January 29th 2009
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a good book. Bitter Chocolate: the Dark Side of the World's Most Seductive Sweet The Chocolate Lovers' Club Better than Chocolate Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate Chocolate & Vanilla The Chocolate War Like Water for Chocolate
January 28th 2009
All three library locations are open today. If you go out, just drive carefully and be aware that the snow emergency parking rules are in effect. In fact, here is a great audio clip of Tom Champion's message set to music. Enjoy!
January 26th 2009
This Wednesday the Somerville Public Library will be showing the cult classic The Big Lebowski. For those of you who somehow missed it, this 1998 Coen brothers comedy stars Jeff Bridges as unemployed slacker Jeffrey Lebowski, aka "The Dude," who is mistaken for a multimillionaire with the same name. He is commissioned to deliver a ransom for the release of the other Lebowski's kidnapped trophy wife. Nothing goes as planned, and hilarity ensues. The cast also features John Goodman, Steve Buscemi... Read Post
January 24th 2009
screenshot of Hyperhistory Online website

HyperHistory Online is a useful website that also happens to be a lot of fun.  I'll try to describe it, but I'm not sure how well I'll be able to communicate why it's so fascinating and addictive, so you should check it out for yourself. To quote from their own blurb, "HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps."  The key word there is "synchronoptic," meaning seeing... Read Post

January 20th 2009
The eyes of the world were on Washington, DC today. If the coverage made you curious about the nation's capital, come over to the library and check out some books.   Georgetown Ladies' Social Club is a behind-the-scenes look at the informal power structure in Washington, a book that shows the parties and relationships that sometimes made or broke careers--or made history. If you want to know how the city got its start, read  Washington Burning: How a Frenchman's Vision of Our Nation's Capital... Read Post
January 16th 2009
While you're waiting for your turn on the lengthy request lists for  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, why not take a moment to get to know the author a little better? Start with his delightful interview with Stephen Colbert, then go on to hear him speak at the Sydney Writer's Festival. And read on as he talks about his family,  life as a writer, and what his public library meant to him when he was a kid.
January 12th 2009
"My biggest challenge and the part of the job I love the most are the same: letting the reader feel what it’s like to be someone they otherwise might never think of."          - Stewart O'Nan, in an interview. This is where O'Nan truly excels, including such vivid detail in the daily lives of his characters that the reader truly feels they have slipped into another person's life. His short novel Last Night at the Lobster is so rich with this kind of description you can almost smell the... Read Post
January 10th 2009
David Pogue has a short piece in today's New York Times on saving money on personal technology. Start reading here to find out how to cut costs on cable TV, cell phones, pcs and more!
January 9th 2009
A wonderful writer died this week: the British historian Christopher Hibbert. Talented, prolific and versatile, he wrote about subjects ranging from the house of Medici to the American Revolution to  nineteenth-century India. His books were always thoroughly researched, finely written and un-put-downable. He was one of my favorite authors when I was a teenager, and to this day I still find his books utterly absorbing. SPL has quite a few of Hibbert's titles that illustrate the breadth of his... Read Post
January 7th 2009
Teri Garr, Gene Wilder, and Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein

The Central Library is having a free Comedy Film series this winter featuring some hilarious films you won’t want to miss! First up, on Thursday, January 8th at 6:30 p.m. is a classic - Young Frankenstein. says: "If you were to argue that Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein ranks among the top-ten funniest movies of all time, nobody could reasonably dispute the claim. Spoofing classic horror in the way that Brooks's previous film Blazing Saddles sent up classic Westerns, the movie is... Read Post

January 5th 2009
After a much-needed holiday break, the ESL program is starting up again at all 3 locations. East Branch, 115 Broadway Starting Monday, January 5th Session 1: 6:00-7:00pm Session 2: 7:15-8:15pm Central Library, 79 Highland Ave - New day and time! Starting Tuesday, January 6th Session 1: 6:00-7:00pm Session 2: 7:15-8:15pm West Branch, 40 College Ave Starting Thursday, January 8th Session 1: 6:00-7:00pm Session 2: 7:15-8:15pm Students, come for any sessions you like! No pre-registration... Read Post
December 17th 2008
Starting in January of 2009, the Somerville Central Library will be offering daily passes to the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston. We will have one pass available per day, which will admit 2 people for $5.00 per person. The ICA aims to present the most significant national and international contemporary art to Boston audiences and includes many special exhibits throughout the year, appropriate for adults and families. The ICA also offers a performance theater, The Barbara Lee... Read Post
December 12th 2008
War as seen through the eyes of graphic novel writers and artists No Pasaran, in 3 volumes, by Vittorio Giardino. The protagonist, Max Friedman, a fighter from the International Brigades, goes looking for a friend who had disappeared in the fighting. The Spanish Nationalists and Republicans, the League of Nations, France, England, Germany, and the people of Barcelona are all actors in this drama. Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda, by Jean-Philippe Stassen. The story begins in 1994 when about... Read Post
December 8th 2008
Check out some of the new titles have been added to our reference collection: Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionay of Science Fiction Notable American Novelists Everyday Finance: Economics, Personal Money Management. and Entrepreneurship The Official Guide to And new in our Local History Collection: History of the Siege of Boston and of the Battles of Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill General Sir William Howe's Orderly book: a Charlestown, Boston and Halifax, June 17,... Read Post
November 29th 2008
In October the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to French novelist Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio. SPL has just acquired two of his books (in French)-- Étoile errante (a novel about the Holocaust and the establishment of Israel told from both Jewish and Palestinian viewpoints) and Révolutions (a novel that ties together different episodes in French history, including the Revolution of 1789 and the Algerian War). A third novel, Désert (about a young woman from the Sahara who becames a... Read Post