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July 2015
Volume 12, Number 7

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New Museum Pass: Harvard Art Museums

Located on the edge of Harvard Yard at 32 Quincy St., the Harvard Art Museums include the collections of three museums—the Fogg Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, and Busch-Reisinger Museum—under one roof for the first time. The world-class collection includes over 250,000 objects in all mediums spanning all continents and ranging from ancient to contemporary.

The museum is open daily from 10-5 and is closed on major holidays. There is a small café and museum shop on site. (Library pass holders do not receive discounts in the shop or café or on ticketed events or programs.)

Borrow the Harvard Art Museum pass with your library card and receive free admission for two adults. Admission is always free for youth 18 and under. Pass brought to you by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

New: Learn with lynda!

Starting on July 1, 2015, we are offering a very wide range of free online learning opportunities. Use your Quincy library card to explore over 3,500 video courses, including:lynda.com logo

  • Art, graphic design, and music classes, teaching everything from 3D animation to engineering sound to the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and more)
  • Help with computer programs, including videos on how to use Microsoft Office
  • Courses that can help you in your career—everything from public speaking to marketing to dealing with workplace issues
  • Computer programming, IT management (Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X), and web design
  • Photography and video… just to name a few.

This is all made possible through our partnership with lynda.com. Start learning here.

New: Commonwealth eBook Collections

Commonwealth eBook Collection logoTo meet the growing statewide demand for eBooks, Massachusetts libraries are now offering a new resource called the Commonwealth eBook Collections. The Collections include popular fiction and non-fiction books; historical documents, images and video; and resources for academic and lifelong learning. We are partnering with three different vendors to provide content—Baker & Taylor, EBL and BiblioBoard—and you can download an app for each vendor.

Explore the Collections today at eBooks.mass.libsystem.org. Anyone may search the Collections to see what's available but you will need your library card number and PIN to access materials. Some titles will also appear the Old Colony Library Network catalog.

If you have any questions about the how to use the Commonwealth eBook Collections, please contact us at quref@ocln.org or 617-376-1316. We'll be happy to help you navigate this exciting new digital resource!

More eBooks

There are lots of good reasons to read eBooks and there are lots of ways to do it - which can be a little confusing. Our eBooks page lays out your free options, and we're always here to help if you have any questions. Look for what you can Read NOW - since you can borrow eBooks any time of day - the web never sleeps!

We recently added a brand new feature for many of our eBooks. When you search our catalog, log in before doing your search to make sure you include electronic titles we purchase specially for you. Many of the eBooks you find now will have a "download" button if they are available for immediate access. Click the button, choose your desired format, and you'll be reading in no time!

If you've been using eBooks for a while, check out the new content from hoopla. Like everything else from hoopla, there are no lines - everything is immediately available. eBooks and comics (including DC and Vertigo) were just added to their catalog.

Introducing the Commonwealth Catalog...

didn't find it card catalog...formerly known as the Massachusetts Virtual Catalog. This awesome resource provides access to millions of physical items (print books, music CDs, DVDs, etc.) held by public and academic libraries across Massachusetts.

Can't find what you're looking for in our local Old Colony Library Network catalog? Search the Commonwealth Catalog online, place a request, and have the item you want delivered to the Quincy (or other OCLN) library of your choice for quick pickup. It's that easy!

If you have ever used the Massachusetts Virtual Catalog, you will find that this new and improved version is much easier to use. If you've never explored this resource before, now is the time! Learn more here.

Of course, if you still can't find what you want, submit a purchase request with this easy form and we'll consider purchasing the item for the Thomas Crane Library collection.

