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November 5th 2020
Somerville Public Library East Branch StoryWalk®!

StoryWalks® are happening around all the Somerville Public Library locations this month. Laminated pages from children’s books are attached to fences and in windows near each library. Each page guides you to the next part of the story. We encourage you to take a walk with your friends and family and check out these beautiful books.

Windows by Julia Denos will start at the East Branch later this week. Come out to 115 Broadway near sunset and admire the changing light and the warmth... Read Post

November 3rd 2020
StoryWalks in Somerville - Family Friendly Reading Outdoors!

Have you ever seen a StoryWalk®? It’s a super fun way to read a book and get some exercise at the same time! Book pages are laminated and installed along a sidewalk, fence, or building. As people walk along the path of the StoryWalk®, they are directed to the next page in the story.

To make our StoryWalks®, your friendly children’s librarians selected some of our favorite books and performed magical arts and crafts to separate the pages and mount them on oversized paper. Then we... Read Post

April 1st 2020
2020 census somerville massachusetts

When you respond to the census, you tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, including everyone living in your home on that day, also known as Census Day.

Census data are used to make decisions about how and where to spend more than $1.5 trillion in federal funds each year for programs and services that communities across America rely on. Census data also drive federal funding allocations for libraries, including grants to states under the Library Services and... Read Post

September 2nd 2015

Did you know that the Somerville Public Library and SCAT TV have a combined membership? That's right, two of your favorite community places sharing spaces! This combined membership includes technology instruction classes, specifically focused on media, which will be starting in October on the third Tuesday of every month! The first class will be on Social Media 101: Using your Smartphone and Digital Storytelling. So come join your favorite library at SCAT TV! If you're interested,... Read Post

August 12th 2015

We're still getting responses to our question about how the Library has impacted your lives. Some are short and simple, like these:

The Library has taught me the invaluable lesson of research and how to learn something new by gathering the books to collect and learn. Whether it be the law, electrical, carpentry, computer knowledge, etc. And of course the simple pleasure of reading a good book. It’s great to be able to request books and DVDs through the Minuteman Network and have it... Read Post
August 5th 2015

First, the Library has allowed me to break the habit of overbuying books. In the last five years I've learned to ask the Library for a book, and wait, rather than to just buy a book and then have to store it, give it away, or chuck it. The Library always comes through.
Second, the Library takes gifts of books and videos and puts them to good use - in circulation, offered in twice-a-year sales, or to recycling. It's allowed me to slowly cull my book count by at least a bookcase... Read Post
July 21st 2015

Here are a few more stories you've shared with us about how the Library has affected you:

I am a life-long library goer, but it is only recently that I have really dug into the amazing resources available to me through my local library in Somerville. Six months ago, I started a blog about Somerville's history. The library's archive of Somerville Journal newspapers (going back to the late 1800s) has been invaluable and the librarians have been extremely helpful, showing me how to use the... Read Post
July 16th 2015

As promised, here's another tale of library love, recently submitted by a Somerville Library user.  We've been absolutely delighted by the stories you've been submitting and would love to hear more.

If you would like to share your story (and qualify for a chance to win a $25 gift card) email Glenn Ferdman, Director of Libraries, or click here to fill out a short online form. You can also fill out a paper form at any SPL location. Thank you!

The public library has been a crucial... Read Post
August 4th 2014

by Eileen and Sujei

If you’re like me, you have a ton of things on your mind/plate. And although I knew July was International Zine Month, I couldn’t quite pull the trigger on this blog post till now. But, all this information is still valid – and it's always a good time to enjoy and make zines.

But wait – I should slow down, back up – and address a question you may have: What is a zine anyway?

A zine made by women over 40. Found at the Papercut Zine Library.

 ... Read Post