Music

October 31st 2016

Today is Halloween, a day for tricking or treating and dressing up, the annual celebration of all things scary. They day is believed to have pagan roots, originating from the Celtic harvest festival Samhain.

Even though Halloween will be over at midnight, you can still indulge your taste for the scary (if you have a taste for the scary).  A couple of options at SPL: The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales or Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. You could also search the catalog... Read Post

August 8th 2014
Hoopla is here! We are delighted to offer this new service that allows Somerville patrons free access to thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, and audiobooks for mobile devices and computers. To start using Hoopla, download the free digital mobile app on your Android or iOS device or visit hoopladigital.com. Then, begin enjoying titles from major Hollywood studios, record companies, and publishers. Titles can be borrowed for instant streaming or for temporary downloading to... Read Post
January 28th 2014
A great artist and a great American left us today.  Pete Seeger, America's most beloved folk singer, and the father of today's vibrant folk music scene, died today in New York City. He was 94. He left his stamp on American music with songs such as "If I Had a Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" and "Turn, Turn, Turn." "Hammer" will forever be associated with resistance to Joseph McCarthy's witchhunts, and "Flowers" was the anthem of the anti-Vietnam war movement.  For Seeger, there was... Read Post
November 18th 2013

Somerville is a community of makers. It's home to the Artisan's Asylum, a community and school for hobbyists, inventors and tinkerers. It's a place where imaginative historical markers can spring up overnight and robots will soon roam the streets. So today's post is a nod to that Übermaker, Leonardo da Vinci. Among the many inventions Leonardo envisioned was the "viola organista:" a piano combined with a cello. No one has ever made, let alone played, a viola organista.... Read Post

September 3rd 2013
We're very happy to announce the band Too Human will be performing at the Central Library this Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. They've performed all along the East Coast and their jazzy, upbeat music has been described as "incredible" and "full of energy" and as "some of the best darned songs you've ever heard." You can see a brief video from their concert at the Wilmington Public Library below:   We hope you'll join us.  Interestingly, the members of the band have also had a long and varied as... Read Post
August 22nd 2013
Last weekend a friend I hadn't seen in a long time stopped me on the street and asked me what the library was doing to commemorate the 200th birth year of Richard Wagner.  The library has too many programs for me to keep track of, so I said, "I'll get back to you on that." There is no question that Wagner is a towering figure in Western culture. He influenced  later composers such as Claude Debussy, Hector Berlioz and Gustav Mahler.  And  his cultural impact extended beyond music: the works of... Read Post
July 3rd 2013
Introducing our latest database, Freegal! Freegal is a downloadable music service that offers access to about 3 million songs from over 10,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. All you need is your library card number and PIN! You can search by keyword, artist, or album or use the advanced search page. You can also browse artists A to Z, see genre lists in dozens of... 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
September 5th 2012
Join us this Saturday, September 8th at 3:00 p.m. as we welcome Too Human for a concert of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. The concert will be held outdoors if the weather permits, otherwise, we'll be in the auditorium.

Too Human is an acoustic music act with vocals, guitar, percussion and upright bass. They perform jazz standards as well as their own originals. The program will include some of the great feeling songs from the American Songbook of the 20s, 30s... Read Post
June 15th 2012
An Evening of Words and Music with Yani Batteau & Judah Leblang (June 13, 2012) Our guest blogger Sarah Wolf has written about Wednesday's lovely event.  Yani and Judah were great! I turn you over to Sarah,   On Wednesday, June 13, 2012, local artists Yani Batteau and Judah Leblang joined musical and storytelling forces for an evening of poignant laughter and sing-a-longs. Dividing their program into two sets – the first devoted to being in (and out) of love, the second about life... Read Post
April 17th 2012
This Saturday, April 21! Join us as Somerville celebrates its third “one city, one book” campaign, Somerville Reads 2012, a project that promotes literacy and community engagement by encouraging people all over the City to read and discuss books on the same theme. This year’s theme is food—local, sustainable, and delicious! We've chosen two books for discussion: Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter and Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. Copies of both books are... Read Post
December 30th 2011
First from Salon: the year's best viral videos (sample below) and the year's worst TV shows, books and movies. From Wired: the top ten people, products and programs that most of us ignored. From Slate: ways people ring in the New Year (It's a slideshow. Sorry!). Barnes and Noble has a best books of 2011 list. Over at NPR, the music critics have made a list of their favorite albums. True to its name, Listverse has lists, lists and more lists. And as if all that isn't enough, The New York... Read Post
December 17th 2011


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November 3rd 2011
Join us as we welcome Too Human for an evening of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.

Too Human is an acoustic music act with vocals, guitar, percussion and upright bass. They perform jazz standards as well as their own originals. The program will include some of the great feeling songs from the American Songbook of the 20s, 30s and 40s such as Pennies From Heaven, It Had To Be You, Nice Work If You Can Get It, All of Me, Sentimental Journey, and others.

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October 26th 2011


We waited all year and now it's here - the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale!

Don't miss out on this chance to get great deals on new and used books, movies, music, and more - and show your support for the Library! Proceeds from the book sale help support library programs for adults and children, including the popular "museum membership" program which allows Somerville residents to visit local museums free or at a discount.

Friday, October 28th ~ 1:00... Read Post

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