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Jan 20, 2017 by michelleb

Grace Humiston was a New York lawyer and detective who became the first woman U.S. District Attorney.  Her investigations exposed peonage in Southern States and police negligence in New York, but she was most famous for solving the case of Ruth Cruger, a young girl who mysteriously disappeared in Harlem in 1917.  This engaging book intertwines Humiston’s most active career years with the Cruger case.  Fans of true crime and mystery will enjoy reading this!  Check Our Catalog

Jan 18, 2017 by eileenf

As President Obama leaves office at noon on Friday, it's a good time to recall his years of passionate exploration of the printed word. Check out this list of highlights that we've culled from the several lists he has released over the years.

Obama has shared his all-time favorite books, summer reading choices, favorite novels and non-fiction, and his best loved books about other presidents. The New York Times recently published an article that revealed books helped him with the daily stress of presidential life. I'm sure many of us can relate. How many times have you gotten home from a rough day at work to dive into a juicy novel that whisks you away to another world, free from meetings or deadlines?

Even back when he was an Illinois senator, Obama posed for one of Skokie Public Library's READ posters. He is shown above reading Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Works about Lincoln seem to be a particular favorite of his - he named three books about Honest Abe in one reading list. Readers who are curious to follow in his footsteps can devote 89 hours to read his essential reads. Or perhaps you're a young leader in training - read his recommended books to help you prepare for great responsibility. Have young children or teens? He's got you covered - share his favorite books with them. Do all these lists seem overwhelming? We've chosen several titles to highlight, which will make borrowing them easy.

We hope that when he's left the White House, he'll have even more time to read. Farewell, Reader in Chief!

Jan 11, 2017 by eileenf

Wondering what we are featuring on our displays this month? Here's the roundup:

On the First Floor

  • New Items: New books can be found near the first floor elevator and on a shelf across from the check out desk. New audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs can be found in clear display racks to the left of the check out desk.
  • Staff Picks: at the entrance to the Fiction Room, near the Coddington Street entrance
  • New Year, New You: at the entrance to the Fiction Room, opposite side of the case holding Staff Picks
  • Dystopia: in the Coletti fiction room on one of the low shelves
  • Banned by Snowmen: on the low round display in front of the check out desk
  • O Canada!: on the shelf across from the check out desk, facing the atrium
  • Hayao Miyazaki / Ghibli 75th Anniversary: on the low round display near New Books
  • Meet Someone New: Biographies on the shelves near the teen area, on the side of the stairs

On the Second Floor

  • Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.: on the low round display near the mineral exhibit and the conversation zone computers
  • Football: on top of the reference shelves, near the top of the stairs
  • Popular Travel Memoirs: in the Travel quarry

In the Children's Room

  • New Books: always being refreshed
  • Chinese New Year
  • Survival - Would you have survived?
  • J is for January - Books whose author begins with a J. (How many can you read in January?)
  • Old Favorites - Books your mother read to you!

On Display in the Branch Libraries


  • New Books: always being refreshed

North Quincy

  • New Children's Books: in the Children's area
  • Calendar and Year Round Books: in the Children's area
  • Snow and Snowmen: in the Children's area
  • Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights: in the Children's Area
  • Amazon 4 Plus Stars From More Than 100 Viewers: in the Adult area
  • New Adult Fiction: in the Adult area

Adams Shore

  • New Books: in the Adult area
  • Cooking with Books: in the Adult area
  • Quick Reads: in the Adult area

You can always check our On Display page to keep up with what items from our collections we are currently highlighting - they may be timely or something that we think would be of particular interest to our patrons. Enjoy!

Jan 10, 2017 by claytonc

A LOT of books were borrowed in 2016. Here are the lists of the most popular titles. Click through to request any copies you may have missed! Interested in the most popular fiction genres and non-fiction subjects? All those lists are on this page.



Curious what circulated the most in 2015? We saved those lists for you here.

Jan 10, 2017 by claytonc

We read and read and read all year — all genres and audiobooks, too. Here are the books we loved reading the most this year. Some are old and some are new.

General Fiction

Mystery & Crime Fiction

Science Fiction & Fantasy



We've saved these lists to a webpage too, so you can come back and get inspired anytime! Looking for more? Check out out what we loved reading in 2015 and 2014.

