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Hi! I am Maria McCauley, the Director of Libraries. Learn more about upcoming Library programs and events in my weekly message.
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CPL Presents: Susan Clare Zalkind, author of The Waltham Murders (Main)

Thursday, July 25 @ 6:00 PM
Join the Cambridge Public Library in welcoming Susan Clare Zalkind, author of The Waltham Murders, for a reading and discussion moderated by Becky Cooper, author of We Keep the Dead Close. After the loss of her friend in a 2011 triple-murder in Waltham, Zalkind—an investigative reporter and the writer and producer behind the 2022 Hulu docuseries The Murders Before the Marathon, named one of the best shows of the year by The Wall Street Journal—determined to find out more. In The Waltham Murders—part-memoir, part-journalistic inquiry—Zalkind is able to communicate to the reader not just the facts of this gruesome murder, as well as its possible links to the Boston Marathon bombings two years later, but also the feelings such a horrible crime brings to the fore. The reading will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
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Gatsby Community Workshop (Main)

Saturday, July 20 @ 12:00 PM
Inspired by A.R.T.’s production of Gatsby, these workshops use theater as a framework to explore themes of belonging, aspirations for the future, and what the American Dream means today, and activate our Essential Question: How can we build a new world that is in conversation with those that came before? A.R.T.’s Engagement workshops allow community members from across Greater Boston to deeply engage in the themes, questions, and ideas sparked by our productions through theatrical frameworks, generative dialogue, and community-building activities. Cosponsored by Cambridge Public Library. Registration is required to participate in this program.
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Coming Up

  • Vinyl Cutting 101 (Main)

    Would you like to make your own vinyl signs, stickers, or images to transfer to T-shirts and other textiles? In this workshop, you can learn how to use our Roland Camm-1 GS-24 vinyl cutter. You can then design a sticker and cut it with our vinyl cutter! Registration is required. You must complete Hive Safety Training before registering for this workshop.

  • Equipment and Studio Reservations (Main)

    During this reservation period, anyone who has completed Hive training and is badged to use equipment or studio(s) can reserve Hive equipment or studio spaces. Staff will assist participants as they are able.

  • Gatsby Community Workshop (Main)

    Inspired by A.R.T.’s production of Gatsby, these workshops use theater as a framework to explore themes of belonging, aspirations for the future, and what the American Dream means today, and activate our Essential Question: How can we build a new world that is in conversation with those that came before? A.R.T.’s Engagement workshops allow community members from across Greater Boston to deeply engage in the themes, questions, and ideas sparked by our productions through theatrical frameworks, generative dialogue, and community-building activities. Cosponsored by Cambridge Public Library. Registration is required to participate in this program.

  • INTERWOVEN: A Multigenerational Showcase of Textile and Fiber Arts - Exhibit

    Join us in celebrating the opening of "INTERWOVEN: A Multigenerational Showcase of Textile and Fiber Arts." This exhibit, featuring the work of three Indian-American women—Zahira Paul, Zebun Rangwala, and Aparna Paul—primarily in the form of quilts, bags, clothes, books, and other sewn goods, will open on July 13, 2024 with a kickoff event featuring an artist talk, fiber arts workshops, and performance poetry. Exhibit will be on display until July 26th.

  • Summer Cyanotype Workshop (Main)

    Join local photographer and artist Edie Bresler for a fun hands-on workshop on cyanotype, a method of photography that uses the sun to develop prints! Participants will learn all about the process and techniques used in this photography method and create their own small cyanotype print with natural objects. This event will take place outside of the Main Library in Joan Lorentz Park, in the shade and in direct sunlight. Please plan accordingly. Note: If rain or heavy clouds affect our ability to make prints outside, we will offer this workshop inside in the Community Room with artificial light sources. About the artist: Edie Bresler uses a broad range of photographic approaches to engage ideas of perception, truth and collectivity. A recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, several Somerville Arts Council awards and a Berkshire Taconic Artist, Bresler's projects have been featured on Good Morning America, PBS Greater Boston, Photograph Magazine, Lenscratch, Slate, Esquire, Photo District News, Business Insider, and more. A popular speaker and educator, Bresler often partners with community organizations to produce local community photography art projects. Registration for this event will open at 9 a.m. on July 1, 2024.

  • Summer Reading: Nintendo Switch Party for Ages 11-14 (Valente)

    Join our Nintendo Switch party! We will be using library consoles to enjoy multiplayer games. This program is for ages 11-14. This program can accommodate 16 gamers. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis on the day of the program. The gamer must be present to receive a ticket. This program starts promptly, and any unclaimed spots will be offered to someone waiting. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Please call 617-349-4015 for further details.

  • Summer Reading: Tie Dye Workshop (O'Neill)

    Join us at the O'Neill branch and make your own tie-dye t-shirt! The Library will provide white t-shirts and kerchiefs. If supplies permit, you are welcome to bring other clean cotton items to dye (light colors work best). For children ages 5 and up with a caregiver. Registration is required. Please register each individual who will be participating. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 617-349-4023 or via email: sjoycefarley@cambridgema.gov

  • STEAM Academy: Innovators for Purpose Summer Studio (Main)

    Innovators for Purpose (iFp) Studio is a youth-powered design and innovation program where young creatives channel their energy and creative vision to imagine and build a better world. Blending art, design, science, technology and storytelling within a social justice framework, iFp creatives engage in real-world client-sponsored projects. July 8 - August 9, weekdays from 9:15am-3:30pm at the Main Library

  • Baby Lapsit (Main)

    Just for you and the baby! Enjoy time together with other parents, caregivers and babies to learn, play, and develop language and motor skills. Designed for babies 0 to 18 months. Come prepared to sit on the floor one-on-one with your baby in your lap. This program can accommodate 15 babies and their caregivers. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis on the day of the program. The entire party must be present to receive a ticket. This program starts promptly. Unclaimed seats will be offered to someone waiting. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Please call 617-349-4038 for more information. The City of Cambridge does not discriminate, including on the basis of disability. We may provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures to people with disabilities. For more information contact us at library@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-4032 (voice), or via relay at 711.

