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January 15th 2016
It's an  election year. Candidates are saying a lot of things to get people's votes, which means many of them are, to be blunt, lying. How do you know what to believe? How do you sort fact from fabrication? Surprisingly, the Internet can actually help if you go to the right places. Factcheck.org is just what it sounds like: a website devoted to finding the truth behind politician's statements, misleading headlines, and viral rumors. Factcheck is published by the Annenberg Public Policy Center... Read Post
December 28th 2015
Now that I think about it, this blog post title sounds like it should be the name of a kid's book--the If You Give a Pig a Pancake for the automated warfare age. But seriously, drones were one of the most popular gifts this Christmas. And anyone who owns a drone has to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration--even if it's tiny, and even if you're not using it to attack people. So, to register your drone, go here. And somebody out there go write that kid's book.
December 9th 2015
Income inequality: it's one of the most troubling issues we face. A presidential candidate has made it the focus of his campaign. Two years ago a book on the issue made a French economist into a media rock star. Even some billionaires are worried about it.  You may think it's something only the federal government can address, but as a Speaker of the House from this area famously said, "All politics is local," so go to the Alderman's chambers in City Hall tomorrow night to share your concerns... Read Post
November 20th 2015
Two copies of the Union Square Neighborhood Plan and the draft Fiscal Impact Analysis of Union Square and Boynton Yards are available at the library for public review and comment. The city Department of Planning and Zoning is accepting public feedback through noon of December 31. Their email address is planning@somervillema.gov. Other contact information is available on their home page. The documents are in the upstairs reading room at the Central Library on the shelf beneath a window near the... Read Post
October 29th 2015
Wondering what to do on the upcoming weekend? The Friends of the Library  Book Sale starts at noon on Friday at the Central Library. It continues through Sunday. If you've got kids to entertain you could take them to the East Branch at 3 pm Friday for festive snacks and craft-making with their ever-so-much-fun children's librarian Meghan Forsell. The Boston Calendar has a list of events occurring this Saturday, many Halloween- themed, others not. And if you just feel like curling up with a... Read Post
October 1st 2015
In light of ongoing national conversations surrounding this topic, the City of Somerville invites residents to share their experiences, concerns, and ideas on race and racism in a new round of its Community Conversations Series beginning on Monday, October 5th. Organized by the Office of Health and Human Services, ‘conversations' will be held in each of the City's seven wards. Residents are invited to join these small-group discussions to share their experiences and learn from their neighbors... Read Post
September 11th 2015
Just a reminder: technology instruction classes at Somerville Community Access Television (90 Unions Square) start next month. Whether it's computer basics, getting the most out of your smart phone, or something else you want to know, instructors Erica Jones of SCATV and Heidi Downing of SPL are available to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment, go here.
September 10th 2015
Thank you for your patience.
September 9th 2015
We've had to close the East Branch Library due to an issue with the air conditioning. We apologize for the inconvenience and will let you know as soon as the branch opens again. In the meantime, lots of library goodness (and coolness!) is available at both the Central Library and the West Branch - please stop in!
August 31st 2015
As you may know, the West Branch Library is going to be renovated and we'd like to get community input on the design that's currently under consideration. Please take a few minutes to check out the website and leave your comments - we appreciate your efforts to help us make a West Branch that will serve the Somerville community well! You can view the plans by clicking here.
August 17th 2015
..and if, like many residents of the Boston area, you don't have air conditioning, it's hot inside as well. Here are some tips from the CDC on keeping yourself and people you care about safe in hot weather. Greatist has a list of tricks for cooling down on hot summer nights. Lifehacker.com explains how to cool off by using low-tech ways to lower your body temperature. Want to get out of the house? Consider one of these local swimming pools.
August 11th 2015

You might already know about Hoopla, the online service that allows you to instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your Somerville Library card.  But did you know that the service just keeps getting better and better?  Now you can even download and read comic books on Hoopla, including titles from DC (The Dark Knight, The Flash, Wonder Woman) and Vertigo (Sandman, V for Vendetta, Fables)  There are tons of others too, including comics for kids (Adventure... Read Post

July 20th 2015
Let's face it. It's too hot to cook. Too darn hot, as Cole Porter would say. Below are some links to recipes ideal for the hottest days of summer, most of which require little or no cooking: Weeknight Summer Dinners from the Food Network. Hot Weather Meal Ideas from the Good People at Pinterest. Recipes for Hot Weather Eating from The Kitchn. And my personal favorite, Mark Bittman's Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less.
July 2nd 2015
Just a reminder.
May 22nd 2015
Sign up for Free Technology Instruction at the Somerville Public Library!  Book a half hour one-on-one lesson for any technology device or program: • Setting up an email account • Introduction to Facebook • The Internet • Microsoft Office • Applying for a job online • Using a laptop/computer • Smartphone • eReader • Tablet To schedule an appointment, call Heidi Downing, Technology Librarian, at 617-623-5000 x2920, or email her at hdowning@minlib.net.

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