Upcoming Programs
Month of October, all SPL locations

We are excited to announce that the 10th Annual Somerville Reads will be "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson. Copies of the book are available at all library locations. After you read the book, join us the month of October for book discussions, an Escape from Hill House escape room, tarot workshop, and more!
Wednesday, September 11 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm, Central Library Auditorium

In this free creative writing workshop, we'll read and write personal and historical narratives. All levels welcome, no experience necessary.

Monday, September 16 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, Central Library Auditorium

The New York Times bestselling author Peter Zheutlin reads from The Dog Went Over The Mountain, an entertaining tale about an odyssey across America with a loyal dog Albie.  

Saturday, September 21 from 2 pm to 4 pm, Central Library Children's Room

Join us as we make paper circuits! All ages, but for those 8 and under, please bring your grownup.

Starting October 1, every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 in the Director's Office

Middle school girls are able to learn coding skills in a supportive environment, culminating in the creation of a final project. 
Back to School Recommendations
Adult Recommendations 

As the leaves start changing up and school starts up for the semester, cozy up to these back-to-school reads. These recommendations come from Jim, Heidi, and Melinda at Central.

A young woman begins her first teaching job at a New England women's college in the 1950s, and becomes involved in the passions, jealousies, competition, and ambition of both her colleagues and students. 

Recommended by Jim
This  book  describes how African American children in Chicago are harshly affected by school closings and goes into depth about how our education systems is unfair to certain individuals. Read this  book  to fully understand more about education in America.

Recommended by Heidi
Misfit Samantha envies the wealthy, popular women of her MFA cohort at an elite New England college. But these women--and Samantha-- are not who they seem.
Recommended by Melinda
In a play set in the early 1980s, a group of boys studying history prepare for their Oxford and Cambridge entrance exams, and learn some lessons in life, under the guidance of three very different teachers.
Recommended by Jim

Still looking for more? See the Staff Picks page! 
Young Adult Recommendations
This issue's young adult recommendations come from Karen and Kerry at Central.

This twist on the Sherlock Holmes tales will take you to   a Connecticut prep school where the great-great-great grandchildren of Holmes and Watson find themselves find themselves being framed for murder. Kerry could not put this one down! 
Recommended by Kerry
At elite Fullbrook Academy, hockey scholarship recipient Jamie becomes unlikely friends with outspoken feminist Jules, as they grapple with what it means when their fellow students preserve toxic school 'traditions'. A fast-paced read dealing with rape culture.
Recommended by Karen

Children's Recommendations
This issue's recommendations come courtesy of Alison at West Branch and AnnaMarie, Jim, and Kerry at Central.
Molly Lou Melon has always been true to herself.  Can she use her strengths to stand tall at a new school? 
Recommended by Alison
Chester is a young raccoon who is nervous about going to school. His mother kisses his center palm and tells him that "whenever you feel lonely and need a little loving from home, just press your hand to your cheek and think, 'Mommy loves you.'  Chester is comforted and goes to school.

Recommended by AnnaMarie
A delightfully drawn picture  book  in which a Westie named McDuff and his Scottie new neighbor are off to obedience school!

Recommended by Jim
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. Full of humor and heartfelt emotions, this  book  will have you wondering exactly what makes someone good, or evil.

Recommended by Kerry

Where Can I Park at the Library?

  You may have noticed some changes happening with construction around the Library. 
To accommodate the high school building project, the Central Library parking lot is unavailable.     

In addition to the on-street parking currently available on Highland Avenue, the following new spaces will become available:
  • Two handicap parking spaces in front of the library on Highland Avenue at the corner of Walnut Street, next to the accessible ramp.
  • On-street public parking spaces on the west side of Walnut between Highland and Medford Streets - follow the posted signs.

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