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November 21st 2011
This time of year the mind turns naturally to feasting, but it's always "turkey this" and "turkey that." Pork simply does not get its due. As a corrective, we offer tonight's Monday Night Movie, A Private Function. Rovi (foremerly the All Movie Guide) says, “A British couple's attempts to circumvent local food-rationing regulations trigger a chaotic series of events in this satirical comedy set in post-World War II England. The couple's scheme centers on a massive hog which has been... Read Post
November 16th 2011
Our new series, "Meet, Mingle, Read" kicks off at the Central Library on Saturday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m. as we delve into the history of diners, sample yummy diner food, and welcome Larry Cultrera, author of Classic Diners of Massachusetts (The History Press). The Commonwealth of Massachusetts was birthplace to the burgeoning "night lunch wagon" manufacturing industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These horse-drawn food carts eventually evolved into classic... Read Post
November 9th 2011
The landscape of literary magazines can be overwhelming. With over 600 journals on the market, how does a writer know where to submit work? Is it better to aim for prestigious journals and hope to catch the eye of literary agents? Or is it better to submit to journals with high acceptance rates? Should writers submit to dozens of journals at once or focus on a specific journal? What are the advantages of publishing online? Which editors give writers feedback on their work? What should go... Read Post
November 7th 2011
Somerville's having a municipal election tomorrow, so the East Branch will be closed (it's being used for polling, though.) We'll reopen on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. In the meantime, get out there and vote! All the election information you need is right here: you can preview your ballot, find out about registering to vote, where your polling place is, and more. See you at the polls!
November 3rd 2011
Join us as we welcome Too Human for an evening of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.

Too Human is an acoustic music act with vocals, guitar, percussion and upright bass. They perform jazz standards as well as their own originals. The program will include some of the great feeling songs from the American Songbook of the 20s, 30s and 40s such as Pennies From Heaven, It Had To Be You, Nice Work If You Can Get It, All of Me, Sentimental Journey, and others.

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October 26th 2011


We waited all year and now it's here - the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale!

Don't miss out on this chance to get great deals on new and used books, movies, music, and more - 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.

Friday, October 28th ~ 1:00... Read Post
September 29th 2011
What are you doing this Saturday afternoon at 2:00?  How about joining us at the Central Library for a free screening of Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster? Cinefantastique says, “This is one of the silliest but also one of the more amusing Godzilla movies. The goofiness of the enterprise somehow becomes part of the entertainment value, resulting in a likable, fun-filled, fast-paced movie that is totally incredible but quite watchable. The story begins with a family worried about a missing son.... 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!
September 7th 2011


This summer the children of the Somerville Arts Council's Art in the Garden program wrote and illustrated stories inspired by their garden adventures. The stories are on display in the Children's Room through Oct 1st.

The activity was organized by Regina Hansen, a 2011 Artist Fellow in Literature, and was made possible by the Somerville Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
August 4th 2011
Join us at the Central Library this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. for August's family film, The Parent Trap.

Amazon.com says, “Hayley Mills is the two-fer star of this original version of the 1961 Disney comedy. The young actress plays twin sisters originally unaware of each others' existence and who later determine to bring their divorced parents together again by secretly trading places. Brian Keith and Maureen O'Hara bring some adult legitimacy to their roles as the wary parents, Joanna... Read Post
July 28th 2011
On Tuesday, August 2nd, the Friends of the Library invite you to attend their Somerville Public Library Benefit at Flatbread Company (45 Day Street in Davis Square.) Every pizza purchased between 5:00 and 11:30 p.m. helps the Friends support programs for children and adults at the library, including the museum pass program. Flatbread will donate $3.50 for every large pizza and $1.75 for every small pizza sold, even if the pizza is to go. But why not stay for some bowling (Flatbread used to... Read Post
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] minlib.net.
July 22nd 2011

Oy. The mercury is supposed to break 100 today and tomorrow won't be much better. If you don't have air conditioning, you are more than welcome to spend time at the library while we are open. Furthermore the cooling center at 167 Holland Street will be open until 8:00 pm tonight. A few years ago during another heat wave The Onion had some tips for staying cool. I can't remember the entire list, but my two favorites were: "Seal all doors and windows, and flood your house with iced tea," and "... Read Post

July 19th 2011


On Thursday at 3:00 p.m., kids 5 and older are invited to the West Branch for a workshop on Calligraphy and Chinese Characters presented by Chinese Culture Connection. Chinese characters incorporate meaning and sound, as well as visual images into a coherent whole. Through demonstration and explanation of the origin of Chinese characters and its pictograph-based development, participants will gain the knowledge to appreciate the logic of Chinese language and learn to write... Read Post
July 12th 2011
This Thursday is going to be unusually busy at the Libraries. Here's what we have planned in addition to our regular Thursday programs (Storytime for 3 to 5 year olds at Central at 11:00 a.m. and ESL classes at the West Branch at 6:00 and 7:15 p.m.)

Kidstock presents Jack & Jill & the Beanstalk
2:00 p.m. at the Central Library
For many years, Kidstock has been coming to the Library in the summer, offering a unique chance for kids and families to see children... Read Post

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