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April 2015
Volume 12, Number 4

Library Hours
New Members Join Board of Library Trustees
2014 Report to the Community
You're Invited to The Chair Affair
Beyond the Wicked Stepmother Reading & Discussion Series
Beyond the Wicked Stepmother Movie Series
Discover Historic New England: A Local Child Psychopath
The Struggle for Reform in Massachusetts Lecture & Discussion Series
English Conversation Groups
Just For Teens
Concerts @the Crane
Job Fair
How to be Great at Doing Good
Solarize Quincy
Weekly Device Advice
Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night
Thursday Night Feature Films
Wednesday Matinees at North Quincy
Cooking with Books: Breakfast
Book Discussions
On Exhibit: A Tale of Two Cities by Isabel C. Shamitz
Know What's New
Download the TCPL App
Special Programs for Kids

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Library Hours

All Quincy libraries will be closed all day on Easter Sunday, April 5. They will also be closed on Monday, April 20, for Patriot's Day.

New Members Join Board of Library Trustees

Mayor Thomas P. Koch recently appointed local residents Corinne Mitchell and May Mayyasi to the Board of Trustees of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Previously serving trustees Janet DiTullio, Mary Reed, William Griffin and Tina Cahill were also appointed to the Board. Trustees are appointed annually by the mayor for a term of one year.

Corinne MitchellCorinne Mitchell and her late husband Bill were born and raised in Quincy. They have two adult children, both of whom call Quincy their hometown. "My love of reading was nurtured at the Thomas Crane Library in North Quincy”, said Ms. Mitchell. “I am delighted to serve on the board and make a contribution to the wonderful community resource that has given so much to me and my family.” Ms. Mitchell was an English teacher in the Quincy Public Schools from 1971 until her retirement in 2006.

May MayyasiMay Mayyasi and her husband, Al, moved to Quincy eight years ago to help their daughter care for her baby while she completed her Ph.D. at Boston University. “The library was our first stop and guide”, and has become a frequent destination with their grandchildren, said Ms. Mayyasi. “The beautiful city of Quincy and its rich history and culture made it easy for us to decide to settle here. My appointment to the Board of Trustees will give me the chance to share the intellectual wealth this library has to offer and the opportunity to give back to the community we love.” Ms. Mayyasi has master’s degrees in Fine Arts and Social Science and many years of professional and volunteer experience in community development and support.

The Board of Trustees usually meets monthly at the Main Library and meeting minutes are posted on the library’s website at To send a message to the Board, please email

2014 Report to the Community

2014 Annual ReportDisover - Imagine - Learn - Visit - Connect! The Thomas Crane Public Library is a comfortable and welcoming place to visit, where young children can discover the joy of reading and people of all ages can satisfy their curiosity, stimulate their imagination, and connect to the online world. Read the recently published 2014 Report to the Community to learn how we are doing in our progress to fulfill this mission.

You're Invited to The Chair Affair

Reserve your seat at the Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation's first fundraiser on behalf of your library. The Chair Affair cocktail reception on Friday, May 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. will raise money to purchase 100 new chairs for the Main Library adult areas. You're invited to attend the event, donate money for a chair (and get a donor plate on the back), or just make a donation to the Foundation to help assure that the library remains a comfortable place to visit. Please visit the Foundation's website for ticket and sponsorship information.

Why does the library need new chairs? Unfortunately, the wood, metal & fabric chairs that our adult patrons have been pulling up to tables and study carrels since the 2001 opening of the new addition have proven no match for the intensive use they have endured. Despite frequent repairing, many have had to be taken out of service and many others are on their last legs.

Last fall, we asked you to test out and vote for your favorite of three wooden Windsor-style chairs and those who participated overwhelmingly selected the beautiful, comfortable AND sturdy Colt lowback chair manufactured by O&G Studio in Warren, Rhode Island. This small New England company specializes in designs that synthesize "memory and invention" or, classic motifs with modern designs. Their 21st century version of the traditional Windsor chair is perfectly suited for the Main Library's new addition, which was conceived to blend old and new architectural ideas.

