Events

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
September 16th 2011
Do you have a skill or passion you would like to share?  If so, consider putting on a program at the library.  People have come in to teach courses or workshops on topics ranging from origami to urban wildlife to watercolor painting.  Musicians have put on concerts.  Political groups have held meetings to discuss pressing issues. Our only requirements for a program are that it be free, open to the public, and take place during library hours. Anyone interested in putting on a program for... Read Post
August 4th 2011
Join us at the Central Library this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. for August's family film, The Parent Trap.

Amazon.com says, “Hayley Mills is the two-fer star of this original version of the 1961 Disney comedy. The young actress plays twin sisters originally unaware of each others' existence and who later determine to bring their divorced parents together again by secretly trading places. Brian Keith and Maureen O'Hara bring some adult legitimacy to their roles as the wary parents, Joanna... Read Post
July 28th 2011
On Tuesday, August 2nd, the Friends of the Library invite you to attend their Somerville Public Library Benefit at Flatbread Company (45 Day Street in Davis Square.) Every pizza purchased between 5:00 and 11:30 p.m. helps the Friends support programs for children and adults at the library, including the museum pass program. Flatbread will donate $3.50 for every large pizza and $1.75 for every small pizza sold, even if the pizza is to go. But why not stay for some bowling (Flatbread used to... Read Post
July 25th 2011
Here's a link to the August issue of our snazzy new electronic newsletter. Read all about the benefit the Friends of the Library are hosting at Flatbread Pizza Company, the Summer Reading Club Awards Ceremony featuring storyteller Doria Hughes, the August entries in our two film series, shadow puppetry, yoga for kids, The Red Pyramid, Kidstock, Nature in the City, and more! If you'd like to receive future issues by email, send a message to ejacobs [at] minlib.net.
July 19th 2011


On Thursday at 3:00 p.m., kids 5 and older are invited to the West Branch for a workshop on Calligraphy and Chinese Characters presented by Chinese Culture Connection. Chinese characters incorporate meaning and sound, as well as visual images into a coherent whole. Through demonstration and explanation of the origin of Chinese characters and its pictograph-based development, participants will gain the knowledge to appreciate the logic of Chinese language and learn to write... Read Post
July 12th 2011
This Thursday is going to be unusually busy at the Libraries. Here's what we have planned in addition to our regular Thursday programs (Storytime for 3 to 5 year olds at Central at 11:00 a.m. and ESL classes at the West Branch at 6:00 and 7:15 p.m.)

Kidstock presents Jack & Jill & the Beanstalk
2:00 p.m. at the Central Library
For many years, Kidstock has been coming to the Library in the summer, offering a unique chance for kids and families to see children... Read Post
July 8th 2011
We hope you'll join us at the Central Library this Saturday at 2:00 p.m., for July's Family Film, Labyrinth. Amazon.com says, “Sarah (a teenage Jennifer Connelly) rehearses the role of a fairy-tale queen, performing for her stuffed animals. She is about to discover that the time has come to leave her childhood behind. In real life she has to baby-sit her brother and contend with parents who don't understand her at all. Her petulance leads her to call the goblins to take the baby away, but... Read Post
July 7th 2011


This summer, Groundwork Somerville is hosting three nature-based workshops at the East Branch Library for children ages 5 and up. Children are invited to explore the natural world right outside the library! Each program will include outdoor activities, games, reading projects, and a snack, all relating the week’s featured “critter”. Space is limited and registration is required for each session, so call or come in to the East Branch to register!

Join us today at 3 p.... Read Post
July 6th 2011
Tonight at 7:00 p.m. the Mystery Book Group will meet at the Central Library to discuss a masterpiece of the genre: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie.

Featuring Hercule Poirot, the dandified Belgian detective with the formidable "little grey cells," Death on the Nile begins with a classic love triangle. Passionate Jacqueline de Bellefort is dumped by her boyfriend Simon Doyle, who proceeds to marry her best friend, wealthy Linnet Ridgeway. Rather than licking her wounds in... Read Post
July 5th 2011
Eco-Explorers: Nature in the City
4:00 p.m. on July 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th and August 2nd & 9th

Each week for six weeks, members of Groundwork Somerville will introduce a nature topic and project that will enable kids to explore nature and wildlife in their neighborhood, including: birds, seeds/parts of a plant, flowers, trees, and insects, culminating with a walk to the Somerville Growing Center for the last session. Snacks will be provided.

Limited to 12... Read Post
June 21st 2011
The 2011 Statewide Summer Reading Adventure kicks off at the Central Library on Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Join us as Animal World Experience presents their newest program, "Global Safari"! This program, developed for the 2011 summer reading theme “One World, Many Stories,” takes children and adults alike on a journey across the globe. We will encounter several animals (maybe the adorable Russian Tortoise pictured here?) and discuss where they are native to and their importance to the... Read Post
June 10th 2011


On Monday, June 13th at 6:30 p.m., Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop, will be at the Central Library to give a talk on rare books. He'll also estimate the value of books brought by members of the audience. Please come early to settle in.

Kenneth Gloss has made numerous appearances on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow and WBZ Radio. He regularly speaks at libraries, historical societies, and other public and private organizations throughout New England. Ken’s... Read Post
June 3rd 2011
The Central Library is hosting two fun events this weekend. On Saturday at 2:00 p.m., join us for this month's Free Family Film, Black Beauty. We're showing the 1994 version, directed by Caroline Thompson and starring Sean Bean, David Thewlis, and Jim Carter. The Allmovie Guide says, "The fourth screen adaptation of Anna Sewell's classic novel is, in some ways, the most faithful and accomplished. Screenwriter and director Caroline Thompson recounts the life of Black Beauty, an aging,... Read Post
May 19th 2011
This Saturday, May 21st, from noon-6pm, the Somerville Arts Council is kicking off what I hope will be an annual celebration of live music with PorchFest.  Across the city, people are offering up their porches to musicians representing genres from "brooding pop and rock-folk" to "killer blues/roots rock guitar" to "cosmic americana, experimental, shapeshifting, psychedelic" and the more recognizable 'bluegrass' and 'jazz.'  To sample what is certain to be some memorable live music, all you need... Read Post

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