February 7th 2014
This weekend is the kickoff for StoryCorps at Somerville Public Library! The Central Library is hosting a StoryCorps open house, Saturday 2:30-5:00 and Sunday 3:30-5:00, Feb. 8 and 9. Come and learn about StoryCorps and sign up for a time to record your story! Somerville Public Library has the honor of being one of ten libraries in the U.S. chosen to be a StoryCorps recording site! If you don't know what StoryCorps is, it's a foundation dedicated to honoring the lives of Americans by recording... Read Post
November 26th 2013
Thursday, November 28, will not only be Thanksgiving Day, it will also be the first day of Chanukah.  Some people have taken it upon themselves to create culinary mashups of the two holidays,  an effort I think misguided, but if the Internet is any indicator of the zeitgeist, it seems to be what some people want.   Just like when patrons ask for help finding Fifty Shades of Grey: it's not for me to judge.** My job is just to provide information. Herewith, a modest catalog of Thanskgannukah... Read Post
November 25th 2013
Somerville Public Library is one of ten public libraries in the United States to be selected as a StoryCorps @ Your Library pilot site. Through this oral history project, we aim to record the stories, thoughts, and ideas of a diverse mix of 30-40 Somerville teens. Teens may be interviewed by or interview friends, family members, mentors, etc. Trained community facilitators will guide the interview process and handle all technical aspects for a comfortable interview experience. For more... Read Post
November 19th 2013
Join us tomorrow evening at the Central Library for our next author night. James Klein will be here to discuss his book Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America's First Sports Hero. Sullivan was the first heavyweight champion of gloved boxing and the prototype kid from the wrong side of the tracks who becomes a superstar athlete. Born to working-class Irish parents in the South End,  Sullivan was the first American athlete to earn more than a million dollars. Sullivan was... Read Post
November 15th 2013
Last night's Muslim Journeys event was great. Harvard Divinity School professor Leila Ahmed participated in a discussion of her book, A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America.  We had a good turnout, and everyone who participated in the discussion had interesting questions and shared well-informed opinions. The conversation ranged from  the history of this highly symbolic garment to the differences in religious practice and culture in various Islamic nations... Read Post
October 31st 2013

Join us at the Central Library Nov. 14 at 6:30 when Harvard Divinity School Professor Leila Ahmed will take part in a discussion of her award-winning book, A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America, her exploration of the reasons that Muslim women are voluntarily adopting a garment traditionally seen as a tool of repression. The book discussion is the latest in our series of ALA/NEH-sponsored events, "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys." Somerville Public... Read Post

October 8th 2013
To most of us the word "Cambridge" means Whole Foods and Harvard, or funky shops on Mass. Ave. But to author Sam Baltrusis, Cambridge means a lonely British soldier from the Revolution, forever wandering the pews of Christ Church looking for his brothers-in-arms, or Dr. George Parkman, a Harvard professor brutally murdered in 1849, whose restless spirit still lingers at the site of his death. Join us this Thursday 7 p.m. at the Central Library when Baltrusis reads from his book The Ghosts of... Read Post
September 20th 2013
The 1990 robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is the greatest art theft of all time. In less than an hour and a half two intruders impersonating policemen got into the museum after hours and made off with $500 million worth of art, including three Rembrandts--and yet left far more valuable works hanging on the walls . A quarter century later the crime is still unsolved.  Theories abound: suspects have included Myles Connor, longtime art thief and musician who played with Roy Orbison... Read Post
September 18th 2013
What can you do to avoid investment fraud?  A good first step is to educate yourself about "The Three Ps": the Profile of the typical victim common Persuasion tactics used by fraudsters techniques to help Prevent fraud Staff from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will be at the Central Library this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. with a presentation on all of these topics, as well as a demonstration on how to check the status and disciplinary history of investment professionals.  The... Read Post
September 3rd 2013

We're very happy to announce the band Too Human will be performing at the Central Library this Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. They've performed all along the East Coast and their jazzy, upbeat music has been described as "incredible" and "full of energy" and as "some of the best darned songs you've ever heard." You can see a brief video from their concert at the Wilmington Public Library below:   We hope you'll join us.  Interestingly, the members of the band have also had a long and varied as... Read Post

June 29th 2013

It's Summer Reading Club time at all three SPL locations!  This year's theme is Dig Into Reading.  When you join, you'll receive: a logbook to record your summer reading (books you enjoy on your own, or stories read TO you by a caregiver or...even a librarian!), a bag to carry those summer reading books, and a calendar of our summer events!  Thanks to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library, we have many fun and free programs planned this summer!  Highlights include:

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May 20th 2013
Watertown author Jan David Blais will be appearing at the central branch of the Somerville Public Library (79 Highland Ave.) this Thursday (May 23) from 6 to 8 p.m. to discuss his tome "Twentieth Century Limited." Lovers of historical fiction,  war novels, journalism, and politics, take note! And, if all this wasn't enough, it's a bit of a mystery as well... follow main character Paul Bernard during his time fighting in the Vietnam War, his work as a reporter, and his criticism of  George W.... Read Post
May 14th 2013
Last Friday the Boston area entrepreneur, designer, and creator of the t-shirt empire Johnny Cupcakes came to the library. Johnny “Cupcakes” Earle delivered a talk focusing on hard work and the ways he has succeeded to truly create an experience around his brand. His talk detailed early business ventures (really early…meaning gradeschool) selling candy and learning about the benefits of buying wholesale – to later striking like lightning with the cupcake and crossbones logo that has become his... Read Post
May 6th 2013
What do the words algebra, benzene, and cipher have in common? They're all derived from Arabic.  Who was the first scientist to posit that light was composed of particles? Newton? Think again. In the centuries after the collapse of the Roman Empire, when much of the knowledge of antiquity was lost to Western Europe, science and learning thrived in the Arab world, which not only preserved knowledge of the classical world but also made original breakthroughs in chemistry, physics, mathematics... Read Post
March 21st 2013

Did you know that the Library subscribes to LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator, a resource that combines everything you need for a successful job search into one easy-to-use online application?  With this innovative job-hunting system, you can: Explore detailed information on over 1,000 different occupations Match your interests and skills with the career that's best for you Search over five million up-to-the-minute local and national job postings Search for internships,... Read Post