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February 2017
Volume 14, Number 2

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Holiday Hours

All library locations will be closed all day on Monday, February 20, in observance of Presidents Day. Regular operations will resume on Tuesday, February 21. Remember you can visit us online anytime!

North Quincy Open 9-5 on Saturdays

five o'clockThe North Quincy Branch is now open until 5:00 p.m. every Saturday. We are super excited to be able to offer these expanded weekend hours, so drop by and visit us there soon!

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 150 online magazines for free? Have you streamed the latest albums add-free without subscribing to a paid service?

Visit the Main Library any Tuesday afternoon in February 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 ground floor, at the base of the stairs, just outside the doors to the Children’s room.

If Tuesday afternoons are not convenient for you, call us at 617-376-1316 to arrange another time to get help with your device.

Winter Concerts @the Crane

Beat the winter blues - get out and appreciate some live music in a gorgeous setting! This winter our free concert series is bursting with amazing talent, and we’ve packed in a lot of shows so you can make attending a habit. Every weekend that is not a holiday weekend in January and February and another three weekends in March we are hosting 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.

  • Craft QuintetThe series started with amazing classical recitals from cellist Kate Kayaian, violist Robert Simonds, and guitarist Jérôme Mouffe. Now that we’ve heard three solo performances, we thought it would be fun to listen to people play several instruments together so on Sunday, February 5 we are bringing back the Craft String Quintet. The Craft Ensemble is made up of Boston area musicians committed to bringing engaging chamber music to smaller venues all over New England. Active performers in many of the region’s premier orchestras, opera and ballet companies, the Crafts are always delighted to play chamber music together.  This season the Crafts are thrilled to be performing Fanny Mendelssohn's delightful and seldom heard string quartet as well as more recently written works by other female composers.
  • Stephen BrewOn February 12 we are presenting a solo recital by guitarist Stephen Brew. With performances across the Midwest, East Coast, and Spain, guitarist Stephen Brew has effectively established himself as a performer of incredible ability. His program consists of works from Africa, Ireland, and Serbia, along with unique arrangements of American jazz standards. Mr. Brew currently serves as the Director of the Guitar Program at Stonehill College in Easton where he teaches private studio lessons and conducts the guitar ensemble.
  • Brad Ellenberg Jazz QuintetOur third concert in February is happening on Sunday, February 26 when the The Brad Ellenberg Quintet will present A Portrait in Jazz. A dynamic, original jazz band featuring Gary Bohan on trumpet/flugelhorn, Mario Cerra on saxophone, Bob Abruzese on bass, Grant Smith on drums and Brad Ellenberg on guitar, this band is committed to creating exciting and meaningful original jazz music with over fifty originals in their book. For this concert they will perform a mix of original music and time honored jazz classics.
  • Check out our In Concert page for more details and the rest of the line up!

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

Computer Skills Review & Practice

saheli logoEvery Saturday in February the computer classroom will be open for two hours from 10:00 a.m. to noon for skills review and practice to help people prepare for the next Intermediate Computing course being offered in March. Bring your questions and get help! For a list of the skills each Intermediate student is expected to have prior to starting class, please visit our calendar.  

Yoga Meditation Workshops

Sahaja yoga diagramEveryone is invited to attend any or all of the four Yoga Meditation workshops happening from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on four consecutive Saturday afternoons from February 11 through March 4. Learn an easy yet extremely effective meditative yoga technique that can help reduce stress and bring a new sense of integration, balance and well being to your life. Sahaja Yoga Meditation has been reported to be very helpful in the alleviation of stress-related problems and illnesses including depression and the tendency toward self-destructive habits. Sahaja Yoga sponsors free stress reduction and meditation workshops around the country as well as in over 90 nations around the world and currently offers meditation classes in Bedford, Boston, Salem and Cambridge. Learn more about Sahaja Yoga on their website.  

Discover Historic New England: Dining Out in Boston, a Culinary History

book jacketOver the years, Boston has been one of America’s leading laboratories of urban culture, including restaurants, and Boston history provides valuable insights into American food ways. Come to the library on Tuesday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m. to learn about more than two centuries of culinary trends in Boston restaurants and discover this rich and hitherto unexplored side to the city’s past. The city was a pioneer in elaborate hotel dining, oyster houses, French cuisine, student hangouts, ice cream parlors, the twentieth-century revival of traditional New England dishes, and contemporary locavore and trendy foodie culture. In stories of the most-beloved Boston restaurants of yesterday and today—illustrated with an extensive collection of historic menus, postcards, and photos our presenter, James C. O’Connell will surely whet your intellectual and nostalgic appetite.

