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Cambridge Public Library Summer Reading Program
The Friends of the Cambridge Public Library will present three special events in collaboration with Hubbard Hall this July.  Summer Reading Program events are FREE but each requires a ticket for admission which can be obtained from the Cambridge Public Library. For more information regarding tickets, please call the Library at 518-677-2443.

The StorycraftersThe Storycrafters
Wednesday, July 1 at 6:30pm
Hubbard Hall Mainstage 
Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns, PhD have been working together as The Storycrafters since 1991, and have been storytellers for even longer than that.  They perform and teach their art form in schools, libraries, folk festivals and other venues all over the US and the British Isles.  Jeri and Barry believe in the time-tested wisdom of traditional stories, and share that wisdom with today’s audiences. They strive to honor world cultures by telling the old stories in respectful ways, often integrating the musical instruments, songs or dances indigenous to that region. The Storycrafters have been recognized nationally and locally, from the prestigious Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and Parents Choice Awards, for their storytelling recordings, to Artists of the Year in their county.  

Reptile Adventure
Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30pm
Hubbard Hall Mainstage
Reptile AdventureReptile Adventure is a Capital Region educational organization with a mission to educate the public about these special creatures.  They explain what makes a reptile a reptile and how different reptiles live in their native ecosystems. They have a variety of animals from all over the globe, including Central American rainforests, Middle Eastern deserts, and the rocky steppes of Eastern Europe. Topics usually include what the animals eat, how they find their food, how they avoid predators and what related animals can be found in New York State.

PuppeTree’s The Ugly Duckling
Wednesday, July 22 at 6:30pm
Hubbard Hall Mainstage
One of Vermont’s premier puppeteers, The PuppeTree will present an imaginative retelling of the classic story, The Ugly Duckling, developed in cooperation with The Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences. You will witness the obstacles wild birds face just to survive and what you should do to rescue an injured bird. Visually amazing and skillfully performed, audiences of all ages will laugh at the antics of the giant vultures that take the hapless ugly bird under their wing--and sit wide eyed as our hero is stalked by clever predators. The show was named BEST CHILDREN’S PRODUCTION OF 2011 in VT and NH. The Vermont PuppeTree has been providing innovative and entertaining puppet shows for communities across the Northeast for the past 12 years. Visit them online at or on Facebook at The PuppeTree Inc.

January 2015 New and exciting events happening at the Cambridge Public Library!

Calling all chess players or those who would like to learn how to play...the Cambridge Public Library will be hosting a chess club Friday evenings beginning February 6th from 6:30 until 8:00 pm. Chess sets are available at the library to use, but if you have one to donate, they are always welcome. Bob Woodward, a local chess aficionado, will be on hand to assist new players and pair seasoned players. For more information, please call the library at 677-2443.

Have you ever wanted to visit a planetarium but did not want to make the drive to Schenectady or New York City? Well here is your opportunity to see a sky show right in your own community. Chris Grubb, educator and presenter will bring his inflatable planetarium to the Cambridge Public Library to discuss astronomy and the night sky. The planetarium can accommodate up to 25 people per session. There will be three sessions scheduled for that Saturday, at 11:00, 1:00 and 2:30. Please come into the library or call the library at 677-2443 to reserve your spot for this exciting program.

On Saturday, February 28th, the Cambridge Public Library will host a Science Enrichment program for kids in the middle level grades (ages 10 and up)with Mr. Howard Romack. During this presentation, students will investigate how selected systems of the human body work together to make up the complex organism. Comparative Anatomy will include organs and tissues from a cow to illustrate pathways of transport, qualifications of ideal respiratory surfaces and functions of nervous systems. The participants will journey through evolutionary pathways from invertebrates to complex vertebrates.
We will review osmosis and diffusion (remember the egg we placed in vinegar?) to understand the function of red blood cells (view through a microscope) and plasma in the transport of materials. Opening the magnificent 4-chambered heart of the cow will allow the kids to view the chambers, valves and vessels that regulate the flow of a liquid tissue throughout the body.
Next, we will inflate a set of cow’s lungs to understand how circulation and respiration work together. Again, the principals of osmosis and diffusion are emphasized. (We will also see who has the most hot air!)
Later, we will open a cow’s eye and describe the functions of the various parts. Using comparative anatomy, we will illustrate the similarities of structure and function of the cow’s eye to our own. Our nervous system, among other responsibilities, controls the movement of our skeleton. Participants will observe bone tissue, the function of marrow and the jobs that muscles, ligaments and tendons play in our everyday life.Mr. Romack will present this program twice, the first session will be from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and then the second session will be from from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Space is limited to 10 students per session. Please sign up for one of the two sessions.

