Posts filed under ‘Cambridge’

National Poetry Month

Every year since 2007, I’ve sent “poemcards” to friends and family in celebration of National Poetry Month. This requires me to scour books of poetry, searching for short, pithy gems. I squirrel poems away all year long, saving up approximately thirty to send in the month of April. I also need a stockpile of postcards, which can get expensive, so I usually pick up free ones around the city when I can (hint: lots of postcards available in the windows of cafes, at gallery openings, and in postcard kiosks at bars).

Last year, I got my hands on this postcard book that, yes, I admittedly paid for. Check it out, though, it’s collection of photographs of libraries! Cambridge Public Library and the Boston Public Library are featured numerous times, as is one prison library, and some impressively boring photos of people hanging out in library stacks. Overall, though, a lucky find!


April 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm 1 comment

More Reasons To Love The Library

This past week I noticed a new treat outside Cambridge Public Library main branch. A bike station!  My first experience with one of these was over at MIT, where I accidentally let all of the air out of my tire trying to inflate it, and then was not-exactly-aided by two women who meant well.   This area cyclist blogger tells it best.

April 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

New website for Cambridge Public Library


November 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

CPL is Beautiful! (We made the list)

Apparently I’m not the only oggler. (Is that a word? Can I use that? “Oggler?”)

October 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment

Fall Showers

Night sky CPL

Originally uploaded by Phobean

Through the windows of the Cambridge Public Library: the sky opened up and poured a bucket or two down upon the toddlers, high school teens, patrons, dog walkers, and others wandering the grassy grounds. Everyone instantly scattered, not unlike a scurry of squirrels racing in that desperate way, abandoning a broken umbrella, trailing bemused smiles. And lucky me, sitting inside, watching.

October 3, 2010 at 12:29 am Leave a comment

Receipt of Purchase

My first receipt from paying a library fine online!  I never thought the day would come (or even conceived of such a day).  Wait, should I be this excited about paying a bill…?

Minuteman Library Network



Patron: Sinclair, Phoebe N

Good hair [videorecording] / Chris Rock Entertainment [and] HBO Films ;
produced b $0.10
Us : Americans talk about love / edited by John Bowe ; with Marisa Bowe and
Clancy $0.20 the indispensable guide to… 2009 $0.20

Service Charge


Thank you for your payment of $0.50 for the above charges.
Your payment has been approved.

Please keep this receipt for your records.

August 18, 2010 at 12:33 am 1 comment

Do You Smell What CPL Is Cooking?

Do you?

And wait, what’s this you say?  The Cambridge Public Library Main Library smells?

Sure it does!  That yummy library smell: new shelves, new floors, new books, new tables and chairs, new tiles in the restrooms, new everything.  Old, oiled wood paneling.  Sky-high ceilings and light pouring in.  Teens strolling past, fresh faced, wearing too much cologne.  All together smelling fancier than a new car.

Why all this talk about smell?

Well, way back when I first started this blog, I wrote a review of CPL’s main branch when it was housed temporarily in the Longfellow School at 359 Broadway.  In addition to other comments, I complained that the gym I sat in to do work smelled a little funky.  It so happened that library staff persons read that blog post.  They were dismayed.  I was dismayed that they were dismayed.


It’s true.  At first, I didn’t know how to respond.  Should I re-write the post? Delete it?  Defend it?  Pretend it never happened.  Slowly, I realized that the best response was to rethink my blog’s focus.  Why was I writing it?  What were my intentions?  I am no expert, after all, not a librarian, not an architect, not journalist, not a social anthropologist. And as the CPL staff person who responded to my original post said, the cookies of a good library should not be judged by that funny burning smell.

Okay.  So what are you?  Show us your credentials.

I’m a patron.  A fan.  “Superfan”?  The library’s love child.  The naughty daughter.

Why should we care what you think?  Maybe we think you smell, huh?

Maybe I do.

Maybe you shouldn’t care!  Anyway, I’d rather you join me.  We’ll scope out the nooks and windows.  We’ll peer through my lens at organization and categorization, missing busts and weird things in the corners.  We sneak into the YA room (my personal favorite) and pretend we’re not too old to be haunting the stacks, loading up on manga that we don’t quite get.  We’ll blabber and blunder and pontificate and appreciate.  In the end, we will celebrate this most incredible resource.

Now that you mention it, scents and sights aside, I do love a good library.

Me, too.

June 10, 2010 at 2:56 am Leave a comment

In which a library-lovin' lady tours free public libraries.

What I’m Reading


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