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Director's Update, July 24, 2020


7/24/2020

Aerial View of the Central Square Branch Library

Dear Library Patrons,

Kids Books to Go Monday at Collins Branch & Friday at O’Connell Branch!

At Kids Books to Go pop-up events, youth and families can borrow bags of library books for kids and teens without having to make an appointment or place catalog requests. Title selections are curated by Cambridge Public Library children's librarians.

The next pop-up will take place on Monday, July 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside the Collins Branch at 64 Aberdeen Ave. We will host the following event outside the O’Connell Branch, 48 Sixth St., on Friday, July 31, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bins will also be available at each location for library returns during these events.

Join us for Story Times

Children and your grownups, join us for Cambridge Book Bike Virtual Story Time on Tuesday, July 28, at 11 a.m. Plan to join in, sing along, and move around! Registration is required

The next Virtual STEAM Story Time: Exploring Bubbles will be on Wednesday, July 29, at 11 a.m. Children and their grownups can join us for 20-25 minutes of stories and hands-on activities to explore STEAM. Please gather activity materials before the event if you plan to participate. This week, you will need  the activity sheet available on our website, bubble solution, bubble wand, assorted recycled or craft materials for wand-making (such as plastic bottles, cups, straws or containers), clothing or fabric scraps, string, rubber bands, pipe cleaners, and scissors. Registration is required.

CPL will host Virtual Family Story Time on Thursday, July 30, at 11:00 a.m. Caregivers are asked to participate in the program with their children. Registration is required.

Upcoming Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading programs for kids offered this week include: Concert with Shaw Pong Liu, Storytelling with Tony Toledo, Concert with Rolie Polie Guacamole, Wee the People, and Acrobatics by Li Liu.

You can also begin registering for these youth programs, which are happening next week: Storytelling with Motoko, Brazilian Beats by Grooversity, Sciencetellers, Wee the People and Pineapple Project.

To register for Summer Reading, please go to our website.

Virtual CCTV Workshop

On Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m., in partnership with Cambridge Community Television (CCTV), we will offer a virtual workshop Intro to Cell Phone Cinema. You will learn how to set up your device for filming, acquire the skills to capture the best-looking video possible, and gain the knowledge to create a story using just your smartphone! Registration is required.

Crafting at the CPL

You can learn to Make A Quilt Block with Michael C. Thorpe on Wednesday, July 29, at 6:00 p.m. Quilting is a textile art based on community, connection, and collaboration. Whether you are a beginning sewist or experienced crafter, quilting is a great entry way into new, meaningful, and exciting projects. And it can be done with materials and scraps from around the home- from quilting cotton to old curtains. Celebrated quilting artist Michael C. Thorpe will talk about his boundary breaking work and teach you how to make your own quilt block in this engaging workshop! Registration is required.

Community Yoga, Sundays in August

Mindfulness and yoga teacher Cap Aguilar will lead a virtual community yoga class every Sunday in August, where you can practice yoga from the comfort of your own home. Class begins Sunday, August 2, at 10:00 a.m. Cap will provide various options and information to support your unique expression of yoga and to honor yoga’s Black and Brown roots. This series welcomes all bodies, ages, abilities, backgrounds, hopes, and dreams. Registration is required.

Learn to Ballroom Dance

Join instructor Michael Winward on Monday, August 3, at 7:00 p.m. for a beginner-level ballroom dance workshop. Michael takes a gender-neutral approach, teaching routines that include the leader and follower roles of each dance style. No partner is necessary to attend. This workshop is designed for solo participants dancing in their living spaces. It will include a brief history, acknowledging the origins of each dance style: Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Cha-cha, Rumba, and East Coast Swing. Registration is required.

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Al best,

Dr. Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries