Upcoming Programs

THIS Sunday, June 2nd 3pm - 5pm, Central Library

You're invited to a community conversation to help the Somerville Public Library gather information for our strategic planning process! Your input will help the Library continue its overall mission of providing services, materials, and spaces that meet the educational, cultural, recreational, and informational needs of all people in the community.

Can't come to this event? Let us know your thoughts by taking the survey here.

June 21st - August 17th
Summer Reading isn't just for kids! The Somerville Public Library has summer reading initiatives for children, teens, and adults. Stay tuned for more news to come!

 Hands-on Gardening Workshop with Green City Growers 
Saturday, June 8th at 2 PM, Central Library Lawn

 Part two in our Green City Growers gardening workshop series. GCG farmer Amanda Kerr will lead the hands-on workshop during which you'll learn when and what to plant, how to maintain, fertilize, and harvest successful crops.

Growing Together: Gardening Workshop for the Whole Family
Saturday, June 22nd at 10 am, Central Library Lawn

Learn how to make gardening fun and inclusive for your little ones! A farmer from Groundwork
Somerville will lead this hands-on, all ages gardening workshop! 

Thursday, June 13 6:30 PM at VOX POP, 431 Artisan Way, Assembly Row

Ever wonder how mystery writers make a story? Enjoy a night of improv and audience participation with local authors Clea Simon, Dale T. Phillips, Frances McNamara and Elisabeth Elo.
June Book Recommendations
Adult Recommendations 

June is Pride Month! Here is some new and classic LGBTQIA writing recommended by our staff. Thanks to Kevin, Jim, Karen, and Tim from Central.

W itty reimagining of Snagglepuss as a gay Southern playwright in 1950s New York, when the House Un-American Activities Committee is determined to take down every "subversive" in show business.
Recommended by Kevin
For anyone curious about the LGBTQIA+ world -- or for those already on their own journeys -- this engaging guide explains the range of human experience through pastel-colored informative comics.

Recommended by Karen

Written in 1978, this is an insightful and fascinating account of American gay fiction and drama up to that time, covering a wide range of titles and authors, and written in a highly detailed but completely accessible style.
Recommended by Jim
A local cartoonist's story of self-discovery.
Recommended by Tim

Still looking for more? See the Staff Picks page! 
Young Adult Recommendations

This issue's YA recommendations come from Alison from the West Branch, and Karen and AnnaMarie at Central.

Amanda, a trans female teen, moves during high school and is happy to make new friends and start a romantic relationship, but worries that the secret she's keeping could change everything.
Recommended by Alison

Ben's parents throw them out of the house after they come out as nonbinary during their senior year, and they are taken in by their estranged sister to start building a new life.

Recommended by Karen

Nax and a few others have just been kicked out of the elite space academy when they witness a terrorist attack on the station. In escaping they are scapegoated for the crime.

Recommended by Karen

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephardt

Lily is a transgender girl, and Dunkin is a boy dealing with bipolar disorder. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives change forever.

Recommended by AnnaMarie

Children's Recommendations
This issue's recommendations come courtesy of Alison at West Branch and Ann, Kerry, and Jim of Central.
The classic true story of two male penguins at the Central Park zoo who raise a chick together.
Recommended by Alison, Ann, and Jim
An adorable board book for babies and toddlers featuring a variety of diverse, loving families with two dads.

Recommended by Ann
In this delightful and funny picture book, when two dads take a trip to France, their two adorable dogs secretly (or so they think!) follow along, having all sorts of adventures in the process, and making sure their human companions get safely back home to New York.

Recommended by Jim

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going. 
Recommended by Kerry

West Branch Renovation Update

 Recognize this place? Hard to believe it's our beloved West Branch, already looking much improved as the CTA construction team preps West for its makeover.
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