Dec 28, 2016 by eileenf

We lost two amazing entertainers over the holiday break - Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, and George Michael, an ‘80s and ‘90s pop music icon. As we remember how these two enriched our shared popular culture, I personally think of Fisher as a strong woman who lent a sense of humor and grace to her battles with addiction and mental illness. And she wasn’t just a quick-witted actress and celebrity - she was also a hilarious writer, authoring both memoirs and fiction. Pictured above are Fisher and her beloved service dog, Gary.

George Michael was more than a pop star. Since his death, he has been revealed to have been incredibly - and anonymously - generous with his money. He volunteered at homeless shelters, donated thousands to children’s and AIDS charities, gave money to a student so she could eliminate her debt, and gave £15k to a woman who needed IVF treatment. I grew up listening to Wham! and George’s solo work, which gave us Gen Xers an upbeat soundtrack to our lives. May they both rest in peace.

Nov 29, 2016 by claytonc

The tales told in this graphic novel area about as far from flying super heroes as you can get. A regular contributor to the New Yorker, a magazine he has created more than a dozen covers for, Tomine has collected six stories in this book. Using a variety of artistic techniques, multiple perspectives are explored, from a middle-aged guy trying to define himself beyond his landscaping job, to a college-aged woman with an uncanny resemblance to a porn star. These are not New Yorker cartoons. Some parts are funny but others are quite dramatic. This is a great introduction to graphic novels for readers who have not yet appreciated this genre. Tell your friends! Check Our Catalog

Nov 23, 2016 by megana

Irish writer William Trevor died this earlier this week at the age of 88. Trevor explored his characters—and their often unfortunate fates—with great compassion, limning the contours of human loneliness and sadness. Many of his short stories and novels are set in his native Ireland, some contemporary and some historical. Others are set in England, where he lived for most of his adult life. Several of his stories and novels have been made into TV plays or movies, including Felicia's Journey and My House in Umbria. But do read some of Trevor's work to appreciate the unique bittersweet pleasure of his writing. Dip into Selected Stories, or the two short novels in Two Lives. Check Our Catalog for a more complete list of Trevor's work.

Nov 4, 2016 by eileenf

Unless you've been living under a rock the last several months, you know that this coming Tuesday is Election Day. If you're still unsure whether or not that statement from one of the presidential candidates is true or not, let us help - it's not too late to get the facts! The following is a list of the most reputable, non-partisan fact-checking organizations working overtime to keep the public informed this election cycle.

  • Politifact - This Pulitzer Prize-winning site features the Truth-O-Meter™, which reports on the candidates' veracity on a scale between Pants on Fire and True. Follow them on Twitter here.
  • - This organization is a nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.
  • Washington Post's Fact Checker - This site ranks statements on a "Pinocchio" scale. Journalist Glenn Kessler, who runs this blog, not only verifies politicians but also political advocacy groups.
  • Open Secrets - This site follows the money. It allows you to easily track campaign spending and contributions and also tracks the money that the private sector, industry groups, unions, and other lobbyists spend to attempt to influence Congress.
  • - Probably the most well-known of all the debunking sites, Snopes isn't only for researching strange rumors. You can use the site to check political statements, too.

Happy (Informed) Voting!

Oct 20, 2016 by eileenf

If you like Sherlock Holmes stories, picking up this book is a no-brainer. This is the second novel by Anthony Horowitz to get Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate’s approval and the plot and writing style definitely fit in well with the established Holmes canon. While Holmes and Watson do not make appearances in this one, that’s okay - we have a couple of stand-ins who fill in quite nicely. The mystery itself is exciting, each action-packed encounter with the bad guys artfully builds up to the surprising climax. Check Our Catalog

Struggling single mom Vimbai is the best hairdresser in Zimbabwe’s capital until the handsome and charismatic Dumisani shows up at her salon. The young man has a lot of secrets. As those secrets are revealed they transform Vimbai and her understanding of the world. This terrific debut novel provides a fascinating lens through which we examine the economic, political, and social problems of this intriguing country. Check Our Catalog

