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May 2015
Volume 12, Number 5

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Library Hours

All Quincy libraries will be closed all day on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.?

The Chair Affair

It's not too late to reserve your ticket for The Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation's cocktail reception on Friday, May 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Enjoy appetizers, beer, wine, live music, and good conversation with fellow library lovers at The Chair Affair and help raise money to purchase beautiful new chairs for the Main Library.

The deadline for tickets has been extended for two more days, to Saturday, May 2. Please visit the Foundation's website for ticket information.

And there is still time to donate money for a chair with a personalized donor plate. What a great way to honor the person in your life who fostered your love of books and reading. Chairs will be available until we reach our goal of 100 chairs--and we're more than halfway there already! For information about how to donate a chair, visit the Foundation's Chair Affair sponsorship page.

Crime by the Book: Boston Strong

Boston Strong ribbonA City's Triumph over Tragedy

We all have our own stories of where we were when we learned about the bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 and the subsequent manhunt. Come to the library on Monday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m. and hear from the front lines about these unique local events that riveted the world.

Veteran journalist Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge have written the definitive inside look at the Boston Marathon bombings and Casey is presently attending the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Learn about the Tsarnaev brothers’ years leading up to the act of terror to the bomb scene itself (which both authors witnessed first-hand within minutes of the blast), the terrifying police shootout with the suspects, and the ultimate capture of the younger brother. Hear highlights of the entire story, as seen through the eyes of those who experienced it. From the cop first on the scene, to the detectives assigned to the manhunt, get a behind-the-scenes look at the investigation.

More than a story of true crime, learn about the tragic but ultimately life-affirming story of the victims and their recoveries and hear the voices of those who lost loved ones. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and autographing after the formal program, which is co-sponsored by Quincy College. Dave Wedge stopped by the QATV studios to let us know more about what to expect:

Local Author Talk: Mimi Malloy, At Last!

book coverJulia MacDonnell's novel, Mimi Malloy, At Last! is "a triumph and a delight! Mimi is a gal you'll take into your heart--Irish and Catholic to her core, at once steely-eyed and unsentimental about a tragic childhood and even tougher breaks experienced as a working-class mother in Quincy, raising six daughters and dealing with a charming cheat of a husband. Divorced and down-sized, Mimi treasures her solitude, but when troubling memories--and an unexpected suitor--show up, she is able to see through the mists of time to find a clear-eyed vision of forgiveness and acceptance."

Critically acclaimed and recently released in paperback, this nationally loved author is making a special trip to the setting of her book to talk about her inspirations on Tuesday, May 12, at 7:00 p.m.. "It isn't just that the novel is set in Quincy -- the Quincy setting is crucial to the novel's meaning, its tone and ambience - but also that everyone in Mimi's family had labored at the Shipyard." Julia's own parents were born and raised in Quincy and Weymouth. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

Julia MacDonnell's fiction has been published in many literary magazines, and her story “Soy Paco” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her journalism has appeared in The Boston Globe, the New York Daily News, and the Columbia Journalism Review, among other publications. A tenured professor at Rowan University, she is the nonfiction editor of Philadelphia Stories. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library and will be preceeded by their annual meeting.

Musical Notes: Rock and Roll History

This month we resume the popular music series we tried to start this past winter but had to postpone after too much snow! Starting on May 19, Quincy's favorite musical professor Del Case brings his encyclopedic knowledge and engaging teaching style to the following musical themes. Each program will start at 7:00 p.m. This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

  • Tuesday, May 19: Rock in the 60s: The Stones, and Beatles, and the Grateful Dead
  • Wednesday, May 27: Forty Years of Rock: Progressive, Alternative, Indie, and Metal
  • Tuesday, June 2: Soul, Funk, and Hip-Hop: 1965 to Today

Learn more in this interview filmed for QATV:

Just for Teens

The following programs are for teens only! Snacks and support are provided by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

  • Game On! Are you a fan of Call of Duty? How about Madden 15? Come and play those and others on our XBox One and PS4 gaming consols on Fridays, May 15 and 22, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Scavenger Hunt How much do you really know about the library? Come and find out everything we have to offer in this fun and entertaining scavenger hunt. Come follow the clues and claim your prize! Meet in the teen area to kick off the hunt. Tuesday, May 5, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Teen Job Fair Sponsored by the Quincy Career Center. Come meet with employers looking to hire teens for summer jobs at the fair on Wednesday, May 6, from 3:00-5:00 p.m.. Ron Iacobucci from the Career Center stopped by the QATV studio to tell us more about what to expect at the fair:
  • Beyond the Bell - D.I.Y. Help improve our teen space with a different program every Tuesday from May 12 to 26 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Random Fandom: Criminal Minds Get in touch with your inner profiler as we take on Criminal Minds in the month's Random Fandom. Take on Hotchner, Morgan, Reid, AJ, or Penelope to find out who the unsub is in this criminally fun program on Thursday, May 21, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Who knows how to make the Thomas Crane Public Library the best place in Quincy for teens? Teens do! Come to our bi-weekly teen advisory board meetings and help shape the future of your library every other Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night

