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August 2016
Volume 13, Number 8

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Fine Free Summer

no late feesReturn library books, DVDs, CDs and magazines to any Quincy library through Labor Day (Monday, September 5) and pay no overdue charges. Any outstanding overdue charges from previously returned Quincy materials have also been forgiven. If you have any overdue library materials, this is your chance to bring them back fine free and we are glad to welcome you back to the library! If you don't have any overdue materials or charges, that's great and we thank you. Have a fabulous summer!

Adult Summer Reading Contest: Reading Around the World

Come celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Read Around the World. Expand your worldview and read great books from authors and settings in countries all over the globe. Watch our website and Facebook and Twitter feeds for inspiration. Through September 1, adults are encouraged to read as many books as you can from different countries. You’ll get a peek into other people’s experiences, and also win the opportunity to take home some cool prizes, sponsored by the Friends of the TCPL!

Here’s how it works: Pick up an informational brochure at any public service desk at any one of our branches. Log the books you read online. You will need an email address. If you don't have one, simply visit the Main Library Reference Desk (top floor) or drop by for Device Advice on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 on the first floor of the Main Library for help with setting one up. Each book read earns a chance to win one of six prize baskets, which will contain books and other goodies. Come by the library to see them as the summer progresses. A raffle for the baskets will be held at the end of the program.

Device Advice

mobile devicesDo you know how to check out items using only your smart phone? Are you flying away on an exotic vacation this summer and need some help loading the most recent magazines onto your tablet so you can save your money for souvenirs? Are you still trying to figure out how to stream Prince’s albums without subscribing to a paid service? Visit the Main Library any Tuesday afternoon this summer between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. 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.

Grownups 20/30s

meetup logoUPDATE Are 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.

  • Who doesn’t love some friendly competition with your reputation and social standing the only things at stake? Come to our Board Game night and 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, August 2, starting at 7:00 p.m..
  • On Monday, August 15, at 7:00 p.m. we are hosting Lib/ations: Mead 101. Join us for another awesome event in our Lib/ations series! This time, we'll be hosting local resident, and owner of Seaside Apiaries, Bob Johnson, who will give a presentation on how mead (sometimes called honey wine) is made, as well as provide samples. This event is 21+, so please make sure to bring ID.
  • Join us for our Fine Liquorature Book Club Meetup at Bistro Chi in Quincy Center (37 Cottage Avenue) on Monday, August 8, at 7:00 p.m. This month we will be discussing The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert A. Heinlein. If you would like to participate you can stop by the adult checkout desk at the Main Library and ask for a copy of the book (or pick up a copy online).
  • The last Tuesday of the month is the regular time for Retro Video Gaming, next on Tuesday, August 30, 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

teen book bingoJoin us for the library's Teen Summer Reading Program. Participate in our book bingo reading game to earn tickets for one of our four summer reading raffle baskets. This summer we will be raffling off a school supplies basket, a book lover’s basket, coffee/tea basket and a movie/music basket. You can pick up your bingo card now at the reference desk at the Main Library (top floor) or at any of the branches. For each bingo square completed participants will receive one raffle ticket. A short review for each book must be completed to earn a ticket. Reading isn't the only way to earn raffle tickets this summer. Come to any of our summer teen programs and earn additional tickets.

These programs are made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Discover Historic New England: Restoring the USS Salem

patriotsJoin mechanic and naval destroyer veteran Art Milmore on Tuesday evening, August 2, at 7:00 p.m. for a remarkable story of the restoration of the USS Salem. Mr. Milmore volunteered on the ship for seven years doing almost every conceivable job on the ship and was aboard for it's grand return to Quincy. It was originally estimated that it would take two and a half years to ready the ship for the public, it took seven months. Mr. Milmore will share lots of story and photos, including many that were taken from 100 feet up on top of the ship as well as at the bottom of the dry-dock. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Esther Day

star graphicOn Wednesday, August 3, we are collaborating with Esther Earl’s family to celebrate Esther Day. Esther Day was started in 2010 to celebrate love for family and friends by telling those who we are close to that we love them, even if it is sometimes difficult to say out loud. It was inspired by Quincy resident Esther Earl, one of the inspirations for John Green’s popular novel The Fault in Our Stars.

Come to the Main Library to celebrate her legacy of love with family-friendly games (races, capture the flag, frisbee, and more) on our lawn from 2 to 8 p.m.

The day’s schedule and more information about Esther Earl can be found in this blog post. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Strictly Sinatra

Frank SInatraOn Tuesday, August 23, at 7:00 p.m. Ron Della Chiesa will present an engaging presentation all about Ol' Blue Eyes, who would have turned 100 last December. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Visit Us @the Quincy Farmers' Market

Stop by our table at the Quincy Farmers' Market at Pageant Field in Merrymount park overlooking Quincy Bay on Friday, August 26. We will be there all day, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. showing off some of our latest books, DVDs, and CDs, providing help using your mobile device to connect with all the great stuff we make available for free online, and signing people up for library cards. At noon, our own Mother Goose and Little Bo-Peep will be making a very special appearance to entertain the littles ones. Please stop by and say hello!

