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September 2014
Volume 11, Number 9

Expanded Branch Hours
Pick Your Favorite New Chair
Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night
La Farge Stained Glass Windows
Fall Fashion on a Budget
Job Fair
Mini-Med School: Diabetes
Go Places @your Library: Take a Hike!
Discover Historic New England: Battleship Cove
Volunteer Opportunities
Thursday Night Feature Films
Wednesday Matinees at North Quincy
Book Discussions
Art Exhibit: Imagine
Special Programs for kids

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Expanded Branch Hours

Each branch library is now open an extra four hours every week. The new branch hours are:

  • Adams Shore (519 Sea St): Monday 1-9, Tuesday 9-5, Wednesday 1-5, Thursday 1-5
  • North Quincy (381 Hancock St):  Monday 1-5, Tuesday 1-9, Wednesday & Thursday 1-5, Saturday 9-1
  • Wollaston (41 Beale St): Monday & Tuesday 1-5, Wednesday 1-9, Thursday 9-5

Pick Your Favorite New Chair

We're evaluating possible replacement chairs for the adult tables and carrels in the new addition of the Main Library and we'd love your input. Drop by the library during the first two weeks in September, try out each of the three contenders and cast your vote!

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night

Quincy Unplugged

Drop by the Main Library on Wednesday, September 10 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.

LaFarge Philosopher

La Farge Stained Glass Windows

Join us on Sunday, September 14 at 2:00 p.m. for a presentation on the famed John La Farge stained glass windows installed in the Richardson building at the Main Library. Author Matthew P. Bowman will share his findings, as prepared for the Master of Arts in Art History program at the University of Connecticut. LaFarge glass is often seen in museums, rarely installed in originally intended windows. Learn about the Alpha, Omega, and the Old Philosopher that have been at home in the Library since the building was first dedicated.
Learn more in this interview:

Veronica Guerrero Macia

Fall Fashion on a Budget

As the seasons change it's time to refresh our wardrobes. Come to the library on Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. and get some great tips for how to freshen things up for the fall, without breaking your budget! Local fashion expert and personal organizer Veronica Guerrero Macia will help you see things in a new light.
Learn more in this interview with Veronica Guerrero Macia:

Job Fair

Thursday, September 18 from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. Find out about job openings and meet potential employers. Dress professionally and bring a plenty of resumes! Career Center Members: Bring your ID number.

The following employers have already committed to attending. When additional employers are confirmed they will be added to this list until the day of the event, so watch the calendar listing for updates.

  • ABCD
  • AFLAC
  • Domino’s
  • Eliot Community Services
  • EOS CCA
  • Express Pros
  • Hannaford
  • Supermarket
  • Labor Ready
  • Road to Responsibility
  • Robert Half
  • US Post Office
  • And more to be announced

Sponsored by the Quincy Career Center.

Learn more in this interview with Ron Iacobucci of the Quincy Career Center:

Mini-Med School: Diabetes

Come to a “Mini Med School” lecture at the library on Monday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Guo Moran, from Tufts, will be presenting on diabetes education and answering any medical questions that participants bring. Dr. Moran is bilingual (English & Mandarin) and will provide simultaneous translation as needed.

Sponsored by Tufts Medical Center Primary Care, Quincy.

take a hike

Go Places @your Library: Take a hike!

Step into the wild. Explore places outside your comfort zones and figure out how to go after what really makes you come alive. That's exactly what Wendy Johnston did last year when she hiked the entire 2,700 mile Pacific Crest Trail from the US/Mexican border to the Canadian border through California, Oregon, and Washington (the same trail that Cheryl Strayed wrote about in her book "Wild"). She also hiked the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 2009, has hiked the enitre Colorado Trail, and done long hikes on other continents. Come to the library on Monday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. and learn about her experiences on the trail and see some fabulous pictures she's taken of the wilderness.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

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Discover Historic New England: Battleship Cove

Two of the historic museum ships in Fall River's Battleship Cove, the battleship Massachusetts and destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., were built at the Fore River Yard. In 1964, the school children of Quincy donated over $1,000 to help save the Massachusetts from being scrapped by the Navy. Come learn more about these ships and the largest and most diverse collection of preserved US Navy ships in the world they are part of at the Battleship Cove.

Quincy resident and author of the recently published book on this subject, James Gay will present his research and sign copies of his book on Tuesday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library..
Learn more in this interview:

Volunteer Opportunities

ESL Conversation Group Leader

Help adults improve their English. Would you like to...

  • Work with people from other cultures and countries?
  • Help limited English speakers connect with their new community?
  • Learn techniques and activities to help adults speak English more fluently?

If you answered YES to the above questions, become a volunteer group leader with the Thomas Crane Library’s English Talk Time program! No previous teaching experience is required and training is provided.

English Talk Time volunteers run conversation groups for international adult students. The overall time commitment is 2-3 hours per week. Our groups meet at the main library, the Quincy YMCA and – starting fall of 2014 - the Germantown Neighborhood Center. Volunteers work and train with an experienced ESL teacher before leading their own groups. The next Talk Time training will begin in October (day and time to be determined). The training is very hands-on and involves the participation of students and volunteers-in-training. Training sessions take place once a week for 10 weeks.

