Local Artists

March 16th 2015
Please join us as we celebrate Women’s History Month by welcoming performer Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions for a theatrical storytelling (not a reading) of three weird tales by Sarah Orne Jewett. The program will be held at the Central Library on Saturday, March 21st at 2:00 p.m. Sarah Orne Jewett, a native of South Berwick, Maine, was one of New England’s most prolific female authors of the nineteenth century.  Her stories highlight the everyday lives of New Englanders at this time,... Read Post
January 10th 2015
A small art installation by the Somerville Arts Council's 2014 Multi-disciplinary Artist Fellow Kris Hatch has found a permanent home in two of the Somerville Libraries.  Stationed appropriately between the Mystery and Reference sections at the West Branch, 'The Book of Knowledge' is a Victorian curio cabinet that invites the viewer to become a part of the mystery.  A second "cabinet" can be found near the Mythology section of the Central Library. This project is supported in part by the... Read Post
November 1st 2012
Join us for a three-part film series showcasing the use of classical music in war movies. The series kicks off at the Central Library this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with Gallipoli. Live musical accompaniment for some scenes will be provided by members of the Cambridge Symphony Chamber Players for all three films. 1981; Starring Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins, Charles Yunipingli, & Ron Graham; Rated PG; 1 hour 52 minutes Amazon.com says, "An outstanding drama, Gallipoli... Read Post
March 1st 2012
For the month of March, the Children’s Room at the Central Library is highlighting books on urban nature and family winter activities. The Library also has an “Our Garden Nature Guide-Nuestra guía de la naturaleza del jardín" nature kit, which you can borrow free of charge any time of the year. The kit includes the “Our Garden Nature Guide” (with art by local children), hand lenses, bug boxes and a notebook to record your urban nature discoveries. The kit was donated to the Library with... Read Post
February 17th 2012


2012 is the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, and the year will be marked by international celebrations of his life and work. Although he was an Englishman of the Victorian era, Dickens's work transcends his time, language, and culture. His public readings of his work brought him to Boston in the mid 1800s. Throughout the world, his writings remain a major influence that continue to inspire films, art, and literature. The Library joins in the global commemoration of... Read Post
December 18th 2011
Somerville's a great town for the visual arts.  People put interesting ornaments or statues on their front porches and lawns, coffee shops double as mini-art galleries, and even switchboxes and outer walls of stores serve as canvases. Local artist Pauline Lim has a challenge for us all: find some more Somerville art—specifically some secular icons she's created and put around town (one is pictured at left.)  She's provided pictures and GPS coordinates for each one on her website. Anyone who... Read Post
December 16th 2011
That guy painting the switchbox in front of the Central Library is the wonderful Jef Czekaj. Jef is a cartoonist, children's book author and illustrator, and musician who lives and works right here in Somerville. His comic, Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters, ran in Nickelodeon Magazine for more than 10 years. A collection of the first three years of the comic was published with the help of a Xeric Foundation Grant and distributed by Top Shelf. Jef has illustrated 3 books, and written and... Read Post