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May 2016
Volume 13, Number 5

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Holiday & Other Closings in May

The Main Library will be closed on Friday, May 6, for Staff Development Day. Regular hours resume on Saturday, May 7.

All library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31. Visit our Locations & Hours page for complete information. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Prince, 1957-2016

prince photoOn Thursday, April 21, music legend Prince was found dead. Much has been written about his legacy (here's one of our favorite posts), and scores of people have found that we can't listen to his music on our favorite streaming sites - and news stories have reported on his move to only allow one streaming site (Tidal) have access to his music. Prince is not on Spotify, Rdio, or Apple Music. Do not fret - we have you covered! You can use our streaming service (hoopla) to listen to Prince NOW - for free. To set up your account all you need is your library card number and PIN (limited to Quincy residents). Dirty MindPurple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, The Hits (1, 2, and B-Sides), the Very Best of Prince, and so much more are available to help us remember this remarkable musician.

Help Wanted: Creative Volunteers

obama and a makerAre you a skilled tech enthusiast, hobbyist, crafter, artist, musician, tinkerer, engineer, writer, artisan, or backyard inventor? Help us celebrate the talent and creativity of Quincy during the second annual National Week of Making in June. We are planning a week full of hands-on DIY/how-to learning activities for all ages and are recruiting community experts who would enjoy showing their creations and sharing their learning with others. Your speciality might be taking great photos or playing the ukelele, coding web pages or writing poems, designing beautiful gardens or building better mousetraps. Whatever it is, there are probably others in your community who would like to learn about it.

The Library has always been the community's center for lifelong learning, filled with print, media, and online resources to help independent learners. Now, we want to take it to the next level, and provide opportunities for hands-on learning and creativity. Please help us get started—use this form to tell us what skill or talent you can share to help increase Quincy's creative potential.

Device Advice

Do you have a new phone or tablet or 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, and so much more? We want to help! Stop by the Main Library any Tuesday in May 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.

Grownups 20/30s

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

  • Join us for our second Fine Liquorature Book Club Meetup at Bistro Chi in Quincy Center (37 Cottage Avenue) Monday, May 9, at 7:00 p.m. This month we will be discussing Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. 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).
  • Retro Video Gaming on Tuesday, May 31, 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.
  • Saturday matinee showings of contemporary classic movies (all start at 2:30 p.m.):

Just for Teens

The Teen Advisory Board is meeting next on Thursdays, May 12 and 26, 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:

  • Talk with potential employers at a Teen Job Fair, co-sponsored by the Quincy Career Center, on Wednesday, May 4, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Play PS4 and XBox One Games on Tuesday, May 24, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Meet to discuss books in the monthly book discussion group on Thursday, May 19, at 3:30 p.m. Snacks will be served.

These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Literacy Volunteer Orientation

Make a difference in two lives. Help an adult learn to read by becomeing a volunteer literacy tutor. LVM 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. Please call 617-376-1314 to register. The next orientation sessions are happening on June 13 and June 22 from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m. each day. Find out more.

High School Choir Concerts

The choirs from Quincy High School and North Quincy High School are each coming to the library to present the culmination of their year’s work this month. On Tuesday, May 3, we will be honored by a performance by the Quincy High School choir, which will start at 3:30 p.m. Two days later, on Thursday, May 5, also at 3:30 p.m., the North Quincy High School Choir will bring their voices to our atrium. In the past we’ve had members from each choir perform a combined holiday concert. This is the first time each choir is getting its own library spotlight!

Life as a WWII Japanese POW

book jacketHow much do you know about what life was like for the Dutch community living in Indonesia during the Japanese invasion in World War Two? Come to the library on Monday, May 9, at 7:00 p.m. to hear a presentation from someone who survived the Japanese occupation and then imprisonment in a Japanese internment camp from 1942 until the fall of 1945. Robine Andrau has recently published a book she co-wrote with her mother, with whom she was imprisoned. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn history from someone who has lived it.

