Children's

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

April 20th 2016
Are you thinking about purchasing an iPad? Do you like to sit and scroll through your Facebook feed, check e-mail or just plain surf the internet? Well, now you can check out an iPad air from your local library! Somerville has 3 iPad's to circulate along with a WiFi Hotspot (if you don't have WiFi at home). You can take one out or sit and use it in the library! If your interested, grab your library card and just go to the Reference, Teen or Children's desk to pick one up! If you have questions... Read Post
August 12th 2015
Welcome to the first in a series of short articles about the Library’s staff.  First up: Ann (whose face is familiar to anyone who uses the Children’s Room at the Central Library) tells you all about her job – and a few other things too! “I love my job!  I love being with the kids.  I’ve worked in a few different departments here at the Library, but this is the most rewarding.  It’s hard work, but sometimes we’re having so much fun it feels like play.  I tell stories, do programs, and when I... Read Post
March 17th 2015
Power. Ferocity. Majesty and mystery. Human beings have invested birds of prey with these qualities for thousands of years. Their abilities to do the amazing continue to inspire our thoughts and excite our imaginations. But which ideas about these birds are facts and which are fictions?  Come to the Central Library this Sunday (March 22nd) at 2:00 p.m. to find out!  This program uses live birds of prey to explore what makes a “bird of prey,” the role they play in the environment, and how... Read Post
August 13th 2014
Movies and summer just seem to go together, don't they? Well we think so, and we have some great ones coming up for kids, teens, and families. Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., we're showing The Iron Giant! Kids of all ages and families are welcome to attend. Bring snacks and get ready for one of the coolest movies ever, one that answers the question "How can an 11-year-old boy keep a 50-foot tall, metal-eating robot from space a secret?" Following the movie, there will be a discussion of the book... Read Post
June 25th 2014
Friday, June 27: Story Time for Two-Year-Olds. Children's Room, Central Library, 79 Highland Ave. 10:30-11:30 AM. Saturday, June 28: Overview of Social Security.  Auditorium, Central Library, 10:00-11:00 AM. Monday, June 30: Children's Summer Reading Club Kickoff with Science Magic (courtesy of the Museum of Science). Auditorium, Central Library, 11:00-11:45 AM. Monday, June 30: Middle School Writers' Den. Auditorium, Central Library, 6:15-8:30 PM. Wednesday, July 2: Mystery Book Club (... Read Post
June 3rd 2014
Books for Somerville Reads 2014 have arrived and are now available at all SPL locations! Somerville Reads is a project that promotes literacy and community engagement by encouraging people all over the City to read and discuss the same book. The book that has been selected for 2014 is Dark Tide: the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo. A companion children's book has also been selected: The Great Molasses Flood: Boston, 1919 by Deborah Kops. Both of these authors will be... Read Post
June 29th 2013
It's Summer Reading Club time at all three SPL locations!  This year's theme is Dig Into Reading.  When you join, you'll receive: a logbook to record your summer reading (books you enjoy on your own, or stories read TO you by a caregiver or...even a librarian!), a bag to carry those summer reading books, and a calendar of our summer events!  Thanks to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library, we have many fun and free programs planned this summer!  Highlights include: 3 Kidstock Theater... Read Post
November 16th 2012
Here's a sampling of new picture books available at the East Branch. Children's librarian Meghan loves them and thinks that you will too! Boot and Shoe by Marla Frazee (who wouldn't love a story of 2 canine companions that matter-of-factly states and illustrates, "They pee on the same tree." !?) The Tooth Mouse by Susan Hood Lovabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse It's a Tiger! by David LaRochelle Mr. Pine's Purple House by Leonard Kessler
July 20th 2012
While reading was an important and central part of my experiences at, and love for, the library, I do not think I would have been such a frequent visitor were it not for the excellent librarians. I was always greeted with warmth and care and developed a close bond with two of the children’s librarians, Cathy and Ann. They were always there to recommend books, share stories, and talk with me as long as I wanted about any subject. Looking back at the many hours I spent standing at their desk made... Read Post
July 18th 2012
I have been coming to the Central Branch library in Somerville for as long as I can remember. I have had the luck to live quite close to the library my whole life, so my family often went on after-dinner trips to pick out bedtime stories and play in the neighboring park. As a small child, picking out picture books to read rivaled the thrill of Christmas. With each cover bolder and more colorful than the next, I would simply have to get every book I saw, and my parents often had to assure me... Read Post
July 6th 2012
Users of the West Branch know that the children's room has been closed for a face lift in recent weeks. However, the end is in sight! Pipes and walls have been repaired, walls have been painted, and the lower level of the room has been re-carpeted. Movers are scheduled to put the furniture and books back in place next week. Although the children's space will continue to be a work in progress -- with some new furniture and a few other updates coming later -- it should be open for business soon... Read Post
June 4th 2012
Summer is right around the corner! Whether fireside, beachside, poolside, or cityside, kids will have some idle time to cozy up with a good book. Please join us for a discussion about good books to share with your kids this summer. Tammy McKanan, Somerville resident and homeschooling parent; Ann Downer, Somerville resident, author of Hatching Magic and Elephant Talk: the Surprising Science of Elephant Communication; Cindy Ritter, reviewer from The Horn Book; Ellen Jacobs, SPL librarian and... Read Post
May 8th 2012
I was very sad to read this morning that Maurice Sendak has died. Rest in peace, Mr. Sendak. We will always remember your incomparable stories. Your images are burned into our memories:





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