  • Magazine Beach Storytime (Central Square Branch)

    Discover a world outdoors with stories read by staff from the Central Square Branch of the Cambridge Public Library. This event will be held off-site at Mass Audubon Magazine Beach Park Nature Center (668 Memorial Drive).

  • Vinyl Cutting 101 (Main)

    Would you like to make your own vinyl signs, stickers, or images to transfer to T-shirts and other textiles? In this workshop, you can learn how to use our Roland Camm-1 GS-24 vinyl cutter. You can then design a sticker and cut it with our vinyl cutter! Registration is required. You must complete Hive Safety Training before registering for this workshop.

  • Equipment and Studio Reservations (Main)

    During this reservation period, anyone who has completed Hive training and is badged to use equipment or studio(s) can reserve Hive equipment or studio spaces. Staff will assist participants as they are able.

  • Gatsby Community Workshop (Main)

    Inspired by A.R.T.’s production of Gatsby, these workshops use theater as a framework to explore themes of belonging, aspirations for the future, and what the American Dream means today, and activate our Essential Question: How can we build a new world that is in conversation with those that came before? A.R.T.’s Engagement workshops allow community members from across Greater Boston to deeply engage in the themes, questions, and ideas sparked by our productions through theatrical frameworks, generative dialogue, and community-building activities. Cosponsored by Cambridge Public Library. Registration is required to participate in this program.

  • INTERWOVEN: A Multigenerational Showcase of Textile and Fiber Arts - Exhibit

    Join us in celebrating the opening of "INTERWOVEN: A Multigenerational Showcase of Textile and Fiber Arts." This exhibit, featuring the work of three Indian-American women—Zahira Paul, Zebun Rangwala, and Aparna Paul—primarily in the form of quilts, bags, clothes, books, and other sewn goods, will open on July 13, 2024 with a kickoff event featuring an artist talk, fiber arts workshops, and performance poetry. Exhibit will be on display until July 26th.

  • Summer Cyanotype Workshop (Main)

    Join local photographer and artist Edie Bresler for a fun hands-on workshop on cyanotype, a method of photography that uses the sun to develop prints! Participants will learn all about the process and techniques used in this photography method and create their own small cyanotype print with natural objects. This event will take place outside of the Main Library in Joan Lorentz Park, in the shade and in direct sunlight. Please plan accordingly. Note: If rain or heavy clouds affect our ability to make prints outside, we will offer this workshop inside in the Community Room with artificial light sources. About the artist: Edie Bresler uses a broad range of photographic approaches to engage ideas of perception, truth and collectivity. A recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, several Somerville Arts Council awards and a Berkshire Taconic Artist, Bresler's projects have been featured on Good Morning America, PBS Greater Boston, Photograph Magazine, Lenscratch, Slate, Esquire, Photo District News, Business Insider, and more. A popular speaker and educator, Bresler often partners with community organizations to produce local community photography art projects. Registration for this event will open at 9 a.m. on July 1, 2024.

  • Summer Reading: Nintendo Switch Party for Ages 11-14 (Valente)

    Join our Nintendo Switch party! We will be using library consoles to enjoy multiplayer games. This program is for ages 11-14. This program can accommodate 16 gamers. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis on the day of the program. The gamer must be present to receive a ticket. This program starts promptly, and any unclaimed spots will be offered to someone waiting. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Please call 617-349-4015 for further details.

  • Summer Reading: Tie Dye Workshop (O'Neill)

    Join us at the O'Neill branch and make your own tie-dye t-shirt! The Library will provide white t-shirts and kerchiefs. If supplies permit, you are welcome to bring other clean cotton items to dye (light colors work best). For children ages 5 and up with a caregiver. Registration is required. Please register each individual who will be participating. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 617-349-4023 or via email: sjoycefarley@cambridgema.gov

  • Vinyl Cutting 101 (Main)

    Would you like to make your own vinyl signs, stickers, or images to transfer to T-shirts and other textiles? In this workshop, you can learn how to use our Roland Camm-1 GS-24 vinyl cutter. You can then design a sticker and cut it with our vinyl cutter! Registration is required. You must complete Hive Safety Training before registering for this workshop.

  • Equipment and Studio Reservations (Main)

    During this reservation period, anyone who has completed Hive training and is badged to use equipment or studio(s) can reserve Hive equipment or studio spaces. Staff will assist participants as they are able.

  • Gatsby Community Workshop (Main)

    Inspired by A.R.T.’s production of Gatsby, these workshops use theater as a framework to explore themes of belonging, aspirations for the future, and what the American Dream means today, and activate our Essential Question: How can we build a new world that is in conversation with those that came before? A.R.T.’s Engagement workshops allow community members from across Greater Boston to deeply engage in the themes, questions, and ideas sparked by our productions through theatrical frameworks, generative dialogue, and community-building activities. Cosponsored by Cambridge Public Library. Registration is required to participate in this program.

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