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October 21st 2009
Halloween will soon be here...why not get into the spirit of the holiday? Sure, I imagine most of you have carved your pumpkins, or put some skulls in the windows, but that's just scratching the surface of the ideas that Halloween lovers have shared on the Internet. Over at The Art of Darkness there's a tutorial for making mummified fairies and a great little how-to on putting together a Mad Hatter costume. If you want to get really creative with home decor, the guys at Make magazine can show... Read Post
October 19th 2009
The Friends of the Library are holding their fall book sale this week at the Central Library. You can get incredibly good deals on new and used books, movies, and music 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. Thursday, October 22nd, 5 - 8 pm (Book Sale Preview, for members of the... Read Post
October 2nd 2009
Cold and flu season is upon us, blah blah blah. No, I'm not going to scold you about washing your hands and getting your shots, I'm here to talk about soup.  Homemade soup.  Did you know that people have thought since ancient times that soup has medicinal value?  And that today, scientific evidence supports this belief?  That's right, soup nourishes the body, eases congestion, replaces fluids lost to dehydration, and may even possess anti-viral properties.  And if you make it right, it... Read Post
September 29th 2009
Approach by the side gate (to the right of the main entrance as you're facing the building.) Things look a little messy out front, but don't worry, just go in....
September 29th 2009
Are you interested in helping people to learn English? Are you reliable, adaptable, welcoming, and friendly? You may be just the person we’re looking for! English classes at the Library are informal, fun, and popular - but they can only happen with a core group of dedicated volunteers. We're looking for people who can make a weekly commitment, who can arrive at the East Branch Library on Mondays just before 6:00 p.m., and who have staying power, since our wonderful students grow to rely on... Read Post
September 28th 2009
The East Branch Library is closed today due to ramp construction at the front of the building.  Tonight's ESL classes have been canceled.  The East Branch will remain closed until further notice.  We hope to reopen shortly, and will keep you posted.
September 22nd 2009
And I do mean action, as the Central Library's "Popcorn Movies" series concludes tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. with one of my favorites, The Incredibles! says, “From the Academy Award winning creators of Finding Nemo comes the action-packed animated adventure about the mundane and incredible lives of a house full of superheroes.  Bob Parr and his wife Helen used to be among the world's greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis.  Fifteen years later,... Read Post
August 18th 2009
If you've ever felt bewildered, frustrated or merely unsatisfied by the morass of links thrown on-screen during a Google search, you might try consulting the Librarians' Index to the Internet.  Librarians working with LII pick trustworthy websites on different topics and organize them into easily browsable categories and subcategories.  Subjects range from aesthetics and albinism to taxes and textiles.  One easy way to sample what's available is to go to a category and check out the links in... Read Post
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

August 11th 2009
Arline Young's origami workshops at the Central Library have been rescheduled as follows: Monday, August 24th, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 27th, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, August 31st, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. All materials will be provided, and all ages and experience levels are welcome.  Please register at the desk in the Audio-Visual room, or by calling (617) 623-5000 x2936.  These free programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library - we hope you can come.
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 29th 2009
Here's what the Library's book groups will be reading in the next few months.  New members are always welcome, so why not drop in some evening? Mystery Book Group (Central Library, Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.) May 6th: Sidetracked by Henning Mankell June 3rd: The Dead Hour by Denise Mina July 1st: All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming August 5th: The King of Lies by John Hart Book Group for Kids in Grades 4-6 (Central Library, Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.) May 12th: Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman June... Read Post