Thursday, April 17, 2014

Have Fun with Science at the Library

The annual Cambridge Science Festival starts this weekend and over 150 events showcase science all over Cambridge through the week of April 18-27.

To kick it off, don’t miss the Cambridge Science Festival Carnival, featuring five science themes, and a Robot Zoo, at the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday, April 19, 12-5pm.

Events for adults and kids offer all kinds of experiments, discoveries, and fascinating activities to pique your scientific curiosity!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Secret Gardens of Cambridge Tickets On Sale May 1st

Spring is in the air. Finally!

Save the date for the
Friends of the Cambridge Public Library
Secret Gardens of Cambridge Tour
Sunday, June 1 from 10am – 4pm

Tickets go on sale May 1 and can be purchased at all Cambridge Libraries and the following local retailers:
Bonny’s Garden Center
Brattle Florist
Dickson Bros. Hardware
Mahoney’s Brighton
Pemberton Farms
Porter Square Books
Rodney's Books

Watch for more details about ticket sales and the 2014 Secret Gardens of Cambridge here and on the Friends’ Facebook page.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Snap a Picture at the Library

When you head out to the library next week, don’t forget the camera! Monday, April 7 is Library Snapshot Day at all Cambridge Public Library branches.

Document what you love about your library with a selfie in the stacks and share it on Facebook or Twitter (@cambridgepl) with the #snapmass14 hashtag.

Strike a pose with your library card at the check-out desk, express your excitement browsing the new fiction, or show your studious side doing homework with friends in the teen room. You can even get a picture taken at one of the pop-up photo studios at the Cambridge libraries.

Snapshot Days help libraries collect data and photos that demonstrate the value of libraries and raise public awareness that libraries are busier than ever. There are always great things happening at the library! For more information on how you can get involved with the Friends and help support our Cambridge libraries, click here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Library Advocacy Day is March 31

Graphic courtesy of the Massachusetts
Board of Library Commissioners
A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the digital lockout in libraries across the state and how funding can help crack the code. 

Did you know: Funding to support library technology has decreased by 56%, lower today than it was in 1998? And State Aid to support local libraries is down 31%, the lowest it’s been since 1994. As a result, libraries across the state are threading the needle to keep up and maintain technology resources, circulation, events, and community services with fewer resources.

Libraries serve as vibrant information hubs and community-gathering centers. In Cambridge, where we’re fortunate to have an incredible main library facility and city-wide system, we know this all too well. Watch this video demonstrating just how Massachusetts libraries stack up...against the state championship sports teams no less!

Each of us should be speaking up about how much we value our local library. Monday, March 31 is Library Advocacy Day at the Massachusetts State House—tell your lawmakers why your library is important to you.

To find out more, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has an easy-to-share online resource to help you learn more about library funding, the digital lockout, and other legislative issues here.

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Growing Digital Demand...and the Library Lockout

Now that almost everyone has some kind of mobile screen in their pocket or satchel, it is no wonder that eBook demand in Massachusetts libraries is up by over 5,000% since 2005!

There are two major challenges for libraries attempting to meet this demand:
  1. Cost: Many publishers charge libraries up to 6 times more than consumers are charged for the same eBook. 
  2. Access: Lack of library funding has left technology for eBook distribution networks behind and playing catch-up; plus lending restrictions placed on eBooks by vendors limit access even further.
Libraries play a vital role in providing equal, free and open access to information for every person. But the lockout faced by libraries and patrons is hindering access to new and growing digital resources.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissions and the Massachusetts Library System are piloting a new eBook and eContent system with 50 libraries across the state. With increased State Aid to Libraries, the program will be expanded to 1,700 libraries, including school, academic and special collection libraries as well as public libraries in Massachusetts.

We can all help advocate for better funding to increase eBook content and improve technology and resource sharing for new digital collections in our libraries. Learn more with this easy-to-share overview online, add your name to the map of support for eBooks and technology in libraries, or even talk to your lawmakers in person about why your library is important to you and your community during Library Legislative Day at the State House on March 31.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Save the Date: June 1, 2014

The Longfellow House and gardens in Cambridge
It may not look that way this blustery February week, but there is spring burgeoning underneath all that snow out there…we’re sure of it!

Save the Date:
The Friends of the Cambridge 
Public Library
Secret Gardens of Cambridge tour on Sunday, June 1, 2014

Tickets will be available at area retailers and library branches in coming months. Watch for details here and on the Friends’ Facebook page.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February is Love Your Library Month

Here in Cambridge, we have a lot to love in our libraries, from the beautiful and expansive main library to each one of our uniquely neighborhood local branches. Join the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library to help support library collections and programs. Love your library this month and every month!

by Varda One

It's only a room with shelves and books,
but it's far more magical than it looks

It's a jet on which I soar
to lands that exist no more.

Or a key with which I find
answers to questions crowding my mind.

Building my habit of learning and growing,
asking and researching till I reach knowing.

Here, I've been a mermaid and an elf
I've even learned to be more myself.

I think that I shall never see
a place that's been more useful to me.

With encouraging kind friends with wit
Who tell me to dream big and never quit.

It's only a room with shelves and books,
but it's far more magical than it looks.

A lovely verse kindly shared by the author and Friends and Foundations of California Libraries; Copyright © 1999 by VARDA ONE.