Our current volunteers describe being a Talk Time volunteer as energizing, inspiring and fun. If this rewarding volunteer opportunity interests you, please call 617-376-3295 or email quenglishtalk@ocln.org for more information.

Literacy Tutor

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 one of the orientation sessions on either Wednesday, September 17 or Monday, September 29 at 6:00 p.m. and find out if the program is compatible with your skills and interests and whether you want to make this volunteer commitment. To register for this orientation, please call 617-376-1314 or email us at quliteracy@ocln.org. For more details and an online application form, visit us on thomascranelibrary.org/read.

Thursday Night Feature Films

Grab some food and drink in the café and then join us every Thursday night in September 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.

September 11 @7:00 p.m.: Grand Budapest Hotel

movie still The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of M. Gustave, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune—all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent.
"Grand Budapest is Anderson's most mature film, and his most visually witty, too. It's playful without being self-congratulatory, and somehow lush without being cloying." - Village Voice
Directed by Wes Anderson. Starring Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Léa Seydoux, Mathieu Amalric, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, and Willem Dafoe. Theatrically released in 2014. 100 Minutes; Rated R for language, some sexual content and violence.

September 18 @6:30 p.m.: Divergent

movie stillIn a world where the population is divided into factions by personality types, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is classified as Divergent. When she uncovers a conspiracy to eliminate all Divergents, she teams with the mysterious Four (Theo James) to find out what makes the powers-that-be so frightened of them. Kate Winslet also stars in this action thriller adapted from the novel by Veronica Roth, and directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless).
"Director Neil Burger has crafted a popcorn flick that’s leaner, more propulsive and more satisfying than the bestseller that inspired it." - Washington Post
Directed by Neil Burger. Starring Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley, and Theo James. Theatrically released in 2014. 140 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality.

September 25 @7:00 p.m.: They Came Together

movie stillWhen Joel and Molly meet, it's hate at first sight: his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie shop. Plus, Joel is hung up on his sexy ex. But amazingly, they fall in love, until they break up about two thirds of the way through, and Molly starts dating her accountant. But then right at the end...well you'll just have to see.
"Thanks to a smart screenplay, direction that perfectly captures the tone of modern rom-coms and two of the most engaging comedic leads working in movies and TV today, “They Came Together” is more entertaining and (in its own insane way) more endearing than two-thirds of the legitimate romantic comedies I’ve seen over the last two decades." - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Directed by David Wain. Starring Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Christopher Meloni, Cobie Smulders, and Paul Rudd. Theatrically released in 2014. 84 Minutes; Rated R for language and sexual content.

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.

September 10: Grand Budapest Hotel (R)
September 17: Divergent (PG-13)
September 24: The Great Escape (PG)

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

September 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, September 12, we will discuss The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.

Booked for Lunch

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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, September 5 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!

Imagine

September Exhibit: Imagine

Throughout the month of September we are proud to present Imagine, original artwork by Sandrine (Sanya) Colson-Inam.

Sanya invites her viewers to see the invisible out of her work; to make up their own stories and let their mind imagine the end of stories her mixed media or paintings are starting for them. In this series Sanya expresses her personal ideas about emotional expression, resulting in richly textured abstract canvases in various color schemes that incorporate mixed-media elements. The compositions are abstract and emotional, referencing natural forms and movement, filled with bright paint swirls of color, playful paper cut-outs, and three-dimensional objects.

A reception with the artist will be held in the Coletti Reading Room on Saturday, September 13 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Learn more in this video:

Special September Programs Just for Kids

Music and Movement with Rubi

Sing and dance with Rubi Lichauco, Saturday, September 6 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.

Storytime and Explorer Club Registration Begins

Storytimes

The first Fall session of weekday storytimes for children ages 4 months through 5 years old begins on Tuesday, September 9. 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, September 9. 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, September 9 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.

Phoenix Book Club

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. The Phoenix Book Club for children in grades 5-8 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. On Tuesday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m. we will be discussing Summer Reading. What did you read this summer? One book? Twenty? Did you love anything you read? Did you hate anything you read? Come on in and tell us all about it. We'll talk about what we read over the summer and go over what the year has in store for the Phoenix Book Club.

Saturday, Preschool, and Toddler Storytimes

Saturday Storytime

Join us Saturday, September 13 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. Have some fun and learn something new. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Teddy Bear Stroytime @North Quincy

Join Children's librarian Cathy deVeer and Quinn Z. Bear at the North Quincy Branch Library (381 Hancock Street) on Tuesday, September 16 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.

Preschool Storytime

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program on Friday, September 26 at 9:30 a.m.. 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 on Tuesday, September 30 at 9:30 a.m. at the Adams Shore Branch Library (519 Seat Street) for toddlers and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children. Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts. No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.

Dot Day!

Celebrate creativity with Peter Reynold's The Dot on International Dot Day Monday, September 15 and all  week. Art supplies will be available in all the children's rooms, stop by and create a piece of art. Don't forget to read the story of The Dot on the Main Library Children's Room windows as you walk along the covered walkway.

There will also be a special dot themed Teddy Bear Storytime at the North Quincy Branch Library on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m..

Just for Threes

This program on Tuesday, September 30 at 9:30 a.m. for three-year-olds (ages 36-47 months) and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children. Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts. No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.


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