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February 2016
Volume 13, Number 2

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Holiday hours

All library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents Day. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, February 16. We will be open every other day in February. Visit our Locations & Hours page for complete information. We look forward to seeing you soon! In the event that inclement weather interferes with programs or is so severe the library must close during regular hours, we will make sure our home page is promptly updated - so check there first!

Concerts @the Crane

Join us for the remaining four concerts in our 2016 Winter Concerts @the Crane series of live musical performances in the inspiring Richardson building. Starting at 3:00 p.m. every other Sunday afternoon from January 10 through March 20, we will enjoy concerts from performers both local and from out of town. This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

  • artist photoOn Sunday, February 7, at 3:00 p.m.Raley Beggs will share the artistry and craft of the classical guitar and its repertoire. He will perform works from the traditional repertoire as well as new music. He loves to introduce audiences to the rich and intimate world of the classical guitar. Whether you've never heard classical guitar or you're a seasoned veteran listener, he promised that he has something to play for you!After earning his Bachelor’s at Florida State University under profound pedagogue Bruce Holzman and a Master’s from New England Conservatory with esteemed artist and performer Eliot Fisk, Raley Beggs has found a suitable podium from which to share and enrich the traditions of his instrument. Beggs performs widely throughout the greater Boston area as a soloist and chamber musician, with a special focus on community engagement established during his two-year fellowship with the Community Performances and Partnerships Program. In addition to being a performer, Beggs is on the faculty of EKS Music School in Quincy.
  • artist photoThe Nick Dinnerstein Quartet will join us on Sunday, February 21, at 3:00 p.m. for a classical concert focused on 20th and 21st century composers, including early Beethoven, Bartok, & Martinu.

Device Advice

Did you get a new phone or tablet for the holidays or have an older one that you would like to put to better use? Do you know all the ways you can get free stuff from the library onto your phone and other mobile devices - like streaming movies, television, the latest popular music, current issues of popular magazines like the New Yorker, Us Weekly, and the Economist, and so much more? We want to help! Stop by the Main Library any Tuesday in February between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. 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.


Are you in your 20s or 30s? Looking for things to do in Quincy and opportunities to meet new people your age? Our 20/30something librarians are planning some events just for you! We hope you'll drop by the Main LIbrary this month for these fun activities:

  • Retro-Video Gaming on Tuesday, February 22, starting at 7:00 p.m. Come and relive your favorite classic video game experiences. We will be featuring some of the best multiplayer games including (but not limited to) Golden Eye and Super Smash Brothers for N64 as well as Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, and Columns for Sega Genesis.
  • Play Utter Nonsense and Slash at Board Game Night, Wednesday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday matinee showings of classic movies (all start at 1:00 p.m.):

Just for Teens

The Teen Advisory Board meeting is meeting next on Thursdays, February 11 and 25, at 3:30 p.m. to help plan future teen programs and services. If you're a teen and you want to get involved, please join us!. Teens are also gathering to:

  • Play Tabletop Games on Tuesday, February 2, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Use library cameras and other cool stuff in a teen-only ‘maker lab’ on Tuesday, February 9, at 1:30 p.m. and
  • Meet and discuss the book We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist on Thursday, February 11, at 4:30 p.m.

Sex Trafficking

Considered by some to be the oldest profession, the reality of sex trafficking is not glamorous. This presentation on Tuesday, February 2, at 7:00 p.m. will focus on the sex trafficking of American born and bred young girls and women by American born and bred pimps. Profiles of victims, pimps, and johns will be reviewed. Recruiting methods, vulnerabilities, control tactics, and deterrents will all be discussed. Come learn about a day in the life of a prostituted child or woman, the role technology is playing with all parties, the degree of public awareness (and lack thereof), and what is being done and what needs to be done to help end this long cycle of violence.

Presenter Joan Vercollone Barry is a board member of My Life My Choice, a Boston based non-profit organization offering mentoring to survivors of sex trafficking and country-wide training sessions to law enforcement, judiciary and social service providers.

Love Letter Writing Workshop

Come to the library on Tuesday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m. and get ready for Valentine's day by learning how to write a love letter from a pro! The art of letter writing may soon be obsolete. More and more we are relying upon social media and technology to communicate our thoughts in fragments. Come to this special program and get some pointers from a published author of four romance novels, Kevin V. Symmons. Kevin grew up in Quincy and is also a teacher and a former President of a local plumbing manufacturing company.

Antiques Roadshow

Join Brattle Book Shop proprietor and Antiques Roadshow appraiser Kenneth Gloss on Tuesday, February 16, at 7:00 p.m. for a fascinating evening about the treasures hidden in our attics! Bring in an item for a free appraisal after the formal program.

Thursday Movies

Grab some food and drink in the café and then join us every Thursday in February for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies, sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

February 4 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Man Up

movie stillNancy (Lake Bell), is done with dating. 10 times bitten, 100 times shy, she’s exhausted by the circus. So when Jack (Simon Pegg) blindly mistakes her for his date, no one is more surprised than her when she does the unthinkable and just —- goes with it. It’s going to take a night of pretending to be someone else for Nancy to finally Man Up and be her painfully honest, awesomely unconventional self… but will Jack also Man Up, and be able to get over her duplicity? Best just to let the evening unfold, roll with the consequences, and see if one crazy, unpredictable, complicated night can bring these two messy souls together.
"Frequently laugh-out-loud funny and tangibly tender where it ought to be, the immensely satisfying screwball romp feels freshly contemporary even as it largely conforms to genre conventions." — Los Angeles Times
Directed by Ben Palmer. Starring Lake Bell & Simon Pegg. Theatrically released in 2015. 88 Minutes; Rated R for language and sexual references.

