July 14th 2010
As you may already know, Somerville Reads - our first One City, One Book program - took place this past spring and was a huge success. People were invited to read Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, and to participate in a variety of related activities (discussions, lectures, film screenings, and more) in venues around the City. You can read all about it here. We're now beginning to plan Somerville Reads 2011. The first step is choosing the book we'll all read, and we'd like your input... 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
May 5th 2010
If you're looking for something to do, we have some fun programs coming up here at the Central Library. Tonight at 7:00 p.m., the Mystery Book Club is meeting to discuss Chance, by the late Robert B. Parker.  New members are always welcome, so why not stop in? Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., we'll be screening Delusions of Grandeur (La Folie des Grandeurs), an unjustly forgotten comedy classic by French director Gérard Oury.  The story is set in 17th-century Spain, where corrupt money-grubbing tax... Read Post
April 29th 2010
Join us at the Central Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for an evening of film, video, and animation curated by Rinat Harel. The works that will be shown include: Holding This For You by Marissa Niederhauser Bath Time Follies and Dear Sister by Nicole Prowell Seahorse by Molly Allis Nafad (Arabic, Shake Off) by Katherine Toukhy & Rashin Fahandej Gladys Monterroso by Sara Alfaro-Franco Le Bain (The Bath) by Silas Shabelewska Palindrome by Eva Quintas Froufe and an experimental... Read Post
April 15th 2010
now has a website, thanks to the hard work of one of our long-time members!  The book club has been in existence for almost 10 years now, and the website will document all of the books we've read so far.  You'll also find short synopses of upcoming book selections, and (soon) a list of resources for readers who love mysteries. The club meets at the Central Library on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  At the next meeting, on May 5th, we'll discuss Chance by Robert B. Parker... Read Post
March 23rd 2010
Have you heard the buzz?  Have you seen the banners around the library?  Somerville is kicking off its first community reading event this Sunday, March 28, from 4-8pm at Arts at the Armory.  We are pleased to have chosen Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, a collection of related stories about a platoon of American soldiers during the Vietnam War, as our first community reads book.  Books are available for checkout at all three Somerville libraries, as well as buttons, bookmarks, and program... 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
December 29th 2009
Hey everyone!  It's not too late to learn something new before the end of the year! Tomorrow (December 30th) at 11:00 a.m., you're invited to the East Branch Library (115 Broadway) for a presentation about the rainforest by The Creature Teachers.  8-10 rainforest animals - including a scarlet macaw, a toucan, a kinkajou, a red-eyed tree frog (like the little fellow at left), a giant toad, a boa constrictor, a tarantula, and a coatimundi - will be the teaching tools in this overview of... Read Post
December 15th 2009
The bicentennial of the birth year of America's first great horror writer is coming to an end.  Since he was born here, the anniversary has been the cause of some reflection in the Boston area.  The writer's relationship with his birthplace was not a cordial one: he considered the city provincial and scorned its writers as "the word-compounders and quibble concoctors of Frogpondium." He also heartily disliked the work of the New England Transcendentalists. But this year Boston decided to bury... Read Post
October 19th 2009
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 22nd, 5 - 8 pm (Book Sale Preview, for members of the... Read Post
September 22nd 2009
And I do mean action, as the Central Library's "Popcorn Movies" series concludes tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. with one of my favorites, The Incredibles! says, “From the Academy Award winning creators of Finding Nemo comes the action-packed animated adventure about the mundane and incredible lives of a house full of superheroes.  Bob Parr and his wife Helen used to be among the world's greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis.  Fifteen years later,... Read Post
August 17th 2009
Starship Adventure logo

Starship Adventure, the 2009 Statewide summer reading program, is drawing to a close. The East Branch is wrapping things up on Thursday, August 20th at 3:30 p.m. with a Celestial Celebration! Summer Reading Club participants will get their certificates of congratulation, raffle prize winners will be announced, space snacks will be served, and a Martian craft activity is planned - in short, fun will be had! The Central Library will also hold an end-of-summer bash for their summer reading club... Read Post

August 14th 2009
musical group La Tuza - 2 men and 1 woman with musical instruments

Come by the Central Library tomorrow at 2 for a live concert by the Mexican roots band La Tuza! You may have heard them before at venues such as Toad, Club Passim and Johnny D's. There's no other band like them in the Boston area. In addition to conventional instruments, they also use traditional Mexican instruments such as the jarana jarocha and the quijada. You can hear songs from their new album here (my personal favorites are El Celoso and La Mariquita). The Boston Phoenix described... Read Post