July 18th 2012
I am working at the library because, first of all, I wanted a summer job. Many of my friends decided to participate in the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program and my older sister has done it last year. Based on all that, I decided to participate as well since it looks good on a resume, is good for college, and a good introduction to the working world.

On the application, there were 5 categories of jobs and you had to rank them in order of what you would like to do most.... Read Post

June 12th 2012
It's indisputable that there are far more books out there than any of us have time to read. Most of us would have to quit our jobs to have enough time to read all the books mentioned in The New York Times Book Review, let alone all the recommendations in Indiebound or Nevertheless, I'm going to make deciding what to read in your precious spare time even more difficult, because The New York Times Book Review et al. focus on recently published books. I often like to go back and re-... Read Post
June 6th 2012
A profoundly influential and deeply beloved American writer died yesterday. Ray Bradbury was a prolific writer, an imaginative genius and a paradoxical figure: in his fiction he predicted social media, ATMs, artificial intelligence, and the decline of print journalism. Yet he never owned a car, never used a computer, and claimed to hate the Internet. For years he refused to allow his books to be sold as e-books. He relented only in 2011, when his agent told him his publisher wouldn't renew his... Read Post
June 6th 2012
Join the Friends of the Somerville Public Library for our upcoming Annual Meeting at the Central Library on Monday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m.!

The entertainment at this year's meeting will be a "Somerville Story Hour" of original fiction and personal memoirs, hosted by Judah Leblang, author of the entertaining memoir, Finding My Place: One Man's Journey from Cleveland to Boston and Beyond...

Joining Judah will be some talented local writers who will read from their own work... Read Post
May 8th 2012
I was very sad to read this morning that Maurice Sendak has died. Rest in peace, Mr. Sendak. We will always remember your incomparable stories. Your images are burned into our memories:

April 20th 2012

As usual, there's a lot going on at the Library and all over the City this weekend!

* Saturday at the Central Library from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., we invite you to join us for the Somerville Reads Potluck Celebration featuring great food, prizes, and music by the Michael J. Epstein Library. This is part of the Mayor's Urban Agriculture Initiative - you can read about related events happening around the City here.

* Sunday at the Walnut Street Community Garden at 1:00 p.m... Read Post

March 26th 2012
The Director’s “Meet, Mingle, Read” series continues at the Central Library this Wednesday (March 28th) at 7:00 p.m. Join us in welcoming authors Ron Driscoll and John Powers who will discuss their new book, Fenway Park: A Salute to the Coolest, Cruelest, Longest-Running Baseball Stadium in America (Running Press). Since it opened in 1912, Fenway Park has become an iconic destination for baseball fans everywhere and a source of great civic pride for generations of New Englanders. Home to the... Read Post
March 26th 2012
A patron once told me that she never goes upstairs to look for books. She picks all her reading material from the return carts near the circulation desk. I told her that would never have occurred to me. She said, "Well, it lets me know what other people are interested in. It's like anonymous book recommendations." Since that conversation Ive taken to looking at  the cart where circulation staff put the most recently returned books. It provides a sample of the diverse tastes of Somerville... Read Post
March 8th 2012
Albert Cremin as Charles Dickens The SPL blog is delighted to welcome guest blogger Djinnie Timoleon, who has written a piece on Albert Cremin's February 19th performance of his one-man show, Introducing Mr. Charles Dickens. Djinnie is an 11th grader at Prospect Hill Academy, a Library volunteer, and a member of the Library's new Teen Advisory Board. Now, without further ado, I turn you over to Djinnie:

With a dramatic entrance, Albert Cremin caught the attention of the audience... Read Post
March 1st 2012
For the month of March, the Children’s Room at the Central Library is highlighting books on urban nature and family winter activities. The Library also has an “Our Garden Nature Guide-Nuestra guía de la naturaleza del jardín" nature kit, which you can borrow free of charge any time of the year. The kit includes the “Our Garden Nature Guide” (with art by local children), hand lenses, bug boxes and a notebook to record your urban nature discoveries. The kit was donated to the Library with... Read Post
February 7th 2012

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the enduringly popular and influential author Charles Dickens.

For students who are just getting to know Dickens, School Library Journal has a good article that includes a bibliography of materials and websites for a variety of age groups.

Dickens 2012 gives details of Dickens-anniversary celebrations that are taking place all over the world throughout the year. For example, today is the British Council's global 24-... Read Post
February 3rd 2012

Over the past week people have been mocking Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's proposal for a colony on the moon.   But Gingrich's idea reflects humanity's long-standing fascination with the idea of going to space—and possibly staying there.  The first fictional treatment of space travel is the ancient Roman author Lucian's True History, in which a group of men traveling by boat are lifted up to the moon by a giant waterspout. A little closer to our own time space travel was... Read Post

February 1st 2012

Photo via Twitter/@BostonTweet

It's a tough week for Patriots fans, waiting and waiting for the big game. But hang in there, people, Sunday's coming. In the meantime, here's a short list of Pats books to help you pass the time.

War Room: the Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team by Michael Holley

Meet the Patriots by Mike Kennedy with Mark Stewart

Wicked Good Year: How the Red Sox, Patriots, & Celtics Turned... Read Post
January 20th 2012

January 3rd 2012
Last weekend I saw the movie (starring Gary Oldman, John Hurt and Colin Firth).  In spite of the stellar cast, the film was disappointing: the movie is based on a novel of the same title with a plot so complicated and detailed it is probably impossible to adapt into a two-hour film.  Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy is one of my all-time favorite books and is considered by some critics to be the best spy novel ever written. Somerville just purchased some new  copies of Tinker, and there are also... Read Post