Littlefield, MA: #6 on the Wall Street Journal's "Best Places to Live". A suburban idyll. More psychologists per capita than any other town in the USA. Which, no doubt, contributes to the plethora of stable families and overachieving children. Well-attended band concerts. Beautiful Victorian homes on manicured lawns. If happiness had an address it would be here. Then the first dog is poisoned. Shock. Disbelief. And, as more dogs die, cracks begin to appear in Littlefield's civilized veneer. Residents begin to suspect one another. The psychological menace builds--even as Berne dishes out comedic flashes to keep readers on their toes. Well formed characters dot the landscape of this tense and edgy tale. And satirical social commentary, too! Check Our Catalog

Jul 26, 2016 by eileenf

On Wednesday, August 3, we are collaborating with Esther Earl’s family to celebrate Esther Day. Esther Day was started in 2010 to celebrate love for family and friends by telling those who we are close to that we love them, even if it is sometimes difficult to say out loud. It was inspired by Quincy resident Esther Earl, one of the inspirations for John Green’s popular novel The Fault in Our Stars.

Esther, an author, internet vlogger, Nerdfighter, and activist in the Harry Potter Alliance, passed away from thyroid cancer shortly after her 16th birthday in 2010. Esther had befriended author John Green and was one of the people who inspired him to write The Fault In Our Stars, which was later turned into a popular movie. Esther’s book, This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl, was published posthumously.

Shortly before Esther's death, Green uploaded the video I Love Hank: Esther Day 2010. The video was uploaded in celebration of Esther Day, a day which Esther stated she wanted to be about "family and love." It is celebrated annually on August 3, which is Esther’s birthday. One of Esther's wishes, as her time grew short, was to tell her friends and family how much she loved them. In that spirit, in addition to the games, we will have a postcard station where you can write a note to those special people in your life, and we will mail them for you. There will also be an origami stars craft activity for participants throughout the event.

Come to the main library to celebrate her legacy of love with family-friendly games (races, capture the flag, frisbee, and more) on our lawn from 2 to 8 p.m.. Find social media posts of Esther Day tributes held around the country - including ours - with the hashtag #EstherDay.

The day’s schedule:

  • 2-4 p.m. - Lawn games for children
  • 4-6 p.m. - Lawn games for teens
  • 6-8 p.m. - Lawn games for adults

Please join us for this special day. Bring your friends and family so that we can gather together and celebrate all the people we love and remember Esther Earl, who would have turned 22 on August 3rd.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Jul 12, 2016 by eileenf

If you're looking for book suggestions as you're participating in our Adult Summer Reading program, we can help. Below are lists, separated by geographic area and linked to our catalog so it's easy to request them. But, this is only a suggested reading list - enter any book into our logging tool for a chance to win one of six prize baskets.

The suggested reading lists are:

The baskets will all have books in addition to prizes related to the following themes:

  • Movie Night, which includes Snuggies, and boxes of Cracker Jack;
  • Tea/Coffee, with a bag of coffee, package of tea bags, and an Aeropress;
  • Paper Lovers, which includes a lined sketch pad, coloring journal, day planner, colored pencils, and erasers;
  • Techies, which includes, touch screen gloves, a TCPL flash drive, and earphones;
  • Beach Lovers, which includes a blanket, sunglasses, beach bag, and beach ball;
  • Toys/Games, which includes an electric paper airplane, decks of cards; and a magnetic poetry set.

Thank you to the Friends for sponsoring these prize baskets. Happy reading!

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Jul 8, 2016 by eileenf

Thomas Crane Public Library: your gateway to amazing stories from around the globe!

Come celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Read Around the World during our Adult Summer Reading program. Expand your worldview and read great books from authors and settings in countries all over the globe. Watch our website and Facebook and Twitter feeds for inspiration. From now through September 1, adults are encouraged to read as many books as they can from different countries. You’ll get a peek into other people’s experiences and also win the opportunity to take home some cool prizes!

Here’s how it works:

  • Pick up an informational brochure at any public service desk at any one of our branches. 
  • Log the books you read online. You will need an email address; if you don't have an email address simply visit the Reference Desk or Device Advice Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Main library for help with setting one up.
  • Each book read earns a chance to win one of six prize baskets, which will contain books and other goodies - come by the library to see them as the summer progresses. A raffle for the baskets will be held at the end of the program.
  • We'd like to give a huge thank you to the Friends of the Library for purchasing the raffle baskets for this program!

Come to the top floor of the main library, call 617-376-1316, or email if you have any questions.

