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Summer Brings Lots of Learning

Summer Brings Lots of Learning

Summer classes available to the public in the Cambridge area.

With summer just around the corner, many will be wondering where to get their education fix. Cambridge is the largest educational hub on the East Coast, surrounded by colleges and universities; therefore it has plenty of summer classes to offer its residents.

As a college student, I am no stranger to trying to get out and do fun things on a tight budget. Here is a list of free and (a few) extremely cheap classes offered in the Cambridge area.

Cambridge Public Library Classes:

Central Square Social Club – This group is more for those 20- to 30- somethings who may be looking for more of an easy going environment rather than a more dedicated classroom atmosphere. This group gets together the first Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. to talk about works of fiction, non-fiction, cinema, journalism, etc.

For those close to Central Square it is perfect, located at 45 Pearl St, a branch of the Cambridge Public Library.

For more information, they have a posting on the Cambridge Library website

Computer classes – The Cambridge Public Library, the main branch at 449 Broadway St, also offers computer classes. Their next session starts soon, 6 to 8 p.m. May 6 and continues for 12 weeks.

The class offers an introduction to Microsoft Word, use of the internet and working with an email account. This course fills on a first-come, first-serve basis, so make sure to show up early!

More Information here.

English – reading/writing/conversation (Intermediate) In such a diverse and cultural city such as Cambridge, of course there are courses teaching English. The main branch of the library offers language courses in English working with learning how converse, read and write in the language.

More Information here.

This course is from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Beech room on June 2  and does not require registration.


CCTV Classes:

At Cambridge Community Television there is always plenty going on and more than enough to learn!

BeLive Primer – A free workshop introducing members and Cambridge residents to the basics of the BeLive studio. This includes technology such as the document camera, video switcher and also learning how to take calls from viewers, to make your program a fully interactive experience.

This workshop is 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at CCTV, 438 Mass Ave.


Journalism Ethics in the News – Another class happening at CCTV, which comes with a small fee of $20 from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 19

This class teaches its attendees, aspiring journalists, how to be a reliable and trustworthy source for news while talking about contemporary issues of journalism ethics. It will talk about the importance of using factual information and being a reliable new source for his/her readers and/or viewers.


For those parents looking for educational opportunities for the kids who are out of the school for a couple months, don’t worry, there are plenty of those as well.

For teens:

Advanced DIY – this class meets 3 to 4 p.m. May 13 in the teen room at the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, allows teenagers to make crafts, socialize while out of school, and learn a little bit.

For little ones:

Baby Lapsit – This class offers a time for parents and babies to spend together, learning and improving talking and motor skills through song, dance, reading and social interaction.

This class from 10:00-10:30AM Mondays in the Rey room at the main Cambridge Public Library


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