Virtual Programs

Live Weekly Storytimes & Children's Programs

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

West Branch Storytime on Zoom Storytime with Alison -- Zoom Edition! Tuesdays 11am. To receive your meeting invite, email Alison at



storytimePreschool Storytime with Meghan. Wednesdays 11am.



storytimeStorytime with Ann. Thursdays 10:30am.



storytimePreschool Storytime with AnnaMarie. Fridays 10:30am. 


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

Rockabye Beats   Rockabye Beats. Monday, November 9 at 10 am. An interactive music program for babies, toddlers & preschoolers that can be enjoyed by the whole family! We'll have fun with music and dancing, play games, meet silly characters, use a little Spanish vocab and have a lot of silly fun! Let's sing, dance and get a little loco with Rockabye Beats. 

For more information, contact Meghan at

Baby Sign Language Learn to Baby Sign with Baby Kneads! Wednesday, October 7 at 10:30 am, Wednesday, October 14 at 10:30 am, Wednesday, October 21 at 10:30 am, Wednesday, October 28 at 10:30 am. 

**This class has reached capacity**

Reduce frustration and teach your baby to communicate before he/she can speak! Sheryl White of Baby Kneads teaches this 4-part class for caregivers with pre-verbal children ages 5 months and up. Classes are 45 minutes in length and will be held via Zoom! Space is limited! Register with Meghan by email:

This program is made possible through CARES Act Funding to the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the MBLC.

Beats on Broadway Beats on Broadway. Friday, October 9 at 4:30 pm, Friday, October 16 at 4:30 pm, Friday, October 23 at 4:30 pm. Marcus Santos, a contemporary percussionist, educator, and creator of Grooversity will be leading three FREE thirty minute remote drumming sessions. Recommended for grades 4-6. Participants will pick up kits from the East Branch. Limited kits available, please register early! Register with Marita at This program is sponsored by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council.

pantry cookingSPL Kitchen Presents: Cooking from Your Pantry with Ellen. Check out Ellen's recipes and demonstrations for easy, delicious meals you can make with common pantry items on YouTube. New episodes coming this fall!


Bike Safety Basics Bike Safety Basics. POSTPONED: New date to be announced, stay tuned! Join our friends from the MA Safe Routes to School program for a virtual bike session. We want to make sure you and your bike are safe when biking in your neighborhood. Our program is targeted to students in grades 3-6, but since it's virtual, invite your brothers, sisters, and parents to join in! If you have a helmet, bring it with you to the session.


Adult Programs and Services


 Launching While Female Book Talk Launching While Female Book Talk with Susanne Althoff. Wednesday, October 28 at 7 pm. Local author Susanne Althoff will be in conversation with journalist Rachel Raczka, a contributor to The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and other publications. Althoff will be discussing her new book: Launching While Female: Smashing the System That Holds Women Entrepreneurs Back. The book is based on interviews with 100+ women and nonbinary entrepreneurs. It examines entrepreneurship's gender gap and proposes ways to make the entrepreneurial space more inclusive and equitable. Register for the event on EventBrite. For more information, email Meg at

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, October 26, from 5 pm to 6 pm. October's book is Stargazing by Jen Wang. Copies of the book are available at West Branch! For a Zoom invitation, email Alison at


Books and Brews Books and Brews. Tuesday, October 20 from 6:30-7:30pm. October's book is Lovecraft Country by Matt Huff. Ebook copies are available on Hoopla!  For an invitation, email Jo at


book groupEast Branch Book Group. Friday, October 23 from 11am-12pm. This month, the group will be discussing The Engineer's Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood. Audio and ebook copies are available on Libby and Overdrive, and physical copies will be made available for pickup at the East Branch. The conversation is open to everyone! For a Zoom invitation, email Marita at


mystery book groupMystery Book Group. Wednesday, October 28 from 7-8:30pm. October's pick is A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It's available on Hoopla as an ebook and audiobook. This book is available as an ebook at Libby and audiobook at Hoopla. You may also place a copy on hold for contactless pickup.  For an invitation, email Kerry at


romance book groupBetween the Covers Book Club. Tuesday, November 10 at 7pm. This month, we will be reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. This book is available as an ebook at Libby and audiobook at Hoopla. You may also place a copy on hold for contactless pickup. For an invitation, email Kerry at