Quincy Student Immigrant Showcase

mentoring photoAs the mural in our meeting room proudly declares, Quincy is a City of Immigrants. Come to the library on Wednesday, February 22, at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate some of its most recent rising stars. All are invited to come and see a multimedia project showcase from the participants in Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.'s (QARI's) U&I mentoring program. Participants in the mentoring program will share their first multimedia project, "The Most Important Person in My Life." In the videos they interview their most important person and say something to that person as well. The goal of this project is to give students an opportunity to interview someone who is really important to them and ask questions that they don't normally have a chance to ask.


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.

  • 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, February 7, starting at 7:00 p.m..
  • Don't be bummed that you're not partnered for Valentine's Day. Come to the library for Speed Friending and meet some new people! (Even if you are partnered, join us too! Everyone can use new friends, right?) We'll have some ice breakers that will make it easy to start conversations, board games, a pop-up card craft and cupcake decorating. We'll be meeting in the Atrium on Thursday, February 9, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • On Monday, February 13, 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 this month we'll be discussing The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Get a copy of the book at the circulation desk at the Main branch (40 Washington St.); they are held at the desk under the Grownups 20/30s book club account. Alternatively you can borrow an e-copy on Overdrive. Then, just show up ready to talk about what you liked and didn't like about the book. If you're on Goodreads, friend us to carry the conversation beyond our meetup.
  • Show off all the essential knowledge you keep trapped in your head and need an opportunity to share with the world! Come to our next Trivia Night on Wednesday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m..
  • There are still spots available to join us on Monday, January 27, starting at 7:00 p.m. for the latest Crafterdark program. In the past we’ve decorated mason jars & wine glasses and made hand warmers. Watch on meetup to see what we’ll be doing this month! Because of the cost of the supplies, reservations are required for this free program.
  • The next Retro Video Gaming Night is happening on Tuesday, February 28, 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 month, including Trivia on Thursday, February 2, a book discussion on Februrary 16, our Teen Advisory Board meetings on February 9 & 23, and Game On! (teen only video gaming) every Monday and Wednesday we are open from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.. Look to our online calendar for all the details. If you have a creative teen in your life, have them check out Teen Tangents, where Quincy teens are now posting their own stories, artwork and videos.

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic

What’s your talent? Do you play a musical instrument? Tell jokes? Compose, or simply discover and read poetry? All musicians, poets and performers are encouraged to participate in our monthly acoustic Open Mic night. All ages are welcome. All performers and everyone who loves live acts should come to the next open mic happening on Monday, February 27. Sign up in person starting at 6:15. This great monthly mix of local performances starts at 6:30 p.m..

Thursday Movies

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

February 2 @1:00 and 6:30 p.m.: Queen of Katwe

movie stillA young girl from Uganda trains to become a world chess champion.

"In Ms. Nair’s hands, Phiona’s story has a richness and unpredictability that separates it from other, superficially similar movies. It also has the buoyant, cleareyed feel for the particulars of culture and place that is among this director’s great gifts."—A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Directed by Mira Nair. Theatrically released in 2016. 124 Minutes; Rated PG for thematic elements, an accident scene and some suggestive material.

February 9 @1:00 and 7:00 p.m.: The Girl on the Train

movie stillBased on the best-selling novel. Rachel (Emily Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

"[Taylor] deftly translates the bleak, raw-boned menace and tricky time signatures of Train’s intertwined plotlines, and draws remarkably vivid performances from his cast, particularly his two female leads."—Entertainment Weekly

Directed by Tate Taylor. Starring Allison Janney, Darren Goldstein, Édgar Ramírez, Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Laura Prepon, Luke Evans, and Rebecca Ferguson. Theatrically released in 2016. 112 Minutes; Rated R for violence, sexual content, language and nudity.

February 16 @1:00 and 7:00 p.m.: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

movie stillBased on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel, the film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the war with America's perceptions.

"Taking place mostly over the course of a single day, it’s a smart and languorous film that finds time to luxuriate in conversations and to create a feeling for small-town American life."—San Francisco Chronicle

Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Joe Alwyn. Theatrically released in 2016. 113 Minutes; Rated R for language throughout, some war violence, sexual content, and brief drug use.

