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Incompatibilities

If you loved me I could trust you to your fancy’s furthest bound
While the sun shone and the wind blew, and the world went round,
To the utmost of the meshes of the devil’s strongest net . . .
If you loved me, if you loved me—but you do not love me yet!

I love you—and I cannot trust you further than the door!
But winds and worlds and seasons change, and you will love me more
And more—until I trust you, dear, as women do trust men—
I shall trust you, I shall trust you, but I shall not love you then!

- E. Nesbit

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GradsUnivision, a Spanish language TV station, is offering a a series of programs to support the education of Hispanic students, with particular focus on college access for first generation students.

Next week is Univision’s Semana ¡Edúcate, Es El Momento!  Click here to see  the programs they have planned focusing on a variety of subjects related to this topic.

In addition, there are some online resources and programs to check out.  These include a platform with information specifically targeted to first generation students, including short videos of students themselves in selective colleges.  The goal of this resource is to encourage application and enrollment in selective colleges, as Latinos are less likely to apply to those, even when they have the qualifications that would get them admitted.

Finally, on Thursday, October 10th from 12:00 to 210:00 p.m.,  there will be an online college fair focused on first generation Hispanic students.  Any student can participate.  The fair features seminars designed to help students put together an application and apply for financial aid, and also, opportunities for students to to speak with college admissions officers to speak in real time.

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What can you do to avoid investment fraud?  A good first step is to educate yourself about “The Three Ps”:

  • the Profile of the typical victim
  • common Persuasion tactics used by fraudsters
  • techniques to help Prevent fraud

Staff from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will be at the Central Library this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. with a presentation on all of these topics, as well as a demonstration on how to check the status and disciplinary history of investment professionals.  The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.

This free program is open to all – we hope you can come.

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On Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m, you’re invited to the Central Library to meet Sara Farizan, author of If You Could Be Mine.

Pulling back the curtain on one of the most hidden corners of a much-talked-about culture, If You Could Be Mine is the stunning debut novel by Iranian American writer Sara Farizan about hope and love in the face of danger.

Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. But being gay is a crime punishable by death in Iran, so they carry on with furtive kisses and whispered promises;until Nasrin’s parents announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Sahar begins to lose hope for a future with Nasrin, until she finds what may be the perfect solution – in Iran homosexuality may be illegal, but to be a man trapped in a woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin, but she must decide if saving her love is worth sacrificing her true self.

With echoes of The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Luna, If You Could Be Mine is a finely crafted, sophisticated story about finding the courage to discover and accept your own identity against overwhelming opposition and an uncertain future.

“Accomplished and compassionate . . . A groundbreaking, powerful depiction of gay and transsexual life in Iran . . . An intimate look at life in modern-day Iran and its surprising Westernization, even though much of this culture is clandestine.” – Booklist, starred review

“A provocative coming-of-age story” – Publishers Weekly

“Refreshingly and believably diverse . . . A moving and elegant story.” – Kirkus Reviews

This free program is co-sponsored by the Somerville Public Library, the Somerville Council on Aging‘s LGBT Advisory Group, and the LGBT Liaison to the City of Somerville of the Office of Somerville Commissions.

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It’s official: Whitey Bulger has been found guilty – of a whole lot of stuff - and will presumably be spending the rest of his life behind bars.  Many of us would like to forget all about the notorious thug but, human nature being what it is, a fair number of us want to know all there is to know about Whitey and his doings.  To that end, here’s a list of relevant books available through the Minuteman Library Network.

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“Observation”
by Dorothy Parker

If I don’t drive around the park,
I’m pretty sure to make my mark.
If I’m in bed each night by ten,
I may get back my looks again,
If I abstain from fun and such,
I’ll probably amount to much,
But I shall stay the way I am,
Because I do not give a damn.

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Introducing our latest database, Freegal! Freegal is a downloadable music service that offers access to about 3 million songs from over 10,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. All you need is your library card number and PIN!

You can search by keyword, artist, or album or use the advanced search page. You can also browse artists A to Z, see genre lists in dozens of categories, and listen to sample clips before you download.

Somerville residents are entitled to download three free tracks per week. Downloads are all in the MP3 format and will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. There are also mobile apps available for iOS and Android devices. Check it out!

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It’s Summer Reading Club time at all three SPL locations!  This year’s theme is Dig Into Reading.  When you join, you’ll receive: a logbook to record your summer reading (books you enjoy on your own, or stories read TO you by a caregiver or…even a librarian!), a bag to carry those summer reading books, and a calendar of our summer events!  Thanks to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library, we have many fun and free programs planned this summer!  Highlights include:

  • 3 Kidstock Theater shows at the Central Library
  • Rosalita’s Puppets at the East Branch
  • Live Animal presentations at all three libraries
  • Groundwork Somerville programs at all three libraries
  • Jungle Jim’s Wild About Reading Balloon Magic Show at Central & East
  • Ed Morgan the Music Man at East
  • plus origami, writing programs, storytimes, sing alongs, and more!

For a full list of programs, check out our online calendar of events.

Dig Into Reading is sponsored by the Somerville Public Library, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Massachusetts Library System, and the Boston Bruins, with federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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We’re so pleased to announce that we have a new museum pass available for Somerville residents – the Boston Harbor Islands!

Just a short ferry ride from Long Wharf gets you to the islands, and once you’re there you’ll find it hard to believe that you’re so close to the City. Having personally spent many happy days on the islands, I can highly recommend them. You can picnic under the trees or explore the Civil War era fort on George’s Island, relax on the beach on Lovell’s or Spectacle Island, watch the wild rabbits on Grape Island, pick berries on Bumpkin, and so much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Boston Harbor Islands pass provides 2-for-1 ferry tickets for up to four people. It is available on weekdays – excluding June 18th, July 4th & 5th, August 9th, September 2nd, and October 14th, which are Free Ferry Days!

This pass is funded through the generosity of the Friends of the Library.

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I didn’t submit my suggestions in time to be included in the last post but I’ll throw a few out there now. I recently saw Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery [1993], which was a lot of fun. Woody re-teams with his erstwhile muse Diane Keaton, and the inspired addition of Alan Alda and Anjelica Huston makes the whole thing even better. Carol and Ted (Keaton and Alda) are sure that their elderly acquaintance Paul (Jerry Adler) has committed the perfect murder. Hard-boiled author Marcia Fox (Huston) jumps into their bumbling investigation with both feet, but Larry (Allen) thinks they’re all nuts. Extra: before they were famous fun! Look for Zach Braff (aka J. D. Dorian) and Aida Turturro (aka Janice Soprano) in blink-and-you-miss-them roles.

Some of the old sitcoms make me laugh too, and The Dick Van Dyke Show has to be one of the best. The show features great writing (much of it by Carl Reiner) and an incredibly talented cast. Check out this clip for some crazy 60′s dancing by Buddy, Sally, and the rest of the gang, including a 25 year old Mary Tyler Moore. As for Dick Van Dyke’s performance, I have no words, only a question – how does he do that?

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