December 30th 2010
The Libraries will close tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. and will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.  We'll be back in 2011.  Happy New Year, everyone!
December 29th 2010
Update to the info below: Games have moved to the auditorium, crafts are still in the Children's Room, and snacks are in both places. If I wasn't at the reference desk I'd be downstairs right now trying to get a game of Monopoly going... All this week the Children's Room at the Central Library is offering drop-in games, crafts, and snacks - stop by for some spur of the moment Boggle or Bananagrams, or make something cool to take home!
December 28th 2010
The world has held great Heroes, As history-books have showed; But never a name to go down to fame Compared with that of Toad! The clever men at Oxford Know all that there is to be knowed. But they none of them know one half so much As intelligent Mr. Toad! The animals sat in the Ark and cried, Their tears in torrents flowed. Who was it said, "There's land ahead?" Encouraging Mr. Toad! The army all saluted As they marched along the road. Was it the King? Or Kitchener? No. It was Mr. Toad... Read Post
December 27th 2010
The Libraries are closed today, for the obvious reason.  We'll be back tomorrow and we'll see you then.  In the meantime, stay warm and/or get out and enjoy the snow!
December 23rd 2010
One of the lesser known literary prizes is The Diagram Prize, awarded each year by The Diagram Group and The Bookseller to the book (published in the previous year) with the oddest title. Last year's winner, Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes, will give you some idea of the kind of title worthy of The Diagram, but here are a few winners from previous years to fill in the picture a bit:

The Theory of Lengthwise Rolling Versailles: The View From SwedenHow to Avoid Huge... Read Post
December 20th 2010
December 17th 2010
We're very happy to be welcoming Carter Creek Revival to the Central Library for a concert this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Carter Creek Revival celebrates the heritage of Southern Appalachian gospel songs that remind of us who we are as Americans. The communal warmth of spirit expressed in these songs make this group’s performances a special treat. Chris Hersch (banjo), Jordan Voelker (fiddle), and Scott Sandvik (guitar) join their voices in harmony in their interpretations of songs learned... Read Post
December 16th 2010
literature-map is a fun website you might want to play with if you're searching for new authors to try. Type in the name of a favorite author and you get a "cloud" of results - the names of authors read by people who also read the author whose name you began with. Names closest to the center represent the best matches. Here's an example using Stephen King:

Close to King's name you see Anne Rice, Clive Barker, Lovecraft, and Poe, all of which seems reasonable. Further... Read Post
December 14th 2010
Every December the talented Thy Toeum, one of our circulation staff members, makes delicate three-dimensional paper snow flakes and decorates the library with them. Examples at left. If you would like to learn how to make them yourself, Thy's giving a free class this Saturday, Dec. 18, from 1:30-4:00. Thy's very warm and likable. I can't imagine a better crafts teacher.
December 10th 2010
December 9th 2010
We're going to continue showing family films at the Central Library one Saturday afternoon per month at 2:00 p.m. It's a great way to spend the afternoon! Here's what's in store in 2011: January 15th: Muppets from Space February 12th: The Railway Children March 12th: The Iron Giant April 19th: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers May 21st: The Princess Bride June 4th: Black Beauty July 9th: Labyrinth August 6th: The Parent Trap September 17th: The Miracle Worker October 1st: Godzilla vs... Read Post
December 8th 2010
The New York Times ran a fascinating article Monday on the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus, a 3,600-year-old collection of puzzles devised to teach practical uses of math, such as subdividing units of currency and calculating the storage capacity of a granary. Such documents demonstrate that math and writing are the two foundations of civilization. If you're anything like me, you're terrible at math. Which is a shame, because we really need math, for everything from calculating tips to taking the... Read Post
December 5th 2010
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December 4th 2010
A few weeks ago I posted a question: what would draw you to a free film at the Library? You can read some of the responses here. I also got a small amount of feedback through Facebook, Somerville Voices, and by talking with people in person. Based on what I learned, I've decided to move the series to (mostly) Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. So, without further ado, here's the lineup for 2011: January 10th: A Hard Day's Night February 14th: King of Hearts March 21st: Two-Way Stretch April... Read Post
December 3rd 2010
It's that time of year: Christmastime, the holidays, the bleak midwinter (to quote Christina Rossetti), whatever you want to call it. And the season provokes strong emotions in many of us, both positive and negative. Either way, you should try to enjoy it.  Why don't you start with David Sedaris' Holidays on Ice? This collection of wickedly funny pieces tells you what it's like to work as an elf at Macy's, shows what happens when your sister brings a prostitute home for Christmas, and... Read Post