Library After Dark event at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA


Events that bring our community together!


Library After Dark: Winds of Autumn

Library After Dark: Winds of AutumnSaturday, September 21 at 7:00 pm.

The Winds of Autumn: Lexington Symphony's Woodwind Quintet kicks off the Library After Dark's 2019-2020 season with a magical evening of music including selections by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Dvorak and others.

The Quintet features Ona Jonaityte, flute, Audrey Markowitz, oboe, William Kirkley, clarinet, Anne Howarth, horn, and Patricia Yee, bassoon. 

$10 tickets may be purchased online and at the door. Children 12 & under are free. Light snacks & cash bar.

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Library After Dark: LHS's Got Talent!

Cary Library After Dark: LHS's Got Talent!

Library After Dark: LHS's Got Talent!

Saturday, May 11 from 7-9 pm.

Join us for the next installment of Library After Dark!

Our May event showcases the outstanding young musicians of Lexington High School. Come enjoy jazz, a Capella, chamber–and even ukulele—ensembles, as well as select soloists. Enjoy the amazing talent in our own backyard!

Cash bar and light refreshments served. Tickets are $10, and available starting April 1 and at the event that evening.

Download a PDF poster of the event.


Library After Dark

Cary Library After Dark: Atlas Soul web graphic of library silouhette

Library After Dark: Atlas Soul

Saturday, September 15 from 7-9 pm.

Groove to the Afro-Mediterranean beats of Atlas Soul! Dance and enjoy the rhythm and melodies of this award-winning band, featuring Lexington's own Regie Gibson, Jacques Pardo, Zeke Martin, Fernando Huergo, Perry Bakalos and Matt Steinberg. Unwind and relax with old and new friends, with light snacks and cash bar available. Tickets are $10.

Atlas Soul has played scores of major venues such as The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Festival International de Louisiane, the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, and more.

This "Library After Dark" event is brought to you by the Cary Memorial Library Foundation, in partnership with the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington and the Munroe Center for the Arts.

Download a PDF poster of the event.



Estate Planning Seminar

LexMedia broadcast of the October 15th Estate planning seminar

Free Estate Planning Seminar—Back by Popular Demand!

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room, Lower Level, 1874 Mass. Ave., Lexington

Have you ever wondered: Why do I need to do a will? What things should I think about if I’m updating my will? How will taxes affect my estate? What is a trust? How can a trust save taxes and protect assets? What if I own a small business? How do financial planning and estate planning go together? These and other questions will be addressed in an upcoming seminar, “Estate Planning Basics.” Bring your own questions! Our panel of experts include:

  • Mary Hastings, CFP, moderator
  • Peter Hoffman, CFP, MBA
  • Rand Spero, CFP, MBA
  • Edward Fitzgerald, Trust Officer
  • Kevin Sargis, JD, CPA
  • Rebecca O’Brien, JD
  • Patrick McAvoy, JD (LLM Taxation)
  • Jane Trudeau, JD (LLM Taxation)

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Planned Giving Committee of the Cary Memorial Library Foundation. Seating is limited—reservations for this popular event are highly recommended. Call 781-698-4406 or email

Presentation slides available in PDF format.


Eighth Annual Legacy Society Celebration

Legacy Tea table spread at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, Massachusetts

On May 24, 2016, the Cary Memorial Library Foundation held its Eighth Annual Legacy Society Celebration to honor members of the Maria Hastings Cary Legacy Society and special donors. More than forty guests attended. 

In keeping with this year’s fundraising theme for the library’s Transformative Spaces project and the planned new Teen Space, guests were served tea by LHS students. Finger sandwiches, scones, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and more from 

Legacy Tea attendees at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, Massachusetts

Lexington-based caterer The Delicious Dish brought a homey elegance to the festivities. 

Lexington author E. Ashley Rooney regaled attendees with stories of her twenty years working with young people and establishing a youth fund at Cary Library. “I no longer work with youth,” Ashley said, “but through Cary Memorial Library, I still have the joy of giving to them and knowing that the youth have found a safe place to be in town—a place where they can get answers for their questions, find friends, and share their stories.”

Legacy Tea table set at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, Massachusetts

Library Director Koren Stembridge noted the importance of legacy giving to the library, saying, “A gift made with caring and concern in some moment in the past is providing us with the resources we need for today, and similar gifts will enable moments we can’t even imagine at some future moment down the road.” She thanked guests for their support.

We hope you will be our guest at next year’s Legacy Society Celebration. All you have to do is join the Maria Hastings Cary Legacy Society.

Cary Cabaret

On March 11, 2016, students from Lexington High School hosted an evening of A capella harmonies, piano sonatas, along with a smattering of David Bowie to raise funds for Transformative Spaces, the forward-looking redesign of the interior of Cary Library. With an audience ranging in age from two to ninety-something, the young performers charmed, delighted and entertained with their musical performances. It was a blast!

Cary Cabaret student performers

Cary Cabaret student singers

Looking down at the Cary Cabaret

Student singers at Cary Cabaret

Student violinist at Cary Cabaret

Student performers at Cary Cabaret

Lineup of student performers at Cary Cabaret