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November 22nd 2010
The holiday season is upon us once again, so from now through early January a lot of you are going to be guests or hosts at dinners, parties and dinner parties.  At the Central Library one of our book displays is of cookbooks with recipes suitable for both festive dining and wintry weather: classics such as Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and more recent titles such as Barbara Kafka's Roasting: A Simple Art, and  Martha Rose Shulman's Ready When You Are: A Compendium of... Read Post
September 2nd 2010
If you've been spending much time online or reading the news in dead-tree format, you've probably encountered the term "net neutrality." Some of you might not know what that means. But as Internet users, you should. Basically, it means the networks and companies that provide us access to the Internet don't restrict our access to content or sites, or limit the types of equipment we use or the ways we communicate. You pay your service fee and then you read what you want, visit what sites you want... 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
February 26th 2010
or know someone who is, the Census Bureau will be holding a job fair Monday, March 8th, at the Somerville Holiday Inn (30 Washington Street).  The Bureau needs large numbers of people to conduct the 2010 Census. Available positions include census takers, office clerks, and crew leaders. If you attend, be sure to bring with you a valid passport or driver's license and your birth certificate or a copy of your Social Security card.
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

July 3rd 2009
Green Careers Guide logo

One thing that the economic downturn has meant for us at the Library is that we've been seeing more and more people who are looking for jobs.  Here's a website that offers help if you're looking for a job in the growing field of green industry. Green Careers Guide is an online resource for people seeking careers within the wind, solar, and geothermal industries.  It's free and membership is not required.  On the site you'll find green job listings and best places to train for green jobs.  If... 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 15th 2009
West Branch library

This month our beloved West Branch in Davis Square is celebrating its 100th birthday.  If you've haven't been there yet, or even if you're a frequent visitor, now is a great time to get to know this lovely library better.

On Sunday, May 17th at 3:00 p.m., architectural conservator Sara Chase will give a talk entitled A Jewel in the Crown: the West Branch Library. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer period and a walk around the building to... 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 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 6th 2009
Three art cards by Rob Logan

All ages are invited to join us for an afternoon of creating and trading unique cards at the Central Library this Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. "If you can doodle, you can do it!” says Rob Logan, whose distinctive, quirky, colorful art has (literally) been a fixture at Redbones, the popular Somerville restaurant, for 10 years. Start with a blank 9-card template, add your art, have it laminated on the spot, and cut out the cards to keep, or to trade and collect. All materials will be provided -... Read Post

January 24th 2009
screenshot of Hyperhistory Online website

HyperHistory Online is a useful website that also happens to be a lot of fun.  I'll try to describe it, but I'm not sure how well I'll be able to communicate why it's so fascinating and addictive, so you should check it out for yourself. To quote from their own blurb, "HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps."  The key word there is "synchronoptic," meaning seeing... Read Post

January 7th 2009
Teri Garr, Gene Wilder, and Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein

The Central Library is having a free Comedy Film series this winter featuring some hilarious films you won’t want to miss! First up, on Thursday, January 8th at 6:30 p.m. is a classic - Young Frankenstein. says: "If you were to argue that Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein ranks among the top-ten funniest movies of all time, nobody could reasonably dispute the claim. Spoofing classic horror in the way that Brooks's previous film Blazing Saddles sent up classic Westerns, the movie is... Read Post

November 7th 2008
Thanksgiving food

It's not too soon to start panicking, I mean thinking about Thanksgiving. If you're planning to do some holiday cooking and need inspiration, you might want to try one of these: Jacques Pepin's Thanksgiving Celebration  DVD 641.568 JACQUES A Thanksgiving Holiday Cookbook by Emily Raabe J641.568 RA Thanksgiving 101: Celebrate America's Favorite Holiday with America's Thanksgiving Expert by Rick Rodgers 641.568 RO Thanksgiving: Festive Recipes for the Holiday Table by Kristine Kidd 641.568 KI... Read Post