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January 2015
Volume 12, Number 1

Holiday Hours
Know What's New
South Shore Children's Museum Pass
Books We Loved in 2014
Discover Historic New England: Salem, 1692-Season of the Witch
Downsizing and De-Cluttering with Style
It's Getting Hot in Here!
Discover Historic New England: Legendary Locals
Musical Notes: Rock & Roll History
Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night
Thursday Night Feature Films
Wednesday Matinees at North Quincy
Cooking with Books: Appetizers
Book Discussions
Literacy Volunteers Needed
Download the TCPL App
Special Programs for Kids

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Holiday Hours

Happy New Year: The library will close at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, December 31, and remain closed all day on Thursday, January 1. The Main Library will be open for our regular hours (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) on Friday, January 2.
Honor Dr. King The library will be closed all day on Monday, January 19, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Know What's New

Ever wonder 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 for our monthly alerts for your favorite genre? New items are being added all the time. Be the first to discover a new favorite!

South Shore Children's Museum Pass

South Shore Children's MuseumThanks to a generous donation from a library patron, we are now able to lend a pass that admits up to two adults and four children (age 1-15) to the South Shore Children's Museum in Hanover. This museum is dedicated to providing fun and creative play, while educating young children about our country's history. Reserve a pass today to and  get access to all the other passes available at the library, from the Adams National Historical Park to the Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Books We Loved in 2014

We read and read and read all year--all genres, for all ages, and audiobooks, too. Here are the books we loved reading the most (some old, some new).

Adult Fiction

Adult Nonfiction

Teen Books

Children's Books

Audiobooks for All Ages

Discover Historic New England: Salem, 1692-Season of the Witch

Gallows Hill and Rory O'BrienThe Salem witch trials of 1692 is one of the most infamous, and least-understood, episodes in American history. Come to the library on Tuesday, January 6, at 7:00 p.m. to learn from licensed Salem tour guide Rory O'Brien, author of the novel Gallows Hill, as he lays out the story of what really happened. He will have copies of his novel available to purchase afterward. Rescheduled from previously scheduled date in October.

Downsizing and De-Cluttering with Style

Do you have too much “stuff”? Make 2015 the year you keep your New Year's resolution to downsize or de-clutter. Come to the library on Wednesday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m. to learn tips from an interior decorator on how to live with less but still live in style. Learn what to keep, toss or donate as well as strategies for maintaining a clutter-free home. Discover ideas on furniture scale, creative storage solutions, making small rooms seem larger, and much more. This seminar will be taught by Barbara Graceffa, CEO of the Quincy-based interior decorating company, Secretary of the Interior. She has been teaching decorating seminars for many years and currently writes a Q/A column for the Quincy Sun.

It's Getting Hot in Here! Is it just the weather or is the climate really changing?

In 2010, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that 97% of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities.* What do scientists know about climate change that the rest of us don't? Come to the library on Tuesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. to learn about climate change and how it is affecting the Northeastern US from a Massachusetts expert, Dr. Stephen Young. Dr. Young is a professor of remote sensing and environmental sustainability in the Geography Department at Salem State University in Salem Massachusetts, USA. His recent research centers on nature conservation in China and environmental change in the Northeastern US. Sponsored by the Quincy Climate Action Network.
*W. R. L. Anderegg, “Expert Credibility in Climate Change,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Vol. 107 No. 27, 12107-12109 (21 June 2010)

Discover Historic New England: Legendary Locals

Legendary Locals of QuincyFrom presidents and patriots, to locals engaged in service both heartwarming and heartbreaking, Quincy has been a place where names endure. Adams, Hancock, Bernazzani,  Ruth Gordon and Bill Dana, the Dropkick Murphys, Mike “The Winger” Zadrozny, Richard Koch, Fr. William McCarthy, Dunkin’ Donuts and Howard Johnson. These legendary names—individuals both towering and humble—made Quincy a uniquely American city and kept it that way. Come to the library on Tuesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. and re-visit familiar local legends and learn stories about our city's fabulous history with journalist Jack Encarnacao. Jack has covered Quincy, its characters, and its history for years at the city’s institutional daily newspaper, the Patriot Ledger. Copies of his recently published book, Legendary Locals of Quincy, will be available for purchase.

