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December 2016
Volume 13, Number 12

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Holiday Hours

The Main Library and the North Quincy Branch will close at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 24. All our locations will be closed on Sunday and Monday, December 25 and 26. Outside book drops are available at all locations. We resume regular operations on Tuesday, December 27.

The Main Library and the North Quincy Branch will also close at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 31. All our locations will be closed on Sunday and Monday, January 1 and 2. Regular operations will resume on Tuesday, January 3. Remember you can visit us online anytime!

Fine Free Holidays

In the spirit of the holiday season, on Black Friday the library forgave all outstanding overdue charges on previously returned Quincy materials. From now through January 2, no overdue fines will be charged for any returned books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, video games, etc. (everything you can borrow from the library). This is your chance to clear your shelves and come back to the library to enjoy more free borrowing. Happy Holidays!

Device Advice

mobile devicesDo you know how to check out items using only your smart phone? How about reading the most recent copy of The Atlantic, Bon Appetit, Discover Magazine, Esquire,Glamour, or any of our more than one hundred and fifty online magazines for free? Have you streamed the latest holiday albums add-free without subscribing to a paid service? Visit the Main Library any Tuesday afternoon in December between 2:30 and 3:30 for one-on-one Device Advice with our professional staff and find out how to get free movies, music, books and magazines online with your library card. Bring your device and knowledge of your personal usernames and passwords and meet us on the first floor, near the new books.

Your Holiday Soundtrack

Looking to catch the latest holiday album or relax with a classic? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You can even borrow a few and put them on shuffle for a great party mix. It will be no surprise that Christmas music dominates the holiday music scene, but we also have some albums celebrating Hannukah and the winter solstice. Here are some suggestions to get you started—and these are all available to stream immediately. There's never any wait or overdue fines on these.

Know What's New

Ever wondered how to find out the latest additions to the library's collection? You may already watch our web pages 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! 

New Fiction Books

New Books on CD

New Feature Films

Homework Help

Students in grades 1-6 who need help with their homework can 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!

Consider Becoming a Volunteer Literacy Tutor

Would you like to help an adult learn to read? Literacy Volunteers of MA in Quincy provides free, one-on-one tutoring in basic reading and writing to adults on the South Shore. Come to one of the following orientation sessions and find out if the program is compatible with your skills and interests and whether you want to make this volunteer commitment. Orientation is happening on Thursday, January 12 and again on Thursday, January 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day. For more information, visit our website, call 617-376-1314, or email us.

Job Fair

On Monday, December 5, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. we are partnering with the Quincy Career Center to offer another Job Fair. We had such a great response from employers to our November Job Fair that we are having another one! Employers come looking to fill all sorts of open positions. Who knows, you might just find your dream job. Make sure you dress to impress and bring plenty of copies of your resume.

Community learning about Addiction Prevention & Education (CAPE)

Experts know only too well the harm that substance use problems can cause individuals, couples and their families. The library has partnered with Maria Droste Counseling Services to present a three-part program presented on three Mondays just after Thanksgiving—a time known for high levels of anxiety and worry for those living with addiction. Do you or someone you know wonder if substance use and other addiction issues are impacting your life and want to find out how change can happen? Come to one, two, or all three nights to get free resources, ideas, and referrals for further support and care. It will be a different program each night. The first session will start at 5:30 p.m. on Monday December 5, and the second and third will happen on the following two weeks, December 12 and 19, also starting at 5:30 p.m..

Go Places @your Library: Antarctica!

Sunrise over the Southern Ocean. Photo by Jillian Worssam.North Quincy High School biology teacher Cara Pekarcik spent six weeks this fall in the Southern Ocean off the coast of Antarctica. Working with research teams from the University of Rhode Island (URI), Old Dominion University and the University of South Florida, she traveled aboard the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer to the Southern Ocean to collect plankton samples and study the interactions of these organisms with their environment. Come to the library on Tuesday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. to learn about this amazing experience, get a feel for her work with some hands-on activities, and see her photographs from this seldom visited corner of the globe!

Celebrate Human Rights Day: Think Global, Act Local

book jacketCelebrate International Human Rights Day on Saturday, December 10, at 2:00 p.m. with a special program about local retired teacher Ron Adams' many years of social justice projects. Our presenter will be Drew University Professor Linda Swerdlow, who just published a book on this topic titled Global Activism in an American School: from Empathy to Activism. When twelve-year-old Iqbal Masih, former child laborer in a Pakistani carpet factory, came to Boston in 1994 to receive Reebok’s Youth in Action Award, he asked to meet youth his own age. Reebok selected Broad Meadows Middle School in Quincy because of its human rights curriculum and reputation for student activism. Iqbal’s inspirational visit and untimely murder five months later, on his return to Pakistan, inspired the middle school students to start a grassroots activist campaign to build a school in his memory. 

