Dear Community Member,

It was really wonderful to see library staff return on June 19 to begin the process thawing out our libraries, which have been frozen in time since March 12. It was quite something to return to chairs with heavy sweaters draped around them, and fliers for programs happening in March. 

After processing three months of book drop returns, and reaching out to see if you still wanted the materials we were holding since our doors closed, we are now offering contactless pick-up! Have you tried it yet?!

Whether we contact you to let you know something you requested is ready, or you contact us for assistance locating materials in our collection, once you receive a notification something's ready, you can schedule a time to pick-up your holds at any of our library locations, either online or by calling us. Once you arrive, a librarian will meet you at the door to hand off a paper bag containing your materials. 

If you've been wondering how the West Branch restoration and renovation is going, Somerville Historic Preservation recently shared images capturing the progress. The image included here highlights the second floor, the new location of our children's room, which is the most dramatic change to the original building. Look at the opening for the restored skylight! To see more West Branch photos, view our Flickr!

Photo courtesy of the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission

We are really happy to be back in our buildings and seeing you again, even for the briefest of exchanges. It's a great first step that I hope we continue to build upon as our community continues to stay safe and healthy. 

Take care, and enjoy these summer days!

Director of Libraries
Somerville Public Library
Online Programs and Events

 Wondering what you should read this summer? Your SPL librarians are here to help! Click the button below and fill out your form with as much detail as possible about what you like and dislike to receive a personalized reading list! Even better, the books that we will recommend to you will be available at Somerville Public Library for contactless pickup!

Monday, July 20 at 3 pm on Facebook Live

Did you know that Miss Annamarie, Children's Librarian of Central Library, is also an artist? She will be teaching an all ages origami workshop, all skill levels encouraged.This program is part of our Children's Summer Reading, we have many more programs planned this summer!

Sunday, July 26 at 3:30 pm, online (with meeting invite)

  Songs of Loss and Hope is a violin recital by Joshua Peckins featuring music by Ravel, Bach and contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery. This short concert includes music spanning four centuries (including our own!), and features several Baroque dances, powerful  laments, and a virtuosic rhapsody. This digital concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. To receive your concert invitation, email Marita at .

Boston Harbor Islands Ferry Tickets - available to reserve beginning July 15 

 We are excited to announce 2 for 1 discount ferry tickets for the Boston Harbor Islands! Made up of 34 islands and peninsulas, Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park  is an urban oasis minutes from Boston's city center. Hop aboard a park ferry and discover opportunities for outdoor recreation, relaxation and learning.
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