Virtual Programs

Live Weekly Storytimes & Children's Programs

All available via Facebook Live. Watch anytime on our YouTube channel!

storytimeStorytime with Alison. Tuesdays 11am.



storytimePreschool Storytime with Meghan. Wednesdays 11am.



storytimeStorytime with Ann. Thursdays 10:30am.



storytimePreschool Storytime with AnnaMarie. Fridays 10:30am. 



Greek Mythology Virtual Escape Room Greek Mythology Virtual Escape Room. Wednesday, August 12 at 3 pm on Zoom. The gods of Olympus have prepared a series of challenges for you. Solve them all, and you shall be rewarded. Recommended for kids ages 9 and up. To receive your meeting invite, email Ellen at

Kidstock Theater Workshop Kidstock Theater Games Workshop. Friday, August 14 at 10:30 am. This interactive 45 minute Theater Games Workshop on Zoom will engage students in a variety of imaginative, creative and fun game structures based on character, action and expression. We recommend this program for children ages 7 - 10.  Pre-registration is required.  It is highly recommended that everyone be on their own device and not sharing a screen. To receive your meeting invite, email AnnaMarie at

West Branch Storytime on Zoom West Branch Storytime -- Special Zoom Edition! Tuesday, August 18 at 11 am. Join along with Miss Alison for a special storytime of songs, stories, and play! For a meeting invitation, email Alison at

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp Meetup Animal Crossing Pocket Camp Meetup! Wednesday, August 19 at 3 pm. Love Animal Crossing? Or curious to try it but don't have a Nintendo Switch? The good news is that you can download a free version for your phone, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp! Set up your own campsite and then join Murv, the library's camper, at his campsite for a hangout. You'll need to send Murv a friend request using his ID [0805 6699 163] and he'll invite you to his campsite where you can meet other campers for a great (virtual) time! This event is for kids ages 9 and up. If you need help getting started, please email Ellen at and we'll get you ready to go.

Anytime Storytime Videos

storytime somerville storytellersSomerville Storytellers. Join SPL children's librarians for stories and singalongs! Click here to browse episodes.



sequestered storytimeSequestered 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. 


puppet storytime 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. 


Night Owls Storytime Night Owls Storytime with Miss Meghan. Join Meghan for a cozy Night Owls Storytime. Join us in pajamas if you'd like! You can view her stories anytime on our YouTube channel. 


More Family Fun

pantry cookingSPL Kitchen Presents: Cooking from Your Pantry with Ellen. This week she's going to show us ways to dress up your frozen waffles (or homemade ones) to create some unique and delicious treats. This cooking demonstration takes place this Sunday, August 9 at 2 pm on our Facebook Live and YouTube.  Check out Ellen's recipes and demos on YouTube.


Urban Gardening at the Somerville Public LibraryFood 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. Want to learn how to harvest garlic, get rid of aphids, or prune your tomatoes? Check out the video from our July 16 workshop! Our next workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, August 5. For more info, visit our Food for Thought program page.

For Teens

virtual teen roomSomerville Library Teen Room: Virtual Version. Join us on Wednesdays at 3pm through August 19 for escape rooms, watch parties, zine making, and more! Our next meet-up will be on August 29 for a watch party and discussion, topic TBA, stay tuned! To sign up, visit the SomerCamp 2020 schedule, or email Ellen at for an invitation.


Adult Programs and Services

To get involved in our Summer Reading program, visit our Adult Summer Reading 2020 page.


adult crafters chatAdult Craft & Chat. Mondays. 1-3pm. Work on your knitting or other craft project at home while chatting with others. Email for an invitation.


online esl 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


Free Citizenship Class Tutoring Free Citizenship Class Tutoring. If interested, please reach out to Brigid at 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 Virtual Technology Instruction. To schedule an appointment, contact Tim Devin, Technology Librarian, at 617-623-5000 x2963, or via email at Learn more about instruction offerings here


Book Groups

kids book clubKids Book Club.  Monday, August 24, from 5 pm to 6 pm.  Topic is "reader's choice" - participants should be prepared to give a quick book talk on a book they liked (or didn't like!). For a Zoom invitation, email Alison at


Books and Brews Books and Brews. Tuesday, August 18 from 6:30-7:30pm. August's book is The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Vote in our poll for next month's book here. For an invitation, email Jo at


book groupEast Branch Book Group. Friday, August 28 from 11am-12pm. This month, the group will be discussing Radio Free Vermont by Bill McKibben. Audio and ebook copies are available on Libby and Overdrive The conversation is open to everyone. For a Zoom invitation, email Marita at


mystery book groupMystery Book Group. Wednesday, August 26 from 7-8:30pm. August's pick is Dark Tort, (book 13 in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series) by Diane Mott Davidson. It's available on Hoopla as an ebook and digital audiobook, and there are also copies available through the Minuteman Network catalog for patrons to place a hold for contactless pickup. For an invitation, email Kerry at


romance book groupBetween the Covers Book Club. Tuesday, September 1 at 7pm. For September we will be reading the popular new book: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall. While there may be a waiting list for the physical book, you can skip that line and check the book out RIGHT NOW on Hoopla as an ebook or digital audiobook!