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
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
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
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!
A search engine like Google that doesn't track your searches!
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
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
Check out this cool interactive website that will tell you what to read next based on your favorite book or author!
Most Wonderful Place on Earth
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
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
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
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
Read all about it here (or watch the news clip) at CNN.
As part of National Library Week, National Bookmobile Day, signifies bookmobiles that deliver books to needed areas by our dedicated professionals. Please help celebrate national library week and thank your librarian! #librariestransform.
If your interested in learning more, check out these links below:
National Bookmobile Day 2017 - At a Glance
This year, National Library Workers Day (part of National Library Week) falls on Tuesday April 11, 2017, which if you didn't already know, is today!
Check out this link if you want to learn more: Nominate a stellar library worker!
Or comment below and tell us who your favorite librarian is!