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January 30th 2018
Magazine covers of new magazines

FOMO alert!

If you haven’t explored our magazine section lately, you could be suffering from the Fear Of Missing Out on our new titles! Just to tempt you to come to the second floor of the Central Library and take a look, here are a few of our edgier ­­­­­­new additions... With a valid Minuteman library card, you can check out all magazines, even the most recent issues, for one week.

Bitch – a feminist essential for any reader. Expect snappy reviews, in-depth... Read Post

January 24th 2018

Ursula Le Guin, the acclaimed author of The Earthsea Trilogy, The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness and more than 40 other works of science fiction and fantasy, died this past Monday. She was the recipient of numerous awards, including being declared a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress. Le Guin was 88.

Yale professor and literary critic Harold Bloom called her a “major stylist” who “raised fantasy into high literature.” It’s almost impossible to imagine science fiction... Read Post

January 10th 2018
feed the monkey bananas game

Looking for some new toys?  Check something out from the Library!  We’ve got you covered with fun games like...

Feed the Monkey: work on that pincer grip and feel like you’re accomplishing something.


Easy-Twist Animal Builders: fine motor skills, matching, and crazy animals.


And a personal favorite, Don’t Let the Bugs Fall: it’s like Jenga with dice.  (You can see SPL librarians playing this game at the Somerville Media Center!)

Available at all... Read Post

January 7th 2018

Normal hours resume tomorrow.  We apologize for any inconveniences caused by the power outage.

January 5th 2018

The East Branch is currently closed. Stay tuned for updates.

Power will be back on as soon as possible.

January 5th 2018

The Snow Man
by Wallace Stevens

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of... Read Post

January 2nd 2018

I read so many books in 2017 most of them seem to have run together in my head. But four absolutely stand out in my memory. The first one is a re-read. The other three were new discoveries.

Absalom! Absalom! by William Faulkner.

Every time I read this novel I am astounded and moved, often by passages I don’t recall from previous readings.  For those who haven’t read Absalom, Absalom!, it’s a novel within a novel. For his entire life, young Quentin Compson has heard vague,... Read Post

December 29th 2017
Book Covers for Top Ten 2017 Books in Somerville

This year we have compiled our top 10 fiction checkouts for adults, young adults (teens), and children's books.

Gail Honeyman took the number one adult fiction spot this year with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.  Paulette Jiles was a close second with News of the World.  In third place, The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve. Somerville adult readers also showed a penchant for a good mystery in 2017.

Not surprisingly, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale from our YA... Read Post

December 27th 2017
"Winter is here"--Sansa Stark, Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 10.

The Boston area's white Christmas has given way to bone-chilling cold. According to National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson, local temperatures are and will be 20-25 degrees colder than normal into the next week. Frostbite is possible after as few as 30 minutes outside. Tomorrow the wind chill will be -13.

Here's what you need to do to stay warm and safe:

Make sure your heating system is working... Read Post
December 18th 2017

In This Book, Craftsmanship Is a Matter of Life or Death

In the underground city of Caverna, the setting of Frances Hardinge’s novel A Face Like Glass, a sip of wine can rewrite memories, a bite of cheese can spark visions, and certain perfumes make the wearer literally irresistible.  Its citizens’ facial expressions, too, are carefully and expensively crafted and taught by experts, and the ability to display the perfect Face for any occasion is more than just a mark of status: it’s... Read Post

December 4th 2017
circulation staff refusing fine money

Have your overdue fines been keeping you away from the Library? Don't worry, even the best of us have overdue fines from time to time (yes, even librarians)!

This month, December 2017, we're inviting you back to the Library and helping you with those pesky overdue fines!

We're happy to announce Fine-Free December, a one-month “amnesty” period that will allow you to return overdue Somerville Public Library materials without paying overdue fees.

Simply bring your... Read Post

November 30th 2017
subway stock photo

Recently the MBTA filed a Notice of Project Change for the Green Line Extension. You can find the document here. The original closing date for the comment period was Nov. 28, 2017. The comment period has been been extended to 5:00 pm on December 12.

Comments must be addressed to:

The Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
MEPA Office
Attn: Erin Flaherty, MEPA Analyst.... Read Post

November 28th 2017

Today (Nov. 28) was Giving Tuesday, a day designated by the United Nations and New York City's 92nd Street Y as a universal day of giving, as a way to establish a contrast to the consumerism of the holiday season. But despite that rampant consumerism, the month of December is when Americans are most likely to donate to charities. According to some sources, a third of all charitable gifts in any given year are made in December: partly due to cultural pressures and partly due to deadlines for... Read Post

November 21st 2017

Yesterday the current occupant of the White House pardoned two turkeys. The annual ceremony during Thanksgiving week in which the President spares a turkey's life is one of the more bizarre moments in our national life. It's unclear why the act is even called a "pardon," since the definition of the word is "a release from punishment for an infraction of the law," and no one ever says what these turkeys are guilty of other than being  ridiculous-looking.

The first president to spare a... Read Post

November 10th 2017

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, the federal holiday in honor of all veterans, living or dead, who have served this country. Veterans Day was first observed as Armistice Day, because Nov. 11 is the date of the cessation of hostilities in World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 calling for an annual observance and Nov. 11 was declared a holiday in 1938. In 1954 President Eisenhower issued a proclamation renaming the observance Veterans Day to indicate the holiday was in honor of all... Read Post

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