February 23 @1:00 and 7:00 p.m.: Arrival

movie stillWhen mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team is put together to investigate – including language expert Louise Banks (Amy Adams). Mankind teeters on the verge of global war as everyone scrambles for answers – and to find them, Banks will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

"Arrival is such a beautiful and thought-provoking film that it almost singlehandedly makes up for every bad aliens-coming-to-Earth film you’ve ever seen."—USA Today

Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Starring Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Theatrically released in 2016. 116 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.

March 2 @1:00 and 6:30 p.m.: Hacksaw Ridge

movie stillIn Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

"Hacksaw Ridge is one of the best films of 2016. And the victory is all the more sweet for Gibson in that he succeeds on his own weird terms."—San Francisco Chronicle

Directed by Mel Gibson. Starring Andrew Garfield, Luke Bracey, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer. Theatrically released in 2016. 139 Minutes; Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images.

March 9 @1:00 and 7:00 p.m.: Doctor Strange

movie stillAfter a tragic car accident, talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"Doctor Strange is thrilling in the way a lot of other Marvel movies are. But what makes it unique is that it’s also heady in a way most Marvel movies don’t dare to be. It’s eye candy and brain candy."—Entertainment Weekly

Directed by Scott Derrickson. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Benjamin Bratt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams, Scott Adkins, and Tilda Swinton. Theatrically released in 2016. 115 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence.

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: Chocolate

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 we will be gathering on February 13 starting at 6:30 p.m. and the theme is Chocolate! 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!

ball of yarnAre 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, February 10, we will discuss The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. 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, February 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 Chamber of Secrets to read for our meeting on February 15.

On Exhibit: Voyages, Images, Impressions

Voyages, Images, Impressions

This month we are featuring woodcuts and linocuts by Dominique Lecomte from February 1 to 28. Linocuts and woodcuts are original prints in limited and numbered edition, made from a previously cut wood or linoleum block. Once the block is ready, the relief is inked and a thick paper is pressed on it with a hand-pulled press or a wooden spoon. Colors, when present, are watercolors applied later with a brush. Dominique had the following to say about his artistic process:  

"I travel, I look around, I take pictures. It is sometimes far away, sometimes just around the corner, in any case, I never work on the spot. On the spot, I sense the colors, the surroundings, the sounds, and it is only later and far away that I can use what I have seen. My prints, photos or short stories, are then a mix of impressions, the ones I had at the time I traveled, the ones I have when I am working and remembering these times. I want my work to be colorful, warm, and a bit mysterious. If it makes you smile, or travel, or imagine, I have reached my goal."

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!

February 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:

Afternoon Explorers @Wollaston

The Explorers Club for ages 6-8 meets at the Wollaston Branch Library on Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, February 1 at 3:00 p.m. and does not require registration. Check our website for program details.

Preschool Discovery @ Wollaston

Drop by the Wollaston Library with your preschooler any time between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 2 to do some fun simple science together. Activities, experiments and instructions will be provided for science you can do with your child. Learn about the human body this month. Hear a heartbeat, trace yourself, put together a skeleton puzzle, get a good look at your fingerprints and measure your feet!

Music and Movement with Rubi

Music and Movement logoOn Saturday, February 4 at 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. sing and dance with Rubi Lichauco! 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 decided to 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.

Science Saturday – Engineering with Alligators and Crocodiles

alligators and crocodiles Join us for Alligators and Crocodiles with Rainforest Reptiles this month on Saturday, Februrary 11 at 10:00 a.m.. Do you know how to tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? Come to this program and learn all about these fascinating animals. This program is suggested for families with children ages 5 and older. No registration is required. Every month on the second Saturday of each month Science Saturday presents hands on science fun for the whole family.

Book Clubs

Do you like to read? Would you like to talk to others about books? Then you will like our book discussion groups. Join us each month to discuss all kinds of books.

  • Night Owl book club logoThe Night Owls Book Club for children in grades 3 and 4 meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month.  This month the club will meet on February 9 at 7:00 p.m..This month we will be discussing El Deafo by Cece Bell. Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! 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 logoThe Phoenix Book Club for children in grades 5-8 meets on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss a variety of books.This month we will be meeting on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m.. This month our theme is Award Winners. Each year the American Library Association gives out many different awards to authors and illustrators. The most well-known children's literature awards are the Newbery and Caldecott medals, but those aren't the only ones. This month we'll be reading books that have won the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Batchelder, Sibert, Schneider, and Belpré awards in the past several years. Pick an award winner and decide for yourself if you think it deserved to win. Stop by the Children’s Room to select a book.
  • The Harry Potter Book Club @Wollaston is for all ages, children, teens and adult. Are 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 pm on the third Wednesday evening of each month at the Wollaston Branch Library as we discuss each Harry Potter book in turn. We will discuss Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on February 15 at 7:00 p.m..Stop by the main library to pick up a copy of the book to read before we meet.

