Children's

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
September 16th 2011
Do you have a skill or passion you would like to share?  If so, consider putting on a program at the library.  People have come in to teach courses or workshops on topics ranging from origami to urban wildlife to watercolor painting.  Musicians have put on concerts.  Political groups have held meetings to discuss pressing issues. Our only requirements for a program are that it be free, open to the public, and take place during library hours. Anyone interested in putting on a program for... Read Post
September 7th 2011
"The Snowy Day" is about to turn 50, though Peter still doesn't look a day over six. Nice piece about the significance of this book can be found here.  It won the Caldecott the same year "A Wrinkle in Time" won the Newbery. Wow. And yes, both books have anniversary editions coming out. The Jewish Museum in New York is celebrating with an Ezra Jack Keats exhibit this month.
August 4th 2011
Join us at the Central Library this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. for August's family film, The Parent Trap.

Amazon.com says, “Hayley Mills is the two-fer star of this original version of the 1961 Disney comedy. The young actress plays twin sisters originally unaware of each others' existence and who later determine to bring their divorced parents together again by secretly trading places. Brian Keith and Maureen O'Hara bring some adult legitimacy to their roles as the wary parents, Joanna... Read Post
July 25th 2011
Here's a link to the August issue of our snazzy new electronic newsletter. Read all about the benefit the Friends of the Library are hosting at Flatbread Pizza Company, the Summer Reading Club Awards Ceremony featuring storyteller Doria Hughes, the August entries in our two film series, shadow puppetry, yoga for kids, The Red Pyramid, Kidstock, Nature in the City, and more! If you'd like to receive future issues by email, send a message to ejacobs [at] minlib.net.
July 19th 2011


On Thursday at 3:00 p.m., kids 5 and older are invited to the West Branch for a workshop on Calligraphy and Chinese Characters presented by Chinese Culture Connection. Chinese characters incorporate meaning and sound, as well as visual images into a coherent whole. Through demonstration and explanation of the origin of Chinese characters and its pictograph-based development, participants will gain the knowledge to appreciate the logic of Chinese language and learn to write... Read Post
July 12th 2011
This Thursday is going to be unusually busy at the Libraries. Here's what we have planned in addition to our regular Thursday programs (Storytime for 3 to 5 year olds at Central at 11:00 a.m. and ESL classes at the West Branch at 6:00 and 7:15 p.m.)

Kidstock presents Jack & Jill & the Beanstalk
2:00 p.m. at the Central Library
For many years, Kidstock has been coming to the Library in the summer, offering a unique chance for kids and families to see children... Read Post
July 8th 2011
We hope you'll join us at the Central Library this Saturday at 2:00 p.m., for July's Family Film, Labyrinth. Amazon.com says, “Sarah (a teenage Jennifer Connelly) rehearses the role of a fairy-tale queen, performing for her stuffed animals. She is about to discover that the time has come to leave her childhood behind. In real life she has to baby-sit her brother and contend with parents who don't understand her at all. Her petulance leads her to call the goblins to take the baby away, but... Read Post
July 7th 2011


This summer, Groundwork Somerville is hosting three nature-based workshops at the East Branch Library for children ages 5 and up. Children are invited to explore the natural world right outside the library! Each program will include outdoor activities, games, reading projects, and a snack, all relating the week’s featured “critter”. Space is limited and registration is required for each session, so call or come in to the East Branch to register!

Join us today at 3 p.... Read Post
July 5th 2011
Eco-Explorers: Nature in the City
4:00 p.m. on July 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th and August 2nd & 9th

Each week for six weeks, members of Groundwork Somerville will introduce a nature topic and project that will enable kids to explore nature and wildlife in their neighborhood, including: birds, seeds/parts of a plant, flowers, trees, and insects, culminating with a walk to the Somerville Growing Center for the last session. Snacks will be provided.

Limited to 12... Read Post
June 21st 2011
The 2011 Statewide Summer Reading Adventure kicks off at the Central Library on Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Join us as Animal World Experience presents their newest program, "Global Safari"! This program, developed for the 2011 summer reading theme “One World, Many Stories,” takes children and adults alike on a journey across the globe. We will encounter several animals (maybe the adorable Russian Tortoise pictured here?) and discuss where they are native to and their importance to the... Read Post
June 3rd 2011
The Central Library is hosting two fun events this weekend. On Saturday at 2:00 p.m., join us for this month's Free Family Film, Black Beauty. We're showing the 1994 version, directed by Caroline Thompson and starring Sean Bean, David Thewlis, and Jim Carter. The Allmovie Guide says, "The fourth screen adaptation of Anna Sewell's classic novel is, in some ways, the most faithful and accomplished. Screenwriter and director Caroline Thompson recounts the life of Black Beauty, an aging,... Read Post

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