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August 2015
Volume 12, Number 8

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Learn with lynda

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Are you one of the users who has already watched more than 43 hours of the award-winning online videos we starting offering this summer from lynda.com? Did you know that people are finding this a great place to get quick anwers to specific, technical questions?

The average viewing time this past week was 16 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. Some of the most popular courses so far are:

  • SQL Essential Training
  • Up and Running with Tableau
  • iOS App Development with Swift Essential Training
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.2 Essential Training
  • Asking for a Raise
  • Write, Think, and Act Like a Professional Songwriter
  • Foundations of Drawing: Sketching the Landscape
  • Keynote: Builds, Transitions, Animations, and Effects

Start learning here.

Help an Adult Learn to Read

LVM-Quincy students and volunteersWould you like to help an adult learn to read? Consider becoming a volunteer literacy tutor. Come to a Literacy Volunteer Orientation on either Wednesday, September 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. or Monday, September 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.. Literacy Volunteers of MA-Quincy provides free one-on-one tutoring in basic reading and writing to adults on the South Shore. Come to an orientation session and find out more. To register for the orientation, call 617-376-1314. For more details and an online application form, visit us online.

Print Your Own Pass: Roger Williams Park Zoo

Roger Williams Zoo logoOne of the oldest zoos in the country, Roger Williams Park Zoo is located in Providence, RI amid a beautiful, 40-acre park setting. The Boston Globe has called it "New England's great zoo." America's Best Zoos: A Travel Guide for Fans and Families says "The Roger Williams Park Zoo is not only one of the top tourist attractions in Rhode Island, but also, in our humble opinion, the best zoo in the region.”

Now, when you reserve a library pass to this zoo, you can print the confirmation page, bring it with you to the zoo, and it will serve as your pass (valid for the date listed). Save a trip and get your pass from home! Borrow the pass with your library card and receive a $3 discount on any combination of up to four admission tickets. Without a pass, tickets cost $9.95 for children age 3-12, $14.95 for people 13 and older, and $12.95 for everyone 62 and older. All passes are funded by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

New Music Fridays

new albums available with hooplaThe music industry has recently changed. We now have another reason to look forward to Fridays. New albums that were always released on Tuesdays now come just before our weekends - how great is that? Check back every week to see what is new. We have it available for you, for free, as soon as you could get it anywhere else. We highlight new releases in our staff picks blog and you can see what hoopla highlights on this page. Some recent releases we think you may especially like include:

  • Woman by Jill Scott
    The singer and songwriter's fifth album contains several of the year's best R&B cuts.
  • Bittersweet by Kasey Chambers
    Australian singer and songwriter delivers a dozen great songs and heartfelt performances.
  • Ashes & Dust by Warren Haynes
    The Gov't Mule and former Allman Brothers Band guitarist indulges his singer/songwriter side in collaboration with Railroad Earth.
  • Y Dydd Olaf by Gwenno
    The ex-Pipette returns with a lovely solo album built on vintage synths and featuring dreamy songs inspired by sci-fi and sung in Welsh and Cornish.
  • Subjective Concepts by Strange Wilds
    The fast, loud, and grimy debut album from these Olympia, Washington punks who threaten to bring back grunge and make you like it.

Saving Baby: Racehorses, Love, & Redemption

book coverThe horse racing industry may try to depict racing as a glamorous presentation of equine grace and speed, but as Jo Anne Normile and her beloved pet horse Baby learned, that depiction is a veneer. Tens of thousands of racehorses experience a harrowing life on the back lots of the country's tracks.

Come to the library on Tuesday, August 4 at 7 p.m. and learn about this incredible love story and the personal impact it had on Jo Anne and Lawrence Lindner, the author with whom she co-wrote the recently published book, Saving Baby. There will be a book signing following the talk. A recent interview with QATV tells us more about what to expect at the program:

Summer Concerts on the Lawn

Summer: Time to break out the picnic blankets, lawn chairs and bug spray and get ready to hear some great music on the library lawn! Our summer concerts on the lawn, begun in July, carry over into the first Thursday evening in August. Learn more on our concerts web page:

Andy and Judy on the tracksAugust 6 at 7 p.m.: Andy and Judy Daigle
Andy and Judy Daigle have been singing together since 2009. It’s a duo built upon common ground. Each draw from a wealth of experience they received while singing with various choruses and choirs throughout their lives. Their musical interests range from “old-timey” traditional songs right through the folk music stalwarts such as John Prine, Bob Dylan, Ian and Sylvia, and Townes Van Zandt. As folk singer/songwriters, their music "folk with a country flavor". They effectively use the guitar and mandolin to set the mood and character of each song. In addition, their performances are highlighted by the quality of their vocal work, each individually and joined together with beautiful harmonies. All of these musical elements are seamlessly presented in their three CDs. Learn more at their site.

