somerville reads

Escape from Hill House Escape Room: Somerville Reads 2019

I should have turned back at the gate Eleanor thought…she was afraid, listening to the sick voice inside her which whispered, Get away from here, get away. All ages are welcome to try their luck in this Hill House themed escape room. Can your team solve the mysteries of Hill House before time runs out?  […]


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 […]


GrownUp StoryTime: Spooky Somerville Edition!

What secrets does Somerville Hold? Are there places here that share disreputable similarities with the fictional Hill House? In this Spooky Somerville edition of GUST we hope to hear your paranormal, strange, and scary local tales. This Somerville Reads program is a collaboration between Boston GUST, The Somerville Public Library, and Community Conversations at Remnant […]


Harvest Festival: Somerville Reads 2019

Celebrate Somerville Reads during our Harvest Festival!  1:00-3:00 Library Lawn: Pumpkin carving for adults. Feeling competitive? The carving most inspired by the Haunting of Hill House wins a prize! Supplies are limited so arrive at 1:00 to ensure pick of the pumpkins. 1:00-3:00 Library Auditorium:  Pumpkin painting for children. Spookiest pumpkin of all wins a picture […]


Boston in the Golden Age of Spiritualism with Dee Morris: Somerville Reads 2019

‘You know perfectly well…that those who have passed beyond expect to see us happy and smiling; they want to know that we are thinking of them lovingly. The spirits dwelling in this house may be actually suffering because they are aware we are afraid of them.” The Victorians’ fervent desire to communicate with the departed […]


East Branch Block Party – Somerville Reads 2018

Celebrate cultural diversity at the Somerville Reads 2018 Block Party! Inspired by the themes in Exit West, the East Branch will host music, refreshments, and activities for all ages. Don’t miss out on live music performances by local groups El Sistema Somerville and Grooversity. — This program is offered as part of the 2018 Somerville […]


Witchcraft and Literacy

On a rainy, humid September evening, the Somerville Public Library welcomed a group of dedicated readers for its first 2016 Somerville Reads event. Over cookies and grapes, attendees discussed this year’s citywide book selection, The Witches, a critically-acclaimed nonfiction account of the Salem witch trials by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff. Somerville Public Library branch […]