Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

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The Fall Friends of the Library Book Sale is just around the corner. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to get incredibly good deals on new and used books, movies, music, and more--and show your support for the Library! Proceeds from the book sale help support Library programs for adults, teens, and children, including the popular museum pass program  which allows Somerville residents to visit local museums for free or at a discount.

The sale will take place on the following dates and times:
  • Tuesday, October 17 from 5 to 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday, October 18 from 5 to 8:30 PM
  • Thursday, October 19 from 5 to 8:30 PM
  • Friday, October 20 from 12 to 5 PM
  • Saturday, October 21 from 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Sunday, October 22 from 1 to 5 PM.
Curious about what the Friends do or how to join? Learn more about the Friends of the Somerville Public Library on the  Friends page of our website .
Consumer Reports Magazine Cover
Consumer Reports Now Available Online via Library Website

Thanks to the hard work of our Reference and Technical Services staff, we are now able to offer immediate online access to print issues of the well-respected  Consumer Reports Magazine, as well as unique online-only content. This service provides important information about choosing the best products and services available. 

Within Consumer Reports, you are able to:
  • access reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services;
  • view results from its in-house testing laboratory;
  • view cleaning and general buying guides; and 
  • link directly to a website where you can purchase most items you have been researching.
This resource is available at Somerville Public Libraries and remotely to patrons with SPL as their home library.

If you would like to learn more about  Consumer Reports or have questions about how to access it, call 617.623.5000 ext. 2955 or e-mail
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Staff Spotlight: Julie and Lilly

We're excited to highlight the work of two of our newest staff members this month. 

Julie, Head of Adult Services, coordinates adult programming at the Central Library and oversees the purchasing of fiction, DVDs, and CDs, among other things.

Lilly, our Programming and Outreach Librarian, is responsible for creating and assisting with new programs, and representing the SPL around the city.

These two women bring a lot of great ideas, previous library work experience, and enthusiasm to their jobs here. Though Julie and Lilly work on a large variety of projects, they often find themselves working together to bring you great library programs. They've worked together on this year's Somerville Reads committee, both helped to create new monthly book clubs, and are working together (along with others) to plan an upcoming SPL Comic Con.

To learn more about our Julie and Lilly, read  this month's Meet the Staff blog post!
Adult Recommendations 
This issue's recommendations come courtesy of Julie and Lilly at the Central Library.
A classic mystery story nestled within the plotline of a contemporary mystery novel--what could be better? This homage to Golden Age detective stories will delight readers who like twists and turns. 
Recommended by Lilly
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We Are Never Meeting In Real Life features the bluntly personal essays of blogger Samantha Irby. Subjects covered in this book include panic attacks, her cat named Helen Keller, growing up poor, getting married, being fat, and staying inside. Her misanthropic quips are laugh out loud funny. In the chapter A Case for Remaining Indoors , her apartment, she argues, is best:  "I can look at people outside without having to smell them or listen to their opinions ."
Recommended by Julie
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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
The story of Kell, a magician with with the rare ability to travel between parallel Londons, and Delilah Bard, an unexpected heroine from our own "Grey" London. An engrossing fantasy novel that is filled with adventure. 
Recommended by Lilly
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The Hugo Award-winning first book of the Broken Earth trilogy is a gripping read. In a world that endures constant catastrophic natural disasters, only a few have the power to quell the earth itself. The New York Times calls The Fifth Season "intricate and extraordinary."  It is SPL's Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club pick for October. 
Recommended by Julie
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Still looking for more? See the Staff Picks page! 
YA (Young Adult) Recommendations
This issue's YA recommendations come from four guest reviewers (and library patrons) in their teens. 
The book is always better than the movie, or at least more special. If you are a fan of romance and tragedy, this book is for you. If not, this book is still for you. It is filled with intelligent teens and parents, and both humorous and thoughtful dialogue between them. There are moments of sadness and hope, fun and fear throughout. 
Recommended by Agelina
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I like this book because it was interesting to read how a Deaf person thinks and feels about being deaf. It was a story about Cece, a girl who became deaf at the age of 4 and how she discovers that being deaf had some advantages. At the end, she became happy to be different from other people.
Recommended by Yarmin
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A well-written autobiography of Wes' life. It is a great story where Wes learns what he really wants to do with his life.
Recommended by Iskander
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I enjoyed this manga very much and wished I had read it sooner. The art was fantastic, and the plot was well done. There was some conflict between both main characters, which grew more during the story. I truly fell in love with this manga and after reading the first volume, I took the rest of them home to read.
Recommended by Alina
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Looking for a couple extra recommendations? Check out our YA Staff Picks  from Ron and Ellen! 
Children's Recommendations
This issue's recommendations come courtesy of Annamarie at the Central Library and Meghan at the Each Branch Library.

