April 20th 2016
Are you thinking about purchasing an iPad? Do you like to sit and scroll through your Facebook feed, check e-mail or just plain surf the internet? Well, now you can check out an iPad air from your local library! Somerville has 3 iPad's to circulate along with a WiFi Hotspot (if you don't have WiFi at home). You can take one out or sit and use it in the library! If your interested, grab your library card and just go to the Reference, Teen or Children's desk to pick one up! If you have questions... Read Post
April 11th 2016
Did you know that you can check out an e-book for free from your library and download it to your Ipad or kindle fire? A whopping 40% of people don't know they can check out an eBook from their library! So instead of spending all that money on Amazon.com, you can get all the books for free, by signing into Overdrive using your library card. Overdrive has audio books & eBooks! This is just another way libraries are moving along with the times and providing you more ways to access information... Read Post
January 12th 2016
Have you ever noticed the 600 section in the main Somerville library on the second floor? The one where all the eating healthy and fitness books are? Well, I’m on a mission to read all of those books. Will I fail or succeed, who knows? Starting in the 613.2 section, I’m going to read the ones that interest me the most, and write mini reviews along the way. So here it is.
Laurie Bell in her book, Loose the Lies, Loose the Weight, is incredibly mmotivating and will... Read Post
May 20th 2015
This came in yesterday's mail. And no one has any idea why.
Yes. That is a Greek newspaper. The library has a history of getting periodicals that it doesn't subscribe to. For a few months several years ago we got the now-nonexistent science magazine Seed. Then the London Review of Books showed up regularly for about a year. For several years the library also received free copies of a journal devoted to art and writing by descendants of ethnic Germans expelled from Czechoslovakia in 1945.... Read Post
February 22nd 2015
For today, February 22.
Happy Birthday, Edna St. Vincent Millay: the poet was born in Rockland, Maine in 1892. She grew up in a home that valued books and learning: her mother Cora read Shakespeare and Milton to the Millay children. The family was very poor, but a wealthy patron of the arts who heard the teenage Millay recite some of her poetry offered to pay for her to attend Vassar. After Millay's graduation in 1917, she moved to Greenwich Village and moved in a circle that included the... Read Post
February 13th 2015
Because of the news regarding the severity of tomorrow afternoon's snowstorm, the Somerville Public Library will be closed on Sunday, Feb. 15.
We will also be closed on Monday, Feb. 16 in observance of President's Day.
We will be open Saturday, Feb. 14, so stock up on books and videos then.
May 6th 2014
This past week our wonderful Director, Maria Carpenter, finished her tenure at the Somerville Public Library and will be moving on to the Santa Monica system in sunny California. Maria has been absolutely tireless in her work for the Somerville Public Library, bringing in several grants, including one of only ten StoryCorps grants across the country. She has also created a teen room and hired a teen librarian at the central branch, moved the renovations of the branches forward, initiated an... Read Post
January 24th 2014
November 1st 2013
Can you guess what all of these great teen reads have in common?
(click on the picture to check availability in the library)
... 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
January 10th 2013
The title of this post is the latest of the comments library users have sent to masslibraries.tumblr.com. People from all over the state have written in to say what their libraries mean to them:
"My library is the heart of the town."
"My library has been a friend."
"It's my favorite thing my tax dollars get spent on."
Post to masslibraries.tumblr.com and write about *your* library.
December 14th 2012
or "pesquisar" (search) if you prefer! The Minuteman Library Network is committed to serving all the communities of this multilingual, multicultural region. So our catalog now has search interfaces in French and Portuguese. Patrons who prefer to search in either of those languages can now go to the main catalog page and choose their language preference using the links in the upper right corner:
And then you get our same catalog, only in another language:
November 21st 2012
The Somerville Public Library will be closed on Thanksgiving and Buy Nothing Day. Normal hours resume Saturday, November 24.
September 15th 2012
Library staff arrived at the West Branch last week to find their front fence adorned with colorful knitted "fence tips." The lively decor was part of the Nave Gallery's Wrap Around Project, which celebrates and supports the work of the Somerville Homeless Coalition. For more information about the project, click here.