I just finished reading the most delightful book: the Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. The novel debuted on The New York Times' best-seller list of 2015 and has been widely popular across the country. The book is about a single woman (Rachel) whose husband has left her for another woman. After the mysterious death of Megan Hipwell, Rachel becomes obsessed with finding her murderer. This suspenseful book is comparable to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I highly recommend it. I would also... Read Post
Sponsored by the City of Somerville, Somerville Urban Ag Ambassador Applications are now available at the reference desk of the Somerville Public Library. Applications are due on March 1, 2017 and if you're interested in more about this free training and volunteer program, feel free to call the library at 617-623-2900 x2955.
See you soon!
Teens Take Action: Somerville is a new coalition of young people and youth workers from around the city who are committed to taking action in Somerville and beyond. Sponsored by the Somerville Youth Workers Network, we are inviting teens to get up and get active through a series of workshops that will give you the tools you need to make real, sustainable change.
Get to know other teens that care about the issues you do, and get organized to fight back! Plus, did we mention there... Read Post
If you're a lady and have ever felt fat, thought you were fat, been or are fat, then you should read 13 Ways of Looking at Fat Girl by Mona Awad. This sadistic comedy written in the voice of Lizzie, portrays her life in adolescence to older adulthood as an overweight person and the misery and unhappiness it can cause. Lizzie, accounts details of her relationship with her dates, boyfriends, husband, father, mother and other friends in sometimes a hilarious attitude and reveals innermost... Read Post
In 2011, library patrons worked together to create a paper immigration "quilt" to tell the stories of the people who make up our City. Everyone was invited to make one or more squares representing their family's immigrant story, and the squares were connected to create the quilt. Since this year marks Somerville's 30th anniversary as a Sanctuary City, and since the Welcome Project and the City have planned a celebratory rally for this Saturday, it seemed like a good time to bring the quilt... Read Post
The March. It was all any of us could talk about Monday morning as we gathered around the children's room desk asking how our respective weekends were. Who took the T? Who walked? Who chauffeured? Did LA or Chicago have the second largest crowd? We talked around and over each other, while one of us searched her smartphone for facts. Library staff and patron swapping stories about a shared experience. It's the best kind of moment when you work in a public library.
From the 10 marchers... Read Post
Players of all ages and abilities are invited to join the Chess Club! Players should be familiar with the game, though some limited instruction may be available. Monday, February 6th 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in the library auditorium. Generally, Chess nights are on the first Monday of each month. We hope to see you there!
I never would have thought, but DVD's from your local library are a great way to help you through the winter. Lately, I've been taking home three or four movies a week and watching one almost every night before bed. Going outside when it's 30 degrees isn't really something I'm very keen on, especially when it's 30 degrees and nighttime. I typically tend to be a summer person, so staying in on a cold winter's eve is much preferred. Not only do I have something cheap (absolutely free with my... Read Post
The upstairs area at the Central Library--where people get books, museum passes, DVDs, and music, where they use quiet study rooms, access the Internet or just read--has traditionally been called "reference" because that's where the reference desk is.
But that's not a very informative name. And it confuses many people.
If you want to weigh on what to call the upstairs area at Central, take our survey here.
Many of us will remember 2016 as the year the world lost so many vibrant talents and wonderful minds: the novelist Umberto Eco, the comedic actor Gene Wilder, the singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and completely wonderful actor and human being Alan Rickman, to name only a few. But I was perhaps most moved by the death of the multitalented Carrie Fisher, the actress and author most of us remember as the fearless, defiant Princess Leia in the original Star Wars films. She had other film roles,... Read Post
After just returning from Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, where it was hot and humid, this New England weather is killing me. I would love to return to a sunny vacation where the authentic food was amazing, Buddhist temples await, adventures on rivers and massages at every turn. If you’re looking to take a trip to get out of this cold and dreary weather, come take a look at Somerville library’s travel books, starting in the 914 section on the second floor of the main library, you can find a... Read Post
People have been talking a lot about fake news in the past week. It's everywhere, but how do we know what's true and what isn't?
If you use the Chrome browser you can download the extension, This is Fake, created by Slate.com, which will help you find out if a report has been debunked.
And you can always go to the ever-reliable Snopes.com, pop in a few keywords related to the story you're suspicious about, and find out if it's true, false or a little of both.
And be... Read Post
Tomorrow night Sprout is hosting a digital privacy & security workshop that starts at 6 pm. In case you don't know about Sprout, it's a local collaborative devoted to scientific inquiry, and creating prototypes of tools to support scientific investigation.
If you don't know much about computers, don't worry: this workshop is meant to be accessible. Come with a laptop (or not) and speak up about what you would like to learn.
Sprout is at 339 Summer St. You can get all the... Read Post
So we had two primary presidential candidates (and by primary, I mean two with actual chances of winning). And the candidate more people voted for lost.
So how does that work? People say this country's a democracy, right?
Well, not quite: especially when it comes to electing the president. When the Constitutional Convention met in 1787, the question of how to elect a president of the United States was considered quite a conundrum. They considered several different methods... Read Post