Director's Update, September 26, 2021

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Dear Patrons,

We hope you are enjoying this brilliant fall weather!

Arabic & Korean Books Added to CPL’s World Language Collections

Arabic and Korean books are now available at the Cambridge Public Library! Each collection includes fiction and nonfiction titles for children and adults and is available at the Main Library on the Research Floor and in the Children’s Room.

The Library’s World Language collections also include materials in Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish. The expansion of these collections reflects the diversity of our community and expresses our priority of being a welcoming and inclusive place.

Outdoor Programming for Kids

Weekly outdoor programs for young children will be offered (weather permitting) at our Central Square, Collins, Main, O’Connell, O’Neill, and Valente branches:

  • Outdoor Baby Lapsit: Just for you and your babies! Enjoy time with other parents, caregivers, and babies to learn, play, and develop language and motor skills.
  • Outdoor Sing Along: All ages are invited to sing and dance!
  • Outdoor Story Time: All ages are invited to join us for a half hour of stories!

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

PARK SOUNDS with Kett Lee (Main)

On Monday, September 27, at 6 p.m., enjoy a special evening of music with the esteemed cellist Kett Lee! Come with your picnic and your loved ones to Joan Lorentz Park, outside the Main Library, and prepare for the perfect fall evening! Registration is not required.

ESOL Classes (Central Square/Virtual)

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes occur virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Beginner ESOL takes place at 1 p.m. and Intermediate ESOL at 3 p.m.

Intermediate classes will also be offered in person at the Central Square Branch on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Intro ESOL will be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.   Please see the Library’s online events calendar for more details.

Crisis in Ethiopia: What Is to Be Done? (Virtual)

In 2019, the Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation and for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea. But simmering tensions with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front escalated into war last year, with long-term implications for domestic and regional stability in the Horn of Africa.

On Tuesday, September 28, at noon, join Alex de Waal, a human rights activist, professor, and the executive director of the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University, for a discussion of the crisis in Ethiopia. Registration is required. This event is part of the Library’s International Briefing series.

Resumé and Job Application Support (Central Square)

Would you like help creating a resumé or looking for looking a job? Join us on Wednesday, September 29, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Central Square Branch for assistance. No registration is required.

Studio Recording 101 (Main)

Are you interested in podcasting, audio production, or video production? The Hive has two state-of-the-art recording studios! Join this workshop on Tuesday, September 28, at 1 p.m. to become familiar with the basics of the equipment and software. Registration is required.

You must complete Hive Safety Training & Glowforge 101 before participating in this program.

Hive Safety Training & Glowforge 101 (Main)

In this hour-and-a-half workshop on Wednesday, September 29, at 5:30 p.m., 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 cut and engrave your own creations using this device. Registration is required.

All makers must sign The Hive User Agreement and Waivers to participate.

Pajama Story Time (Virtual)

We invite children and their grown-ups to get together virtually for 20-25 minutes of songs, stories, and rhymes to wind down the day on Wednesday, September 29, at 6:45 p.m. Feel free to wear your favorite pajamas! Caregivers are asked to participate with their children. Registration is required.

Hive Equipment and Studio Reservations (Main)

On Thursday, September 30, from 1 to 5 p.m., anyone who has completed Hive training and is badged to use the equipment or studio(s) can reserve Hive equipment or studio spaces. Staff will assist participants as they are able. Make reservations.

Learn more about becoming a badged maker.

Glowforge 201 (Main)

On Thursday, September 30, at 6 p.m., learn how to select materials for your project, optimize your artwork and file format, use the camera for focusing and scanning, and maintain the Glowforge Pro machine. Completing this workshop earns you a badge for the Glowforge laser cutter. You can then reserve the Glowforge Pro to use during designated times. Registration is required.

You must complete Hive Safety Training & Glowforge 101 before registering for this workshop.

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Best wishes,

Maria McCauley, Ph.D.
Director of Libraries



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