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November 2015
Volume 12, Number 11

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Holiday Hours

All library locations will be closed all day on Tuesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. For Thanksgiving, all locations will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and remain closed all day on Thursday, November 26. Every other day of the month all library locations will be open our regular hours - including on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 27. Information about hours and locations can be found here. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Help your preschool child become a reading Super Star: read 1,000 books together before kindergarten!

logoIt's easy to participate: beginning Monday, November 2 sign up on our 1,000 Books website and begin reading! For every 100 books you and your child read together we will give your child a star to add to our Super Star Readers wall and a sticker telling everyone how many books you have read. Keep reading until you reach 1,000 books! When you reach 1,000 books we’ll give your child a certificate of achievement and take their picture for our Super Star Readers Hall of Fame.

Why read 1,000 books before kindergarten?

  • Reading builds vocabulary, and the more words children encounter before starting school, the more words they recognize when they begin reading on their own.
  • Reading exposes children to new situations and experiences, which helps them learn about the world around them.
  • Reading aloud provides children with a role model. If you are having fun reading together, your child will learn that reading is fun.

Did you know that an average picture book takes only five minutes to read? Read just one book a day and by your child’s 5th birthday, you will have read 1,825 books! Even if your child is already four years old you will reach 1,000 books before kindergarten by reading only three books a day.

Homework Help

Students in grades 1-6 who need help with their homework can now come to the Main Library on Monday and Wednesday afternoons between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. to receive assistance from qualified local high school students. This is a joint program between our Childrens' Department and our Teen Librarian, Kerri. Know a teen who wants to get involved? Have them contact Kerri (617-376-1316). Know a younger student who could benefit from some extra academic support? Bring them by!

Device Advice

Stop by the Main Library during any of the following time blocks and get help using your own mobile devices to access all the Library has to offer. 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. Here is when Device Advice is scheduled in November:

  • Thursdays, November 5 and 19, between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, November 10 and 24, between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Think Global, Play Local: Music From Around the World

On four consecutive Tuesdays, starting November 10 at 7:00 p.m., we welcome back Quincy's favorite music professor Delvyn Case for a series on world music and the impact it has had on American popular music. Each program will stand on its own, but who would want to miss any of Del's fabulous insights when given the opportunity? We promise that you will hear music differently and with greater appreciation after attending these. The schedule is as follows:

  • November 10 - African Music: Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Rock, Soul, Funk, and Hip-Hop
  • November 17 - Indian Classical Music: The Beatles and Beyond
  • November 24 - Caribbean Music:  Rock'n'Roll, Latin Jazz, Hip-hop, and Soca
  • December 1 - European Classical Music: Tin Pan Alley, Brill Building Pop, and Progressive Rock

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Energy Revolution: The Physics and Promise of Efficient Technology

soloar panels and windmills photographWe can enhance our lives and immensely improve lives of future generations by revolutionizing our relationship with energy. The U.S. can harvest enough renewable energy to supply all of our energy needs. Thus, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning if we exploit advances in technology to meet all of our energy demands using electricity.

Eliminating fossil fuel burning benefits us immediately by improving health and the environment, but reducing climate change offers benefits now and long into the future. The revolution offers tremendous fruits if we have the courage to act. Come get inspired by Harvard physicist Dr. Mara Prentiss on Wednesday evening, November 18, at 7:00 p.m. Co-sponsored by Quincy Climate Action Network (QCAN)

Just for Teens

We are dedicated to providing quality materials and programs for teens at the Thomas Crane Public Library. The best people to help figure out what those should be are teens themselves. Please help us spread the word - all teenagers are encouraged to come to our next Teen Advisory Board meetings on Thursday, November 12, at 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, November 25, at 1:15 p.m.. We need teens to help with ideas - and we’ll have snacks!

  • On Friday, November 13, at 3:00 p.m. Teens are encouraged to come play games on our XBox One and Playstation Four, our next Game ON! program.
  • Come get ready for the theatrical release on Friday, November 20 of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two with a special teen-only interactive showing of Mockingjay Part One at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17.
  • On Thursday, November 19, at 3:30 p.m. there will be a teen book discussion about the novel The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night

Drop by the Main Library on Monday, November 30, 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 every Thursday we are open in November for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

November 5 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Z for Zachariah

movie stillIn the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, a young woman (Margot Robbie) survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor), he’s nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when a stranger (Chris Pine) enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel.
"The film works on its own terms, capturing, at least, the mournful vibe of O'Brien's book. What's more, Zobel's revision opens up plenty of space for the three actors who inhabit this circumscribed little world, all of whom are terrific." - Village Voice
Directed by Craig Zobel. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine, and Margot Robbie. Theatrically released in 2015. 98 Minutes; Rated PG - 13 for a scene of sexuality, partial nudity, and brief strong language.

