June 19th 2012
If you were in the Boston area in the 70s or 80s, chances are you had a least a passing acquaintance with Channel 56's Creature Double Feature. That beloved old series is the inspiration for our latest Community Curated film series, Saturday Morning Creature Show: Selections from WLVI's Creature Double Feature. The series kicks off at the Central Library this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with Destroy All Monsters.

1968; Starring Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Manda, King Ghidora, and more!;... Read Post
June 15th 2012
An Evening of Words and Music with Yani Batteau & Judah Leblang (June 13, 2012) Our guest blogger Sarah Wolf has written about Wednesday's lovely event.  Yani and Judah were great! I turn you over to Sarah,   On Wednesday, June 13, 2012, local artists Yani Batteau and Judah Leblang joined musical and storytelling forces for an evening of poignant laughter and sing-a-longs. Dividing their program into two sets – the first devoted to being in (and out) of love, the second about life... Read Post
June 13th 2012
Last month employment specialist Gary Gekow came to the Central Library and presented a great workshop on resume writing.  This month he's coming back with two more workshops for job seekers. Interview Workshop Wednesday, June 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is an interactive and informal question and answer session where we role-play typical interview questions and how best to answer them.  The workshop also includes ways to avoid job candidates’ most common interview mistakes. Online Job... Read Post
June 6th 2012
Join the Friends of the Somerville Public Library for our upcoming Annual Meeting at the Central Library on Monday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m.!

The entertainment at this year's meeting will be a "Somerville Story Hour" of original fiction and personal memoirs, hosted by Judah Leblang, author of the entertaining memoir, Finding My Place: One Man's Journey from Cleveland to Boston and Beyond...

Joining Judah will be some talented local writers who will read from their own work... Read Post
May 31st 2012
Last night yours truly and Kristi Chase of the City's Historic Preservation department gave a presentation on genealogical and house history research. Since most people remember research processes when they're given concrete examples, we took one house in Somerville and explained how to use library resources and local government document to find out how the house had been altered over the course of its existence and to find out who lived there since it was built. So technically, the... Read Post
April 26th 2012
What do you see yourself doing this Saturday morning? Laughing? Screaming? A little bit of both? We're right there with you, with the first series in our Community Curated film program.

Dan Kimmel, Somervillian, film critic, and past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics will be hosting this series. He will offer brief introductory remarks before each film, and there will also be time afterwards for comments, questions, and discussion. Dan’s books on film include The... Read Post
April 22nd 2012
Are you looking for work? Do you have a job, but are looking for a new one? Come to the Central Library this Wednesday at 6:30 pm. We'll be holding a round table discussion of resumes led by employment specialist Gary Gekow. Mr. Gekow has 24 years experience in employment consulting, and has conducted over 300 employment in just the past three years. Bring your current resume for one-on-one feedback. You can read more about Mr. Gekow's workshops here. Our thanks to the Tufts Neighborhood... Read Post
April 20th 2012

As usual, there's a lot going on at the Library and all over the City this weekend!

* Saturday at the Central Library from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., we invite you to join us for the Somerville Reads Potluck Celebration featuring great food, prizes, and music by the Michael J. Epstein Library. This is part of the Mayor's Urban Agriculture Initiative - you can read about related events happening around the City here.

* Sunday at the Walnut Street Community Garden at 1:00 p.m... Read Post

April 19th 2012
Join us at the Central Library this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. as Paul and Rachel Revere ride again!

Set in 1805, the dramatization animates the "Spirit of the Day," as Paul and Rachel recount the exciting tale of life in Boston's North End when America was still a British Crown Colony. Paul Revere married Rachel Walker in 1773, following the death of his first wife, Sarah, who died after the birth of their sixth child. Rachel took on the care of the children, and with Paul had six more... Read Post
April 17th 2012
This Saturday, April 21! Join us as Somerville celebrates its third “one city, one book” campaign, Somerville Reads 2012, a project that promotes literacy and community engagement by encouraging people all over the City to read and discuss books on the same theme. This year’s theme is food—local, sustainable, and delicious! We've chosen two books for discussion: Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter and Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. Copies of both books are... Read Post
April 13th 2012
As part of our Somerville Reads programming, the library hosted an Open Mic Storytelling event on Wednesday. It was a great event, hosted by Tom Champion, also known as the "Voice of Somerville."  The stories covered a lot of ground and used different mediums for sharing.   For more information about the event look at the Somerville Reads Blog.
March 26th 2012
The Director’s “Meet, Mingle, Read” series continues at the Central Library this Wednesday (March 28th) at 7:00 p.m. Join us in welcoming authors Ron Driscoll and John Powers who will discuss their new book, Fenway Park: A Salute to the Coolest, Cruelest, Longest-Running Baseball Stadium in America (Running Press). Since it opened in 1912, Fenway Park has become an iconic destination for baseball fans everywhere and a source of great civic pride for generations of New Englanders. Home to the... Read Post
March 8th 2012
Albert Cremin as Charles Dickens The SPL blog is delighted to welcome guest blogger Djinnie Timoleon, who has written a piece on Albert Cremin's February 19th performance of his one-man show, Introducing Mr. Charles Dickens. Djinnie is an 11th grader at Prospect Hill Academy, a Library volunteer, and a member of the Library's new Teen Advisory Board. Now, without further ado, I turn you over to Djinnie:

With a dramatic entrance, Albert Cremin caught the attention of the audience... Read Post
February 23rd 2012
Join us this Saturday afternoon from 1-3 at the Atrium in Somerville High School (81 Highland Ave) to celebrate Somerville being named one of America's 100 Best Communities for Young People for the fourth year in a row. There will be performances, exhibits, a scavenger hunt for kids, raffles and prizes! Local organizations (including the Library and the Friends of the Library) will be manning tables so you can lean more about what your community offers! We hope you can make it!
February 17th 2012

2012 is the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, and the year will be marked by international celebrations of his life and work. Although he was an Englishman of the Victorian era, Dickens's work transcends his time, language, and culture. His public readings of his work brought him to Boston in the mid 1800s. Throughout the world, his writings remain a major influence that continue to inspire films, art, and literature. The Library joins in the global commemoration of... Read Post