News You Can Use

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
February 20th 2013
To obtain a Minuteman Library card from us, just download the form, fill it out and bring it to the Circulation Desk. When you come in to obtain your card, you must also present a valid photo I.D. (a driver's license, for example) AND proof of residence (no leases, please!), if your address is different than that on your license. Without an I.D. and proof of residency, a card cannot be issued. Children may obtain a library card when they are 5 years of age. The child's parent or legal guardian... Read Post
February 11th 2013
The Somerville Public Library is doing something no other public library has done before. In a partnership with the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, the SPL's three branches are the first public libraries to have an "Awesome Box." (Harvard University has utilized these boxes in some of their libraries.) Pictured on the right, these boxes are near the regular return drop off points. Patrons who have particularly enjoyed a book, CD, movie or any other item can return the item to the Awesome Box.... Read Post
February 11th 2013
Today we're shaking off the snow and warmly welcoming a brand new business partner for our Library Card Sign-Up Competition - Union Square Donuts! But don't pull on your boots and hunt them down just yet; their grand opening will be happening this Thursday, Valentine's Day, at 201 Somerville Ave. Customers can show their library card/keycard and buy any Union Square donut or an Ocean Ave Pop and receive a free small coffee through March. To keep up with what's going on with Union Square Donuts... Read Post
February 6th 2013
The word's out about our library card sign-up competition and, with your help, we can spread the word even further. We've just launched a tumblr site ( specifically to give a lucky patron an added prize during this month's campaign and to raise awareness of the value of getting a library card. Take a picture of yourself holding your newly obtained (or even not so newly obtained) library card and post it to our tumblr. You don't have to have a tumblr... Read Post
January 31st 2013
What is the Library Card Sign-Up Challenge? This February, the Somerville Public Library will compete with the libraries in Arlington, Belmont, and Lexington in a Library Card Sign-Up competition.  We are betting that we can get a higher percentage increase in new library card registrations in February 2013 versus February 2012 than they can.  Community pride is at stake!  We want to win and we need your help getting the word out! What Is the Partnership & Why Should I Get Involved? Your... Read Post
January 24th 2013
The Somerville Public Library will compete with the libraries in Arlington, Belmont, and Lexington in a Library Card Sign-Up competition throughout February.  These public libraries will perform outreach with local organizations and businesses to encourage residents to sign up for a library card (Somerville will give away prizes for new signees, culminating in the grand prize of an e-book reader.)  Participating businesses will offer a discount to customers who show their library card or... Read Post
January 22nd 2013
Do you want to learn Adobe Dreamweaver or Flash? Learn the basics of statistics? Get an electrician's license?  We've got a great new database for Somerville patrons who want or need to learn new skills. LearningExpress is a database of online tutorials and exams geared to the educational needs of children and teens and the vocational needs of adults.  The tutorials and online courses cover school subjects ranging from elementary school reading to AP calculus.   Computer software training... 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 5th 2012
The Director's Author Series continues with two events this week. On Wednesday, November 7:00th at 7:00 p.m., join us at the Central Library as we welcome author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan who will discuss her latest mystery thriller, The Other Woman. A former US Senate staffer and political campaign aide, Hank Phillippi Ryan is the investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate, and has won twenty-seven Emmys and ten Edward R. Murrow awards. A bestselling author of... 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