Drop by the Main Library on Monday, May 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a free acoustic open mic night and share your talent with a friendly audience. Play an original or a cover song, read an excerpt or a poem, perform a dramatic monologue, debut your stand-up comedy skit or engage in any amateur style performance. All musicians, poets and performers are encouraged to participate and all ages are welcome. One microphone will be available but no other sound equipment is supplied. If your instrument requires amplification, such as an electric bass, you will need to bring it. Sign up in person between 6:15 and 6:30; perform from 6:30-8:30.

Thursday Night Feature Films

Grab some food and drink in the café and then join us every Thursday afternoon or evening in May for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. This month we have matinee showings every week so you can pick when you want to come - or come for both! Evening showtimes vary because of movie length - check below to make sure you don't miss an early start for a longer movie.

May 7 @1:00 p.m. & 6:45 p.m.: Into the Woods

movie stillInto the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

" The cast is top-notch, the story is satisfyingly dark, the performances are fun and, of course, the songs are terrific. " - Arizona Republic

Directed by Rob Marshall . Starring Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Frances De La Tour, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Lucy Punch, and Meryl Streep. Theatrically released in 2014. 124 Minutes; Rated PG

May 14 @1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.: Still Alice

movie stillAlice Howland, a successful Columbia University linguistics professor happily married with three grown children, struggles to maintain her mind after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Julianne Moore won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her roll as Alice.

"Julianne Moore gives the performance of her career (no mean feat, given the strength of her previous work) in this heartbreaking yet life-affirming tale" - Empire

Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Starring Alec Baldwin, Hunter Parrish, Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth, Kristen Stewart, Seth Gilliam, and Shane McRae. Theatrically released in 2014. 101 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, and brief language including a sexual reference.

May 21 @1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.: American Sniper

movie stillA 2015 Academy Award winner. U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

"... (T)he hardest, truest movie ever made about the experience of men in war. Why? Because there’s no glory in it. " - Boston Globe

Directed by Clint Eastwood. Starring Bradley Cooper, and Sienna Miller. Theatrically released in 2014. 132 Minutes; Rated R for strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout including some sexual references.

May 28 @1:00 p.m. & 6:45 p.m.: Fifty Shades of Grey

movie stillRecent college graduate Anastasia Steele begins a sexually charged relationship with handsome, yet tormented billionaire Christian Grey. Based on the best-selling book and with a hot soundtrack.

"The director of the much-anticipated adaptation, Sam Taylor-Johnson, made what could have been a trashy TV movie into well-conceived cinema." - Boston Globe

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Theatrically released in 2015. 125 Minutes; Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.

All movie screenings are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library..

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: Vegetables

The Adams Shore Branch invites everyone to come over on Monday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy some tasty food, talk about recipes, and peruse some cookbooks for the May session of the popular Cooking with Books series, which happens on the second Monday of most months. This month the theme is vegetables. Get some ideas from some of our books. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.?

May Book Discussions

book coverAll 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

This discussion group meets one Friday per month at 10:00 a.m. and focuses on world literature. On Friday, May 9, we will discuss The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. 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 Friday of each month. The next meeting will be on Friday, May 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!

On Exhibit: Spring Into Art with the Quincy Art Association

art sampleThroughout the month of May we are proud to present the Quincy Art Associations' annual judged show, Spring Into Art.

The Quincy Art Association Annual show will begin setting up in the atrium on Friday, May 1. Artists will check in their entries on May 2 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. A reception will be held on Saturday, May 16, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in the Richardson room. Artwork will be checked out on Saturday, May 30, from 10:00 - 11:30.

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!

Download the TCPL App

Scan this QR code on your phoneGet instant access to your account, check items out using your tablet or smart phone, get a super-easy search of our catalog, catch up on the latest additions to our collection, read the library calendar, get the latest library news, and more.

Available for iPhones and iPads, Android devices, Kindle, and Windows phones- if you have a smart device you should be able to get this app. Use the relevant link at the top of this newsletter, click or scan the QR code to the right, or search your app store for "Thomas Crane Library". Try out the new app from your computer right now.

