June 3rd 2014
Harvard Divinity School Professor Jocelyne Cesari's talk "Islam in the West: The Issues," originally scheduled for June 12, 6:30 at the Somerville Central Library, has been cancelled due to extenuating circumstances. It will be rescheduled. Stay tuned.
June 3rd 2014
Books for Somerville Reads 2014 have arrived and are now available at all SPL locations! Somerville Reads is a project that promotes literacy and community engagement by encouraging people all over the City to read and discuss the same book. The book that has been selected for 2014 is Dark Tide: the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo. A companion children's book has also been selected: The Great Molasses Flood: Boston, 1919 by Deborah Kops. Both of these authors will be... Read Post
April 22nd 2014
None of us has as much money as we would like. And most of us don't do a great job of keeping track of what we have. Have you ever withdrawn some cash from an ATM and a day or two later found yourself wondering, where did it all go? The state of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Financial Literacy Trust want to make that feeling going away by helping you learn to manage your money better. The Money Conference: Financial Empowerment for Individuals and Families is a one-day annual workshop... Read Post
April 15th 2014
  Flags will fly at half mast around the City today in remembrance of the victims and families of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.  For details about support services available to community members on the one-year anniversary of these tragic events, click here. In Boston, a tribute ceremony for survivors and first responders will be held at the Hynes Convention Center at 12:00 p.m.  You can watch the ceremony online here.  Community members are also invited to gather along Boylston Street... Read Post
April 9th 2014
April 10th-13th is  the 14th annual  Boston National Poetry Month Festival, hosted primarily by the Boston Public Library in partnership with Tapestry of Voices and the Kaji Aso Studio. The Festival begins on Thursday evening, April 10th, with a program of Poetry, Music & Dance at Old South Church, produced by Berklee College of Music professor, Lucy Holstedt.  Friday, April 11, National Book Award winner David Ferry is just one of 15 prominent “Keynote Poets” reading in the Commonwealth... Read Post
March 13th 2014
Join us at the Central Library next Thursday March 20 at 6:30 for a talk on Islamic feminism with journalist Elisabeth Segran, who's been traveling the Muslim world and meeting women who are re-thinking and changing their place in their society. For centuries, many Muslim women felt they had to choose between feminism and their faith; they believed that these two ideologies were mutually exclusive and incompatible. However, around the world, Muslim women are reexamining the Qua'ran and... Read Post
March 12th 2014

Tomorrow, March 13, from 3 to 5 p.m., teens are welcome to drop in (and out) of the SPL Central Branch’s auditorium (sometimes called the Teen Annex) for an informal informational session about the library’s participation in the oral history program, StoryCorps. Oh, and there’ll be PIZZA!

The library is looking for teens who are willing -- and maybe even excited! -- about sharing stories about themselves... Read Post

February 20th 2014
As part of our ALA/NEH sponsored series Muslim Journeys we are pleased to host a screening of the documentary Dear Bawa Muhaiyaddeen by filmmakers Kythe Heller and Peter McMurray. This event will take place on Thursday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Library. How can one film something that cannot be seen? Unlike traditional documentaries, which typically view religious experience as a metaphor for something else--whether socially or psychologically construed--this experimental... Read Post
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