This summer, why let the kids have all the fun?





When the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in 1936 Ty Cobb was the first inductee. Baseball royalty. By far the most thrilling player of his era many argue that he was the greatest to play the game. He was also one of its most controversial. Noted for fights both on and off the field, an aggressive style (he attempted to “create a mental hazard” for the opposition), he was a fierce and fiery competitor. And after his death in 1961 something strange happened to his reputation: he became a virulent racist, who hated women and children, and was in turn hated by his peers. Leerhsen’s biography, winner of the Society of Baseball Research’s 2015 Casey Award, takes on a formidable reclamation project and tells us how this happened and how wrong the received history is. Full of whimsical detail this is the biography that America’s first sports celebrity deserves. The Boston Globe called this “the best book ever written on this American sports legend.” Check Our Catalog

Jun 22, 2016 by michelleb

One morning, Sophie Dupont finds a hastily written goodbye note from her wealthy, playboy lover, Wesley.  When his brother Stephen arrives, he realizes that Sophie has been left not only heartbroken but also pregnant.  Captain Stephen Overtree proposes marriage to Sophie 'in name only' to preserve her honor and give legitimacy to his brother's child.  Just as they begin to fall in love, he is called back to the battlefront.  Wesley returns soon after, determined to win Sophie back, and she must choose between the two brothers.  This sweet and romantic story, set in Devon, England in 1815, contains no strong language or graphic violence and is a relaxing summer holiday or beach read.  The characters are complex enough to keep you engaged and Klassen builds enough situational and romantic tension to keep the love triangle from being predictable. Details of the countryside and the historical backdrop also help keep things interesting. Recommended for fans of Jane Austen or regency fiction. Check Our Catalog

Jun 20, 2016 by eileenf

In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, gunman Omar Mateen opened fire inside a gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, FL, killing 49 and injuring 53. When violence like this happens, many people sit in front of their TVs or computers, asking themselves, “What can I do to help?”

The Huffington Post has several suggestions on how to help Orlando shooting victims and their families. They include:

Books for Kids 
Books for Adults 
  • Donating Money. Equality Florida, Planting Peace, CrowdRise, and OneOrlando are just some of the organizations accepted contributions to directly aid the victims.
  • Donating Blood. Orlando has received a massive amount of blood donations from residents, but blood is always needed. Weymouth has the closest Red Cross donation center, located at 208 Main St., and there are drives happening daily in the South Shore and Boston.
  • Resisting Islamophobia and Homophobia. The Anti-Defamation League clears up myths regarding Muslim people. GLAAD has information and resources about LGBTQIA acceptance.
  • Talking About It. The GLBT National Help Center can help if you need to talk about the tragedy.

This reading list for children and their caregivers has books about dealing with death and trauma. This adult reading list offers suggestions for understanding gun culture, bigotry, and coping with traumatic events.

How can you not love a book whose last chapter chapter begins, “In the morning we ate more piranhas”, right below a marvelously detailed pen-and-ink drawing of a Bird-eating spider eating a . . . bird. In this great travel book, subtitled, A Journey Between the Orinoco and the Amazon, O’Hanlon recreates the 19th century Englishman’s dogged exploration of a place where no person with any sense (but a lot of adventure) should visit. With a prim Colombian scientist and a handful of ne’er do wells only along for the money, the author mixes minute observation of this bizarre area of the world and its host of strange critters with humorous insights about himself and his incongruous crew. Curiosity and hilarity ensue. And let us not forget the long-expected rendezvous with the legendary Yanomami who are expected to murder them with poison arrows that eat flesh. A narrative with a difference and an edge. Check Our Catalog

May 31, 2016 by megana

Young and newly widowed archaeologist Charlotte leaves home with no forwarding address, fleeing the oppressive attentions of her grieving in-laws. She washes up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she rents a room on a houseboat with two other oddballs: elderly and a bit odd Grace, widowed a few years previously after a long and happy marriage, and 17-year-old Chloe, who has basically run away from home. This motley threesome becomes a family of sorts, caring for each other through Charlotte’s mourning process, Chloe’s unplanned pregnancy, and Grace’s sudden stroke. It may sound like a made-for-TV movie, but this book is a beautifully told study of loss, memory and redemption. Check Our Catalog

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