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September 2016
Volume 13, Number 9

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Holiday Hours

We hope you’ve had a great summer and enjoy the long Labor Day weekend. Please plan accordingly, as all our locations will be closed from Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5. We resume regular operations on Tuesday, September 6. Our fine free summer continues through Labor Day, so take advantage of this opportunity to return all your items fine free! Remember you can visit us online anytime!

Device Advice

mobile devicesDo you know how to check out items using only your smart phone? Need some help loading the most recent magazines onto your tablet? Are you still trying to figure out how to stream albums uninterrupted by advertisements without subscribing to a paid service? Visit the Main Library any Tuesday afternoon in September (except the sixth) between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. for one-on-one Device Advice with our professional staff and find out how to get free movies, music, books and magazines online with your library card. Bring your device and knowledge of your personal usernames and passwords and meet us on the first floor, near the new books.

Computer Classes

Have you been looking for an opportunity to improve your computer skills with word processing, spreadsheets, and more? Registration is still open for our first fall computer class on advanced documents, running four consecutive weeks on Wednesday evenings from September 14 to October 5. Space is limited, so if you are interested, please register right away. More information about this class and the other two classes being held this fall: Managing Life Online (Wednesday evenings, October 12 through November 2) and Basic/Intermediate Documents (Wednesday evenings November 9 through December 7, but not the week of Thanksgiving) can be found by coming to the library atrium and talking with the class leaders on Wednesday, September 7, anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.. You can also visit our website anytime or call us during library hours at 617-376-1316.

English Talk Time Registration

Are you interested in improving your English conversation skills? Join our English Talk Time program where adults come to practice their English, make friends and have fun! This month we have four times when you can stop by the Literacy Office (on the top floor of our main library) to register for one of the talk time classes being held this fall. Learn more and sign up at any of the following times:

  • Tuesday, September 13 between 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 13 between 6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 15 between 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m., or
  • Saturday, September 17 between 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Literacy Volunteer Tutor Orientations

Would you like to help an adult learn to read? Come to one of our literacy tutor volunteer orientations to find out how you can become a part of this amazing program. This month we have two literacy volunteer orientations: the first is on Tuesday, September 20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.; the second is Thursday, September 29, also from 6:00-8:00 p.m.. Both orientations will take place in the Literacy Office.

Job Fair

Quincy Career Center logoLooking for a new or better job? Come to the library on Wednesday, September 14 between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. for an industry-specific event focused on retail. It's that time of year again--the holiday season approaches quickly, and retailers need your help. Come by to speak with participating employers to find out about their available opportunities and how to apply. Who will be there? Just to name a few: CVS, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Home Depot, Target, and Dave & Buster’s. Watch the online calendar listing for more employers that will be announced as they are confirmed. Come dressed to meet your next employer and bring plenty of copies of your resume. Co-sponsored by the Quincy Career Center.

Principles of Wine and Cheese Pairing

Book JacketDiscover the joy to be had with a great wine and cheese pairing! Creating a combination that makes your mouth sing is easier than you might think. Come to the library on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. and spend an evening with local author Adam Centamore sampling amazing wine and cheese combinations from his great new book, Tasting Wine and Cheese, an insider’s guide to mastering the principles of pairing.

Film and Discussion: 14

At 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21 we are partnering with several other organizations to bring a very timely film viewing and community discussion to Quincy. Please join us along with the the National Park Service, the Chinese Historical Society of New England, the Boston Asian American Film Festival, Old South Meeting House, and Quincy Asian Resources for a showing of the movie 14. Subtitled: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark, and Vanessa Lopez, 14 is a 63 minute film which invites us to consider such critical questions as:

  • movie posterWho has the right to be an American Citizen?
  • How have the 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship been interpreted throughout history?
  • What are the rights and responsibilities of US citizenship?
  • What is at stake in the upcoming Presidential election?
  • How can we and other members of our communities influence policy?

The film tells the stories of three American families who challenged the status quo by advocating for citizen rights of children born in the United States. Following the film there will be a panel discussion and feedback session from which our partners will draw thoughts and ideas for a final screening and discussion at Old South Meeting House on Thursday, November 3.

