Blog

March 3rd 2019
Viggo Mortensen in a blue car

Green Book

When Tony Lip, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on a book to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger, as well as unexpected humanity and humor, they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.

... Read Post

February 20th 2019
A Man Falling

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this book is a must-read: Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past.- Summary taken from the Minuteman Catalog.

For more information about the author, check our Greer's website.

Available as a... Read Post

February 6th 2019

Looking for a Valentine's Day Read? Try the titles below:

Unmarriageable : a novel

"In this retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan, Alys Binat has sworn never to marry--until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider. A scandal and vicious rumor in the Binat family have destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages, but Alys, the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters, has found happiness teaching... Read Post

January 30th 2019
Superbowl Sunday

Ready for the Super Bowl? It's coming, on February 3rd, 2019, the Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams. Millions of Americans gather around the television on this day to celebrate this de facto holiday. The first Super Bowl took place in 1966, the Game was originally called the AFL-NFL Championship game, if you would like to read more about the history of the Super Bowl, click here!

If your interested in Tom Brady, check out his TB12 book today! Or try Giselle Bundchen's new book,... Read Post
January 13th 2019
Picture of the White House, We're closed

The government of the United States has now been shut down for longer than any other time in the nation's history. What does this mean? For starters, many Federal workers--who often live paycheck to paycheck--don't have an income. A food pantry has been opened on the Boston US Coast Guard Base. Over 400 families came for food during the first 2 days it was open. Government workers and their families are facing hardship as unpaid bills mount. Across the country business are trying to ease the... Read Post

January 8th 2019

By Sarah Smarsh

Sarah Smarsh writes a beautiful memoir about her life growing up in rural Kansas. She speaks to her future child wishing her child will learn from her life experiences and writes what she would have hoped for her child not to have experienced growing up in an area of America where it’s impossible to leave your situation because of socio-economic status.

Smarsh’s grandmother had her mother at 16 and her mother had Sarah at 17. Smarsh tells the heartbreaking... Read Post

December 30th 2018

https://youtu.be/slWHttbrgts

December 3rd 2018

Our great senior substitute Annie Schapira is a dedicated and discerning reader of YA fiction. Enjoy her latest review!

What would you endure in order to be beautiful? The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton’s 2018 novel, introduces Young Adult readers (and others!) to the kingdom of Orléans, whose citizens have been cursed with grotesque appearances until and unless a Belle can be hired to transform them - slowly, painfully, and expensively - into visions of beauty.  Although all of the... Read Post

November 11th 2018

Looking for something to read? Try checking out our staff picks page, here's the link.

It features what your current Somerville Librarians are reading!

Comment below and tell us what your going to read next!

November 2nd 2018
Great American Read logo

The Great American Read, the 8-part series in which PBS attempted to determine which novel is America's favorite, is over.  On October 23rd the network announced (to no one's surprise) that the winner was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

To Kill a Mockingbird was on my list of favorites too, as were many of the other titles on the list of 100 novels which were selected for inclusion in the contest.  Continuing in the spirit of competition, I hereby announce that all of my best-... Read Post

September 20th 2018
Hurricane 1938 Somerville Smashed Car

This week we were spared the worst of Hurricane Florence’s destruction, but 80 years ago on September 21, the 1938 hurricane known as the Long Island Express walloped New England with 100+ mph winds, killing more than 700 and leaving more than $300 million in damage (in 1938 dollars).

Here in Somerville, the damage was estimated to be $1 million. According to the Somerville Journal, the storm hit around the 5pm rush hour, injuring a dozen people, uprooting thousands of trees, and... Read Post

September 11th 2018

We love storytime at the West Branch.  We love the books, the friends, moving and dancing and singing, and we really love the song “Roly Poly”!!! 

Some of our friends have recently moved and are missing Storytime at West, others want to share this song with grownups who can’t make it to storytime, and some just love Roly-Poly-ing their little hearts out.  A few Storytime regulars sat down with Alison this morning to record an enthusiastic version of Roly Poly for everyone to share at... Read Post

September 4th 2018
Image of books that are banned.

It’s that time of year again: Banned Books Week is from September 23-29, 2018, celebrating books that a community or person has deemed as unfit or offensive and asked to be removed from a library, school or bookstore. Banned Books Week is a celebration of your freedom to read and your First Amendment rights!

 

Below are some staff picks of our favorite banned books!

 

Glenn, Library Director

Bible - has been challenged for its religious viewpoints in... Read Post

August 23rd 2018
Wilson Memorial Fountain, Central Hill Park, Somerville, MA

Central Hill Park was the first public parkland in Somerville. Created in 1870 with the purchase of 38 acres by the City (price tag: about $38,000), the lot spanned Highland Avenue between Walnut and School streets, and bordered by Medford Street on the north. Public buildings included City Hall, the high school, the Central Library, and a fire station which was relocated early in the 20th century.

Central Hill was the site of Revolutionary War fortifications, and the park originally... Read Post

August 3rd 2018

...to cook. In New England many of us spend half the year longing for summer, but once it's actually here we realize that hot weather makes certain basic life-maintenance tasks (such as cooking) unappealling. However, we still have to eat, even when the thermometer goes way up and the weather is sizzlin' hot.  Some of SPL's books on seasonal cooking and main dish salads can help you find dinners to prepare without turning your kitchen into a furnace. When Mark Bittman was still writing his "... Read Post

Pages