Library Blog

March 5th 2020
three women reading

March is Women's History Month! We hope you'll enjoy this list of recommended reads from SPL staff. 

The image of three women reading above is from the Donald C. King Family Photographs in our local history collection. View the collection online at Digital Commonwealth!

Formation: a Woman's Memoir of Stepping Out of Line, by Ryan Leigh Dostie

Formation tells the story of Dostie's experience growing up, joining the army, serving her tour overseas in the early... Read Post

February 25th 2020
womens league officers

As Black History Month draws to a close, we wanted to share recommendations for a few of the African-American history resources available online.

Last year was the 100th anniversary of the official end of World War I. The National Museum of African-American History and Culture marked the occasion with an exhibit on African-Americans in World War I, “We Return Fighting,” that will run through June 14, 2020. View the online version of the exhibit here. 

The Library of... Read Post

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


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 by... 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
November 26th 2019
holiday cookie book list

Looking for some inspiration for your holiday cookie baking (or perhaps for the SPL cookie swap at Remnant Brewing on 12/23)? Here are thumbnail descriptions of some great cookie books in the Somerville Public Library's collection! Newest books are listed first. Gluten free titles are at the end of the list. Click on the title to find the book in the library catalog, or stop by the book display on the second floor and pick one up. Happy holiday season, and happy baking!

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November 3rd 2019

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah 

Available in a variety of formats including print, large print, paperback, ebook, audiobook, digital audiobook and playaway. We hope you check out a copy today!

October 16th 2019

The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike

It's Halloween season, so why not read The Witches of Eastwick or you could even watch the movie with Jack Nicholson!


October 4th 2019
Spooky House

Something wicked this way comes…. To the Somerville Public Library!

To celebrate our 10th year of Somerville Reads, we’ve chosen a spooky read just in time for fall: the classic horror novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

Curl up with this creepy classic and a hot beverage, then come to one of our book groups and discuss!

We are excited to offer a variety of programs throughout the month of October inspired by themes found in the novel. Here’s what you... Read Post

September 25th 2019

Maria Semple's hilarious novel is the book you should read this month! Request it here, now!

August 1st 2019

The Great New Orleans Kidnapping case : race, law, and justice in the Reconstruction era

It's the end of summer, what are you going to read next? How about The Great New Orleans Kidnapping case : race, law, and justice in the Reconstruction Era by Michael A. Ross. Request it now!

July 31st 2019

This week the Discovery Channel holds its annual celebration of all matters shark-related. Without a doubt, sharks are fascinating: two-thirds of their brains are devoted to their sense of smell; they grow up to 50,000 teeth in a lifetime; shark embryos sometimes devour each other in the womb—what’s not to love? But for people in the Boston area, sharks are of more than just academic interest: 17 great white sharks have been seen in the waters off Cape Cod in the past week. 

Sharks... Read Post

July 2nd 2019
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Looking for a summer reading book? Try Delia Owens new book in audio, digital audio, ebook or large print!

Request it now even while your on vacation!


May 16th 2019
humulus lupulus "hops"

You might guess from the book groups we run at Remnant and Aeronaut Brewing that we are fond of hops, and you would be right! But would you have guessed that New England was once the center of hops production in the U.S., and that a Ten Hills resident revolutionized the processing of harvested hops?

Samuel Jaques, an avid plant and livestock breeder known for his luscious peach variety (Jaques Admirable) and dairy cattle breed (Jaques Cream Pot, famous for its rich milk) bought the... Read Post