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October 2nd 2012
We all know companies are tracking what we do online. And it's hard to protect ourselves and our information because businesses hire people to devote themselves full-time to digital snooping.  By contrast most of us don't have the time or the knowledge to effectively defend ourselves from the snoops. Fortunately some programmers out there have developed add-ons and extensions that can shield us from companies trying to track us and collect our information. Lifehacker has an excellent post on... Read Post
September 5th 2012
Join us this Saturday, September 8th at 3:00 p.m. as we welcome Too Human for a concert of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. The concert will be held outdoors if the weather permits, otherwise, we'll be in the auditorium.

Too Human is an acoustic music act with vocals, guitar, percussion and upright bass. They perform jazz standards as well as their own originals. The program will include some of the great feeling songs from the American Songbook of the 20s, 30s... Read Post
September 4th 2012
The Hacker group Antisec has released over 1 million unique identifiers from Apple devices. The group claims to have collected the UDIDs last March by hacking a Dell notebook used by FBI agent Christopher K. Stangl. The group claims to have 11 million more they could release. You're probably wondering, what was the FBI doing with that information? Good question. No answer. The FBI says there's no evidence the UDIDs came from an FBI computer. And Apple won't say anything. Antisec claims to... Read Post
August 23rd 2012
Many of you may know the story of how Gizmodo writer Matt Honan was hacked at the beginning of the month: hackers deleted everything in his Google account, erased all the files on his iPhone, iPad and MacBook, and took over his Twitter account, using it to publish homophobic and racist comments. This hack was possible because of security flaws in Amazon and Apple, and because Honan daisy-chained many of his accounts (i.e., used the same passwords for different accounts). Fortunately, a service... Read Post
June 25th 2012
You may have heard that Facebook recently acquired the facial recognition technology company  Facebook will use this software to examine the photos your friends post online. If any of the faces in the photos match yours reasonably well, Facebook will send a message to whomever posted the photo, suggesting they tag the photo with your name.  This makes some privacy advocates uncomfortable. But let's, um...face it: Facebook already has a lot of information about all of us, our  online... Read Post
June 19th 2012
If you were in the Boston area in the 70s or 80s, chances are you had a least a passing acquaintance with Channel 56's Creature Double Feature. That beloved old series is the inspiration for our latest Community Curated film series, Saturday Morning Creature Show: Selections from WLVI's Creature Double Feature. The series kicks off at the Central Library this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with Destroy All Monsters.

1968; Starring Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Manda, King Ghidora, and more!;... Read Post
June 13th 2012
Last month employment specialist Gary Gekow came to the Central Library and presented a great workshop on resume writing.  This month he's coming back with two more workshops for job seekers. Interview Workshop Wednesday, June 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is an interactive and informal question and answer session where we role-play typical interview questions and how best to answer them.  The workshop also includes ways to avoid job candidates’ most common interview mistakes. Online Job... Read Post
April 26th 2012
What do you see yourself doing this Saturday morning? Laughing? Screaming? A little bit of both? We're right there with you, with the first series in our Community Curated film program.

Dan Kimmel, Somervillian, film critic, and past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics will be hosting this series. He will offer brief introductory remarks before each film, and there will also be time afterwards for comments, questions, and discussion. Dan’s books on film include The... Read Post
April 22nd 2012
Are you looking for work? Do you have a job, but are looking for a new one? Come to the Central Library this Wednesday at 6:30 pm. We'll be holding a round table discussion of resumes led by employment specialist Gary Gekow. Mr. Gekow has 24 years experience in employment consulting, and has conducted over 300 employment in just the past three years. Bring your current resume for one-on-one feedback. You can read more about Mr. Gekow's workshops here. Our thanks to the Tufts Neighborhood... Read Post
April 20th 2012

As usual, there's a lot going on at the Library and all over the City this weekend!

* Saturday at the Central Library from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., we invite you to join us for the Somerville Reads Potluck Celebration featuring great food, prizes, and music by the Michael J. Epstein Library. This is part of the Mayor's Urban Agriculture Initiative - you can read about related events happening around the City here.

* Sunday at the Walnut Street Community Garden at 1:00 p.m... Read Post

April 19th 2012
Join us at the Central Library this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. as Paul and Rachel Revere ride again!

Set in 1805, the dramatization animates the "Spirit of the Day," as Paul and Rachel recount the exciting tale of life in Boston's North End when America was still a British Crown Colony. Paul Revere married Rachel Walker in 1773, following the death of his first wife, Sarah, who died after the birth of their sixth child. Rachel took on the care of the children, and with Paul had six more... Read Post
March 19th 2012
Join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB)! The first meeting will be held at the Central Library this Wednesday (March 21st) from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. You’re invited, so come and let your voice be heard!
March 1st 2012
For the month of March, the Children’s Room at the Central Library is highlighting books on urban nature and family winter activities. The Library also has an “Our Garden Nature Guide-Nuestra guía de la naturaleza del jardín" nature kit, which you can borrow free of charge any time of the year. The kit includes the “Our Garden Nature Guide” (with art by local children), hand lenses, bug boxes and a notebook to record your urban nature discoveries. The kit was donated to the Library with... Read Post
February 29th 2012
On February 16, a diverse group of folks from the Somerville community gathered to hear about the library's dreams and plans for an improved children's room at the West Branch.  It was also an opportunity for those present to express their hopes and visions for the library. We'd like to hear from you, too!  What are your fondest imaginings for the best of all possible children's libraries?  What kind of space would you create?  Share your ideas here, or email us at We have... Read Post
February 24th 2012


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