November 20th 2008
Happy World Philosophy Day! The good people at the BBC have taken note of the occasion by posing four mind-bending questions to consider, and we at SPL would like to point out that we have quite a few books on philosophers and philosophy that are very good reads. If you want a light approach to the subject, I recommend Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes, by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein (you can hear the NPR interview with the authors here). A more... Read Post
November 19th 2008

 The final quarter in the U.S. Mint’s 10-year 50 State Quarters program will be released soon, if it hasn’t been already. Aloha, Hawaii!

To commemorate this milestone, the website Walletpop is asking people to vote for their favorite quarters. So far, the results (the numbers indicate the percentage of voters who like the design) look like this:   1. 94% Alaska and Maine (tie) 3. 91% Kentucky 4. 88% North Dakota and Oregon (tie) 6. 87% Arizona and Virginia (tie) 8. 86% Nevada, South... Read Post
November 13th 2008
In memory of Michael Crichton here is a list of some of his books owned by the Somerville Public Library. Airframe Andromeda Strain Congo Disclosure Jurassic Park The Lost World Next O Enigma de Andromeda Parque Jurasico Prey Presa Rising Sun Sphere State of Fear The Terminal Man Timeline
November 7th 2008
Thanksgiving food

It's not too soon to start panicking, I mean thinking about Thanksgiving. If you're planning to do some holiday cooking and need inspiration, you might want to try one of these: Jacques Pepin's Thanksgiving Celebration  DVD 641.568 JACQUES A Thanksgiving Holiday Cookbook by Emily Raabe J641.568 RA Thanksgiving 101: Celebrate America's Favorite Holiday with America's Thanksgiving Expert by Rick Rodgers 641.568 RO Thanksgiving: Festive Recipes for the Holiday Table by Kristine Kidd 641.568 KI... Read Post

November 4th 2008
origami crane and flowers

Artist Arline Young is returning to the Central Library to teach introductory level origami classes. The classes will be held every Monday during the month of November at 7 pm. There is a $5 fee each week to cover material costs, which will be supplied by Arline. Sign up today at the Audio Visual desk or by calling the library at 617-623-5000.

October 30th 2008
Last night, Dora St. Martin and Dee Morris  gave a combined lecture and multimediapresentation based on their book Somerville, Massachusetts: A Brief History. A packed house listened to Civil War music, learned about Somerville's role in the origins of the telephone, women's liberation (such as it was) in late nineteenth-century America and the changing landscape of the city over three centuries. If you're interested in learning more about Somerville history, we have several copies of their... Read Post
October 30th 2008
Vote button

Somerville Voting information can be found on the City's website here. If you are not sure where to vote you can enter your address here to find out this information.

Remember to Vote on Tuesday November 4th.

October 23rd 2008
The days are getting shorter and the weather's getting colder, but you can still find ways to enjoy your days off. The Boston area has a lot of fascinating places to visit and the Somerville Public Library can help defray the cost. We offer passes to Somerville residents that waive or reduce admission to places such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the New England Aquarium,* the Peabody Essex Museum, and Zoo New England. A complete list is here. You can reserve passes in person, or by calling the... Read Post
October 20th 2008
We are delighted to have local artist Karen Aqua's animated drawings on display at the Somerville Central Library. Karen Aqua has been making hand-drawn animated films for over 30 years, including work for "Sesame Street" and 10 independent films. She uses about 12 drawings to create one second of animation in media including colored pencils, markers, and cut paper. On display at the library are a few of the original drawings (not prints) used in the making of several of her films. Karen... Read Post
October 15th 2008
maple tree with orange leaves

the National Month for so many things, from the serious (Breast Cancer Awareness, Gay & Lesbian History) to the silly (Popcorn Poppin', Squirrel Awareness.)  Let's choose a few topics and see what the Library has to offer: 1. National Children's Magazine Month. The Library has lots: Dig, Cobblestone, Ranger Rick, Sports Illustrated for Kids, American Girl, Cricket, Highlights for Children, National Geographic Kids, and many more! 2. National Emotional Intelligence Month. Again, we've got... Read Post

October 10th 2008
...then you've probably got some complaints about the Vista operating system.  New York Times writer Stephen Williams feels your pain--and he knows ways you can get some relief. Check out his October 8 article for tips on how make Vista run faster and more smoothly. If you're really ambitious you might want to walk away from Windows altogether. We've got a few books on Ubuntu--the free operating system from the people behind Linux. Do some reading: you might find  open-source software is for... Read Post
September 30th 2008
September 27-October 4 2008 is Banned Books Week, held every year to remind Americans of  their right to freedom of expression by calling attention to books that people have tried to deny others the right to read. You find can a list of the most frequently targeted books of 2007 here. If you want to test your knowledge of censorship history, you can take this fun Banned Books quiz from the Guardian. And here's an interesting discussion of book banning on the Wall Street Journal's law blog.... Read Post
September 22nd 2008
Beading Basics/Carole Rodgers

745.582 RO

Creative Beading/Juju Vail

745.582 VO

Simply Beautiful Beading: 53 quick and easy projects/Heidi Boyd

745.582 BO

Beading in the Native American Tradition/David Dean

746.5 DE

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September 19th 2008
Are you unsure what to think about AIG? Are you baffled at the nationalization of the mortgage industry under a Republican administration? SPL has a few books that can clear things up. For starters, check out  Railroading  Economics: The Creation of the Free Market Mythology by  Michael  Perlman.  Or maybe it'll help to review another  financial meltdown:  Full Faith and Full Credit:  The Great S & L Debacle and Other Washington Sagas by L. William Seidman.   And if you feel  you need to... Read Post
September 16th 2008
DVD cover of "The Secret of Roan Inish"

The Somerville Public Library is hosting an Irish film series this fall. All shows will be held on Tuesday evenings at the Central Library at 6:30 p.m. Dates and screenings are listed below, along with some links to reviews and plot summaries. We hope you can join us!


Sept. 16: The Crying Game

Sept. 30: The Magdalene Sisters

Oct. 7: The Secret of Roan Inish

Oct. 28:... Read Post