Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Couldn't have said it better!

It's a nice reminder about the little things that make a big difference. Watch Junot Diaz at the Cambridge Public Library talking about the importance of libraries and the impact one librarian, in particular, had on his early years in this country and his love of books.

If his words get you thinking about why you need your library, tell us! Share your comments on the tumblr from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and help spread the word about what makes libraries important for all of us.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Celebrate Black History Month

We’re well into February now, with many events honoring great leaders and milestones in black history.

This year marks 50 years since several significant events in the civil rights movement and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in the American South.

Cambridge is commemorating the anniversary in recognition of Black History Month with a community reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and local celebration featuring keynote speaker Beverly Morgan-Welch, Director of the Museum of African American History. The Journey Toward Freedom event is Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6-8pm at Cambridge City Hall in Sullivan Chamber.

And don't miss some local reflections, courtesy of 22-CityView.  Through a series of short interviews, city residents offer their thoughts on the lasting impact of President Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. See the videos and more about the history of the Emancipation Proclamation here.

For a look at history, view the actual Emancipation Proclamation, page by page, or read the transcript from the National Archives here. For more Black History Month events in Cambridge, check the CPL events listing in the sidebar or visit the Cambridge Public Library for details.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Behind the Scenes Success

Thanks to the 30 enthusiastic Friends who joined the first-ever behind the scenes tour at the Main Library last weekend! It was a fun event, and we all learned something new and interesting about our library.

Participants got a peek into the operational side of the library, which keeps our Cambridge library system running smoothly every day. With over 1.5 million checkouts and 2,500 programs for 85,000 participants just last fiscal year, it takes an impressive bunch of librarians and staff behind the scenes. Thanks also to Petsi Pies for energizing the tour with coffee and scones!

The behind-the-scenes event was such a hit, we hope to do it again next year! 

If any of our blog readers joined the tour, leave a comment and tell us what your favorite part of the program was.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

How many different libraries do you use?

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is exploring new ideas for resource sharing among libraries.

Sparked by data showing that eBook borrowing at Massachusetts libraries tripled in a single year, the MBLC is considering new ways to keep eBooks and other library resources free and accessible among all the state's libraries, including the potential of a statewide library card.

MBLC is seeking input from library users about a statewide library card to offer expanded access to more library resources across communities. Complete this short survey and tell them what you think about a "Massachusetts Library Card".

Visit MBLC for more information on the Statewide Resource Sharing plan.

Friday, February 1, 2013

New Perks for Friends!

This year, members of the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library can enjoy new discounts at local businesses that support the library, like the American Repertory Theater, Big Picture Framing, Nomad Clothing, Follow the Honey, and more. Just show your Friends of the Cambridge Public Library sticker at the time of purchase to receive your discount.

Members will also be eligible for drawings for gift certificates from a host of other local shops. Look here for a full list of 2013 membership benefits and be sure to shop local at these library-supporting businesses! And if you haven't joined us yet, it's easy...just download the membership application, send it in with your tax-deductible membership donation, and enjoy the perks of being a Friend of your Cambridge Public Library!

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.