Wild Reads is the Massachusetts Summer Reading theme this year and the children's room has some great book ideas to help get you started. If drawing is your thing, we have books to teach you how to draw wild animals, dinosaurs, and underwater creatures. If you enjoy true stories of real animals, you might like reading about Knut, a polar bear cub raised at the Berlin Zoo, or Owen and Mzee, a hippo and a tortoise who strike an unusual friendship. Below is a suggested book... Read Post
Magical, sinister, mysterious: twins in literature always seem to have something extra. Here's a list of some great books about twins:In the Country of the Young by Lisa Carey... Read Post
Are you a native French speaker who misses books from home? Are you an American who studied French in college or high school and would like to take a refreshing dip in la langue? The Somerville Public Library has a growing collection of books in French, ranging from the latest Prix Goncourt winners and American fiction in translation to cookbooks and biographies.
Alabama song de Gilles LeRoy.... Read Post
Here at the Central Library’s reference desk we have a companion – a statue of a Greek boxer who, in accordance with long-standing Library tradition, we call Clarence. Clarence is actually Damoxenus, and he has an interesting history.
“Damoxenus. A boxer of Syracuse, excluded from the Nemean Games for killing his opponent in a pugilistic encounter. The name of the latter was Creugas; and the two... Read Post
To celebrate the return of the farmers’ markets to Somerville (massfarmersmarkets.org) and give a shout out to the great services offered by the Somerville Garden Club (www.somervillegardenclub.org) and the Somerville Community Growing Center (www.thegrowingcenter.org), and to cheer on every seedling growing in the backyards, community gardens, and window boxes throughout the city, a list of books to share with children about the trials, tribulations and sheer joys of... Read Post
It's been nearly a year since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in J. K. Rowling's 7-volume saga of "the boy who lived," and while Rowling has assured fans that there's no use expecting any more about Harry from her word processor, it doesn't look as though she's going to have the last word. I'm not talking about Potter fan fiction, crazy amounts of which can be found on the Internet. I mean books - books that don't... Read Post
When I got my first job in a library I was surprised to discover how much nonfiction people read. At that time I read fiction almost exclusively and didn’t see the attraction of nonfiction. Sure, one might occasionally need resume writing tips, baseball stats, or advice on where to stay in Vancouver, but surely these types of books couldn’t account for the huge amount of nonfiction that crossed the circulation desk every day. So what on earth were these... Read Post
Come to the Somerville Public Library to try our new database, Boston Consumer’s Checkbook. Working your way through the maze of consumer products and services can be daunting whether you are looking to find the best doctor, veterinarian, electrician, roofer, or bicycle repair shop. Consumer’s Checkbook Database is a great place to begin your search. This database provides ratings from other consumers about local businesses and services from home... Read Post