One of the transformative moments in American history occurred on August 28, 1963. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and spoke to roughly 250,000 people, calling for full civil rights for African-Americans. The "I Have a Dream Speech" is one of the pinnacles of American oratory, and as a statement of American ideals is second only to the Declaration of Independence. If you would like to know more about King and the Civil Rights Movement, we've got a... Read Post
“SOMERVILLE READS” PROGRAM
The Art Forger to be discussed at events throughout September.
SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Maria Carpenter, Director of the Somerville Public Libraries, announced today that the City of Somerville will launch its fourth “One City, One... Read Post
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... Read Post
This August has some spectacular teen titles for you to read: here's a glance at some of the ones you'll be able to grab from the Somerville Public Library!
The Beginning of Everything—Robyn Schneider
The Bitter Kingdom—Rae Carson
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea—April Genevieve... Read Post
The first book of Victoria Scott’s YA paranormal romance series, The Collector, was a fast, fun read about devils and angels. Dante Walker, a devastatingly handsome, infuriatingly cocky guy who died as a teen and got stuck tracking people’s sins for the Big Guy down below, is charged with an assignment that is more than even he might be able to handle. He’s got to collect sweet, innocent Charlie Cooper’s soul in ten days…or else. How hard could it be to corrupt... Read Post
by Siegfried SassoonIn the grey summer garden I shall find you With day-break and the morning hills behind you. There will be rain-wet roses; stir of wings; And down the wood a thrush that wakes and sings. Not from the past you'll come, but from that deep Where beauty murmurs to the soul asleep: And I shall know the sense of life re-born From dreams into the mystery of morn Where gloom and brightness meet. And... Read Post