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June 20th 2017

Many Somervillians (such as the members of our thriving community of artists and writers) have specialized interests and undertake projects that might benefit from access to an academic library. However, many of those same people are neither students nor employees of any of the local universities.

Fortunately, Harvard now offers adult researchers with no academic affiliation access to its special collections: Houghton Library, The Harvard Map Collection, The Harvard Yenching Library... Read Post

June 13th 2017
Book covers of Buffering, Juliet Takes a Breath, and Fun Home

Happy pride month, Somerville! We are always looking for new and diverse books to read and and recommend.This month, we asked Autostraddle contributor, medical resident, and comic book enthusiast Lizz Rubin for some recommendations. Here’s a list of her favorite queer books right now:

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn't sure if her mom will ever speak to... Read Post

June 13th 2017

June is LGBT Pride Month, when we celebrate the LGBT Community and recognize their history and present struggles. During this month some posts on this blog will commemorate significant dates in LGBT history.

On June 13, 1995, after the Justice Department refused to become engaged in the legal fight against a Colorado amendment that denied civil rights protections for LGBT people, the Clinton Administration established the first White House liasion to the LGBT communities.

The... Read Post

June 5th 2017

Did you know that you can borrow eBooks and audiobooks from the library for FREE? You’re reading a library blog so the answer to that question might be “yes,” but we think it’s a fact worth repeating. Speaking of downloading eBooks from the library… Overdrive* has just released a spiffy new app called Libby. You can download Libby from the App store, Google play, or Microsoft. We’ve been tinkering with it at the Central branch, and are happy to report that the new app is great! If you’ve... Read Post

May 27th 2017

It's been a while since we've added a Meet the Staff installment to the blog, and we wanted to fix that! This time, we thought it would be great to not only let you meet one staff member, but our whole Children's Department! The Children's Department has seen a few changes over the last year or so, meaning we have plenty to share. Between the Central Library and the East and West Branch, we've got one of the best teams of Children's Librarians around! 

We asked each of them a few... Read Post

May 26th 2017
Picture of resume and cover letter writing Books

Looking for a job? Did you know that public libraries are key sources of helping job applicants find jobs? Libraries give access to job-seekers. In this vital time of economic stress, this is very important.

So, the Somerville Public Library has thrown together a display of articles, lists of job websites, general information on how to find a job, and where local facilities are in the area that can also be of assistance to you. In addition to this, we have tons of books (we always... Read Post

May 25th 2017

Hey all,

If you're someone that is into your privacy or not into privacy these resources may be of interest to you. Tech-savvy or not you should protect you, your friends and your identity from the internet!

DuckDuckGo-

A search engine like Google that doesn't track your searches!

Tor Browser-

This application re-routes and encrypts communications through a variety of networks. This makes it very hard for someone to track you! The Tor Browser can be... Read Post

May 18th 2017
Celtics Logo

After the Celtics score last night, some of the Boston fans out there may be a tad disappointed or feeling like basketball is over for the year. Well, it doesn't have to be. Basketball doesn't have to be over as long as there are books to be read. In fact, the Somerville Public Library has quite a sports section. Some titles your local librarian recommends include:

 

The book of basketball : the NBA according to the sports guy / Bill Simmons

Bill Simmons, the from-... Read Post

May 17th 2017
Kittens reading a book.

Check out this cool interactive website that will tell you what to read next based on your favorite book or author!

WhatShouldIReadNext.com

May 16th 2017
Image stating "The only thing you absolutely need to know if the location of the library"

Most Wonderful Place on Earth

 

May 10th 2017

This day in 1999 was a sad day for children of all ages worldwide: Shel Silverstein died at age 67. He's best known as an author of poetry for children (most famously Where the Sidewalk Ends), but he was also a singer-songwriter, cartoonist and profilic playwright.

The author of Silverstein's New York Times obituary called his children's poems "goofy, gross and macabre yet always enchanting" and compared them to the work of Dr. Seuss and A.A. Milne.

At the website of the... Read Post

May 9th 2017
Chair at the Beach with a book on top.

Even though it's cold out there, warm and sunny beach weather should be arriving any day now! So remember, just like "think spring"!, think beach! To help speed up the process, maybe even read a few beach books. We have a wonderful display here at the central library created by Librarian Mary. Beach books include:

Beach Road by James Patterson

"Down-and-out Montauk lawyer Tom Dunleavy's ship finally comes in when he's hired to defend a local man accused of the triple murder... Read Post

May 7th 2017
Picture of most frequently challenged book display in the central library

Come check out our banned books display at the Somerville Public Library, main branch! Banned books are books that have been challenged by an organization or individual to be removed from public availability. This directly affects your 1st right amendment and freedom of speech. So stand up for your right to read and read a book that has been challenged!

 

We will celebrate our right to read on September 30th at the Somerville Public Library by hosting an annual virtual read-... Read Post

May 3rd 2017

Is your beach body ready yet? It's almost that time of year again; soon you, all your friends and all of your books will be hitting up the beach again. If you’re like me, you’re still starting to just work out or maybe haven't even started working out at all. If you like to start slow and need an intro back into the gym lifestyle, then maybe try yoga. If you don't know how to try yoga, you can use your local library to find out how! The good ole' Somerville Public Library has some spanking... Read Post

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