Musical Notes: Rock & Roll History

Quincy's favorite musical professor, Del Case, brings a four-part series on popular music to the library this winter on consecutive Tuesday nights, starting on January 27 at 7:00 with the birth of rock'n'roll. The following programs will bring:

  • February 3Rock in the 60s: The Stones, and Beatles, and the Dead
  • February 10: Forty Years of Rock: progressive, alternative, indie, and metal
  • February 17: Soul, Funk, and Hip-Hop: 1965 to today

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night

Drop by the Main Library on Monday, January 26, 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 in January (except New Year's Day, of course!) 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. Check out the previews and then see when they are screening:

January 8 @6:30 p.m.: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

movie stillA growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
"More than a bunch of occasionally thrilling action sequences, emotional gut punches and throwaway jokes arranged in predictable sequence. (Dawn) is technically impressive and viscerally exciting, for sure, but it also gives you a lot to think, and even to care, about." - The New York Times
Directed by Matt Reeves. Starring Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Judy Greer, Keri Russell, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Theatrically released in 2014. 130 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language.

January 15 @6:30 p.m.: The Equalizer

movie stillMcCall (Denzel Washington) is a former black ops commando who faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
"The Equalizer features some gruesomely creative violence, but it’s equally memorable for the small, gritty moments set in that diner, or on the rough-and-tumble streets of Boston. " - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Directed by Antoine Fuqua. Starring Bill Pullman, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chloe Moretz, David Harbour, Denzel Washington, Haley Bennett, Marton Csokas, and Melissa Leo. Theatrically released in 2014. 131 Minutes; Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout, including some sexual references.

January 22 @7:00 p.m.: Love is Strange

movie stillBen (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) take advantage of New York's new marriage laws and tie the knot after being together for 39 years. Unfortunately, the Catholic school where George teaches does not approve, and they reluctantly fire him, forcing the couple to split up and stay with friends while they sell their apartment and look for cheaper housing. George crashes with two gay police officers, while Ben, who's a painter, bunks with his nephew's family in Brooklyn—a temporary situation that weighs heavily on all involved.
"One of those lovely little movies that starts out being about a handful of people and
ends up being about all of us."
- Boston Globe
"By the time the movie is over, you feel as if the people in it were friends you know well enough to tire of, and to miss terribly when they go away." - New York Times
Directed by Ira Sachs. Starring Alfred Molina, Charlie Tahan, Darren E. Burrows, John Lithgow, Marisa and Tomei. Theatrically released in 2014. 94 Minutes; Rated R for language.

January 29 @7:00 p.m.: The Drop

movie stillIn the underworld of Brooklyn bars, "money drops" are used to funnel cash to local gangsters. When a robbery at the bar of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) goes awry, bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) finds himself entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living—no matter the cost.
"Like Gandolfini, the deep Brooklyn of The Drop is formidable, bona fide and memorable." - New York Daily News
"Mr. Hardy's Brooklyn accent is not only flawless — a Londoner by birth, he's a vocal chameleon who played a Welshman in "Locke" — but tinged, I do believe, with a blithe, spot-on tribute to a blue-collar guy from another borough, Ernest Borgnine's immortal Marty. Here's a far-from-minor performance by a major star in the making." - Wall Street Journal
Directed by Michael R. Roskam. Starring James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, and Tom Hardy. Theatrically released in 2014. 106 Minutes; Rated R for some strong violence and pervasive language..

Wednesday Matinees @North Quincy

Drop in for an afternoon movie at the North Quincy Branch, every Wednesday starting at 2:00 p.m.

