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New! Teen Advisory Board
Our new Teen Advisory Board (TAB) met for the first time in March to discuss designing a new space at the Central Library that will be just for teens. We're still looking for your input, so please join us at our next meeting, Wednesday, April 11th at 4:00 p.m. at the Central Library. What do you want your teen space to be like...comfy furniture, quiet study space, a place for gaming and watching movies...? Help us make this space into your place!
Tide Pool Open House
Sunday, April 29th, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Central Library The New England Aquarium brings their popular traveling tide pool exhibit to the Central Library! Participants will be able to handle and observe a wide range of live tidal pool animals from local waters.
This free program is funded by the Somerville Children's Network, an all volunteer, parent-run, 501c3 non-profit organization. The Somerville Children's Network works in collaboration with schools, city, community, and civic organizations to provide enrichment opportunities and support Somerville Public Schools, to nurture Somerville families, and to build community.
Spring Break for ESL
Our hard working ESL students and volunteers will be taking a well deserved break this spring.
The last classes at the East Branch will be on April 9th. Classes will start again on May 7th.
The last class at the Central Library will be on April 10th. Class will start again on May 8th.
The last classes at the West Branch will be on April 12th. Classes will start again on May 10th.
We look forward to seeing you then!
Wednesday, April 11th, 1:00 p.m., Central Half Day Wednesday Movie: Kung Fu Panda 2
Wednesday, April 18th, 11:00 a.m., East Branch
Children's Entertainer Jeff Jam
Wednesday, April 18th, 2:00 p.m., Central
Thursday, April 19th, 2:30 p.m., East Branch
Monday, April 23rd, 7:30 p.m., West Branch
Books Into Movies Discussion: First Blood by David Morrell
And even more!
Events are being added all the time! For a full list, including our regularly scheduled story hours and more, click here.
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Local, Sustainable, Delicious.
As you may already know, food is the theme of Somerville Reads 2012, and we have lots of great events planned around this enticing topic: book discussions, storytelling, an art exhibit, potlucks and music...check out the whole schedule below!
|All events will take place at the Central Library unless another location is specified.|Art Exhibit
The K-6 students and the art teachers of the Somerville Public Schools
have produced a beautiful array of food-themed art that is now on exhibit in the auditorium of the Central Library. It will be here through the end of April, so please stop in and have a look at their wonderful work. There will be a reception on Tuesday, April 10th at 3:00 p.m.
, and the public is invited to meet the artists, their parents/guardians, and their art teachers.
Wednesday, April 4th at 7:00 p.m
Potluck with a Mystery Theme
The Mystery Book Club invites you to bring a dish inspired by a mystery novel and discuss both the books and the food.
Thursday, April 5th at 7:00 p.m. Discussion of Urban Farming and Farm City led by Jessie Banhazl of Green City Growers
An unforgettably charming memoir, Farm City
is full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmer's tips, and a great deal of heart. When Novella Carpenter - captivated by the idea of backyard self-sufficiency - moved to inner city Oakland and discovered a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door to her house, she closed her eyes and pictured heirloom tomatoes and a chicken coop. The story of how her urban farm grew from a few chickens to one populated with turkeys, geese, rabbits, ducks, and two three-hundred-pound pigs will capture the imagination of anyone who has ever considered leaving the city behind for a more natural lifestyle.
Wednesday, April 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Community Storytelling Open Mike Night
Open-mike night! Do you have a good food-themed story-maybe a personal experience of trying an exotic dish in a foreign land, a reminiscence of learning to make a family favorite with a grandparent, or a familiar folktale you've always loved? Come tell the tale, and hear others tell their stories too! Tom Champion will be the emcee for this event.
Saturday, April 14th at 2:00 p.m.
Listen to the old folktale Stone Soup, enjoy delicious soup, and collaborate on a stone soup inspired work of art.
Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 p.m. Discussion of Seedfolks for Kids
Ages 9 to 12
Led by Cathy Piantigini, Supervisor of Somerville Public Library Children's Services
One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed. Thirteen very different voices--old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood.
Saturday, April 21st at 1:00 p.m.
Somerville Reads Celebration
usic by the Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library
, a community pot luck - bring a dish to share (please list ingredients), vote for your favorite dish, maybe win a prize! - and the debut of our new community cookbook.
Sunday, April 22nd at 1:00 p.m.
Discussion of Seedfolks for All AgesL
ed by Jim Boyd, Head Coordinator for Somerville Community Gardens, and Cathy Piantigini. This event will take place at the Walnut Street Community Garden.
Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m.
Discussion of Farm City
Led by Somerville Public Library librarian Kevin O'Kelly.
This event wil take place at Sherman Cafe, 257 Washington Street.
|Paul and Rachel Revere Ride Again!
Sunday, April 22nd at 2:00 p.m., Central Library
Set in 1805, the dramatization animates the "Spirit of the Day," as Paul & Rachel recount the exciting tale of life in Boston's North End when America was still a British Crown Colony. Paul Revere married Rachel Walker in 1773, following the death of his first wife, Sarah, who died after the birth of their sixth child. Rachel took on the care of the children, and with Paul had six more of their own. Hear about the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and the stirring events that led to Paul's famous Midnight Ride in April 1775.
Clad in period attire, Lee and Jessa portray this early 19th century couple of "forthright hospitality and remarkable good humour," as they relive the drama of Colonial unrest that culminated in America's Revolution, and what followed afterwards during our collective journey from colonist to citizen, when Paul Revere ventured from being a respected artisan into being a successful industrialist in Canton, Massachusetts, during the early days of the new Republic.
This performance in appropriate for people ages 12 and older. The program is funded by the Friends of the Somerville Public Library and all are welcome.