CPL gets 2017 Rossi Award for Creative and Responsive Leadership


our path forward, cambridge public library

The Cambridge Public Library has been awarded the 2017 Rossi Award for Creative and Responsive Leadership by Cambridge Community Television.


CAMBRIDGE, MA – June 6, 2017 – Annually Cambridge Community Television (CCTV), the community media center serving Cambridge, bestows the Rossi Award for Creative and Responsive Leadership. This year, they honor initiatives that began after the 2016 Presidential election for the purpose of educating the Cambridge community and promoting civic engagement. 

They announced that the Cambridge Public Library - Our Path Forward initiative, as well as the Resistance School, MIT Day of Action, Indivisible Cambridge, and Cambridge Area Stronger Together, will receive the 2017 Rossi Award. The awards ceremony will take place during CCTV’s Annual Back Lot BBQ, a fundraiser for the Youth Media Program, on September 14, 2017, beginning at 5:30pm. Director of Libraries, Maria McCauley, will be inducted as an Honorary Board Member for CCTV at the ceremony.

"Historically, public libraries have ensured that everyone, regardless of economic circumstance, religious or political belief or nationality, has access to a myriad of sources of information. As a result, free public libraries are the cornerstone of a free and open society,” said Susan Fleischmann, Executive Director, Cambridge Community Television. “The Our Path Forward initiative has stepped into a time of great challenge to our democracy, and has activated a deeper level of community conversation and engagement. CCTV honors and values this important work."  

The Our Path Forward series is presented by the Library to affirm its commitment to public discourse and democracy. The first event in the series was We the People: Local Voices Ask What's Next, a panel discussion about issues such as immigration, civil rights, journalism, and mass incarceration. The next event in the series will take place on Thursday, June 29th, in partnership with the office of Mayor E. Denise Simmons, titled An Evening with Dr. Daina Ramey-Berry

 "Our Path Forward has provided an important outlet for the community to become a part of public discourse when more citizens are becoming engaged in their fundamental rights," said Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries. "We are so pleased that the series has been recognized by our partner, CCTV, and among such great company as the other honorees."

For more information on the series you can visit cambridgepubliclibrary.org/ourpathforward