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News from the Somerville Public Library

Posted by Amanda Stonely  September 16, 2011 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Somerville Public Library:

SPL Welcomes Maria Carpenter
We are so pleased to welcome our new Director, Maria Carpenter, who comes to us from Northeastern University, where she had been Director of Advancement, Marketing and Communications.  Maria brings a focus on organizational learning, communications, and leadership to the Somerville community.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University, her Master's in Library and Information Science from University of Pittsburgh and is pursuing her Doctorate in leadership studies at Simmons.  Maria worked in the field of arts administration before entering the library profession.  She is a member of Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international scholars, is a Spectrum Scholar of the American Library Association, and is the recipient of many awards.  Maria also teaches yoga, follows local bands, likes to snowboard, and is a Reiki healer.  She has been a Somerville resident for 13 years, brings a wonderful energy and enthusiasm to our library, and says it has been her dream for the past few years to have this opportunity.  Please welcome her! We look forward to making the Library even better under her direction.

Big Joe the Storyteller
Central Library
Sunday, September 25th at 3 pm
With a collection of stories that includes classics, modern favorites, and original works, Big Joe puts on a show that celebrates children's literature and helps to promote reading! The tales he tells are filled with humor, creativity, and excitement, and they capture the imagination of his young listeners.

Big Joe has been entertaining children and families across New England and the nation for over 13 years. You won't want to miss this show!

This free program is funded by the Somerville Children's Network, an all volunteer, parent-run, 501c3 non-profit organization. The Somerville Children's Network works in collaboration with schools, city, community, and civic organizations to provide enrichment opportunities and support Somerville Public Schools, to nurture Somerville families, and to build community.

Rosalita's Puppets in The Egyptian Adventure    
Central Library
Saturday, October 22nd, 3:00 pm
Join us as we welcome back Library favorite Charlotte Dore and Rosalita's Puppets for a performance of The Egyptian Adventure.

Rosalita has always dreamed of going to Egypt to see the pyramids. When she arrives in the heart Cairo she goes to the bustling market. There she meets a merchant who sells her a beautiful amulet. Little does she know that it was found by a dog in the desert and it belongs to an ancient Mummy. Through the power of the ancient amulet Rosalita is taken to the desert where she finds the mummy and helps the mummy return to the underworld. Meet a Pharo, Anubis, a mummy, a donkey, a scarab beetle and a dog on this fantasy adventure, while learning about Egypt on the way.

This free show is recommended for families and kids of all ages. It is funded by the Friends of the Library and all are invited.

ESL Classes
The Library is very happy to offer ESL classes at all of our locations.  Classes are free, and registration is not required.  There is no waiting list - just come!
Mondays at 6 and 7:15 pm at the East Branch
Tuesdays at 6 pm at the Central Library
Thursdays at 6 and 7:15 pm at the West Branch

October Book Group for Kids Ages 9-12
Central Library
Tuesday, October 25th, 7 pm
Kids ages 9-12 are invited to discuss All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn.
Travis and his sister Corey can't resist a good trick - so when they learn that their grandmother's sleepy Vermont inn has a history of ghost sightings, they decide to do a little "haunting" of their own.  Scaring the guests proves to be great fun, and before long, the inn is filled with tourists and ghost hunters eager for a glimpse of the supernatural.  But Travis and Corey soon find out that they aren't the only ghosts at Fox Hill Inn.  Their thoughtless games have awakened something dangerous, something that should have stayed asleep.  Restless, spiteful spirits swarm the inn, while a dark and terrifying presence stalks the halls and the old oak grove on the inn's grounds.  To lay the ghosts to rest, Travis and Corey must first discover the dark history of Fox Hill and the horrors visited on its inhabitants years earlier.
Snacks will be provided.  Register and pick up a copy of the book in the Children's Room, or email Cathy Piantigini at cpiantigini [at]

The Miracle Worker  
Central Library   
Saturday, September 17th, 2 pm says, "Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft had been playing their respective roles as Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, on Broadway for some time before director Arthur Penn built a mesmerizingly beautiful film around their layers-deep performances. Duke is astonishing as the deaf, blind, mute Keller, who awakens to an awareness of language under Sullivan's determined guidance. Bancroft is fascinating and focused. Penn wisely kept his adaptation unencumbered by cinematic indulgence. The black-and-white film is sparse and charged with the immediacy of the drama. The script is by William Gibson, who also wrote the original play."
Our next Saturday Afternoon Family Film is Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster on October 1st at 2 pm. 

The Purple Rose of Cairo
Central Library
Monday, September 19th, 7 pm says, "One of the high points of Woody Allen's career. Cecilia (Mia Farrow), a depression-era waitress married to a brutish husband (Danny Aiello), finds her only escape at the movies, her current favorite being a light comedy about an explorer among socialites, called The Purple Rose of Cairo. She sees it so many times that the main character, Tom Baxter (Jeff Daniels), falls in love with her and steps off the screen to woo her. When news of this gets back to the movie studio, the producers send the actor who played Baxter (also Daniels) to convince Baxter to get back on the screen. The script is one of Allen's funniest, but underlying the whole story is a current of sadness that gives the movie's ending a surprising impact. Allen himself considers The Purple Rose of Cairo to be his personal favorite of his own films. A gem."

