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August 2014
Volume 11, Number 8

Holiday Hours
Expanded Branch Hours
New Music Every Tuesday
Discover Historic New England: Lost Boston
Bike Month: Movies and Workshops
Home on the Harbor
Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night
Volunteer Opportunities: Help our Literacy Program
Wednesday Matinees at North Quincy
Teen Movie
Book Discussions
Art Exhibit: Statues of Our Lady
Summer Fun for Kids & Families: Fizz, Boom, Read!

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Holiday Hours

In observance of Labor Day, the library will be closed Saturday, August 30 and remain closed through Monday, September 1. The library will reopen on Tuesday, September 2. Book drops will be open at all locations (but don't worry, no overdue charges will accrue while the library is closed) and don't forget that you can renew items online.

Expanded Branch Hours

Beginning the first week of September each branch library will be open an extra four hours every week. The new branch hours will be:

  • Adams Shore (519 Sea St): Monday 1-9, Tuesday 9-5, Wednesday 1-5, Thursday 1-5
  • North Quincy (381 Hancock St):  Monday 1-5, Tuesday 1-9, Wednesday & Thursday 1-5, Saturday 9-1
  • Wollaston (41 Beale St): Monday & Tuesday 1-5, Wednesday 1-9, Thursday 9-5

New Music Every Tuesday

no fools, no fun by Puss N BootsWe're getting new albums every week and they're all available for you to listen to right now from your computer or with the app from the Apple or Google stores. What are you waiting for? Here are some highlights of recent releases with links so you can listen NOW (clicking on the album title will bring you to a page where you can borrow and listen to the album right now; clicking on the artist's name will bring you to their available body of work).

The same partnership that is bringing all this hot new music is also bringing the latest audiobooks, as well as a free way to easily watch hundreds of popular movies and television shows right now. All you need is your Quincy library card to watch and listen for free.

Discover Historic New England: Lost Boston

Lost BostonA nostalgic journey back in time to visit some of the disappeared buildings and places in all their grandeur, before the wrecking ball and decline set in.

Author of over 6o books on Boston, the neighborhoods and surrounding cities and towns, Anthony Mitchell Sammarco will speak to us on Monday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m. about Boston landmarks that have disappeared as the result of fire, neglect and urban renewal. In his new book Lost Boston he includes fascinating essays with evocative photographs of once popular places such as the Howard Athenaeum, the Boston Garden, the City Point Aquarium and the Boston Opera House. He also includes the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Perkins School for the Blind and the Horace Mann School for the Deaf, Mechanic Arts High School and Girl’s High School. From places of entertainment to places of detention, from lost squares to lost neighborhoods, mansions and places of worship this lavishly illustrated lecture will revisit many of Boston’s now lost landmarks, and explain their once prominent place in the city.

After Anthony’s talk he will sign copies of his new book Lost Boston which is part of Anova Books, the London -based publisher whose series includes Lost New York, Lost Chicago, Lost Washington, DC and the incredible Lost Las Vegas. Books will be available to purchase for $18.95.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Bike Month: Movies and Workshops

August is just about the perfect month for getting out and riding a bicycle. What do libraries have to do with bicycling? Besides being a great destination for a bike ride, we have lots of books, movies, and music that can help you get rolling and celebrate two-wheeled freedom. All August you can find even more bicycling programs at the library with our movies and workshops.

Bicycling Movies

Every Thursday night in August we have a special bicycle themed cinematic event:
movie stillCome Thursday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. for a presentation of movies all about Bikes Not Bombs. Each year Bikes Not Bombs collects roughly 6,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts from our supporters around Greater Boston and New England. They ship most of these bikes overseas to economic development projects through our International Programs in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Bikes that don't get shipped often land in their Youth Programs where teens learn bicycle safety and mechanics skills in the process of earning bikes to keep for themselves. Their retail Bike Shop also reconditions and sells some of the donated bikes that they receive, employing many graduates of their programs. The Shop's profit from the bicycle sales, parts sales, and repairs goes towards funding their youth and international work. We will be joined by Jodi Sugerman-Brozan, Bikes Not Bombs' Executive Director for this inspiring evening of bike films.