Quincy Center PokéWalk

pokemon go!Have you played Pokémon Go yet? Several of our staff are playing, the library is a gym, and we have several PokeStops nearby. A Squirtle was reportedly spotted in the library a few weeks ago! If you don’t have any idea what any of this means, don’t worry. Pokémon Go is a free game playable on android and iOS mobile devices that merges the real world with fantasy game play. Adults and teens sixteen and older are invited to come to the library on Tuesday, September 27. At 7:00 p.m. we will give a brief overview of the game and then visit a few PokeStops around Quincy Center. We will end up on the library lawn and set out some lures to give everyone a chance to boost game experience. Come meet like-minded gamers, find out what the Pokémon Go buzz is all about, or simply join us to learn about some the historical sites right in our neighborhood.

Grownups 20/30s

meetup logoAre 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. Make sure you join our Meetup group to find out about even more events. These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

  • Who doesn’t love some friendly competition when only your reputation and social standing are at stake? Come to our Board Game night and play one of our games, including Codenames, Pandemic, Slash, King of Tokyo, and Cards Against Humanity, or bring your own to share with the group. The next Board Game Night is happening on Tuesday, September 6, starting at 7:00 p.m..
  • Join us for our Fine Liquorature Book Club Meetup at Bistro Chi in Quincy Center (37 Cottage Avenue) on Monday, Septembver 12, at 7:00 p.m. This month we will be discussing Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris. If you would like to participate you can stop by the adult checkout desk at the Main Library and ask for a copy of the book (or pick up a copy online).
  • Our popular Retro Video Gaming Night is happening next on Tuesday, September 20, 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.

Just for Teens

We have some special activities just for teens this September, including a creative digital workshop on Tuesday, September 20, a book discussion on September 22, and our Teen Advisory Board meetings on September 15 & 29. If you have a creative teen in your life, have them check out the Teen Tangents page on our website, where Quincy teens are now posting their own stories, artwork and videos. These programs are made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic

Quincy Unplugged logoDrop by the main library on Monday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. for a free acoustic open mic night and share your talent with a friendly audience. Do you play the guitar, clarinet, another musical instrument - maybe a jug, comb, or even a washboard? Maybe your friends always ask you to tell more jokes - or you want some more practice in front of a supportive audience? Maybe your talent is composing - or simply discovering and reading poetry? Musicians, poets and performers of all types are encouraged to participate in our monthly acoustic “Open Mic” night. All ages are welcome. Sign up in person starting at 6:15 or just come to enjoy this great mix of local performances which starts at 6:30.

Quincy Teacher Headed to Antarctica

Nathaniel B. Palmer icebreakerQuincy teacher Cara Pekarcik is headed to Antarctica this fall to participate in a 6-week research expedition. On Tuesday evening, December 6 she will come to the library to tell us all about her experiences. You can learn more about the research team and their work, read daily journals, ask questions, and view pictures from the trip on their website. We hope to provide an opportunity to communicate with Ms. Pekarcik while she in the field too, so watch our website for details!

Thursday Movies

Join us nearly every Thursday in September for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies, sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

September 1 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: The Nice Guys

movie stillIn 1970s Los Angeles, down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

"It is an easy sit, a big fat slice of smart entertainment. Constantly funny, startlingly violent, and oddly heartfelt, The Nice Guys is a grown-up delight, a perfect antidote to the nonstop barrage of effects spectacle that normally marks the summer movie season."--Hitfix

Directed by Shane Black. Starring Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Russell Crowe, & Ryan Gosling. Theatrically released in 2016. 116 Minutes; Rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity, language and brief drug use.

September 8 is the election - go vote and come back for movies the following week!

September 15 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Money Monster

movie stillLee Gates (George Clooney) is a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) takes Gates, his crew, and his ace producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) hostage live on air. Unfolding in real time, Gates and Fenn must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies.