Tiny Houses

First came urban chicken coops, then food trucks. The latest trend to test city zoning laws? Tiny houses built on trailer beds. Come to the library on Tuesday, August 11, at 7 p.m. and learn all about this new trend in minimalist, environmentally conscious living from one of the experts, Christopher Page.

Chris built his own tiny house with his own hands and is lecturing widely about this movement. The tiny house movement is a growing phenomenon that taps into issues of sustainability, minimalism, and economic freedom. More and more people are considering the option of downsizing their possessions and living in a smaller space. Chris built a 210-square-foot tiny house during the second half of 2014 and has been living in it since then. His talk will cover some general information about the movement and his process of building and living in his house. There will be ample time for questions both during and after the presentation.

War Is Over! Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II

On August 14, 1945, Japanese Emperor Hirohito's decree to surrender was announced over the radio, and World War II was officially declared over. Come join us as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of this momentous occasion with an art exhibit, a concert, and two presentations:

  • postersOn exhibit all month: World War II Prograganda Posters
    Beginning August 7, we will be displaying a collection of colorful posters from World War II as a part of our 70th anniversary of the end of World War II commemoration. Produced by government agencies and by commercial firms, World War II propaganda posters conveyed their messages through emotional illustrations and memorable phrases. Wartime posters addressed every citizen as a combatant in a war of production and united the power of art with the power of advertising. Displayed here is a small selection of the almost 200,000 images produced during the Second World War. Common poster themes include wartime security, enlistment, production of food and war materials, salvage and conservation, patriotic inspiration, relief efforts, and funding of the war through the sale of war bonds. See our entire WWII poster collection online here.
  • Sunday, August 16, at 3 p.m.: Concert on the Lawn with Krisanthi Pappas and her 4-piece band.
    They are returning to the library with a set of songs from 70 years ago that is sure to sweep you off your feet!
  • Tuesday, August 18 at 7 p.m.: U-Boats in the Caribbean
    Winston Churchill recognized in his memoirs, "The only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-Boat peril." His fears would be realized in the Caribbean. By the end of the war, the Germans had sunk 400 merchant ships in the Caribbean while only losing 17 U-boats. Ligia Domenech, a history professor in the Global Studies Department at Northern Essex Community College, wrote the definitive account of the German U-boat blockage in the Caribbean and will present her most interesting findings to us.
  • Tuesday, August 25 at 7 p.m.: Boston Harbor before and after WWII
    Come learn about how the Boston Harbor Islands were used for military purposes during WWII. Harbor mines and submarine nets will be discussed, as well as the many military installations and forts that no longer exist. Ever heard of Ft. Revere, Ft. Banks, Ft. Heath, Ft. Dawes, and Ft. Duvall? These are just a few forts that have passed out of the memory of many people. We will discuss several of the fort structures from that era that still remain in the harbor. Learn what happened to the the forts with the end of WWII and how that impacted the Boston Harbor Islands and the harbor in general.

Just for Teens

teen summer readingUnmask Teen Summer Reading! All teens are invited to participate in our book bingo reading game to earn tickets for one of our five summer reading raffle baskets. This summer, we will be raffling off a Dr. Who basket, a Walking Dead basket, a book lovers basket, a coffee/tea basket, and a movie/music basket. You can pick up your bingo card at the Reference desk on the 2nd floor or at any of the branches. For each bingo square completed participants will receive one raffle ticket. A short review for each book must be completed to earn a ticket. Log in to register reviews here.

Get the summer reading lists for Quincy High School and North Quincy High School, as well as lists of required and non-required summer reading on our high school summer reading page.

Reading isn't the only way to earn raffle tickets this summer. Come to any of our teen programs listed below and earn additional tickets.

