News & Notes

  • Apr 1, 2013

    Before leaving Nepal in 2005, Bimala Thapa taught Nepali language and culture to children. Today she is teaching Nepali at the Mystic Activity Center, a 10-week class for 6-12 year-olds sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council and hosted by The Welcome Project. The class has grown quickly from 11 to 17 children who meet on Saturday afternoons to learn to read and write in Nepali.

  • Apr 1, 2013

    Libraries offer the community a wealth of resources and learning opportunities, and Somerville's public libraries are no exception.  On a recent class visit to Somerville's East Branch Library, students from the "English for Helping Your Child in School" class were impressed by the array of materials and activities offered by even a smaller branch library. TWP English teacher Lindsay Wilbur said that, during the conversations leading up to their visit, it was exciting for her to listen to students already familiar with local libraries describing the concept to those who had not yet visited.  Yes, they assured each other, is really is free!

  • Dec 29, 2011
    At a meeting two years ago, staff from Shape Up Somerville asked Clivia Castillo -- a bilingual high school student in our youth interpreter program -- her opinion on how to make it easier for immigrant families from the Mystic to shop at the Somerville Farmers Markets in Union Square and Davis Square.