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July 2016
Volume 13, Number 7

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Holiday Hours

All library locations will be closed on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, July 2-4 and re-open with regular hours on July 5. Happy Independence Day! Outside book drops will be available at all locations—but there's no hurry to return your items during the holiday weekend, as we won't be charging overdue fees (find out more below). Information about library locations and hours can be found here

Fine Free Summer

no late feesReturn library books, DVDs, CDs and magazines to any Quincy library from July 1 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!

Upgraded Meeting Room Equipment!

The Main Library community meeting room—a busy hub of programs and events—recently received a major (and much needed) audio/visual equipment upgrade, thanks to the Thomas Crane Pubic Library Foundation. A larger screen was installed, a high-definition projector was mounted to the ceiling, and a stream-lined audio system with a significantly improved dynamic range was installed. Come experience the difference at one of our weekly movies, every Thursday. The new equipment will also enhance our many other programs that involve video projection and/or audio, and comes with a new assistive listening system for patrons who are hard of hearing.
blue bag with good karma message
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. If you'd like to help the Foundation, stop by the Hannaford supermarket on 475 Hancock St. in North Quincy during the month of July and pick up a reusable Blue Bag with the Good Karma Message; $1.00 of the bag's $2.29 price will be donated to the Foundation. Thank you for your support!

Art Walks

Art Walk Fridays logoDiscover Quincy is bringing FREE family-friendly arts and entertainment to various Quincy business districts on select Friday evenings this summer. Think pop-up art gallery meets Lawn on D rotating from Quincy Center, to Wollaston, to North Quincy, to West Quincy, to Quincy Point, and back to Quincy Center. The Main Library and the North Quincy Branch library will be participating as Art Walk hosts when this event comes to our neighborhoods in July.

On Friday, July 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. the North Quincy Branch library will be open with special activities for families and children in addition to all the regular library resources and services available during the branch’s regular hours.

During Art Walk Quincy Center on Friday, July 29, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., visit the Main Library for special after-hours programs, including lawn games and live performances on the lawn. The Crane Library Bookstore will be be open special hours, and inside the library in the atrium and the community meeting room, join us for:

Summer Concerts on the Lawn

Bring your lawn chairs, picnic dinner, and some bug spray, it's that time of year when the sun stays up late so we can enjoy great concerts outside (if it rains, we'll move the concert inside to the Library's atrium). Every Thursday in July from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. we'll have the music playing, sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. This year Discover Quincy is also sharing their giant lawn games, so come show your friends how good you are at Connect Four and Corn Hole. Hope to see you out there on the lawn!

  • July 7: The Lenny Solomon Band
  • July 14: Peter Kilpatrick
  • July 21: Boston Road
  • July 28: Paul Agnew with the John Capavella Quintet

July 7: The Lenny Solomon Band

Lenny SolomonJoin the Lenny Solomon Band for a great evening of socially conscious country/city/blues/folk music on the lawn.Lenny Solomon's style has been compared to early Bob Dylan. He began his career in the late 1960s and has shared bills with many touring performers including Bonnie Raitt, Chris Smither, and Spider John. He is first and foremost a storyteller and his song-writing skills have earned many awards. Lenny recently stopped by the QATV studio to tell us more about what to expect:

July 14: Peter Kilpatrick

KilpatrickJoin Peter Kilpatrick for a great evening of original guitar-driven pop rock on the lawn. Pete Kilpatrick has been named Maine's best act four times in the Portland Best Music Awards and his music has been featured on NBC's The Office, Parks and Recreation and New Girl. He has toured with Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, Guster and others, performing over 1,400 shows to date!

July 21: Boston Road

Boston RoadJoin Boston Road for a great evening of bluegrass on the lawn. Boston Road's traditional and modern bluegrass music features a groove they call "the engine". It's the result of Pete Vegeto's rhythm guitar working with Rick Posch's standup bass and Claude Galinsky's vintage mandolin. Instrumentally, the band also features Matt Valencius' banjo. Singer Kristen Vegeto, along with Pete, Claude and Rick do the Roadsters' vocal duties, providing powerful two-, three- and four-part harmonies.

July 28: Paul Agnew with the John Capavella Quintet

Paul AgnewJoin Paul Agnew and the John Capavella Quintet for a great evening with the Great American Songbook on the lawn. Paul is a local vocalist (Braintree) who interprets the timeless music of the Great American Songbook with meaning and authority. With piano man John Capavella, Paul is the co-producer and featured host/vocalist for “Songbook” a popular BCAM-TV music program that has aired since 1999. As an entertainer, Paul makes frequent appearances at outdoor concerts, senior citizen residences and private and public events.

