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July 18, 2014: Beloved Painting Returns to Wollaston Branch

A well-loved painting depicting a weather-worn fisherman with a young girl in a rowboat has been beautifully restored and returned to its home at the Wollaston Branch Library thanks to a generous donation by longtime Wollaston resident Harold S. Crowley.

The Helping HandGenerations of library visitors have enjoyed this oil reproduction of the famous painting by French artist Emile Renouf called “Un Coup de Main” or “The Helping Hand”. The original painting dates from 1881 and hung for over one hundred years in Washington, D.C.’s Corcoran gallery, captivating visitors with its charming subject and large size (5 by 7 feet). The painting was widely reproduced in the U.S. and is one of Renouf’s most popular works.

In 1935, the heirs of recently deceased Wollaston resident Frank P. Waterhouse donated an exceptionally fine reproduction of the painting, done by A. Connolly in 1903, to the Board of Library Trustees in memory of Waterhouse. After almost 80 years hanging on the eastern wall of the Wollaston library, the painting was dulled and the beautifully ornate frame in disrepair. On the occasion of his retirement as a Library Trustee earlier this year, Crowley said that funding the restoration was “my parting gift to the library that has meant so much to me”. As a boy growing up in the neighborhood, Crowley spent countless hours at the Wollaston library, reading and exploring the world through books.

The painting was cleaned and re-varnished, and the gold leaf frame repaired and meticulously cleaned, by a team of skilled artisans at the firm of Trefler & Sons in Newton, Mass. The Wollaston Branch Library, located at 41 Beale St., is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. Residents are invited to stop by the branch to admire the painting anew and explore the library’s collection of books, movies and music for all ages.

May 2, 2014: Watch and Listen NOW

Tired of waiting to listen to the latest audiobooks? Want to listen to a new music album the day it is released? Want a free way to easily watch thousands of popular movies and television shows right now? All you need is your Quincy library card to watch and listen for free!

covers of popular hoopla titlesMade possible through a partnership with hoopla digital, the Thomas Crane Library now provides immediate access to over 200,000 titles — from major studios and television networks, record companies, and publishers — available to borrow for instant streaming to your smartphone, tablet and computer.

After a quick, one-time sign-up, you'll be enjoying new materials in no time. With this service there’s no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, albums or audiobooks. And hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees. Get more detail to listen now and watch now.

New content is being added all the time. Some popular recent titles include:

  • the audiobooks of the Divergent / Allegiant / Insurgent series by Veronica Roth;
  • the music soundtrack to the movie Frozen (which includes the award winning tune, Let it Go);
  • the latest albums from chart toppers Lorde, St. Vincent, the Afghan Whigs, Katy Perry, Neon Trees, Bastille, and many more;
  • popular and critically acclaimed movies and television.

May 2, 2014: May is Amnesty Month: No Late Fees Due!

Get a clean start for summer. No overdue fines will be charged on anything returned during the month of May. Scour your shelves and check under your bed and find every book, magazine, DVD, CD, and video game you've been intending to return for weeks. As long as you return them to any Quincy library location before the end of the month, we'll gladly accept them, no questions asked, and waive all associated late charges. Any outstanding overdue charges from previously returned Quincy materials have also been forgiven.

Welcome back to your library!

March 3, 2014: New Member Joins Library Board of Trustees

Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch recently appointed local resident Maria Cataldo-Cunniff to the Board of Trustees of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Previously serving trustees Janet DiTullio, Mary Reed, William Griffin and Tina Cahill were also appointed to the Board. Trustees are appointed annually by the mayor for a term of one year.

Maria Cataldo-CunniffMaria Cataldo-Cunniff lives in Quincy with her husband, Gary and their two children, Joseph, 5 and Margaret, 3, both students in the Quincy Public Schools. While she now spends most of her time being a mom, Maria occasionally works as a motivational speaker and retreat leader. She also continues her ministry as a chaplain at Children’s Hospital in Boston, where she has been part of the spiritual care team for ten years. Before that she worked as a chaplain and educator at Philips Academy in Andover and Notre Dame Academy in Worcester, as well as at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and San Gabriel Mission High School, both in Los Angeles, California. “I am excited to join the TCPL Board of Trustees and to be of service to the library,” said Ms. Cataldo-Cunniff. “It’s both an essential resource to my family and community, and also a wonderful, beautiful place to be.”

The Board of Trustees usually meets monthly at the Main Library and meeting minutes are posted on the library’s website at thomascranelibrary.org. To send a message to the Board, please email trustees@thomascranelibrary.org.

December 13, 2013: Historic Postcard Collection Donated

A unique collection of historic Fore River Shipyard postcards and photographs has been donated to the Thomas Crane Public Library by author and collector Wayne G. Miller. The collection includes 47 photographs circa 1904 to 1910, and 270 postcards.

