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July 2014
Volume 11, Number 7

Holiday Hours
Summer Concerts on the Lawn:
       Asylum Quartet
       Jumpin' Juba
       Krisanthi Pappas
Sports Talk: How the Game Has Changed
Invisible Stars: Women in Broadcasting
True Crime: On the Trail of Bonnie and Clyde
Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night
Wednesday Matinees at North Quincy
Teen Choice Movie
Book Discussions
Art Exhibit: Dreamscapes
Summer Fun for Kids & Families: Fizz, Boom, Read!

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Holiday Hours

In observance of Independence Day, the library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 3 and remain closed until Monday, July 7. Book drops will be open at all locations (but don't worry, no overdue charges will accrue while the library is closed) and don't forget that you can renew items online.

Summer concerts on the lawn

Summer Concerts

Join us every Thursday evening in July (except July 3) at 7:00 p.m. for the return of our Concerts on the Lawn music series. There are some amazing musicians coming long distances to play for us this year, so bring your chair, sunscreen & bug spray and get ready for a great time! In case of rain, concerts will be moved to the atrium. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

July 10: Asylum Quartet

Asylum Quartet
Lauded for “nonstop virtuoso skills” (Times Herald-Record, New York), the Asylum Quartet plays everything from lush classical works, minimalism, and modernism to indie rock, world music, and klezmer. The four classically-trained saxophonists met as graduate students at the The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut in 2011. The quartet received the Grand Prize in the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, Massachusetts, becoming the first saxophone quartet to receive this honor.

July 17: Jumpin' Juba

Jumpin JubaGet down with Steve Hurl's rootsy-bluesy side, inspired by many flavors of American blues music. New Orleans swamp-rock, classic boogie-woogie, folk, Memphis rock & roll, and a playful use of everything from calypso to country are stirred into the band's blue stew.

Bruce alternately pounds and glides over the piano keys. He's been playing blues and boogie piano for over three decades. His musical heroes include Professor Longhair, Otis Spann and Jimmy Yancey. Steve bends the guitar strings a little harder and sings with a little more pepper than your average folkie. On stage, Juba adds many a re-arranged R&B classic to their sets.

July 24: Krisanthi Pappas

Krisanthi Papas

Jazz and swing vocalist Krisanthi Pappas and her band will present a lively concert of standards made popular by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Michael Buble and the like. Krisanthi has been compared to Diana Krall and Norah Jones by Jazz Times Magazine. Also a Billboard® award winning composer and lyricist, her original songs have been featured in ABC television’s “One Life To Live”, NBC’s “Parenthood” and “Passions”, FOX's "The Mindy Project", as well as in the films "Green River" and “Tying The Not”.

Krisanthi and her band have received rave reviews for her shows at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Company Theatre in Norwell, Footlighters Theatre in Walpole, The Orpheum Theatre in Foxboro as well as at and many other venues. Krisanthi has recorded five CDs and performs full-time throughout New England and New York City, having opened for Branford Marsalis, Chuck Mangione and many others. Her voice and music have received high accolades from Jazz Times Magazine, Downbeat Magazine, Cabaret Scenes New York, Cabaret Hotline, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Cadence Magazine, and many radio personalities nationwide.

July 31: Acousticana

AcousticanaThe name says it all: Acousticana plays American roots music on acoustic instruments. Bluegrass, Tex-Mex, folk, country, gospel, Cajun—it’s all here, tastefully informed by soul, blues, rock, pop, world music, and other contemporary influences. Great music has always been about creating new and original expressions, not simply repeating the voices of the past as perfectly as possible. That’s what they do - take from the old and make something new. New music with an old feel. Add a healthy dose of originals, an impressive array of acoustic instruments, and a commitment to creative arrangements and vivid performances, and you get a musical gumbo guaranteed to please.

Acousticana is: Ellen Breen, Attleboro, MA (guitar, vocals); James Butrym, Worcester, MA (guitar, mandolin, vocals); Rob Dross, Somerville, MA (bass); Stroker, Arlington, MA (accordion, vocals); and Andy Solberg, Attleboro, MA (mandolin, fiddle, vocals).