January 7: Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)
January 14: The Hundred Foot Journey (PG)
January 21: The Equalizer (R)
January 28: South Pacific (not rated)

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

Cooking with Books: Appetizers

The Adams Shore Branch invites everyone to come by on Monday, January 12, at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy some tasty food, talk about recipes, and peruse cookbooks about appetizers for the January session of the popular Cooking with Books series, which happens on the second Monday of most months. Get ideas for appetizer recipes in some of our books.

January 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, January 9, we will discuss Scenes From Village Life by Amos Oz. 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, January 2, 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!

Literacy Volunteers Needed

Would you like to help an adult learn to read? Consider becoming a volunteer literacy tutor. Come to one of the upcoming Literacy Volunteer Orientations: Wednesday, January 14th , 10 a.m. to 12:00 or Monday, January 26th, 10 a.m. to 12:00.

LVM-Quincy provides free, one-on-one tutoring in basic reading and writing to adults on the South Shore. Come to this orientation session and find out if the program is compatible with your skills and interests and whether you want to make this volunteer commitment.

To register for the orientation, call 617-376-1314. For more details and an online application form, visit

Learn more about the library's literacy program in this interview filmed for QATV:

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Special January Programs Just for Kids

Mother Goose & Little Bo-Peep

Join children's librarians Jane Miller and Gail Columbare on Saturday, January 3 at 10:00 a.m. as they present Mother Goose and Little Bo-Peep: a Nursery Rhyme and Song Extravaganza. This is a fun-filled program of stories and songs for children ages 4 months to 3 years old accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Space is limited to the first 125 people; when we reach the capacity of the meeting room we will close the doors.

Snow Party

Children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult are invited to the Main Library on Friday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate SNOW! Join Children's Librarian Cathy deVeer for stories, songs and games, all about having fun in the winter. No registration is required.

Preschool Block Party

block partyCome on in Monday, January 12 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for a morning of building at the main library! Drop in any time between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. and build towers, castles, bridges and more. Use big blocks or small blocks, wood or foam. Work together and see just how tall you can go! No registration required - appropriate for ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult.

Register for Winter Story Times


The Winter session of weekday storytimes for children ages 4 months through 5 years old begins on Tuesday, January 20. The library offers several programs by age. Stop by the library or check our storytimes webpage for details.

Due to overcrowding advance registration is required for Mother Goose on the Loose and Just for Twos storytimes. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday January 20. Register online, by phone at 617-376-2411 or in person in the Main Library Children’s Room. Registration is limited to Quincy residents. Children must be of age by the first meeting and each child may only be registered for one program.

  • Just for Twos (ages 24-35 months) will meet on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. on February 2, 9, 23 and March 2 and 9
  • Tuesday Mother Goose on the Loose (ages 12-23 months) will meet on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. on February 3, 10, 24 and March 3 and 10
  • Just for Twos (ages 24-35 months) will meet on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. on February 4, 11, 25 and March 4 and 11
  • Thursday Mother Goose on the Loose (ages 12-23 months) will meet on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. on February 5, 12, 26 and March 5 and 12
Explorers Clubs

Registration also begins on Tuesday January 20 for the following after-school programs at the Wollaston Branch Library (41 Beale Street):

  • Junior Explorers for ages 3 - 5 on Mondays, February 2, 9, 23 and March 2 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Explorers Club for ages 6-8 on Wednesdays, February 4, 11, 25 and March 11 at 3:00 p.m.

Register online, by phone at 617-376-1330 or in person at the Wollaston Branc. Registration is limited to Quincy residents.

Toddler Drive-In

toddler drive-inCalling all toddlers - join us in the large meeting room at the Main Library on Wednesday, January 21 at 10:00 a.m. to make your own cardboard carton car then rev up your engines for a trip to the drive in where we will sit in our new cars and watch a short video. This program is for 2 and 3 year olds accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Playtime for Little Ones

Put on your dancing shoes and get your singing voice in tune for an hour of playtime with your tots on Tuesday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m.. Join Mrs. Miller for an hour of fun full of bell and balls, scarves and rhythm sticks and, of course bubbles. So come on in out of the cold for a play date full of music and fun. This program is for children ages 0-2 accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.



