April 16th 2013
We're all stunned and saddened by yesterday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.  The attacks were cruel and senseless.  The only bright moment yesterday was when people ran towards the blasts to apply tourniquets or help people on to their feet. It's nice when it's possible to be proud of human beings. Actually helping others is one of the best things someone can do in a situation like this, not  just for the inherent decency of doing so, but also because it reminds us we're not helpless. The... Read Post
March 21st 2013

Did you know that the Library subscribes to LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator, a resource that combines everything you need for a successful job search into one easy-to-use online application?  With this innovative job-hunting system, you can: Explore detailed information on over 1,000 different occupations Match your interests and skills with the career that's best for you Search over five million up-to-the-minute local and national job postings Search for internships,... Read Post
March 16th 2013
Last year I wrote about Irish books for St. Patrick's Day. This year, it's Irish movies.   The country's contributions to film are much less well-known than its literary achievements, but almost as noteworthy.  I consider  films to be "Irish" if they meet at least two of three criteria: an Irish cast, an Irish director or screenwriter, based on an Irish literary work or on Irish historical events. Neil Jordan is best known for his 1992 shocker  The Crying Game.  I however am forever grateful... Read Post
March 15th 2013
Our thanks to the mayor for recognizing the essential and ever-changing role libraries play in the life of this city: http://www.thesomervillenews.com/archives/36202  
March 6th 2013
Courtesy of storycorps.org

It should come as no surprise to this city’s residents, but members of this diverse and vital community have a story to tell. And your library is going to help them tell it – thanks to a grant from the American Library Associaton and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which will enable us to launch our own version of the “StoryCorps @ your library” program. StoryCorps is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and... Read Post
March 4th 2013

We knew you could do it, Somerville! Our fair city has won the library card sign-up competition that ran all last month against Lexington, Belmont and Arlington. Arlington challenged us to see who could get a higher percentage of card sign-ups in February 2013 compared to February 2012. Community pride was at stake – and we must say, you did your library and your community proud. Because of this campaign, Somerville now has 1,054 new library card owners. Arlington, Belmont and Somerville... Read Post

March 4th 2013
The Somerville Public Library is introducing a new collection, Muslim Journeys, which is currently available for browsing and checkout at the Central Branch of the library. This bookshelf collection aims to familiarize residents and visitors with the places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world. It is intended to address both the need and desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural... Read Post
March 1st 2013

Remember when kids used to play outside for hours at a time, only to return home at dinnertime? As more and more kids spend most of their times in front of a screen, these days there are many who can’t relate to that. Mike Lanza hopes to change this culture. He’s authored a book, “Playborhood,” on how to make neighborhoods the best possible place for children to play and connect. He will be visiting Somerville City Hall (second floor) from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, to conduct a... Read Post

February 20th 2013

To obtain a Minuteman Library card from us, just download the form, fill it out and bring it to the Circulation Desk.

When you come in to obtain your card, you must also present a valid photo I.D. (a driver's license, for example) AND proof of residence (no leases, please!), if your address is different than that on your license. Without an I.D. and proof of residency, a card cannot be issued.

Children may obtain a library card when they are 5 years of age. The child's parent... Read Post

February 11th 2013

Today we're shaking off the snow and warmly welcoming a brand new business partner for our Library Card Sign-Up Competition - Union Square Donuts! But don't pull on your boots and hunt them down just yet; their grand opening will be happening this Thursday, Valentine's Day, at 201 Somerville Ave. Customers can show their library card/keycard and buy any Union Square donut or an Ocean Ave Pop and receive a free small coffee through March. To keep up with what's going on with Union Square... Read Post

February 4th 2013
Sign up for a library card; get discounts and prizes.


Have you heard, Somervillians? Your library card not only gets you resources at a fantastic library, but also gets you amazing discounts at local business in February and, in some places, through March. Somerville Public Library has partnered with several companies in its Library Sign-Up Competition, which is pitting our fair city against Arlington, Belmont and Lexington to see which city obtains more library card... Read Post

January 31st 2013

What is the Library Card Sign-Up Challenge?

This February, the Somerville Public Library will compete with the libraries in Arlington, Belmont, and Lexington in a Library Card Sign-Up competition.  We are betting that we can get a higher percentage increase in new library card registrations in February 2013 versus February 2012 than they can.  Community pride is at stake!  We want to win and we need your help getting the word out!

What Is the Partnership & Why Should I... Read Post

January 24th 2013

The Somerville Public Library will compete with the libraries in Arlington, Belmont, and Lexington in a Library Card Sign-Up competition throughout February.  These public libraries will perform outreach with local organizations and businesses to encourage residents to sign up for a library card (Somerville will give away prizes for new signees, culminating in the grand prize of an e-book reader.) Participating businesses will offer a discount to customers who show their library... Read Post

January 21st 2013

Today we honor the memory of one of the greatest Americans ever, a man whose courage, wisdom, and determination changed this country forever. In the twelve years between his leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and his murder at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Martin Luther King did more to advance racial justice than had been accomplished in the previous century since emancipation.

The finest work I know on King's life and work is Taylor Branch's three-volume America in the King... Read Post