Events

October 4th 2013
Univision, a Spanish language TV station, is offering a a series of programs to support the education of Hispanic students, with particular focus on college access for first generation students. Next week is Univision's Semana ¡Edúcate, Es El Momento!  Click here to see  the programs they have planned focusing on a variety of subjects related to this topic. In addition, there are some online resources and programs to check out.  These include a platform with information specifically targeted... 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 17th 2013
On Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m, you're invited to the Central Library to meet Sara Farizan, author of If You Could Be Mine. Pulling back the curtain on one of the most hidden corners of a much-talked-about culture, If You Could Be Mine is the stunning debut novel by Iranian American writer Sara Farizan about hope and love in the face of danger. Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. But being gay is a crime punishable by death in... 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: 3 Kidstock Theater... Read Post
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
March 9th 2013
We're getting ready for Somerville Reads 2013 - our next One City, One Book program, which will take place in the early Fall - and we need your input! Which of these books would you most like to read and discuss as a community? You can read about each book below, then vote for your pick at the bottom of this post.

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.... Read Post
March 2nd 2013
Free Teen Creative Writing Program at Somerville Public Library Are you a teen who likes to write stories about aliens, blogs, flash fiction, or poems? Are you interested in becoming a novelist, short story writer or poet? Somerville Public Library's Teen Creative Writing Program will offer teens writing exercises to flex their writing muscles in a fun, low-pressure, supportive environment. The Somerville Public Library is pleased to announce the start of a free Teen Creative Writing Program... Read Post
March 2nd 2013
Join fellow writers at the central branch of the Somerville Public Library (79 Highland Ave.) for this free, four-week, memoir-writing workshop with Medford-based writer and storyteller Judah Leblang. Judah is the author of Finding My Place: One Man’s Journey from Cleveland to Boston and Beyond. He is also a columnist for Bay Windows newspaper and a radio commentator. This workshop has been funded by the Friends of the Somerville Public Library. In this course, participants will: · Discuss... Read Post
March 1st 2013
Remember when kids used to play outside for hours at a time, only to return home at dinnertime? As more and more kids spend most of their times in front of a screen, these days there are many who can’t relate to that. Mike Lanza hopes to change this culture. He’s authored a book, “Playborhood,” on how to make neighborhoods the best possible place for children to play and connect. He will be visiting Somerville City Hall (second floor) from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, to conduct a community... Read Post
February 27th 2013
Here is a review of Saturday's program by Kim Philips Millican, who is a member of the Friends of the Library.  Thank you Kim! On Saturday, the Friends of the Somerville Public Library held a showing of “In the Blood”, a documentary by Sumner McKane that illustrated the history of the Maine lumbermen and river drivers. According to the documentary’s website (http://inthebloodmovie.com), Mr. McKane presents “a historical subject with a contemporary and entertaining presentation” which turns a... Read Post

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