February 11 @1:00 p.m. Infinitely Polar Bear (note - matinee showing only)

movie stillEnjoy the Golden Globe nominated performance of Mark Ruffalo as a manic-depressive mess of a father who tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.
"The movie is a small miracle, lifted by Ruffalo and these two remarkable young actresses. Refusing to soften the edges when Cam is off his meds, Ruffalo is a powerhouse. He and Forbes craft an indelibly intimate portrait of what makes a family when the roles of parent and child are reversed. " — Rolling Stone
Directed by Maya Forbes. Starring Ashley Aufderheide, Imogene Wolodarsky, Mark Ruffalo, and Zoe Saldana. Theatrically released in 2015. 90 Minutes; Rated R for language.

February 11 @7:00 p.m. Deli Man (note - evening showing only)

movie stillJewish culture reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. As that culture continues to shift and adapt alongside mainstream America, delicatessen food – as its name suggests – remains a beloved communal delicacy.In Houston, Texas, third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in the U.S. His story – augmented by the stories of iconic delis such as Katz’s, 2nd Avenue Deli, Nate ‘n Al, Carnegie, and the Stage – embodies a tradition indelibly linked to its savory, nostalgic foods. Co-Sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills
"Like a fat slab of pastrami, Deli Man is the cinematic equivalent of comfort food: warm, generous and made with love." — Washington Post
Directed by Erik Anjou. Theatrically released in 2015. 92 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for some language.

February 18 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.: Everest

movie stillInspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.
"Based on true events, filled with stunning visuals and featuring more than a half-dozen of our best actors delivering solid performances, Baltasar Kormakur’s Everest is a high-altitude roller coaster ride that will leave you drained." — Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, Josh Brolin, Vanessa Kirby, and Robin Wright. Theatrically released in 2015. 121 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for intense peril and disturbing images.

February 25 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: 1984: Riding Into Hell

movie stillJoin us for a special showing, in advance of this year's film festival circuit. This documentary examines the year 1984, looking at the rock & roll scene, world news & politics, celebrities & pop culture and technology. Director Rudy Childs will be attendance with some of his Rock and Roll photo albums.
George Orwell may have predicted that in 1984 the world would be a colorless place where humans relentlessly bowed down to big brother but 1984 Riding Into Hell finds a very different world than that what he predicted. The year is examined by taking a closer look at the rock & roll scene, world news & politics, celebrities & pop culture and technology. The documentary also follows the rise and fall of a promising metal band called Forcer, and the woes of their manager as he negotiates with record companies to get them signed to a record deal, while at the same time standing at the edge of a dark abyss of a partying lifestyle.

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

Wednesday Matinees @North Quincy

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

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

Cooking with Books at Adams Shore: Chocolate

Good food and good books — an awesome combination and the driving force behind the monthly Cooking with Books program at the Adams Shore branch. This month on Monday, February 8, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. there will be cookbooks with chocolate to browse and lots of yummy food to sample — and even more if you bring some too!

February 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.

World Literature Book Club

book coverThis discussion group meets one Friday per month at 10:00 a.m. and focuses on world literature. On Friday, February 12, we will discuss Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.

Booked for Lunch

Booked for LunchRead any good books lately? Looking for something new to read? Bring a brown bag lunch — or grab a sandwich or salad at the library café — and join other readers for an informal conversation about books on the first Friday of each month. The next meeting will be on Friday, February 5, 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 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 recently is nine 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 so far are:

  • InDesign Secrets
  • Excel 2013 Essential Training
  • Android Essential Training
  • Communication Tips
  • Word 2013 Essential Training

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!

art sampleOn Exhibit: The Universal Struggle for Better Working Conditions

Throughout the month of February, we will be exhibiting labor posters from the collection of Stephen Lewis. Workers have faced many difficulties over the years and they continue to face many of the same problems. The posters in this exhibit reference health and safety on the job, plant closings, repression, equal pay, full rights for women, decent wages and neoliberalism. The placards next to the posters give the identification of the poster, the country where the poster was produced, the organization it was produced for, translations to English (where necessary), the name of the artist (where known) and the date created (where known).

Stephen Lewis is a long-time activist in the labor movement, and the former Treasurer of his union. Stephen has exhibited at a number of public libraries in Massachusetts and two of the state Heritage parks. He has presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Public History, and on some cable television programs. The posters/photos were contributed by friends, collected at conferences, visits to some of the organizations, and from connections made through the Internet.

Special February Programs Just for Kids

As always, there is a lot happening at the library for kids this month. Storytimes and Homework Help are starting up again beginning February 1st. There are a number of things happening school vacation week including:

  • The Minions movie showing Tuesday, February 16, at 10:00 at the Adams Shore Branch,
  • Candy Land games and crafts on Thursday, February 18, at 10:00 a.m.,
  • Kids video games on Friday, February 19, from 10:00 to noon,
  • Another fun and challenging Quest at the North Quincy Branch, and
  • Don’t miss a special family storytime with storyteller Diane Kane at the Main Library on Saturday, February 20, at 10:00 a.m.

The other big program this month for kids is our STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathmatics), Egg-bert 'n Ice program full of science magic tricks using air, eggs and dry ice on Saturday, February 27, at 10:00 a.m., made possible through our ongoing partnership with Mad Science. See our calendar and website for details about everything happening for kids and their families this month.

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