Tina Cahill-Wayne Miller-Megan AllenWayne Miller grew up in Quincy and graduated from Quincy High School. His memories of family excursions over the Fore River Bridge, hoping to see a ship going out to sea, inspired him to begin collecting Fore River Shipyard ephemera and eventually publish “Fore River Shipyard”, a postcard history, in February of this year. “As a boy, I spent many hours studying at the Thomas Crane Public Library,” said Miller. “Over 40 years later, I came back to the library to do research on my book and began thinking of ways to repay the kindness extended to me by the staff. The library has an impressive Shipbuilding Heritage collection and I am excited to add my Fore River Shipyard postcards to the library’s collection.”

The library plans to preserve and catalog the postcards and then scan them so they will be easily accessible online.

In addition to donating his shipyard collection, Miller also made a financial donation to the Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation. Foundation president Tina Cahill thanked Miller for his generous support, saying that “his interest in preserving the tradition and history of the library and of Quincy is evident in his book, postcard collection and philanthropy.”

Now a resident of Maryland, Miller owned a collectibles business for 25 years, specializing in postcards and books. He is a member of the Quincy and Braintree Historical Societies and the U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum.

October 7, 2013: Quincy Branch Library Hours Set to Expand October 15: Evening & Weekend Hours Added

The Trustees of the Thomas Crane Public Library are pleased to announce an expansion of branch library hours beginning the week of October 15, 2013. The Adams Shore Branch and the Wollaston Branch will each open one evening per week until 9 p.m. The North Quincy Branch will open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Residents whose schedules have prevented them from using their neighborhood library will now be able to visit in the evening or on Saturday. Adams Shore will reprise its popular monthly Cooking With Books program on Monday evenings, and North Quincy will offer Saturday morning drop-in story programs for children.

All three branches have been open only Monday through Thursday from 1-4 p.m. since library budget reductions in 2010. With a budget increase for the current year, branch hours will be expanded as follows:

Adams Shore Branch Library (519 Sea St.)
Monday 1-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1-5 p.m.

North Quincy Branch Library (381 Hancock St.)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 1-5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wollaston Branch Library (41 Beale St.)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 1-5 p.m.
Wednesday 1-9 p.m.

For more information about library hours and library events, please visit our website or call the Main Library at 617-376-1316.

May 13, 2013: Thomas Crane Library Receives Public Relations Award

State of the LibraryThe Massachusetts Library Association (MLA) recently presented the 21st biennial public relations awards to the winning applicants at the Association’s Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Winners were chosen by a panel of independent judges from the public relations, press, and library fields. Evaluation criteria included graphic design, originality, and presentation. Entries were submitted for 20 categories, including brochures, community reading programs, social media, and websites.

The Thomas Crane Public Library received First Prize in the Brochure category for its 2012 publication entitled The State of the Library. This brochure was prepared to present the results of a community assessment conducted as part of the library’s strategic planning process. The print document was shared with the library’s 20-member community planning committee, distributed to city officials, and posted on the library’s website, and a large folding panel version was created to display in the library for public perusal.

The Massachusetts Library Association advocates for libraries, librarians, and library staff, defends intellectual freedom, and provides a forum for leadership, communication, professional development, and networking to keep libraries vital. MLA has been working libraries for over 100 years, representing members from all library types in the Commonwealth.

March 5, 2013: New Library Program to Help Residents Lower Electric Bills

Kill A WattTo help bring Quincy residents a more energy efficient 2013, the Quincy Climate Action Network (Quincy CAN) and the Thomas Crane Public Library have joined forces to start a new loaner program that makes Kill A Watt meters available to library patrons. The meters, donated by Quincy CAN members, allow users to identify household appliances that are sucking up excess energy, says Quincy CAN member Merry Perry, who along with the library’s director, Megan Allen, designed and set up the loaner program.

Appliances that use too much energy fall into two main categories, Perry says. Energy hogs are appliances, usually older ones, that require much more electricity than the most efficient models do. They can range from old TVs to washing machines and refrigerators. Replacing energy hogs can pay for itself in energy savings in a relatively short time, especially for residents who take advantage of incentives available from their electric utility.

Other appliances, mainly electronics such as TVs, computers, stereo systems, and radios, may have “phantom loads,” meaning that they use a small amount of power, typically two to ten watts, even after you turn them off. Because appliances with phantom loads use power 24 hours a day, putting such devices on a power strip can save enough to pay for the power strip in six months to a year. Further savings, of course, go into the pocket of the ratepayer.

"Electricity usage is a mystery to most of us, and the library is in the business of helping people solve mysteries,” says Megan Allen. “So the Kill A Watt program is definitely in line with our mission, and it also supports the Mayor's energy initiative."

“Quincy CAN,” adds Perry, “wants to help the Quincy community get in touch with how much energy we’re using, so the program is a natural for us. The less electricity people use, the more they will save—and the better for the planet.” Founded in 2012 and chaired by Hough’s Neck resident Patti Keville, Quincy CAN promotes energy conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of renewable energy by private citizens, businesses, and government. For more information, visit www.qcan.org.

