Director's Update July 11, 2021


The Hive
Hello Patrons, 

July programming continues this week with our virtual home organization series, 3D Printing and Safety Training in The Hive, Summer Reading programs, and an outdoor dance class! We also welcome back our community partner, Innovators for Purpose, to deliver classes in person for our STEAM Academy, in which local youth are working while developing technical skills and becoming immersed in our innovation economy.

Home Organizing for Trapped Tigers: Gaining More Peace, Productivity, and Power (Virtual)  

Do you want to set up healthier boundaries as you work more from home or do a better job of organizing a project that you have been wanting to finish? What do you want to change in your home and how you function in it? Beginning on Monday, July 12, at 7 p.m., virtually join Cambridge’s Certified Professional Organizer, Erika Salloux, for this fun, five-part series. 
Registration is required. 

Virtual ESOL Classes 

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes occur virtually 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. 

Summer Reading: Play for Change (Virtual)  

Play for Change is a highly interactive, wildly imagined adventure for children and their caregivers using puppetry, movement, and theater to focus on social injustice. On Tuesday, July 13, at 11 a.m., using play and invention, Tanya Nixon-Silberg (Little Uprisings) and Bonnie Duncan (The Gottabees) equip families with the tools, language, and actions for speaking out and fighting injustice. Registration is required. 

Funding for Summer Reading has been generously provided by the City of Cambridge, the Cambridge Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. 

Hive Safety Training and Glowforge 101 

Tuesday, July 13, 3:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, July 14, 5:30 p.m. 
Thursday, July 15, 2:30 p.m. 
Friday, July 16, 1 p.m. 
Saturday, July 17, 11:30 a.m.

In this 90-minute workshop that you will attend in person, you will learn about our makerspace, how to use our resources, and how to keep safe in The Hive. You will also create your Hive badge ID using our Glowforge laser cutter and learn how to use it to cut and engrave your own creations. Registration is required. 

NOTE: You must complete Hive Safety Training to make, innovate, and collaborate in our makerspace. Makers must also sign The Hive User Agreement and Waivers. The Hive is part of the City's effort to foster equity and access to STEAM education. STEAM at the Library is an expansion of the CPL's literacy efforts. 

3D Printing 101 

Tuesday, July 13, noon 
Wednesday, July 14, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, July 17, 1:30 p.m

Join us in person to learn how to use our Sindoh 3D printers to personalize a design for your 3D print at The Hive. You must complete Hive Safety & Glowforge 101 to register for this workshop. Registration is required

Cambridge Book Bike Story Time (Valente Branch) 

The Cambridge Book Bike Team invites children and their grown-ups to join us for 20-25 minutes of songs, stories, and rhymes on Wednesday, July 14, at 2 p.m. This program will be held outside at the Valente Branch. Registration is not required. The Cambridge Book Bike is a collaboration of the Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative, the Cambridge Public Library, and the Center for Families. 

Outdoor Story Time  

We invite children and their grown-ups to join us for 20-25 minutes of engaging stories on Thursday, July 15, at 11 a.m. Plan to sing along and move around! This program will be held in Joan Lorentz Park, outside the Main Library. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors. Registration is not required. 

Summer Reading: Nature Collage Making (O'Neill Branch) 

On Thursday, July 15, at 4 p.m., make some Everyday Art outside at the O'Neill Branch using natural materials. Use our supplies or bring your own from your neighborhood (leaves, twigs, grass, flowers, etc.). Try to pick up things that have already fallen to the ground (unless you have permission to pick them). Then we will create beautiful nature collages together! In the event of rain, we will move indoors. Registration is not required. 

Tinkercad 101: Customized Phone Stand (Virtual) 

On Thursday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m., learn the fundamentals of Tinkercad to design and edit objects for 3D printing. You'll also be introduced to the Library’s 3D printers. Tinkercad is a free, web-based application. Basic computer skills are necessary for this course. Computing devices are available for reservation via Takeout Technology. Registration is required. 

Dancing in the Park with Sylver Rochelin of 'Froca Fitness  

Join us for an outdoor dance class on Friday, July 16, at 3 p.m.! ‘Froca is a celebration of songs and dances from across Africa and the Caribbean set to popular African and Caribbean music. This professional dancer and choreographer will guide you through an hour of nonstop dance and choreography, allowing everyone to internalize the steps, feel the rhythms, and work up a sweat while celebrating each other's cultures. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Rain date: Friday, July 23, at 3 p.m. 

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Best wishes,

Maria McCauley, Ph.D.
Director of Libraries