Upcoming Events and Programs

During March, there will be no overdue fines on items owned by and returned at any Somerville Public Library location. Have an existing fine on a Somerville item? We'll waive those as well!

Sunday, March 8 from 2 PM to 3 PM, Central Library Auditorium
Storytelling in Portuguese using a Japanese Paper Theater, Kamishibai. 

Thursday, March 19 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM, Central Library Auditorium
This season pairs Bach's D minor Partita (which includes the legendary Ciaccona!) and Ysaye's Fifth Solo Sonata - two of the most virtuosic and expressive works ever written for the violin. 

Saturday, March 21 from 1 PM to 4 PM, Central Library Auditorium
This workshop is designed for writers (at all levels) who want to develop new work and to explore the form of memoir vignettes for the purpose of storytelling through print.

March is Women's History Month
March Recommendations

In recognition of Women's History Month, all of these marvelous titles are written by women authors. 

This is about Dostie's experience growing up, joining the army, serving her tour overseas in the early 2000's and the PTSD she experienced afterwards and years to come. A captivating book that will keep you turning the pages.

Recommended by Heidi, Reference Librarian
Reading Irby is like listening to a good friend share her personal ordeals, with bold, usually self-deprecating, and always no-limits humor!

Recommended by Mary, Reference Librarian

Women Make Movies. Volume 1/a zine by Alex Kittle and Pan + Scan Illustration

This zine features 15 inspiring women filmmakers throughout history, from Lois Weber to Ava DuVernay. Each entry includes an illustrated portrait, biography, a quote, and a list of notable films.

Recommended by Tim, Technology Librarian

A novel set in late 1980s Somerville, MA, where newly widowed Harriet Hatfield opens up a "women's bookstore" and is subsequently outed as a lesbian by a city newspaper interviewer, thereby beginning Harriet's "education."

Recommended by Jim, Head of Circulation

A twentieth-century black woman is repeatedly pulled back into America's brutal past to save the life of her slave-owning ancestor, because if he dies, she will never be born.

Recommended by Annie, Senior Substitute Librarian
It's historical fiction (but that sometimes sounds dull to some), but it's also a ghost story, a girls' story, an all-kinds-of-love-and loss story (romantic love, familial relations, friendships, society's injustices towards girls & women), and if you read the epilogue, you'll learn it was inspired by the true story of the author's grandma in-law being sent to an orphanage during the depression.
Recommended by Meghan, Children's Librarian

At a Silicon Valley app incubator camp -- where the prize is a highly-sought-after internship -- the first female-only team faces challenges that extend beyond building a winning app. 

Recommended by Karen,
Generalist Librarian
Biography of the iconic Joyce Chen, who made Chinese food popular in the greater Boston area.
Recommended by Alison, Interim Head of West Branch

Celebrating the birth of a child while conveying the message to children that they are loved and that  "You are the one and only ever you." 

Recommended by Brigid, Literacy and Volunteer Coordinator

A wonderful story  about a girl overcoming a difficult situation and building lasting relationships. Well written! For readers of all ages!
Recommended by Annamarie, Children's Librarian

SPL Boycott of MacMillan eBooks

Last November, Macmillan Publishing announced that it was placing an embargo on ebook purchasing for public libraries. This embargo restricts the purchasing of new ebook titles in a manner that prevents public libraries from upholding their basic mission of providing equal access to books and other materials to the people we serve. For these reasons, and in solidarity with libraries across the country, the Somerville Public Library will boycott Macmillan ebooks effective March 1st, 2020. You can read more about the embargo and our decision here.
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