February 26th 2016
Our latest staff profile is of Donna, a self-described "jill of all trades" who can usually be found at the Central Library. "When I first started working at the Library I was in the audio-visual department, which I really enjoyed.  Now my duties include payroll, administrative services, coordinating schedules, and working at public desks in a variety of departments including circulation, the children's and teen departments, and occasionally the East and West branches. "I like many things... Read Post
July 29th 2015
There’s still plenty of summer left regardless of all the Back to School merchandise and the (GASP!) snow blowers that appear to be creeping into the patio section of your local Target. Summer is my favorite time of year to relax with some great reading material. Here are a few recent selections of mine for you to consider. The Cold Nowhere by Brian Freeman Detective Jonathan Stride has his hands full with the mystery surrounding a supposed murder/suicide when a decade later he finds the lone... Read Post
March 11th 2015
In January of 2014, I started on an AudioBook journey that was prompted by a conversation with a library patron during my evening work rotation on the Central Library's circulation desk. I value the conversations I have with many of the patrons here at the Somerville Public Library, many of whom I know not necessarily by name, but by the routine with which they use the Library services and the overlap with my desk assignments both evenings and weekends. I find our patrons (adults, young adults... Read Post
October 11th 2013
BiblioBites is an occasional series of mini book reviews - here's the latest edition! The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers This is a moving and detailed account of a soldier’s experiences in Iraq worthy of comparison to All Quiet On the Western Front.  This book is finding its way into Book Clubs and Community Reads (ex: MSU and the Town of East Lansing) with good reason.  Given the gradual emerging awareness of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) readers will come to understand that the... Read Post
May 15th 2013
It’s been a while since I’ve added to the blog and with the rapidly approaching summer season here’s a few from my list I think readers would enjoy. Horns by Joe Hill Steven King-ophiles will enjoy this creepy keeper.  The premise here surrounds Ig Perrish, a privileged man with a long held secret past who wakes up one morning after a drunken all-nighter with a throbbing headache and upon looking in the mirror sees his reflection….altered to include satanic horns coming out of his head.  The... Read Post
January 12th 2012
I am reading the J.Courtney Sullivan novels! I read her recent bestseller, Maine, the story of the Kelleher clan and the deep dark secret of their matriarch Alice - the story is set in Wells, ME and the surrounding coastal towns of York, Ogunquit, and Kennebunk/Kennebunkport - fun to read about all the places I frequent, as well as totally relate to growing up as an Irish Catholic in the 50's and 60's - I enjoyed the book so much I moved right on to her first novel Commencement - this is the... Read Post
October 14th 2011
Introducing BiblioBites, the first in an occasional series of mini-reviews. Have you ever seen that episode of I Love Lucy where Lucy and Ethel are working in the chocolate company boxing chocolates and then the conveyor belt speeds up and they start stuffing their mouths and putting chocolates in their pockets just to keep up with the pace? (If you haven't, click here.) It's kind of the way I feel when I work at the circulation desk on a Saturday and I see so many really, really interesting... Read Post