New Music Fridays

new albums available with hooplaStarting July 10, new music will be released every Friday! Check back every week to see what is new. We have it available for you, for free, as soon as you could get it anywhere else. We highlight new releases in our staff picks blog (like this recent post) and you can see what hoopla highlights on this page. Some recent releases we think you may especially like include:

  • Still (Deluxe Edition) by Richard Thompson
    The British folk-rock icon went into the studio with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
  • Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
    After nearly three decades of marriage, this professional couple delivers a beautiful debut album of Americana tunes.
  • Ravel : Daphnis & Chloé, La Valse conducted by Philippe Jordan
    Philippe Jordan and the Orchestra and Choirs of the Paris National Opera present Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé and La valse in sumptuous sound.
  • Before This World by James Taylor
    After a 13-year hiatus, the singer/songwriter begins to write originals again with this relaxed record.

Local Film: The Bostonian

Bostonian movie posterJoin the director and select members of the cast and crew for a showing of the locally created thriller The Bostonian at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7. A question and answer session with the director and select cast members will be held after the film.

Marshal is a handsome successful career man who drives a luxury sports car, lives in the best part of the city, eats at the finest restaurants, drinks the rarest whiskeys, collects the priciest art...and is a serial killer the media has dubbed the "Bostonian," stalking Beantown for over two years. On his last outing Marshal made mistakes, one of which was leaving a witness to his crime. Det. Sean Burke, Marshal's best friend, mentions that police are closing in on the unknown killer, a piece of information that brings Marshal's fragile psyche crashing down and latent memories of his mother's verbal and sexual abuse flood his mind. Meanwhile a would be lover figures out what Marshal really is as he goes on a warpath to secure all loose ends.

Written and directed by Michael J. Demasi. Starring Paul Held, Jami Tennille, and Greg Shea. 108 minutes. Not rated but "would be R if rated by the MPAA". Michael and Paul recently stopped by the QATV studio to tell us more:

Independent Film: Following the Ninth - In The Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony

following the ninth posterIn July we have not just one exclusive independent movie showing, but get this - two! On Monday, July 13, at 7:00 p.m. we will show a film that the New York Times has called “thrilling, smartly assembled and gracefully paced” and that has received rave reviews from NPR, Bill Moyers, the Village Voice, the Chicago Sun Times, and many others. A couple weeks ago we learned that the director would be coming east from his home in California for a special showing in New Hampshire. We contacted him and aranged for him to come to Quincy, share his film with us, and stay for a question and answer session afterward. This documentary film takes us across five continents and into the heart and soul of one of the world’s greatest works of art.

Completely deaf and adrift from the people he loved, Beethoven composed his Ninth Symphony as an act of transcendence near the end of his life, in 1824. Looking into his own abyss, Beethoven wrote the timeless Ode to Joy for himself, for the people of his day, and for all generations to come.

Today, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony resonates still as the international anthem of hope. This movie captures the power and beauty of Beethoven’s grand and world-transforming work, touching the lives of people around the world for nearly 200 years. from Tiananmen Square to Chile, from London to Tokyo to Cape Town and beyond. Following the Ninth is a cinematic celebration of the most profound musical testament to tolerance, peace and connection across all borders the world has shared for centuries. Watch the theatrical trailer:

Romantic Outlaws and Frankenstein

Romantic Outlaws book coverRomantic outlaws - who doesn’t love them? Come to the library on Tuesday, July 14, at 7:00 p.m. to learn about the extraordinary lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley. You likely know Shelley as the author, of course, of Frankenstein. Wollstonecraft died 10 days after the birth of her daughter, so they never knew each other, but Mary Shelley was raised to know of her mother's beliefs and her later life closely reflected her mother's.

Brave, passionate, and visionary, Wollstonecraft and Shelley broke almost every rule there was to break. They had scandalous love affairs, bore children out of wedlock and chose to live in exile outside their native country. Each in her own time fought against the injustices women faced and wrote books that changed literary history. We will learn about these two from the expert Charlotte Gordon, whose recently published book on this subject has been selected as a New York Times editors' pick and selected by the London Times as book of the week. Charlotte recently stopped by the QATV studio to tell us more:

Safe Cycling Workshop

Quincycles logoAre you interested in riding your bike for transportation but need a boost in confidence? Do you want to use the bike racks at the library but can’t see yourself riding here? We are partnering with local community cycling advocacy group Quincycles to help. On Saturday, July 25, at 2:00 p.m. veteran cyclists Irene Lutts and Kevin Gillespie will offer insights and tips that can help you stay safe and have more fun when you ride. This workshop will also include some skills practice outside so be sure to bring your bike! Since this program includes riding practice, which will be conducted outdoors, Saturday, August 1 is the backup date in case of inclement weather on the 25.