"Cross “Dog Day Afternoon’’ with “The Big Short’’ and throw in a dash of “Network’’ and you’ve got Money Monster, a clever financial thriller with comic overtones that’s a solid investment of your time thanks to stellar work by George Clooney and Julia Roberts." --New York Post

Directed by Jodie Foster. Starring Dominic West, George Clooney, Jack O'Connell, & Julia Roberts. Theatrically released in 2016. 98 Minutes; Rated R for language throughout, some sexuality and brief violence.

September 22 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.: Captain America: Civil War

movie stillCaptain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.

"Matching its blockbuster scale and spectacle with the smarts of a great, grown-up thriller, Captain America: Civil War is Marvel Studios’ finest film yet." --Empire

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Starring Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, & Sebastian Stan. Theatrically released in 2016. 147 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of violence, action and mayhem.

September 29 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.: A Bigger Splash

movie stillThe lives of a high profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker (Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts), vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter (Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson) - creating a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and, ultimately, danger for everyone involved.

"Everything in this movie is so ripe and voluptuous that watching it doesn't seem enough, you want to take a bite out of it." --Rolling Stone

Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Starring Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes, & Tilda Swinton. Theatrically released in 2016. 125 Minutes; Rated R for graphic nudity, some strong sexual content, language and brief drug use.

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.

September 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 a month at 10:00 a.m. and focuses on world literature. On Friday, September 16, we will discuss Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi. 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 or second Friday of each month. The next meeting will be on Friday, September 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!

Learn with Lynda

lynda.com logoWho says kids are the only ones who get to go back to school in September? Did you know that people are finding our partnership with lynda.com a great way to get quick answers to specific, technical questions? The average viewing time in the last 30 days is 23 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 ten classes in the past three months were:

  1. Scratch Programming Language: The Basics
    Teach yourself or your students programming with Scratch, the simple, web-based visual programming language.
  2. Excel 2016 Essential Training
    Learn how to to enter and organize data, create formulas and functions, build charts and PivotTables, and use other powerful Excel 2016 features.
  3. Google Drive Essential Training
    Learn about organizing, finding, and sharing files with Google Drive, the extremely popular cloud-based file storage and word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  4. Customer Service Fundamentals
    Make your customers feel valued. Learn how to deliver outstanding customer service and keep them coming back to your business.
  5. Google Docs Essential Training
    Discover how to use Google Docs, the free cloud-based word processing program.
  6. Universal Principles of Design
    A series exploring over 50 core design concepts, from the 80/20 rule to storytelling, all based on Will Lidwell's landmark design books.
  7. Innovative Customer Service Techniques
    Learn how to influence customer perceptions, enhance your "service sense," and build teamwork in order to exceed customer expectations.
  8. Foundations of Programming: Fundamentals
    Provides the core knowledge to begin programming in any language, using JavaScript to explore the syntax of a programming language, and shows how to write and execute your first application and understand what's going on under the hood.
  9. Writing in Plain English
    Learn to write in a way that is easily understood by your target audience: clear and straightforward, appropriate to their reading level, and free of wordiness, clichés, and jargon.
  10. Monday Productivity Pointers
    Self-contained productivity tips on the latest online tools, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more.

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!

On Exhibit: Fantasy Ink

Fantasy Ink

This September we are proud to host a collection of ink drawings by Meena Chompunut Ditchaiwong. Ms. Ditchaiwong had the following to say about her art:

"My interest in art started when I was young. I spent a lot of time reading comics, fiction and non fiction books, and drawing. That encouraged my passion for art. Now, when I create a new piece of art, it has a story behind it. For example, my picture "Owl" represents waiting and being alone. When I drew it I thought about when I first moved to Boston, how everything was new, and how I had to adjust to life in a new city. The picture is of an owl that is alone in the forest, but it is sitting in a big tree with a lot of details. There is only one character in the picture, but the amount of detail in the tree that the owl is in represents all of the new things for the owl to take in. The picture is an 11x14 inch ink pen drawing, and it took me about a week to finish the picture."


Are you an artist or do you know someone whose art you think would fit well in the library? Please submit an application to be considered!

