Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tea Time at Collins

For over eight years, the Collins Branch has been inviting Thursday visitors to enjoy a cup of tea and a snack from 3:30 to 5 -- along with plenty of reading material to browse and borrow. 

On an overcast day in early spring, two artists who come regularly to do research praised the warm and cozy atmosphere of Thursday teatime and said the civility of the tea service made the library feel like a true community center.  As you can see on the left, visitors really enjoy reading and relaxing with a cup of tea!

Librarian Joe Logue, pouring tea in the photo on the left, reports that many patrons are surprised and pleased to be offered tea and occasionally have to be assured that, yes indeed, the tea service is a free service. Some regulars demonstrate their thanks by bringing cookies to share.

The program has proven to be so popular that the staff is thinking of adding a second “tea afternoon” during the week.  This summer they hope to serve patrons outside in the newly renovated garden space.

There are always great things happening at the library!  For more information on how you can get involved with the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library, click here.

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