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May 25th 2010
The number of webpages and documents on the Web often seems more like a  curse than a blessing. There are probably at least 21 billion indexed web pages, which means that while what you want probably is out there, you might have a hard time finding it unless you're a skilled web searcher. Fortunately, Google (which for good or ill is the default search engine for most of us) offers a number of tools to make your search more precise. Narrow your search by file extension: Suppose you saw a Power... 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
May 5th 2010
If you're looking for something to do, we have some fun programs coming up here at the Central Library. Tonight at 7:00 p.m., the Mystery Book Club is meeting to discuss Chance, by the late Robert B. Parker.  New members are always welcome, so why not stop in? Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., we'll be screening Delusions of Grandeur (La Folie des Grandeurs), an unjustly forgotten comedy classic by French director Gérard Oury.  The story is set in 17th-century Spain, where corrupt money-grubbing tax... Read Post
April 29th 2010
Join us at the Central Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for an evening of film, video, and animation curated by Rinat Harel. The works that will be shown include: Holding This For You by Marissa Niederhauser Bath Time Follies and Dear Sister by Nicole Prowell Seahorse by Molly Allis Nafad (Arabic, Shake Off) by Katherine Toukhy & Rashin Fahandej Gladys Monterroso by Sara Alfaro-Franco Le Bain (The Bath) by Silas Shabelewska Palindrome by Eva Quintas Froufe and an experimental... Read Post
April 10th 2010
If you love basketball, books, or kids, you should to be at Rowes Wharf Sea Grille next Tuesday at five. The child literacy organization ReadBoston is holding a fundraiser featuring Jackie MacMullan talking about her book When the Game was Ours, which she co-wrote with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. ReadBoston's goal is to ensure that every child in Boston reads at grade level by the end of third grade. They're the people behind StoryMobile and Early Words. They also give kids free books to... Read Post
March 26th 2010
Haiti isn't in the news as much as it was in the days following January's earthquake, but the situation there is still dire. Many medical facilities are under serious strain attempting to accommodate the influx of patients. And it's not going to get better any time soon: the spring rains are on the way, and many of the camps housing approximately 600,000 Haitians are in areas at risk of flooding. Even without danger of being flooded out of their only shelter, Haitian survivors face other... Read Post
March 22nd 2010
Book Group for Kids in Grades 4-6 Saturday April 3, 2010 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM Join us for the first of three monthly book discussions for kids in grades 4-6. This month's book is The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brain Selznick. On Saturday, May 1st at 3:00 p.m. we'll discuss The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams On Saturday, June 5th at 3:00 p.m. we'll discuss When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead These discussions will be led by Mandy McCormick, who says: "Literature is love," or at least... Read Post
March 8th 2010
As a college student I'd often go to the library to work on a paper and then find creative ways to procrastinate: reading G. Gordon Liddy's unintentionally hilarious autobiography, leafing through the English edition of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia, trying to teach myself Hungarian....but my favorite was browsing in old magazines. It was fascinating to see what the editors of Newsweek put before their readers in 1958, or reading contemporary coverage of the Blitz in Time magazine. People with... 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.
February 18th 2010
Did you know that the Central Library has been offering more and more programs for kids and families on Sunday afternoons? Upcoming events include: Monthly Stories and Crafts for kids ages 5 to 8 - February's program takes place this Sunday (the 21st) at 2:00 p.m. and will be all about space aliens! We'll read some cool alien stories and then make pipe cleaner aliens (pictured below.)  More story and craft programs are planned for March 21st, April 18th, and May 16th, all at 2:00 p.m.... Read Post
February 3rd 2010
If the recent disaster in Haiti has piqued your interest in this country these Internet sites will introduce you to its history, geography and culture. World History Archives Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Haiti BBC News Country Profile- Haiti CIA World Factbook Wikipedia - Haiti Haiti before the earthquake.
January 15th 2010
All are invited to attend a community vigil and healing ceremony in honor of the victims of the Haiti Earthquake, to be held on Monday, January 18th (Martin Luther King Day) beginning at 7pm in the Somerville High School auditorium, located at 81 Highland Ave. Please join the City of Somerville for an evening of remembrance, and to express your thoughts and emotions about this tragic event.  All are welcome.
January 14th 2010
Our hearts go out not only to the people living in Haiti but also to Somervillian Haitians who have lost loved ones or are anxiously awaiting news about them.   Fortunately there are ways we can help. If you want to do something immediately, NPR has a list of organizations accepting donations via text message or online. The Huffington Post has a list of aid organizations and their activities as well--so you can even decide how you want to help, whether it's to provide food, buy mosquito nets,... Read Post
December 29th 2009
Hey everyone!  It's not too late to learn something new before the end of the year! Tomorrow (December 30th) at 11:00 a.m., you're invited to the East Branch Library (115 Broadway) for a presentation about the rainforest by The Creature Teachers.  8-10 rainforest animals - including a scarlet macaw, a toucan, a kinkajou, a red-eyed tree frog (like the little fellow at left), a giant toad, a boa constrictor, a tarantula, and a coatimundi - will be the teaching tools in this overview of... Read Post
November 11th 2009
Maybe you don't  personally know any veterans or actively deployed soldiers. But you do know that military service is hard, and often lonely and dangerous--and you want to do something to help. You have some options thanks to Soldiers' Angels. The organization began in 2003 when the mother of a soldier deployed to Iraq told her many soldiers in his unit were getting nothing from home: no cookies, letters, books--nothing. She decided to do something about that. 6 years later Soldiers' Angels... Read Post