Special September Programs Just for Kids

As always, there is a lot going on for kids at the library this month. Visit our Events and Storytimes page to learn about everything that is happening. Here are some of the highlights:

    • Preschool Discovery: Magnets @Wollaston

      Bring your preschooler in to the Wollaston Branch to do some hands on science just for preschoolers on Thursday, September 8 from 10 to 11 a.m.. This month we will be experimenting with magnets: Make magnets float above each other, chase each other around and use them to go fishing!

    • Night Owl’s Book Club

      Night Owl Book Club logoThe Night Owls Book Club for children in grades 3 and 4 meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month to discuss a wide range of books. For the first school year meeting of the Night Owls on Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. we’ll be rocketing into space with Philip Reeve’s Cakes in Space! Moving to a new planet means taking a long journey, getting used to a new house, making new friends, and… killer cupcakes?!
      Pick up your copy of Cakes in Space in the Children’s Room anytime between now and September 8 and join us for an intergalactic book discussion. Please stop by the main library children’s room library any time to pick up a copy of the book to read before our meeting. Any questions? Call 617-376-2411 and ask to speak with Ms. Cronin.

    • Phoenix Book Club

      Phoenix book club logoThe Phoenix Book Club for children in grades 5-8 meets on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss a variety of books. This month on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. we will be discussing Summer Reading What did you read this summer? One book? Twenty? Did you love anything you read? Did you hate anything you read? Come on in and tell us all about it. We'll talk about what we read over the summer and go over what the year has in store for the Phoenix Book Club.

    • Saturday storytime with Denise Shaver

      Join Denise Shaver for a family storytime full of stories, songs, rhymes and more for children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult on Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m.

    • Dungeon and Dragons Encounters

      New and experienced players 10 years and older are invited to join us at the Main Library on Tuesday, September 20 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for this introduction to D&D 5th edition game play. Take on the role of a fantasy hero in this monthly Dungeons and Dragons game. We will help you customize an Adventurer's League D&D character you can use both in our monthly adventures and at other D&D Organized Play. Your group of adventurers will start out at level one and take on the module from the 5th Edition D&D Starter Set. Unravel the mysteries of the Lost Mine of Phandelver and what monsters and treasures lie within!

    • Registration Opens for Fall Session 1 Storytimes

      Just for Twos logoStarting on Tuesday, September 13 Quincy residents can register for the following storytimes which require advance registration to avoid overcrowding. Children must be of age by the first meeting and each child may only be registered for one program.

    • Storytimes with no registration required

      The following storytimes are happening this month that do not require prior registration

      • Friday Preschool Storytime

        Pre-school storytime logoStarting on Friday, September 23 at 9:30 a.m., 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. This program is for children ages 3-5.

      • Preschool Storytime @North Quincy

        Happening on Mondays starting on September 26 at 10:00 a.m., see the description for the Friday Preschool Storytime for details about this storytime being held at the North Quincy Branch.

      • Just for Threes

        Just for Threes logoThis 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. Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m., starting September 27.

      • Toddler Storytime for ages 2 and 3 @Adams Shore

        Toddle Storytime logoHappening at the Adams Shore Branch on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. starting on September 27, 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.

      • Rock-a-Bye Baby Storytime

        rock-a-bye baby logoAt 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays starting September 28 this storytime is an introduction to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and gentle movement exercises for very young children, ages 4 - 11 months, accompanied by an adult.

    • Registration Opens for Fall Session 1 Explorers Clubs @Wollaston

      Explorers logoJunior Explorers logoDue to limited space registration is required and limited to Quincy residents for the following after-school storytimes at the Wollaston Branch Library.

      • Junior Explorers for ages 4 and 5 on Mondays, September 26, October 3, 17 and 24 at 3:00 p.m.
      • Explorers Club for ages 6-8 on Wednesdays, September 28, October 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 3:00 p.m.
    • Fall Session 1 Storytimes Begin

      Our regular storytimes (some of which require registration and some which do not) all start for the fall season the last week of September. Check the calendar for details.

See our calendar and website for details about everything happening for kids and their families this month. Many of these programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

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