Director's Update, May 22, 2022


Children''s Room

Dear Patrons,

The Library will be closed on Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. We are delighted to offer the following programs next week.

Book Groups

Learn more about our Book Group offerings this week.

Outdoor Programs for Kids

This week, these outdoor programs for young children will be offered (weather permitting) at our Boudreau, Central Square, Collins, Main, O’Connell, O’Neill, and Valente locations:

Baby Lapsit: Just for you and your baby! Enjoy time with other parents, caregivers, and babies to play and develop language and motor skills.

  • Sing-Along: All ages are invited to sing and dance!
  • Songs & Stories: All ages are invited to sing, dance, and share a story!
  • Story Time: All ages are invited to join us for a half hour of stories!

Please see the events calendar for further details. Registration is not required.

Wellness for Seniors (Virtual)
Monday, May 23
11-11:45 a.m.

Put on your dancing shoes to improve flexibility and balance, strengthen muscles, and have fun! The certified Zumba Gold instructor Emily B. will lead you through 45 minutes of low-impact and easy choreography in your own home through Zoom. Registration is required for each session.

Equipment and Studio Reservation (Main)
Monday, May 23
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 24
5:30-8:30 pm.
Thursday, May 26
12:30-4 p.m.

During this time period, anyone who has completed Hive Safety Training and is badged to use equipment or studio(s) can reserve Hive equipment or studio spaces. Learn more about becoming a badged maker. Staff will assist participants as they are able. Registration is required.

ESOL Classes (Central Square)
Tuesdays and Thursdays
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-2:30 p.m., and 3-4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays and Fridays
10:30 a.m.-Noon

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes occur at the Central Square Branch on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Intermediate ESOL is at 11 a.m., High Beginner ESOL is at 1 p.m., and Advanced ESOL is at 3 p.m. Beginner ESOL is at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Registration is required for each class.

Hive Safety Training (Virtual)
Tuesday, May 24
1-1:30 p.m.

In this workshop, you will learn about our makerspace, how to use our resources, and how to keep safe in The Hive. Before attending workshops in The Hive, all makers must bring signed copies of The Hive User Agreement and Waivers. Registration is required.

Robert Kuttner Presents Going Big: FDR’s Legacy, Biden’s New Deal, and the Struggle to Save Democracy (Main)
Tuesday, May 24
6:30-8 p.m.

The Cambridge Public Library and Harvard Book Store welcome the acclaimed journalist and political analyst Robert Kuttner for a discussion of his latest book, Going Big: FDR’s Legacy, Biden’s New Deal, and the Struggle to Save Democracy. Registration is required.

Outdoor Pajama Story Time (O'Neill)
Tuesday, May 24
6:45-7:30 p.m.

Come to the O’Neill Branch in your pajamas to listen to stories, read with your children, and enjoy a snack before bed! Pajama Story Time will be held outdoors and will move inside the Library in the case of bad weather. Pajama Story Time is presented by the Cambridge Public Library and the Center for Families. Learn more.

Résumé and Job Application Support (Central Square)
Wednesday, May 25
1-3 p.m.

Are you looking for assistance creating a résumé or finding a job? Drop by the Central Square Branch for help with preparing a résumé, conducting a job search online, and completing online applications. No registration is required. Learn more.

Sewing 101 (Main)
Wednesday, May 25
2-3:30 p.m.
Friday, May 27
3-4:30 p.m.

In this 90-minute class, you’ll learn the basics of sewing machine operation and safety. This session will cover setting up a machine, its basic functions, threading the machine, reloading the bobbin, sewing straight stitches, and recognizing when the stitch tension has gone awry. We’ll also cover some safety best practices when operating a sewing machine. As we learn together, we’ll work on a simple sewing project—a drawstring bag—which most students will be able to complete by the end of the class.

You must complete Hive Safety Training or Hive Safety Training & Glowforge 101 before registering for this workshop. Registration is required.

Read to a Dog (O’Connell)
Wednesday, May 25
3-4 p.m.

Read with a cuddly friend! Trained therapy dogs provide warm and nonjudgmental companions for new or experienced readers up to age 14. Registration is required for each 10-minute time slot (beginning on Wednesday, May 18) by visiting or calling the O’Connell Branch at 617-349-4019. Learn more.

Mending Matters (Valente/Virtual)
Thursday, May 26
6:30-8 p.m.

Learn how to get more life out of your clothes or put household textiles to new uses in this monthly hands-on workshop! The artist Jessamy Kilcollins will demonstrate different techniques and provide guidance on your projects. A limited number of supply kits will be available for registered participants to pick up at the Valente Branch. Registration is required.

3D Printing 101: Design and Creation, Pt. 1 (Main)
Wednesday, May 25, and Thursday, May 26
7-8:30 p.m.
Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28
10:30 a.m.-Noon

Learn how to create objects in digital space and fabricate them using our Sindoh 3D printers in this two-part series. In Part 1, you will get hands-on experience running the 3D printer and gain fundamental 3D modeling skills using Tinkercad. In Part 2, you will create designs and practice setting up your own 3D print construction. You must complete Hive Safety Training and create a free Tinkercad account before registering for this workshop. Registration is required.

Note: This is a badging course for 3D Printing. Signing up for Part 1 allows you to participate in Part 2 the next day. You will be badged at the end of the Part 2 workshop.

Poets in Conversation: Yanyi and Victoria Chang (Virtual)
Thursday, May 26
6-7:15 p.m.

Join us for a reading and conversation between two exceptional poets: Yanyi and Victoria Chang. We will also celebrate their respective, much-anticipated new releases Dream of the Divided Field and The Trees Witness Everything! This program is part of our AAPI Heritage Month Programming and is supported by the Cambridge Public Library Foundation. Registration is required.

23rd Annual Youth Poetry Awards (Main)
Thursday, May 26
6-8:30 p.m.

The Cambridge Public Library presents our 23rd Annual Youth Poetry Awards for K-8 students who live or attend school in Cambridge. Winners will be awarded prizes and invited to read their work at this ceremony and reading. This program is supported by the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library. Learn more.

Studio Recording 101
Saturday, May 28
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Are you interested in podcasting, audio production, or video production? The Hive has two state-of-the-art recording studios! Join this workshop to become familiar with the studio equipment and software. You must complete Hive Safety Training before registering for this workshop. Registration is required.

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All the best,

Maria McCauley, Ph.D.
Director of Libraries