Special May Programs Just for Kids

Saturday Fun for Little Ones: Music and Movement with Rubi

Main Library Children's Room Saturday, May 2, at 10:00 a.m. Ages 0-4 accompanied by an adult 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. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.?


No registration is required to attend any of the following storytimes. Attendance is limited to Quincy residents.

  • Rock-a-Bye Baby

    Main Library Children's Room

    11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 7

    Ages 4-11 months accompanied by an adult

    An introduction to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and gentle movement exercises for very young children

  • Preschool Storytime

    Main Library Children's Room

    9:30 a.m. on Fridays, May 1 & 8

    Ages 3-5

    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.

  • Preschool Storytime

    North Quincy Branch

    10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 4

    Ages 3-5

    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.

  • Just for Threes Storytime

    Main Library Children's Room

    9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5

    Ages 36-47 months and their caregivers

    This 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.

  • Toddler Storytime

    Adams Shore Branch

    10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5

    Ages 2 and 3 accompanied by an adult

    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.

  • Saturday Storytime

    Main Library Children's Room

    10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9

    Ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult

    Join Denise Shaver for a family storytime full of stories, songs, rhymes and more.

  • Saturday Storytime

    North Quincy Branch

    10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 23

    Ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult

    Join Children's Librarian Cathy DeVeer fora family storytime full of Spring stories about picnics?.

  • Teddy Bear Storytime

    North Quincy Branch

    6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19

    Ages 2-5accompanied by an adult

    A monthly evening storytime for preschoolers. Join Children's librarian Cathy deVeer and Quinn Z. Bear at the North Quincy Branch for stories and songs. Feel free to wear your comfy jammies, and bring along your favorite bear as we get ready for summer with beach stories?.

Mad Science

Three Saturday, May 16 9:30 a.m. for ages 3-5

10:30 a.m. for ages 6-10

Main Library Meeting Room

Every third Saturday of each month we have Mad Science of Greater Boston join us to teach kids about a difference science topic using interactive activities and experiments. Adults must stay in the building during the program.

No registration is required but due to space limitations attendees must pick up a ticket for this program. Tickets will be available at the Children's Desk starting half an hour before the beginning of each program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library?.

  • Ages 3-5: Superstructures

    Mad Science Preschool for ages 3-5 SuperstructuresThis Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop gives children ages 3-5 insight into the world of architects and engineers. The children will discover the strengths of triangles, cylinders and arches. Then they will embark on an exploration of the rigidity and stability of structures, from the Dixie cup that supports dozens of times its weight, to teetering Jenga towers. Finally, the children will have a chance to apply the knowledge they’ve gained when they attempt to build an “earthquake-proof building” to take home.

  • Ages 6-10: Watts Up

    This Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop introduces children ages 6-10 to the world of electricity. They will observe and learn the basic properties of static electricity in a series of demonstrations that lay the foundation for both an explanation and demonstration of lightning formation. Using our Van de Graaff generator and a few simple materials, the Mad Scientist will demonstrate the ability of an electric field to light up a fluorescent bulb, the process of grounding, and how to make gravity-defying streamers! Each child will take home a static stick to further their exploration of static electricity.

Preschool Discovery

Drop by the Wollaston Branch Library on the second Wednesday of each month with your preschooler any time between 6:00 and 7:00 pm on Wednesday May 13 to do some fun simple science together. Activities, experiments and instructions will be provided for science you can do with your child. This month we will be learning about the ocean. We will be sorting shells, examing sand through a maginfying glass and creating our own waves.

Book Clubs

Cartoon owl holding a stack of books on its back.

Too old for storytime? Join us for a book club! We offer two monthly book clubs for children in grades 3 through 8. Registration is preferred but not required. Please call 617-376-2411 to ask about the upcoming meetings.

The Night Owl Book Club - 3rd and 4th graders

A group of six middle school girls and a librarian, seated and standing around a tableMeets the second Monday of each month. 7:00 p.m.

Each month a new title is selected and made available at the Main Library Children's Room. Children read the book and then discuss it together.  Monday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Book: Say What by Margaret Haddix

The Phoenix Book Club - 5th through 8th graders

Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Each month a new theme or genre is selected. Children choose their own books from a prepared list and share their thoughts on the book they read and the theme or genre. In the summer specific titles are discussed.

Tuesday, May 12

Theme: Oversize Books

Cartoon phoenixThe Oversize collection is a group of books that are too tall to fit comfortably on our regular shelves so we need to put them in a special collection with extra tall shelves. Because they aren’t with the rest of the fiction collection they get over looked. Take some time this month to look through this collection for something you may never have noticed before.

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