Upcoming Programs
 Opening reception: Sunday,  February 10 at 3 PM, Central Library Auditorium 

 Katie Sussman's works explore the impact of physical spaces, how people interact within them, and how we remember them. She delves into the emotional weight associated with formative experiences within buildings, structures, or homes.

Saturday, February 16 at 2 PM, Central Library Auditorium 

Celebrate the first day of February vacation with this fun and relaxing yoga class! Kids ages 3+ will learn child-friendly yoga poses, songs, breathing exercises, and calming techniques. 

Saturday, March 2 at 2 PM, Central Library Auditorium

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner! Celebrate the holiday with this introduction to soft shoe Irish step dancing, all set to LIVE music. Everyone is welcome, no experience is required. Come with soft-soled shoes: light sneakers, ballet shoes, or even just socks. 
Short Month, Short Books:
Book Recommendations
Adult Recommendations 
It's the shortest month of the year, so we are featuring quick reads. You will definitely be able to meet the reading challenge goals you made in January with these short books. This month's recommendations come from Alison at West Branch and Jim and Mary at Central Library. 
 A personal favorite, a   novella in which the Queen of England comes across a mobile library and becomes an avid reader, which leads to a constitutional crisis.
Recommended by Alison
A beautiful and inspiring book that speaks to the reader's heart and emotions.    But seek out only the Mitchell translation!    It makes a world of difference! 

Recommended by Jim

A sweet and funny tale of an author with writer's block finding unexpected inspiration while babysitting a neighbor's donkey.

Recommended by Jim
He inspired us with Hamilton, and now gives us uplifting affirmations, to comfort and motivate us daily.  You can tear through Miranda's encouragements in one sitting, or savor them slowly, a little 'pep talk' at the beginning and end of each day.  
Recommended by Mary

Still looking for more? See the Staff Picks page! 
YA (Young Adult) Recommendations
T hese short and sweet tales come courtesy of Lilly and Jim from Central. 

 The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Over the course of a single day, Natasha fights to stop her family's deportation, while Daniel dreads an interview that could secure him a career in medicine, as his Korean family expects. These two stories are woven together against the backdrop of New York City.

Recommended by Lilly

The classic.  If one hasn't read it, one should.   Poignant, meaningful, and certainly not just for children.

Recommended by Jim

Looking for a couple of extra recommendations? Check out our YA Staff Picks ! 
Children's Recommendations
Storytime has never been speedier with these lightening flash reads. This month's recommendations come from Alison at West Branch and Annamarie at Central. 

5 minute stories!  When your child loves a particular character but you're tired of reading the same story *again*, try a Five Minute Story.  

Other 5-Minute Stories:

Recommended by Alison
Middle grade kids whiz through graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier --
Smile, Sisters, Drama, Ghosts -- and empathize with her characters as they navigate the ups and downs of early adolescence.  
Recommended by Alison
This is a touching story, of a small town that readers will want to live in .
For nine-year-old Flora Smallwood, Rosetown, Indiana, is full of surprises, many of the best of which happen at the Wing and a Chair Used Book Shop, where she loves to read vintage children's books after school in the faded purple chair by the window.

Recommended by Annamarie
To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig, she's a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toasty feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watsons' bed. BOOM! CRACK! Welcome to the wry and endearing world of Mercy Watson. 

Recommended by Annamarie
 We Love Our Friends!

Enjoy browsing our semi-annual book sale?  Appreciate attending our many entertaining and informative events held at the library? Thank the Friends, or better yet, join them! The Friends are looking for new volunteers. For more information, send an email to friendssomervillepubliclibrary@gmail.com or click here to learn more to find out how you can serve your library and surrounding community.

The Friends of the Somerville Public Library is a not-for-profit organization that helps the library and its branches to provide programs, services and materials not covered by the library's normal operating budget. 
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