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. From July 5 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: Starting July 5, 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, July 5, starting at 7:00 p.m.. We’ll have another at the end of the month on Wednesday, July 27 (also at 7:00).
  • On Monday, July 18, at 7:00 p.m. we are hosting wine lovers for Lib/ations: Wine 101. Are you a wine lover? Do you want to be, but don't know where to start? Come join us for a wine tasting with Adam from Bin Ends Wine to learn about different wine varieties- we'll be pairing them with cheese, too! 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, July 11, at 7:00 p.m. This month we will be discussing Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. 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 fourth Thursday of the month is the regular time for Retro Video Gaming, next on Tuesday, July 26, 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 beginning July 5 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.

Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well

alls well cover artWilliam Shakespeare's All’s Well That Ends Well was originally considered a comedy but is now classified as a "Problem Play" neither pure comedy nor pure tragedy—much like modern life! Spanish Helena, a young, common lady, loves Bertram, her noble guardian's son. Bertram is indifferent to Helena but is forced to marry her, so he flees to war in Italy before they can so much as kiss. There is a lot of trickery, sex, a faked death, betrayals, and in the end Bertram swears his love to Helena, proving that indeed, all's well that ends well. Come to the library on Monday, July 11, at 7:00 p.m. for a staged reading by the cast that will be producing this play in July, directed by Beca Gates. Presented by the Dragonfly Theater, providing local community theater since 2008.

Crime By the Book: Christie, Sayers, & Doyle

agatha christie photoWhat did Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Arthur Conan Doyle have in common? Agatha Christie vanished for eleven days when she was 36 years old. Come hear the fascinating story of what happened to her, why she disappeared, and how Dorothy Sayers and Arthur Conan Doyle aided in the search to find her. Quincy's own Florence Noonan, graduate of Quincy High School, recently retired, returned to Quincy, and is pursuing her life-long dream of writing mysteries. Last November she won honorable mention in the Al Blanchard Contest for short stories. Researching for her mystery novels she uncovered fascinating connections between Christie, Sayers, and Doyle. Come to the library on Tuesday, July 12, at 7:00 p.m. to learn about her findings and also how her detective, Zoey Stone, fits into their literary tradition. Copies of her first book, In Blood and Stone will be available to purchase.

Discover Historic New England: The Patriot Parson

patriotsOn Tuesday evening, July 19, at 7:00 p.m. local Quincy author Richard Kollen will fascinate us with a presentation all about Reverend Jonas Clarke, often called the Patriot Parson. On the night of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere arrived at the Lexington parsonage of Reverend Jonas Clarke to deliver a warning to its occupants, including Samuel Adams and John Hancock. The following morning brought the first shots of the American Revolution to a community Clarke inspired to face such a harsh reality. He called on his parish to oppose imperial legislation for years leading up to the war. As Lexington’s minister for half a century, Clarke was central to political, civic and social life there until his death in 1805. Come learn more about the often overlooked story of this man who helped shape the spirit of the American Revolution..

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic

Quincy Unplugged logoDrop by on Monday, July 25, 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 July for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies, sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. This month, there will only be matinee (afternoon) screenings, so everyone can enjoy the summer concerts on the lawn every Thursday night.

July 7 @1:00 p.m.: Wolf Totem

movie stillWinner (Best Director and Best Visual Effects) at the 2015 Beijing International Film Festival. In 1967, a young Beijing student, Chen Zhen, is sent to live among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia. Caught between the advance of civilization from the south and the nomads' traditional enemies - the marauding wolves - to the north; humans and animals, residents and invaders alike, struggle to find their true place in the world.

"There's no denying the beauty of the film's imagery, violent and tender, or the emotional power of the final moment in the boy-and-his-dog love story."--Los Angeles Times

Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Starring Ankhnyam Ragchaa, Shaofeng Feng, Shawn Dou, Yin Zhusheng. Theatrically released in 2015. 121 Minutes; Rated Rated PG-13 for disturbing images and violence involving animals, and for brief sexuality.

July 14 @1:00 p.m.: The Finest Hours

movie stillOn February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.

"What happens is important, but more important is how it happens and whom it happens to." --San Francisco Chronicle

Directed by Craig Gillespie. Starring Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Chris Pine, Eric Bana. Theatrically released in 2016. 117 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of peril.

July 21@1:00 p.m.: Anomalisa

movie stillMichael Stone, an author of books on the subject of customer service, struggles to connect with people. One night, while on a routine business trip, he meets Lisa, a stranger with a unique voice.

"Filtered through Kaufman's searching mind and soulful brilliance, the result is a masterpiece." --Rolling Stone

Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. Starring David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan. Theatrically released in 2015. 90 Minutes; Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language.

July 28 @1:00 p.m.: Hello, My Name is Doris

movie stillWhen Doris Miller (Sally Field) meets John Fremont (Max Greenfield), her company’s hip new art director, sparks fly—at least for Doris. Her first encounter with true romance (outside of the pages of a novel) convinces Doris that she and the mostly unaware John are meant for each other. In the cluttered house she shared with her late mother, Doris mines the Internet for information on her one-and-only, guided by the 13-year-old granddaughter of her best pal Roz (Tyne Daly). When Doris begins showing up at John’s regular haunts, she wins over his Williamsburg friends with her eclectic vintage wardrobe, quirky naiveté and unironic enthusiasm for their rooftop knitting circle. Her new life brings Doris a thrilling perspective, but also creates a rift between her and her longtime friends and family, who believe she’s making a fool of herself over a guy half her age. Eager for all the experiences she has missed out on, Doris throws caution to the wind and follows her heart for the very first time.