Summer Concerts on the Lawn

Ahhh - July: time to break out the picnic blankets, lawn chairs and bug spray and get ready to hear some great music on the library lawn! Every Thursday evening in July starting on the ninth we have some fabulous musicians coming to perform for us - starting each week at 7:00 p.m.. Here's the lineup. Learn more on our concerts web page:

  • Lenny SolomonJuly 9: The Lenny Solomon Band
    A seasoned singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Lenny Solomon's style has been compared to early Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Lenny stopped by the QATV studio to give us an idea of what to expect:
  • 4EverFab logoJuly 16: 4EverFab
    New England's premier Beatles tribute band. Returns for what promises to be a highlight of the summer!
  • July 23: Sweet Wednesday
    Sweet WednesdayAn award-winning band, performing original songs about topics as diverse as a disaster ridden day in New York City, long distance friendships, and ghosts along the historic old highway 66. Heartfelt and beautiful vocals, harmonies, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and banjo combine to take you traveling across uncharted waters, to places and people you never dreamed of meeting, but whom you will never forget.
  • Howie and JackieJuly 30: Howie Newman and Jackie Damsky
    Howie Newman and Jackie Damsky play funny original songs as well as well-known covers. Their lively show features great musicianship and tight harmonies. Howie has opened for Tom Paxton, Vance Gilbert, Brewer & Shipley, Pure Prairie League, Bill Staines, Lui Collins, Don White, Modern Man and many others.  Originally trained as a classical violinist, Jackie has developed a unique improvisational style over a range of genres including jazz, folk, blues, acoustic rock and popular music and has backed many notable performers, including Rod MacDonald, Catie Curtis, Michelle Shocked, Don White and Christine Lavin.  Learn more at their website.
  • Andy and Judy on the tracksAugust 6: Andy and Judy Daigle
    Andy and Judy Daigle have been playing and singing "folk with a country flavor" together since 2009.  Their musical interests range from “old-timey” traditional songs right through the folk music stalwarts such as John Prine, Bob Dylan, Ian and Sylvia, and Townes Van Zandt. They effectively use the guitar and mandolin to set the mood and character of each song, seamlessly presented with beautiful harmonies.  Learn more at their website.

Just for Teens

July is the beginning of an awesome series of summer reading programs for teens this month at the library. In addition to a reading contest with cool prizes (check out this page or visit the library to find out more) there are lots of things happening at the library for teens only! Snacks and support are provided by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

  • Monday, July 6 at 3:00 p.m.: Snack Attack!
    Craving an afternoon snack? Stop in and kick off our SummerReading program with some quick and easy snacks.
  • Thursday, July 9 at 3:00 p.m.: Minute-to-Win-It
    Try this villainous twist on the popular TV game show.
  • Friday, July 10 at 3:00 p.m.: Thor Interactive Movie
    This interactive showing of Thor will have you jumping out of your seat and yelling at the screen.
  • Wednesday, July 15 at 3:00 p.m.: Spy Training
    Here lies your mission should you choose to accept it. Attend to try our spy training course and see if your have what it takes to complete the mission.
  • Tuesday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m.: Heroes vs Villains
    Batman or the Joker, Spiderman or Vulture, Thor or Loki? Come celebrate your favorite superhero or villain.
  • Thursday, July 30 at 3:00 p.m.: Random Fandom - SuperWhoLock
    Celebrate this popular Fandom with the interactive fun program.

All teens are welcome to come to all these events.

