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Lexington Reads 2014: Digital Me

This year’s Lexington Reads asks: Who is the new “Digital Me?”

As technology becomes ever more integrated into our daily lives, how does this change the way we live?
How can we use technology and machines to make our world fuller, happier, richer?

Throughout the month of March, Cary Library will host a variety of programs focused on the ways technology has created a “Digital Me.”

As 2014 continues, we will continue to explore issues related to science and technology as part of our Year of Discovery. Watch the library calendar and local media for more information. Please join us!

Smarter Than You Think book coverLEXINGTON READS 2014 BOOK:
Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better
by Clive Thompson
Library copies of Smarter Than You Think may be reserved online or by calling 781-862-6288 ext 250.
Copies of Smarter Than You Think will also be available for purchase and signing at the lecture (see below).

Find out more about Smarter Than You Think



An Afternoon with Clive Thompson, author of Smarter Than You Think

Sunday, March 9, 3:00 PM
Battin Hall, Cary Memorial Building
1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington
No registration necessary

Author Clive Thompson will discuss how technology is making us smarter, empowering people across the globe, and solving seemingly impossible problems. With a growing number of smart phone users, almost everyone has a computer and a camera accessible at all times. How we use these tools can and should combine the best of the old way of life and the vast opportunities presented by technology.  In this discussion, Clive Thompson will explore the many positive ways technology is changing our lives and impacting the world around us.

Clive Thompson is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Smithsonian, and a columnist for Wired. He has also maintained a science-and-technology blog, Collision Detection, since 2002 and speaks frequently on topics relating to the evolution and everyday use of technology.

Copies of Smarter Than You Think will be available for purchase and signing at the lecture.

Retro Technology Fair

Saturday, March 1, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Large Meeting Room
Cary Memorial Library

Explore the technological wonders of the past at our Retro Technology Fair!

Technology isn’t only social media and big data — it is also rotary phones and manual typewriters! Everyday objects and iconic inventions will demonstrate how people entertained themselves and communicated before smart phones and streaming video. Bring the whole family and learn about the evolution of technology.

Some objects may be available for hands-on demonstrations.

Technology Seminars by Teens

Monday, March 3 through Friday, March 7, 4:00 - 5:00 PM each day
Cary Memorial Library
Registration required for each session you plan to attend; to register, please visit the Reference Desk or call 781-862-6288 x250.

Lexington’s tech savvy teens will demonstrate how they use technology to keep in touch with friends and family, share photos and videos, and navigate the online world.

  • Monday, March 3: Word Processing
  • Tuesday, March 4: Websites you should know about
  • Wednesday, March 5: Facebook
  • Thursday, March 6: Skype
  • Friday, March 7: iPhone and iPad/iOS7

Technology Seminars by Teens is presented by the Cary Memorial Library Teen Advisory Board. Lectures will include time for questions from the audience.

Appy Hour

Wednesday, March 12, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
In the Commons (main floor)
Cary Memorial Library
No registration required.

Sick of the apps you always use? Looking for something new and fresh? Join us at Appy Hour and learn about the best apps for travel, photography, art, gaming, and more.

This will be a social, interactive event, so bring your tablet or smartphone and be ready to discuss with your neighbors.

Wi-fi is available throughout the library.

Movie Night: Desk Set, starring Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy

Thursday, March 13, 7 PM
Large Meeting Room
Cary Memorial Library
No registration necessary. First-come-first-served. Seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served.

The delightful Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy meet again in this witty tale about technology, libraries, and love. Hepburn’s Bunny Watson is the head librarian of a major TV network’s research library. Richard Sumner comes in to computerize the library — and runs straight into Bunny’s fierce objection and fear of losing her job. Their fierce wit and chemistry make this a classic that will be enjoyed by all ages.

Dinner and a Movie: The Absent-Minded Professor

Tuesday, March 18
The room will open at 6:00 PM
Movie starts @ 6:30 PM
Bring a picnic dinner, spread out a blanket, and enjoy a family movie! Everyone welcome.

All About Blogging Brunch: Jessamyn West

Saturday, March 22, 10:00 AM - Noon
Large Meeting Room
Cary Memorial Library
Attendance is limited. Advance registration is required. Registration begins Monday, March 3 at 7:00 PM. Call the reference desk or stop in to register.

Join members of the Friends of the Library as they host this annual event!

The All About BLogging Brunch gives blog lovers and computer rookies alike an opportunity to discuss the world of blogging while eating brunch. This year’s special guest is Jessamyn West, an author, librarian, and community manager of

Jessamyn West lives in Central Vermont, where she works with small libraries with technology planning and implementation. She has maintained professional and personal blogs at and for over a decade, and speaks nationally on digital divide issues.

We hope that all community members interested in communication and social issues attend; use of blogs is not required.

Internet Safety & Social Networking 101: How to Guide Your Kids’ Digital Lives

Monday, March 24, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Kids’ lives are increasingly digital. Join Children’s Librarian Alissa Lauzon for an overview of the different social media sites that are out there and what parents need to know in order in order to guide their kids safely through an increasingly online world.

Attendance is limited. Sign up online beginning Monday, March 10 at 7:00 PM. Phone reservations begin at 7:30 PM.

Science Cafe: An Evening with Dr. David R. Walt

Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 PM
Large Meeting Room
Cary Memorial Library
You do not need to register for this event; however seating will be first come, first served. Once space in our Large Meeting Room is filled, visitors will be invited to watch and listen using the screen in our Commons area on the main floor.

Dr. Walt is a pioneer in the fild of personalized medicine and epigenomics. Join us as we discover new ways of diagnosing and treating disease based on an individual’s own genetic make up, and how this can change medicine.

Garry Golden: What is the Future?

Sunday, March 31, 3:00 PM
Battin Hall, Cary Memorial Building
1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington
No registration necessary

Join futurist Garry Golden as we look ahead to what the future holds for our digital selves. Technology changes so quickly — how can we adapt and change to integrate these technologies into our daily lives?

Garry Golden will discuss how privacy, measurements of intelligence, and our relationship to our physical world might change. Golden is an academically trained futurist who speaks and consults on issues facing 21st century society, including those issues facing libraries.

A short question and answer session will follow Garry Golden’s talk.


About the Book: Smarter Than You Think

Published September 12, 2013 by Penguin Press

In Smarter Than You Think, Clive Thompson explores how the explosion of technology available to the average person is forcing us to adapt and change our behavior. Featuring both experts and everyday people using these tools in new and unexpected ways, Thompson shows how humans are using technology to create real change.

Whether it is students using technology to protest a factory spewing dangerous chemicals or a group of gamers collectively solving a problem that puzzled HIV researchers for a decade, Thompson demonstrates that great opportunities arise from the digital world. Along the way, he stresses the importance of keeping the best of our old ways of life while embracing the new tech that allows for such collaboration and communication.

Read the New York Times review of Smarter Than You Think.
Read a New Yorker interview with author Clive Thompson about Smarter Than You Think.