Library Technology

June 5th 2017

Did you know that you can borrow eBooks and audiobooks from the library for FREE? You’re reading a library blog so the answer to that question might be “yes,” but we think it’s a fact worth repeating. Speaking of downloading eBooks from the library… Overdrive* has just released a spiffy new app called Libby. You can download Libby from the App store, Google play, or Microsoft. We’ve been tinkering with it at the Central branch, and are happy to report that the new app is great! If you’ve... Read Post

May 24th 2016
Our latest staff profile is of Heidi, our Technology Librarian extrordinaire. Heidi says, "I deal with technology issues at all three library locations.  I fix things when they get broken, and I also order and set up new tech equipment from computers, to scanners, to WiFi paraphernalia and more.  I offer one-on-one technology training to our patrons, and collaborate with SCATV to provide a series of classes called Getting Comfortable in the Digital World.  I work on technology programming too... Read Post
April 20th 2016
Are you thinking about purchasing an iPad? Do you like to sit and scroll through your Facebook feed, check e-mail or just plain surf the internet? Well, now you can check out an iPad air from your local library! Somerville has 3 iPad's to circulate along with a WiFi Hotspot (if you don't have WiFi at home). You can take one out or sit and use it in the library! If your interested, grab your library card and just go to the Reference, Teen or Children's desk to pick one up! If you have questions... Read Post
April 11th 2016
Did you know that you can check out an e-book for free from your library and download it to your Ipad or kindle fire? A whopping 40% of people don't know they can check out an eBook from their library! So instead of spending all that money on, you can get all the books for free, by signing into Overdrive using your library card. Overdrive has audio books & eBooks! This is just another way libraries are moving along with the times and providing you more ways to access information... Read Post
February 1st 2016
December 22nd 2015
Is online privacy important to you? Worried that someone will hack into your account, or worse steal all your credit card and personal information? If so, you should practice internet security. A very important, part of internet security is choosing the right password. So, how do you choose the right password? Well first off, 1. A password should be between 8-12 characters long. 2. Does not contain a solid word (especially not your name, username or company name!) 3. Must be different from... Read Post
September 2nd 2015
Did you know that the Somerville Public Library and SCAT TV have a combined membership? That's right, two of your favorite community places sharing spaces! This combined membership includes technology instruction classes, specifically focused on media, which will be starting in October on the third Tuesday of every month! The first class will be on Social Media 101,  Using your Smartphone and Digital Storytelling. So come join your favorite library at SCAT TV! If your interested, call Heidi... Read Post
August 12th 2015
Joseph Agilata, a student at MGhightech on Central street in Somerville, plans to speak at the Somerville Public Library on August 20th at 7PM about Online privacy. His main focus will be on why we should care about online security. Some people figure, oh well, who cares if someone else see's all my e-mails? The truth is, someone can hack your identity easily just by finding out info like your e-mail account. Joe is currently obtaining his CISCO certification, where he will graduate in the... Read Post
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
June 16th 2015
There are so many different types of e-readers; it’s hard to know which one is right for you. First off, you have the Amazon Kindle, the nook, Kobo, Sony reader and of course the multi-functional IPad. So, how do you choose? Questions to ask yourself before your purchase: How do I want the screen to look? Color or just black and white Battery Life- Do I need a long lasting battery? Weight/size – Will I be lugging this thing around town with me? How many books will I be downloading? Will I... 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
July 2nd 2014
Fun ideas for the kids' electronics all summer long

As we get into the lazy days of summer and our kids clamor for electronic time between trips to the beaches, mountains, parks, etc. it’s a good time to think about the media that our kids are using. I’ve found a couple of websites to be great sources of information so I know what my kids want to get into when they say “but all the other kids are on that website” (insert whining): Common Sense Media is a national organization led by... Read Post
June 27th 2014
Enjoy movies, music, and ebooks all summer long from your library


On the go or at home, you can access all kinds of fun stuff from the library, for free! Do you love music? If so, you can download music from the Sony music library through Freegal. Listen to all your favorite artists all summer long! How about movies? Anyone? Soon we will be offering Hoopla which allows you to stream movies, music and audiobooks to your mobile devices. Since we don’t have this yet, I would... Read Post