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Portraits in Jazz
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March 2017
Volume 14, Number 3

Movies & Documentaries for Film Lovers

kanopyWe have a brand new source for films on every subject imaginable and from leading producers such as Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, HBO Newsreel, Kino Lorber, PBS, BBC, The Video Project, Media Education Foundation, and Documentary Educational Resources. Go to our kanopy web site and once you have set up an account (free to all Quincy library card holders) you'll be watching great stuff, lots that is not available anywhere else on the internet. No waiting either - like hoopla, you get access to this entire collection any time you want it (we have set a monthly limit to make sure this is shared fairly across the city). It's a great source to find Independent Films, World Cinema, Underground cinema, and Academy Award Winners and Nominees.

Winter Concerts @the Crane

Response to the 2017 winter concert series has been tremendous. We hope you can join us for March’s three free concerts in the beautiful Richardson room on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. Get all the details on our In Concert page. This series is made possible by funding from the fabulous Friends of the Thomas Crane Library.

  • Burns and KublickasOn Sunday, March 5, we are presenting a classical concert with tenor Austin Burns and guitarist Jonas Kublickas. Austin recently earned his Master's degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory. He earned his undergraduate degree in Composition from LaGrange College. He is currently teaching at several schools, including EKS Music school in Quincy. Austin also serves as the tenor section leader at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Lexington. Guitarist and lutenist Jonas Kublickas is a native of Vilnius, Lithuania and won the Baltic States Guitar competition. His recent performances include recitals of solo and chamber music repertoire at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University, the Gwangju World Universiade closing ceremony in South Korea, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum and Seoul National University. Learn more about their partnership in this interview with QATV.
  • Aine MinigueJoin Áine Minogue (Irish harp/vocals) on Sunday, March 12, as she celebrates the symbolism of Spring in Ireland and the Celtic lands (Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Brittany). This Pan-Celtic odyssey is nothing less than an enchanting afternoon of music, storytelling, and tradition that is appropriate for all ages and designed to “Welcome in the Spring.” Áine Minogue - an expert in the area of Irish traditions journeys into the heart and joy of Spring through music and song!
  • Felix and the Jazz CatsJoin us for a lively afternoon jazz concert on Sunday, March 26, with Felix and the Jazz Cats as they play instrumental jazz music from the 60s similar to Herbie Hancock and Wes Montgomery. They have recently played for the Bridgewater Autumnfest and Weymouth's Christmas on the Common and are sure to get your toes tapping!
  • Check out our In Concert page for more details about the series and watch for details about the 2017 Concerts on the Lawn, Thursday evenings in July.

Computer Classes

saheli logoRegistration is currently open for the spring Advanced Computer Class on Microsoft Excel and Publisher. The class will run from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from March 15 to April 22 (five sessions). Registration is required to keep class size manageable. Get details about this class, review the required skills for participation, and register on this page. A class on Social Life Online, to learn how to create and manage online materials, will start on April 26. Registration for that class will open on April 12.

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.

Thursday Movies

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Join us every Thursday in March 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:

Wednesday Matinees @North Quincy

The North Quincy Branch, shows matinees every Wednesday starting 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, March 10, we will discuss Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng. 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, March 3, from 12 noon to 1:00 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 Prisoner of Azkaban to read for our meeting on March 15.

On Exhibit: Talk Time Artistry

Talk Time Artistry

The March exhibit features some of the work of the library’s English Talk Time students and is integrated with our Winter Session classes for Advanced and Intermediate Grammar and Vocabulary. The curriculum included thematic vocabulary, descriptive and narrative writing of artist bios and creation of artwork labels, as well as conversational practice through artist interviews and artwork interpretation. The exhibit will feature four sections: painting, drawing, photography and fiber arts, with a total of 31 pieces created by five Talk Time student artists.

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!

March Programs Just for Kids

As always, there is a lot going on for kids at the library this month. Visit our Events and Storytimes page to learn about everything that is happening. Here are some highlights:

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