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December 2014
Volume 11, Number 12

Holiday Hours
Holiday Movies, Music, and Books are Available Now!
Computer Upgrade Complete
Shop Smartly with Consumer Reports Online
Mini-Med School: Preventative Medicine
Discover Historic New England: 100 Years of the Cape Cod Canal
What's Cooking @your library: Healthy Holiday Entertaining
Go Places @your library: Extreme Adventures
Holiday Concert from QHS & NQHS
Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night
Thursday Night Feature Films
Wednesday Matinees at North Quincy
Cooking with Books: Cookie Swap
Book Discussions
Art Exhibit: Peter Jackson's Landscapes
Literacy Volunteers Needed
Download the New TCPL App
Special Programs for Kids

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Holiday Hours

Merry Christmas: The library will close at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, December 24, and remain closed all day on Thursday, December 25. The Main Library will be open for our regular hours (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) on Friday, December 26.

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. 

Holiday Movies, Music, and Books are Available Now!

Armstrong ChristmasRunning around getting ready for the holidays? Let us help you get in the spirit with our wide selection of music, movies, and audiobooks that you can listen to anytime you want, anywhere you want, with your smart phone, tablet, or computer. We have tons of titles available immediately. And you don't have to remember to return them either - there are never any late fees! Enjoy the season with one of these holiday themed choices, or explore the entire collection - there's so much there's sure to be something you'll love.

Music

Movies

Audiobooks

Computer Upgrade Complete

Moore's law is the observation that computing power doubles approximately every two years. The last time the library got new public computers was over seven years ago, so we are very excited to announce the successful completion of our recent technology upgrade. What's new?

  • computer upgradesOur public computer system is now connecting with our library cardholder database - which means the same PIN you use to log in to your account to place requests, renew items, and access some online resources remotely can also be used to log in to library computers. 
  • When all the computers are in use, there is an electronic queuing station where you can sign up for the next available station - and watch the queue until a station becomes available for you. 
  • The operating system has been upgraded to a more stable and secure platform that will be much easier to keep updated. 
  • We take protecting your privacy very seriously, and with the new system everything you do during your session is thoroughly deleted the moment your session ends. Make sure you save your files - work online, email documents to yourself, or save to a flash drive! 
  • One important word of caution: If you use a flash drive, make sure you close it before your session ends and before you remove the device. The new system only saves to flash drives when they are intentionally closed.
  • The update has been completed at the main library. Upgrades at the branches will follow in December.

Shop Smartly with Consumer Reports Online

Consumer ReportsChances are, you are going to buy something in the near future and you want to make sure you are getting the best deal for your money. Perhaps it's a new television, a camera, or a snow blower. Headed to an electronics store? There are ratings for those items, too. Consumer Reports provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services. The library has purchased an online subscription to this vital resource so you can shop smarter - and you can easily use it on the go since it is also included in the Library's app.

Mini-Med School: Preventative Medicine

Come to the library on Monday, December 1, at 10:00 a.m. to learn what you should be discussing with your doctor to stay healthy. Dr. Erin Ney will be discussing Preventative Medicine. Some topics that she can cover included age-appropriate cancer screening including guidelines for screening for breast, colon, prostate, cervical and lung cancer; age appropriate vaccinations, other screening labs and appropriate intervals for screening for cholesterol, diabetes, HIV, hepatitis C, osteoporosis, and more. Presented in partnership with Tufts Medical Center Primary Care - Quincy.

Discover Historic New England: 100 Years of the Cape Cod Canal

Cape Cod Canal100 years ago, the Cape Cod Canal became a reality. Discover what this waterway is all about, and how it became the engineering marvel you see today. Join US Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger Samantha Gray on Tuesday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. as she reveals the rich history, unique features and modern day operations of the Cape Cod Canal.

Presented in parternship with the Quincy Historical Society.

What's Cooking @your library: Health Holiday Entertaining

Liz BarbourHoliday entertaining can be stressful and calorie laden..but it doesn't need to be. Join Chef and cooking instructor Liz Barbour on Tuesday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m. and learn how to plan a healthy menu that can include recipes that are prepared ahead and recipes that can be put together last minute with very little fuss. Liz will talk you through shopping lists, preparation task lists and the art of tweaking purchased items with your own personal touch so every dish looks amazing and tastes delicious. Liz's discussion is followed by a cooking demonstration of two of her favorite entertaining recipes. Each recipe is designed to make your holiday party preparation simple and carefree so you can enjoy feasting with your guests. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of two delicious recipes and samples.

