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November 2014
Volume 11, Number 11

Holiday Hours
Bookstore Birthday
Learn to Drive
Need Help with a Book Report?
Crime by the Book: Amateur Sleuths Solve Cold Cases
What's Cooking @your library: New Traditions for Thanksgiving
Veterans Job Fair
Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night
Thursday Night Feature Films
Wednesday Matinees at North Quincy
Cooking with Books: Side Dishes
Book Discussions
Art Exhibit: Woodward School Annual Art Show
New Catalog Tips
Download the New TCPL App
Get it Now! New Music, Movies, Audiobooks, and More
Special Programs for Kids

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Holiday Hours

The library will be closed all day on Tuesday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day. The library will close at 5:00 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, November 26, and remain closed all day on Thursday, November 27, in celebration of Thanksgiving. The Main Library will be open for our regular hours (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) on Friday, November 28.

Bookstore Birthday

This month, on Saturday, November 8, the Crane Library Bookstore celebrates its third birthday. Open every Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and every Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00 p.m., the Bookstore is a fabulous place to find gifts for everyone on your list. Learn more about the Bookstore in this recently filmed interview with QATV:

Learn to Drive

learn to driveEveryone knows libraries help you learn how to read. Did you know that the library can also help you learn how to drive? We have handbooks and practice tests from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to help you prepare to get car, motorcycle, and commercial driving licenses. Get on the road to being a licensed Massachusetts driver today!

Need Help With a Book Report?

Literary Reference CenterAre you or someone you know working on any book reports this fall? Our Literary Reference Center is an online, full-text resource that combines information from thousands of major respected reference works, books, and literary journals. Content includes plot summaries, essays of literary criticism, author biographies, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, classic and contemporary short stories, and author interviews. Your search for a good literary source is over!

Crime by the Book: Amateur Sleuths Solve Cold Cases

HalberThe police and media give little attention and often fail to ever solve mysteries when anonymous bodies are found. Thanks to the Internet, anyone with a computer, curiosity, patience, and a passion for justice can enter the dark world of missing persons and unsolved homicides. Come to the library on Wednesday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. and learn how such matches are made and learn about the growing cooperation between law enforcement and ordinary citizens whose persistence can sometimes crack the code in cold cases that have languished unresolved for years.

This program will be presented by Quincy's own Bobby Lingoes, one of the first--and most successful--web sleuths in the U.S., and Deborah Halber. Deborah has been a freelance journalist since 2004, and her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, MIT Technology Review, the graphic news magazine Symbolia, and many university publications. She is the author of the recently published narrative nonfiction book, The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths are Solving America's Coldest Cases, and copies will be availble to purchase at the event. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the National Association of Science Writers, she lives near Boston in a house with a lot of former pets buried out back.

Learn more in this interview, filmed for QATV:

What's Cooking @your library: New Traditions for Thanksgiving

Liz Barbour stuffing a turkeyCome to the library on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. and learn the art of creating a Thanksgiving menu that is easy, artistic, and delicious. Chef Liz will talk you through the best way to select and prepare turkey and demonstrate two of her favorite side dish recipes. Each recipe is designed to make your Thanksgiving preparation simple and carefree so you can enjoy feasting with your guests. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of two delicious recipes and samples. Note: This program includes a slide presentation of Liz's experience at a local neighbor’s turkey slaughter. No gore is included, but it does show folks the importance of the humane treatment of slaughtered animals. Registration is required so we can make sure we have enough food for everyone to get a taste.

Learn more in this interview, filmed for QATV:

This is the second in a three-part series this fall. Chef Barbour will also join us on December 9 for Healthy Holiday Entertaining. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Veterans Job Fair

Quincy Career CenterFind out about job openings and meet potential employers at the next Job Fair at the library on Thursday, November 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.. Please remember to dress professionally & bring plenty of resumes! If you are a Career Center member, make sure you bring your ID number. The following employers participated in the last job fair:

  • AFLAC
  • Anodyne
  • Combined Insurance
  • Domino’s
  • Eliot Community Services
  • EOS CCA
  • Express Pros
  • Hannaford Supermarket
  • Labor Ready
  • LYFT
  • Macy’s
  • Road to Responsibility
  • Robert Half
  • Sears
  • Soma Intimates
  • Target
  • US Post Office

Sponsored by the Quincy Career Center.

