Library Services

July 21st 2015
I recently met with a young patron of the library who was trying to learn the Ins and Outs of Microsoft Excel. He was using Windows Live to learn the program. If you know Windows Live, you also know you need internet access to use it. This particular patron didn't always have internet access. He told me that his mom didn't want to pay for Microsoft Office, so I suggested downloading Open Office onto his laptop. Sure enough, once he downloaded the program, he started practicing and using Excel... Read Post
July 21st 2015
Here are a few more stories you've shared with us about how the Library has affected you: I am a life-long library goer, but it is only recently that I have really dug into the amazing resources available to me through my local library in Somerville. Six months ago, I started a blog about Somerville's history. The library's archive of Somerville Journal newspapers (going back to the late 1800s) has been invaluable and the librarians have been extremely helpful, showing me how to use the card... Read Post
July 16th 2015
As promised, here's another tale of library love, recently submitted by a Somerville Library user.  We've been absolutely delighted by the stories you've been submitting and would love to hear more.  If  you would like to share your story (and qualify for a chance to win a $25 gift card) email Glenn Ferdman, Director of Libraries, or click here to fill out a short online form.  You can also fill out a paper form at any SPL location.  Thank you! The public library has been a crucial part of my... Read Post
July 14th 2015
Last week we asked you to share your stories of how the Library has impacted your life or the life of a loved one.  Over the last few days we've received some amazing responses, and they're too good to keep to ourselves.  Here's one for a start, and we'll post more soon! When I was a senior in Somerville High School in 1957, I applied for a job as a librarian in the Somerville Public Library on Highland Avenue near the high school.  I was hired part-time to help repair the plastic covers of... Read Post
May 22nd 2015
Sign up for Free Technology Instruction at the Somerville Public Library!  Book a half hour one-on-one lesson for any technology device or program: • Setting up an email account • Introduction to Facebook • The Internet • Microsoft Office • Applying for a job online • Using a laptop/computer • Smartphone • eReader • Tablet To schedule an appointment, call Heidi Downing, Technology Librarian, at 617-623-5000 x2920, or email her at hdowning@minlib.net.
August 8th 2014
Hoopla is here! We are delighted to offer this new service that allows Somerville patrons free access to thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, and audiobooks for mobile devices and computers. To start using Hoopla, download the free digital mobile app on your Android or iOS device or visit hoopladigital.com. Then, begin enjoying titles from major Hollywood studios, record companies, and publishers. Titles can be borrowed for instant streaming or for temporary downloading to... Read Post
April 1st 2014
May multitudes rejoice!
March 27th 2014
Thanks to our great new technology librarian! We'll let you know when wifi is working again. Stay tuned...
March 25th 2014
And our primary public printer is not working. However, the printer attached to the 15-minute express is functional and available. We are working on these problems, and will let you know when everything is up and running.
March 9th 2014
A recent survey from Central Connecticut State University survey ranked Boston as the eighth most literate large American city. The survey considers the library system as one factor that contributes to overall literacy. On a related note, the Boston Public Library system has opened a new East Boston branch.  Robert Campbell of the Boston Globe writes of it: "As you watch tweens polishing their computer skills by playing video games, teens learning bike repair, elders stopping by for a bit of... Read Post
March 7th 2014
Check out staff suggestions in the Teen Room's Women's History Month display.

by Eileen and Sujei March is Women’s History Month, and teens can find plenty of inspiration in the stacks of the SPL. Understanding the impact and achievements women have had in many fields - science, the arts, politics, religion, to name a few - is important for not only girls but also boys to keep in mind. What these women have accomplished have enhanced and enriched the lives of both men and women, boys... Read Post
January 15th 2014
Yesterday's Boston Globe had a front page story on tiktaalik, a 375-million-year-old fish with limb-like fins and larger than average pelvic bones. Tiktaalik is of particular interest to scientists studying how animals transitioned from life in water to life on land in ancient times. If you would like to see a skeleton of this famous creature, along with a realistic-looking model of what it may have looked like in life, look no further than the Harvard Museum of Natural History, right next door... Read Post
July 3rd 2013
Introducing our latest database, Freegal! Freegal is a downloadable music service that offers access to about 3 million songs from over 10,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. All you need is your library card number and PIN! You can search by keyword, artist, or album or use the advanced search page. You can also browse artists A to Z, see genre lists in dozens of... 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
June 7th 2013
We're so pleased to announce that we have a new museum pass available for Somerville residents - the Boston Harbor Islands! Just a short ferry ride from Long Wharf gets you to the islands, and once you're there you'll find it hard to believe that you're so close to the City. Having personally spent many happy days on the islands, I can highly recommend them. You can picnic under the trees or explore the Civil War era fort on George's Island, relax on the beach on Lovell's or Spectacle... Read Post

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