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April 7th 2011
Thanks to a generous donation from the Kiwanis Club of Somerville, the Children's Room at the Central Library is getting new furniture!

The Children's Room will be closed tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. while we put the furniture together and set it up.

We'll be sure to post pictures when it's all ready to go, but you should stop in and have a look yourself. Thank you Kiwanis Club!
March 29th 2011
This Thursday at 7:00 p.m., join Barry Pell at the Central Library for a cultural and photographic tour of Central Asia. Balancing his training in photography/photojournalism, his love of travel, and concern for the environment, Mr. Pell uses photography and interactive dialogue to educate people about the rich cultures and challenging lifestyles of developing nations. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. Barry Pell is a world traveler and photojournalist. He... Read Post
March 28th 2011
LIFT-Somerville will be at the Central Library this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to offer free tax preparation services to low-income individuals and families. Trained tax advocates will assist clients with preparing and submitting tax returns online, in addition to identifying eligibility for valuable tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Before coming you must schedule an appointment by calling (617) 591-9400. LIFT is part of the Volunteer Income Tax... Read Post
March 23rd 2011
Book Loving Boys is a website started by a book loving mom and educator in response to learning that less than half of all boys are proficient readers by fourth grade. This month, the Book Loving Boys blog names five "Literacy Champions" - organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting literacy.

Reach Out and Read

RIF (Reading Is Fundamental)

Book Dads

Books For Kids

The Reading Tub

These sites are treasures. They offer... Read Post
March 17th 2011
This Sunday at 2:00 p.m., staff from the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Habitat Education Center invite children ages 5-8 to the Central Library to learn all about reptiles and amphibians! We'll read a story together, meet some real reptiles and amphibians like snakes, turtles, and salamanders, and do some fun arts and crafts activities.

Space is limited to 25 children on a first come, first served basis.

This free program is funded by the Somerville Children's Network... Read Post
March 15th 2011
The news from Japan keeps getting worse. In the aftermath of the worst earthquake in the nation's history, 3,000 people are dead, thousands more missing, and an estimated half a million are homeless.  If you would like to help, what they need most is money--cash donations give aid workers the flexibility to purchase supplies to fill immediate needs. Fortunately making a cash donation is the easiest and quickest of all possible ways to help.  Here is a Christian Science Monitor article that... Read Post
March 4th 2011
We've got another fantastic family film lined up for Saturday at 2:00 p.m.: The Iron Giant!

Amazon.com says, “This gentle reworking of Ted Hughes's 1968 novella was the unseen gem of 1999. Hogarth, a young boy who lives in the Maine woods during the cold war, befriends a giant robot. As with E.T., the iron giant is a misunderstood outsider who becomes a child's best friend, and Hogarth does his best to hide the massive figure from his mom (voiced by Jennifer Aniston) and the local... Read Post
February 18th 2011
The Libraries will be closed on Monday in observance of Presidents Day, but after that all systems are go!
On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., kids ages 7 and older are invited to join local crafter Kristy Medina at the Central Library to learn how to make beautiful, unique beads and bracelets out of paper. The program is limited to 15 kids on a first come, first served basis. It is free thanks to the generosity of the Somerville Children's Network.
The East Branch is offering a 2-part... Read Post
February 10th 2011
Making weekend plans? Here's what will be happening at the Central Library. Part 2 of The Maple Syrup Project, The Anatomy of a Tree, will take place on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Kids will learn the functions of the parts of a tree trunk, consider the human impact on trees in our neighborhoods, and explore ways to treat trees with respect. The program is limited to 15 kids (ages 6 - 9) on a first come, first served basis. The Somerville Maple Syrup Project is a joint project of Groundwork... Read Post
February 2nd 2011
...as the storm rages on...stay safe, everyone.
January 11th 2011
Again with the snow! Due to expected severe weather the Libraries will be closed tomorrow.   The City will be operating with Emergency Staff only. For more information, visit the City's website or call 311.
December 30th 2010
The Libraries will close tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. and will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.  We'll be back in 2011.  Happy New Year, everyone!
December 29th 2010
Update to the info below: Games have moved to the auditorium, crafts are still in the Children's Room, and snacks are in both places. If I wasn't at the reference desk I'd be downstairs right now trying to get a game of Monopoly going... All this week the Children's Room at the Central Library is offering drop-in games, crafts, and snacks - stop by for some spur of the moment Boggle or Bananagrams, or make something cool to take home!
December 27th 2010
The Libraries are closed today, for the obvious reason.  We'll be back tomorrow and we'll see you then.  In the meantime, stay warm and/or get out and enjoy the snow!

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