Registration is required so we can make sure we have enough food for everyone to get a taste. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Learn more in this interview, filmed for QATV:

Go Places @your library: Extreme Adventures

moroccan phoneFind out what it is like to experience first-hand a coup in Ecuador. Learn what it feels like to suit up as a theme park character, sail on an Artic icebreaker, camp in the African bush, and kayak to the Statue of Liberty. Adventure travel journalist for The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Huffington Post, Peter Mandel hunts his stories and photos in the world's far corners, including Antarctica, India, Egypt, Patagonia, the fjords of Norway, the mountain pathways of Japan, and the deserts of Africa. The author of ten books, on Tuesday, December 16, at 7:00 p.m., he'll talk about his most extreme travel experiences, as well as about how adventure travel turns to prose on today's newspaper page.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Learn more in this interview with Peter Mandel, filmed for QATV:

Holiday Concert

QHS and NQHS Select ChoirsPlease join us on Monday, December 22, at 3:30 p.m. for the annual holiday concert performed by the Quincy High Horizons Choir and the North Quincy High Select Choir.

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night

Drop by the Main Library on Monday, December 29, 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 December (except Christmas, 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:

December 4 @6:45 p.m.: A Most Wanted Man

movie stillThe late Philip Seymour Hoffman gives his final screen performance in this taut yet labyrinthine adaptation of John le Carré's 2008 spy novel. In the years immediately following 9/11, Gunter Bachmann (Hoffman) is a counterterrorist expert based in Hamburg who operates as a rogue agent. He specializes in bringing down jihadists, and as the story opens, he begins to fixate on a Chechen immigrant who befriends an American social worker (Rachel McAdams) who grows convinced of his harmlessness and sets about persuading Gunter of the same. Meanwhile, Gunter becomes aware of a palpable and imminent threat to national security that involves future jihad activity, and devises an ingenious plan that he hopes will both extinguish the threat and provide amnesty for Issa.
"Although the cast is uniformly fine, Hoffman shines in a role that demands not showmanship, but a kind of complexity and contradiction that can be rendered only through the kind of dull character details that he excelled in, accumulating them from the inside out." - Washington Post
Directed by Anton Corbijn. Starring Daniel Brühl, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Theatrically released in 2014. 121 Minutes; Rated R for language.

December 11 @6:45 p.m.: Guardians of the Galaxy

movie stillBrash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
"It manages the trick of being both an unironic sci-fi action-adventure flick and a zippy parody of one. It’s exciting, funny, self-aware, beautiful to watch and even, for a flickering instant or two, almost touching." - Washington Post
Directed by James Gunn. Starring Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Vin Diesel, and Zoe Saldana. Theatrically released in 2014. 121 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.

December 18 @7:00 p.m.: The Skeleton Twins

movie stillAfter ten years of estrangement, twins Maggie and Milo coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went so wrong. As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize that the key to fixing their lives just may lie in fixing their relationship with each other.
"This is a smart movie about complicated people in search of something approaching inner peace." - Chicago Sun-Times
Directed by Craig Johnson. Starring Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, and Luke Wilson. Theatrically released in 2014. 93 Minutes; Rated R for language, some sexuality and 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 starting at 2:00 p.m.

December 3: The Fault in our Stars (PG-13)
December 10: 22 Jump Street (R)
December 17: A Most Wanted Man (R)
No movies on December 24 or December 31 because of the holidays.

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

Cooking with Books: Cookie Swap

The Adams Shore Branch invites everyone to come over on Monday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m. for the Annual Cookie Swap. Enjoy some tasty food, talk about recipes, and peruse cookbooks for the December session of the popular Cooking with Books series, which happens on the second Monday of most months. Get ideas for cookie recipes in some of our books.

December 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.

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World Literature Book Club

This discussion group meets one Friday per month at 10:00 a.m. and focuses on world literature. On Friday, December 12, we will discuss Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.

Booked for Lunch

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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, December 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!

December Exhibit: Peter Jackson's Landscapes

art sampleThroughout the month of December we are proud to present Landscapes by Peter Jackson.

Peter Jackson is a landscape architect who lives in Milton and works in park and open space planning and design. He chose landscape architecture because it allows him to exercise creativity, a passion for beauty in nature, and a commitment to serving community and the public good. Peter has been taking photographs of landscapes and nature for over forty years. His subjects include the environments in which he works or travels. Favorite themes include early morning light, reflections, and contrasts in texture. In this exhibit, photos of his landscape architecture work include a tagline of his personal motto “Make the World a Better Place…Everyday.”

