December is fine free month for any Somerville-owned library items! Simply return your overdue Somerville items to any Somerville library location, and any fines on them will be automatically waived during the month of December, 2018. 

 We are thrilled to announce our new
 Library Director, Cathy Piantigini!  
Library Director Cathy Piantigini (left) shares a hug with Outreach Director of Somerville Media Center Erica Jones (right).
From Mayor Joseph Curtatone: "Cathy brings vast institutional knowledge to this role having worked in the Somerville Public Libraries in various capacities for more than 25 years. As Deputy Director, Cathy has played a critical role in advancing the Library's goals and expanding programming and outreach. Cathy's service to the City of Somerville and our residents, her dedication to our libraries and our community, and her progressive thinking and achievement record all speak for themselves as to why she is the perfect fit for this position."

Please join us in congratulating Cathy on her new role at the Somerville Public Library!

Upcoming Programs
Reception Friday, December 7th at 6 PM   

Somerville has been a hotbed for small press publications for decades. We are  proud to partner with the Somerville Media Center to display of some of these works! 

The exhibit will run from Friday, Dec. 7 through January, at the Somerville Media Center. 

Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30 PM

Put on your best ugly sweater and stop by the library for a festive evening of hot cocoa and  popcorn while watching Elf

Come early to record a holiday greeting with the Somerville Media Center in the Library Conference Room!

Saturday, December 22nd at 2 PM 

Join Alexander, King of Jesters, for an afternoon of merriment with juggling, dancing, playing recorders, and more!

Internationally celebrated for his physical comedy, this Somerville native is coming home for a performance that kids will be sure to love.
Tuesdays at 6:30 PM, starting January 8

Join our first Girls Who Code Club as we get underway in January!  The group will meet for 10-12 sessions, January to mid April, for girls in grades 6-12. 

In this club, girls decide how they want to use computer science to impact their community. 
Girls also join a sisterhood of peers and role models. Our facilitators are professional women working in the technology field.

Contact Karen Stevens at to register.
December Book Recommendations
Adult Recommendations 
This issue's recommendations come courtesy of Melinda, Heidi, Emily, and Kerry at the Central Library.

At equal turns hilarious and heartbreaking, debut poet Chen Chen muses on what it means to be gay, Chinese, and an immigrant, and how these identities do or don't intersect. Divided into three sections, each builds upon each other, exploring everything from first loves to inter-generational  tension. Will be enjoyed by fans of Milk and Honey and

Recommended by Melinda

The new TV show "The Romanoffs" reignited my interest in the Romanovs, the Russian Imperial family, and this is the perfect book to delve into their lives and ultimate demise. Massie's biography of the family reads like a page-turning novel, but is clearly well researched. If you have any interest in the Romanovs, royal families, World War I, or general history, this is a great book.

Recommended by Emily

Oz Telem shows you how to cut, grill, cook, and flavor cauliflower. You won't believe what you can do with cauliflower! 

Recommended by Heidi

This sweet story is my favorite by Jane Austen. Both tragic and romantic, like a Shakespearean play where the main characters are kept apart, not by any physical means, but by the stubbornness of their own hearts and the tricks of their own minds.

Recommended by Kerry

Still looking for more? See the Staff Picks page! 
YA (Young Adult) Recommendations
This issue's YA recommendations come courtesy of Kerry and Karen at the Central Library.

Fair warning: this book will make you crave great music. It made me excited to listen to songs I'd never heard before. Add that to a main character who feels authentic, plus an engaging story, and you've got a book that rocks!

Recommended by Kerry
In an anachronistic 18th century, boozy viscount Henry "Monty" Montague sets off on his Grand Tour of the Continent with childhood friend Percy. Burdened in his travels with both his sister and a chaperone, as well as the knowledge that he's meant to return from the his Tour on the straight and narrow or risk losing his fortune, Monty carelessly carouses through Paris. Issues of race, class, and same-sex romance imbue the resulting adventure with a modern sensibility .

Recommended by Karen

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 Kerry at the Central Library.

Jilly P. is a twelve year old girl who loves Vidalia novels, and is in an online chat group with fans of the series. She discusses her sister, who is deaf, with Derek in the chat room. Derek is black and deaf, and through their friendship, Jilly learns about bigotry, deaf culture, and the best way to address awareness of racial discrimination and the deaf community.  

Recommended by Annamarie

Offering more of the quiet lessons the "Zen" books are known for, I enjoyed Stillwater learning lessons alongside the children as opposed to simply offering wisdom. As beautiful as its predecessors, the illustrations will capture your heart and imagination. Stunning; a must-read.
Recommended by Kerry

ESL Update: Winter Break and New Location!

ESL class enjoys a well-earned snack after studying hard.
ESL classes will have a Winter Break from December 17-January 6 and will begin again at the East Branch on Monday, January 7 and the Central Library on Tuesday, January 8. 

Thursday night  ESL is moving to Ciampa Manor, at  27 College Avenue in Davis Square. This new location will begin classes on  Thursday, January 10. The full ESL Schedule is  available  on our website

If you would like more information or have any questions about the ESL program, please contact Brigid Pigott, Literacy/Volunteer Coordinator, 617.623.5000 x.2935 or
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