2020

February 5th 2020
black history month

In recognition of Black History Month, here is a selection of books by Black authors, recommended by SPL staff.

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. An eloquently written, meticulously analyzed, powerfully presented, and completely unwavering gaze at the major role that racism has played in American history, and still plays in current politics, law, and economics. This is a sometimes infuriating but always enlightening look at case after... Read Post

January 21st 2020

Check out Margaret Atwood's latest novel The Testaments.

Available as a lucky day book here! Which means you need to visit your library to pick it up!

Other formats the item is available in include:

Large Print

Spoken CD

Playaway Audiobook

e-book

January 9th 2020
early 20th century book delivery boys somerville ma

The library bookmobile is one way that libraries can meet their users who might not be able to use the library ordinarily.  Bookmobiles date way back in the United States, beginning around the early 1900s.  Back then they were typically referred to as “traveling libraries” or “wagon libraries”.  Libraries would use various forms of transportation, such as bicycles, carts, wagons, or even donkeys to get books to readers!

Somerville Public Library joined this new way of serving patrons... Read Post

January 2nd 2020
favorite books 2019

Wow, Somerville, you read so much this year!

These are the books Somerville readers checked out the most in 2019. How many have you read? Which ones were your favorites?

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Becoming by Michelle Obama Educated by Tara Westover Normal People by Sally Rooney Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, tied with The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong City of Girls by Elizabeth... Read Post