Like the all-wooden traditional Windsor chairs that were made for the 1939 Coletti addition of the library (and still in active use in both the Coletti and Richardson buildings, after being completely restored and refinished in 2000), we expect that our new Colt chairs will stand the test of time and still be in use another 75 years from today!

Beyond the Wicked Stepmother Reading & Discussion Series

Rediscover the classic Grimm fairy tales from an adult perspective with Wheaton College professor Laura Bohn in the final two parts of this four-part reading & discussion series. Discussion sessions will be held on Wednesday, April 8 and 22 at 7:00 p.m., with related films being screened on the alternating Wednesday evenings (April 1 and 15. Even if you missed the first two sessions, please feel free to join us for the April sessions. No registration is required.

Pick up a copy of the accompanying book, “The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm,” translated by Jack Zipes, at the Main Library checkout desk. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

  • April 8: The Shoe Doesn’t Fit: Modern Challenges to the Tales
    Explore work from artists who have changed the tales to reflect (desired) changes in society, including communist and feminist ideals.
  • April 22: Into the Woods: The Grimm Tales Today
    Join in a fun, creative exercise and final discussion around fairy tales today: why are the Grimm tales still so magical?

Quincy resident Laura Bohn, Ph.D., has been a member of the German Department at Wheaton College in Norton, MA since 2009. She is an engaging and thoughtful educator who has taught courses on everything from fairy tales to Franz Kafka, as well as German language. She wrote her dissertation on changing German identities and Eastern European influences on German literature.

Beyond the Wicked Stepmother Movie Series

  • April 1 @6:45 p.m.: Pretty Woman
    Pretty WomanA wealthy businessman and ruthless corporate raider accidentally meets a beautiful Hollywood hooker and ends up hiring her as an escort for some social events. This contemporary romantic comedy version of the classic Cinderella story stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts as the unlikely "prince" and poor working girl who fall in love. The movie was a huge box office hit in 1990, and garnered a Golden Globe award and a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Julia Roberts.
  • April 15 @7:00 p.m.: Enchanted
    EnchantedA classic fairy tale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a princess from the land of Andalasia who is thrust into the heart of the city by an evil queen. Soon after her arrival, Princess Giselle begins to change her views on life and love after meeting a handsome lawyer. Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world? Another Walt Disney re-imagining of a classic fairy tale, this one combines live action with traditional animation and computer-generated imagery, with new songs that pay homage to songs from older Disney movies like Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The movie received three nominations for Best Original Song Oscars, and received three Saturn awards, including Best Actress for Amy Adams.

Discover Historic New England: A Local Child Psychopath

Jessie PomeroyIn the early 1870s, local children began disappearing from the working class neighborhoods of Boston. Several returned home bloody and bruised after being tortured, while others never came back. With the city on edge, authorities believe the abductions are the handiwork of a psychopath, until they discover that their killer—fourteen-year-old Jesse Pomeroy—is barely older than his victims.

Come to the library on Tuesday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. and learn about this riveting tale of gruesome murder and depravity, the investigation that followed, and the local environment from which it all sprang - a great American city divided by class—a chasm widened in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1872.

Roseanne Montillo, author of the recently published The Wilderness of Ruin, a work of historic non-fiction based on these subjects is presenting this program about the case that reverberated through all of Boston society to help us understand our modern hunger for the prurient and sensational. She is an instructor for Emerson College, in Boston, from where she also received her MFA and BFA. Her first book, The Lady and Her Monsters was published in 2013, and subsequently optioned for a movie.

The Struggle for Reform in Massachusetts: Lecture & Discussion Series

Since its founding in the 17th Century, Massachusetts has had a vision of itself as a place of bold ideals, a "city on a hill" that should serve as an example for others. It is not surprising that many of America's chief crusades for reform have been represented here.