Peter will also provide an opportunity for exhibit visitors to identify scenes around Quincy to be entered into a drawing. Two entries with all correct answers will have an opportunity to select photos from the exhibit.

Mr. Jackson will be at the exhibit from 6:00-7:00 on Thursday Dec. 4 and Tuesday Dec. 9 to discuss his work.

Learn more about the artist and his artwork in this interview, filmed for QATV:

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 am to 12:00
or
Monday, January 26th, 10 am 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 thomascranelibrary.org/read

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

Download the New 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.

Learn more in this introduction to the new app, presented by Assistant Director Clayton Cheever, for QATV:

Special December Programs Just for Kids

Children's Movie: Frozen

Come in out of the cold and join us at the North Quincy Branch on Monday, December 29, at 2:00 p.m. for a showing of Disney’s Frozen.

After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen, Elsa, her sister fearless optimist Anna teams up with rough-hewn mountaineer Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, and break the icy spell.

Rated: PG Runtime 108 minutes

Watch the official trailer and listen to the soundtrack to get ready!

Dropin Holiday Craft: Masks

Stop by the Main Library children’s room any time on Tuesday, December 30, between 2:00- 4:00 p.m. and create a marvelous mask to welcome the New Year. This craft is fun for all ages, make your mask as plain or fancy as you would like. No registration is required.

 Music and Movement with Rubi

Sing and dance with Rubi Lichauco, Saturday, December, 6 at 10:00 a.m.! Rubi brings her popular preschool program to Quincy so put on your favorite dancing shoes and join us for this lively mix of music and movement for children ages 0-4 accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Publicc Library.

Storytimes

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Saturday Storytime with Diana Kane

Children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult are invited to come join Diana Kane for a family storytime full of stories, songs, rhymes and more on Saturday, December 13, 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, December 16, 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.

Rock-a-bye Baby Storytime

Join us Thursday, December 4, 11, and 20, at 11:00 a.m. for an introduction to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and gentle movement exercises for very young children, ages 4 - 11 months accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Just for Threes Storytime

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities are used to reinforce concepts in this popular storytime Tuesdays December 2, 9, and 16, at 9:30 a.m..This program for three-year-olds (ages 36-47 months) and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children. No registration is required.

Preschool Storytime

Fridays, December 5 and 12, at 9:30 a.m. longer, more complex stories form the basis for 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.

Toddler Storytime @Adams Shore

This half hour program Tuesdays, December 2, 9, and 16, at 10:00 a.m. at the Adams Shore Branch Library (519 Seat Street) for toddlers (ages 2 and 3) and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children. Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities are used to reinforce concepts. No registration is required.

Preschool Storytime @North Quincy

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this storytime Mondays, December 1, 8, and 15, at 10:00 a.m. at the North Quincy Branch Library (381 Hancock Street). 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, December 27, 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 new, 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, December 10, you are invited to come in and play with magnets. Make magnets float above each other, chase each other around and use them to go fishing! This program does not require registration.

Mad Science

mad scienceFor Ages 3-5: Bugs!
Welcome to the realm of insects! In this Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop, children ages 3-5 will be introduced to the world of creepy, crawly creatures that they find beneath their feet through hands-on activities, and interactive and entertaining demonstrations. Participants will learn about insects’ unique eyesight, and the way they defend themselves against predators. The children will use their new bug knowledge to build their very own model insect to take home.

This 45-minute workshop for ages 3-5 will be held on Saturday, December 20, 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: Harnessing Heat
This Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop introduces children ages 6-10 to the concepts of heat and heat transfer through hands-on fun, discussions and demonstrations. Kids will learn about and observe the basic properties of heat by play-acting the role of atoms, as well as observing the effects and behavior of warm air and water. The participants will witness a gravity defying candle-lighting, and even take part in a sense-confusing temperature test. The workshop is capped off with a taste bud pleasing demonstration of heat at work, transforming solid sugar crystals into the spun floss of cotton candy!

This one-hour workshop for ages 6-10 will be held on Saturday, December 20, 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 year we will be reading the book of your choice. Read any book you like and bring it with you to share with the group. This month we will be meeting on Monday, December 8, 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, December 9, at 7:00 p.m. we will be discussing Graphic Novels. Take a look through our graphic novel collection. You could pick part of a series, like Tintin. You could pick a single story, like Rapunzel's Revenge. We have graphic novel versions of text novels, like the Percy Jackson books or The Hobbit. We have manga and even nonfiction. So long as it's in graphic novel format, grab it, read it and come talk about it.


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