August 11th 2009
Arline Young's origami workshops at the Central Library have been rescheduled as follows: Monday, August 24th, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 27th, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, August 31st, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. All materials will be provided, and all ages and experience levels are welcome.  Please register at the desk in the Audio-Visual room, or by calling (617) 623-5000 x2936.  These free programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library - we hope you can come.
July 13th 2009
container of movie popcorn

The Central Library is showing free movies all summer, and so are the cities of Boston and Somerville! Popcorn Movies at the Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue: Monsters, Inc., Wednesday, July 22nd at 6:30 p.m. The Empire Strikes Back, Thursday, August 13th at 6:30 p.m. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Wednesday, August 26th at 6:30 p.m. Indiana Jones & the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Thursday, September 10th at 6:30 p.m. The Incredibles, Wednesday, September... Read Post

June 16th 2009
.... (June 17) the library will be closed. As you may know Somerville figures prominently in the early years of the War of Independence. The Continental army that beseiged British-occupied Boston set up its fortifications in much of what is now Somerville. And of course it was on Prospect Hill that the first flag of the United Colonies was raised--which the British, for reasons unknown, assumed was a flag of surrender. If you would like to learn more about the American Revolution, we've got a... Read Post
June 2nd 2009
June 2, 1851: Maine becomes the first state in the Union to pass a law banning alcohol. June 3, 1851: The populations of New Hampshire and Southern Canada increase by thousands in a single day as people flee Maine.* June 14, 1822: Charles Babbage sends a proposal to the Royal Astronomical Society for a difference engine for "the computation of astronomical and mathematical tables," but his proposal gets lost in all the buzz surrounding the soon-to-be-released "iDifferenceEngine" from Apple.... Read Post
May 15th 2009
West Branch library

This month our beloved West Branch in Davis Square is celebrating its 100th birthday.  If you've haven't been there yet, or even if you're a frequent visitor, now is a great time to get to know this lovely library better.

On Sunday, May 17th at 3:00 p.m., architectural conservator Sara Chase will give a talk entitled A Jewel in the Crown: the West Branch Library. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer period and a walk around the building to... 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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April 29th 2009
Here's what the Library's book groups will be reading in the next few months.  New members are always welcome, so why not drop in some evening? Mystery Book Group (Central Library, Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.) May 6th: Sidetracked by Henning Mankell June 3rd: The Dead Hour by Denise Mina July 1st: All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming August 5th: The King of Lies by John Hart Book Group for Kids in Grades 4-6 (Central Library, Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.) May 12th: Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman June... Read Post
April 25th 2009
Like everywhere else in the country,  library use is up in Somerville. The Journal ran a great article this week on how people are turning to SPL to save money, look for jobs, or just simply enjoy themselves. The article highlighted some of SPL's numerous services: We have ESL classes that are packed--and in desperate need of fluent English speakers to help run classes (hint). If you need some one-on-one time with one of our  reference staff to help with (for example) a complicated research... Read Post
April 17th 2009
storyteller Motoko

Sumo Mice & Power Rice: Tales and Games from Japan Central Library, 79 Highland Ave. Wednesday, April 22nd at 2pm Award-winning storyteller Motoko delights audiences of all ages with her expressive and exciting performance of folktales from Japan, complete with music, mime, and humor. The program is recommended for children age 5 and older and their families. At the end of the program, every child will receive Motoko’s original paper sumo game! Motoko has performed at many schools and... Read Post

April 9th 2009
3 DVD covers: Mystic Pizza, The Verdict, Fever Pitch

We're staying local for our upcoming film series - all of the movies we're showing feature a New England setting. From the streets of Southie, to rural Maine, to Fenway Park, to the Connecticut seacoast, we hope you'll enjoy these films.

Thursday, April 9th: Mystic Pizza Wednesday, April 22nd: The Verdict Thursday, May 14th: Fever Pitch Wednesday, May 27th: Mystic River Thursday, June 11th: Next Stop Wonderland Wednesday, June 24th: The Cider House Rules

All films will be shown... Read Post

April 6th 2009
Mary Oliver's Black Swallowtail was read at the dedication of The Center for Arts at the Armory last Friday night: Black SwallowtailThe caterpillar interesting but not exactly lovely, humped along among the parsley leaves eating, always eating. Then one night it was gone and in its place a small green confinement hung by two silk threads on a parsley stem. I think it took nothing with it except faith and patience. And then one morning it expressed itself into the most beautiful thing... Read Post
April 3rd 2009 throughout April we'll be posting poems on the SPL blog. If you're interested in browsing our extensive poetry collection, the call numbers for American and British poetry are 811 and 821, respectively, and any of our staff can help you locate poetry of other languages (either in translation or in the original). The American Academy of Poets also has an excellent website, with sample poems and recordings of poets reading their own work (such as Gwendolyn Brooks, pictured at left). In any... Read Post
March 19th 2009
Alderman Sullivan will be holding office hours at the Central Library this Saturday, 3/21, from 9:30-11:00 am. He will be here to listen to your thoughts or concerns and to answer any questions from the community. Please feel free to stop by for a chat - he'd love to see you!
March 6th 2009
Three art cards by Rob Logan

All ages are invited to join us for an afternoon of creating and trading unique cards at the Central Library this Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. "If you can doodle, you can do it!” says Rob Logan, whose distinctive, quirky, colorful art has (literally) been a fixture at Redbones, the popular Somerville restaurant, for 10 years. Start with a blank 9-card template, add your art, have it laminated on the spot, and cut out the cards to keep, or to trade and collect. All materials will be provided -... Read Post

February 25th 2009
This Saturday, February 28, the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) is hosting a free workshop on how to weather proof your home at the Central Library. Learn how to insulate your windows and save money by keeping warm air inside your house. A list of materials, written step-by-step instructions, and a demonstration about how to install inexpensive insulating film will be offered. The instructions and presentations will be in English and one other language. The first session begins... Read Post