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January 27th 2012
If you use Gmail, YouTube, Picassa, or any other Google tools, keep reading. As of March 1, Google will be integrating your data from all of their services that you use, and you won't be able to opt out. The company is spinning this change as positive: according to the Policies & Principles FAQ, Google users can expect "better search results, ads and other content." One of the company's examples? "Maybe we can tell you that you’ll be late for a meeting based on your location, your calendar... Read Post
January 17th 2012
FYI: on Wednesday, Jan. 18 you won't be able to use Wikipedia, Wordpress or TwitPic. Nor will you be able to access Reddit or the Internet Archive. These a few of the sites that are going dark to protest the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA (that's the name of the House bill, which has gotten the most press; PIPA is its Senate equivalent). The act is intended to stop online infringement of copyrighted material; the act would not only criminalize (for example) an amateur cover of a Jay-Z... Read Post
January 17th 2012
Somerville Reads 2012, our third annual community reads program, is coming this spring! The theme is food, and we’re asking for your help with two things: recipes and stories.

We will compile a community cookbook so we all can share some of our favorite dishes with our neighbors. A few ideas for recipes you might like to submit include: cooking for a crowd; kid favorites; local roots/ingredients; or family heritage. We’re going to print copies and sell them at our kickoff event,... Read Post
December 12th 2011
The Director’s “Meet, Mingle, Read” series continues! Join us at the Central Library on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00 p.m. as we welcome authors Beverly Ford and Stephanie Schorow who will discuss their new book, The Boston Mob Guide: Hit Men, Hoodlums & Hideouts (History Press).

The capture of notorious mobster James "Whitey" Bulger closed an infamous chapter in Boston history. Yet the city's criminal underworld has a long and bloody rap sheet that stretches back to the... Read Post
December 10th 2011
As Kevin notes below, it's that time of year again, and "Best of 2011" lists are cropping up all over the place. Here are the top five fiction and nonfiction picks from Salon's Laura Miller. 5 Best Novels of 2011The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides Pym by Mat Johnson State of Wonder by Ann Patchett The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips The Pale King by David Foster Wallace 5 Best Nonfiction Books of 2011Townie: a Memoir by Andre Dubus III Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and... Read Post
November 21st 2011
This time of year the mind turns naturally to feasting, but it's always "turkey this" and "turkey that." Pork simply does not get its due. As a corrective, we offer tonight's Monday Night Movie, A Private Function. Rovi (foremerly the All Movie Guide) says, “A British couple's attempts to circumvent local food-rationing regulations trigger a chaotic series of events in this satirical comedy set in post-World War II England. The couple's scheme centers on a massive hog which has been... Read Post
November 16th 2011
Our new series, "Meet, Mingle, Read" kicks off at the Central Library on Saturday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m. as we delve into the history of diners, sample yummy diner food, and welcome Larry Cultrera, author of Classic Diners of Massachusetts (The History Press). The Commonwealth of Massachusetts was birthplace to the burgeoning "night lunch wagon" manufacturing industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These horse-drawn food carts eventually evolved into classic... Read Post
November 9th 2011
The landscape of literary magazines can be overwhelming. With over 600 journals on the market, how does a writer know where to submit work? Is it better to aim for prestigious journals and hope to catch the eye of literary agents? Or is it better to submit to journals with high acceptance rates? Should writers submit to dozens of journals at once or focus on a specific journal? What are the advantages of publishing online? Which editors give writers feedback on their work? What should go... Read Post
November 7th 2011
Somerville's having a municipal election tomorrow, so the East Branch will be closed (it's being used for polling, though.) We'll reopen on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. In the meantime, get out there and vote! All the election information you need is right here: you can preview your ballot, find out about registering to vote, where your polling place is, and more. See you at the polls!
November 3rd 2011
Join us as we welcome Too Human for an evening of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.

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 and 40s such as Pennies From Heaven, It Had To Be You, Nice Work If You Can Get It, All of Me, Sentimental Journey, and others.

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October 26th 2011


We waited all year and now it's here - the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale!

Don't miss out on this chance to get great deals on new and used books, movies, music, and more - and show your support for the Library! Proceeds from the book sale help support library programs for adults and children, including the popular "museum membership" program which allows Somerville residents to visit local museums free or at a discount.

Friday, October 28th ~ 1:00... Read Post
September 29th 2011
What are you doing this Saturday afternoon at 2:00?  How about joining us at the Central Library for a free screening of Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster? Cinefantastique says, “This is one of the silliest but also one of the more amusing Godzilla movies. The goofiness of the enterprise somehow becomes part of the entertainment value, resulting in a likable, fun-filled, fast-paced movie that is totally incredible but quite watchable. The story begins with a family worried about a missing son.... Read Post
September 15th 2011
The bad news is that computers will not be available tomorrow morning in Wellington Hall (2nd floor of the Central Library) between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

The good news is the reason: we're installing several new computers! Come by soon and give them a try!
August 4th 2011
Join us at the Central Library this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. for August's family film, The Parent Trap.

Amazon.com says, “Hayley Mills is the two-fer star of this original version of the 1961 Disney comedy. The young actress plays twin sisters originally unaware of each others' existence and who later determine to bring their divorced parents together again by secretly trading places. Brian Keith and Maureen O'Hara bring some adult legitimacy to their roles as the wary parents, Joanna... Read Post
July 28th 2011
On Tuesday, August 2nd, the Friends of the Library invite you to attend their Somerville Public Library Benefit at Flatbread Company (45 Day Street in Davis Square.) Every pizza purchased between 5:00 and 11:30 p.m. helps the Friends support programs for children and adults at the library, including the museum pass program. Flatbread will donate $3.50 for every large pizza and $1.75 for every small pizza sold, even if the pizza is to go. But why not stay for some bowling (Flatbread used to... Read Post

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