The West Branch of SPL opened to the public on May 27, 1909. It was one of 2,509 libraries built in the U.S. with funds from Andrew Carnegie - the Central Library and East Branch were also built with Carnegie funds. The image here shows the adult reading room in the early 20th century, now home to mysteries and audiovisual materials. Wait, is that a ghost in the picture? See if you can find the double-exposure "ghosts" in the frame. More images (and more ghosts!) of the West Branch in its... Read Post
If you're a knitter the Library has so much to offer you!Drop in knitting evenings (Mondays at the West Branch, Thursdays at the East Branch.) Socialize with fellow knitters, work on your current project, maybe get some advice on the tricky parts. Community Scarf Projects at all three SPL locations - sit down, relax, and add a row or two! Get Cozy at the Library! Enjoy the coziness, cocoa, and company at this winter program in which you can choose to make the craft of the day or... Read Post
It's far too easy to take the spaces & buildings familiar to us for granted, to let their distinctiveness disappear due to the deadening power of habit. SPL friend Max Rottersman has created this panorama of the West Branch that showed me anew what a lovely, cozy place it is:
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.
Originally to be held at the West Branch, but since the Children’s Room is closed for repairs, the meeting will now be held at the Main Library.
Students from the Boston Architectural College recently shared plans they’ve created and so far the staff is intrigued by some of the ideas they’ve come up with.... Read Post