April 26th 2011

The kickoff for Somerville Reads is this Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the East Branch Library. There will be lots to see and do - a dance performance, henna art, music, yummy food - but one of the things we're most excited about is the communal art project we have planned.

We're going to work together to create a paper immigration "quilt" that will tell the stories of the people who make up our City. Everyone is invited to make a square - or more than one - to... Read Post
April 20th 2011

Today at the Central Library at 11:00, join Dyan deNapoli, The Penguin Lady, for a program that's all about penguins! You'll learn about the biology and behavior of these amazing birds while participating in an interactive experience that's presented in a game-show format. The program is recommended for kids ages 7-12 and families.

Dyan deNapoli is a recognized penguin expert, educator, and author of the new book, The Great Penguin Rescue. After working closely with... Read Post
April 19th 2011

Tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Library, artist Sam Thompson will teach a free class on the art of watercolor painting for people age 17 and older. Class will also meet on April 26th.

Class size is limited 15 students. Please sign up and get a list of the supplies you'll need (also listed below) in the Audio-Visual room.

Watercolor Painting Supplies

* Tube Watercolors (“student”, inexpensive): Red,Yellow, & Blue (Orange & Green... Read Post
April 12th 2011
The Somerville Reads Blog is up and running.
April 7th 2011
Our 2nd annual Somerville Reads campaign kicks off at the East Branch Library on Saturday, April 30th at 2:00 p.m.! 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 is The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, a novel that deals with the experiences of the Ganguli family, Indian immigrants adjusting to a new life in America. Copies of the book are available for check... Read Post
March 29th 2011
This Thursday at 7:00 p.m., join Barry Pell at the Central Library for a cultural and photographic tour of Central Asia. Balancing his training in photography/photojournalism, his love of travel, and concern for the environment, Mr. Pell uses photography and interactive dialogue to educate people about the rich cultures and challenging lifestyles of developing nations. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. Barry Pell is a world traveler and photojournalist. He... Read Post
March 17th 2011
This Sunday at 2:00 p.m., staff from the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Habitat Education Center invite children ages 5-8 to the Central Library to learn all about reptiles and amphibians! We'll read a story together, meet some real reptiles and amphibians like snakes, turtles, and salamanders, and do some fun arts and crafts activities.

Space is limited to 25 children on a first come, first served basis.

This free program is funded by the Somerville Children's Network... Read Post
March 4th 2011
We've got another fantastic family film lined up for Saturday at 2:00 p.m.: The Iron Giant! says, “This gentle reworking of Ted Hughes's 1968 novella was the unseen gem of 1999. Hogarth, a young boy who lives in the Maine woods during the cold war, befriends a giant robot. As with E.T., the iron giant is a misunderstood outsider who becomes a child's best friend, and Hogarth does his best to hide the massive figure from his mom (voiced by Jennifer Aniston) and the local... Read Post
February 28th 2011
There's no doubt about it: we're fascinated by organized crime. Whether it's The Godfather, Goodfellas or The Sopranos, we can't get enough of books and dramas that claim to show us the mob from the inside, an alternative underground world with its own laws and loyalties. Citizen Somerville is the genuine article: the memoir of Bobby Martini, who grew up during the Irish Gang Wars of the 1960s. He describes what it was like to live in the crossfire of the violence that claimed 60 lives before... Read Post
February 18th 2011
The Libraries will be closed on Monday in observance of Presidents Day, but after that all systems are go!
On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., kids ages 7 and older are invited to join local crafter Kristy Medina at the Central Library to learn how to make beautiful, unique beads and bracelets out of paper. The program is limited to 15 kids on a first come, first served basis. It is free thanks to the generosity of the Somerville Children's Network.
The East Branch is offering a 2-part... Read Post
February 10th 2011
Making weekend plans? Here's what will be happening at the Central Library. Part 2 of The Maple Syrup Project, The Anatomy of a Tree, will take place on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Kids will learn the functions of the parts of a tree trunk, consider the human impact on trees in our neighborhoods, and explore ways to treat trees with respect. The program is limited to 15 kids (ages 6 - 9) on a first come, first served basis. The Somerville Maple Syrup Project is a joint project of Groundwork... Read Post
February 4th 2011
This February, Groundwork Somerville is offering a series of educational workshops for kids ages 6-9 at the Central Library on Saturdays at 11:00 am. Each session is limited to 15 kids on a first come, first served basis. February 5th: The Changing Seasons February 12th: Anatomy of a Tree February 19th: Legends and History of Sugar Making February 26th: Get Ready for the Big Boil Down! All participants, their friends, family, and neighbors are welcome to attend the Boil Down on Saturday... Read Post
January 20th 2011
This Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Library, Children's Technology Workshop presents Build-A-Bug! Kids will learn about simple machines, gears, and energy while working in pairs to construct a LEGO bug built from kits. They then attach motors to make their bugs move using energy generated from a hand crank and race their bugs. (Participants don’t take the LEGOS home, but a movie slide show of the event will be available for download). This program is recommended for kids 6-8 years old.... Read Post
January 14th 2011
Join us for the first Saturday Afternoon Family Film of 2011: Muppets from Space. Starring Gonzo, Kermit, & Miss Piggy; Rated G; 87 minutes says, “The film that answers the immortal question: what species is Gonzo? Kermit the Frog's curly-nosed friend feels alone in the world. When his breakfast cereal starts spelling out questions and he hears voices, Gonzo is convinced he must be from outer space, and his alien brothers are coming to earth. Of course, there are evil... Read Post
January 10th 2011
Tonight at 7:00 p.m., the Central Library kicks off its Monday Night Movies series with A Hard Day's Night. All Movie Guide says, "Using a variety of techniques cribbed from Hollywood slapstick comedies, the French "new wave" movement, and his own experiences as a TV-commercial director, Lester, with screenwriter Alun Owen, fashioned an exhilarating study of a "typical" 36 hours in the lives of the Fab Four. Onto a plot about getting to the Big Show on time are hung a series of instant-... Read Post