February 6th 2009
origami heart

On Monday, February 9, Arlene Young will be here to lead an origami workshop in honor of Valentine's Day.  If you would like to surprise someone special this year with a handmade paper valentine, be sure to attend!  All levels and ages are welcome and supplies will be provided.  The class is held in the auditorium from 7:30-8:30 pm. Any donations for paper and supplies are much appreciated!

February 6th 2009
book cover of "Land Beyond Maps"

Saturday Feb 7, 2:00 - 4:00 PM Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue Local authors Maida Tilchen and Marie Paquet-Nesson write about women leading creative lives. They will both be at the Central Library today to read, answer questions, and sign books. Maida Tichen's Land Beyond Maps is an historical novel about midlife lesbians and their friends in Santa Fe and the Navajolands through the boom and bust of 1929, closely based on the true story of Laura Gilpin, considered America’s most... Read Post

January 26th 2009
This Wednesday the Somerville Public Library will be showing the cult classic The Big Lebowski. For those of you who somehow missed it, this 1998 Coen brothers comedy stars Jeff Bridges as unemployed slacker Jeffrey Lebowski, aka "The Dude," who is mistaken for a multimillionaire with the same name. He is commissioned to deliver a ransom for the release of the other Lebowski's kidnapped trophy wife. Nothing goes as planned, and hilarity ensues. The cast also features John Goodman, Steve Buscemi... Read Post
January 7th 2009
Teri Garr, Gene Wilder, and Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein

The Central Library is having a free Comedy Film series this winter featuring some hilarious films you won’t want to miss! First up, on Thursday, January 8th at 6:30 p.m. is a classic - Young Frankenstein. says: "If you were to argue that Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein ranks among the top-ten funniest movies of all time, nobody could reasonably dispute the claim. Spoofing classic horror in the way that Brooks's previous film Blazing Saddles sent up classic Westerns, the movie is... Read Post

November 4th 2008
origami crane and flowers

Artist Arline Young is returning to the Central Library to teach introductory level origami classes. The classes will be held every Monday during the month of November at 7 pm. There is a $5 fee each week to cover material costs, which will be supplied by Arline. Sign up today at the Audio Visual desk or by calling the library at 617-623-5000.

October 30th 2008
Last night, Dora St. Martin and Dee Morris  gave a combined lecture and multimediapresentation based on their book Somerville, Massachusetts: A Brief History. A packed house listened to Civil War music, learned about Somerville's role in the origins of the telephone, women's liberation (such as it was) in late nineteenth-century America and the changing landscape of the city over three centuries. If you're interested in learning more about Somerville history, we have several copies of their... Read Post
October 20th 2008
We are delighted to have local artist Karen Aqua's animated drawings on display at the Somerville Central Library. Karen Aqua has been making hand-drawn animated films for over 30 years, including work for "Sesame Street" and 10 independent films. She uses about 12 drawings to create one second of animation in media including colored pencils, markers, and cut paper. On display at the library are a few of the original drawings (not prints) used in the making of several of her films. Karen... Read Post
October 15th 2008
maple tree with orange leaves

the National Month for so many things, from the serious (Breast Cancer Awareness, Gay & Lesbian History) to the silly (Popcorn Poppin', Squirrel Awareness.)  Let's choose a few topics and see what the Library has to offer: 1. National Children's Magazine Month. The Library has lots: Dig, Cobblestone, Ranger Rick, Sports Illustrated for Kids, American Girl, Cricket, Highlights for Children, National Geographic Kids, and many more! 2. National Emotional Intelligence Month. Again, we've got... Read Post

September 16th 2008
DVD cover of "The Secret of Roan Inish"

The Somerville Public Library is hosting an Irish film series this fall. All shows will be held on Tuesday evenings at the Central Library at 6:30 p.m. Dates and screenings are listed below, along with some links to reviews and plot summaries. We hope you can join us!


Sept. 16: The Crying Game

Sept. 30: The Magdalene Sisters

Oct. 7: The Secret of Roan Inish

Oct. 28:... Read Post

August 13th 2008
Last Saturday's talk on Somerville, Massachusetts: A Brief History was a success. Dee Morris gave a brief talk on the writing of the book. Her co-author (and former Somerville librarian) Dora St. Martin read a couple of passages--one on Franklin Roosevelt's devoted secretary (and Somerville native) Missy LeHand and another on Somerville poet Sam Walter Foss. People came and went for the better part of two hours to buy copies and talk to the authors. There were so many buyers the author ran out... Read Post
July 30th 2008
Cover of book "Introducing Somerville: a Brief History"

Enter Somerville, a city packed with stories larger than itself, to salute a heritage that justifies the fierce pride of its citizens. Share a perch on one of Somerville's celebrated hills with Dee Morris and Dora St. Martin and watch the raising of America's first flag and the stringing of its first telephone line. Strolling from neighborhood to neighborhood, this brief history knocks on the doors of everyone from the father of Fenway Park to Missy LeHand, Franklin D. Roosevelt's private... Read Post

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
Kidstock logo

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
Wild Reads logo

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 16th 2008
If you would like to research your family tree but don't know how to begin, this workshop is just for you. I'll cover basic rules to follow no matter who you are or where your family is from, and resources (both in the Library and beyond)  helpful for different locales and nationalities.  I'll also walk participants through a search for documents on family members using HeritageQuest and, both available through the library.