Our next Monday Night Movie is The Innocents on October 17th at 7 pm.

These free film series are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Sing Alongs with Steve Mayone   
Central Library
Mondays in October at 11 am
Join Somerville resident and musician Steve Mayone for a series of sing alongs! Steve performs in and around Somerville regularly with the band Treat Her Right and musician Tim Gearan, among others. He has been a featured performer at Henry Bear's Park in Porter Square and is quickly becoming s favorite here at the Library. Steve's sing alongs are suitable for children through preschool, caregivers, and families.  These free programs are funded by the Friends of the Library and all are welcome.  

Books Into Movies Discussions at the West Branch
Whether you've read the book, seen the movie, or both, you're invited!
Monday, September 19th at 7:30 pm
Discuss Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King  and the movie that is based on it (directed by John Huston and starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer.)  
Monday, October 24th at 7:30 pm
Discuss Homer Hickam's October Sky and the movie that is based on it (directed by Joe Johnston and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen, and Laura Dern.

Yoga for Kids Ages 4-7
Central Library
Sunday, October 16th at 3 pm

Children are natural yogis; they will have a blast exploring their new moves while building strong body and breath awareness, cooperative skills, and self-confidence.

Janine Duffy is certified to teach children's yoga through Radiant Child Yoga. She teaches children's yoga at Bow Street Yoga in Union Square. She has two beautiful sons, James and Eoin. It was watching her son in his yoga classes with Checka that convinced her to become certified to teach children's yoga.

Limited to 12 kids. Tickets will be distributed in the children's room one hour prior to beginning of each session.

Additional classes will be held on Sunday, November 13th at 3 pm and Sunday, December 18th at 3 pm.

These free programs are funded by the Friends of the Library.

The Friends Corner

Upcoming Events
Stop by the Friends' table at Tufts Community Day on Sunday, September 25th, 11 am to 3 pm.
Join us at the upcoming Friends' Book Sale at the Central Library. Held twice a year, this event is one of the best sources of support for the Library.  Check out our exciting collection on
Friday, October 28th, 1 to 4 pm
Saturday, Oct. 29th, 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday October 30th, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Members who have contributed at least $50 in the past twelve months are invited to attend the Preview Book Sale on Thursday, October 27th, 5 to 8 pm.
Calling All Volunteers
The Friends could use your help setting up the book sale, starting on Sunday, October  23rd at 1 pm. There is also opportunity to help during the sale on Thursday and Friday, as well as each day after the sale.  To find a volunteer option that works for you, contact us at
Thank You
Thank you to everyone who was involved in or supported us at ArtBeat, as well as the event at Flatbread Company.  Thank you, also, for helping us support the Library by becoming a Friend, by donating books, or by helping out with the book sale.
We'd also like to thank Tony Lafuente of Flagraphics for donating a new banner for our next book sale.
The Friends generally meet on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 pm at the Central Library where we sort and pack books.  Feel free to stop by and join us.
We'd love to hear from you at

Preschool Story Time - Tuesdays at 11 am at West

Babygarten - Wednesdays at 11 am at West

Preschool Story Time - Wednesdays at 11 am at East (October 26th's story time will have a special Not-So-Spooky Halloween theme - costumes welcome!)

Story Time for 3 to 5 Year Olds - Thursdays at 10:30 am at Central

Story Time for 2 Year Olds - Fridays at 10:30 am at Central

Juice Pouch Notebooks with Kristy Medina
Thursday, September 22nd at 3:45 pm at East
Join us for a "beat the back to school blues" activity at the East Branch! Kids in grades 3 and up are invited to to make the coolest school supply ever! Eco-artist Kristy Medina will host this earth-friendly craft project and teach a clever bookbinding technique as well! It is fun and easy! Please call or stop by the East Branch to sign up as space is limited!

Mystery Book Club - Wednesday, October 5th at 7 pm at Central
Discuss The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle   
Chess Night - Monday, October 3rd at 7 pm at Central
Thriller Thursday! - Thursday, October 27th at 3:30 pm at East
Spooky Story, Ghoulish Game, Creepy Craft, and Freaky Treat for kids in kindergarten and up. Costumes welcome!
For a complete listing of events at the Library check our online calendar.

Locations & Hours
The Libraries will be closed on Columbus Day,  Monday, October 10th.
Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue
Monday - Thursday  9 am - 9 pm
Friday                    9 pm - 6 pm
Saturday                9 am - 5 pm
Sunday                  1 pm - 5 pm  
East Branch Library, 115 Broadway
Monday                10 am - 9 pm
Tuesday                 2 pm - 6 pm
Wednesday           10 am - 6 pm
Thursday              10 am - 9 pm
Friday                  10 am - 6 pm  
West Branch Library, 40 College Avenue
Monday                10 am - 9 pm
Tuesday               10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday           10 am - 6 pm
Thursday              10 am - 9 pm
Friday                    2 pm - 6 pm  
Reach all locations at (617) 623-5000.

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