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Somerville Public Library
79 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

The very first Somerville library opened in 1873 with just 2,389 books on its shelves. Today, the city's threeMore libraries circulate over 440,000 items per year. Books are not all they offer.

All three provide free computer access and WiFi and also loan audiobooks, music CDs and language learning programs as well as films on DVD and video. A large collection of newspapers and magazines can be read at the libraries. Free family passes to area museums can be checked out and used for free admission to venues including the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, the Boston Children's Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Activities also fill their calendars. Programs offered include children's story times, book clubs for all ages, film screenings, occasional performances, a young adult chess club and lectures. Community groups may use the main branch's assembly room to hold meetings. All three libraries hold English as Second Language (ESL) classes as well.

How did this all start? In 1907, the wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie gave Somerville $123,000 to build the three libraries we still have today: the central Somerville Public Library and the East and West Branches. In 1909, the West Branch opened the doors of its pretty Classical Revival-style building. In 1914, the central library's grand Italian Renaissance Revival-style building, designed by Edward Lippincott Tilton, was complete. And in 1918, the East Branch opened and rounded out the trio.

Somerville Public Library West Branch
40 College Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

The very first Somerville library opened in 1873 with just 2,389 books on its shelves. Today, the city's threeMore libraries circulate over 440,000 items per year. Books are not all they offer.

All three provide free computer access and WiFi and also loan audiobooks, music CDs and language learning programs as well as films on DVD and video. A large collection of newspapers and magazines can be read at the libraries. Free family passes to area museums can be checked out and used for free admission to venues including the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, the Boston Children's Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Activities also fill their calendars. Programs offered include children's story times, book clubs for all ages, film screenings, occasional performances, a young adult chess club and lectures. Community groups may use the main branch's assembly room to hold meetings. All three libraries hold English as Second Language (ESL) classes as well.

How did this all start? In 1907, the wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie gave Somerville $123,000 to build the three libraries we still have today: the central Somerville Public Library and the East and West Branches. In 1909, the West Branch opened the doors of its pretty Classical Revival-style building. In 1914, the central library's grand Italian Renaissance Revival-style building, designed by Edward Lippincott Tilton, was complete. And in 1918, the East Branch opened and rounded out the trio.

 

Somerville Public Library East Branch
115 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

The very first Somerville library opened in 1873 with just 2,389 books on its shelves. Today, the city's threeMore libraries circulate over 440,000 items per year. Books are not all they offer.

All three provide free computer access and WiFi and also loan audiobooks, music CDs and language learning programs as well as films on DVD and video. A large collection of newspapers and magazines can be read at the libraries. Free family passes to area museums can be checked out and used for free admission to venues including the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, the Boston Children's Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Activities also fill their calendars. Programs offered include children's story times, book clubs for all ages, film screenings, occasional performances, a young adult chess club and lectures. Community groups may use the main branch's assembly room to hold meetings. All three libraries hold English as Second Language (ESL) classes as well.

How did this all start? In 1907, the wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie gave Somerville $123,000 to build the three libraries we still have today: the central Somerville Public Library and the East and West Branches. In 1909, the West Branch opened the doors of its pretty Classical Revival-style building. In 1914, the central library's grand Italian Renaissance Revival-style building, designed by Edward Lippincott Tilton, was complete. And in 1918, the East Branch opened and rounded out the trio.

Moshe Safdie and Associates
100 Rev Nazareno Properzi Way, Somerville, MA 02143
Moshe Safdie and Associates is an architectural firm based in Somerville, Mass., and with offices in Toronto andMore Jerusalem. The firm is headed by Moshe Safdie. The firm offers its services to a variety of clients including government, residential and educational entities. Past projects include the Eleanor Roosevelt College campus, the main branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library and the National Gallery of Canada. 
Johnson Roberts Associates
15 Rev Nazareno Properzi Way, Somerville, MA 02143
Johnson Roberts Associates is an architectural firm. The firm helps clients through initial design and intoMore master planning and construction. The company's portfolio includes public libraries, town offices, public safety facilities, court houses, college and university facilities, churches and historic preservations.
Bostonian Florist
92 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Located directly across from the public library and City Hall, Bostonian Florist has been in business for nearly aMore decade. This Highland Avenue flower shop offers a wide variety of options from custom arrangements to gift-baskets for weddings, birthdays, funerals and other occasions.

Colorful paper lanterns hang from the ceiling complimenting the vibrant colors of the potted plants, flowers and bouquets on display. Towards the back of the store, you can spot the staff hard at work, surrounded by ribbons and flowers as they assemble their arrangements.

Born and raised in Somerville, owner Ada Tauro says she loves talking to customers and helping them find the perfect arrangement for their occasion.

Central Hill Playground
81 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
Set in the center of Central Hill Park, this playground offers two play areas. There you'll find both a jungle gym forMore big kids with slides and plenty of routes to climb over, as well as a low-to-the-ground tot "jungle gym" with just a few easy steps to conquer and a short, low slide.  Swings include both safe toddler seats and big kid swings, and a rocking horse on a giant spring rounds out the fun for little ones. A ground surface of soft wood chips keeps it all safe. An added bonus: the Main Branch of the Somerville Public Library is just steps away. So after the kids get their exercise, you can head inside for books.
Cambridge-Somerville Early Intervention
61 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02143
C-SEI is the Early Childhood Development program facet of the Guidance Center, a non-profit that has its main offices onMore Sacramento Street. This office is specific to the C-SEI program, though all Guidance Center services are somewhat interrelated. C-SEI provides assessment/diagnosis and ongoing care to the families of children from birth to age 3 that either have or are at risk for developmental challenges. It's sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Servies include home visits, community play groups and a lending library of relevant media materials.