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Happy Birthday, West Branch Library

The West Branch Library is celebrating 111 years in Davis Square! And it barely looks a day older than 110. We kid. In fact, the ongoing rehabilitation effort has the the ol’ biblio-palace looking more spry than we can remember. We can’t wait to go back even if we will miss the haunted, steampunk vibes […]

Sanity Saver: Puppet Storytime with the Somerville Public Library

Somerville Public Libray is the throwing parents of small children a lifeline. This Saturday marks the return of the library’s Puppet Storytime with Leigh and Friends. There’s a book, there’s a few puppets. It is very chill. Mercifully chill. Nothing is unboxed. There are no kid-fluencers. There aren’t any lightsabers or Trolls on tour or […]

Demystifying Death at the Somerville Public Library

There was an air of lightness in the Central Library auditorium as a group of about twenty strangers—varying in age and occupation, from young grad students to older, retired residents—sat in a circle, coffee and tea in hand, ready to discuss the theme of death on the evening of Jan. 23. No, this wasn’t a […]

Little Women Matinee Film Screening and Discussion at Somerville Theatre

Which was better, the book or the movie? Read, watch, and come discuss with us in this special edition of Books to Movies Club, in partnership with the Somerville Theatre! The movie screening will begin at 4pm, followed by a discussion at the theatre at 6:15. Movie tickets are $8; the discussion is free and […]

Let’s Talk about a Poem

Join us at the East Branch for another morning of poetry with Somerville’s own poet laureate, Lloyd Schwartz. This morning we will be hearing two poems, with a discussion to follow. The poems are Sailing to Byzantium by William Butler Yeats and Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats. This event is free and everyone is welcome!

Poetry Reading with Somerville’s Poets Laureate

A Poetry Reading by Somerville’s Poets Laureate Featuring Nicole Terez Dutton, Gloria Mindock and Lloyd Schwartz Nicole Terez Dutton served at Poet Laureate for Somerville from 2015 to 2017. She is the author of If One Of Us Should Fall (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012). She also edits for Transition Magazine and The Baffler, and […]

November Poetry Reading

A November poetry reading with Gloria Monaghan, Ed Meek, and Doug Holder. Gloria Monaghan is a professor of Humanities at Wentworth Institute in Boston. She has published three books of poetry, Flawed (Finishing Line Press, 2011, nominated for the Massachusetts Book Award), The Garden (Flutter Press, 2015), and False Spring (Adelaide). Her poems have appeared […]

Gallery @ SPL Opening Reception: Lilliputian Ocean by Lily Keyes

Opening reception for the November show featuring underwater photography from Mozambique taken by Lily Keyes. This exhibit is titled Lilliputian Ocean in reference to the mythical island of Lilliput and its 6-inch-tall inhabitants in Gulliver’s Travels. Just like the storied Lilliputians, all of the miniature creatures in this exhibit live in the vast Indian Ocean.

Let’s Talk About a Poem with Lloyd Schwartz

Please join us Saturday morning at the East Branch. Somerville’s poet laureate Lloyd Schwartz will read the poem To Autumn by John Keats, and then lead a discussion. The program is open to everyone. Please email or call 617/623-5000 with questions

Kidstock Theater at Somerville Public Library

Kidstock is back at SPL! This interactive theater group focuses on bringing education to the performing arts, for kids of all ages and experience. For more information, contact Ann at or call (617) 623-5000 x2950.

Tarot Reading Workshop: Somerville Reads 2019

What’s in your cards? What does the future hold?  Learn about the mysterious arts of divination during this Shirley Jackson inspired program.   This program is offered as part of the 2019 Somerville Reads campaign. Somerville Reads is a citywide reading initiative that encourages the Somerville community to read and discuss the same book to promote […]

October SomerStreets: Monster Mashed-Up

Join the City of Somerville and the Somerville Arts Council for “Monster Mashed-Up”, the October (and final) installment of the City’s SomerStreets festival. See you there on Sunday, October 20th (rain date Oct 27), from 2pm to 6 p.m. on Somerville Ave. from Union Square (Hawkins St.) to Park St! This event is FREE & […]