Dungeons and Dragons Encounters

dungeons and dragons ampersand dragonNew and experienced players ages 10 and older are invited to join us on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Children’s Room 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!


Weekday storytimes for children ages 4 months through 8 years old began on Friday, January 27. The library offers several programs by age. Stop by the library or check our website for details.

  • rock-a-bye baby logoRock-a-bye Baby

    An introduction to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and gentle movement exercises for very young children, ages 4 - 11 months accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents. Happening on Thursdays, February 2, 9, and 16 at 11:00 a.m.

  • Preschool Storytime

    pre-school storytimeLonger, 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. No registration is required. Happening on Fridays, February 3, 10, and 17 at 9:30 a.m..

  • Preschool Storytime @North Quincy

    Same as the Friday preschool storytime at the Main Library, but at the North Quincy Branch. This program is happening on Mondays, February 6, 13, and 27 at 10:00 a.m..

  • Preschool Storytime @Adams Shore

    This half hour program for toddlers and their caregivers at the Adams Shore Branch introduces simple stories and concepts to young children. Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts. No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents. Happening on Tuesdays, February 7, 14, and 28 at 10:00 a.m..

  • Just for Threes Storytime

    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. No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents. Happening on Tuesdays, February 7, 14, and 28 at 10:00 a.m..

  • Toddler Storytime @Adams Shore

    Toddler storytime logoThis half hour program for toddlers and their caregivers at the Adams Shore Branch introduces simple stories and concepts to young children. Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts. No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents. Happening on Tuesdays, February 7, 14, and 28 at 10:00 a.m..

  • Saturday Storytime with Big Ryan

    Tall Tales with Big RyanChildren ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult and invited to join us on Saturday, February 18 at 10:00 a.m. in the large meeting room at the main library for Big Ryan’s Tall Tales. Ryan is a family favorite with his program of original stories, silly hand puppets, a bit of music and movement and a whole lot of fun! No registration is required.

  • Saturday Storytime @North Quincy

    Children ages 2-5 accompanied by adults will join children's librarian Cathy deVeer and Quin Z. Bear for a lively Dr. Seuss family storytime on Saturday, February 25 at 10:00 a.m.. No registration is required.

Homework Help

Students in first through sixth grade can come and get assistance with their homework from high school tutors every Monday and Wednesday in February except during February vacation week (February 20-24) from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.. Students must be able to communicate with tutors in English.

February Vacation Week

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie stillTo compliment our monthly Harry Potter book group at the Wollaston Branch Library we will be showing each Harry Potter movie in turn at the Adams Shore Branch Library. This month's film is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, showing on Tuesday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Stop by the Adams Shore Branch Library any time on Wednesday, February 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 make a collage. Use words and pictures from old magazines and catalogs as the base for your creation and then embellish it with other odds and ends. This is a great program for all ages. Make your project as simple or as elaborate as you would like.

  • Join us at the Wollaston Branch Library any time from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 22 to play some games. We’ll have old favorites like Candyland and Scrabble and some less familiar games like Quirkle and Snail’s Pace Race. Contact the Wollaston Branch at 617-376-1330 if you have any questions. A few games are suitable for preschooler’s 3 and older but most are for school age children. Adults may even find some games they want to try out themselves.

  • Snow Princess Elaine KesslerCelebrate Winter with the Snow Princess (Elaine Kessler) on Thursday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m.. We’ll sing Snowman songs and pretend to be snowmen, skate around the room and have a snowball fight with cotton balls. In one story we’ll meet a snowman whose friend the bunny, ate his nose by mistake and sets off to find him a new one. This program is for children ages 2 and older accompanied by an adult Younger children may enjoy the songs and stories but the active parts of this program may be too overwhelming for them.

  • Join us at the North Quincy Branch at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23 for a showing of the new animated film The Secret Life of Pets

  • On Friday, February 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. we will be offering a self directed drop-in craft program for all ages we like to call Grab Bag Crafts. Stop by and spend some time crafting or take a grab bag home with you to work on later. All ages are welcome. Most projects can be made by children as young as two with some parental help.

Programs for Middle Schoolers

Middle School students are invited to join Young Adult Librarian Kerri Darcy on the fourth Tuesday of each month for programs just for middle schoolers, video gaming, crafts and more. The next gathering is onTuesday, February 28 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m..

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