Learn more about the job fair in this interview filmed for QATV:

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night

Quincy Unplugged

Drop by the Main Library on Monday, November 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a free acoustic open mic night and share your talent with a friendly audience. Play an original or a cover song, read an excerpt or a poem, perform a dramatic monologue, debut your stand-up comedy skit or engage in any amateur style performance. All musicians, poets and performers are encouraged to participate and all ages are welcome. One microphone will be available but no other sound equipment is supplied. If your instrument requires amplification, such as an electric bass, you will need to bring it. Sign up in person between 6:15 and 6:30; perform from 6:30-8:30.

Thursday Night Feature Films

Grab some food and drink in the café and then join us every Thursday night in November (except Thanksgiving, of course!) for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Showtimes vary because of movie length - check below to make sure you don't miss an early start for a longer movie.

November 6 @7:00 p.m.: Life of Crime

movie stillThe wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a corrupt real estate developer (Tim Robbins) is kidnapped by two common criminals (Yasiin Bey and John Hawkes), who intend to extort him with inside information about his crooked business and off-shore accounts. But the husband decides he'd actually rather not pay the ransom to get back his wife, setting off a sequence of double crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of Elmore Leonard.
"Schechter’s soul-scored film is impeccably styled for the time period, and its easy pacing reminds me of the gold standard for Leonard adaptations, “Out of Sight.”" - New York Post
Directed by Daniel Schechter. Starring Isla Fisher, Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Mark Boone Junior, Mos Def, Tim Robbins, and Will Forte. Theatrically released in 2014. 94 Minutes; Rated R for language, some sexual content and violence.

November 13 @6:30 p.m.: The Fault in Our Stars

movie stillHazel (inspired by Quincy teen Esther Earl) and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that takes them on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.
"Director Josh Boone does a wonderful job of celebrating the sentimentality without shying away from the tough moments. The pacing, music and editing are all first-rate." - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Directed by Josh Boone. Starring Ana Dela Cruz, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern, Lotte Verbeek, Nat Wolff, Randy Kovitz, Sam Trammell, Shailene Woodley, and Willem Dafoe. Theatrically released in 2014. 126 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and brief strong language.

November 20 @7:00 p.m.: 22 Jump Street

movie stillAfter making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case - they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.
"A hugely enjoyable shambles. It’s a comic deconstruction of that most useless of Hollywood artifacts — the blockbuster sequel — that refuses to take itself seriously on any level." - Boston Globe
Directed by Chris Miller. Starring Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Jonah Hill, Nick Offerman, and Peter Stormare. Theatrically released in 2014. 110 Minutes; Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence.

All movie screenings are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Wednesday Matinees @North Quincy

Drop in for an afternoon movie at the North Quincy Branch, every Wednesday starting at 2:00 p.m.

November 5: Life of Crime (R)
November 12: We Bought a Zoo (PG)
November 19: Hello Dolly (G)
November 26: Last of the Mohicans (R)

All movie screenings are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Cooking with Books: Side Dishes

The Adams Shore Branch invites everyone to come over on Monday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy some tasty food, talk about recipes, and peruse cookbooks for the November session of the popular Cooking with Books series, which happens on the second Monday of most months. This month the theme is Side Dishes.

November Book Discussions

All our book discussions are open to all readers and no advance registration is required. New participants are always welcome. To see a list of upcoming book club meeting dates and book titles, check out our Book Clubs page. Copies of current titles are available for pickup at the Main Library checkout desk.

book coverBooked for Lunch

World Literature Book Club

This discussion group meets one Friday per month at 10:00 a.m. and focuses on world literature. On Friday, November 14, we will discuss A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.

Booked for Lunch

@Main Library
Read any good books lately? Looking for something new to read? Bring a brown bag lunch--or grab a sandwich or salad at the library café--and join other readers for an informal conversation about books on the first Friday of each month. The next meeting will be on Friday, November 7 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Main Library atrium. The group meets near the café--just look for the brown Booked for Lunch sign on the table. Drop in anytime and check out this friendly group!

November Exhibit: Woodward School Annual Art Show

ImagineThroughout the month of November we are proud to present Student Artwork from Woodward School.

