Monday, June 23, 2014

Cambridge READS Announces 2014 Title

If you've been looking for a special summer read you won't soon forget, consider the just-announced 2014 Cambridge READS selection: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

With support from the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge READS is an annual city-wide book club to promote the love of reading and connections within the Cambridge community. Mark your calendars for the Cambridge READS author event and discussion on October 14, 2014 and watch here for more details coming this summer.

And just for fun, check out this archive blog post featuring author Junot Diaz speaking about the importance of libraries during a visit to the Cambridge Public Library last year.

There are always great things happening at the library! For more information about how you can get involved with the Friends to help support our Cambridge libraries and exciting programs like Cambridge READS, click here

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer Days Mean Summer Reading

School days are counting down and the official start of summer is almost here! That means it's time to set summer reading goals and more at the library.

The Cambridge Public Library is kick starting summer activities and reading programs for children and teens at the main library and many of the branches in June. Don’t miss a cool concert, a petting zoo, or a little magical mayhem for kids of all ages.

While you're there, get started on your summer reading list. Pick out a new book or three and take it to the beach, the neighborhood library branch, or the backyard!

The Friends of the Cambridge Public Library helps sponsor many of the summer reading programs at the library. There are always great things happening at the library! For more information on how you can get involved with the Friends to help support our Cambridge libraries, click here.



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Thank You. Thank You. Thank You!

What a spectacular day this past Sunday for the Secret Gardens of Cambridge!

Special thanks to each and every one of our gracious garden hosts for allowing us to take a peek at your secret sanctuaries. Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and helped support the Cambridge Public Library with your participation. And thank you to the local retailers who sold tickets and put up posters to help the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library promote the event.

Proceeds from the event go to support acquisitions, events, museum passes, summer reading programs and more at our Cambridge Public Library and branches. We hope you enjoyed the 2014 Secret Gardens of Cambridge garden tour! If you have a garden that should be on the tour in 2016, we'd love to see it. Contact the Friends to tell us about your secret garden in Cambridge.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Secret Gardens of Cambridge is this Sunday!

It looks like weekend temperatures will bring back the hints of spring. So don't wait! Get your tickets for the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library Secret Gardens of Cambridge tour THIS SUNDAY, June 1 from 10am to 4pm.

Rain or shine, you'll love meandering through the Cambridge neighborhoods to enjoy the lush green terraces, brilliant pops of color, and the fragrant scents of flowers in bloom that will surprise you at every turn.

Get your tickets before they’re gone! Tickets are $25 each and are on sale now at all Cambridge Public Library locations and at the following local retailers: 

Bonny's Garden Center
Brattle Florist
Dickson Bros. Hardware
Mahoney's in Brighton
Nomad
Pemberton Farms
Porter Square Books
Rodney's Books

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library in support of our Cambridge Public Library.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Spring into Summer with the Secret Gardens of Cambridge on June 1

Remember winter? 

Oh, that’s right, it went on for about eight months this year.

But yes, winter is officially over, and in its place we have the every-other-year celebration of spring, the Secret Gardens of Cambridge tour. 

Remember winter all you want, but come on: is there really anything better than spending one Sunday in June wandering through gardens and fields and back yards and private places, talking to people just like you who like nothing better than getting their hands dirty bringing something to life?

Forget winter. The Secret Gardens of Cambridge are amazing.

So here’s the deal: on Sunday, June 1st, between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, we’re inviting you to enjoy more than two dozen gardens in Cambridge that you’d never be able to see any other time of the year. A taste of the summer to come, and a reminder of why we love living here.


Rain or shine, the gardens are beautiful and full of color. But just as important, the Secret Gardens of Cambridge is the single largest one-year fundraiser for the Cambridge Public Library. Buy a ticket for $25.00, and you’ll help the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library purchase new acquisitions, fund family programs, bring guest speakers, and underwrite all the activities that help make the Cambridge Public Library the center of our community that it is.

Beautiful gardens, hidden Cambridge spaces, helping the library. Is there any better way to start the summer?

Tickets are on sale now at all Cambridge library locations and at the following local retailers: 
Bonny's Garden Center
Brattle Florist
Dickson Bros. Hardware
Mahoney's in Brighton
Nomad
Pemberton Farms
Porter Square Books
Rodney's Books

Monday, May 12, 2014

Fun Facts about the Secret Gardens of Cambridge

The weather is warming up and the sun is out!

The mulch is being delivered, the green leaves are filling in, and the gardens along the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library garden tour are being pampered and prettied up for their June 1 debut!

Don’t forget to get your tickets early. And for fun, here’s a few tidbits about the Secret Gardens of Cambridge:

Friends of the Cambridge Public Library member 
Sherry Leffert photographed this dewy daisy on 
Wendell St.
The Secret Gardens of Cambridge event takes place rain or shine. Who doesn’t love to have a peek at a swath of brightly blooming flowers covered in raindrops?

The self-guided garden tour of Cambridge began in 2000, when the late Frances Tenenbaum joined the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library. Francis was an award-winning garden writer and because of her, the Friends’ signature fundraising event began!

In 2012, the garden tour highlighted “Open Secrets” along the route as well. Open Secrets are those beautiful, but not-so-secret gardens and green spaces you can enjoy from the street view all around Cambridge.

One of our Friends Board members brought along some of her friends for a walking garden party in past years and shared impressions from the group’s garden note-taking.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

It's On!

The countdown to the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library Secret Gardens of Cambridge event starts today!

The 2014 self-guided tour is Sunday, June 1 from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at all Cambridge library branches and several area retailers. Check here for the list of locations.

The Secret Gardens of Cambridge has featured over 200 individual gardens around Cambridge since it began. Proceeds from the garden tour ticket sales are used by the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library to sponsor community events and special presentations at the library, to purchase museum passes for public use, to bring guest authors to the library, and to expand the library collections.

Watch for more details--and maybe some behind-the-scenes updates--here and on the Friends' Facebook page.