movie stillBike Month continues on Thursday, August 14 at 7:00 with a special presentation of a newly re-edited release of Power to the Pedals. This film portrays the transformative vision and extraordinary efforts of Wenzday Jane, a woman whose mechanical skills and innovative actions are reshaping her community. Wenzday goes to the heart of the sustainability issue by offering solutions, and suggests that things don’t have to be the way they are. Raised in public housing, Wenzday discovered the bicycle. To her, it meant personal freedom and self-determination. She would later develop a passion for mechanics and welding, and learned how to reshape the world around her. Now a self-taught innovator and revolutionary community leader, she heads an urban movement to replace trucks with cargo bicycles for local delivery, municipal waste-hauling for the city of Cambridge, and agricultural distribution. She’s creating a more sustainable future by helping others discover the power of the pedal.

A panel discussion will follow the film. The following people have been invited to participate on the panel: 

  • Film maker, Bob Nesson
  • Quincy Director of Transportation Planning, Kristina Johnson
  • President of Quincycles, Nathan Pipho
  • Car-free living/cycling advocate, Kevin Gillespie

The final two Thursday film nights take a more whimsical approach to the joy of bicycling. movie stillOn Thursday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. the third in our series of Bike Month movies is the first local screening of the independently produced film, The Bicyclists. A twenty-something Conrad Miller leaves a small town in Wisconsin, promising himself sixty days to make lasting memories before he returns home to take over his parent's cheese factory. Conrad journeys to Portland, attracted to its vibrant urban bike culture and beautiful scenery. Conrad makes valuable friendships and has a decidedly modern love affair with Steve Jones. The friends learn to love and live like never before, but this simple story reveals unexpected turns and darker elements as the sixty-day timeline counts down.

"This could be a hipster’s delight. A female character named Steve? Actors on fixies? Featuring hip local music? Awesome." - Vancouver Voice

The Bicyclists is directed by Carl Jameson and stars Jayme S. Hall, Elle Poindexter, and Melissa Goad. It is 90 minutes long and is not rated. It does have adult situations and profanity.

movie stillBring the entire family for our final Bike Month Movie on Thursday, August 28 at 6:00 p.m. when we will screen Pee Wee's Big Adventure. This classic bike film, co-written by Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman, marks the debut of director Tim Burton, who stamps the entire film with his quirky trademark style. Pee Wee (Reubens), an overgrown pre-pubescent boy sporting a molded Princeton cut, blush, lipstick, and a shrunken gray flannel suit, lives an idyllic life in his bizarre home until someone nabs his most prized possession: a fire engine-red customized bicycle. He then embarks on an epic cross-country search to find his lost love, not to mention more than a little adventure. Along the way, he makes friends with various oddball characters, visits the Alamo, endures various hallucinatory nightmares, and has a supernatural run-in with a spectral trucker. The score is by Danny Elfman. Some of the most memorable moments: the opening sequence involving Pee Wee's morning activities (note the bunny slippers and talking breakfast), the scenes at the truck stop, and the "Hollywood" version of Pee Wee's story at the end (starring James Brolin and Morgan Fairchild in surprise cameos).

"Everything about Pee-wee's Big Adventure, from its toy-box colors to its superb, hyperanimated Danny Elfman score to the butch-waxed hairdo and wooden-puppet walk of its star and mastermind, Pee-wee Herman, is pure pleasure." - Salon.com

This film is 90 minutes long and is rated PG. This screening is also made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Bike Workshops

Join us for two workshops led by Quincy's own bicycling professionals and activists.

Come learn the fundamentals of bicycle maintenance on Wednesday, August 20 at 6:30 p.m.. Do you know how to lube a chain? Can you tell the difference between a derailleur and a cassette? Come to the library and learn some basic vocabularly, find out how to do a basic bike inspection, and leave knowing how to perform some important fundamental maintenance. This workshop will be lead by Quincy's own Boston Bike Guy, Mike Fink. Mike started out fixing bicycles as a kid at age 11. He has been riding bmx bikes since then and started working professionaly in 2002. Starting out at the bottom, learning everything, he moved on to fixing geared bicycles as a head mechanic before setting out on his own. He is now the owner of the Boston Bike Guy shop at 27b Cottage Ave.

