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 31st 2012
I am back in Somerville for winter break, and I was lucky enough to be able to work at the library for a few days. Over the summer, I was here through the Mayor’s Summer Job program, and one of the projects that was being worked on was a new Teen Room for the library. I left just as the old AV room was being torn up so it was wonderful to see the transformation. Even though all of the furniture hasn’t arrived yet (the old straight-back chairs and wooden tables are going to be traded in for a... Read Post
December 27th 2012
Last Saturday the Friends of the Library sponsored another great program.  We were fortunate to have a new volunteer,  Kim Millican Phillips,  tell us about the event.    Many thanks to Kim, who in addition to blogging has also joined the Friends of the Library.  As a part of the Design Talk series, Stephen Tourlentes and Amber Davis Tourlentes, instructors from Mass Art, reflected upon Kodachrome and took the audience on a journey about the evolution of Kodachrome slides. Kodachrome was a... Read Post
December 17th 2012
Librarians across the Commonwealth are sharing online resources to help parents talk with their children in the wake of this national tragedy. Here are a few suggestions:

Fred Rogers
Tragic Events in the News

American School Counselor Association
Helping Kids During Crisis

Talking with Kids about the News

National Association of School Psychologists
Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers... Read Post
December 14th 2012
or "pesquisar" (search) if you prefer! The Minuteman Library Network is committed to serving all the communities of this multilingual, multicultural region. So our catalog now has search interfaces in French and Portuguese. Patrons who prefer to search in either of those languages can now go to the main catalog page and choose their language preference using the links in the upper right corner: And then you get our same catalog, only in another language:  
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
December 10th 2012

The communities of Somerville, MA, Somerville, NJ, and Summerville, SC are joining forces this month to support victims of Hurricane Sandy along the Jersey Shore.  In Somerville, MA, the donation drive begins today, December 10th and will last through Friday, December 21st.  You can drop items off at all library locations.  For a list of needed items and more drop off locations, please click here.
December 7th 2012
In a recent Somerville News column reflecting on the career of former Mayor Eugene Brune, Mayor Curtatone quoted a Boston Sunday Globe insert (below) from October 17, 1965 entitled, "The New Somerville--Colonial Birth, Space Age Rebirth," extolling a "new Somerville" with state-of-the-art infrastructure and institutions emerging from one of the birthplaces of America. But as the mayor pointed out, the insert mentions developments and transit plans that didn't get very far. And the Somerville... Read Post
December 4th 2012
Last Saturday there was a community discussion with the founders of Cuppow.   The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  Sara Fix is a patron and volunteered this write up of the event...many thanks Sara!   If you care about the environment, if you support local businesses, or if you’ve ever spilled coffee on your shirt, you could learn a lot from Joshua Resnikoff and Aaron Panone, creators of Cuppow.  These two friends created a plastic device that can turn a canning jar in to a... 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
November 27th 2012
Last week marked the conclusion of our teen creative writing program. The feedback and enthusiasm from everyone has been impressive. Ethan Gilsdorf led a month-long series of workshops. Participants were given various prompts and exercises. Some of the prompts were silly and random. The classes went so well that Ethan extended it for two more sessions. It was great to see all the writing; people were really engrossed in what they were doing. This was a teen driven program. They initiated this... Read Post
November 27th 2012
The holiday shopping season is underway, and many of you are probably going to do a lot of your shopping online.  *And* you probably have a credit card number or two stored in your account with Amazon or another online store.  And I'll make another guess: many of you probably use the same password for multiple online accounts. Well, guess what? Using the same password for different accounts is called "daisy-chaining," and when you do it, you're setting yourself up to be hacked. In August Wired... Read Post
November 21st 2012
The Somerville Public Library will be closed on Thanksgiving and Buy Nothing Day. Normal hours resume Saturday, November 24.
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
November 7th 2012
                        The links below open to the architectural drawings of the new proposed Somerville Public Library to be located in Union Square. Somerville Library_First Floor Somerville Library_Second Floor Somerville Library_Third Floor Combined Elevations