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic

Quincy Unplugged logoDrop by on Monday, August 29, 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.

Thursday Movies

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

August 4 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: The Mermaid

movie stillXuan's (Deng Chao) real estate project involves reclamation of the sea and threatens the livelihood of the mermaids who live there. The mermaid Shan (Lin Yun) is dispatched to stop Xuan, but they fall in love. Out of his love for Shan, Xuan plans to stop the project. Unfortunately, Shan and the other mermaids are hunted by a hidden organization, and Xuan must save Shan before it's too late.

"The Mermaid is at its best when it embraces the ridiculous, no-holds-barred, farcical comedy that Chow has become known for, thanks to films like Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer."--Entertainment Weekly

Directed by Stephen Chow. Starring Deng Chao & Lin Yun. Theatrically released in 2016. 94 Minutes; Rated R for some violence.

August 11 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Hail Caesar!

movie stillSet during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.

"Hail, Caesar! is pure, popcorn fun — a visual treat, a comedic tour de force and a sublime and sly slice of satire." --Chicago Sun-Times

Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand, George Clooney, Jonah Hill, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, & Tilda Swinton. Theatrically released in 2016. 106 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and smoking.

August 18 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Everybody Wants Some!!

movie stillSet in the world of 1980s college life, Everybody Wants Some follows a group of college baseball players as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Get ready for the best weekend ever.

"Like Clueless or Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it’s a great American comedy, and like Boyhood and Dazed and Confused, another easygoing masterpiece from our reigning auteur of hidden depths." --Slate

Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Zoey Deutch. Theatrically released in 2016. 117 Minutes; Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug use and some nudity.

August 25 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Eye in the Sky

movie stillThrough remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of US and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.

"Aaron Paul has key scenes as the drone pilot who actually has to pull the trigger, but it’s the late Alan Rickman, as Mirren’s superior, who steals the film." --Entertainment Weekly

Directed by Gavin Hood. Starring Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Helen Mirren, Iain Glen, Jeremy Northam, Kim Engelbrecht, Phoebe Fox. Theatrically released in 2016. 102 Minutes; Rated R for some violent images and 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.

August 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. and focuses on world literature. On Friday, August 12, we will discuss Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.

Booked for Lunch

Booked for LunchRead 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, August 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!

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!

Special August Programs Just for Kids

There’s a TON going on for kids at the library this month. From weekly craft activities, storytimes, movies, book clubs, magic, lego building and so much more, there is something happening for kids EVERY DAY THIS SUMMER at the Thomas Crane library! Visti our Summer Events page to learn about everything that is happening. Here are some of the highlights:

Bubble Play with Mr. Vinny

Tuesday, August 9, at 10:00 a.m.at the Adams Shore Branch.Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles! Join Mr. Vinny as he shows you how to blow the most amazing bubbles—huge, giant bubbles out on the lawn at the Adams Shore library. After Mr. Vinny’s show join us at the bubble tubs to blow your own bubbles. Parents this is sure to be loads of soapy, soaking fun so make sure your children are dressed to get messy. The show will go on rain or shine, in case of inclement weather Mr. Vinny has an indoor surprise for us. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Dungeon and Dragons Encounters

New and experienced players 10 years and older are invited to join us at the Main Library on Tuesday, August 16 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!

Reading Olympics with Jungle Jim

Jungle Jim returns to the Main Library on Thursday, August 27, at 10:00 a.m., this time with athletes of all kinds! This awesome balloon magic show contains Jim's signature brand of balloon artistry, magic, comedy, storytelling, improvisation and loads of audience participation. Archery, basketball, fencing and even Scottish caber toss are just some of the events that our "athletes" will compete in. Most importantly, Jim will incorporate just how important reading and staying active work together. This program is for children ages 3-10 accompanied by an adult. The show will be outside on the lawn if the weather cooperates, if not we'll move inside. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

9th Annual Children's Show

Do you sing, dance, play an instrument or have another talent you would like to demonstrate? Audience members of all ages are welcome to come watch the show but you must be ages 4 – 13 to perform. If you would like to perform you must sign up in advance and space is limited so that each person will have enough time to perform. Stop by the library to register or simply call the children’s room at 617-376-2411. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Mother Goose and Little Bo-Peep @the Farmers Market

On Friday, August 26, at 12:00 noon, Mother Goose and Little Bo-Peep will be visiting the Quincy Farmers' Market for a very special nursery rhyme extravaganza for children up to four years old.

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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