February 25th 2021
1979 Fires Plague Somerville Schools

Did you know that there was once a serious fire at Somerville High School!? The fire took place on March 18, 1979 and was labeled a three-alarm fire. The firetrucks first arrived at the scene at 4:30 am and were led by Fire Captains Thomas Doherty and Robert Glover. Seven classrooms were destroyed by the fire and the cost of the damages were around $250,000 (about $550,000 in today’s money).

While the fire was blazing at the High School, there was another fire happening at the West... Read Post

January 28th 2021
Buried in Snow in Somerville

While weather forecasting had improved by the late 1970’s, many people still believed that the forecasts were inaccurate most of the time. The day before the blizzard started, most people believed that it wouldn’t turn out to be that big of a problem. Workers and students went about their day like it was a normal Monday and when the snow started later than anticipated, many people thought it was just another inaccurate forecast. 

According to the then Boston Herald American, “Snow... Read Post

January 21st 2021
Non-Fic Book Club at SPL!

Beginning next month, SPL will have a new online book group: the Non Fic Book Club. We’ll be reading relatively short, approachable books chosen by group members, so if the word “nonfiction” makes you think of Robert Caro’s 3-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson, fear not.

For our first meeting we’ll be discussing acclaimed journalist Jon Ronson’s So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, an exploration of what happens when, deservedly or not, social media users worldwide decide a person has... Read Post

January 7th 2021
East Branch of the Somerville Public Library in the Snow!

This first week of January at the East Branch, our make-and-take craft is a snowflake.  Stop by the East Branch to pick up yours while supplies last! 

Meghan is back on Wednesday mornings at 11 for storytime, on SPL Facebook Live.   

Other programs in January include the East Branch Book Group, which meets on Friday January 22nd at 11am on Zoom.  We will be reading Wild Seed by Octavia Butler.  Print copies are available to pick up at the East Branch.  Email Marita at mcoombs... Read Post