Current Size: 100%

Friends News


Sunday, November 2
2 PM, Large Meeting Room

Photo of Joe Blatt and children“New Technologies—Tools for Lifelong Life-wide Learning”

Friends of Cary welcomes Lexington residents and speakers Joe Blatt, son Julian, and daughter Talia, who will explore how new technologies can facilitate a lifetime of life-wide learning. 

Life-wide learning occurs outside classrooms. In museums, at historic sites, on local streets, during vacation travel, in shopping malls—and, of course, in libraries! Discover how people of all ages are using their smart devices and turning their entire worlds into learning environments.

Joe Blatt teaches about children’s media, digital technology, and informal learning at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he is Senior Lecturer in Education and Faculty Director of the Technology, Innovation, and Education program. His expertise in children’s media has led to consulting and advising relationships with major production companies, including Sesame Workshop, WGBH, Disney Junior, Walden Media, PBS Kids, and Pokémon. Before serving as executive producer of Scientific American Frontiers, the PBS magazine series featuring Alan Alda, Blatt made documentaries for the NOVA science series. He is currently president and executive producer of RiverRun Media in Lexington.

A brief business meeting will precede the program. Light refreshments, including a Silver Anniversary cake, will be served.



A round of applause for Cary Memorial Library’s summer reading programs and activities!

  • 1,641 students participated in the Children’s Summer Reading Program, logging 29,890 hours. 
  • 77 students, entering 4th–6th grades, finished The Reading Challenge. 
  • 73 programs drew 3,220 attendees

Separately, but also funded by the Friends, was this year's Brickmania event, attracting 268 participants, plus 19 entries in this year's building contest.  27 children also took part in two Brickmania workshops. 

Bravo to the approximately 350 people who participated in the Adult Summer Reading Program. And hearty congratulations to Grand Prize winner Ben Ruesch, who received an Amazon Kindle.

Kudos also go to Asako Burr and Mahima Das, our Traveling Tote Bag Contest winners. During the contest, Friends received photos taken in Massachusetts, Maine, New York City, and Florida locations—as well as distant places, including India, Japan and South Africa!