Director's Update, May 30, 2021


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June is Pride month, a time to celebrate our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community! The Library is hosting a special Pride program on June 8 featuring George M. Johnson, author of All Boys Aren't Blue, in conversation with Professor Kai M. Green. I hope you’ll join us!

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Main Library on Wednesday, June 2!

Memorial Day Holiday

Please note that all Cambridge Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 31, in celebration of Memorial Day.

Virtual Book Groups

Book groups are an excellent way to join neighbors and friends in the joy of reading! We offer a number of virtual book groups this month:

Or join a virtual group at your branch library:

Virtual ESOL Classes

Virtual English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Introductory ESOL takes place at 11 a.m., beginner ESOL at 1 p.m., and intermediate ESOL at 3 p.m. Registration is required for each class. Please see the Library’s online events calendar for more details.

Incomplete Victory: Why 2020 Wasn't Really the Centennial of Women's Suffrage

On Wednesday, June 2, at noon, join us for a workshop with Dr. Laura Prieto, professor of History and Women's and Gender Studies at Simmons University, as we look beyond the surface of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Although white women were enfranchised in 1920, voting rights were not as easily recognized for women of color. Laura will discuss the issue through the individual stories of women and their continuing fight to vote in the decades since 1920. Registration is required.

Tween/Teen Virtual Hangout

Tweens, teens, and their caregivers are invited to drop in on Wednesday, June 2, at 4 p.m. Say hello to your librarians, get book recommendations and research assistance, find out about the Library's virtual offerings, and bring your suggestions! Registration is required.

Wellness for Seniors: Let Your Yoga Dance®

Wellness for Seniors: Let Your Yoga Dance® is a virtual class on Thursday, June 3, at 11 a.m. Breathe, stretch and dance your way to a blissful body, joyous heart and a steady, quiet mind! Open to all levels and abilities. Registration is required.

Join us for Story Time

We invite children and their grownups to join us from home for 20-25 minutes of engaging stories. Plan to sing along and move around!

We are happy to offer these Story Time programs this week:

Registration is required for each event.

Getting Started in Irish Family Research

On Thursday, June 3, at noon, learn how to get started uncovering the stories of your Irish ancestors! In this lecture, Melanie McComb, genealogist with American Ancestors and the New England Historic Genealogical Society, will show you how to take the first steps in tracing your genealogy back to Ireland. Learn about the key records and resources available to you for uncovering your family’s history. Registration is required.

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Best wishes,

Maria McCauley, Ph.D.
Director of Libraries