In the Spring, we will spend a day at lake Lauderdale investigating local plants and animals- their special adaptations, how they are classified and ecological concepts. Most importantly, the kids will discover their roles as Environmental Custodians on “This Place Called Earth”.

Please call the Cambridge Library at 677-2443 for information regarding these programs.


Immigrants in the Slate Valley
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:30pm
Cambridge Public Library
21 West Main Street, Cambridge, NY 12816
Slate was first discovered in the Slate Valley 175 years ago, and ever since, the industry has been powered by waves of immigrants seeking to forge new lives in America. Join Slate Valley Museum Coordinator of Education Bob Isherwood as he explores the many immigrant groups who came to the Slate Valley during this lecture and discussion. Through a lecture, discussion, and slideshow presentation, Isherwood will highlight the region's immigrant history and some of the strategies that the Slate Valley Museum has used to capture, preserve, and share their personal stories.
The Slate Valley is roughly defined as a 30 mile long and six mile wide area along the New York/Vermont border extending from Fair Haven, Vermont in the north to Salem, NY in the south. While Cambridge falls south of this region, the same railroad system that transported slate also serviced Cambridge. The talk will include a brief discussion of this shared transportation.  For more information about this program, Please call the Cambridge Public Library at 677-2443.


Cambridge Public Library News:  Preschool Story Hour at the the library will be beginning Tuesday, September 23rd at 10:00 am.  This is a wonderful opportunity for preschoolers, with their parents or caregivers, to listen to a story, make a fun craft, have a light snack and go on a field trip or two. Heather Sweet, our creative story hour coordinator, will be ready with lots of fun stories and ideas. For more information about story hour, please call the Cambridge Library at 677-2443.

Have you ever thought about becoming a volunteer literacy tutor?  Literacy New York in collaboration with the Cambridge and Greenwich Libraries will be sponsoring tutor training opportunities.  The first session, which will include orientation and basic literacy training will be held at the Greenwich Library, Saturday, October 4th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The second session of training, which includes writing strategies for successful tutoring, will be held at the Cambridge Library, Saturday, October 18th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Training is free but you must complete both sessions in order to become a tutor.  For questions and to register, please call Debbie Seifert, Washington County literacy coordinator,  at 518-793-7414.

New materials at the Cambridge Public Library include: Angels Walking by K. Kingsbury; Beekeeper's Ball  (largetype) by S. Wiggs; Bone Clocks by D. Mitchell; California by E. Lepucki; Eye of Heaven by C. Cussler; Festive in Death by D. Robb;How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by L. Netzer;  Miniaturist by J. Burton; Personal by L. Child; Robert Parker's Blind Spot; King's Curse by P. Gregory. Apples of New England: a User's Guide by R. Powell; Factory Man by B. Macy; Guiness World's Records 2015; Help Your Baby to Sleep; Dinosaurs: the Most Complete Up-to Date Encyclopedia; LEGO Architecture; Off the Sidelines, Raise Your Voice by K. Gillibrand; Roosevelts: An Intimate History; Slow Dancing With a Stranger , Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimers by M. Comer; Soar: How Boys Learn to Succeed by D. Banks;Swift Diet by K. Swift; Wildwood Imperium by C. Meloy; Firts Family Detail by R. Kessler.

DVDs include: Summer in February; The Trip to Bountiful; Home is Where the Heart Is; Railway Man; 3 Days to Kill; The Lunchbox; God's Not Dead; Transcendence; Toy Story of Terror.

Geek Squad Arrives at Cambridge Library

Overwhelmed by all the new technology?  Wondering how to download books to Ipads and Android tablets?  Thinking about buying an E-reader?  Need to set up a free e-mail account?  Want to fill out an online job application, but not sure how?  What's this Facebook and Twitter?   The Geek Squad can help!  Cambridge Library Geek Squad

Three Cambridge Central students, Jensen McLenithan, Delany Smith and Digby Baker-Porazinski, will be available to help with all your computer and technology questions.  Look for these folks in the library, wearing their bright red Geek Squad t-shirts.  The library will be staffed with these helpers almost every day, so just show up with your questions and projects.  Or, if you prefer, call the library at 677-2443 for a one-on-one appointment.  The library has a variety of computers for you to use, or you may check out a laptop, e-reader tablet or mp3 player  to use at home or while on vacation. 
The Geek Squad is a joint project with Cambridge Central School, and is funded by Southern Adirondack Library system through a competitive grant.  Our squad members were selected by the CCS High School Media Specialist and by the Technology department, for their ability to work with various computers, software and electronic devices as well as their ability to work with others.  The students will be available throughout July and August and look forward to offering their assistance to anyone who would like to take advantage of this opportunity.