November 12 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Mr. Holmes

movie stillIn 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it's too late.
"Maneuvering shrewdly within the boundaries of the traditional canon and aided by the impeccable performance of Ian McKellen, Bill Condon directs an elegant puzzler that presents the sage of Baker Street dealing with the one thing he's never had to contend with before: his own emotions." - Los Angeles Times
Directed by Bill Condon. Starring Hattie Morahan, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ian McKellen, and Laura Linney. Theatrically released in 2015. 104 Minutes; Rated PG for thematic elements, some disturbing images and incidental smoking.

November 19 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.: Trainwreck

movie stillSince she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s (Amy Schumer) head by her dad (Colin Quinn) that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo—enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment—but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.
"Sweet is not how Schumer wants Trainwreck to go down. She wants to explode rom-com clichés and replace them with something fierce and ready to rumble. Done.." - Rolling Stone
Directed by Judd Apatow. Starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, and Colin Quinn. Theatrically released in 2015. 125 Minutes; Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use.

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 the branch is open, starting at 2:00 p.m.

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

November 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, November 13, we will discuss One of Ours by Willa Cather. 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, November 6, 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!

Learn with lynda logoAre you one of the users who has already watched over 170 hours of the award-winning online videos we starting offering this summer from Did you know that people are finding this a great place to get quick answers to specific, technical questions? The average viewing time this past week was 14 minutes, so you don't have to spend a lot of time to learn something from these videos! Each has a transcript so you can read along and truly learn at your own pace. Computer coding classes even have a built-in sandbox so you can try live coding in a totally safe and responsive environment. Learn more about our online learning opportunities. The top five classes recently watched are:

  • Windows 10 Essential Training
  • Photoshop CC 2015 for Photographers: Fundamentals
  • Project 2013 Essential Training
  • Pages 5 Essential Training
  • Foundations of Programming: Web Services

With more than 3,500 courses to choose from you are sure to find something useful for your life. Start learning here. You will need your library card number and pin to take advantage of this awesome opportunity. Come by the main library or any of our three branches with a photo ID if you need help getting a library card.

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.

art sampleOn Exhibit: Woodward School Annual Show

Throughout the month of November we are proud to display artwork created by students at the Woodward School for Girls. The artwork includes media in pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, and charcoal. The works on display range from studies of ordinary objects made extraordinary to abstract examinations of color, shape, and line. Students in grades 6 - 12 are represented in this collection of artworks.

A reception with the artists and their families will be held on Thursday, November 12, from 6-8 p.m.

Special November Programs Just for Kids

There is lots happening at the library for kids this month. All the activities below are at the Main Library (40 Washington Street) unless otherwise noted:

  • Register for the second session of fall storytimes starting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 3. Registration will open for the following storytimes:
    • Just for Twos for ages 24-35 months: Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
    • Mother Goose on the Loose for ages 12-23 months: three sessions to choose from - Mondays at 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m., or Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
  • The second session of the Explorers' Clubs at the Wollaston branch also opens registration at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 3. 
    • Jr. Explorers ages 3-5: Mondays at 3:00 p.m.
    • Explorers ages 6-8: Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
  • Preschool Science Discovery from 10:00-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 5 at the Wollaston branch. This month we will be exploring Engineering
  • Saturday Fun for Little Ones: Music and Movement with Rubi for children up to four year's old and their parents on Saturday, November 7 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Book Clubs:
    • The Phoenix Book Club for kids in grades five to eight at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10.
    • The Night Owls Book Club for kids in grades three and four at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12.
  • The Preschool Storytime on Fridays, November 13 and 20 at 9:30 a.m. for three to five year olds and their parents.
  • Saturday Storytime at the North Quincy Branch, Saturday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m. This month we will be reaing dinosaur stories.
  • The North Quincy Preschool Storytime on Mondays, November 16, 23, and 30 at 10:00 a.m. for three to five year olds and their parents.
  • Just for Threes  for ages 36-47 months Tuesdays, November 17 and 24 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Toddler Storytime at Adams Shore for two and three year olds and their parents on Tuesdays, November 17, and 24 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Rock-a-bye Baby on Thursday, November 19 at 11:00 a.m. for 4-11 month olds and their parents.
  • Saturday Storytime with Big Ryan on November 21 at 10:00 a.m. for two to five year olds and their parents.
  • Saturday Science Full STEAM ahead program on Engineering Paper Airplanes on Saturday, November 28 at 10:00 a.m. for all children age three and older.
  • Don't forget Homework Help every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00-5:00 p.m.!

See our website for all the details.

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