Cultural Passes are Back!
Cultural passes are back! We are able to offer six passes at this time: the Institute of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, New England Aquarium, Trustees Go, and the Zoo.

Thank you to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library for sponsoring this program!
Somerville Storywalks are Here!
The Children's Librarians of SPL have been putting up Storywalks around all three of our libraries! Celebrate National Family Literacy Month by taking a socially-distanced walk around our libraries and reading these picture books.

Here are the Storywalks we are offering:

  • Central Library: The Perfectly Perfect Wish by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
  • East Branch: Windows by Julia Denos, illustrated by E. B. Goodale
  • West Branch at TAB (167 Holland Street): Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Upcoming Programs
Every Monday Night in November, at 6:30 pm on our YouTube Channel
Join Somerville yoga teacher Jenn Falk for a series of relaxing Gentle Yoga session!
Classes will premiere on the SPL YouTube channel, and remain available on YouTube so you can practice anytime. 

These classes are suitable for all skill levels. Let's decompress together!
Funded by the Friends of the Somerville Public Library -- thank you, Friends!
Monday, November 9 at 10 am on our Facebook Live
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.

Funded by the Friends of the Somerville Public Library -- thank you, Friends!


Saturday, November 14 at 2 pm, on Zoom (with meeting invite)
For our November Getting Cozy project we will be upcycling old library books to make a cute and fun paper craft: Book Hedgehogs! Join library staff and fellow crafters as we sip hot chocolate (included in your bag), chat, and fold these books into the perfect shape for our hedgehogs, which you can then decorate using whatever materials are around your home.

Sign up in advance to reserve your bag of materials from the library, then join us on Zoom as we put them together!

SPL's Favorite Cozy Books
Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis
A British contemporary romance, very sweet, though sad at times, yet light with a satisfying ending you might not expect! You will be rooting for Emmie as she builds the bridges to find herself (and love).

Recommended by Mary, Reference Librarian
How to Be a Person by Catherine Newman
Handbook/guide to all those things you know you *should* know how to do (or, you want your kids to know how to do) like cleaning the bathroom, writing a thank you note, and doing laundry. Super fun illustrations and an excellent sense of humor. Note: Alison gave this to her kids, and they actually started cleaning the bathroom! Magic!

Recommended by Alison, West Branch Children's Librarian
Stitch Camp by Catherine Newman and Nicole Bloom
Super creative fiber arts guide for kids (sewing, knitting, crocheting, felting, embroidery, weaving) with easy to follow instructions, neat projects, and lots of upcycling.

Recommended by Alison, West Branch Children's Librarian
My Life in France by Julia Child (with Alex Prud'Homme)
Jo's ultimate cozy reads tend to be either very escapist or charmingly mundane. This book is both. Published posthumously, this memoir chronicles Child's years in France with her husband Paul, and details not only the rise of her unexpected culinary career but also a myriad delicious-sounding meals and bottles of wine. In 2020, it's exactly what we need.

Recommended by Jo, Business Librarian
Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer and the Beckers

A cookbook Meg has been enjoying during the pandemic is the newest edition of the Joy of Cooking. It's a reliable source for comfort classics, but updated with all kinds of new ingredients and techniques to explore - so you can satisfy your taste for the familiar and explore new cooking territory too. 

Recommended by Meg, Generalist Librarian
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

In this cozy and cool alternative timeline of America, Alex is First Son of President Ellen Claremont, from blue Texas. All is going well for this savvy rising political star until he catches the eye of the shy and pompous (but so cute!) Prince Henry.

Recommended by Melinda, Generalist Librarian
Winter Reading is Coming....