Dear Community Member,

It is with the heaviest heart that I share with you the passing of librarian,  George Pierce
George began his career at the Somerville Public Library as a part-time 'page' in 1968, at the tender age of 18, and became part of the full-time staff in 1972. To say George represented the heart and soul of how we approach library service in Somerville is not an overstatement. He is remembered by library staff as a person who loved his job, his family, music, fast cars, and a good IPA. He was a prankster, and always enjoyed a good laugh. He thoroughly enjoyed his interactions with his co-workers, and with you, and is going to be missed terribly.
How fortunate we were to have his service for more than 50 years.

These have been challenging times for many of us, but there are signs of better days ahead. It is Pride Month, a time when we affirm, support, celebrate, and advocate for the LGBTQ community. There are peaceful protests taking place across the country, and right here in Somerville, that are empowering generations young and old to stand up to institutional racism. And we are starting to resume our daily routines, with much guidance and caution. 

Please know that we are working hard to bring back library services to you. As soon as it has been deemed safe to reenter our facilities, we will be offering contactless pick-up for actual, tangible library materials! I can't wait until we can hand off bags of picture books, summer reads, and anything else on our shelves that you've been missing. 

Thank you for your continued patience and support. Take care. 

Online Programs and Events
Friday, June 12 at 7 pm, on Zoom (with invite)

Join us for a virtual tasting with our community partners, Remnant Brewing! Pick up a mixed 4-pack from Remnant Brewing, which will be your "ticket" to a guided tasting with some behind-the-scenes info about the recipe, the story behind the brew names, along with time to just chill with Remnant's brewer and bar staff. The mix-packs for tasting will be available for online ordering and delivery the week of June 8, or you can pick up at Remnant on the day of the event.  

Saturday, June 13 at 11 am, on Zoom (with invite)

Join Somerville's Poet Laureate to read and discuss Yusef Komunyakaa's "Facing It". Email Marita at to receive a meeting invite.

Zoom classes on Tuesdays at 11 am, on Zoom (with invite)
Online Grocery classes on Thursdays at 1 pm, on Zoom (with invite)

   Join the Library for a quick, hands-on introduction to zoom. Together, we'll learn how to join    a meeting, and participate, how to set up a meeting, and invite others, how to change who appears on our screen; how to use mute, and take ourselves off camera; and many other useful things.

 You can also join the Library for a quick overview of options for getting groceries delivered to     your home. This session will include: a demo of two leading grocery delivery vendors, what   to expect when the shoppers are shopping for you, and a tour of a similar service run by  local area farms.

RSVP to Tim at to receive your meeting invite.

It's almost time for summer reading! Starting June 22, kids will be able to log their reading, participate in fun weekly challenges, and win digital badges each week. Stay tuned on our social media and website for more updates!

Join a community of  readers  this  summer  at SPL, starting June 19. Stay tuned on social media and our website for announcements, coming soon!

We ask that you please hold on to  books  that you would like to  donate  at this time. We appreciate you for thinking of the library, and we hope to see you soon!
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