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June 2017
Volume 14, Number 6

Literacy Volunteer Orientation

Would you like to help an adult learn to read? Consider becoming a volunteer literacy tutor. LVM-Quincy provides free one-on-one tutoring in basic reading and writing to adults on the South Shore. Come to the library on Tuesday, June 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the meeting room on the ground floor near the café for a free orientation session and find out more. You do not have to register beforehand. For more details and an online application form, visit thomascranelibrary.org/read or send us an email (quliteracy@ocln.org).

Early Literacy Tablets Arrive

Early Literacy TabletNow available at the Adams Shore & Wollaston branch libraries: early literacy tablets similar to the popular early literacy computers at the Main Library and the North Quincy branch. The tablets are loaded with educational games and activities geared for children aged two to eight and are available to use in the branches. Drop by today and introduce your child to this fun way of practicing early reading skills. The tablets were generously funded by the Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation.

Summer Concerts on the Lawn

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Grab your lawn chairs, pack a picnic dinner, and don't forget the bug spray. It's time once again for our annual summer concerts on the lawn. This year's summer reading theme is "Build a Better World" and we are embracing that with a series of musicians from around the world. Come on out every Thursday evening in July for some great performances. Each will start at 7:00 p.m. If the weather doesn't cooperate, we'll move inside.

July 6: Albino Mbie

July 13: Peter Buzzelle & the Academy

July 20: Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band

July 27: Hit the Roof

All made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Summer Reading

This summer there are reading challenges for people of all ages. Stay tuned for details about summer reading for children and teens (let them finish the school year first!). Adults will kick things off with a Book Tasting Party on Wednesday, June 28, at 7:00 p.m. Find new-to-you books that will excite and stimulate you and then discuss them with your neighbors. Learn all about the adult summer reading challenge too!

Program Highlights

View our online calendar for details about all the programs happening at the Library. Some of the highlights include:


meetup logoAre you in your 20s or 30s? Looking for things to do in Quincy and opportunities to meet new people your age? Our 20/30something librarians are planning some events just for you! We hope you'll drop by the Main Library this month for these fun activities. Make sure you join our Meetup group to find out about even more events. These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Movies on the Big Screen

Thursdays at the Main Library

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Join us every Thursday in June for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies, sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Get details by clicking individual titles, or visit this webpage. Get in the mood with previews:

Matinees @Adams Shore (Mondays) and North Quincy (Wednesdays)

The North Quincy Branch shows matinees every Wednesday starting at 2:00 p.m. and starting June 12 the Adams Shore Branch will show movies every Monday at 2:00 p.m..

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.

World Literature Book Club

book coverThis discussion group meets one Friday a month at 10:00 a.m. (usually the second Friday) and focuses on world literature. On Friday, June 9, we will discuss My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.

Booked for Lunch

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 or second Friday of each month. The next meeting will be on Friday, June 2, 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!

Harry Potter Book Club @Wollaston Branch

book jacketAre you a Harry Potter fan? Have you read the books several times or are you just discovering Harry for the first time? Harry fans of all ages are invited to join us from January to July at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday evening of each month at the Wollaston Branch Library as we discuss each Harry Potter book in turn. Stop by the Main Library to pick up a copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to read for our meeting on June 21.

On Exhibit: Awe

Awe, paintings by Donna Haig Friedman

This month’s exhibit is paintings by Donna Haig Friedman. A reception with the artist will happen on Saturday, June 3, at 1:30 p.m. The artist had the following to say about her work:

As reflected in my paintings, these words, excerpted from the poem Messenger by Mary Oliver, inspire my ways of seeing the world around me: “…Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished….”
I am learning to be astonished by nature close to home and elsewhere in the world, by the beauty of ordinary treasured objects, plants or flowers in my home and by the inner beauty of people I love. Watercolor and pen is a medium very conducive to transforming these inner feelings into painted images.

In my 20s, I chose a human service career over an art career. I dabbled in painting off and on as a hobby throughout adulthood, dropping this activity completely when I enrolled in graduate school in 1991. Now, after a 25 year hiatus, two years after leaving my more-than-full-time job directing the Center for Social Policy in the McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Boston, I am happy to say that painting has become a very important part of my life.

Are you an artist or do you know someone whose art you think would fit well in the library? Please submit an application to be considered!

PR Awards

photo of June and Brian with their awardsEvery two years, the Massachusetts Library Association presents PR Awards to libraries that exhibit exemplary public relations campaigns, outstanding publicity, and creative outreach. There are 20 award categories and public, academic, special and school libraries statewide may submit one entry in as many categories as desired. Entries are judged by a panel of experts, and this year’s winners were announced at the annual MLA conference in Hyannis on May 23, 2017. TCPL submitted entries in five categories and won awards in every one:

We also won the “PR for Pennies” award, given to one library for “the most successful and inexpensively produced entry.” We have a great staff we're really proud of and just had to share this great statewide recognition!

June Programs Just for Kids

As always, there is a lot going on for kids at the library this month with programs every Saturday including a special concert with Liz Buchanan on June 3 at 10:30 a.m., storytime at the Wollaston Beach Playground at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, June 13, 20, and 27, and so much more. Visit our Events and Storytimes page to learn about everything that is happening. Don’t miss the Construction Zone on Saturday, June 10!

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