  • August 3 at 3 p.m. - Book Discussion: Marrow by Preston Norton.
    Come discuss this fresh, entertaining read. Snack's will be provided.
  • August 5 at 3 p.m. - Heroes of Olympus.
    Find out which half blood house you belong to. Join us as we track the adventures of Jason, Piper, and Leo.
  • August 11 at 3 p.m. - Superhero Fashion Show Selfies.
    Come dressed as your favorite superhero and face off in our marvelous fashion show.
  • August 18 at 3 p.m. - Superheroes vs. Villains Scavenger Hunt. 
    Follow the clues to be the first superhero/villain to claim the prize.
  • August 21 at 3 p.m. - Summer Reading Final Party.
    Turn in your bingo sheets and enjoy our final party as we raffle off this summer's prizes.

All teens are welcome to come to all these events. Snacks and support are provided by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night

Drop by the Main Library on Monday, August 31, 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 almost every Thursday in August for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Every week we have a matinee showing. Evening showings start again on Thursday, August 13 (come to the concert on August 6!)

August 6 @1 p.m.: 21

movie stillCelebrate Quincy! Ben Campbell is a shy, brilliant MIT student who, needing to pay school tuition, finds the answers in the cards. He is recruited to join a group of the school's most gifted students that heads to Vegas every weekend armed with fake identities and the know-how to turn the odds at blackjack in their favor. With unorthodox math professor and stats genius Micky Rosa leading the way, they crack the code. By counting cards and employing an intricate system of signals, the team can beat the casinos big-time. Seduced by the money, the Vegas lifestyle, and his smart and sexy teammate, Jill Taylor (Kate Bosworth), Ben begins to push the limits. Though counting cards isn't illegal, the stakes are high, and the challenge becomes not only keeping the numbers straight, but staying one step ahead of the casinos' menacing enforcer, Cole Williams. Based on a true story, many scenes were filmed in the area, including at the Quincy Center T station.
"21 makes for some slick escapist fantasy. Even if, and because, the fantasy has its roots in something real." - Philadelphia Inquirer
Directed by Robert Luketic. Starring Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, and Kevin Spacey. Theatrically released in 2008. 123 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content including partial nudity.

August 13 @1 p.m. and again at 6:45 p.m.: Chappie

movie stillIn the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.
"This hugely entertaining oddity could never be mistaken for the work of any other filmmaker." - Time Out London
Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Starring Anri Du Toit, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Ninja, Sharlto Copley, and Sigourney Weaver. Theatrically released in 2015. 120 Minutes; Rated R for violence, language, and brief nudity.

August 20 @1 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.: McFarland, USA

movie stillInspired by the 1987 true story, novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school.
"A cross-cultural charmer, an endearing true story told with intelligence and warmth by director Niki Caro (2002's Whale Rider)." - USA Today
Directed by Niki Caro. Starring Kevin Costner, Maria Bello. Theatrically released in 2015. 129 Minutes; Rated PG for thematic material, some violence, and language.

August 27 @1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.: 5 Flights Up

movie stillForty years ago, artist Alex Carver (Morgan Freeman) bought a run-down apartment in a sketchy part of Brooklyn with his wife, schoolteacher Ruth (Diane Keaton). Today, their neighborhood is now very hip and their apartment worth a small fortune. The now-retired Ruth and Alex haven’t changed – they are still as much in love as ever. But they have let Ruth’s niece Lily (Cynthia Nixon), a real estate agent, list their property to see what the market might bear. On the eve of their open house, the Brooklyn Bridge is rumored to be under a terrorist attack, sending the media into a frenzy and people’s attitudes about living in New York. Closer to home, Dorothy, the Carver’s beloved dog, is suddenly having trouble walking. While Dorothy is having expensive treatment at the vet, Ruth convinces Alex to go apartment hunting in Manhattan, where they miraculously come across an ideal place they might actually be able to afford. As the world around them seems to mirror their own chaos and confusion, Ruth and Alex realize the same bond of love that has kept them together all these years will allow them to see their way through this crazy weekend as well.
"What a pleasure to see a simple, finely tuned dramedy about real adults with real emotions in a real-life situation." - Los Angeles Times
Directed by Richard Loncraine. Starring Cynthia Nixon, Diane Keaton, and Morgan Freeman. Theatrically released in 2015. 92 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for language and some nude images.

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 p.m.

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

August 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, August 14, we will discuss The Headmaster's Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene. 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, August 7, from 12 noon to 1 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!

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.

Special August Programs Just for Kids

Everything kicks into high gear at the library come summertime! Learn all about it on the special summer fun website where you can learn all about summer events, summer reading, and summer fun online.

There is something happening for kids and families every week day from July first through the end of August! Julie and Jane stopped by the QATV studio to give us some highlights:


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