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December 13th 2013
The sound systems in supermarkets and shopping malls are blaring Christmas music, your neighbors have extra lights that are well on their way to frying the local electrical grid and you're trying to figure out an appropriate gift for the uncle who last year gave you From Prairies to Peaks: A History of the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service, 1905-2012. Well, maybe you would like to avoid Yuletide this year.  Maybe you're not in the mood for wreaths and eggnog. Take heart. You've... Read Post
November 14th 2013
In 2005 a group of authors and publishers sued Google for scanning and posting online  segments of books to which they (the authors and publishers, not Google) held the rights.  Today U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin ruled that Google's actions do not violate U.S. copyright law, since Google puts the complete text of a book  online only if it has the copyright holder's permission. From the ruling: “In my view, Google Books provides significant public benefits....It advances the progress of the... Read Post
October 4th 2013
Univision, a Spanish language TV station, is offering a a series of programs to support the education of Hispanic students, with particular focus on college access for first generation students. Next week is Univision's Semana ¡Edúcate, Es El Momento!  Click here to see  the programs they have planned focusing on a variety of subjects related to this topic. In addition, there are some online resources and programs to check out.  These include a platform with information specifically targeted... Read Post
October 1st 2013
The Government of the United States, a concern that has been running more or less smoothly since April 1, 1789, is closed until further notice.  Here's what you need to know. First, why? The House and Senate failed to agree on a bill to fund the government for the fiscal year.  In a nutshell, there's no money to pay the people who do many of the jobs that make the government work. What does this mean? Government employees are divided into "essential" and "non-essential." And some parts of... Read Post
September 28th 2013
We regret to report that the telephones at the Central Library and the branches are not working. If you call your main number you will get the usual recorded message, but if you dial an extension, you will be sent directly to voice mail. The City has been notified.
September 18th 2013
What can you do to avoid investment fraud?  A good first step is to educate yourself about "The Three Ps": the Profile of the typical victim common Persuasion tactics used by fraudsters techniques to help Prevent fraud Staff from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will be at the Central Library this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. with a presentation on all of these topics, as well as a demonstration on how to check the status and disciplinary history of investment professionals.  The... Read Post
September 17th 2013
On Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m, you're invited to the Central Library to meet Sara Farizan, author of If You Could Be Mine. Pulling back the curtain on one of the most hidden corners of a much-talked-about culture, If You Could Be Mine is the stunning debut novel by Iranian American writer Sara Farizan about hope and love in the face of danger. Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. But being gay is a crime punishable by death in... Read Post
August 14th 2013
We all know Somerville's a great town that faces a lot of issues, particularly gentrification and the conflicting desires of different communities with different histories. Earlier in the month Tufts professor Susan Ostrander (left) gave a talk based on her research for her book Citizenship and Governance in  a Changing City: Somerville, Massachusetts.  She talked to Somervillians of various ethnicities, occupations and ages. And she found that whatever people's differences, most of us want the... Read Post
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 29th 2013
It's Summer Reading Club time at all three SPL locations!  This year's theme is Dig Into Reading.  When you join, you'll receive: a logbook to record your summer reading (books you enjoy on your own, or stories read TO you by a caregiver or...even a librarian!), a bag to carry those summer reading books, and a calendar of our summer events!  Thanks to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library, we have many fun and free programs planned this summer!  Highlights include: 3 Kidstock Theater... 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

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