Expanded Weekend Hours

We're excited to announce that will be expanding our weekend hours for Contactless Pickup!

Starting the weekend of October 17 and 18, the Central Library will be open for pickup:

Saturdays:  9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sundays: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

in addition to our regular weekday pickup hours.

We look forward to being able to serve you in a greater capacity!

Upcoming Programs

First Session on Friday, October 9 at 4:30 pm, on Zoom (with meeting link)

Marcus Santos, a contemporary percussionist, educator, and creator of Grooversity will be leading three FREE thirty minute remote drumming sessions. 

Recommended for grades 4-6. Participants will pick up kits from the East Branch. Limited kits available, please register early! Register with Marita at mcoombs@minlib.net.

This program is sponsored by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council.

Wednesday, October 28 at 7 pm, on Zoom (with meeting link)
Local author Susanne Althoff will be in conversation with journalist Rachel Raczka, a contributor to The Boston Globe. Althoff will be discussing her new book: Launching While Female: Smashing the System That Holds Women Entrepreneurs Back.
The book is based on interviews with 100+ women and nonbinary entrepreneurs. It examines entrepreneurship's gender gap and proposes ways to make the entrepreneurial space more inclusive and equitable.
For more information, email Alison at amitchell@minlib.net.

The month of October, contact your children's librarian to receive your kit
The children's librarians of SPL have autumn take and make craft kits all month long!
To receive your craft kit, contact the children's librarian responsible for each week's kit.

October 5 - 9: 3D Fall Trees, call Ann at 617-623-5000 ex. 2950.
October 12 - 16: STEAM Launchers, call Alison at 617-623-5000  ex. 2977.
October 19 - 23: To Be Announced, call Meghan at 617-623-5000 ex. 2972.
October 26 - 30: Paper Pumpkins, call Annamarie at 617-623-5000 ex. 2950.

It's Spooktober!
October Recommendations

Leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, autumn is here! Here are our favorite spooky books and movies.

by Scott Hawkins

Carolyn lives with her "family" in a house under Father's rule, she sometimes uses blood and energy from the sun, to conjure and create magic with her hands. She and her adopted sibling use ancient textbooks to learn the old customs and traditions that are unearthly to the average human being. Great read for Halloween!

Recommended by Heidi,
Reference Librarian

This film isn't scary but it's as autumnal as it gets - it even takes place on Halloween! Don't be fooled by the presence of creepy Peter Lorre, the many references to Boris Karloff, or the fact that a number of the characters are serial killers. It's a comedy, and an extremely funny one, promise!

Recommended by Ellen, Interim Head of Teen Services

Identical twin boys always seem to be nearby whenever an accidental death occurs in an otherwise peaceful small Connecticut town in the 1930s.

Recommended by Jim, Head of Circulation

 The Blackwood family live in isolation on a crumbling estate. Slowly and masterfully, by hint and indirection, Jackson reveals the Blackwoods' darkest secrets until the reader is shocked enough to yell in horror (or at least Kevin did).

Recommended by Kevin,
Head of Reference

"High Beams" from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz, illustrations by Stephen Gammell 

This story, possibly based on a legend known as the "Killer in the Backseat," is one of 29 in this popular children's collection. 
Watch out while driving at night if the vehicle behind you tailgates, and flashes his high beams, while keeping up with you as you try to speed away!

Recommended by Mary, Reference Librarian
A collection of seven short stories each one creepier than the next. The story about Jenny with the green ribbon around her neck spooks Jessica to this day!
Recommended by Jessica, Reference Librarian

As always, Raina Telgemeir hits a home run with this fantastic graphic novel.  Cat and her family move to Bahia de la Luna, because the weather is better for her sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis.  They make friends with a neighbor, who tells them that ghosts are real, and appear on the Day of the Dead. Cat has no interest in meeting ghosts, but might have to put aside her fears to help her sister (and, maybe, herself).

Recommended by Alison, West Branch Children's Librarian
A little old lady, was not afraid of anything, so she says, until she took a walk in the woods and saw and heard two shoes go clomp clomp, a shirt go shake shake, two gloves go clap clap and a host of other items and sounds.
Her response to each of these was..."you can't scare me".....but will they?
Recommended by Annamarie, Children's Librarian

Exuberant Duck wants to surprise his friends with his freshly carved jack o'lantern. Instead, his friends are greeted by a Giant Pumpkin Monster running amuck with an awful, echoey voice and surprisingly familiar webbed feet! Where's Duck? DId the Pumpkin Monster get him? This is super silly slapstick humour perfect for ages 3-43

Recommended by Meghan,
East Branch Children's Librarian

A Dark Dark Tale by Ruth Brown 
Children will delight in following the black cat's progress through the dark wood, into the dark house, and eventually to the surprise discovery at the back of the toy cupboard, in this mysterious, beautifully illustrated picture book.  
Recommended by Ann, 
Head of Youth Services

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