March 2nd 2013
Free Teen Creative Writing Program at Somerville Public Library Are you a teen who likes to write stories about aliens, blogs, flash fiction, or poems? Are you interested in becoming a novelist, short story writer or poet? Somerville Public Library's Teen Creative Writing Program will offer teens writing exercises to flex their writing muscles in a fun, low-pressure, supportive environment. The Somerville Public Library is pleased to announce the start of a free Teen Creative Writing Program... Read Post
March 2nd 2013
Join fellow writers at the central branch of the Somerville Public Library (79 Highland Ave.) for this free, four-week, memoir-writing workshop with Medford-based writer and storyteller Judah Leblang. Judah is the author of Finding My Place: One Man’s Journey from Cleveland to Boston and Beyond. He is also a columnist for Bay Windows newspaper and a radio commentator. This workshop has been funded by the Friends of the Somerville Public Library. In this course, participants will: · Discuss... 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 community... Read Post
February 27th 2013
Here is a review of Saturday's program by Kim Philips Millican, who is a member of the Friends of the Library.  Thank you Kim! On Saturday, the Friends of the Somerville Public Library held a showing of “In the Blood”, a documentary by Sumner McKane that illustrated the history of the Maine lumbermen and river drivers. According to the documentary’s website (http://inthebloodmovie.com), Mr. McKane presents “a historical subject with a contemporary and entertaining presentation” which turns 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 or legal guardian... Read Post
February 11th 2013
The Somerville Public Library is doing something no other public library has done before. In a partnership with the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, the SPL's three branches are the first public libraries to have an "Awesome Box." (Harvard University has utilized these boxes in some of their libraries.) Pictured on the right, these boxes are near the regular return drop off points. Patrons who have particularly enjoyed a book, CD, movie or any other item can return the item to the Awesome Box.... 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 Donuts... Read Post
February 6th 2013
The word's out about our library card sign-up competition and, with your help, we can spread the word even further. We've just launched a tumblr site (http://somervillepubliclibrary.tumblr.com/) specifically to give a lucky patron an added prize during this month's campaign and to raise awareness of the value of getting a library card. Take a picture of yourself holding your newly obtained (or even not so newly obtained) library card and post it to our tumblr. You don't have to have a tumblr... 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 registrations in... 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 Get Involved? Your... 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 card or... Read Post
January 22nd 2013
Do you want to learn Adobe Dreamweaver or Flash? Learn the basics of statistics? Get an electrician's license?  We've got a great new database for Somerville patrons who want or need to learn new skills. LearningExpress is a database of online tutorials and exams geared to the educational needs of children and teens and the vocational needs of adults.  The tutorials and online courses cover school subjects ranging from elementary school reading to AP calculus.   Computer software training... 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 Years. I... 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