Director's Update, September 13, 2020

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Dear Patrons,
We will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15. While the contributions of our Latinx and Hispanic community members are to be celebrated year round, we take this time to highlight important contributions. I am delighted that among the many exciting programs we are offering this Fall season are readings by poet José Alvarez and author Paul Ortiz in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Women Leading the Way in Healthcare
Join us on Monday, September 14 at 6 p.m. for Women Leading the Way in Healthcare with Rosemarie Day. Author Rosemarie Day discusses her book Marching Toward Coverage: How Women Can Lead the Fight for Universal Healthcare (Beacon Press, 2020). With 28 million Americans uninsured, and millions more who can’t afford their coverage, Day asks the fundamental question: Can we, as a nation, do better? Day believes we can and will—once women begin to engage collectively around this topic. This discussion will focus on galvanizing women to take action to make healthcare a right in the US. Registration is required.

José Olivarez presents Citizen Illegal
On Wednesday, September 16 at 7 p.m., poet José Olivarez explores the stories, contradictions, joys, and sorrows that embody life in the spaces between Mexico and America. In Citizen Illegal, he paints vivid portraits of good kids, bad kids, families clinging to hope, life after the steel mills, gentrifying barrios, and everything in between. Combining wry humor with potent emotional force, Olivarez takes on complex issues of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and immigration using an everyday language that invites the reader in. Registration is required.
An African American and Latinx History of the United States
Paul Ortiz will present An African American and Latinx History of the United States on Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m. Spanning more than two hundred years, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history, arguing that the “Global South” was crucial to the development of America as we know it. Registration is required.

Saeed Jones in Conversation with E. Patrick Johnson
On Tuesday, September 29, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., author Saeed Jones will discuss his award-winning memoir with E. Patrick Johnson, Dean of the School of Communication and the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. Haunted and haunting, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir about a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Cambridge Public Library. Registration is required.
Kids Books to Go Events Continue- This Week at the 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. Selections are curated by Cambridge Public Library Youth Services librarians. Bins are also available for library returns during these events.
The next Kids Books to Go events are scheduled as follows:
  • Friday, September 18, from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the O’Connell Branch, 48 Sixth Street
  • Wednesday September 23, from 12 p.m. -3 p.m. at the Boudreau Branch, 245 Concord Avenue
  • Friday, October 2, from 2 p.m. -5 p.m. at the Collins Branch, 64 Aberdeen Avenue
Join us for Story Times
The next Virtual STEAM Story Time will be on Wednesday, September 16 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. Registration is required.
The Library will host Virtual Family Story Time on Thursday, September 17 at 11 a.m. Registration is required.
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Best wishes,
Dr. Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries
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