Library Services

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
December 29th 2010
Update to the info below: Games have moved to the auditorium, crafts are still in the Children's Room, and snacks are in both places. If I wasn't at the reference desk I'd be downstairs right now trying to get a game of Monopoly going... All this week the Children's Room at the Central Library is offering drop-in games, crafts, and snacks - stop by for some spur of the moment Boggle or Bananagrams, or make something cool to take home!
December 5th 2010
We would very much appreciate your input on Somerville Public Library facilities, services, and collections. It will only take a few minutes, and your opinion is very valuable to us as we plan for the future. Please click here to take the survey. Thanks!
November 29th 2010
November 23rd 2010
This morning the second half of the WBUR program On Point was devoted to the new Americas wing of the MFA, and a discussion of what makes American art American.  There will be a re-broadcast at 8 tonight, and shortly afterward you will be able to listen to it via streaming audio online. You can also read about the new galleries (and see photos) here on Better yet, go to the MFA and see for yourself. Admittedly, tickets to the MFA are pricey ($20 each for adults, $18 for students... Read Post