Due to the campaign’s success, Broad Meadows was chosen as a pilot school for Operation Day’s Work, USA, (ODW, USA), an American adaptation of Norway’s highly effective youth global social action program. ODW has been operating successfully as an after-school program at Broad Meadows since 1996. Come learn about the evolution of the Kid’s Campaign and Operation Day’s Work at Broad Meadows and how teacher facilitator Ron Adams, in conjunction with his students, created a democratic after-school community and provided teachers with unique field-tested strategies they could use to promote student activism at the global or local level.

Your Big Backyard: Celebrate Quincy’s Quarries

black and white quarry photoDo you know anyone who hung out at the quarries in 1967? On Tuesday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m.we will be presenting the first ever Quincy showing of Quarry, a 13-minute documentary "slice of life" art film showing kids diving into the Granite Rail Quarry, hanging out, and talking about Vietnam.  Richard Rogers, who created the film while he was a student at Harvard, later became a professor there. Excerpts from other movies filmed in our quarries, including The Cardinal, The Invention of Lying and Gone Baby Gonewill also be screened.  There will be an opportunity for the public to share any experiences they had at the quarries over the years and to identify any of the people in the documentary! Co-sponsored by the Quincy Park Department's Environmental Treasures Program and the Quincy Quarry and Granite Workers' Museum.

Other related events:

  • On Wednesday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. the Quincy Quarry & Granite Workers Museum will present a Power Point presentation titled The Swingle Quarry History at the Ward 4 Community Center, 100 Brooks Ave.
  • On Saturday, December 10, at 2:00 p.m. join Tom Bonomi for a walking tour of Quincy quarries that have been in films. Explore Swingles Quarry and the sites where four films were made (The Cardinal (1963), Quarry (1970), The Invention of Lying (2009) and Gone Baby Gone (2007)). Meet at the parking lot for the quarries (from Willard Street, turn right onto Ricciuti Drive (towards the Granite Links Golf Course) and then enter first parking lot on right (1/4 mile up the hill).  The tour will begin at the right end of the parking lot.  Note: if you are coming from Furnace Brook Parkway, you need to head north to cross over Route 93. If it rains the tour will be rescheduled for December 11 at 2:00 p.m. 

QHS/NQHS Holiday Choir Concert

2014 QHS NQHS ChoirsJoin the North Quincy High School Select Choir and the Quincy High School Horizons Choir for their annual holiday concert at the library happening on Thursday, December 22, at 4:00 p.m. It is sure to help you feel merry and bright!

Grownups20/30s

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.

    • There are still spots available to join us on Monday, December 5, starting at 7:15 p.m. for the latest Crafterdark program. This month we’ll be painting wine glasses to get ready for celebrating on New Year's Eve. Because we supply the glasses and paints, reservations are required, so sign up today!
    • On Monday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. the Fine Liquorature Book Club will meet again at Bistro Chi in Quincy Center (37 Cottage Avenue) for drinks and to talk about Phil Stutz and Barry Michels’ book, The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion.
    • Come play one of our games, including Codenames, Pandemic, Slash, King of Tokyo, and Cards Against Humanity, or bring your own to share with the group. The next Board Game Night is happening on Tuesday, December 6, starting at 7:00 p.m..
    • The next Retro Video Gaming Night is happening on Tuesday, November 20, starting at 7:00 p.m. Come and relive your favorite classic video game experiences. We will be featuring some of the best multiplayer games including (but not limited to) Golden Eye and Super Smash Brothers for N64 as well as Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, and Columns for Sega Genesis.

Just for Teens

We have some special activities just for teens this December, including a creative digital makerspace on Tuesday, December 20, a book discussion on Thursday, December 15, teen video gaming on Mondays, December 5, 12, and 19 as well as Wednesdays, December 7, 14, and 21, and our Teen Advisory Board meeting on Thursday, December 22. If you have a creative teen in your life, have them check out the Teen Tangents page on our website, where Quincy teens are now posting their own stories, artwork and videos. These programs are made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic

Quincy Unplugged logoDrop by the Main Library on Tuesday, December 27, at 6:30 p.m. for a free acoustic open mic night and share your talent with a friendly audience. Do you play the guitar, clarinet, another musical instrument—maybe a jug, comb, or even a washboard? Maybe your friends always ask you to tell more jokes, or you want some more practice in front of a supportive audience? Maybe your talent is composing, or simply discovering and reading poetry? Musicians, poets and performers of all types are encouraged to participate in our monthly acoustic “Open Mic” night. All ages are welcome. Sign up in person starting at 6:15 or just come to enjoy this great mix of local performances which starts at 6:30, usually on the last Monday of the month, except when holidays interfere.

