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August 30th 2016

Resources for Understanding why Books are Banned and why Books Shouldn't be banned!

Wikipedia

Slate

Tiki-Toki

CBLDF

I'm with the Banned

Marshall University Libraries

Nashville Public Library

Simon&Schuster

Remember to check out the banned books week event at the Somerville Public Library on October 1st, 2016! In partnership with SCATV.

August 25th 2016

...for August 24 and 25.

Jorge Luis Borges, one of the most innovative and influential writers of the last century, was born August 24, 1899 in a suburb of Buenos Aires. He was raised bilingual in Spanish and English and published his first literary translation when he was 9. His work is almost impossible to classify other than to say much of it reflects a skepticism regarding the existence of an objective reality. The Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Nobel... Read Post

August 18th 2016

Books are usually challenged by a certain group or organization to restrict or remove the content. The purpose is  to prevent use by others. Common reasons books are banned are because of offensive language, sexually explicit material, homosexuality, violence, religious viewpoints, drugs and nudity.

Some commonly banned books that have been challenged in the past several years, surprisely enough, include:

1. Gossip Girl

2. To Kill a Mockingbird

3. Fifty Shades of... Read Post

August 12th 2016

Come to the Library to cool off! AC works at all 3 Somerville Libraries.

There are also Cooling Centers (with water and cots) as well swimming pools to provide city residents relief from the heat. Hours and addresses here.

August 9th 2016

Posted by: Heidi

Ever wondered what a banned book is? In the United States approximately 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. This means that someone found certain content offensive and no longer wanted the public to read. Although, in many cases, these books can provide an education to children, young adults and older adults.

The first Amendment states:
“Congress Shall Make No Law Respecting an Establishment of Religion, or Prohibiting the Free Exercise... Read Post

August 8th 2016

This Wednesday we’ll be discussing Linda Tirado’s Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, 7 pm at the Central Library. Don’t worry if you haven’t read book. Reading this link and this one will give you plenty of background for the discussion.

August 8th 2016

Posted by: Kevin

I’m re-reading The Great Gatsby for the first time since college and am astounded. I remember loving the lush, delicate writing at the time but little else. Now I can’t get over the deceptive, seeming simplicity of  this very short novel that has so much going on it: a snapshot of the Jazz Age, a critique of class, of entitlement, of capitalism, and the brutal clash of dreams and reality, all conveyed in exquisite prose.

Many of the people and a couple of the... Read Post

July 28th 2016

By: Aimee Bender

This endearing book is set in California and is about Rose Edelstein, who when tasting food, can feel the hidden emotions of the person who cooked it. The book is about her relationship with her out of touch parents, disappearing brother, fake classmates and how she handles all the emotions people dump into their food. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is about being present in everyday life; and how important it is to spend time with people who you actually like.... Read Post

July 19th 2016

First, I would like to thank James O’Keefe and Dr. Steve Revilak for their great work at SPL’s cryptoparty last weekend. They were very generous with their time and expertise. Several people left at the end of the day with their smartphones and laptops optimized for online privacy.

Second, let’s talk about Windows 10. If you’re a pc user, this latest Microsoft operating system will almost certainly be thrust upon you at some point. There’s something very important you need to know:... Read Post

July 18th 2016

Posted by: Heidi

A new book club at the Central Library on Highland Avenue, for stay-at-home moms’, working moms’ and/or anyone in between is starting up! If your interested in participating in this club, follow this link and vote on your favorite book!

Book titles include:

Me Before you by JoJo Moyes – “They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose. Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life–steady boyfriend, close family–... Read Post

July 15th 2016

Have you ever taken a stroll in Somerville, to come across an octagon shaped house with all the windows boarded up and cameras leering down at you? Well, if you know what I'm talking about, you've seen the Round House at 36 Atherton Street in Somerville. Although, it may not be as mysterious as we all think. The house was built by Enoch Robinson sometime around 1847, right after the locksmith and designer moved to Somerville. He lived in the house with his wife, three daughters, one son and... Read Post

July 12th 2016

If you want to read a book, but have no idea what book, here are some sources for ideas.

A list of the most popular books in the Minuteman Library Network is here. Just be aware that since the titles on this list are so popular, you might have to wait a while for a library copy.

Here are the titles that have won the PEN/Faulkner Award in recent years.  The award is given to the best work of fiction by an American citizen in the calendar year (or at least, "best," in the opinion... Read Post

July 7th 2016

To learn what Google knows about you, follow the instructions in this Business Insider article.

And check out this discussion of search engines that respect your privacy.

July 6th 2016

There are so many different ways we're being watched, it's easy to think having any privacy is hopeless, but you shouldn't give up.

On Saturday, July 16 at noon we're hosting an online privacy workshop here at SPL. It will be very hands on, so bring your smartphone, tablet or laptop (or all three)  so fix your settings, download apps, and add browser extensions to keep your online activities safe from prying eyes.

In the meantime here are some easy steps you can take now to lay... Read Post

July 1st 2016

You've probably already made your Independence Day plans, but if you haven't, here are some ideas:

The Boston Calendar has a list of 76 Things to Do in Boston this Weekend.

If you want to see fireworks but dread the mobs at the Esplanade, here are some options.

And for food, historic walking tours, live entertainment, and art, consider going to Boston HarborFest.

Have fun and be safe.

 

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