News You Can Use

July 3rd 2013
Introducing our latest database, Freegal! Freegal is a downloadable music service that offers access to about 3 million songs from over 10,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. All you need is your library card number and PIN! You can search by keyword, artist, or album or use the advanced search page. You can also browse artists A to Z, see genre lists in dozens of... Read Post
June 25th 2013
The mercury's breaking 90 today and it's going to be almost as warm through the weekend.  Here are some tips to make the next few days a little more comfortable. Cooking can make an already hot kitchen unbearable, so check out this link to Mark Bittman's 101 recipes ready in fewer than ten minutes. Longtime readers of this blog probably recall that I've posted this link before, but there's always something on it I haven't tried, and I'm assuming the same is true of you. You should also browse... Read Post
June 15th 2013
The library will be closed Monday, June 17, in honor of Bunker Hill Day.
June 12th 2013
If you come to the Central Library next week, expect to see a good bit of moving and shifting of shelves. The plan is to expand the spaces between shelves to 36 inches to better accommodate patrons in wheelchairs. In the meantime, if you have any difficulty finding books or other materials, please ask a librarian. Please bear with us during this temporary disruption that will make the library more accessible to all the members of our community.
June 7th 2013
We're so pleased to announce that we have a new museum pass available for Somerville residents - the Boston Harbor Islands! Just a short ferry ride from Long Wharf gets you to the islands, and once you're there you'll find it hard to believe that you're so close to the City. Having personally spent many happy days on the islands, I can highly recommend them. You can picnic under the trees or explore the Civil War era fort on George's Island, relax on the beach on Lovell's or Spectacle... Read Post
April 16th 2013
We're all stunned and saddened by yesterday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.  The attacks were cruel and senseless.  The only bright moment yesterday was when people ran towards the blasts to apply tourniquets or help people on to their feet. It's nice when it's possible to be proud of human beings. Actually helping others is one of the best things someone can do in a situation like this, not  just for the inherent decency of doing so, but also because it reminds us we're not helpless. The... Read Post
March 21st 2013

Did you know that the Library subscribes to LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator, a resource that combines everything you need for a successful job search into one easy-to-use online application?  With this innovative job-hunting system, you can: Explore detailed information on over 1,000 different occupations Match your interests and skills with the career that's best for you Search over five million up-to-the-minute local and national job postings Search for internships,... Read Post
March 4th 2013
The Somerville Public Library is introducing a new collection, Muslim Journeys, which is currently available for browsing and checkout at the Central Branch of the library. This bookshelf collection aims to familiarize residents and visitors with the places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world. It is intended to address both the need and desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural... Read Post
December 17th 2012
Librarians across the Commonwealth are sharing online resources to help parents talk with their children in the wake of this national tragedy. Here are a few suggestions:

Fred Rogers
Tragic Events in the News

American School Counselor Association
Helping Kids During Crisis

Talking with Kids about the News

National Association of School Psychologists
Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers... Read Post
December 10th 2012

The communities of Somerville, MA, Somerville, NJ, and Summerville, SC are joining forces this month to support victims of Hurricane Sandy along the Jersey Shore.  In Somerville, MA, the donation drive begins today, December 10th and will last through Friday, December 21st.  You can drop items off at all library locations.  For a list of needed items and more drop off locations, please click here.
November 27th 2012
The holiday shopping season is underway, and many of you are probably going to do a lot of your shopping online.  *And* you probably have a credit card number or two stored in your account with Amazon or another online store.  And I'll make another guess: many of you probably use the same password for multiple online accounts. Well, guess what? Using the same password for different accounts is called "daisy-chaining," and when you do it, you're setting yourself up to be hacked. In August Wired... Read Post
November 1st 2012
Join us for a three-part film series showcasing the use of classical music in war movies. The series kicks off at the Central Library this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with Gallipoli. Live musical accompaniment for some scenes will be provided by members of the Cambridge Symphony Chamber Players for all three films. 1981; Starring Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins, Charles Yunipingli, & Ron Graham; Rated PG; 1 hour 52 minutes says, "An outstanding drama, Gallipoli... Read Post
October 28th 2012

We'll be closed tomorrow due to Sandy.  Stay safe everybody and we'll see you on Tuesday!

October 23rd 2012
I know a lot of people who are anxious about the election. Complete strangers  have shared with me their worries about what might happen on Nov. 6.  When I ask them what has them so worried, they mention polls. Well,  no less a self-confessed poll addict than David Brooks  of The New York Times explained this morning why reading polls is a waste of time: Scholars at Duke University studied 11,600 forecasts by corporate chief financial officers about how the Standard & Poor's 500 would... Read Post
October 4th 2012
On Tuesday, October 9th, the Friends of the Library invite you to attend their Somerville Public Library Benefit at Flatbread Company (45 Day Street in Davis Square.) A portion of the money from each pizza sold during the benefit will go directly to support programming and events at the three Somerville Library branches. Eat-in or take out. There will also be a small curated book sale and a wicked raffle. Prizes include; 2013 Burton snowboard $100 in LLBean gift certificates... Read Post