Children's

September 11th 2018

We love storytime at the West Branch.  We love the books, the friends, moving and dancing and singing, and we really love the song “Roly Poly”!!! 

Some of our friends have recently moved and are missing Storytime at West, others want to share this song with grownups who can’t make it to storytime, and some just love Roly-Poly-ing their little hearts out.  A few Storytime regulars sat down with Alison this morning to record an enthusiastic version of Roly Poly for everyone to share at... Read Post

April 13th 2018
Screen Free Week Logo

Do you feel too connected to electronics?  Is it impossible to get your kids off the iPad?  Are you angry when your partner checks their phone in the middle of a conversation?  

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, Screen Free Week might be for you.

 

Screen Free week, presented by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, is slated for April 30 - May 6, 2018.  Children, adults, families, schools and communities are encouraged to unplug from... Read Post

February 15th 2018
American Library Association Youth Media Awards Logo

Monday was a big day in the children’s literature world -- the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards were announced!  The annual awards include not only the big two -- Caldecott and Newbery -- but a number of other awards recognizing a broad spectrum of children's and young adult literature.

The Randolph Caldecott Medal, which recognizes the most distinguished American picture book for children each year, was awarded to “Wolf in the Snow,” illustrated and... Read Post

January 10th 2018
feed the monkey bananas game

Looking for some new toys?  Check something out from the Library!  We’ve got you covered with fun games like...

Feed the Monkey: work on that pincer grip and feel like you’re accomplishing something.


Easy-Twist Animal Builders: fine motor skills, matching, and crazy animals.


And a personal favorite, Don’t Let the Bugs Fall: it’s like Jenga with dice.  (You can see SPL librarians playing this game at the Somerville Media Center!)

Available at all... Read Post

March 17th 2015
Power. Ferocity. Majesty and mystery. Human beings have invested birds of prey with these qualities for thousands of years. Their abilities to do the amazing continue to inspire our thoughts and excite our imaginations. But which ideas about these birds are facts and which are fictions?  Come to the Central Library this Sunday (March 22nd) at 2:00 p.m. to find out!  This program uses live birds of prey to explore what makes a “bird of prey,” the role they play in the environment, and how... Read Post
June 25th 2014
Friday, June 27: Story Time for Two-Year-Olds. Children's Room, Central Library, 79 Highland Ave. 10:30-11:30 AM. Saturday, June 28: Overview of Social Security.  Auditorium, Central Library, 10:00-11:00 AM. Monday, June 30: Children's Summer Reading Club Kickoff with Science Magic (courtesy of the Museum of Science). Auditorium, Central Library, 11:00-11:45 AM. Monday, June 30: Middle School Writers' Den. Auditorium, Central Library, 6:15-8:30 PM. Wednesday, July 2: Mystery Book Club (... 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 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 29th 2012
On February 16, a diverse group of folks from the Somerville community gathered to hear about the library's dreams and plans for an improved children's room at the West Branch.  It was also an opportunity for those present to express their hopes and visions for the library. We'd like to hear from you, too!  What are your fondest imaginings for the best of all possible children's libraries?  What kind of space would you create?  Share your ideas here, or email us at kkramer@minlib.net. We have... Read Post
February 16th 2012
The Children's Room at the West Branch in Davis Square is beloved by children and caregivers alike.  The home of Babygarten, storytime, and the summer reading club, it's where children discover the joys of reading and serves as a valuable resource for parents and teachers as well. In the past three years circulation of children's materials from the West Branch has increased by 44%. Clearly Somerville Children and parents don't just love and appreciate the West Branch Children's department—they... Read Post
December 21st 2011
The Camel's Hump

The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
Which well you may see at the Zoo;
But uglier yet is the hump we get
From having too little to do.

Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo,
If we haven't enough to do-oo-oo,
We get the hump-
Cameelious hump-
The hump that is black and blue!

We climb out of bed with a frouzly head,
And a snarly-yarly voice.
We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
At our... Read Post
October 18th 2011
We're starting an exciting new monthly film series for kids on 1/2 day Wednesdays! Movies and popcorn are free! We've picked the first three movies, but we want you to pick the rest, so let us know what you want to see.

October 19th: The Karate Kid
Dre Parker finds himself in China after his mother's latest career move. He and classmate Mei Ying immediately fall for each other, but cultural differences make this friendship impossible. Even worse, his feelings make an enemy of... Read Post
September 29th 2011
What are you doing this Saturday afternoon at 2:00?  How about joining us at the Central Library for a free screening of Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster? Cinefantastique says, “This is one of the silliest but also one of the more amusing Godzilla movies. The goofiness of the enterprise somehow becomes part of the entertainment value, resulting in a likable, fun-filled, fast-paced movie that is totally incredible but quite watchable. The story begins with a family worried about a missing son.... Read Post
September 21st 2011
In 1984, Alice and Martin Provensen won the Caldecott Medal for their book, The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Blériot, July 25, 1909. Below are a few examples of their work from other books. The two on top are from The Golden Treasury of Myths and Legends, the one on the bottom left is from The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales, and the one next to that is from an edition of the New Testament that they illustrated.

I love the Provensens and wanted to share a few of... Read Post

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