 Board of Trustees Welcomes Monica Raverby
The board of the Cambridge Public Library is pleased to welcome its newest member, Monica Ravreby.  Monica and her husband, Jeff, along with their two adult children, are longtime residents of Cambridge and loyal library patrons.  In the past, Monica has volunteered in the life of the library as treasurer of the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library, coordinator of pre-school story hour programs and has helped to organize  fundraisers for the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library. During her affiliation with Cambridge Central School, Monica served as a member of numerous committees including Arts & Education programming and hosting Scholastic book fairs. The library board is delighted to have Monica bring her knowledge and enthusiasm to the Cambridge Public Library. 

CCS Students Will Staff Computer Help Desk
Another exciting development at the library will be technology assistance provided by students from CCS.  The Cambridge Public Library and technology students from Cambridge Central School, will help patrons of the public library with their computing questions during the summer months.  Jensen McLenithan, Delaney Smith and Digby Baker-Porazinski were selected by the High School Media Specialist and the Technology Department at CCS, to provide computer support to library patrons in the form of a student staffed help desk.  In addition, they will provide general upkeep of the publicly available computers at the library.  The students will be available for most of the hours that the library is open to assist with technology related questions on a drop-in basis and via appointment.  This program is supported by a grant we obtained from the Southern Adirondack Library System.

July Programs for the Whole Family
Save the dates for some Wednesday evening fun at the Cambridge Public Library! Beginning Wednesday July 2nd at 6:30 pm “Andy the Music Man” will be performing traditional and original songs ideal for children and their families.

Wednesday, July 9th at 6:30 pm “Jim Snack the Magician” will present a children's program entitled, “Science or Magic?'” Learn about perception, illusion and the principles of science behind the magic.

Lastly, the “Puppet People” will be returning to the library, Wednesday, July 16th at 6:30 pm with a new retelling of an old favorite, “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

Please join us at the library for these free family programs sponsored by The Friends of the Cambridge Public Library. For more information about these programs, please call the library at 677-2443.
 forfor your childfor your child. Story hour will resume at the Cambridge  Public Library resume in September.


June 10, 2014:
Save the dates for some Wednesday evening fun at the Cambridge Public Library! Beginning Wednesday July 2nd at 6:30 pm “Andy the Music Man” will be performing traditional and original songs ideal for children and their families.

Wednesday, July 9th at 6:30 pm “Jim Snack the Magician” will present a children's program entitled, “Science or Magic?'” Learn about perception, illusion and the principles of science behind the magic.

Lastly, the “Puppet People” will be returning to the library, Wednesday, July 16th at 6:30 pm with a new retelling of an old favorite, “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

Please join us at the library for these free family programs sponsored by The Friends of the Cambridge Public Library. For more information about these programs, please call the library at 677-2443.

Story hour has ended at the Cambridge Library for the summer months but it will continuing at Battenkill Bookstore, July 1-August 26. This free summer story hour which is ideal for ages 2-6, will also be held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00. Please provide a snack and beverage for your child. Story hour at the library will resume in September.

New Books at the Cambridge Public Library include:

Adult Fiction: The Silkworm by R. Galbraith; Quick by L. Owen; Mr. Mercedes by S. King; Matchmaker by E. Hilderbrand; Top Secret 21 by J. Evanovich; The Red Room by R. Pearson; The Vacationers by E. Straub; Written in my Own Heart's Blood by D. Gabaldon; The Hurricane Sisters by D. Frank; The Book of Unknown Americans by C. Henriquez; Any Other Name by C. Johnson; China Dolls by L. See; The Director by D. Ignatius; Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Ascendancy by E. Van Lustbader; Summer House with Swimming Pool by H. Koch; Save the Date M. Andrews; All Day and All Night by A.Burke; All Fall Down by J. Weiner; Euphoria by L. King, Fever by M. Abbott; I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by C. Maum; The Last Kind Words Saloon by L. McMurtry; Magnificent Vibration by R. Springfield; Midnight Crossroad by C. Harris; Suspicion by J. Finder; Nantucket Sisters by N. Thayer; The Kill Switch by J. Rollins; The Kraken Project by D. Preston.

Adult Nonfiction: No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA,and the U.S. Surveillance State by G. Greenwald; Stress Test: Reflections on the Financial Crises by T. Geithner. Capital in the 21st Century by T. Piketty; James Madison: a Life Reconsidered by L. Cheney; My Salinger Year by J. Rakoff; The Confidence Code: the Science and Art of Self Assurance by K. Kay; Hard Choices by H. Clinton.

Children's Fiction: A Little Book of Sloth by L. Cooke; Five Trucks by B. Floca

New DVD's include: Yoga For Beginners; To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition; The Magic School Bus the Complete Series; Ice Age (new copy); Shakespeare's Richard the II with David Tennant; The Monument's Men; Son of God; Pompeii; Lone Survivor; Robocop; new copies of the Harry Potter movies.

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