Thursday Movies

Join us every Thursday in December for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies, sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

  • December 1 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Hell or High Water

    movie stillTwo brothers—Toby (Chris Pine), a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son; and Tanner (Ben Foster), a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger—come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the crosshairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement.  "By turns funny, elegiac and thrilling, it’s a tale of brotherhood and family that takes in the harsh beauty of the land, the elusive nature of right and wrong and the quirky delights of human connections in a time of bewildering change."—Wall Street Journal Directed by David Mackenzie. Starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, & Jeff Bridges. Theatrically released in 2106. 102 Minutes; Rated R for some strong violence, language throughout and brief sexuality.

  • December 8 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Maggie's Plan

    movie stillMaggie Hardin (Greta Gerwig) is a vibrant and practical thirty-something New Yorker working in education, who without success in finding love, decides now is the time to have a child on her own. But when she meets John Harding (Ethan Hawke) Maggie falls in love for the first time and adjusts her plans for motherhood. Complicating matters, John is in an unhappy marriage with Georgette Harding (Julianne Moore), an ambitious academic who is driven by her work. With some help from Maggie's best friends, married couple Tony (Bill Hader) and Felicia (Maya Rudolph), Maggie sets in motion a new plan that intertwines their lives and connects them in surprising and humorous ways.  "Intelligent and screwball-funny with clever and complicated female characters."—Time Out London Directed by Rebecca Miller. Starring Bill Hader, Ethan Hawke, Greta Gerwig, Julianne Moore, Maya Rudolph, & Travis Fimmel. Theatrically released in 2016. 98 Minutes; Rated R for language and some sexuality.

  • December 15 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Southside With You

    movie stillOne summer afternoon in 1989, a young law firm associate named Barack tried to woo lawyer Michelle during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor. "Southside with You is a sweet, intelligent, well-crafted, wonderfully romantic, no-frills re-imagination of the first date between Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson."—Chicago Sun-Times Directed by Richard Tanne. Starring Parker Sawyers & Tika Sumpter. Theatrically released in 2016. 84 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, smoking, a violent image and a drug reference.

  • December 22 @7:00 p.m. (no matinee - come to the concert!): Florence Foster Jenkins

    movie stillIn 1940s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep), a New York heiress and socialite, obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her "husband" and manager, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge. "Florence Foster Jenkins isn’t really about how passion trumps art. It’s about how life is more important than art."—Christian Science Monitor Directed by Stephen Frears. Starring Meryl Streep & Hugh Grant. Theatrically released in 2016. 111 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for brief suggestive material.

  • December 29 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Sully

    movie stillOn January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. "Sully is an absolute triumph."—Chicago Sun-Times Directed by Clint Eastwood. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, and Tom Hanks. Theatrically released in 2016. 96 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for some peril and brief strong language.

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.

Cooking With Books: Holiday Recipes

food picGood food and good books—an awesome combination and the driving force behind the monthly Cooking with Books program at the Adams Shore Branch. This month the theme is Holiday Recipes. There will be cookbooks to browse and lots of yummy food to sample—and even more if you bring some too! Cooking With Books regularly happens on the second Monday of the month in the fall, winter, and spring. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Calling All Knitters!

Are you looking to meet other knitters, share knitting tips and good conversation? Join us every Monday evening from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Fiction Room—and make sure to bring your needles and yarn!.

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, December 9, we will discuss An Unnecessary Woman by Rabin Alameddine. 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, December 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!

  • New 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. Beginning on December 19, stop by the Main Library to pick up a copy Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to read for our meeting on January 18th.

Winter Concert Series Preview

We hope you will join us for some or all of the performances in our 2017 Winter Concerts @the Crane series. Each concert will be on a Sunday, starting at 3:00 p.m.in the historic Richardson room at the Main Library.