Join Professor Dan Breen for the second half of this six-part lecture and discussion series focusing on a few of those crusades and their fortunes--for better or worse--in Massachusetts. Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning at 7:00 p.m. Come to one, some or all sessions. No registration is required.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library in memory of Abe Cohen, a lifelong fighter for justice and a dear Friend.

  • April 14: Sacco and Vanzetti: Anarchism and Due Process in Dedham
    With the controversial convictions of two Italian anarchists in 1921, Massachusetts became the center of a nationwide debate on civil liberties. The debate continues today, as we struggle to define what process is "due" in criminal justice proceedings.
  • April 21: Busing in Boston: A City Divided
    Forty years later, tempers still flare over the court-ordered busing to achieve racial balance in the Boston public schools. What does that story have to tell us about the nature--and limits--of reform?
  • April 28: Same-Sex Marriage: The Goodridge Case Sparks a Marriage Revolution
    In 2003, Massachusetts becomes the first state to guarantee marriage equality regardless of sexual orientation. We will take a look at the case that made it happen, and ask the same question we asked in regard to the Walker case--why did it happen here first?

Dr. Breen teaches history at Newbury College and legal studies at Brandeis University, and has presented numerous lively and thought-provoking lectures and discussion series at the Crane library and other public libraries in Massachusetts.

English Conversation Groups at the Library

Practice your English! This spring ESL conversations groups will meet regularly at the Main Library, the YMCA, and the Germantown Community Center. To sign up please come to one of our Student Registrations in April on the ground floor near the cafe.

  • Saturday, April 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Tuesday, April 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 14, from 6:00 to 8:00pm

You can see the spring class schedule when you register. Make new friends. Feel more confident. Communicate more easily. Talk Time is a free conversation group program for adults. For more information, call 617-376-3295, email, or visit the office any Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m..

Just for Teens

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

  • Human Battleship
    You sunk my battleship! In this all out strategic war, teens work together to find and sink each other's battleship in our lifesize version of this popular board game. Tuesday, April 7 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Book Discussion: Anna and the French Kiss
    Come talk about this light teen romance that does NOT feature a triangle between two girls and a guy! Wednesday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Random Fandom: Leonardo DiCaprio
    He was robbed of five Oscar awards and wasn't even nominated for many others. Join in as we celebrate all things Leonardo DiCaprio. Snacks will be provided on Thursday, April 16 at 3:00 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.

Concerts @the Crane

Come welcome the arrival of spring with our annual winter/spring Concerts @the Crane. Held in the atrium or the historic Richardson room, depending upon the type of performance on select Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

  • Sunday, April 12: Songs of Pete SeegerPhil Rosenthal
    Former Connecticut State Troubadour Phil Rosenthal performs music by Pete Seeger. Seeger (1919-2014), changed the landscape of American music. Singer and songwriter Phil Rosenthal celebrates this folk icon with renditions of Seeger's best-loved songs. Rosenthal is an internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter, having played with Emmylou Harris, Jerry Douglas, Bill Monroe, among others. Many have recorded his compositions, including Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, and Nick Cave. Billboard Magazine has called him, "a roots master musician". The Washington Post described him as "one of the most expressive singers in traditional country music".
  • Sunday, April 26: Quincy Symphony Orchestra Ensembles
    TITLEMembers of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra will present two ensembles in concert. A string quartet will perform Joseph Haydn's String Quartet in C Major Op. 76 No. 3 "Kaiser". A woodwind trio will perform selections from Mozart's Five Divertimentos K.Anh. 229 and possibly some Beethoven. 

Job Fair

Wednesday, April 22, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Find out about job openings and meet potential employers. Dress professionally and bring a plenty of resumes! Career Center Members: Bring your ID number.

The following employers have participated in job fairs here in the past. When employers are confirmed they will be added to the online calendar listing until the day of the event, so watch it for updates.

  • ABCD
  • Domino’s
  • Eliot Community Services
  • Express Pros
  • Hannaford
  • Supermarket
  • Labor Ready
  • Road to Responsibility
  • Robert Half
  • US Post Office
  • And more to be announced

Sponsored by the Quincy Career Center.