Memoirs of a Boston PI

DiNatale Detective Agency logoFor over 40 years John P. DiNatale has been a practicing private investigator in the City of Boston. He shared his detective agency with his father, who was involved in the Boston Strangler Investigation. The Friends of the Thomas Crane Library have invited Mr. DiNatale to present stories from his recently published book about his family's PI Practice on Tuesday, May 10, at 7:00 p.m. The Friends' annual meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m., immediately before the program begins. All are welcome to attend the meeting and the program.

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: A Brief History of Comics

Geek Gal avatarEspecially for people in their 20s and 30s but open to everyone, we are hosting a presentation about the history and art of comics on Monday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. Come learn about how comic art developed in America, how comics integrated into popular culture, and how the art form is evolving. Our presenter is Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe. Sarah served as head of guest relations for Anime Boston for three years and has solid geek credentials. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Boston Bronze & Stone: Celebrating Public Art

Joe Gallo Jr.The stone and bronze artworks around Boston say volumes about our collective history and the artistic values of our times. Come to the library on Tuesday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m. to experience a rich presentation about the exceptional public art work within the City of Boston, home to some of the most extraordinary public art in North America. Sculptors of public art include Daniel Chester French, Katherine Lane Weems, August Saint-Gaudens and George Aarons. Our presenter, Joseph R. Gallo Jr., recently published a book with hundreds of original photographs and observations with well-referenced sources and maps all about Boston sculpture and will have copies available for sale and signing after his presentation.

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic

Drop by on Monday, May 23, at 6:30 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 mix of local performances which starts at 6:30.

Thursday Movies

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

May 5 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Brooklyn

movie stillNominated for three Oscars and a Golden Globe, winner of many other awards, including the Boston Online Film Critics Association award for Best Actress, Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) is a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

"A godsend for audiences who hunger for rich emotion presented with wit, grace and not a trace of sentimentality, Brooklyn illustrates the power of restraint in dealing with poignant, impassioned material."
--Los Angeles Times

Directed by John Crowley . Starring Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, & Saoirse Ronan. Theatrically released in 2015. 111 Minutes; Rated PG - 13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language.

May 12 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:45 p.m.: Carol

movie stillNominated for six Academy Awards and five Golden Globes, and winner of many other accolades, including AFI Movie of the Year. Set in 1950s New York, two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in the throes of love. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) threatens her competence as a mother when Carol’s involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) comes to light. As Carol leaves the comfort of home to travel with Therese, an internal journey of self-discovery coincides with her new sense of space.

"Carol is a movie to drink in with eyes, ears, and sensibilities." --Boston Globe

Directed by Todd Haynes. Starring Cate Blanchett, Cory Michael Smith, Jake Lacy, John Magaro, Kyle Chandler, Rooney Mara, & Sarah Paulson. Theatrically released in 2015. 118 Minutes; Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language.

The May 19 showing of Room has been moved to June 9 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:45 p.m.

movie stillOscar and Golden Globe winner for Best Performance by an Actress and recipient of many other awards and nominations. Winner Jack (Jacob Tremblay) is a spirited five-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are trapped—confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room.” Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.

"Room unfolds with the privilege of seeing and experiencing the world for the very first time, which is maybe the best we can ever expect from a medium like the cinema." --Boston Globe

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Starring Brie Larson & Jacob Tremblay. Theatrically released in 2015. 118 Minutes; Rated R for language.

May 26 @1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.: The Lady in the Van

movie stillNominated for a Golden Globe (best performance by an actress) and many other awards. Playwright Alan Bennett forms an unexpected bond with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.

"A delicately written, boisterously performed movie about the difficult people who dare us to care about them." --Los Angeles Times

Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Starring Alex Jennings & Maggie Smith. Theatrically released in 2015. 104 Minutes; Rated PG - 13 for a brief unsettling image.

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: Cookout!

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, May 9, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. check out cookbooks, sample some great food, and get ready for summer cookouts! Feel free to bring your favorite summer cookout recipe, you'll always find an appreciative audience at this monthly gathering.

