Library Services

September 8th 2010
We have a great new film series kicking off this weekend: Saturday Afternoon Family Films.  Join us one Saturday per month for a cartoon, a feature film, and popcorn - all free!  Movie time is 2:00 p.m. and the schedule follows. We hope you can come!

September 11th: Swiss Family Robinson
Shipwrecked on a tropical island, a family makes a new home in the world’s coolest tree house and has lots of exciting adventures. Pirates! Ostriches! More!

October 9th: Abbott... Read Post
August 12th 2010
"Gogreen at your library," the Central Library's Summer Reading Club, wraps up tonight at 6:00 p.m. with a cooking demonstration by mother and son team Ellen and Walter Jacobs. Ellen and Walt will offer different suggestions for foods families can make together. Ingredients will include some veggies harvested from Ellen and Walt’s community garden plot and some purchased at the Davis Square Farmers’ Market. Recipes will be provided, and photos of the garden will be displayed. And after the... Read Post
August 11th 2010

Use this database to search full-text articles of Somerville's weekly local newspaper by keyword and date or browse articles in an issue. The date range for this database is 8/4/2005-current. To search back issues enter a date, i.e. 8/10/2006. A list of articles for that date will be provided divided by sections such as news, arts and police log. You can also click on the previous issue or the next issue from this page.

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July 8th 2010
Planning a summer vacation? The Library has books that can advise you on destinations near and far, familiar and exotic. The travel guide section breaks down like this: 914s: Europe 915s: Asia (including the Middle East) 916s: Africa 917s: North America (including the Caribbean)

917.3: the United States 917.4: New England 917.44: Boston 917.449: the Cape and Islands

918s: South America... Read Post

July 6th 2010
The Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born 103 years ago today in Mexico City. She's probably best known to Americans from the Salma Hayek movie Frida, but you owe it yourself to learn more about this remarkable woman and artist. The Christian Science Monitor has a short written piece on her and a video tribute to her work here. Her painting was heavily influenced by the Surrealist movement and by Mexican indigenous culture. Over a third of her 143 paintings are self-portraits. She once said, "I... Read Post
June 29th 2010
Can you believe it's already Summer Reading Club time again? This year's theme is Go Green, and the Library has lots of green fun planned at all three locations! A few highlights include: * stories, music, magic, comedy, and balloon animals with Jungle Jim at the West Branch on Wednesday, June 30th at 11:00 a.m. * a six-week garden club that will introduce you to the natural world right here in Somerville with Groundwork Somerville at the Central Library on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.,... Read Post
June 8th 2010
The Library has great CD collections, and we're adding to them all the time. Here's a small sampling of some of the new music we have for you to borrow. And as always, we're open to your suggestions - let us know what you'd like to see on the shelves! Pop She and Him, Volume Two Jason Derülo, Jason Derülo Broken Bells, Broken Bells Rock Jakob Dylan, Women and Country MGMT, Congratulations The White Stripes, Under Great White Northern Lights Jazz Norah Jones, The Fall Chris Botti, In Boston... 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
May 5th 2010
If you're looking for something to do, we have some fun programs coming up here at the Central Library. Tonight at 7:00 p.m., the Mystery Book Club is meeting to discuss Chance, by the late Robert B. Parker.  New members are always welcome, so why not stop in? Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., we'll be screening Delusions of Grandeur (La Folie des Grandeurs), an unjustly forgotten comedy classic by French director Gérard Oury.  The story is set in 17th-century Spain, where corrupt money-grubbing tax... Read Post
April 15th 2010
now has a website, thanks to the hard work of one of our long-time members!  The book club has been in existence for almost 10 years now, and the website will document all of the books we've read so far.  You'll also find short synopses of upcoming book selections, and (soon) a list of resources for readers who love mysteries. The club meets at the Central Library on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  At the next meeting, on May 5th, we'll discuss Chance by Robert B. Parker... Read Post
February 18th 2010
Did you know that the Central Library has been offering more and more programs for kids and families on Sunday afternoons? Upcoming events include: Monthly Stories and Crafts for kids ages 5 to 8 - February's program takes place this Sunday (the 21st) at 2:00 p.m. and will be all about space aliens! We'll read some cool alien stories and then make pipe cleaner aliens (pictured below.)  More story and craft programs are planned for March 21st, April 18th, and May 16th, all at 2:00 p.m.... Read Post
December 12th 2009
A little over a week ago, my colleague Ellen wrote a post recommending Dorling Kindersley Visual Guides. And rightly so: they're lavishly beautiful books. But if you read them you can see the text is a little--how shall I put this?--top-heavy with facts and a little lacking in personality. Contrast Dorling Kindersely's Animal with Thomas Morton's 1632 work The New English Canaan, a description of the flora and fauna (and natives and colonists) of New England in the first third of the... Read Post
November 16th 2009
Have you ever felt bereft upon realizing that you've read every last book by one of your favorite authors?  Let NoveList come to your rescue!  NoveList is an online tool that lets you use a favorite author or title as a template to locate other books you might like.  You can click on the "Author Read-alike" link to find authors whose books are similar to the novels your favorite author writes.  You can also look up a favorite book by title and then click on the "Find Similar Books" link in the... Read Post
October 19th 2009
The Friends of the Library are holding their fall book sale this week at the Central Library. You can get incredibly good deals on new and used books, movies, and music and show your support for the Library! Proceeds from the book sale help support library programs for adults and children, including the popular "museum membership" program which allows Somerville residents to visit local museums free or at a discount. Thursday, October 22nd, 5 - 8 pm (Book Sale Preview, for members of the... Read Post
September 29th 2009
Are you interested in helping people to learn English? Are you reliable, adaptable, welcoming, and friendly? You may be just the person we’re looking for! English classes at the Library are informal, fun, and popular - but they can only happen with a core group of dedicated volunteers. We're looking for people who can make a weekly commitment, who can arrive at the East Branch Library on Mondays just before 6:00 p.m., and who have staying power, since our wonderful students grow to rely on... Read Post