Gallery @ SPL Accepting Artist Applications

We are now accepting application for our 2019 art exhibitions! 

 For more information, contact Julie Walker at
Upcoming Programs

Sara Harris, BSN-RN, Public Health Nurse Manager for the City's Department of Health and Human Services will be administering flu shots on Wednesday, October 10 from 11-1 PM. The clinic will take place in Room 108 at the Central Library. 
The flu vaccines are for Somerville residents ages 4 and older (children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian), and free.

Leslie Hergert, local author, speaker, and Alzheimer's Association volunteer will be at the Somerville Public Library on Wednesday, October 10th, to read from her memoir, Alzheimer's Through the Alphabet: One Journey of Ups and Downs. 

This concert is great for music enthusiasts of all ages!
Joshua will present solo violin music by Bach and Ysaye, with warm and personal stories about the composers and their music, performed live in intimate recital settings.

Join us on Saturday, October 27th for a spooky all-ages celebration of the 200th anniversary of 
Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"  and all things monstrous and gothic! 

We will be celebrating with monster themed crafts and snacks, while our favorite version of Frankenstein plays on the big screen. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
Introducing: Kanopy! 

Somerville residents now have access to  Kanopy, an on-demand streaming video platform with a huge selection of art house, independent, and documentary films. All you need to create an account is a Somerville Public Library card! 

 Need help? Call the reference desk at (617) 623-5000 x2955 or email

October Book Recommendations
Adult Recommendations 
This month's books are full of intrigue and suspense. Special thanks to Annie, Emily, and Kevin at the Central Library and Marita at the East Branch for their recommendations!
Anna is an agoraphobe living in New York, pining for happier times and spying on her seemingly perfect neighbors. Then one night, Anna sees something she shouldn't, and as secrets are laid bare her world begins to unravel.  Marita said, "I thought I knew what was going on but was surprised. There was lots of suspense and damaged characters. I've recommended it to a few friends. "

Recommended by Marita
This novel begins with the ending: a nanny murders the two children in her care. Remarkably the suspense builds from there as the author takes us back to the beginning, slowly revealing the personal history that makes this crime seem almost inevitable.  The Perfect Nanny is a devastatingly bleak portrait of a life in which despair slides seamlessly into madness.

Recommended by Kevin
Huguette Clark was a reclusive heiress, daughter of self-made millionaire W.A. Clark. Despite owning three castle-like homes, Clark chose to live out the last 20 years of her life in a small hospital room in New York. This fascinating book examines her life and provides a glimpse into her Gilded Age upbringing.

Recommended by Emily
In a magical city where the power of dreams is very literal, political conspiracy and religious doubt collide with the mysteries of the human mind and heart.

Recommended by Annie

Still looking for more? See the Staff Picks page! 
YA (Young Adult) Recommendations
This issue's YA recommendations come from Mary and ShanTil at the Central Library.

Come and be immersed in the trials and tribulations of this Indian-American Muslim family saga. Three siblings strive to balance their parents' old world cultural and faith traditions with their own needs to assimilate into the new world. You can look forward to emotional choices, forbidden relationships, rebellion, death, and familial love. 

Recommended by Mary
The Lantern's Ember by Colleen Houck
Recommended by ShanTil

Looking for a couple of extra recommendations? Check out our YA Staff Picks ! 
Children's Recommendations
This issue's recommendations come courtesy of Alison at the West Branch and ShanTil at the Central Library.
With lyrical writing, a compelling storyline, and award-winning author/illustrator collaboration, the best thing about this "how the universe was created" picture book might be the incredible illustrations by local artist Ekua Holmes. SPL children's librarians were lucky enough to meet Ekua last spring and learned about her artistic process, and have been waiting eagerly for the book to be released! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. 

Recommended by Alison
This fall we had a lot of requests for math books at the West Branch. We've added several to our collection, including this gem by mathematician Danica McKeller (also known as the actress who played Winnie on The Wonder Years! Clever illustrations and eye-catching graphics walk readers through a variety of addition and subtraction concepts with lots of fun thrown in.

Recommended by Alison
This vibrant, moving biography is as much an homage to the life and artwork of Basquiat as it is to the ever shifting landscape of New York City. Steptoe's brilliant illustrations garnered him the 2017 Caldecott Medal and are sure to enrapture readers of all ages. 

Recommended by ShanTil

Mallery's delightful debut picture book follows Caroline through a topsy turvy day as she awaits the arrival of her new adopted baby sister. The heartwarming tale is also amplified by Goodale's bright and whimsical illustrations.

Recommended by ShanTil
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