Come to the library on Tuesday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m. for Bicycling De-mystified. Love freedom and self-sufficiency yet still looking for a parking space for your car every time you come to the library? Ever feel intimidated by lycra-clad road warrior bike messengers? Think that biking is just something for kids? Come join a lively panel of local, friendly experts for a conversation that will strip away the mystery and help you realize how riding a bicycle can improve your life. Learn about the different kinds of bicycles, find out about cool bike accessories , get tips for great local places to ride, and increase your comfort with the most fuel-efficient form of locomotion.

The panel will consist of Paul Anderson (owner of Anderson Bicycle), Maureen Conway of QATV's Cycle Segments, and other members of QuinCycles, Quincy's bike advocacy organization.

All of Bike Month is made possible through a cooperative partnership with QuinCycles.

Home on the Harbor

historic Boston harborThe Boston Harbor Islands have been home to many different people, starting with Native Americans and fur traders to soldiers of various Wars to patients at different hospitals to hotel guests to ship wreck survivors to summer residents to modern park visitors. Come to the library on Monday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. and learn how the Boston Harbor Islands National Park was created geologically and politically. Get an overview or the recreational and volunteer opportunities that exist in the National Park. Special attention will be given to the two "Gateway Islands" of Georges & Spectacle Islands. 

This illustrated presentation will be given by Kevin Rogers, Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands (FBHI) Community Outreach Coordinator. Kevin has volunteered for the FBHI for close to eight years. He has been an interpreter on Georges Island and at Boston Light. He served on the FBHI Board of Directors for three years before greatly expanded FBHI's Community Outreach Program. He is a resident of Halifax,MA and when not working to promote the Harbor Islands is an interpreter/volunteer at The Franklin Park Zoo.

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

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night

Quincy Unplugged

Drop by the Main Library on Monday, August 25 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.

Volunteer Opportunities

ESL Conversation Group Leader

Help adults improve their English. Would you like to...

  • Work with people from other cultures and countries?
  • Help limited English speakers connect with their new community?
  • Learn techniques and activities to help adults speak English more fluently?

If you answered YES to the above questions, become a volunteer group leader with the Thomas Crane Library’s English Talk Time program! No previous teaching experience is required and training is provided.

English Talk Time volunteers run conversation groups for international adult students. The overall time commitment is 2-3 hours per week. Our groups meet at the main library, the Quincy YMCA and – starting fall of 2014 - the Germantown Neighborhood Center. Volunteers work and train with an experienced ESL teacher before leading their own groups. The next Talk Time training will begin in October (day and time to be determined). The training is very hands-on and involves the participation of students and volunteers-in-training. Training sessions take place once a week for 10 weeks.

Our current volunteers describe being a Talk Time volunteer as energizing, inspiring and fun. If this rewarding volunteer opportunity interests you, please call 617-376-3295 or e-mail quenglishtalk@ocln.org for more information.

Grammar Teacher Wanted

The English Talk Time program is looking for an experienced grammar teacher to lead a class for international adults. The grammar class meets at the library once a week for 1-1⁄2 hours. The day is flexible depending on the volunteer’s schedule. The overall time commitment is two or three hours per week. Our students are highly committed, hard-working and appreciative. If this unique and rewarding volunteer opportunity interests you, please call 617-376-3295 or e-mail quenglishtalk@ocln.org for more information.

