we will hold a special book sale from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This sale will include mass market paperbacks, fiction and nonfiction trade paperbacks, hardcover fiction, and children's books. There will also be a large selection of videos and audio cassettes. About 3,000 items will be on sale. All items will be 50¢.


The Battlefield Guide, November 4, 2007

Just a week before Veterans’ Day, Friends of the Library brings The Battlefield Guide, a Civil War-themed program with contemporary relevance, to the Community Room. The presentation combines traditional and newly composed acoustic music and song with the spoken word from the poetry of Rodger Martin’s long poems, “Gettysburg” and “Antietam.”

Meet Eleanor Roosevelt, October 14, 2007

“Meet Eleanor Roosevelt: Wife, Mother and First Lady,” is an historical portrait in the format of a lecture tour. The one-woman show, directed by Josephine Lane of Brookline, MA, and performed by Elena Dodd of Boston, MA, is co-authored by Lane and Dodd.

Book Sale, September 29-30, 2007

On Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, 2007, we will hold our 35th annual fall book sale. This sale will include individually-priced books as well as hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and mass-market paperbacks. Sunday will be Bargain Day—everything will be half-price.