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CPL Receives Urban Libraries Council Award for Creative Aging Program



Cambridge Public Library received an Innovations Initiative Honorable Mention Award during the 2019 Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Innovations Celebration, held on October 17 in Salt Lake City,  for its Creative Aging Program. The annual Innovations award program recognizes leading practices from ULC’s member library systems across the U.S. and Canada.

A panel of expert judges selected Cambridge Public Library’s Creative Aging Program as an Honorable Mention from 260 submissions in 10 categories that showcase out-of-the box thinking and creative applications of library resource. Cambridge Public Library received recognition in the category of Education – Adults. Award winners were recognized for their level of creativity, ability for other libraries to adapt their work and the outcomes achieved. All 2019 ULC Innovations can be viewed at

“This year’s winners put forth bold ideas that will fundamentally bring about positive change,” said Urban Libraries Council President and CEO Susan Benton. “For this year’s Innovations Initiative, we received our most diverse and exceptional forward-thinking submissions to date. We celebrate Cambridge Public Library for presenting a groundbreaking initiative that is sure to transform their community and inspire libraries across North America”

Cambridge Public Library’s Creative Aging program brings together gifted teaching artists and older adults to build skills across various art disciplines. The program boosts participants’ self-confidence and creates opportunities for lasting social connections. Courses offered under Creative Aging banner so far include, poetry writing, memoir writing, dance and storytelling.

“I am delighted that Cambridge Public Library’s Creative Aging program has been recognized by the Urban Libraries Council,” averred Dr. Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries for the City of Cambridge, “this recognition will inspire us to work harder to deliver exciting programs for our patrons."