"Field amazes with her gameness, range and commitment" --Los Angeles Times

Directed by Michael Showalter. Starring Elizabeth Reaser, Kumail Nanjiani, Max Greenfield, Natasha Lyonne, Sally Field, Tyne Daly, & Wendi McLendon-Covey. Theatrically released in 2016. 95 Minutes; Rated R for 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.

July 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, July 8, we will discuss The Accidental by Ali Smith. 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, July 1, 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

lynda.com logoAre you one of the users who has watched hundreds of hours of the award-winning online videos we offer from lynda.com? Did you know that people are finding this a great place to get quick answers to specific, technical questions? The average viewing time in the last 30 days is 16 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. The top ten classes in the past three months were:

  1. Introduction to Graphic Design
    Learn the core skill areas (color, typography, and layout) and core tools (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator) used in graphic design. Find out what designers do and what you'll need to learn to start a graphic design career.
  2. C# Essential Training
    Learn C#, the object-oriented language from Microsoft that's used to program systems, desktop applications, and mobile apps. These C# tutorials cover the history, syntax, and important concepts of this powerful programming language.
  3. OneNote 2016 Essential Training
    Learn how to use OneNote 2016 to create, edit, and save important notes.
  4. Affinity Photo Essential Training
    Learn how to enhance and composite photos using Affinity Photo, the photo editing software for the Mac.
  5. Indesign CC Essential Training (2015)
    Find out how to build well-crafted print publications, interactive documents, digital magazines, and ebooks with InDesign CC 2015.
  6. Learn Excel 2010: The Basics
    Teaches you the fundamental skills you need to work with Excel.
  7. Project Management Fundamentals
    Learn project management techniques to effectively manage simple projects and complex enterprise-wide initiatives. This course tackles the basics of project management, from building a project plan to managing resources.
  8. Designing a Poster
    Explores the creative process through a variety of approaches, generating over a dozen poster designs.
  9. Learn Sketch: The Basics
    Learn Sketch 3. Discover how to design logos, wireframes, mockups, and production-ready graphics with Sketch.
  10. WordPress Essential Training
    Learn how to create your own feature-rich blog or website with WordPress. Find out how to schedule posts, customize themes, install plugins, and more.

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!

On Exhibit: The Bay State, A Multicultural Landscape


We are honored to be able to extend the June art exhibition through to the end of July. Come over to the Main Library and see Mark Chester’s photographs that document some of the newest members of our great American community. Chosen from more than 300 portraits, each image gives us a snapshot of a man, woman, or family who were born in another country, have become naturalized U.S. citizens, and who now live here in Massachusetts. For this project Mark has photographed people from over 180 countries to support the Massachusetts Immigrant Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). As we celebrate Independence Day this month, let’s all take some time to appreciate our newest fellow citizens and the rich diversity they bring from all corners of the world.

Special July 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! We are grateful to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring some of the highlights including:

Magic with Malik

Tuesday, July 12, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the North Quincy Branch. Join Malik the Magic Guy for a magic show. Malik has a unique show full of audience participation, magic with sports equipment, demonstrations of activities and games from other cultures, and more fun surprises. This program is for children ages 4 and older accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Quincy Cultural Council.

Animal Adventures

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 21 at the Wollaston Branch. Join us to meet some animals. An Adventure Guide from Animal Adventures will present eight to ten animals at this program. Meet the animals, hear interesting stories and information about them and get close. Controlled petting and touching is allowed at the discretion of the Animal Adventure Guide. We don’t know what animals will be coming to visit but they could be something as familiar as a rabbit or as unusual as a degu. This program is for children ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Quincy Cultural Council.

Sparky's Puppets

At the Main Library on July 27, at 10:30 a.m. Sparky’s Puppets presents “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” a special puppet show for children ages 3-8 accompanied by an adult. Cheer the race between the tortoise and the hare. Watch Jack's speedy escape from the giant and see more fast-paced adventures! Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Mother Goose and Little Bo-Peep

On Thursday, July 28, at 4:00 p.m. Mother Goose and Little Bo-Peep will be visiting the library for a very special nursery rhyme extravaganza for children up to four years old. This special program will be presented on the Hancock Adams Green near City Hall or on the Main Library lawn and will move into the library if the weather is inclement. Check our online calendar the day of the event for the exact location!

Storytelling @the Farmers Market

Join us at noon on Friday, July 22, at the Quincy Farmers Market at Pageant Field in Merrymount Park to hear some stories and find out about all the programs happening at the library this summer.

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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