  • January 8: Kate Kayaian - solo french cello sonatas
  • January 22: Robert Simonds - solo violin recital of pieces by living American composers
  • January 29: Jerome Mouffe - solo guitar featuring personal transcriptions of Isaac Albéniz and 19th century Italian composers
  • February 5: The Craft String Quintet
  • February 12: Steve Brew - solo classical guitar
  • February 26: The Brad Ellenberg Quintet - original music and jazz standards
  • March 5: Austin Burns & Jonas Kublickas - classical voice and guitar
  • March 12: Áine Minogue - solo Celtic harp
  • March 26: Felix and the Jazz Cats - a four piece instrumental jazz band who play music from the 60s similar to Herbie Hancock and Wes Montgomery

On Exhibit: Landscape Fine Art Photography by Frederick H Claflin

Landscape Fine Art Photography

Landscape fine art photographer Frederick Claflin has gone through many transitions in life: from entering the art world in the early 80s and from leaving the corporate world after 9/11, which gave him a new outlook on life. Inspired by years of studying classic painters work such as Van Gogh, Tom Thomson, Edward Hopper and William Turner and other art forms, his photography artwork now has moved to classical photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Weston, Michael Kenna and Ansel Adams. We are proud to exhibit some of his photographs, including several taken here in Quincy, all month, from December 1-31. Learn more about the artist on our exhibits page.            
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!               

 

December 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 of the highlights:

    • Cast Your Vote!

      vote!Cast your vote for your favorite storybook character. Each time you visit the library through December 15, pick up a ticket at the children’s desk and cast your vote for either your picture book or chapter book favorite. After all the votes are counted we will have a celebration for the chapter book winner on Friday, January 20 and the picture book winner on Saturday, January 21.

    • Register for Saturday Science: Coding with Minecraft for ages 8-12

      Children ages 8-12 are invited to join Thi Sarkis of the Rhode Island Computer Museum for a two-hour workshop, Coding with Minecraft, on Saturday, December 10, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Learn how to summon lightning bolts with a bow and arrow or build giant rainbows in the Minecraft world with code! Spawn farm animals or monsters instantly and have fun "modding" your world! This workshop introduces coding concepts by showing you how to build or change (e.g. mod) the game using the Javascript or Python programming language. The set-up is easy for beginners, challenging for experienced gamers and fun for everyone! Space is limited and registration is required and is limited to Quincy residents.  Registration begins on Thursday, December 1, at 9:00 a.m. Click the link above, call us at 617-376-2411, or register in person at the Main Library Children’s Room. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

    • Afternoon Explorers @Wollaston

      This is a five-week series of 45-minute programs for children ages 6-8. The theme of this session is Space. Blast off for outer space, visit the planets of our solar system, welcome aliens to Earth and more with some stellar stories and crafts. This series used to require registration, but is now a drop-in program, no registration is required. The final two sessions are on Wednesdays, December 7 & 14 at 3:00 p.m.

    • Mother Goose and Little Bo-Peep Nursery Rhyme Extravaganza

      Join children's librarians Jane Miller and Gail Columbare on Thursday, December 15, at 10:00 a.m. as they present this fun-filled program of stories and songs for children ages 4 months to 3 years old accompanied by an adult. Please Note: This special program is taking the place of our usual Mother Goose and Rock-a-Bye Baby storytimes on this day.

    • Special Holiday Week Programs

        • Children's Movie @North Quincy: Jungle Book

          Join us on Tuesday, December 27, at 2:00 p.m. for a showing of the new live action Jungle Book. In this reimagining of the classic collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling, visually stunning CGI to creates the community of animals surrounding Mowgli, a human boy adopted by a pack of wolves. The appearance of a villainous tiger named Shere Khan forces Mowgli's guardian, the panther Bagheera, to shepherd the child to safety in the "man village." Along the way, the boy meets an affable, lazy bear named Baloo, as well as a snake with hypnotic powers and an orangutan who wants to harness the power of fire. Rated PG Runtime 105 minutes

        • Hogwarts Training Academy with Jungle Jim

          Are you ready to become a wizard?  Join Quincy favorite Jungle Jim for a fabulously funny visit to Hogwarts on Wednesday, December 28, at 2:00 p.m. The Harry Potter Hogwarts Academy Training is a fully-interactive program that prepares participants to become wizards themselves! Professor Jungle-Flick teaches children how to perform their own magic, play some Quidditch and even learn Defense Against the Dark Arts! You don’t have to be familiar with the Harry Potter stories to have fun at this show. Recommended for children ages 4 through 10 accompanied by an adult. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

        • LEGO building @Wollaston

          Drop in anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 29, for free-play LEGO building. Grab some LEGO bricks and build a boat, a spaceship, a double-decker couch—anything you want, then toss them back and try to make something else. LEGOs must be returned by the end of the program, sorry! Parents, please note regular LEGOs are intended for children ages 5 and older, DUPLO and other building toys will be available for younger children.

