January 4th 2011
You are invited to a movie...and a murder. The Somerville Public Library Mystery Book Group celebrates ten years of reading and meeting! The group has met on the first Wednesday of the month (unless it’s a holiday) for ten years. To celebrate, we are hosting a movie night and a murder! Come join us at the Central Library on Wednesday, January 5th at 6:30 p.m. for a screening of Murder by Death, a hilarious Neil Simon send up of the detective genre featuring an all-star cast that includes Peter... Read Post
December 17th 2010
We're very happy to be welcoming Carter Creek Revival to the Central Library for a concert this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Carter Creek Revival celebrates the heritage of Southern Appalachian gospel songs that remind of us who we are as Americans. The communal warmth of spirit expressed in these songs make this group’s performances a special treat. Chris Hersch (banjo), Jordan Voelker (fiddle), and Scott Sandvik (guitar) join their voices in harmony in their interpretations of songs learned... Read Post
December 9th 2010
We're going to continue showing family films at the Central Library one Saturday afternoon per month at 2:00 p.m. It's a great way to spend the afternoon! Here's what's in store in 2011: January 15th: Muppets from Space February 12th: The Railway Children March 12th: The Iron Giant April 19th: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers May 21st: The Princess Bride June 4th: Black Beauty July 9th: Labyrinth August 6th: The Parent Trap September 17th: The Miracle Worker October 1st: Godzilla vs... Read Post
December 4th 2010
A few weeks ago I posted a question: what would draw you to a free film at the Library? You can read some of the responses here. I also got a small amount of feedback through Facebook, Somerville Voices, and by talking with people in person. Based on what I learned, I've decided to move the series to (mostly) Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. So, without further ado, here's the lineup for 2011: January 10th: A Hard Day's Night February 14th: King of Hearts March 21st: Two-Way Stretch April... Read Post
November 16th 2010
We're currently running two film series at the Central Library. Family Films, including cartoons and popcorn, are shown one Saturday afternoon per month, and so far they've been well attended. We've also been showing movies one Thursday evening per month at 6:30 p.m., but we don't get many people for those, so we're asking for your suggestions. What would draw you to a free movie at the Library? Specific movies or types of movies? A different day or time? Refreshments? Something else?... 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
November 2nd 2010
We have a treat in store for you at the Central Library on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.: a classic comedy from the 1930s, Nothing Sacred. says, "As potent today as it was when released in 1937, this classic screwball satire stars Carole Lombard as Hazel Flagg, the small-town girl who mistakenly believes she's dying of radium poisoning. Sensing a great human interest story that will tug the public's heartstrings and help sell newspapers, exploitative journalist Wally Cook (Fredric March)... Read Post
October 20th 2010
The Friends of the Library are holding their fall book sale this week at the Central Library. You can get incredibly good deals on new and used books, movies, and music and show your support for the Library! Proceeds from the book sale help support library programs for adults and children, including the popular "museum membership" program which allows Somerville residents to visit local museums free or at a discount. Thursday, October 21st, 5 - 8 pm (Book Sale Preview, for members of the... Read Post
October 11th 2010
Join us at the Central Library this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. for a special performance of "Edgar Allan Poe and Margaret Fuller: A Conversation."

The year is 1845 and Miss Fuller (portrayed by Jessa Piaia) and Mr. Poe (portrayed by Rob Velella) are in town from Manhattan where they are at the height of their literary careers - Mr. Poe as editor of The Broadway Journal, and Miss Fuller as first female editor and literary critic at The New York Daily Tribune. They meet at the Somerville... Read Post
October 8th 2010
We have a couple of events coming up at the Central Library this weekend that are both fun and free! On Saturday at 2:00 p.m., our Family Film Series continues with Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. says: "Universal Pictures made a great deal of money from its monster movies in the 1930s. In the early '40s, the burlesque team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello kept the studio's coffers full. When the two franchises were combined in 1948, the result was another windfall--... Read Post
October 1st 2010
Join us at the Central Library on Sunday, October 3rd at 2:00 p.m. for a violin and viola recital by Paran Amirinazari and Jordan Voelker. Paran Amirinazari is an active freelancer and teacher in the Boston area.  She has performed with many orchestras including the Bangor Symphony and as a chamber musician she is a leading member in the Syrinx Ensemble. Jordan Voelker is a Somerville resident. She plays and teaches viola and violin around Boston, and performs and records with the Boston... Read Post
September 8th 2010
We have a great new film series kicking off this weekend: Saturday Afternoon Family Films.  Join us one Saturday per month for a cartoon, a feature film, and popcorn - all free!  Movie time is 2:00 p.m. and the schedule follows. We hope you can come!

September 11th: Swiss Family Robinson
Shipwrecked on a tropical island, a family makes a new home in the world’s coolest tree house and has lots of exciting adventures. Pirates! Ostriches! More!

October 9th: Abbott... Read Post
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 15th 2010
Join us tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Library for a remarkable performance by Alan Kitty as the legendary Mark Twain. 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's death. But all around the US, people are already beginning to report sightings - some claiming to have had actual contact with the spirit of the great humorist himself. This is not a séance. And it is unlike any staged Mark Twain performance anywhere in the world. Alan Kitty is emerging as one of the premiere Mark Twain... Read Post