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night

Drop by the Main Library on Monday, July 27, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a free acoustic open mic night and share your talent with a friendly audience. Do you have a song to sing? A joke you want to try on fresh ears? Some poetry that is crying to be spoken aloud to an appreciative audience? Come to our acoustic Open Mic night and share your talent with other friendly, supportive artists. Play something original or bring your best cover, read 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. Sign up in person starting at 6:15 or just come to enjoy this great monthly mix of local performances which starts at 6:30.

Thursday Movies

Grab some food and drink in the café and then join us almost every Thursday afternoon in July for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Thought we would take a break because of the concerts every Thursday night? No way! The matinee showings have been drawing a good crowd so we will continue with movies every Thursday (except for July 23).

July 2 @1:00 p.m.: Fury

movie stillApril, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
"Fury is literally visceral— a kind of war horror film, which is, of course, what good combat films should be." - The New Yorker
Directed by David Ayer. Starring Brad Pitt, Brad William Henke, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, and Shia LaBeouf. Theatrically released in 2014. 134 Minutes; Rated R for strong sequences of war violence, some grisly images, and language throughout.

July 9 @1:00 p.m.: Focus

movie stillNicky (Will Smith) is a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame—now an accomplished femme fatale—shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop…and the consummate con man off his game.
"This is just sheer, escapist entertainment from start to finish." - Chicago Sun-Times
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Starring Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, and Will Smith. Theatrically released in 2015. 105 Minutes; Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violence.

July 16 @1:00 p.m.: '71

movie still’71 takes place over a single night in the life of a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, he must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape.
"Yann Demange’s ’71, with an astonishing performance by Jack O’Connell, is big-screen storytelling stripped to its dramatic and visual essentials, and the result is nothing less than shattering." - Wall Street Journal
Directed by Yann Demange. Starring Charlie Murphy, Jack O'Connell, Paul Anderson, Paul Popplewell, Sam Hazeldine, Sam Reid, and Sean Harris. Theatrically released in 2015. 99 Minutes; Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and language throughout.

July 30 @1:00 p.m.: The Friends of Eddie Coyle

movie stillCelebrate Quincy! Based on the best-selling novel by George V. Higgins, The Friends of Eddie Coyle chronicles the last days of a weary Quincy-based weapons dealer. Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum) doesn't want to serve a life sentence in prison, so he becomes an informant for both the police and the treasury department. Coyle is likewise unwilling to give up his lifestyle, thus he continues his illegal gun-running operation for the underworld. The mob becomes aware that Eddie is squealing to the cops, so they send his best friend, Dillon (Peter Boyle), to rub him out. Dillon compassionately takes Eddie out on the town, treating him to dinner and a hockey game...then drives to a deserted field to carry out his orders. Eddie Coyle's home is on Fayette Street in Wollaston and several other parts of the film were filmed here.
"“The Friends of Eddie Coyle” works so well because Eddie is played by Robert Mitchum, and Mitchum has perhaps never been better." - Roger Ebert
Directed by Peter Yates. Starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Steven Keats, Alex Rocco, and Joe Santos. Theatrically released in 1973. 102 Minutes; Rated R

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.

July Book Discussions

All our book discussions are open to all readers and no advance registration is required. New participants are always welcome. To see a list of upcoming book club meeting dates and book titles, check out our Book Clubs page. Copies of current titles are available for pickup at the Main Library checkout desk.

book coverWorld Literature Book Club

This discussion group meets one Friday per month at 10:00 a.m. and focuses on world literature. On Friday, July 10, we will discuss Lucky Us by Amy Bloom. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.
Booked for Lunch

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 Friday of each month. The next meeting will be on Friday, July 10, 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!

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 July Programs Just for Kids

Every Hero has a storyEverything kicks into high gear at the library come summer time! Learn all about it on the special summer fun website where you can learn all about summer events, summer reading, and summer fun online.

There is something happening for kids and families every week day from July first through tht end of August! Julie and Amanda stopped by the QATV studio to give us some highlights:

On July 29 at 2:00 p.m. magician Mike Bent will be stopping by the Adams Shore branch and he stopped by the QATV studio to give us a sample of what to expect:


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