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This is a Year of Discovery at Cary Memorial Library

Year of Discovery is a year long exploration of science and technology. Throughout 2014, we will investigate changes in technology, advances in science, and how these things change our lives. We’ll explore our natural world, conservation efforts, transportation, the intersection of art and music, plus so much more. We’ll be joined by some of the many talented scientists who call Lexington home.

Join us as we discover more about our world and learn from our neighbors.

Featured Event:

Cityscape from aboveJim O'Connell: The Development of the Hub

Thursday, November 6, 7:00 PM

Join us for this examination of the historical development of Boston and its suburbs, including a look at how current planning efforts address issues like sprawl, climate change, and the global information age economy. Boston continues to be a national leader in suburbanization, open space conservation, and transportation issues. O’Connell will also discuss the role Lexington has played in the development of Greater Boston and what efforts are underway to continue smart growth.

Jim O’Connell is a planner for the National Park Service and the author of five books on planning and New England history. An expert on Greater Boston and the issues facing its growth and future development, Jim is a Newton resident.  The Hub’s Metropolis is available through the Minuteman Library Network.

Books will also be available to purchase after the event.


Save the Date: Science Cafe

Thursday, November 20
Large Meeting Room

Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia, Director of the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies at MIT, will be joining us. Dr. Bhatia's lab leverages miniaturization tools to impact human health, including groundbreaking work on cancer diagnosis and liver disease. Dr.Bhatia is the 2014 winner of the Lemelson-MIT Prize. 

Year of Discovery Books for All Ages

Year of Discovery Adult Books

  • The Soil Will Save Us
  • A Sand County Almanac
  • Predictive Analytics
  • It's Complicated
  • The Second Machine Age
  • The Sixth Extinction
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
  • How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
  • The Girls of Atomic City
  • The Map That Changed the World
  • The Thing with Feathers
  • Cat Sense
  • Buddha's Brain