April 7th 2011
Thanks to a generous donation from the Kiwanis Club of Somerville, the Children's Room at the Central Library is getting new furniture!

The Children's Room will be closed tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. while we put the furniture together and set it up.

We'll be sure to post pictures when it's all ready to go, but you should stop in and have a look yourself. Thank you Kiwanis Club!
March 23rd 2011
Book Loving Boys is a website started by a book loving mom and educator in response to learning that less than half of all boys are proficient readers by fourth grade. This month, the Book Loving Boys blog names five "Literacy Champions" - organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting literacy.

Reach Out and Read

RIF (Reading Is Fundamental)

Book Dads

Books For Kids

The Reading Tub

These sites are treasures. They offer... Read Post
March 17th 2011
This Sunday at 2:00 p.m., staff from the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Habitat Education Center invite children ages 5-8 to the Central Library to learn all about reptiles and amphibians! We'll read a story together, meet some real reptiles and amphibians like snakes, turtles, and salamanders, and do some fun arts and crafts activities.

Space is limited to 25 children on a first come, first served basis.

This free program is funded by the Somerville Children's Network... Read Post
March 4th 2011
We've got another fantastic family film lined up for Saturday at 2:00 p.m.: The Iron Giant! says, “This gentle reworking of Ted Hughes's 1968 novella was the unseen gem of 1999. Hogarth, a young boy who lives in the Maine woods during the cold war, befriends a giant robot. As with E.T., the iron giant is a misunderstood outsider who becomes a child's best friend, and Hogarth does his best to hide the massive figure from his mom (voiced by Jennifer Aniston) and the local... Read Post
March 2nd 2011
"Look what we found In the park, In the dark. We will take him home. We will call him Clark. He will live at our house. He will grow and grow. Will our mother like this? We don't know." For all things Seuss, click here. And remember, "From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere."
February 18th 2011
The Libraries will be closed on Monday in observance of Presidents Day, but after that all systems are go!
On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., kids ages 7 and older are invited to join local crafter Kristy Medina at the Central Library to learn how to make beautiful, unique beads and bracelets out of paper. The program is limited to 15 kids on a first come, first served basis. It is free thanks to the generosity of the Somerville Children's Network.
The East Branch is offering a 2-part... Read Post
February 10th 2011
Making weekend plans? Here's what will be happening at the Central Library. Part 2 of The Maple Syrup Project, The Anatomy of a Tree, will take place on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Kids will learn the functions of the parts of a tree trunk, consider the human impact on trees in our neighborhoods, and explore ways to treat trees with respect. The program is limited to 15 kids (ages 6 - 9) on a first come, first served basis. The Somerville Maple Syrup Project is a joint project of Groundwork... Read Post
February 4th 2011
This February, Groundwork Somerville is offering a series of educational workshops for kids ages 6-9 at the Central Library on Saturdays at 11:00 am. Each session is limited to 15 kids on a first come, first served basis. February 5th: The Changing Seasons February 12th: Anatomy of a Tree February 19th: Legends and History of Sugar Making February 26th: Get Ready for the Big Boil Down! All participants, their friends, family, and neighbors are welcome to attend the Boil Down on Saturday... Read Post
January 20th 2011
This Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Library, Children's Technology Workshop presents Build-A-Bug! Kids will learn about simple machines, gears, and energy while working in pairs to construct a LEGO bug built from kits. They then attach motors to make their bugs move using energy generated from a hand crank and race their bugs. (Participants don’t take the LEGOS home, but a movie slide show of the event will be available for download). This program is recommended for kids 6-8 years old.... Read Post
January 14th 2011
Join us for the first Saturday Afternoon Family Film of 2011: Muppets from Space. Starring Gonzo, Kermit, & Miss Piggy; Rated G; 87 minutes says, “The film that answers the immortal question: what species is Gonzo? Kermit the Frog's curly-nosed friend feels alone in the world. When his breakfast cereal starts spelling out questions and he hears voices, Gonzo is convinced he must be from outer space, and his alien brothers are coming to earth. Of course, there are evil... Read Post
December 29th 2010
Update to the info below: Games have moved to the auditorium, crafts are still in the Children's Room, and snacks are in both places. If I wasn't at the reference desk I'd be downstairs right now trying to get a game of Monopoly going... All this week the Children's Room at the Central Library is offering drop-in games, crafts, and snacks - stop by for some spur of the moment Boggle or Bananagrams, or make something cool to take home!
December 28th 2010
The world has held great Heroes, As history-books have showed; But never a name to go down to fame Compared with that of Toad! The clever men at Oxford Know all that there is to be knowed. But they none of them know one half so much As intelligent Mr. Toad! The animals sat in the Ark and cried, Their tears in torrents flowed. Who was it said, "There's land ahead?" Encouraging Mr. Toad! The army all saluted As they marched along the road. Was it the King? Or Kitchener? No. It was Mr. Toad... Read Post
November 12th 2010

On Saturday at 2:00 p.m., join us for "I Dwell in Possibility," an original one-act musical play about the little known friendship between Emily Dickinson and Mabel Loomis Todd.  The friendship began as a mutual admiration between the shy, secretive Emily and the radiant and sophisticated Mabel, a writer and friend of the Dickinson family. Later, Mabel found through Emily a voice for her own painful secret and became determined to share her discovery with the world. Emily and... Read Post
November 5th 2010
Storyteller and Story-Reader Doria Hughes will be at the Central Library this Saturday at 2:00 p.m.! Doria is famous for her silly sound effects and wacky faces, and for encouraging audience participation. She tells trickster tales, silly stories, and spooky tales from many different cultures. Her tales are populated by dragons, warriors, queens, thunder gods, and animals of every variety. You won't want to miss this performance!

A co-founder of the Massachusetts-based... Read Post
September 15th 2010
Perhaps you are a little teapot, short and stout, or perhaps you know someone who is. Be that as it may, you are surely familiar with the song I'm referring to - maybe too familiar. And maybe you've heard "On Top of Spaghetti" a few too many times. Below are some suggestions for music that kids and adults can enjoy listening to together. You can also ask a children's librarian for more ideas. That's what it's all about. Trout Fishing in America I can't say enough about the wonderfulness... Read Post