he Friends of the Library book and bake sale was a great success and we want to thank each and everyone of you that participated in this great fundraising event. We are grateful to all of you and give our heartfelt thanks. We were able to raise over $3,000, the most we have ever made on the sale. The Friends of the Library support so many worthwhile projects and endeavors of the library including the Museum passes, the rental DVD collection, equipment, programs and events at the library. We will soon be purchasing new chairs for the Marcy room with the proceeds from the book sale. We look forward to seeing everyone soon at Friends of the Library sponsored events. The Friends of the Library sponsored Cecile Grobe at the Stoneham Public Library on November 15th at 7 p.m. Pianist and composer Cecile Clement Grobe received her formal training at the Juilliard School of Music, where she was a student of Lonny Epstein, Mozart specialist, and Carl Friedberg, the last surviving student of Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Laura DeCesare and Lynne Moulton of the Delvena Theatre Company presented Creepy Legends, Curses and Hauntings at the library on October 4th. The Hauntings included tales of strange happenings at the Witch Dungeon in Salem, and the curse of Giles Corey, the man that was executed during the Salem Witch Trials by placing stones and boards on his chest. Corey cursed the Sheriff and each sheriff since has died of a blood disease. A creepy time was had by all. Author William Martin spoke at the Library on September 18th. Mr. Martin is the author of 8 novels including Harvard Yard, Back Bay, and his latest novel The Lost Constitution. Mr. Martin mesmerized the audience with fascinating stories about his research for Harvard Yard which depicts the humble beginnings of Harvard College through the turbulent 1960’s. The novel traces a fictional Harvard educated family through three centuries, and the quest for a lost Shakespeare play in the possession of this family. Mr. Martin’s latest novel illustrates the chase for a lost first draft of the American Constitution. In both these novels, antiquarian Peter Fallon is involved in the chase for the lost documents. Mr. Martin brought American History to life and his knowledge of history and research of his subjects is noteworthy. Every one enjoyed his talk and meeting the amiable author. General Fiction Binchy, Maeve. Whitethorn Woods New Fiction and Non-Fiction locations Coben, Harlan. The Woods Chevalier, Tracy. Burning Bright Fielding, Joy. Heartstopper Marinick Richard. In for a Pound Packer, Ann. Songs Without Words Vreeland, Susan. Luncheon of the Boating Party Mysteries Albert, Susan Wittig. Tales of Hawthorn House Davidson, Diana Mott. Sweet Revenge Evanovich, Janet. Plum Lovin’ Fairstein, Linda. Bad Blood Parker, Robert. Spare Change. Our newest nonfiction and fiction titles have been moved for greater visibility. Where the card catalog once stood, new bookshelves take its place. This display prominently features our newest fiction titles. Additionally, the new non-fiction may be found at the beginning of the main room. Please always ask a staff member if you need help in locating what you need. In December there are many notable birthdays – more than we can print. Yet, a Library Newsletter must mention that of Melvil Dewey, born on December 10, 1851. Mr. Dewey, an American librarian, is noted foremost for establishing the Dewey decimal system of book classification. It is the system used at the SPL for locating your book. ART EXHIBIT The Stoneham Public Library is very happy to host a photographic display for its December show. This month’s artist is Ellen Royalty, a librarian at Middlesex Community College. Please include a stop by the exhibit as part of your library visit. In his third book, Concord-based poet, Glenn K. Currie, takes us back to the 1950’s for a time-machine look at a different world. It is a ride that reminds us, with humor, how much life has changed for our children. A Boy’s First Diary, published by Snap Screen Press in April, 2007, is a collection of poems, written by a ten-year-old boy that tracks the chronological events that he deemed important in one year of his life, in the early 1950’s. The events take place in Stoneham, Massachusetts, but could have occurred anywhere in 1950’s New England. This event is free and open to the public.