Somerville Reads

Somerville Reads is a citywide reading initiative that encourages all Somerville residents to read and discuss the same book to promote literacy and community engagement. This year’s selection is The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Copies of the book are available for check out at all Somerville Public Library locations. 

The following series of events and discussions are planned for October 2019:

Boston in the Golden Age of Spiritualism with author Dee Morris
Thursday, October 17th 7:00-8:30 pm
Central Library Auditorium, 79 Highland Ave.

Harvest Festival: pumpkin decorating contests, gardening, and more 
Saturday, October 19th 1:00-5:00 pm
Central Library, 79 Highland Ave. 

Spooky Somerville: GrownUp StoryTime at Remnant
Tuesday, October 22nd 7:00-8:30 pm 
Remnant Brewery, 2 Bow Market Way

The Haunting Film Screening
Wednesday, October 23rd 6:30-8:30 pm 
Central Library Auditorium, 79 Highland Ave. 

Tarot Reading Workshop
Thursday, October 24th 7:00-8:30 pm
Central Library Auditorium, 79 Highland Ave. 

Hill House Escape Rooms

Teens only
Wednesday, October 23rd, 3:00-4:00 pm
Central Library Auditorium, 79 Highland Ave.

All ages
Saturday, October 26th 1:30-4:30 pm
Sunday, October 27th 1:30-4:30 pm
Central Library Auditorium, 79 Highland Ave.


The Haunting of Hill House Book Discussions

Books and Brews Club
Tuesday, October 15th 6:15 pm
Location: Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St, Somerville 

Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club
Monday, October 21st 7:00 pm
Location: Central Library Auditorium, 79 Highland Ave. 

East Branch Book Group
Friday, October 25th 11:00 am
Location: East Branch Library, 115 Broadway

Books to Movies Club
Monday, October 28th 7:00 pm
Location: West at TAB, 167 Holland Street


2019 marks the tenth year that the Somerville Public Library has sponsored Somerville Reads. Previous titles include “Exit West” by Moshin Hamid, “El Deafo” by Cece Bell, “The Witches” by Stacy Schiff, “The Martian” by Andy Weir, and “Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919” by Stephen Puleo. For more information or questions please call (617)623-5000 ext. 2955.

Please note: Individuals who need auxiliary aids for effective communication or any other reasonable accommodation are invited to make their needs known to the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun.  She can be reached at 617-625-6600 x2323 or The City of Somerville's disability policy can be found on the City's Commission for Persons with Disabilities page.