September 7th 2011

This summer the children of the Somerville Arts Council's Art in the Garden program wrote and illustrated stories inspired by their garden adventures. The stories are on display in the Children's Room through Oct 1st.

The activity was organized by Regina Hansen, a 2011 Artist Fellow in Literature, and was made possible by the Somerville Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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. 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]
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. 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
May 28th 2011
Oranges and Lemons Gay go up and gay go down
To ring the bells of London Town.

Oranges and Lemons
Say the bells of St. Clement's
You owe me five farthings
Say the bells of St. Martin's
When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey
When I grow rich
Say the bells of Shoreditch
When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney
I do not know
Says the great bell of Bow
Here comes a candle to light you to bed... Read Post
May 11th 2011
Imagine a bookless library, one in which all materials - from academic journals to classic novels to picture books - are available strictly in electronic form. It's an idea that appeals to some people and that horrifies others, and both sides can support their points of view with a number of arguments. I don't pretend to be impartial here: while I understand that there are certain advantages inherent in electronic formats, I have always loved books for their content and as physical objects.... Read Post
April 20th 2011

Today at the Central Library at 11:00, join Dyan deNapoli, The Penguin Lady, for a program that's all about penguins! You'll learn about the biology and behavior of these amazing birds while participating in an interactive experience that's presented in a game-show format. The program is recommended for kids ages 7-12 and families.

Dyan deNapoli is a recognized penguin expert, educator, and author of the new book, The Great Penguin Rescue. After working closely with... Read Post
April 9th 2011
As promised, here are photos of the Central Library's Children's Room with its beautiful new furniture and sign. Thank you again, Kiwanis Club of Somerville, for the generous donation that made the purchase of these new furnishings possible.