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June 3rd 2014
Books for Somerville Reads 2014 have arrived and are now available at all SPL locations! Somerville Reads is a project that promotes literacy and community engagement by encouraging people all over the City to read and discuss the same book. The book that has been selected for 2014 is Dark Tide: the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo. A companion children's book has also been selected: The Great Molasses Flood: Boston, 1919 by Deborah Kops. Both of these authors will be... Read Post
May 23rd 2014
At times our efforts to improve our health backfire. Overuse of antibiotics can help produce nastier, tougher bacteria strains.  Keeping a small child's surroundings too pristine could lead to allergies and asthma later on. And now it seems that antibacterial soap--a mainstay for many of us in the fight to stay healthy--is probably bad for us. Decades of studies have established that triclosan, a key ingredient in many antibacterials soaps, is no more effective than plain old soap and water in... Read Post
April 22nd 2014
None of us has as much money as we would like. And most of us don't do a great job of keeping track of what we have. Have you ever withdrawn some cash from an ATM and a day or two later found yourself wondering, where did it all go? The state of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Financial Literacy Trust want to make that feeling going away by helping you learn to manage your money better. The Money Conference: Financial Empowerment for Individuals and Families is a one-day annual workshop... Read Post
April 15th 2014
  Flags will fly at half mast around the City today in remembrance of the victims and families of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.  For details about support services available to community members on the one-year anniversary of these tragic events, click here. In Boston, a tribute ceremony for survivors and first responders will be held at the Hynes Convention Center at 12:00 p.m.  You can watch the ceremony online here.  Community members are also invited to gather along Boylston Street... Read Post
April 9th 2014
April 10th-13th is  the 14th annual  Boston National Poetry Month Festival, hosted primarily by the Boston Public Library in partnership with Tapestry of Voices and the Kaji Aso Studio. The Festival begins on Thursday evening, April 10th, with a program of Poetry, Music & Dance at Old South Church, produced by Berklee College of Music professor, Lucy Holstedt.  Friday, April 11, National Book Award winner David Ferry is just one of 15 prominent “Keynote Poets” reading in the Commonwealth... Read Post
April 4th 2014
            Based on values identified in SomerVision, Mayor Joe Curtatone invited residents to share their ideas for investing in four key areas: Public Health Arts and Culture Community Engagement and Immigrant Outreach Recreation The City held three Community Budgeting meetings and solicited ideas online.  Now, they've gathered all the ideas and need need your help to prioritize them! Click here to see the list of ideas that were generated by the community.  If you see an idea you... Read Post
March 13th 2014
You know how sometimes all you want to do is celebrate the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter?   Well tomorrow is the perfect day to do exactly that: it's March 14th, aka Pi Day! Here in Somerville there are a few events planned that should make this Pi Day the best one ever. Petsi Pies is having their annual Pi Day celebration.  Recite the digits of pi from memory and win free pie!  More digits = more pie!   Starts at 1:59 p.m. The East Somerville Community School is... Read Post
March 7th 2014
Check out staff suggestions in the Teen Room's Women's History Month display.

by Eileen and Sujei March is Women’s History Month, and teens can find plenty of inspiration in the stacks of the SPL. Understanding the impact and achievements women have had in many fields - science, the arts, politics, religion, to name a few - is important for not only girls but also boys to keep in mind. What these women have accomplished have enhanced and enriched the lives of both men and women, boys... Read Post
February 25th 2014
How much do I love astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson? Well for starters, I forgave him for the part he played in the demotion of Pluto. Why do I love Neil deGrasse Tyson?  One reason is because he's an eloquent advocate for science education (and for learning in general),  and a fierce warrior in the modern fight against ignorance.   Another is that he has such an abundant sense of what is wonderful in the universe and that he communicates that to anyone who is willing to listen.  Below are... Read Post
February 20th 2014
As part of our ALA/NEH sponsored series Muslim Journeys we are pleased to host a screening of the documentary Dear Bawa Muhaiyaddeen by filmmakers Kythe Heller and Peter McMurray. This event will take place on Thursday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Library. How can one film something that cannot be seen? Unlike traditional documentaries, which typically view religious experience as a metaphor for something else--whether socially or psychologically construed--this experimental... Read Post
January 21st 2014
The Somerville Public Library will be closing at 6 pm today. And the snow emergency begins at 3 pm today, which means residents who own cars have until 7 pm to move them to the odd-numbered side of the street or a city lot. More details here. Tuesday evening classes and city activities have been canceled. Somerville Public Schools are closed tomorrow. Stay warm.
January 10th 2014

First there was the news that the NSA was violating federal privacy rules thousands of times a year to monitor our online activity, phone calls and emails (and if you use a smartphone, you're basically doing the NSA's work for them). Then we found out that they were even monitoring online games. And that Bank of America employs full-time social media spies. Perhaps you think you don't have anything to fear from government or corporate surveillance. You're wrong. The Electronic Frontier... Read Post

January 2nd 2014
The Libraries will be closed on Friday, January 3rd due to, well this:

Stay safe everyone!