August 12th 2010
"Gogreen at your library," the Central Library's Summer Reading Club, wraps up tonight at 6:00 p.m. with a cooking demonstration by mother and son team Ellen and Walter Jacobs. Ellen and Walt will offer different suggestions for foods families can make together. Ingredients will include some veggies harvested from Ellen and Walt’s community garden plot and some purchased at the Davis Square Farmers’ Market. Recipes will be provided, and photos of the garden will be displayed. And after the... Read Post
July 21st 2010
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference (by Katie Smith Milway, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes) tells the story of Kojo, a boy in Ghana, West Africa. Kojo's mother supports the family by gathering firewood to sell, but their life is hard. Luckily, the village they live in has a great idea - each family saves a small amount of money which they club together and loan to one another in turn. One family buy a load of fruit which they sell for a profit. They pay the borrowed portion... Read Post
June 29th 2010
Can you believe it's already Summer Reading Club time again? This year's theme is Go Green, and the Library has lots of green fun planned at all three locations! A few highlights include: * stories, music, magic, comedy, and balloon animals with Jungle Jim at the West Branch on Wednesday, June 30th at 11:00 a.m. * a six-week garden club that will introduce you to the natural world right here in Somerville with Groundwork Somerville at the Central Library on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.,... Read Post
June 22nd 2010
Teddy Bear A bear, however hard he tries, Grows tubby without exercise. Our Teddy Bear is short and fat Which is not to be wondered at; He gets what exercise he can By falling off the ottoman, But generally seems to lack The energy to clamber back. Now tubbiness is just the thing Which gets a fellow wondering; And Teddy worried lots about The fact that he was rather stout. He thought: "If only I were thin! But how does anyone begin?" He thought: "It really isn't fair To grudge me exercise... Read Post
May 27th 2010
Natalie Babbitt is an author and illustrator of children's books whose work has given me a great deal of pleasure over the years. She's best known for her novel Tuck Everlasting, which is widely acknowledged as a classic. While I agree that it's a wonderful story, it's far from my favorite Babbitt book. Here's a short annotated list of some of this beloved author's less familiar novels and stories. The Search for Delicious: In a nameless, timeless kingdom, the Prime Minister is writing a... Read Post
April 11th 2010

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

March 22nd 2010
Book Group for Kids in Grades 4-6 Saturday April 3, 2010 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM Join us for the first of three monthly book discussions for kids in grades 4-6. This month's book is The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brain Selznick. On Saturday, May 1st at 3:00 p.m. we'll discuss The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams On Saturday, June 5th at 3:00 p.m. we'll discuss When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead These discussions will be led by Mandy McCormick, who says: "Literature is love," or at least... Read Post
February 18th 2010
Did you know that the Central Library has been offering more and more programs for kids and families on Sunday afternoons? Upcoming events include: Monthly Stories and Crafts for kids ages 5 to 8 - February's program takes place this Sunday (the 21st) at 2:00 p.m. and will be all about space aliens! We'll read some cool alien stories and then make pipe cleaner aliens (pictured below.)  More story and craft programs are planned for March 21st, April 18th, and May 16th, all at 2:00 p.m.... Read Post
February 4th 2010
Wicked Local Somerville Posted Feb 01, 2010 @ 06:14 PM Somerville — Have you seen wild animals in Somerville, such as hawks, falcons, wild turkeys, songbirds, skunks, possums, raccoons and rabbits? Many of us have seen at least a few of these wild animals in our city, or even in our backyards. Do your children ever wonder what these animals do or how they go about their lives in a busy urban setting? If so, bring them to the Somerville Public Library for a series of workshops where they will... Read Post
May 13th 2009

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.

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July 22nd 2008
STORYBOOK WALK Monday, July 28th: 6:00-7:30 p.m. Come one, come all, come in your pajamas! But especially kids ages 3-5, come to the Central Library for an evening walk to the Somerville Community Growing Center at 22 Vinal Avenue. Wear your pajamas if you can, because we're going to snuggle into the garden and read stories with librarian Cathy Piantigini. For more information, contact Kate Cohen at (617) 591-6926 or kcohen@... Read Post
July 15th 2008
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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

July 14th 2008
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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

June 11th 2008

To celebrate the return of the farmers’ markets to Somerville ( and give a shout out to the great services offered by the Somerville Garden Club ( and the Somerville Community Growing Center (, 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