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Posted by Liam O'Kennedy  October 31, 2012 10:00 AM

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Branch Libraries to Open on Saturdays!

Starting on November 10th the East and West Branch Libraries will be open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.! We are very pleased to offer this expansion of hours that library users have been asking for. Now people who work during the week will be able to to visit their neighborhood libraries, students can do homework and study near their homes on weekends, and parents can bring their children to any of three Somerville Library locations on Saturdays.  If you haven't yet visited our branches, we hope that you'll take advantage of these expanded hours to introduce yourself to one or both of these neighborhood gems! 
Mystery Authors Visit Libraries

The Director's Author Series continues with two events in November.   

On Wednesday, November 7:00th at 7:00 p.m., join us at the Central Library as we welcome author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan who will discuss her latest mystery thriller, "The Other Woman."

A former US Senate staffer and political campaign aide, Hank Phillippi Ryan is the investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate, and has won twenty-seven Emmys and ten Edward R. Murrow awards. A bestselling author of four mystery novels, Ryan has won the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She's on the national board of directors of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. 

Book Description: Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news...until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, Jane isn't content to work on her assigned puff pieces, and finds herself tracking down a candidate's secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election.

Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. Twice, bodies of unidentified women have been found by a bridge, and Jake is plagued by a media swarm beginning to buzz about a "bridge killer" hunting the young women of Boston. As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected...and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.

Dirty politics, dirty tricks, and a barrage of final twists, "The Other Woman" is the first in an explosive new series by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Seduction, betrayal, and murder - it'll take a lot more than votes to win this election.

Then on Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m., the West Branch will host an evening with author Clea Simon author of the Theda Krakow, Dulcie Schwartz, and Pru Marlowe mysteries.  Clea has also written three nonfiction books and her essays and short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies as well as The New York Times, The Boston Phoenix, and such magazines as American Prospect, Ms., and She lives in a 100-year-old house in Somerville with her husband, Jon S. Garelick (also a writer), and their cat, Musetta.

Book Description: Clea's latest mystery is Cats Can't Shoot. When Pru Marlowe gets the report of a cat shooting, she's horrified. Animal cruelty is the one thing this tough-girl behaviorist won't abide. When she gets to the scene, though, and finds a man dead - and his white Persian only slightly singed, she knows something else is afoot. Could the pampered pet have set off the rare dueling pistol? Or is the Persian being set up as a cat's paw in a deadly game? That's what Pru and her tabby sidekick Wallis must find out in Cats Can't Shoot.

We hope that you'll be able to join us for one or both of these Meet, Mingle, Read events!


We have lots of other events planned for the weeks to come, including:      

  • The Story of Ferdinand, a puppet show with Nicola McEldowney on Sunday, November 4th at 3:00 p.m. at the Central Library
  • Teen Creative Writing Workshops with Ethan Gilsdorf on Tuesday, November 6th & 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Library  
  • Crazy Monkey Day with Jeff Jam on Wednesday, November 7th at 11:00 a.m. at the East Branch Library   
  • Tales From Around the Globe with David Mello on Saturday, November 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Library
  • Jedi Knight Training with Jungle Jim on Sunday, November 18th at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Library 

Plus book discussions, films, chess, sing-alongs, and much more. Please see our online calendar of events for details.  


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