Friday, October 28, 2011

Coming Attractions

The first week in November will be a busy one at the Cambridge Public Libraries, as the 'Season of Remembrance' programming continues. Many of you have already participated by reading War, this year's Cambridge Reads selection, and hopefully you were also present earlier this week to hear its author Sebastian Junger speak. 

The next event in the series will be on  November 3rd at 6 PM.  Director Peter Davis will introduce and offer commentary on his film Hearts and Minds. The movie, which is about the Vietnam War, won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 1974. This free event will be held at the Main Library, located at 449 Broadway. For more information on the movie go to  or contact Carole Withrow at .

On Saturday, November 5th, The Cambridge Public Library will host a living history of the Civil War from one of New England’s largest Civil War re-enactor groups, the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The lawn in front of the library will be turned into Camp Cameron (Cambridge’s Civil War barracks) where the re-enactors will portray army life on the march and in the field through first person demonstration, story, song, and poetry. The 22nd Massachusetts civilian group will explore the war’s impact on the lives of those on the home front along with women’s volunteer efforts, including the creation of the United States Sanitary Commission. The 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry will be joined by the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard – all three regiments have deep historical connections to the city of Cambridge. Click here to learn more about the schedule for the encampment which will run from on the Main Library lawn.

PFC Valente

Finally,  the PFC Salvatore F. Valente Branch Library will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary on Sunday, November 6 at 2 PM. The library is at 826 Cambridge Street.  Refreshments will be served.

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.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Snap That Photo Now

Calling all procrastinators - it's not too late! The deadline for the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library photography contest is still 5 days away, and the warm afternoon light and bright colors of the fall foliage make autumn one of the best times of year to photograph the libraries.

Before the October 15th deadline slips away, send your photographs to so you can be part of the contest. Your image could be published on the Cambridge Public Library website, and you could be the proud possessor of a gift certificate to a local bookstore. Contest details are on the library website. Click here  and choose "Photo Contest" from the sidebar on the left of the page.