summer reading
We're inviting all of you to participate in the 2018 Summer Reading Program from June 19th to August 15th!

All library locations will be offering a variety of programs and prizes for all ages around this year's statewide theme, Libraries Rock!

Registration begins June 19th at all SPL locations. Adult participants can also register online at .
Each library location will be hosting a kick-off event. Check the full library calendar for dates and times.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program, call (617) 623-5000 or e-mail

housing resources
On Tuesday, June 19th, all are welcome to join our Health Services Coordinator for a drop-in session about housing resources in our community. 

Topics covered include:  
  • equal housing opportunity resources
  • housing assistance
  • fuel assistance programs
  • Somerville affordable housing lottery
  • rental assistance
  • emergency housing resources. 

For more information, please contact Afsaneh at or 617.623.5000 ext. 2935.
Adult Recommendations 
This issue's recommendations come courtesy of Mary, Meg, and Cassie at the Central Library.
Got your baby chicks, but still need a coop? Or maybe you need a trellis for your peas, or a solar dryer to preserve your harvest. Chock-full of DIY projects for urban and suburban gardeners, beekeepers, keepers of chickens and more, this book features helpful drawings with tool, material and cut lists, plus step-by-step photos to walk you through the process.
Recommended by Meg
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Yes, that Melissa Coleman, aka Faux Martha, nominee and winner of awards for Huffington Post cooking blog, Better Homes and Gardens baking blog and blog design award from Saveur magazine (which you also can check out at SPL)!  You'll find simple and modern, classic and vegetarian ideas for everyone.  This new cookbook has become an instant staff favorite here at SPL. Get on the reserve list now! Try out the library book first--then you'll want to buy one to keep for yourself!
Recommended by Mary
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Chef Sean Sherman's cookbook will have you packing your bags for a trip to the Black Hills in South Dakota! Sherman combines culture, personal history, and recipes into a beautiful cookbook featuring ingredients like foraged sumac, chokecherries, pheasant, and venison.
Recommended by Cassie
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Follow renowned culinary historian as he traces his family's history throughout the Old South. Twitty covers issues of race, slavery, segregation, access, and more--all through the lens of food and food history. 
Recommended by Cassie
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Still looking for more? See the Staff Picks page! 
YA (Young Adult) Recommendations
This issue's YA recommendations come from guest reviewer Katherine and Karen S., Christina, and Ellen at the Central Library.

The sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda shows Leah's perspective on everyone in their friend group.  It's the same (high) quality as Simon, and gives you all the same feelings as the first book.  Can it be a movie too, please?
Recommended by Katherine (Age 12)
Humanity was on the brink of self-destruction, only to be saved by a sentient alien species. In the spirit of mutual cooperation, every year one hundred young people are chosen to accompany the Leviathan for a year of space travel and research. Instead of detention, petty criminal Zara Cole is recruited into the Honors, only to discover the truth of the tour may be more complex than humanity acknowledges.  
Recommended by Karen S.

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Since the very beginning, Aden Stone knew how he was going to die. Thankfully, he has a vampire girlfriend named Victoria, who can bring him back to life (even if it's in the most twisted way possible). Instead of becoming a full fledged vampire, each day he discovers new vampire-like qualities: the unbreakable skin, the thirst for blood, and the inability to feel emotion.
Recommended by Christina

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 
How many pirate story conventions were born in the pages of Treasure Island?  The peg-leg, the parrot shrieking "Pieces of eight!," the cryptic map, the desert isle, the marooned shipmate--it all started here! This is the book that immediately comes to mind when I hear the word adventure. Spend a few hours aboard the Hispaniola with Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver and you'll discover why this tale is still read and loved more than 130 years after it was first published.
Recommended by Ellen
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Looking for a couple extra recommendations? Check out our YA Staff Picks !
Children's Recommendations
This issue's recommendations come courtesy of Alison at the West Branch and Annamarie and Karen C. at the Central Library.
Sara and Nadine were inseparable. Everything has changed since Nadine has suddenly skipped a grade and gone to high school without Sara. No matter how hard she fights to save their friendship, Sara can feel it slipping away. The forever-friend days of running through sprinklers and slurping ice cream cones may be over. Yet in their place, Sara just might discover something new and wonderful: herself.
Recommended by Annamarie

This fantasy series makes for great binge-reading for kids in grades three to six! Five young dragonets must work together to end a war, all while having adventures on their own. Fans of the series might be interested to know that the books are now being released as graphic novels and that Tui T. Sutherland will be visiting the Winchester Library on June 6th! 
Recommended by Karen C.

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Accessible and funny, Not So Different answers questions kids might have--whether they know it or not--about people with disabilities.  Hilarious photo illustrations mix with speech bubbles and large type to share the message that it's OK to have questions. I left this book on our coffee table, and both my kids picked it up on their own that same day--the graphics are engaging, the language is captivating, and the message is important.
Recommended by Alison
12-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed. When a tornado rips through town, her family of six has to live in one room of a local inn. Ivy struggles with the disappearance of a beloved journal, filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands, and a lack of privacy while sharing one room with her entire family.  Mysteriously, Ivy's drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling her to open up about her identity. Ivy thinks--and hopes--that this someone might be her classmate, another girl for whom Ivy has begun to develop a crush. Young readers will find Ivy's challenges very real and will sympathize with her choices, both good and bad. 
Recommended by Annamarie
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fax graphic
Back by popular demand, fax machines are now available for public use at the East Branch and West Branch Libraries.

The first page costs $1.75. Each additional page costs $1.00. Payment is accepted in cash or by credit card. 

For more information, email or call the East Branch at 617.623.5000 ext. 2970 or the West Branch at 617.623.5000 ext. 2975. 
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