Learn more in this interview with Ron Iacobucci of the Quincy Career Center:

How to be Great at Doing Good

book coverCome to the library on Saturday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. and learn why results are what count and how smart charity can change the world. Get ready to question everything you have been told about charity, and find out how you can truly succeed at making the world a better place.

BVSMany of us donate to charitable causes, and work or volunteer for non-profit organizations. Yet virtually none of us have been taught what it means to succeed at doing good, let alone how to do so. In short, we ve never been encouraged to treat charity with the seriousness and rigor it deserves. This program will be presented by Nick Cooney, director of education at Mercy for Animals and founder of The Humane League. On April 27 his latest book is being released. Nick is a well respected author and has lectured extensively across the United States and Europe on how to carry out charity effectively. His work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including TIME maagazine, The Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio. This program is cosponsored by the Boston Vegetarian Society.

Solarize Quincy

Solarize Mass QuincyCome to the library on Wednesday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. and learn all about Solarize Quincy, a program that offers discounted solar panels to local residents and business owners. Find out about the financial incentives for installing solar, including cheaper electricity, federal rebates, and the group-purchasing discount that Solarize participants appreciate. The program will also talk about the environmental benefits of solar power, and there will be plenty of time for audience questions.

Speakers will include a representative from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center--a quasi-state agency that, is cosponsoring the program along with the City and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and a representative of SolarFlair, the Ashland-based company that won a competitive bidding process to be exclusive installer for Solarize Quincy. Solar Flair was chosen from among four bidders because of their pricing, local ties, commitment to open an office in Quincy, and their experience as installer for Solarize programs in Newton, Brookline, Carlisle, Chelmsford, and Arlington, where they installed a total of 380 solar systems.

Massachusetts Clean Energy CenterBy June 30, when Solarize Quincy ends, the city hopes to have increased the number of Quincy solar installations by 200, thus, reducing Quincy’s reliance on fossil fuels and its contribution to climate change. “If you have a good site and a newer roof, and you want a lower electric bill, there has never been a better time to go solar in Quincy,” says Rebecca McWilliams, Solarize Quincy's lead organizer. For more information or to sign up to have your house or building assessed, go to http://

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Device Advice

Come by the Main Library any time between 2:00 and 4:00 every Tuesday afternoon and get help using your own mobile devices to access all the Library has to offer. Each week will have a specific focus but all questions are welcome and encouraged. Please bring your phone and/or tablet and knowledge of your personal usernames and passwords. We will meet on the first floor near the new books.

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night

Drop by the Main Library on Monday, April 27, 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 night (and some Thursday afternoons!) in April for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Showtimes vary because of movie length - check below to make sure you don't miss an early start for a longer movie. Now you have your pick of an early afternoon and an evening screening: in response to popular demand we have also added matinee showings for most of the films.

April 2 @1:00 p.m. & 6:45 p.m.: Wild

movie stillNominated for two Oscars for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own.
"In its thrilling disregard for the conventions of commercial cinematic storytelling, Wild reveals what some of us have long suspected: that plot is the enemy of truth, and that images and emotions can carry meaning more effectively than neatly packaged scenes or carefully scripted character arcs." - The New York Times
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Starring Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern, Michiel Huisman, and Reese Witherspoon. Theatrically released in 2014. 115 Minutes; Rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language.

April 9 @1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.: Gone Girl

movie stillThe popular movie based upon the best-selling novel. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
"Surgically precise, grimly funny and entirely mesmerizing over the course of its swift 149-minute running time, this taut yet expansive psychological thriller represents an exceptional pairing of filmmaker and material." - Variety
Directed by David Fincher. Starring Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Rosamund Pike, and Tyler Perry. Theatrically released in 2014. 149 Minutes; Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language.

