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Cary Library Announces Museum Pass Program Changes

Museum pass graphicTwo recent changes to Cary Library’s museum pass program offer increased access for Lexington residents. In celebration of the New England Aquarium’s 50th anniversary, it has provided the library with passes for July and August, which has not been done before. Other museum passes can be printed at home or shown to the venue in email or on a screen, eliminating the need for a trip to the library to retrieve or return the pass.

The New England Aquarium has provided discount admission passes to libraries in the area for more than 15 years, but usually only for September through June. There were no discount passes for July and August. This year, breaking from tradition, the aquarium is offering passes for those summer months. The pass offers a 50 percent discount on admission for up to four people. Children younger than 3 are not included in the admission count and are always admitted free.

Eight of the museums that provide passes to the library now allow borrowers to print passes at home or send them by email so they can be shown digitally, making it more convenient to use the passes. These eight museums are Boston Children’s Museum, Boston Harbor Islands, Concord Museum, deCordova Museum, Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Institute of Contemporary Art, John F. Kennedy Library and Plimoth Plantation. When reserving passes on the Museum Passes webpage, look for the printer icon to find the museums that offer printable passes. Passes can be printed at home or at the library.

In addition to the above changes, the library recently added passes to Davis Farmland, Gore Place, and the Mary Baker Eddy Library Museum. Cary Library currently has 28 museum passes that offer free or discounted admission for a limited number of visitors. Details vary by museum. Some of the passes, such as the Trustees, Mass Audubon and Mass State Parks, provide access to multiple locations. The passes are purchased with funds raised by the Friends of the Library through the bookstore on the main floor next to the elevator, and the two annual book sales.

Museum passes are available to adults aged at least 18 who hold a valid library card. Cards are issued to anyone who lives, works or owns property in Lexington, or live or work on Hanscom Air Force Base. The library card is necessary for reserving a pass. Passes may be reserved up to 60 days in advance by calling the library or booking online. Card holders may reserve one pass per day, two per week, and a total of eight per month.

[Credit: Lexington Minuteman online, posted June 25, 2019]


(July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)

Summer Reading Programs (Children, Teen, Adult)  $ 9,250
Read It Now, See It Now Collection  $12,000
Museum Pass Program  $ 8,374
Transformative Spaces Pledge Payments  $15,000
Cary Memorial Library 150th Anniversary Gala  $ 1,000
Community Program  $ 400
TOTAL $46,024