Al Young

Sports Talk: How the Game Has Changed

In the old days, the sports department at a newspaper was often called the "Toy Department" because sportswriters didn't always concern themselves with the "serious topics" covered by their counterparts on the news desk. But today, it's a different ball game not only in the way sports journalists cover their beats but how sports has grown in wealth, power, and influence.

Quincy resident Al Young, a groundbreaking, award-winning former professional journalist with more than 30 years daily newspaper experience as an editor and writer, will talk about "How the Game has Changed" from his experiences from the early 1970s to now on Tuesday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m. Recently retired from the news desk at the Boston Globe, Young covered sports for USA TODAY, the New York Daily News, the New Haven Register, and the Bridgeport Post-Telegram. Recognized as an Asian-American Pioneer Journalist, Young, who grew up 20 minutes from Yankee Stadium and is an unabashed lifelong Yankee fan, will also chat about the age-old Red Sox-Yankee rivalry!

Sponsored by Quincy College Speaker’s Series.

Invisible Stars: Women in Broadcasting

Invisible StarsWhile Massachusetts has a woman senator, and several women are running for governor, it wasn't that long ago when women in politics were few in number, and often the subject of harsh media scrutiny. So, have things improved for women politicians? On Monday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m., media historian and Lesley University professor Donna L. Halper will discuss women candidates in our modern era, and how newspapers, magazines, radio and television have reported about them. Dr. Halper is the author of a newly revised second edition of Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting. She will also look at the changing role of the First Lady, from the beginning of the radio era to the present.

True Crime: On the Trail of Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and ClydeFor years the public has been fascinated with the story of this Dustbowl Romeo and Juliet. Come to the library on Monday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m. to learn the real story from noted local historian Christopher Daley who personally traveled over 4,000 miles through the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri visiting the homes, murders, robberies, shootouts and hideouts of this infamous duo.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night

Quincy Unplugged

Drop by the Main Library on Monday, July 21 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.

Wednesday Matinees @North Quincy

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

July 2: Lone Survivor (R)
July 9: Winter's Tale (PG-13)
July 16: Dirty Dancing (PG-13)
July 23: Life with Father (NR)
July 30: Breaking Away (PG)

Teen Choice Movie

We provide choices from our DVD collection—and popcorn of course! Teens vote on what they want to watch! Happening next on Thursday, July 24 at 1:30 p.m. This month we will choose between The Great Gatsby (with Leonardo DiCaprio), Mean Girls, and I Am Number 4. Teens Only. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

July 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, July 18, we will discuss The Dinner by Herman Koch. 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, July 11 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!

Teen Book Club

All teens are invited to come to the library for our newest book group. On Thursday, July 14 at 5:00 p.m. come talk about your favorite summer reads. Meet other teen book lovers, add books to your to-read pile, eat snacks, and have fun! For teens only. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

July Exhibit: DreamscapesDreamscapes

Throughout the month of July, Elaine Croce Happnie presents her artwork.

"This exhibit uses historic photo printing methods in a modern sophisticated style being inspired by dreams that emphasize the universal experience that connects us."

Elaine's interest in art began as a child and she credits her grandfather, Amaretto Croce, as a major influence. A graduate of the Art Institute in Naples he was a mural painter and sculpture. He was selected to paint a mural in Brockton City Hall to restore statuary and paintings in Brockton High School, the court house and many public building of historic significance. He was offered a two year contract during the depression by Roosevelt who established the WPA. He got his inspiration from their Italian ancestor Benedetti Croce.

Elaine studied at the Museum School of Fine Arts and at the Massachusetts College of Art where she majored in photography and art history. She has experimented throughout her career using various methods of photo printing, painting & mixed mediums. 

Summer Fun for Kids & Families: Fizz, Boom, Read!

Enjoy two full months of summer fun with storytellers, magic, puppet shows, crafts, and science fun @your library. Visit our summer fun page for a full schedule of events for all ages.

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