Library Services

September 22nd 2009
And I do mean action, as the Central Library's "Popcorn Movies" series concludes tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. with one of my favorites, The Incredibles! Amazon.com says, “From the Academy Award winning creators of Finding Nemo comes the action-packed animated adventure about the mundane and incredible lives of a house full of superheroes.  Bob Parr and his wife Helen used to be among the world's greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis.  Fifteen years later,... Read Post
September 10th 2009
On Tuesday, September 8th, in an address to America's schoolchildren, President Obama pointed out that the responsibility for educating young people is shared by teachers, parents, government, and - most importantly - by the students themselves.  While the President didn't mention libraries specifically, it's clear that they have a vital role to play in empowering students to fulfill their educational goals.  The following quote illustrates this: Don't be afraid to ask questions.  Don't be... Read Post
August 17th 2009
Starship Adventure logo

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
container of movie popcorn

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

June 4th 2009

The Library has added Mango Languages Database to our growing list of electronic resources.  This database can be used at the Library or from home.  Go to our database page and scroll down to Mango Languages to get started.

Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you're learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday... Read Post

May 28th 2009
man's hand holding red pencil, circling help wanted ad in newspaper

Our thoughts and good wishes are with all of you who have lost jobs as a result of the recession.  We're here to assist you to the extent possible, with resumé writing tips, job search help, and books such as these: Are You a Corporate Refugee?: a Survival Guide for Downsized, Disillusioned, and Displaced Workers by Ruth Luban 650.14 LU Diary of a Job Search: One Man's Journey from Unemployment to a New Career by Tim Johnston with Laura Lorber and Perri Capell 650.14 JO The Disposable... Read Post

May 26th 2009
We are now offering a new Museum pass to the House of Seven Gables, located in Salem, Massachusetts.  We will offer one pass per day and each pass will admit 4 people at half price.  Normal adult admission is $12.00 and child admission (5-12) is $7.25.  Please visit our website for more information on reserving museum passes at the library and feel free to book your pass online.  Salem is a great town to visit during the summer and the museum is also offering extended evening hours from July-... Read Post
April 29th 2009
Here's what the Library's book groups will be reading in the next few months.  New members are always welcome, so why not drop in some evening? Mystery Book Group (Central Library, Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.) May 6th: Sidetracked by Henning Mankell June 3rd: The Dead Hour by Denise Mina July 1st: All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming August 5th: The King of Lies by John Hart Book Group for Kids in Grades 4-6 (Central Library, Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.) May 12th: Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman June... Read Post
April 25th 2009
Like everywhere else in the country,  library use is up in Somerville. The Journal ran a great article this week on how people are turning to SPL to save money, look for jobs, or just simply enjoy themselves. The article highlighted some of SPL's numerous services: We have ESL classes that are packed--and in desperate need of fluent English speakers to help run classes (hint). If you need some one-on-one time with one of our  reference staff to help with (for example) a complicated research... Read Post
April 9th 2009
3 DVD covers: Mystic Pizza, The Verdict, Fever Pitch

We're staying local for our upcoming film series - all of the movies we're showing feature a New England setting. From the streets of Southie, to rural Maine, to Fenway Park, to the Connecticut seacoast, we hope you'll enjoy these films.

Thursday, April 9th: Mystic Pizza Wednesday, April 22nd: The Verdict Thursday, May 14th: Fever Pitch Wednesday, May 27th: Mystic River Thursday, June 11th: Next Stop Wonderland Wednesday, June 24th: The Cider House Rules

All films will be shown... Read Post

March 24th 2009
One of the greatest services SPL offers is interlibrary loan--and I'm not referring to getting books from other Minuteman Libraries. If a book (or DVD, or CD, or music score etc.) isn't available at any of Minuteman's 41 libraries, our ILL librarians can probably get it for you, nevertheless. It doesn't matter if what you want is in a library in Brattleboro, VT, or Pocatello, Idaho, they can usually find a way to get it here. A couple of weeks ago I read an article in The Guardian about... Read Post
March 16th 2009
Many of you probably saw this morning's Globe article about libraries being decertified due to budget cuts. It's a shame: decertification means a library loses its financial assistance from the state and loses borrowing privileges from other libraries, which is a major blow to patrons in communities with small libraries (and therefore small collections). Luckily, that's not the case with Somerville--we've been approved for state aid for the next fiscal year, so not only can we continue... Read Post
March 14th 2009
piggy bank with leather belt tightened around middle

The Boston Globe recently selected Wrentham resident Joanna McFarlane as their Most Frugal New Englander (she won the contest they sponsored) and have published 14 of her money-saving tips.  Tips #1 and #2 are library-specific:

Find free kids' events: Rather than paying for entertainment, see whether your local library hosts free children's storytime or playtime.  McFarlane takes her children, Isabella, 2, and Catherine, 6 months old, to their library's weekly free half-hour children's... Read Post
March 12th 2009
Are you interested in helping people learn English? Are you reliable, adaptable, welcoming, and friendly? Are you free on Tuesday evenings? You may be just the person we’re looking for! We're seeking volunteers for our ESL classes at the Main Library on Highland Ave.  English classes at the library are informal, fun, and popular! But they can only happen with the help of dedicated volunteers. If you want to be part of this important library program, please stop by any of our locations and fill... Read Post
March 2nd 2009
We're open today, if you really want to venture out in the snow. Please note that there will be no English classes at the East Branch tonight. Stay warm and drive carefully!

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