What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than with an exciting story told in verse? M. T. Anderson's The Serpent Came to Gloucester is just such a story. It's based on a true series of events that took place in Gloucester, Massachusetts - not 40 miles from Somerville - during the summers of 1817 and 1818. Hundreds of people reported seeing a sea serpent playing in the harbor and around the shores of Cape Ann, and the author references some of the many eyewitness accounts in a... Read Post
From the hatching of an egg, to fixing a broken wing, to life inside a streetlight, to meeting a new winged-friend on a windowsill, a lovely list of urban bird books to share, reflect and, like Stellina, keep you wondering, “And now? What’s going to happen now?”
Bash, Barbara. Urban Birds: Where Birds Nest in the City. Sierra Club Books, 1990.
Brown, Margaret Wise. The Dead Bird. HarperCollins, 1985.... Read Post
We are very lucky (and excited!) to have the kids from Kidstock! back again this summer for another series of great theater for children!
The first performance will be “A Conga Line” which will be held on Wednesday, July 16th. The next show will be “The Emperor’s New Kangaroo” on Wednesday, July 30th, and the final performance will be “Surfing Beauty” on Wednesday, August 13th.
All performances are in the library... Read Post
Wild Reads is the Massachusetts Summer Reading theme this year and the children's room has some great book ideas to help get you started. If drawing is your thing, we have books to teach you how to draw wild animals, dinosaurs, and underwater creatures. If you enjoy true stories of real animals, you might like reading about Knut, a polar bear cub raised at the Berlin Zoo, or Owen and Mzee, a hippo and a tortoise who strike an unusual friendship. Below is a suggested book... Read Post
To celebrate the return of the farmers’ markets to Somerville (massfarmersmarkets.org) and give a shout out to the great services offered by the Somerville Garden Club (www.somervillegardenclub.org) and the Somerville Community Growing Center (www.thegrowingcenter.org), and to cheer on every seedling growing in the backyards, community gardens, and window boxes throughout the city, a list of books to share with children about the trials, tribulations and sheer joys of... Read Post