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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

January 5th 2009
After a much-needed holiday break, the ESL program is starting up again at all 3 locations. East Branch, 115 Broadway Starting Monday, January 5th Session 1: 6:00-7:00pm Session 2: 7:15-8:15pm Central Library, 79 Highland Ave - New day and time! Starting Tuesday, January 6th Session 1: 6:00-7:00pm Session 2: 7:15-8:15pm West Branch, 40 College Ave Starting Thursday, January 8th Session 1: 6:00-7:00pm Session 2: 7:15-8:15pm Students, come for any sessions you like! No pre-registration... Read Post
December 17th 2008
Starting in January of 2009, the Somerville Central Library will be offering daily passes to the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston. We will have one pass available per day, which will admit 2 people for $5.00 per person. The ICA aims to present the most significant national and international contemporary art to Boston audiences and includes many special exhibits throughout the year, appropriate for adults and families. The ICA also offers a performance theater, The Barbara Lee... 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

October 30th 2008
Last night, Dora St. Martin and Dee Morris  gave a combined lecture and multimediapresentation based on their book Somerville, Massachusetts: A Brief History. A packed house listened to Civil War music, learned about Somerville's role in the origins of the telephone, women's liberation (such as it was) in late nineteenth-century America and the changing landscape of the city over three centuries. If you're interested in learning more about Somerville history, we have several copies of their... Read Post
October 30th 2008
Vote button

Somerville Voting information can be found on the City's website here. If you are not sure where to vote you can enter your address here to find out this information.

Remember to Vote on Tuesday November 4th.

October 10th 2008
...then you've probably got some complaints about the Vista operating system.  New York Times writer Stephen Williams feels your pain--and he knows ways you can get some relief. Check out his October 8 article for tips on how make Vista run faster and more smoothly. If you're really ambitious you might want to walk away from Windows altogether. We've got a few books on Ubuntu--the free operating system from the people behind Linux. Do some reading: you might find  open-source software is for... Read Post
September 19th 2008
Are you unsure what to think about AIG? Are you baffled at the nationalization of the mortgage industry under a Republican administration? SPL has a few books that can clear things up. For starters, check out  Railroading  Economics: The Creation of the Free Market Mythology by  Michael  Perlman.  Or maybe it'll help to review another  financial meltdown:  Full Faith and Full Credit:  The Great S & L Debacle and Other Washington Sagas by L. William Seidman.   And if you feel  you need to... Read Post
September 10th 2008
Of course you are - everyone is. It's hard to tell who and what to believe amidst all the rhetoric, accusations, and claims. None of us has the time to research everything we hear, but luckily a couple of websites out there have done it for us. is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that monitors the factual accuracy of claims made in ads, interviews, news releases, speeches, and debates. It is updated daily. is similar, but includes the fun and entertaining... Read Post
July 30th 2008
Cover of book "Introducing Somerville: a Brief History"

Enter Somerville, a city packed with stories larger than itself, to salute a heritage that justifies the fierce pride of its citizens. Share a perch on one of Somerville's celebrated hills with Dee Morris and Dora St. Martin and watch the raising of America's first flag and the stringing of its first telephone line. Strolling from neighborhood to neighborhood, this brief history knocks on the doors of everyone from the father of Fenway Park to Missy LeHand, Franklin D. Roosevelt's private... Read Post

July 11th 2008
One of the pleasures of living in Somerville is the availability of wonderful food--and I'm not just talking about the restaurants. Every Saturday through October 25 from 9 until 1, there's a farmer's market in Union Square offering fresh fruit (the plums are amazing), potted herbs, fresh-cut flowers, free-range meat. It's all local and it's all wonderful. And if you want to know more about why shopping at a local farmer's market is a good thing to do, consider reading one of these books:... Read Post
May 2nd 2008
kronosaurus skull

Just this: when you buy books (and other items like CDs and movies) at the Friends of the Somerville Public Library's book sale, the proceeds help to fund library programs, including the Museum Pass program. The particular big teeth pictured here belong to a fossil kronosaurus on exhibit at Harvard's Museum of Natural History. Harvard's Museum of Natural History is one of the many museums the Library offers passes to, so that Somerville residents can visit them for free, or at a substantial... Read Post