If you had trouble accessing a major website this morning, such as Amazon, Twitter, Imgur or Pinterest, there's nothing wrong with your computer or your Internet connection. A widespread cyberattack cut off access to some of the most popular sites on the Web. The attack was a distributed denial-of-service attack, which basically means massive amounts of junk data were sent to websites, overloading the servers, making it impossible for people to get to them--like calling a phone number and... Read Post
Musician, writer, antiwar activist...and now, Nobel Laureate. This week the Swedish Academy awarded him the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” The permanent secretary of the Academy, Sara Danius, asserted that "we still read Homer and Sappho from ancient Greece, and they were writing 2,500 years ago,” she said. “They were meant to be performed, often together with instruments, but they have survived, and... Read Post
The Massachusetts Center for the Book has announced the 2016 Massachusetts Book Awards. You can see the list of winners and runners-up here.
You can request any of these titles by logging in here or by calling any branch of the Somerville Public Library: 617.623.5000.
Yesterday the New York Times ran a two-part column discussing whether or not there is a "wrong way" to read a book. The best part was this quote from Doris Lessing:
“There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag — and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that... Read Post
Libraries are sanctuary spaces for First Amendment rights. All persons are welcome and have the right to use the library free from discrimination and from threat to individual safety.
There is no “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment. Hate speech is any form of expression through which speakers intend to vilify, humiliate, or incite hatred against a group or a class of persons.
Moreover, hate speech stops being just speech and becomes conduct when it targets a... Read Post
If you've been using AdBlock Plus as an adblocker I've got bad news: it now allows ads. But according to the people at Eyeo GmbH, the company that developed AdBlock Plus, users shouldn't worry: these ads are "acceptable." Supposedly AdBlock Plus will only ads that are smaller and less intrusive than the ads that companies would prefer to place on websites. The change is controversial, to say the least.
I suggest switching to uBlock, a well-reviewed adblocker that doesn't allow ads.... Read Post
Join us on Monday Sept 19th at 7pm as Somerville Reads Kicks Off with our discussion of the Witches by Stacy Schiff. Light Refreshments will be served.The first 10 people to arrive will receive free tickets to the Witch House in Salem!
The new display at the Somerville Public Library on Highland Ave, created by our one and only staff member, Thy, is now in our glass case for viewing. The display features books, movies and upcoming programming happening all surrounding the Somerville Reads 2016 book "The Witches" by Stacy Schiff.
Below are some pictures of the display:
Sunday hours resume tomorrow. We will be open 1 to 5 pm.
Blog by Kathryn Smith, author of “The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency.”
Thanks, Cathy, for letting me be your guest blogger today.
Missy LeHand was one of Somerville’s most famous residents in the 1920s-1940s, when she was the private secretary of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Especially during her White House years, 1933-1941, every visit to her family home at 101 Orchard Street generated an interview by the Boston... Read Post
Resources for Understanding why Books are Banned and why Books Shouldn't be banned!
I'm with the Banned
Marshall University Libraries
Nashville Public Library
Remember to check out the banned books week event at the Somerville Public Library on October 1st, 2016! In partnership with SCATV.
...for August 24 and 25.
Jorge Luis Borges, one of the most innovative and influential writers of the last century, was born August 24, 1899 in a suburb of Buenos Aires. He was raised bilingual in Spanish and English and published his first literary translation when he was 9. His work is almost impossible to classify other than to say much of it reflects a skepticism regarding the existence of an objective reality. The Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Nobel... Read Post
Books are usually challenged by a certain group or organization to restrict or remove the content. The purpose is to prevent use by others. Common reasons books are banned are because of offensive language, sexually explicit material, homosexuality, violence, religious viewpoints, drugs and nudity.
Some commonly banned books that have been challenged in the past several years, surprisely enough, include:
1. Gossip Girl
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
3. Fifty Shades... Read Post
Come to the Library to cool off! AC works at all 3 Somerville Libraries.
There are also Cooling Centers (with water and cots) as well swimming pools to provide city residents relief from the heat. Hours and addresses here.