Wednesday Matinees @North Quincy

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

August 6: Rear Window (PG)
August 13: Stand By Me (R)
August 20: Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (not rated)
August 27: Jaws (PG)

Teen Movie: Divergent

DivergentOn Tuesday, August 19 at 2:00 p.m. we will screen Divergent.
In a world where the population is divided into factions by personality types, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is classified as Divergent. When she uncovers a conspiracy to eliminate all Divergents, she teams with the mysterious Four (Theo James) to find out what makes the powers-that-be so frightened of them. Kate Winslet also stars in this action thriller adapted from the novel by Veronica Roth, and directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless). Rated PG-13

Teens Only. 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 coverBooked for Lunch

World Literature Book Club

This discussion group meets one Friday per month at 10:00 a.m. and focuses on world literature. On Friday, August 8, we will discuss Regeneration by Pat Barker. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.

Booked for Lunch

@Main Library
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 1 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!

Teen Book Club

All teens are invited to come to the library for our newest book group. On Thursday, August 21 at 2:00 p.m. join up with other teens from around the state for the Quincy appearance of the Wandering Book Club. Meet other teen book lovers, add books to your to-read pile, eat snacks, and have fun! For teens only. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

August Exhibit: Statues of Our LadyStatues of Our Lady

Throughout the month of August, Ellen Weber presents her photographs.

"Growing up Roman Catholic in Los Angeles led to an urban experience of religion as a melting pot of many traditions. Having always been interested in the iconography of my religion, it was an unexpected curiosity to see something that most likely escapes the notice of people who have grown up in the region: the statues of Mary adorning the yards of New England homes. Although seen through the filter of a particular religion, this exhibit explores Christian iconography and is not meant to be expressly religious. Rather, the images celebrate the divine feminine as personified by Mary, protectress of humanity." - Ellen Weber

Summer Fun for Kids & Families: Fizz, Boom, Read!

Enjoy two full months of summer fun with storytellers, magic, puppet shows, crafts, and science fun @your library.

Summer Reading Challenges

There is still time to participate in the summer reading challenge. Ready Readers, a read to me program for toddlers and preschoolers is designed to give parents and young children plenty of opportunities to practice the building blocks of early literacy, Rainbow Readers gives younger elementary school children plenty of practice reading on their own or listening to parents read aloud as they explore the alphabet. Planetary Explorers for upper elementary and middle school students broadens reading choices by suggesting some new and untried genres. Families can pick up reading challenge logs at the library or print them off our website.

Summer Fun Continues through the month of August

Stories, crafts, music and science fun continue all month long. Magician Debbie O’Carroll starts off the excitement with her Fun and Games Magic Show on Friday, August 1st at 10:30 a.m. on the front lawn at the Main Library. This lively show for children ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult promises to be a fun blend of magic and fitness. In case of bad weather we will move inside.

The Tuesday night fun continues with Magician Greg McAdams and his dog Axel
On Tuesday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m. with Boom,Fizz,Read a show full of magic and storytelling. Help Secret agents Greg and his trusty dog Axel (yes a real dog) stop Boom and Fizz, two of the most notorious bookworms in all of New England!

Get ready for a rocking good time on Tuesday, August 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the large meeting room at the Main Library. Wendy the Singing Scientist and Flumpa is like nothing you have ever seen before! A rock concert for kids featuring a singing scientist and a giant tree frog! This unique, one-of-a kind performance includes all original music complete with high-energy movement and audience participation. Learn about Flumpa and the rain forest as you sing along with Wendy. Wendy Whitten the signing scientist and Flumpa the adventurous tree frog have been traveling across the US for 20 years performing for more than 4 million fans but this will be their first visit to Quincy so don’t miss this amazing show!

Mother Goose and Little Bo Peep

Join children's librarians Jane Miller and Gail Columbare Thursday, August 14th at 10:00 a.m. on the front lawn at the Main Library as they present Mother Goose and Little Bo-Peep: a Nursery Rhyme and Song Extravaganza. This is a fun-filled program of stories and songs for children ages 4 months to 4 years old accompanied by an adult. The show will go on come rain or shine; in case of inclement weather we will move into the large meeting room.

Paper Airplane Workshop

On Friday, August 22nd from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the large meeting room at the Main Library you will learn how to fold a basic plane or two, then trying out changes to the wings and nose to see how they affect what our planes do.

For details on these and many more programs for children of all ages check out our Summer Fun website and events calendar for a full schedule of activities.


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