Trustee Voices

July 31st 2014
More than a repository of books, public libraries host story hours, ESL classes, and community meetings, many libraries also include a cafe so patrons can relax with a good book and cup of coffee or meet other parents while their children are attending a book group.  The Boston Public Library has taken their cafe one step further to become a destination restaurant. Check out the Boston Magazine's review of the BPL's Courtyard Restaurant at: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/article/... Read Post
March 9th 2014
A recent survey from Central Connecticut State University survey ranked Boston as the eighth most literate large American city. The survey considers the library system as one factor that contributes to overall literacy. On a related note, the Boston Public Library system has opened a new East Boston branch.  Robert Campbell of the Boston Globe writes of it: "As you watch tweens polishing their computer skills by playing video games, teens learning bike repair, elders stopping by for a bit of... Read Post
February 15th 2014
Despite some pundits questioning the importance of libraries, it seems like the vast majority of Americans value their public libraries very highly.  According to the most recent research by the Pew Internet & American Life Project: 95% of Americans ages 16 and older agree that the materials and resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed; 95% say that public libraries are important because they promote literacy and a love of reading... Read Post
April 24th 2013
The last post I made was just before New Year’s: the weather was cold, and I was thinking about hot chocolate and holiday recipes.  Now, with April just starting the weather is (slowly) getting warmer and I’m starting to think about ice coffees and starting my garden. I’ll be honest, I’ve never had much of a green thumb, but with help from a few good gardening books, my family and I have been able to create a nice outdoor space, and grow a range of flowers and vegetables from calla lilies and... Read Post
January 17th 2013
Technology has changed the way we consume entertainment.  If you like cats, every minute Youtube uploads 72 hours worth of video (I am guessing 50% of which is cats doing funny things).  Video was supposed to kill the radio star in 1981, but in 2013 modern technology has not bumped radio off yet; to to contrary, we have satellite radio.  It would be hard to picture 20 years ago, pulling out your cell phone instead of a camera to take a picture, but that is where we are today.  Books have also... Read Post
December 31st 2012
Well, it’s that time of year again!  I have just started my yearly tradition of preparing my reading list for the new year.  Goal for 2013: 30 books (ambitious as I only made it to 25 this year!) with a focus on the “Classics”.  Here’s how it works: Every Christmas, I review the books that I read over the past few years (conveniently cataloged and self-reviewed on Goodreads of course) and, in a vain attempt to break out of my favorite “popular fiction” and “crime novel” molds, I pick a new... Read Post
December 12th 2012
On December 6th, Mayor Curtatone—with a little help from Santa and the Somerville High School band and City Chorus—lit the lights, menorah, and tree at City Hall, officially ushering in the holiday season. It can be a busy time of year, between holiday shopping, visits from friends and family, decorating, cooking, and maybe taking a trolley tour of the house lights in Somerville. Amid all the bustle, don’t forget the many ways that the Somerville Public Library can help you prepare for the... Read Post
November 29th 2012
The farmers markets are selling more apples and less tomatoes, more pumpkins and less cucumbers. Whether you like it or not, fall is here to stay. Did you get all your summer reading done? What book have you been meaning to pick up, but haven’t yet? With the summer long behind us, and having survived the first storm of the season (Hurricane Sandy), you should start thinking of what book would go best with a cup of hot chocolate or cider when the winds start to howl. If you are still looking for... Read Post