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October 2015
Volume 12, Number 10

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Closed for Columbus Day

Monday, October 12, is the nationally observed holiday of Columbus Day and all library locations will be closed on that date. Please come see us over the weekend - the Main Library will be open (as usual) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The North Quincy branch will also be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday (the regular hours). All locations will reopen with normal hours on Tuesday, October 13.

New Activities for Kids & Families

child with blocksPlaying together is one of the key ways adults can help young children get ready to read. Earlier this year, we added alphabet, number and shape activities to our children’s areas, and now we’ve added a variety of blocks for more learning fun.

Building blocks develop math, science, social and motor skills. Children learn basic math concepts like counting, size and patterns, science skills like balance and gravity, and social skills as they work together to make buildings, roads and other constructions. Telling stories about their creations helps build verbal skills, and large and small motor skills are developed by handling and combining a variety of blocks. Drop by a Quincy library with your child to explore our new foam, hardwood, DUPLO and specialty blocks—and get your child ready to read!

This early literacy initiative was funded by the Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that supports and strengthens the mission of the Library and engages in major fundraising efforts for projects above and beyond what city budgets can provide.

Homework Help

Students in grades 1-6 who need help with their homework can now come to the Main Library on Monday and Wednesday afternoons between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. and get assistance from qualified local high school students. This is a joint program between our Childrens' Department and our Teen Librarian, Kerri. Know a teen who wants to get involved? Have them contact Kerri (617-376-1316). Know a younger student who could benefit from some extra academic support? Bring them by!

Go Places @your Library: Iran

On Tuesday, October 6, at 7:00 p.m. we present a special program in our Go Places @your library series. Barry Pell and his camera traveled nearly 4,000 miles through Iran’s magnificent landscape, visiting historic cities and monuments, and meeting with Iranian people who openly shared opinions about their lives and relations with America. With a history dating 2,500 years, the Persian Empire was the largest of ancient times, extending from Central Asia to north Africa. The legacy of this power and wealth is manifest in the stunning tiled architecture of mosques and secular mansions, the distinctively spiced cuisine, the arts and crafts including arguably the world’s most beautiful rugs, and the diverse people who comprised the Empire as invaders and subjects. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Scribe: My Life in Sports

book jacketOn Tuesday, October 13, at 7:00 p.m. we are pleased to welcome one of our area’s favorite athletic experts, Bob Ryan, to come talk about his life in sports. Ever since he joined the sports department of the Boston Globe in 1968, sports enthusiasts have been blessed with Bob Ryan’s writing and reporting. He has been called the "quintessential American sportswriter" and for the past 25 years, he has been a regular on various ESPN shows, especially The Sports Reporters, spreading his knowledge and enthusiasm for sports of all kinds. His insight as a reporter and skills as a writer have been matched by an ability to connect with people - players, management, and the reading public-probably because, at heart, he has always been as much a fan as a reporter.

Come learn about the people behind the stories, from the NBA to eleven Olympics to Bob's surprising favorite sport to cover-golf, and much more. Bob Ryan is coming to the library to tell his stories and will be available to sign copies of his recently published book, newly available in paperback, Scribe, one of the most talked-about sports books of 2014, by one of the sports world's most admired journalists.

Discover Historic New England: Trading with China

pagoda photoThe library’s Discover Historic New England series is hosting a special program at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20. This last May a rare early nineteenth-century Chinese ivory pagoda arrived at the Quincy House to act as a stand-in for the Quincy family’s pagoda, which is now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Quincy has a long history of trading with China. Come learn more about this long international relationship from historian Doug Stewart. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Tiny Houses

First came urban chicken coops, then food trucks. What do you think is the latest trend to test city zoning laws? Tiny houses built on trailer beds. Learn all about this new trend in minimalist, environmentally conscious living from one of the experts, Christopher Page. Chris built his own tiny house with his own hands and is lecturing widely about this movement. This program was originally scheduled to happen in August, but when that fell through we rescheduled it for Tuesday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m.

The Ghost Army of WWII

book jacketThe Library’s partnership with Quincy College and their Presidential Speakers series continues on Wednesday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m. when Rick Beyer comes to the library to talk about the Ghost Army of the second World War.

In the summer of 1944, a hand-picked group of young GIs landed in France to conduct a secret mission. Armed with rubber tanks, fake artillery, and more than a few tricks up their sleeves, their job was to create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German Army as their audience. From Normandy to the Rhine, the 1,100 men of the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops, known as the “Ghost Army,” conjured up phony convoys, phantom divisions, and make-believe headquarters to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units.

Many of the deceivers were recruited from art schools, including such future luminaries as Bill Blass, Ellsworth Kelly, Arthur Singer, and Art Kane. As they traveled across Europe, they filled their duffel bags with the drawings and paintings they created between missions. RickBeyer conducted meticulous research and interviewed surviving members of the Ghost Army to tell the riveting true story of a group of young artists and engineers who wielded imagination, paint, and bravado to save thousands of American lives and help win the war. In addition to a book on the subject he also wrote and directed an acclaimed documentary film which debuted on PBS in 2013.

Just for Teens

We are dedicated to providing quality materials and programs for teens at the Thomas Crane Public Library. The best people to help figure out what those should be are teens themselves. Please help us spread the word - all teenagers are encouraged to come to our next Teen Advisory Board meetings on Wednesday, October 14 & 28, both at 3:30 p.m.. We need teens to help with ideas - and we’ll have snacks!

