Live Weekly Storytimes & Children's Programs
Storytime with Alison. Tuesdays 11am.
Preschool Storytime with Meghan. Wednesdays 11am.
Storytime with Ann. Thursdays 10:30am.
Preschool Storytime with AnnaMarie. Fridays 10:30am.
Night Owls Storytime with Miss Meghan. Sundays at 7 pm. Join us in pajamas if you'd like!
Creative Writing for Kids with Regina Hansen. Tuesdays at 3 pm, May 5 - May 26. This is a weekly online writing session where kids can explore different writing themes, prompts and techniques. Email Ann at email@example.com to receive your meeting invitation.
Anytime Storytime Videos
Somerville Storytellers. Join SPL children's librarians for stories and singalongs! Click here to browse episodes.
Sequestered Storytimes with Somerville author, illustrator, and cartoonist, Jef Czekaj! Jef is trapped at home just like the rest of us, so he created Sequestered Storytimes to share with us! These fun and interactive videos are available on our YouTube channel.
Leigh and Friends Puppet Storytimes. Newton and his puppet pals love to sing, dance, and read! You can view their storytimes anytime on our YouTube channel.
More Family Fun
SPL Kitchen Presents: Cooking from Your Pantry with Ellen. Ultimate comfort food: baked mac and cheese. Delicious! Premiering this Sunday, May 24 at 2pm on Facebook and on our YouTube channel. View/print the recipe.
Food for Thought Urban Gardening Workshops. Until we can meet in person and dig in together, we will videotape our workshops and share gardening how-tos on our YouTube channel. Our next workshop is scheduled for Saturday May 30, when we will learn about trellising the sugar snap peas and thinning the crops our farmer Dani planted in the library's raised bed veggie gardens on April 24. For the complete workshop schedule, garden pics, and links to video, visit our Food for Thought program page.
Adult Programs and Services
Tech Time at Home: Using Zoom. Tuesday, May 26 at 11 am. Zoom has quickly become one of the most popular ways for people to meet during the current health crisis. From school classes to city town hall meetings, most events these days are on zoom-- and it can be overwhelming if you don’t know all of the ins and outs of the service.Join the Library for a quick, hands-on introduction to zoom. Together, we’ll learn how to join a meeting, and participate, how to set up a meeting, and invite others, how to change who appears on our screen; how to use mute, and take ourselves off camera; and many other useful things! RSVP to Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tech Time at Home: Shopping for Groceries Online. Thursday, May 28 at 1 pm. Join the Library for a quick overview of options for getting groceries delivered to your home. This session will include: a demo of two leading grocery delivery vendors, what to expect when the shoppers are shopping for you, and a tour of a similar service run by local area farms. RSVP to Tim at email@example.com.
Making a Mystery Improv. Thursday, June 4 at 7 pm. Have you ever wondered how authors create a mystery? Here is an opportunity for you to take part in the process! Local authors Elisabeth Elo, Edwin Hill, Lisa Lieberman, and Carolyn Wilkins will take prompts from the audience and create a mystery. This is a fun, spontaneous and often unpredictable program that is sure to have more than a few laughs. To receive your meeting invitation, email Marita at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's Talk About A Poem with Lloyd Schwartz. Join Somerville's poet laureate on Saturday, June 13 at 11am to read and discuss poetry together. For an invite, email Marita at email@example.com.
Needlework. Tuesdays. 1-3pm. Work on your project at home while connecting with other needlecrafters, and share your progress with the group via video. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation.
Online ESL Conversations. Join a conversation group on Tuesdays from 6-7pm or Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm. For a meeting invite, email Brigid at email@example.com.
Free Citizenship Class Tutoring. If interested, please reach out to Brigid at firstname.lastname@example.org to be set up with a tutoring time. **Requirements are basic level of English and permanent resident for 5 years or 3 years, if married to a US citizen.**
Virtual Technology Instruction. To schedule an appointment, contact Tim Devin, Technology Librarian, at 617-623-5000 x2963, or via email at email@example.com. Learn more about instruction offerings here.
Kids Book Club. Monday, June 22 at 5 pm. Instead of reading books, we will all be performing magic tricks! There are magic trick books for kids available for free on Hoopla, ask Alison for a recommendation! For a Zoom invitation, email Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books and Brews. Tuesday, June 16 from 6:30-7:30pm. June's book is to be determined, check back soon! For an invitation, email Jo at email@example.com.
East Branch Book Group. Friday, June 26 from 11am-12pm. This month, the group will be discussing The Friend by Sigrid Nunez. The conversation is open to everyone. For a Zoom invitation, email Marita at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Between the Covers Book Club. Tuesday, June 2 at 7pm. This month's read is available on OverDrive and hoopla: Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. Email Kerry at email@example.com for an invitation.
SPL Supper Club. Monday, June 1, at 7pm. We'll meet via Zoom with our community partner Remnant Brewing, and the theme will be salads. Make your favorite spring salad and bring it to the meeting with you! (Unlike your average Zoom meeting, we encourage eating). Email Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invite.