Works include media in pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, and charcoal. The works on display examine the world as seen through the artist's eyes. Ordinary objects and scenes are made extraordinary in this exhibition of works from students in grades 6 through 12.

A reception with the student artists will be held in the Coletti Reading Room on Wednesday, November 12 from 6-8 p.m.

Learn more in this clip filmed for QATV:

New Library Catalog Tips

Our Library Catalog (provided by the Old Colony Library Network) has recently been updated. Perhaps you are wondering, "Why can I only search my library, or “all” libraries from The Catalog home page?"
Our new searching motto is: Search and then Refine. Searching first and then limiting the search using the available search limits (on the left) will give you the best, most consistent results. When looking for something to watch or listen to, we recommend typing in your search (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Barry Manilow, etc) and then using one of the available search limits to find the type of material you are looking for. Have more questions? Check this list of Frequently Asked Questions for the answer.

Try it out right now:

Download the New TCPL App

Scan this QR code on your phoneGet instant access to your account, check items out using your tablet or smart phone, get a super-easy search of our catalog, catch up on the latest additions to our collection, read the library calendar, get the latest library news, and more.

Available for iPhones and iPads, Android devices, Kindle, and Windows phones- if you have a smart device you should be able to get this app. Use the relevant link at the top of this newsletter, click or scan the QR code to the right, or search your app store for "Thomas Crane Library". Try out the new app from your computer right now.

Get it Now! New Music, Movies, Audiobooks, and More

Every week new albums, movies, television shows, and audiobooks are added to our streaming service, provided through our partnership with hoopla. Never any lines, never any late-fees. Always available. Simply what you want, when you want it (and you want it now, right?)
Melody Road by Neil Diamond
Are you a fan of Neil Diamond? Listen to his brand new album, Melody Road, released October 21, now. New music is added every week.

Perhaps you'd rather listed to former Eurythmics vocalist Annie Lennox sing some sweet covers on her new album, Nostalgia. Her takes on the Porgy and Bess classic "Summertime", the always heart-wrenching "Strange Fruit", and the electric "I put a spell on you" are particularly note-worthy.

orange is the new blackHave you watched Orange is the New Black yet? Listen to the book that inspired the series while you wait for your hold on your physical book and/or DVDs to come in.

Or maybe you would rather watch Trey Parker and Matt Stone (of South Park fame) in their comedy, BASEkteball, catch the critically acclaimed Take Me Home, or gather the kids and spend some time with Bill Nye, the Science Guy.

Special November Programs Just for Kids

Storytime and Explorer Club Registration Begins

Storytimes

The second Fall session of weekday storytimes for children ages 4 months through 5 years old begins on Tuesday, November 4. The library offers several programs by age. Stop by the library or check our storytimes webpage for details.

Due to overcrowding advance registration is required for Mother Goose on the Loose and Just for Twos storytimes. Registration will begin at 9:00 am Tuesday, November 4. Register online, by phone at 617-376-2411 or in person in the Main Library Children’s Room. Registration is limited to Quincy residents. Children must be of age by the first meeting and each child may only be registered for one program.

Explorers Clubs

Registration also begins on Tuesday, November 4 for the following after-school programs at the Wollaston Branch Library (41 Beale Street):

Register online, by phone at 617-376-1330 or in person at the Wollaston Branch (41 Beale St., Quincy). Registration is limited to Quincy residents.

 Music and Movement with Rubi

Sing and dance with Rubi Lichauco, Saturday, November 1 at 10:00 a.m.! Rubi brings her popular preschool program to Quincy so put on your favorite dancing shoes and join us for this lively mix of music and movement for children ages 0-4 accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Publicc Library.

Storytimes

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Saturday Storytime with Denise Shaver

Children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult are invited to come join Denise Shaver for a family storytime full of stories, songs, rhymes and more on Saturday, November 8 at 10:00 a.m.. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Teddy Bear Storytime @North Quincy

Join Children's librarian Cathy deVeer and Quinn Z. Bear at the North Quincy Branch Library (381 Hancock Street) on Tuesday, November 18 a 6:30 p.m. for stories and songs for children ages 2-5 at this new evening storytime. No registration required.  Feel free to bring along your own teddy bear or other stuffed friend to join the fun.