April 16 @7:00 p.m.: Rafting to Bombay

movie stillWhile filming his father revisiting his childhood city of Mumbai, India, Israeli director Erez Laufer finds himself caught in the worst terror attack in the history of the city. As the drama of the terrorist takeover of Chabad House in Mumbai unfolds, the Laufer family recounts how they found refuge there in the 1940s after fleeing the Nazis. Past and present collide as the family history is echoed in a contemporary war, and a little-known story emerges of the Jewish refugees who found a safe haven in Mumbai during World War II. This special screening, made possible by a partnership with the Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills marks Holocaust Memorial Day / Yom HaShoah.
"Laufer's film reminds the world that the consequences of grave wrong-doing span generations as well as continents, and that single actions can have effects lasting a lifetime." - Ed Vollans - University of East Anglia, School of Film and Television Studies
Directed by Erez Laufer. Theatrically released in 2008. 71 Minutes; English and Hebrew, with subtitles.

April 23 @7:00 p.m.: Dirt! the movie

movie stillIn honor of Earth Day and celebrating the "Year of the Soil" (as declared by the United Nations) we are proud to present this award winning documentary that reminds us that the only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.
A raffle for a compost bin, donated by the Department of Public Works will take place following the movie. John Sullivan, in charge of waste management at DPW, will lead a tour of the DPW yard on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. with a rain date of Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m.
"With the amount of species that live in a teaspoon of dirt, I think it’s very obvious dirt might be more alive than we are." - Gary Vaynerchuck, Host, WineLibrary.TV
Directed by Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow, and Eleonore Dailly. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Logan, and Vandana Shiva. Theatrically released in 2009. 86 Minutes; Not Rated
Presented in partnership with the Quincy Park Department Environmental Treasures program, and the Quincy Department of Public Works

April 30 @1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.: Unbroken

movie stillA chronicle of the life of Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), an Olympic runner who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
"Jolie has an army of craftsmen in her corner, notably camera poet Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men). But it's her vision that gives Unbroken a spirit that soars. In honoring Louis' endurance, she does herself proud." - Rolling Stone
Directed by Angelina Jolie . Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, Garrett Hedlund, Jack O'Connell, Jai Courtney, Luke Treadaway, and Miyavi. Theatrically released in 2014. 137 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief 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.

April 1: Birdman (R)
April 8: Wild (R)
April 15: Whiplash (R)
April 22: Foxcatcher (R)
April 29: Gone Girl (R)

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

Cooking with Books: Breakfast

The Adams Shore Branch invites everyone to come over on Monday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy some tasty food, talk about recipes, and peruse breakfast cookbooks for the April session of the popular Cooking with Books series, which happens on the second Monday of most months. Get ideas for breakfast recipes in some of our books. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

April 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.

book coverBooked for Lunch

World Literature Book Club

This discussion group meets one Friday per month at 10:00 a.m. and focuses on world literature. On Friday, April 10, we will discuss The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.

Booked for Lunch

@Main Library
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 Friday of each month. The next meeting will be on Friday, April 3, 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: A Tale of Two Cities: An artist's exploration of Boston and Quincy by Isabel C. Shamitz

art sampleThroughout the month of April we are proud to present Isabel Shamitz's Tale of Two Cities: An artist's exploration of Boston and Quincy.

"My name is Isabel Shamitz and I am a fine artist and expert in depicting those special moments and events, against the backdrop of the streets, corners and places of interest in and around the Boston, Massachusetts area. My colorful images, which bind families and friends together, capture the present and evoke the sweet memories that inspire us and enrich our lives and feed our souls... And make life worthwhile and worth living."

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!

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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 April Programs Just for Kids

Saturday Fun for Little Ones: Music and Movement with Rubi

Main Library Children's Room
Saturday, March 7, 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 Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, & 30
    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, April 3, 10, & 17
    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 Mondays, April 6, 13, & 27
    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 Tuesdays, April 7, 14, & 28
    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 Tuesdays, April 7, 14, & 28
    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, April 11
    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, April 25
    Ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult

    Join Children's Librarian Cathy DeVeer fora family storytime full of Spring stories about butterflies.
  • Teddy Bear Storytime
    North Quincy Branch
    6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21
    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. This month we'll be reading stories about Ducks. Feel free to wear your comfy jammies, and bring along your favorite bear.

