July 20th 2012
While reading was an important and central part of my experiences at, and love for, the library, I do not think I would have been such a frequent visitor were it not for the excellent librarians. I was always greeted with warmth and care and developed a close bond with two of the children’s librarians, Cathy and Ann. They were always there to recommend books, share stories, and talk with me as long as I wanted about any subject. Looking back at the many hours I spent standing at their desk made... Read Post
July 18th 2012
I have been coming to the Central Branch library in Somerville for as long as I can remember. I have had the luck to live quite close to the library my whole life, so my family often went on after-dinner trips to pick out bedtime stories and play in the neighboring park. As a small child, picking out picture books to read rivaled the thrill of Christmas. With each cover bolder and more colorful than the next, I would simply have to get every book I saw, and my parents often had to assure me... Read Post
July 6th 2012
Users of the West Branch know that the children's room has been closed for a face lift in recent weeks. However, the end is in sight! Pipes and walls have been repaired, walls have been painted, and the lower level of the room has been re-carpeted. Movers are scheduled to put the furniture and books back in place next week. Although the children's space will continue to be a work in progress -- with some new furniture and a few other updates coming later -- it should be open for business soon... Read Post
June 4th 2012
Summer is right around the corner! Whether fireside, beachside, poolside, or cityside, kids will have some idle time to cozy up with a good book. Please join us for a discussion about good books to share with your kids this summer. Tammy McKanan, Somerville resident and homeschooling parent; Ann Downer, Somerville resident, author of Hatching Magic and Elephant Talk: the Surprising Science of Elephant Communication; Cindy Ritter, reviewer from The Horn Book; Ellen Jacobs, SPL librarian and... 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 23rd 2012
Repairs are proceeding at the West Branch Children's Room.  Pipes are being replaced and the walls are being fixed. Re-painting and re-carpeting to follow.

Stay tuned....
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 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
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