February 7th 2012

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the enduringly popular and influential author Charles Dickens.

For students who are just getting to know Dickens, School Library Journal has a good article that includes a bibliography of materials and websites for a variety of age groups.

Dickens 2012 gives details of Dickens-anniversary celebrations that are taking place all over the world throughout the year. For example, today is the British Council's global 24-... Read Post
February 1st 2012

Photo via Twitter/@BostonTweet

It's a tough week for Patriots fans, waiting and waiting for the big game. But hang in there, people, Sunday's coming. In the meantime, here's a short list of Pats books to help you pass the time.

War Room: the Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team by Michael Holley

Meet the Patriots by Mike Kennedy with Mark Stewart

Wicked Good Year: How the Red Sox, Patriots, & Celtics Turned... Read Post
January 17th 2012
Somerville Reads 2012, our third annual community reads program, is coming this spring! The theme is food, and we’re asking for your help with two things: recipes and stories.

We will compile a community cookbook so we all can share some of our favorite dishes with our neighbors. A few ideas for recipes you might like to submit include: cooking for a crowd; kid favorites; local roots/ingredients; or family heritage. We’re going to print copies and sell them at our kickoff event,... Read Post
December 15th 2011
We had a great time at last night's talk with Beverly Ford and Stephanie Schorow, authors of The Boston Mob Guide. Lots of people came to hear about Whitey Bulger and others Boston mobsters, to meet up with friends and neighbors, and to sample some delicious food. Here are a few pictures from the event.

December 12th 2011
The Director’s “Meet, Mingle, Read” series continues! Join us at the Central Library on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00 p.m. as we welcome authors Beverly Ford and Stephanie Schorow who will discuss their new book, The Boston Mob Guide: Hit Men, Hoodlums & Hideouts (History Press).

The capture of notorious mobster James "Whitey" Bulger closed an infamous chapter in Boston history. Yet the city's criminal underworld has a long and bloody rap sheet that stretches back to the... Read Post
December 8th 2011
We're excited to announce a new film series that is tentatively scheduled to begin in the Spring.  Actually, this will be a string of mini film series, each curated by a different member of the community. For our kickoff, we want to get your input on what you'd like to see. Choices are below, so let's hear what you think, and thanks in advance for participating! More information about this new program will be coming soon.
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November 21st 2011
This time of year the mind turns naturally to feasting, but it's always "turkey this" and "turkey that." Pork simply does not get its due. As a corrective, we offer tonight's Monday Night Movie, A Private Function. Rovi (foremerly the All Movie Guide) says, “A British couple's attempts to circumvent local food-rationing regulations trigger a chaotic series of events in this satirical comedy set in post-World War II England. The couple's scheme centers on a massive hog which has been... Read Post
November 16th 2011
Our new series, "Meet, Mingle, Read" kicks off at the Central Library on Saturday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m. as we delve into the history of diners, sample yummy diner food, and welcome Larry Cultrera, author of Classic Diners of Massachusetts (The History Press). The Commonwealth of Massachusetts was birthplace to the burgeoning "night lunch wagon" manufacturing industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These horse-drawn food carts eventually evolved into classic... Read Post
November 9th 2011
The landscape of literary magazines can be overwhelming. With over 600 journals on the market, how does a writer know where to submit work? Is it better to aim for prestigious journals and hope to catch the eye of literary agents? Or is it better to submit to journals with high acceptance rates? Should writers submit to dozens of journals at once or focus on a specific journal? What are the advantages of publishing online? Which editors give writers feedback on their work? What should go... Read Post
November 7th 2011
Somerville's having a municipal election tomorrow, so the East Branch will be closed (it's being used for polling, though.) We'll reopen on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. In the meantime, get out there and vote! All the election information you need is right here: you can preview your ballot, find out about registering to vote, where your polling place is, and more. See you at the polls!
November 3rd 2011
Join us as we welcome Too Human for an evening of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.

Too Human is an acoustic music act with vocals, guitar, percussion and upright bass. They perform jazz standards as well as their own originals. The program will include some of the great feeling songs from the American Songbook of the 20s, 30s and 40s such as Pennies From Heaven, It Had To Be You, Nice Work If You Can Get It, All of Me, Sentimental Journey, and others.

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October 26th 2011

We waited all year and now it's here - the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale!

Don't miss out on this chance to get great deals on new and used books, movies, music, and more - and show your support for the Library! Proceeds from the book sale help support library programs for adults and children, including the popular "museum membership" program which allows Somerville residents to visit local museums free or at a discount.

Friday, October 28th ~ 1:00... Read Post
October 25th 2011

We're getting ready for Somerville Reads 2012 and we need your input! This time, instead of choosing just one book, we've decided to offer a choice of readings and programs on a single theme. Which of these topics would you most like to read about, learn about, and discuss as a community? VOTE! Somerville Reads Theme for 2012

Somerville Reads is a project that promotes literacy and community engagement by encouraging people all over the City to read and discuss books... Read Post
October 24th 2011

Our new Library Director Maria Carpenter (in the white shirt with the black belt) participates in Flashmob at Sunday's Somerstreet Fest!

September 29th 2011
What are you doing this Saturday afternoon at 2:00?  How about joining us at the Central Library for a free screening of Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster? Cinefantastique says, “This is one of the silliest but also one of the more amusing Godzilla movies. The goofiness of the enterprise somehow becomes part of the entertainment value, resulting in a likable, fun-filled, fast-paced movie that is totally incredible but quite watchable. The story begins with a family worried about a missing son.... Read Post