Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund Grant
Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF) Recipients

The Somerville Public Library was awarded a grant from the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund to expand Central Library's Citizenship Corner.  The expansion will include more up-to-date resources on civics questions, the interview process, and study materials.  Stay tuned for this exciting new addition!
JFK Library Field Trip
April 13, 2019
Thanks to the generosity of the JFK Library and Museum, the ESL program headed to Boston in April to enjoy the day learning about the life of former President John F. Kennedy.  

Where should we go next?  If you have any suggestions for our next field trip, be sure to let Brigid know.
Digital Resource Spotlight: NewsELA
Newsela.com is an educational website that helps build reading comprehension using high-quality news articles.  There are also articles in Spanish.  

To get started, create a free account  and choose an article you would like to read.  You can save articles to your account, print articles, and change the reading difficulty.

If you need help creating a free account and getting started, please contact Brigid, bpigott@minlib.net or 617.623.5000 x.2935.
Meet Rita & Gregory 
 East Branch Library
If you have ever gone to ESL at the East Branch, you most likely have been greeted by Rita and Gregory at the Circulation Desk. Rita is a First Assistant and has worked at the Somerville Public Library for 55 years (the longest serving librarian at the Somerville Public Library!). Gregory has worked at the East Branch as a Library Page for almost 3 years.

We asked both Rita and Gregory some questions to help you get to know them better.


How long have you worked at the Somerville Public Library and have you had any other jobs here?
I've worked at the Somerville Public Library for 55 years in various departments and locations. I worked at the Union Square Library*, the Ten Hills Library*, the Teele Square Library*, Central Library, and the West Branch. I've worked at the East Branch for 33 years.
What's your favorite memory of the Somerville Public Library?
I really enjoyed working with the kids at the Union Square Library. The library was a very small branch similar to the East Branch.
What types of books do you enjoy reading most?
I enjoy reading Fiction and Mysteries.
What do you wish people knew about the Somerville Public Library?
Everything is free!
If you weren't working at the library, what would you be doing instead?
I would be doing something with math like Accounting.
What do you do when you aren't working?  
I enjoy relaxing at home.
*The Union Square Library, Ten Hills Library, and Teele Square Library no longer exist.
What's your first memory of the Somerville Public Library?
I remember coming to the East Branch as a child, reading books, and Mrs. Rita.

What types of books do you enjoy reading most?
I generally prefer non-fiction along the lines of informative rather than historical books, but I also enjoy a good fantasy every now and then.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I don't like to toot my own horn but I am fairly good in the kitchen.

If you weren't working at the library, what would you be doing instead?
Since I only work at the library part time, I have the luxury of being able to pursue my passion for writing.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I like testing new recipes, reading, and I do play some video games as well.
If you visit the East Branch, be sure to say hello to Rita & Gregory! They can also help you sign up for a library card, help reserve books, and answer any questions you have about the library.
Book, Magazine, & Movie Recommendations 
This edition's recommendations come from Meghan at the East Branch Library and Tim, Jim, Heidi, and Brigid from Central Library.

Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly's passage to the United States was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library.

A Spanish language edition,  Soñadores, is also available.
Recommended by Meghan

An inspiring picture book biography of storyteller, puppeteer, and New York City's first Puerto Rican librarian, who championed bilingual literature.

A Spanish language edition, Sembrando historias : Pura Belpré : bibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos , is also available. 

Recommended by Meghan

Found is a picture book with no words that shows a young girl whose dog goes missing. She then rescues a cold and wet lost dog and begins to bond with the "found" animal. Soon after, the child sees a "Missing Dog" poster of his new "found" pet and has to return the dog to its real owner. 

Recommended by Jim

Streets paved with gold: life stories from Somerville MA" presents short memoirs from seven Somerville residents. The stories include growing up in Somerville; moving here from a small town in the Philippines; and a childhood in a coal-mining town in Pennsylvania.
Recommended by Tim

Find cooking ideas, recipes, tips, and i ngredients from food experts.

There are also lots of other cooking magazines such as Eating Well, Cook's Country, and Saveur.

All magazines can be checked out for 1 week.
Recommended by Mary
Studying for the Citizenship test? This book comes with 3 audio cd's and a workbook to help you prepare for the civics and English requirements of the U.S. Citizenship test.

Recommended by Brigid
This popular movie is set in Mexico.  Three friends embark on a road trip involving love, friendship and adventure! 

This movie is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Available on DVD and VCD.

Recommended by Heidi
An Italian film that follows a herdsman (human), then a young goat (animal), then a fir tree (plant), and finally charcoal from the tree (mineral). The 4 parts examine how each is related to the cycles of life, ultimately suggesting how all things in Nature are connected. Le Quattro Volte in English is "The Four Times".

This movie is in Italian with English subtitles.
Recommended by Jim

Looking for more Recommendations?   See the Staff Picks page!
What Can I Do With My Library Card?
Reserve a Cultural Pass!
The Somerville Public Library offers a variety of passes to cultural attractions such as museums and zoos for free or discounted admission.

To reserve a Cultural Pass:
  • Go to the Somerville Public Library website
  • Click on:To see a list of Museums by DATE, click here
  • Choose the Date you would like.
  • Choose the Museum Pass you would like. (If the pass you would like does not show up in the list, this means it has already been reserved for that date and you will need to choose another date.)
  • Enter your Library Card Number.
  • Click Reserve Pass.
  • Passes can be picked up 5 days in advance of the date at the Reference Desk on the 2nd Floor of Central Library. (Some passes require a $5 deposit, which will be returned to you when you return the pass.)
  • There is a limit of one museum pass per week per household.
  To reserve a Cultural Pass, you must be an adult resident 
of the city of Somerville.
Citizenship Class at Central Library 
starting September 7
In partnership with St. Mark Community Education Program, Somerville Public Library will be hosting a 12 week Citizenship Class in the Auditorium at Central Library on Saturdays from September 7- November 23.

This class prepares students for all parts of their Citizenship test: literacy test, 100 questions about U.S. history and government, as well as, help with improving speaking and listening abilities in English.

Requirements: Basic Level English & Legal Permanent Resident for 5 years (3 years if married to a U.S. Citizen)
For more information, contact Brigid, bpigott@minlib.net or 617.623.5000 x2935.

For more Somerville Public Library events and programs, click here:  Program and Events Calendar
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