April 23rd 2019

At the West Branch storytime, we like songs, movement, and stories, and we particularly like interactive books. (Note: some people use the term interactive books to refer to books on a tablet or another electronic version of a book.  Here, we use it to refer to books that ask the reader questions, give the reader prompts, or otherwise engage the reader in the story.)


Interactive books have many benefits, including encouraging the reader to be part of the story, and showing... Read Post

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

May 10th 2017

This day in 1999 was a sad day for children of all ages worldwide: Shel Silverstein died at age 67. He's best known as an author of poetry for children (most famously Where the Sidewalk Ends), but he was also a singer-songwriter, cartoonist and profilic playwright.

The author of Silverstein's New York Times obituary called his children's poems "goofy, gross and macabre yet always enchanting" and compared them to the work of Dr. Seuss and A.A. Milne.

At the website of the... Read Post

April 20th 2016
Are you thinking about purchasing an iPad? Do you like to sit and scroll through your Facebook feed, check e-mail or just plain surf the internet? Well, now you can check out an iPad air from your local library! Somerville has 3 iPad's to circulate along with a WiFi Hotspot (if you don't have WiFi at home). You can take one out or sit and use it in the library! If your interested, grab your library card and just go to the Reference, Teen or Children's desk to pick one up! If you have questions... Read Post
August 12th 2015
Welcome to the first in a series of short articles about the Library’s staff.  First up: Ann (whose face is familiar to anyone who uses the Children’s Room at the Central Library) tells you all about her job – and a few other things too! “I love my job!  I love being with the kids.  I’ve worked in a few different departments here at the Library, but this is the most rewarding.  It’s hard work, but sometimes we’re having so much fun it feels like play.  I tell stories, do programs, and when I... 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
August 13th 2014
Movies and summer just seem to go together, don't they? Well we think so, and we have some great ones coming up for kids, teens, and families. Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., we're showing The Iron Giant! Kids of all ages and families are welcome to attend. Bring snacks and get ready for one of the coolest movies ever, one that answers the question "How can an 11-year-old boy keep a 50-foot tall, metal-eating robot from space a secret?" Following the movie, there will be a discussion of the book... 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
June 3rd 2014
Books for Somerville Reads 2014 have arrived and are now available at all SPL locations! Somerville Reads is a project that promotes literacy and community engagement by encouraging people all over the City to read and discuss the same book. The book that has been selected for 2014 is Dark Tide: the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo. A companion children's book has also been selected: The Great Molasses Flood: Boston, 1919 by Deborah Kops. Both of these authors will be... Read Post
June 29th 2013
It's Summer Reading Club time at all three SPL locations!  This year's theme is Dig Into Reading.  When you join, you'll receive: a logbook to record your summer reading (books you enjoy on your own, or stories read TO you by a caregiver or...even a librarian!), a bag to carry those summer reading books, and a calendar of our summer events!  Thanks to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library, we have many fun and free programs planned this summer!  Highlights include: 3 Kidstock Theater... Read Post
November 16th 2012
Here's a sampling of new picture books available at the East Branch. Children's librarian Meghan loves them and thinks that you will too! Boot and Shoe by Marla Frazee (who wouldn't love a story of 2 canine companions that matter-of-factly states and illustrates, "They pee on the same tree." !?) The Tooth Mouse by Susan Hood Lovabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse It's a Tiger! by David LaRochelle Mr. Pine's Purple House by Leonard Kessler