  • On Tuesday, October 6, at 4:00 p.m. our Teen Librarian Kerri has a new Life-Size gaming program planned. She already up-sized foosball, pacman, Clue, and Battleship. What will be next?
  • Teens are encouraged to come play games on our XBox One and Playstation Four on Fridays, October 9 & and 23, from 3:00-4:30 p.m., our next Game ON! programs.
  • On Monday, October 19, at 5:00 p.m. the popular Random Fandom series is taking on Harry Potter.

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night

Drop by the Main Library on Monday, Ocotber 26, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a free acoustic open mic night and share your talent with a friendly audience. Do you have a song to sing? A joke you want to try on fresh ears? Some poetry that is crying to be spoken aloud to an appreciative audience? Come to our acoustic Open Mic night and share your talent with other friendly, supportive artists. Play something original or bring your best cover, read 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. Sign up in person starting at 6:15 or just come to enjoy this great monthly mix of local performances which starts at 6:30.

Thursday Movies

Grab some food and drink in the café and then join us almost every Thursday in October for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

October 1 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:45 p.m.: Love & Mercy

movie stillA chronicle of reclusive Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson's life, from his successes with highly-influential orchestral pop albums to his nervous breakdown and subsequent encounter with controversial therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.
"Love & Mercy doesn’t claim to solve the mystery of Brian Wilson, but it succeeds beyond all expectation in making you hear where he was coming from." - The New York Times
Directed by Bill Pohlad. Starring Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano, & Paul Giamatti. Theatrically released in 2014. 120 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, drug content and language.

October 8 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: The Age of Adaline

movie stillAdaline (Blake Lively) has kept to herself for decades in order to keep secret the fact that she has remained 29-years-old for nearly a century. However, when she meets a handsome philanthropist named Ellis (Michiel Huisman), she strains against the self-imposed exile she's lived in. When her secret may become public, she is forced to take greater control over her life. Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker co-star.
"Lively’s performance grows more engaging as her facade finally begins to crack, and Huisman serves as a sufficiently handsome foil throughout, but if anyone rises to the occasion, it’s Harrison Ford as a former flame reunited with Adaline through a perverse twist of fate." - Austin Chronicle
Directed by Lee Toland Krieger. Starring Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker, & Michiel Huisman. Theatrically released in 2015. 109 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for a suggestive comment.

October 15 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.: Avengers - Age of Ultron

movie stillWhen Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
"A whole summer of fireworks packed into one movie. It doesn't just go to 11, it starts there." - Rolling Stone
Directed by Joss Whedon. Starring Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, James Spader, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, & Scarlett Johansson. Theatrically released in 2015. 141 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments.

October 22 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.: Furious 7

movie stillDominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his tight-knit gang of street racers must battle the brother of a defeated nemesis and rescue a software genius from terrorists. The film is dedicated to series regular Paul Walker, who died halfway through production.
"For all the full-throttle dazzle of Furious 7, the best scenes are the quietest ones, in which these characters make observations about love, life, and family that would seem overcooked in any other movie." - Village Voice
Directed by James Wan. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, & Vin Diesel. Theatrically released in 2015. 140 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for prolonged frenetic sequences of violence, action and mayhem, suggestive content and brief strong language.

October 29 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.: Tomorrowland

movie stillBound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor (George Clooney) jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”
"Director Brad Bird deserves praise for packing such big ideas into such an accessible, rip-roaring, retro-futurist adventure." - The Guardian
Directed by Brad Bird. Starring Brittany Robertson, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Raffey Cassidy. Theatrically released in 2015. 130 Minutes; Rated PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language.

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.

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

October 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 coverWorld Literature Book Club

This discussion group meets one Friday per month at 10:00 a.m. and focuses on world literature. On Friday, October 9, we will discuss All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.
Booked for Lunch

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 Friday of each month. The next meeting will be on Friday, October 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!

Learn with lynda logoAre you one of the users who has already watched over 140 hours of the award-winning online videos we starting offering this summer from Did you know that people are finding this a great place to get quick answers to specific, technical questions?

The average viewing time this past week was 13 minutes, so you don't have to spend a lot of time to learn something from these videos! Each has a transcript so you can read along and truly learn at your own pace. Computer coding classes even have a built-in sandbox so you can try live coding in a totally safe and responsive environment. Learn more about our online learning opportunities. Some of the most popular courses so far are:

  • HTML Essential Training
  • Data Visualization with D3.js
  • Selling on the Amazon Marketplace
  • Write, Think, and Act Like a Professional Songwriter
  • Foundations of Drawing: Sketching the Landscape
  • Photography 101
  • Business Etiquette
  • Java Essential Training
  • Fundamentals of MS Word and Excel
  • C++ Essential Training
  • Windows 10 Essentials

With more than 3,500 courses to choose from you are sure to find something useful for your life. Start learning here. You will need your library card number and pin to take advantage of this awesome opportunity. Come by the main library or any of our three branches with a photo ID if you need help getting a library card.

Know What's New

Ever wondered how to find out the latest additions to the library's collection? You may already watch our webpages for updates of the latest books, movies, and music but have you signed up to get our monthly alerts for your favorite genre? New items are being added all the time. Be the first to discover a new favorite!

Download the 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.

art sampleOn Exhibit: The Modern Goddess

Throughout the month of October we are proud to display Elaine Croce Happnie's exhibit: The Modern Goddess. Elaine had the following to say about this exhibit:

The art is an interpretation of the modern and eternal goddess. Females carry the language and shape the nature of their culture more than males. Will their allure encompass eternity? Some of the work is cynotype and van dyke photo printing with hand embellishments and painting pieced together with fabrics and photos. Some goddesses are celebrities and many are women in today's world.

Special October Programs Just for Kids

There is lots happening at the library for kids this month. Join us for:

See our website for all the details.

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