Library Services

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
February 24th 2012


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February 16th 2012
The Children's Room at the West Branch in Davis Square is beloved by children and caregivers alike.  The home of Babygarten, storytime, and the summer reading club, it's where children discover the joys of reading and serves as a valuable resource for parents and teachers as well. In the past three years circulation of children's materials from the West Branch has increased by 44%. Clearly Somerville Children and parents don't just love and appreciate the West Branch Children's department—they... 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 18th 2011
We're starting an exciting new monthly film series for kids on 1/2 day Wednesdays! Movies and popcorn are free! We've picked the first three movies, but we want you to pick the rest, so let us know what you want to see.

October 19th: The Karate Kid
Dre Parker finds himself in China after his mother's latest career move. He and classmate Mei Ying immediately fall for each other, but cultural differences make this friendship impossible. Even worse, his feelings make an enemy of... Read Post
September 27th 2011
Do you have any friends or relatives who need to get up to speed on computer basics (MS Word, using email, browsing the web)? Starting in October, Somerville Public Library will offer computer classes on Tuesday mornings, Thursday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. In our Basic Computer Skills class, attendees will learn how to use a mouse, how to use the library catalog, and become familiar with word processing programs. Dates and times: Oct. 11 at 11 am, Oct. 20 at 2 pm, Nov. 8 at 11 am,... Read Post
September 15th 2011
The bad news is that computers will not be available tomorrow morning in Wellington Hall (2nd floor of the Central Library) between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

The good news is the reason: we're installing several new computers! Come by soon and give them a try!
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]
June 13th 2011
We're going to start sending out an email newsletter soon!  If you'd like to be added to our mailing list, please send a message to ejacobs [at]
February 23rd 2011
In recent years a few libraries have stopped using the Dewey Decimal System, opting instead to organize their holdings bookstore-style. Last week The Chicago Tribune ran a short piece on one such library, the Rakow Branch of the Elgin (Illinois) Public Library.  "We can definitely say this appeals to people," branch director Margaret Peebles said. I can understand how some people are more familiar with bookstores than libraries, and how call numbers may seem confusing if you're unfamiliar with... Read Post
January 24th 2011
If you go the Minutemen search page you might notice that the catalog has been christened, "The Minuteman Classic Catalog," and underneath is a link to the "New Minuteman Catalog," which incorporates several of the more helpful features of web search engines into our OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog).* When you do a search on the new catalog it groups your results into types of media (books, DVDs, CDs), library locations,  and also accesses the database Academic OneFile for any articles on... 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
May 21st 2010
Did you know that the Somerville Public Library runs on less than 1% of the City's total budget? Annually, the Library spends less than the cost of one hard cover book per resident to make the entire Massachusetts public library system (370 libraries, networks, and regions) available to everyone in Somerville. These resources include books, movies and music, magazines and newspapers, free Internet access, online databases, friendly assistance from skilled, professional librarians, and much... Read Post
August 17th 2009
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Starship Adventure, the 2009 Statewide summer reading program, is drawing to a close. The East Branch is wrapping things up on Thursday, August 20th at 3:30 p.m. with a Celestial Celebration! Summer Reading Club participants will get their certificates of congratulation, raffle prize winners will be announced, space snacks will be served, and a Martian craft activity is planned - in short, fun will be had! The Central Library will also hold an end-of-summer bash for their summer reading club... Read Post

July 13th 2009
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The Central Library is showing free movies all summer, and so are the cities of Boston and Somerville! Popcorn Movies at the Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue: Monsters, Inc., Wednesday, July 22nd at 6:30 p.m. The Empire Strikes Back, Thursday, August 13th at 6:30 p.m. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Wednesday, August 26th at 6:30 p.m. Indiana Jones & the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Thursday, September 10th at 6:30 p.m. The Incredibles, Wednesday, September... Read Post