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August 2017
Volume 14, Number 8

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!

2017 Solar Eclipse

solar eclipseOn Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will cross all of North America. Learn all about it here. This is a rare occurence, the last solar eclipse of this magnitude happened in 1979! You will have to travel elsewhere in the country to see the moon block the entire sun, but from around 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. our skies will darken here in Quincy as the moon covers 63% of the sun at its maximum around 2:47 p.m. To help you appreciate this truly stellar event we have a limited number of viewing glasses that we are giving away. The glasses will allow you to directly view the sun (never try this without certified protective equipment!). Stop by the desk on the top floor of the main library or come by any of our branches and get a pair, while supplies last (limit 1 per person / 2 per family).  We're also having an eclipse viewing celebration on Monday afternoon for kids and their familes. 

Summer reading

summer reading logoHelp us Build A Better World (the theme of our  summer reading programs this year). We have programs tailored for children from birth to six, seven to twelve, grades six to twelve, and even adults! Joining couldn't be easier:

  1. Register and earn your first badge.
  2. Earn badges for logging your books and activities.
  3. Log your reading and write reviews to be entered into end-of-summer raffles. 

Check out our children's summer fun page for more ideas for things to do this summer, get all the information about high school summer reading, and make sure you enjoy a good book this summer! Learn more about our Adult Summer Reading program in this interview.

Program Highlights

View our online calendar for details about all the programs happening at the Library. Some of the highlights include:

Teen Time

this star won't go out coverWe have a ton of fun activities planned just for teens in August. Watch this QATV video to find out some of the highlights. They include an interactive movie (Goonies!), Tie-Dye T-shirts at North Quincy, a dominoes competition, Esther Day, a final summer reading party, and more!


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. This month the Fine Liquorature Book Club is meeting again, you can make Origami Sea Creatures in Crafterdark, celebrate Esther Day, play retro video games, and more. 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.

Movies on the Big Screen

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Thursdays at the Main Library

Join us nearly every Thursday afternoon in August 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

Matinees @Adams Shore (Mondays) and North Quincy (Wednesdays)

The Adams Shore Branch shows movies every Monday at 2:00 p.m. and the North Quincy Branch shows them every Wednesday, also at 2:00 p.m. This month the Adams Shore branch will show movies recently shown at the main library while the North Quincy branch will be showing timeless classics.

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

LightThis discussion group meets one Friday a month at 10:00 a.m. (usually the second Friday) and focuses on world literature. On Friday, August 11, we will discuss How It All Began by Penelope Lively. 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, August 4, 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!

Harry Potter Book Club @Wollaston Branch

Harry Potter sceneWe’re not quite done with Harry! Even after the series is over there’s more to read. Join us to talk about The Cursed Child, Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Quidditch Through the Ages, all extra stories set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding world. Stop by the main library to pick up the books to read before we meet next on Wednesday, August 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Wollaston Branch Library. The Harry Potter Book Club @ Wollaston is for all ages, children, teens and adult.

On Exhibit: Happiness Children: Chinese Water-Ink Paintings

Chinese Water-Ink Paintings

We are pleased to welcome back Mr. Xiaoyong Liu and this month's exhibition of works from his water-ink Chinese painting class for children. On display from August 4 to 31, these works featuring a selection of art by Mr. Liu’s students, who range from 6 to 15 years old. These students experience and learn about Chinese culture as they move the ink-filled brushes around the Xuan (rice) paper, mix paint made of natural materials, and combine colors and shapes to create traditional Chinese paintings. Learn more in this QATV video.

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!

August Programs Just for Kids

There is a lot going on for kids at the library this month with programs every weekday we are open. Visit our Events and Storytimes page to learn about everything that is happening. Learn more in this interview with children's librarian Julie Rines.

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