Saturday Storytime

Children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult are invited to come join Children’s Librarian Julie Rines for a family storytime full of stories, songs, rhymes and more on Saturday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m.. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Teddy Bear Storytime @North Quincy

Join Children's librarian Cathy deVeer and Quinn Z. Bear at the North Quincy Branch Library (381 Hancock Street) on Tuesday, January 27, at 6:30 p.m. for stories and songs for children ages 2-5 at this new evening storytime. No registration required.  Feel free to bring along your own teddy bear or other stuffed friend to join the fun.

Preschool Storytime

Friday, January 30 at 9:30 a.m. longer, more complex stories form the basis of our Preschool Storytime. 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.

Saturday Storytime @North Quincy

Join Children's Librarian Cathy DeVeer on Saturday, January 24, at 10:00 a.m. for a family storytime full of stories, songs rhymes and more for children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Preschool Discovery @Wollaston

A hands-on science program for preschoolers (children ages 3-5). Drop by the Wollaston Branch Library (41 Beale Street) on the second Wednesday of each month with your preschooler any time between 6:00 and 7:00 pm to do some fun simple science together. Activities, experiments and instructions will be provided for science you can do with your child. On Wednesday, January 14, we'll brighten up our winters by exploring the world of colors. Make different colored foam, use colors to make patterns and more! This program does not require registration.

Mad Science

mad scienceFor Ages 3-5: Color Lab Through a series of hands-on experiments and exciting demonstrations in this Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop, children ages 3-5 will be introduced to the FUN-damentals of color. The kids will start by examining primary colors, continue by combining them to make secondary colors, and then they’ll mix up a rainbow! After meeting a colorful alien named Roy G. Biv, the kids will use their new understanding of color to make colorific sun-catchers to take home with them.

This 45-minute workshop for ages 3-5 will be held on Saturday, January 17 at 9:30 a.m.. Tickets are required and must be picked up in the Children’s Room on the morning of the program. Due to space limitations, this program is limited to Quincy residents.

Parents, if you have both preschool and school age Mad Scientists we suggest that you attend the school age Mad Science program at 10:30 as a family.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Mad Science for ages 6-10: Invention-athon
This Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop for children ages 6-10 introduces children to how inventors work and some famous inventions. Through a hands-on approach, including group brainstorming and an invention activity, the participants will learn that anyone, of any age, can be an inventor. The children will learn about Rube Goldberg’s unique machines and will plan out some outlandish machines of their own. This class provides an opportunity to develop scientific skills through inquiry-based instructional methods and each child will take home an Inventor’s Notebook to continue planning out their inventions at home.

This one-hour workshop for ages 6-10 will be held on Saturday, January 17, at 10:30 a.m.. Tickets are required and must be picked up in the Children’s Room beginning at 10:00 am on the morning of the program. Due to space limitations, this program is limited to Quincy residents. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

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 Owls Book Club

The Night Owls Book Club is a book discussion group for children in grades 3 and 4. We meet monthly on the first or second Monday of the month. This month we will be reading and discussing the 2013 Newbery Award winning One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. This month we will be meeting on Monday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m.. As always, you are invited to stop by the Children’s Room to pick up a copy of a book to read before the program.

Phoenix Book Club

The Phoenix Book Club for children in grades 5-8 usually meets on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss a variety of books. 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. This month, on Tuesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. we will be discussing Magicians, Wizards, and Witches. For January we'll be diving into fantasy again, focusing on books that feature people who use magic in some way. They could be born with magical powers like Harry Potter or they could be given their powers by someone else. They could live in the past, present, future, or another world entirely. Find a book full of spellcasting and join us to talk about it in January.

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