Spouses & Partners @ MIT
This is "The Newcomers Guide's" parent group. It is an association of spouses and partners of students and scholars at MIT. Its aim is to encourage spouses and partners to develop a support system, and to build a social and professional network with each other, with MIT and with surrounding communities. As a member, you receive the weekly email announcements, can belong to an interest group, participate in the many activities and outings organized by the group or simply attend the weekly meetings to meet others like you.
MIT Women's League
This group aims to create a network for women at MIT (students, staff, spouses, etc.). They offer a range of classes that you can take, from language learning to card-making. There are also several interest groups within the Women.s League that you can become a member of. These include the Chorale, MIT Japanese Wives Group, Book Club, and many others. For more on the League and its diverse activities.
Significant Others of Sloan (SOS)
This group focuses on bringing together the families of students in the programs at Sloan. They organize various events and activities.
Local Public Library
Your local public library is probably one of the best places to find information about clubs, associations and interest groups. Ask a librarian! Librarians can be an excellent resource about activities in your town.
In addition to the vast collection of books, videos and DVDs for all ages, public libraries offer a wide range of programs for adults and children: Literacy program, Book readings and discussion, conversation groups, sing-along and story time for children to name a few.
Membership to public libraries is free and comes with several perks such as interlibrary loan privileges and discount passes to museums, etc!
Every town has its own public library, and each public library may have several branches. Please visit the website for the library nearest you for more details. Listed below are addresses and phone numbers for the main branch of each town's library.
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge
Somerville Public Library
79 Highland Avenue, Somerville
Boston Public Library
Copley Square, Boston
Libraries also have bulletin boards with many notices about activities in your area. Be sure to check these out!
The City Hall in your town is also a good source of information. You can check their website for relevant information.
Newspapers & Magazines
Check your local newspaper for nearby events and activities. There is usually a lot of information, especially in the weekend editions, about what is happening around town and interest groups. We also recommend these two free publications:
The Improper Bostonian
The magazine is printed bimonthly and is full of information about events in and around the greater Boston area. Look for it in news boxes at Kendall Square T-stop and in front of 77 Massachusetts Avenue.
Boston Parents' Paper
This magazine is printed monthly. It is available at many locations, including MIT Medical, bookstores such as Barnes & Nobles, Curious George, Supermarkets and the Children's Museum.
Universities & Colleges
There are over 400 higher education institutes in the Greater Boston area. The Higher Education Information Center offers an extensive list of schools. You can check the websites of individual schools for information on interest groups and classes that are open to non-students.
Some Clubs around Cambridge/Boston
Last Updated: January 2011