To borrow a Kill-a-Watt meter, ask a librarian at the Main Library or any branch. The meters come with a carrying case and detailed instructions. Meters are loaned out for two weeks, with the possibility of renewal. For more information, visit thomascranelibrary.org/killawatt-program.

March 27, 2012: New Members Join Quincy Library Board of Trustees

Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch recently appointed local residents William Griffin and Tina Cahill to the six-member Board of Trustees of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Previously serving trustees Harold Crowley, Lawrence J. Falvey, Jr., Janet DiTullio and Mary Reed were also appointed to the Board.   Trustees are appointed annually by the mayor for a term of one year.

Longtime Quincy resident William Griffin and his wife Linda raised three children in Quincy, and still have two children and two grandchildren residing in the city.  Mr. Griffin was an elementary school principal in Milton and Canton for 24 years, after 11 years as a classroom teacher.  He is a former board member of the Mass. Elementary School Principal’s Association and the South Shore Elementary School Principal’s Association; member of the Parish Council at St. Mary Parish in West Quincy; and a volunteer at the Long Island Homeless Shelter and St. John’s Food Pantry.  “I’m excited at the opportunity to serve the city as a member of the library board”, said Mr. Griffin, “and look forward to working with library administration to continue to improve services at what is already an excellent library.”

Born and raised in Quincy, Tina Cahill and her husband Tim have four daughters who also grew up in the city.  The entire family “took full advantage of the resources our beautiful library has to offer, especially while the girls were growing up,” said Ms. Cahill. “The library is a wonderful asset to all of us and it is my pleasure and honor to serve on the board.”  Ms. Cahill has a B.S. in education from Bridgewater State College and taught at St. Ann’s in Quincy for 13 years.  Since 1997, she has been Assistant Alumni and Development Director at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree.

The Board of Trustees usually meets monthly at the Main Library and meeting minutes are posted on the library’s website at thomascranelibrary.org.  To send a message to the Board, please email trustees@thomascranelibrary.org.

November 22, 2011: The Crane Library Bookstore Now Open Saturdays

Are you on a tight budget this holiday season? Shop for gently used books, movies and music for all ages at the Crane Library Bookstore in Quincy, open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The bookstore is run by the volunteer Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library and features high quality used fiction and nonfiction books for adults, teens and children as well as audiobooks, music on CD, DVDs, and videos and DVDs for kids.
Also on sale are sturdy bookbags, coffee mugs and umbrellas with the library's logo, notecards, and other new items.

The store is located in the beautifully renovated lower level of the historic Richardson building of the main library on 40 Washington St., Quincy. Shoppers can find free street parking nearby on Coddington St. and in the library's public parking lot on Washington Street. Enter the bookstore directly through its Spear Street entrance, behind the library.

100% of bookstore proceeds benefit the library and the community by supporting free library events for all ages and discounted museum passes.

July 1, 2011: Thomas Crane Library Awarded ALA/NEH Reading & Discussion Program Grant

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that the Thomas Crane Public Library is one of 65 public, academic and community college libraries chosen to receive a Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War reading and discussion program grant.

Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War follows the popular Let’s Talk About It model, which engages participants in discussion of a set of common texts selected by a nationally known scholar for their relevance to a larger, overarching theme. As a part of the grant, the Crane Library will receive $3,000 from NEH for program-related expenses, 50 sets of the three titles that will be read and discussed by series participants, promotional materials, and training for the library's project director at a national workshop, including two nights of lodging in Chicago.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from NEH to the ALA Public Programs Office. Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War is supported by NEH’s We the People initiative, which aims to stimulate and enhance the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture.

The Crane Library has previously participated in two well-received Let's Talk About It series on the themes of Jewish literature and Love & Forgiveness.  The Civil War series will be presented at the Library from October to December 2011, led by popular discussion leader Dr. Dan Breen, Professor of History at Newbury College.

April 29, 2011: Thomas Crane Library Receives Public Relations Awards

The Massachusetts Library Association (MLA) presented the 20th biennial public relations awards to the winning applicants at the Association’s Annual Conference at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Danvers, Massachusetts.  Winners were chosen by a panel of independent judges from the public relations, press, and library fields.  Evaluation criteria included graphic design, originality, and presentation.  Entries were submitted for 17 categories, including brochures, community reading programs, social media, and Websites.

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The Thomas Crane Library received second place in the category Coordinated Advocacy Campaign for its Life is an Open Book literacy campaign.  The campaign was developed by library staff and Merry Perry, owner of Merry Perry Design of Quincy and a volunteer tutor in the library's literacy program.

The Thomas Crane Library also received third place in the News Coverage category for a Patriot Ledger feature article about the library's literacy program. Quincy's literacy volunteers help adults realize their dreams, the December 10, 2010 story by Jody Feinberg tells how volunteer tutors work with adults learning to read.

The Massachusetts Library Association advocates for libraries, librarians, and library staff, defends intellectual freedom, and provides a forum for leadership, communication, professional development, and networking to keep libraries vital.   MLA has been working libraries for over 100 years, representing members from all library types in the Commonwealth.  For more information see www.masslib.org.


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