Past Events


ribbon cutting for New Laptop Dispensing Kiosk

The Main Branch of the Library is now host to a kiosk that contains Mac and PC laptop computers can be checked out by library cardholders for in-library use. FCPL paid in full for the kiosk , which cost $37,000.00, and a ribbon cutting took place on Monday, October 24th. Representing the Friends at the ribbon cutting was Terry DeLancey, Vice President of Membership. 

The Race Underground: Boston - Author Talk

Tuesday September 27th, 2916 6:30 PM

Doug Most discussed "The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway", a fascinating story of new science that takes two cities by storm. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library, was held in the Mail Library Lecture Hall.


Sunday, June 5th, 2016

The 2016 Secret Garden Tour was a huge success! Despite the overcast weather, proceeds and participation set a record high. The Friends would like to thank the Cambridge community for its support, enthusiasm, and generosity. This volunteer effort on the part of so many ensures the continued funding of worthwhile projects for our wonderful library system.


The 2016 tour was featured twice on

Also, congrats to Peggy Bliss of Arlington, who won this year's raffle prize of a garden-themed gift basket.

Secret Gardens of Cambridge Tour - General Info

The Secret Gardens of Cambridge, presented on alternate years, is the signature fundraising event of the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library. This special self-guided tour is usually held on an early Sunday in June, just as spring turns to summer.  Since 2000, the Friends have been uncovering secret gardens in neighborhoods all across the city and inviting our friends and neighbors to take a peek! 

The Secret Gardens tour has featured over 200 individual gardens in Cambridge, from a hidden swimming pond in a small backyard oasis to a garden that springs to life with thousands of bulbs each year; from a woodland tree-lined front walk to guided contours of border plantings and decorative pots. Some are small and sunny, others are large or shady. Flowers, herbs, sculptures, and stones adorn the deeply diverse variety of gardens found in every nook and cranny of Cambridge. 

The Secret Gardens of Cambridge tour is the single largest fundraiser for the Friends, raising more than $10,000 at each biennial event. Proceeds from the garden tour ticket sales are used by the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library to sponsor community events and special presentations, to purchase museum passes for public use, to bring guest authors to the library for readings, and to expand the collections at the Cambridge Public Library. 

*The Secret Gardens of Cambridge book features striking photos of some of the gardens that have been seen on the tour. The book can be purchased at Porter Square Books or the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA. Proceeds from book sales go to the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library.


Story and Song Under the Stars- Family-friendly concert

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

At Story and Song Under the Stars, we enjoyed a story and song event on the library lawn with music by The Bagboys, Bluegrass and Western Swing musicians, as well as ice cream donated by Toscanini's Ice Cream. See below for photos from the event.