Special April Vacation Week Programs

School's out and there's no better place to be than the library. Join us for the following special programs this week:

  • Music Together Demonstration
    Main Library Community Meeting Room
    10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21
    Ages 0-5 accompanied by an adult

    Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasized and facilitates adult involvement. Music Together classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. This program is designed to showcase the Music Together approach to music classes. Join us for a fun time singing and playing instruments.
  • LEGO Building
    Wollaston Branch
    1-4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21
    1-8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22
    9-4:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 23
    Ages 3 and older

    Drop by the Wollaston branch and get a scoop of LEGO pieces to build with at the library. Build whatever you want, then toss them back for a new scoop. LEGO pieces will be available from opening to fifteen minutes before closing each open day this week. All pieces must be returned before you leave so they'll be available for others later. Please be aware these are regular LEGO, not DUPLO, and are not appropriate for younger children.
  • Camp Frozen Story Concert
    Main Library Community Meeting Room
    10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22
    All Ages

    Join 4th and 5th grade students from Beechwood Knoll School as they perform a concert production of their original play “Camp Frozen”, the tale of a winter weekend gone terribly wrong that includes favorite songs from Frozen. Fairwood Students have been looking forward to winter camp since the beginning of school. But when they arrive, there’s no snow, no heat and everything is frozen. And Cynthia, who just moved up from Florida, refuses to come out her sleeping bag! She is frozen! Her best friend Melanie from kindergarten, is unable to lift her spirits and help her let go of all that is troubling her. The camper’s misery continues when they find out that their chaperone sprained his ankle and their teacher has the flu. They must take care of themselves until the camp director gets back from the hospital and the propane truck arrives with fuel for the stove and heating system.
  • Shipwreck Detectives with Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
    Main Library Community Meeting Room
    10:00-12 noon on Thursday, April 23
    All ages, families welcome

    Did you know there’s a wild ocean place just off the Massachusetts coast? Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 10 miles off the coast of Scituate, is home to an amazing array of wildlife and shipwrecks, some you have to dive deep to explore! Come explore the ocean floor and uncover the maritime secrets just off our shores. Become and ocean archeologist, map a shipwreck, try on SCUBA diving gear, learn about the fish and marine life that inhabit the Sanctuary, or listen to a story. Come for the full session, or stop in and try an activity or listen to a story. Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 842 square miles of ocean, stretching between Cape Ann and Cape Cod offshore of Massachusetts. Renowned for its biological diversity and remarkable productivity, the sanctuary is famous as a whale watching destination and supports a rich assortment of marine life, including marine mammals, seabirds, fishes and marine invertebrates. The sanctuary’s position astride the historic shipping routes and fishing grounds for Massachusetts’ oldest ports also makes it a repository for shipwrecks representing several hundred years of maritime transportation. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Mad Science

Saturday, April 18
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: Slippery Science
    Goop, ooze and slime are three words sure to put a smile on any child’s face! This Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop introduces children ages 3-5 to the world of polymers through hands-on fun, discussion and demonstrations. The children will explore several different polymers; from common Tupperware to our “Mystery Polymer” and ooze that seems to defy gravity. They’ll get to touch, observe and talk about what makes up a polymer, and best of all, each child will make his or her own batch of colorful, ooey-gooey Mad Science Goofy Goop to take home!
  • Ages 6-10: The Science of Art
    Get your left and right brains working together and discover the links between science and art. In this Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop, children ages 6-10 will explore the features that are important to both artists and scientists. They’ll mix and separate colors, uncover art forgeries, and discover that science is an important part of art. They’ll learn about distorted images and even make a distorted image of their own to take home.

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

Meets 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.
A group of six middle school girls and a librarian, seated and standing around a table
Monday, April 13 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, April 14
Theme: Poetry

Cartoon phoenixThis month we will be celebrating National Poetry Month by reading poetry books and novels in verse.

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