        • Children's Movie: Finding Dory

          Join us in the large meeting room at the Main Library at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 30, for a showing of Finding Dory. Lovable, amnesiac blue tang Dory decides to go off in search of her long-lost parents. With the help of young clownfish Nemo and his dad Marlin, Dory heads for California and the Monterey Marine Life Institute, evading predators along the way as she hopes to find a place she can call home. Rated PG Runtime 103 minutes

        • Happy Noon Year's Eve!

          Too young to stay awake until midnight? Join us in the Children’s Room from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, December 31, to celebrate 2017 a little early with a craft, stories, dancing and, of course, a countdown at noon.

      • Preschool Discovery: Space @Wollaston

        Bring your preschooler in to the Wollaston Branch to do some hands-on science just for preschoolers on Thursday, December 1, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. This month we will be learning about animals. Look at paw prints, sort some animals and find out what keeps animals warm in cold water!

      • Night Owls Book Club

        Night Owl Book Club logoThe Night Owls Book Club for children in grades 3 and 4 meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month to discuss a wide range of books. The next meeting of the Night Owls is on Thursday, December 8, at 7:00 p.m. This month we will be discussing This month we will be discussing Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlymowski. It’s never easy when your magic goes wonky. Nory, Elliott, Andres, and Bax are just four of the students in Dunwiddle Magic School’s Upside-Down Magic class. In their classroom, lessons are unconventional, students are unpredictable, and magic has a tendency to turn wonky at the worst possible moments. Pick up your copy of the book in the Children’s Room to read before the meeting. Any questions? Call 617-376-2411 and ask to speak with Ms. Cronin.

      • Phoenix Book Club

        Phoenix book club logoThe Phoenix Book Club for children in grades 5-8 meets on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss a variety of books. On Tuesday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m. we will be discussing Graphic Novels. Take a look through our graphic novel collection. You could pick part of a series, like Tintin. You could pick a single story, like Rapunzel's Revenge. We have graphic novel versions of text novels, like the Percy Jackson books or The Hobbit. We have manga and even nonfiction. So long as it's in graphic novel format, grab it, read it and come talk about it in December.

      • Saturday Fun for Little Ones: Music and Movement with Rubi

        Sing and dance with Rubi Lichauco on Saturday, December 3, 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. This program has become so popular there isn’t room to move and dance as we would like so we have split the group in two. No registration is required; when the 10:00 session fills we will close the doors. Please spend some time in the children’s room choosing books or playing with our early literacy activities while you wait for the 10:30 session. Thank you for your cooperation. We really think two smaller groups makes this program more fun for everyone!

      • Saturday Storytime with Denise Shaver

        Join Denise Shaver at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 17, for a family storytime full of stories, songs, rhymes and more to stretch your imagination, for children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult. What can you do with a box? Join use for this storytime featuring stories about boxes and the amazing things you can make with them and may find inside them. After our stories we'll have some time to play with boxes ourselves.

      • Dungeon and Dragons Encounters

        New and experienced players 10 years and older are invited to join us at the Main Library on Tuesday, December 20, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for this introduction to D&D 5th edition game play. Take on the role of a fantasy hero in this monthly Dungeons and Dragons game. We will help you customize an Adventurer's League D&D character you can use both in our monthly adventures and at other D&D Organized Play. Your group of adventurers will start out at level one and take on the module from the 5th Edition D&D Starter Set. Unravel the mysteries of the Lost Mine of Phandelver and what monsters and treasures lie within!

      • Storytimes with no registration required

        The following storytimes are happening this month that do not require prior registration.

        • Friday Preschool Storytime

          Pre-school storytime logoDecember 2, 9, and 16 at 9:30 a.m., longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. 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.

        • Preschool Storytime @North Quincy

          Happening on Mondays December 5 and 12 at 10:00 a.m. See the description for the Friday Preschool Storytime for details about this storytime being held at the North Quincy Branch.

        • Just for Threes

          Just for Threes logoThis program 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. Tuesday mornings, December 6 and 13 at 9:30 a.m..

        • Toddler Storytime for ages 2 and 3 @Adams Shore

          Toddle Storytime logoHappening at the Adams Shore Branch Tuesday mornings December 6 and 13 at 10:00 a.m., this half hour program 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.

        • Rock-a-Bye Baby Storytime

          rock-a-bye baby logoAt 11:00 a.m. Thursdays Decenber 1 and 8 this storytime is an introduction to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and gentle movement exercises for very young children, ages 4 - 11 months, accompanied by an adult.

      Homework Help

      Don’t forget—students in grades 1-6 who need help with their homework can 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. Please note, the last homework help session of 2016 will be on Wednesday afternoon, December 14.

      See our calendar and website for details about everything happening for kids and their families this month. Many of these programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.


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