That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
Another humorous picture book brought to us by Mo Willems (and one of my favorites!). The illustrations in this story are presented in silent-movie motif, with the dialogue presented on separate pages against black background. There is a fox--is he the sly character? There is a goose--is she dinner?  The two characters inch their way closer and closer to preparing a meal (eek!). In Willems' usual style, the illustrations are bold and the expressions on each furry and feathered face are priceless.  The twist at the end will send you back to take a second look at the story, which can be enjoyed countless times, even after a surprise is revealed.  
Recommended by Meghan

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This book is akin to the classic movie Rear Window.  Matthew Corbin suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.  He hasn't left his house in weeks, and is constantly cleaning his room and washing his hands, to the extent that they become cracked and bleed. Matthew passes the time by sitting at his window and observing his neighbors. When a toddler goes missing Matthew is the last to see him, and while struggling with his OCD, has to become involved in investigating the crime and solving the mystery.
Recommended by Annamarie
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A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adan Gidwitz
For fans of Chris Colfer's Land of Stories series who are a little older, and a lot braver, Adam Gidwitz' three-book series follows siblings Hansel and Gretel through familiar, but frightening fairy tales. Based on the Grimm brothers' tales and in keeping true to their original scary storytelling, these books are scary. Thankfully, the narrator adds some lightness and warns readers throughout with "if such things bother you, we should probably stop right now," and he's right! Not for the faint of heart, but still with humorous touches and riddles and spells to solve, these books will send chills down the spines of readers searching for scary stories. 
Recommended by Meghan
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Told from two viewpoints, Tim (Lily) is a transgender girl, and Norbert (Dunkin) is a boy dealing with bipolar disorder.  It's a book about friendship, bullying, acceptance and just trying to fit in. While Lily's mother and sister are very supportive, her father struggles to accept her decisions. Dunkin is the new kid in town, who will do anything
--including stopping his medication--so he can be a better basketball player, and for once, be popular. Even though certain members of the team constantly bully Lily, will Dunkin risk a true friendship to stay popular?
Recommended by Annamarie
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Conference Room
Upgrades to Central Library Conference Room
The Conference Room at the Central Library has undergone a recent upgrade. A ceiling-mounted projector is now available for use, and can be connected to a variety of devices, including laptops, tablets, etc., using the cables provided. 
Staff members from the Reference Department are able to provide projector instructions and the remote control upon request. 
The Conference Room and Auditorium are available for civic, educational, philanthropic, and recreational purposes having a substantial nexus to the Somerville community.
Room reservations can be made online . For more information about available meeting spaces, e-mail
Fall Tech Classes Schedule
Fall Computer Class Schedule Announced

Over the next three months, we will be continuing our partnership with the Somerville Media Center (SMC) to offer free computer classes at their location in Union Square.
This collaborative training program will offer courses on Canva, a free graphic design program for marketers, the use of Google Drive, and iMovie video editing software.  This series is led by Library and SMC staff.  An  RSVP  is required as spots are limited. To RSVP, please call 617.628.8826 or e-mail
As always, our regular one-on-one technology courses are available as well.  For more information regarding our upcoming computer classes with the SMC or one-on-one technology instruction, please contact Tim at 617-623-5000 ext. 2963 or .
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