May 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, May 13, we will discuss Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper. 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, May 13, 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 watched hundreds of hours of the award-winning online videos we offer 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 17 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. Excel 2013 Essential Training
    Teaches you the basics of using Excel 2013 to enter and organize data, use functions, and build charts and PivotTables.
  2. Learn Sketch: The Basics
    Learn Sketch 3. Discover how to design logos, wireframes, mockups, and production-ready graphics with Sketch.
  3. Introduction to Graphic Design
    Learn the core skill areas (color, typography, and layout) and core tools (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator) used in graphic design. Find out what designers do and what you'll need to learn to start a graphic design career.
  4. Access 2016 Essential Training
    Learn how to build databases to store and retrieve your data more efficiently with Access 2016.
  5. Making Sense of the CSS Box Model
    Reviews the core concepts of the CSS box model, including techniques such as styling text and images, floating content, using display properties, and positioning elements.
  6. Up and Running with Python
    Get a quick intro to Python, the popular and highly readable object-oriented language.
  7. Illustrator CC 2015 One-on-One: Fundamentals
    Learn how to create amazing works of art and design with Adobe Illustrator CC. The first in a series of three courses by industry pro Deke McClelland, teaching the fundamentals of the program: working with artboards, drawing, and painting.
  8. 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.
  9. Muse Essential Training (2015)
    Learn the ins and outs of Muse, Adobe's "playful" web design platform. This training course shows how to create HTML-based websites with Muse.

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: Spring Into Art

From May 7 to 28 we are proud to display Spring Into Art, the annual juried spring exhibition of the Quincy Art Association. Featuring a variety of mediums, come join the artists for a special reception and awards ceremony on Sunday, May 15 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m..

Special May Programs Just for Kids

As always, there is a lot happening at the library for kids this month. Drop in for a storytime at the Main Library or a branch library, or join us for one of these events:

  • Preschool Music and Movement with Rubi on Saturday, May 7, at 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. for children ages 0-4.
  • Join children's librarian Cathy deVeer and Quinn Z. Bear at the North Quincy Branch, on
    Saturday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m. for a lively family storytime full of stories and songs about Cowboys and Cowgirls. This program is for children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult.
  • Join Diana Kane on Saturday, May 21, at 10:00 a.m. for a family storytime full of stories, songs and rhymes for children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult.
  • Join Let’s Gogh Art for Let’s Gogh Science and learn about how science and art work together. Enter a magical world where fantasy and science meets art, and experiment with your creativity. Unleash your inner geek as you conjure up crazy concoctions creating slime and a 3-D painting. Join us if you dare to have the mysterious sci-art tour of your life! This program is suggested for families with children preschool and older. Preschoolers will need adult help with their projects. Throughout the school year Full STEAM Ahead will explore a different science topic on the fourth Saturday of each month. We'll have different programs on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math so check back at the beginning of each month to see what we'll be doing!
  • This month’s Preschool Discovery at Wollaston is going on from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 5. Stop by to do some fun simple science with your little one, This month we’ll be learning about the ocean. We will be sorting shells, examining sand through a magnifying glass and creating our own waves.
  • Don’t forget after-school Homework Help every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Main Library children’s room. High school tutors will be standing by, ready to help students in grades 1 through 6 with their homework.
  • Do you know a child who likes to read? Would they like to talk to others about books? Then they will surely enjoy our book discussion groups.
    • The Phoenix Book Club for children in grades 5-8 meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is on Tuesday, May 10, at 7:00 p.m..This month’s topic is Oversized Books.
    • The Night Owls Book Club for children in grades 3 and 4 meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. This month it will be meeting on Thursday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. The May book is Pie by Sarah Weeks. Please stop by the Main Library children’s room any time to pick up a copy of the book to read before the meeting. Please call 617-376-2411 and ask to speak with Ms. Cronin if you have any questions.

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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