Rock-a-bye Baby Storytime

Join us Thursday, November 20 at 11:00 a.m. for an introduction to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and gentle movement exercises for very young children, ages 4 - 11 months accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Just for Threes Storytime

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities are used to reinforce concepts in this popular storytime Tuesdays November 18 and 25 at 9:30 a.m..This program for three-year-olds (ages 36-47 months) and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children. No registration is required.

Preschool Storytime

Fridays, November 14 and 21 at 9:30 a.m. longer, more complex stories form the basis for our Preschool Storytime. Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs. Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby. This program is for children ages 3-5. No registration is required.

Toddler Storytime @Adams Shore

This half hour program Tuesday, November 18 and 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the Adams Shore Branch Library (519 Seat Street) for toddlers (ages 2 and 3) and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children. Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities are used to reinforce concepts. No registration is required.

Preschool Storytime @North Quincy

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this storytime Mondays, November 17 and 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the North Quincy Branch Library (381 Hancock Street). Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs. Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby. This program is for children ages 3-5. No registration is required.

Saturday Storytime @North Quincy

Join Children's Librarian Cathy DeVeer on Saturday, November 22 at 10:00 a.m. for a family storytime full of stories, songs rhymes and more for children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Preschool Discovery @Wollaston

A new, hands-on science program for preschoolers (children ages 3-5). Drop by the Wollaston Branch Library (41 Beale Street) on the second Wednesday of each month with your preschooler any time between 6:00 and 7:00 pm to do some fun simple science together. Activities, experiments and instructions will be provided for science you can do with your child. On Wednesday, November 12 you are invited to come in and construct! Build towers, bridges and experiment with ramps. See how tall you can build your tower, try to make your bridge stronger, send a car down different ramps and see what's fastest! This program does not require registration.

Mad Science

mad scienceFor Ages 3-5: Adventures in Air
This Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop helps children ages 3-5 discover the invisible world of air! The children will explore the uses and properties of air using Vortex Generators and experiment with the concepts using a Bernoulli bag and pinwheels, and like “magic” a ping pong ball will seem to float in midair! The children will enjoy an entertaining application of their new knowledge by constructing their own Cloud Climber Cardboard jets to take home. 

This 45 minute workshop for ages 3-5 will be held on Saturday, November 15th at 9:30 a.m.. Tickets are required and must be picked up in the Children’s Room on the morning of the program. Due to space limitations, this program is limited to Quincy residents.

Parents if you have both preschool and school age Mad Scientists we suggest that you attend the school age Mad Science program at 10:30 as a family.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Mad Science for ages 6-10: Electricity
In this electrifying Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop, children ages 6-10 will take a tour of the electron freeway. The roadside attractions include hands-on activities and illuminating demonstrations. The children will excite some electrons as they construct circuits and test various materials for conductivity with space-age plasma balls. Problem-solving and scientific know-how are explored when the children create and play an electronic game, and each child will take home a static stick to further their exploration of static electricity.

This 1 hour workshop for ages 6-10 will be held on Saturday, November 15th at 10:30 a.m.. Tickets are required and must be picked up in the Children’s Room beginning at 10:00 am on the morning of the program. Due to space limitations, this program is limited to Quincy residents. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Book Clubs

Do you like to read? Would you like to talk to others about books? Then you will like our book discussion groups. Join us each month to discuss all kinds of books.

Night Owls Book Club

book coverThe Night Owls Book Club is a book discussion group for children in grades 3 and 4. We meet monthly on the first or second Monday of the month. This year we will be reading some great books and even making some books ourselves. This month we will be meeting on Monday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. and discussing Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. As always, you are invited to stop by the Children’s Room to pick up a copy of the book to read before the program.

Phoenix Book Club

The Phoenix Book Club for children in grades 5-8 usually meets on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss a variety of books. Each month a new theme or genre is selected. Children choose their own books from a prepared list and share their thoughts on the book they read and the theme or genre. This month, delayed because of Veteran's Day, on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. we will be discussing Monsters. Werewolves, vampires, zombies, ghosts, cryptids of all kinds - read a book about a supernatural creature for November. It could be a scary book to keep you up at night, or it could be a silly take on a normally frightening monster. Find a book with a creepy creature and come tell us all about it. Find a book that takes you away from home and outside our borders and join us to talk about it.


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