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Volume 14, Number 1
- Holiday Hours
- North Quincy Open 9-5 on Saturdays
- Fine-Free Holidays End January 3
- Device Advice
- Winter Concerts @the Crane
- Know What's New
- Make a Difference & Change Two Lives: Become a Literacy Tutor
- Job Fair
- Crime By the Book: Old Whiskey & Young Women
- Lunar New Year
- Digital Photo Cleaning Workshop
- Computer Skills Review & Practice
- Just For Teens
- Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic
- Thursday Movies
- Wednesday Matinees at North Quincy
- Cooking With Books: Middle Eastern
- Calling All Knitters
- Book Discussions
- On Exhibit: Woodward School Annual Show
- Special Programs for Kids
Happy New Year! The Main Library and the North Quincy Branch Library will close at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 31. All our locations will be closed on Sunday and Monday, January 1 and 2. Regular operations will resume on Tuesday, January 3. All of our locations will also be closed on Monday, January 16, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Remember you can visit us online anytime!
North Quincy Open 9-5 on Saturdays
Starting on January 7, the North Quincy Branch will now be open until 5:00 p.m. every Saturday. We are super excited to be able to offer these expanded weekend hours, so drop by and visit us there soon!
Fine-Free Holidays End January 3...
...so don't forget to bring back all your library stuff to avoid paying any overdue charges. Outside book drops are available at all four library locations, so you can return things even when the library is closed. Happy New Year!
Did a new phone or tablet enter your life recently? Do you know how to check out items using only your smart phone? How about reading the most recent copy of The Atlantic, Bon Appetit, Discover Magazine, Esquire,Glamour, or any of our more than 150 online magazines for free? Have you streamed the latest albums add-free without subscribing to a paid service?
Visit the Main Library any Tuesday afternoon in January between 2:30 and 3:30 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.
Winter Concerts @the Crane
Beat the Winter blues - get out and appreciate some live music in a gorgeous setting! This winter our free concert series is bursting with amazing talent, and we’ve packed in a lot of shows so you can make attending a habit. Every weekend that is not a holiday weekend in January and February and another three weekends in March we are hosting free concerts in the beautiful Richardson room on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m.. Get all the details on our In Concert page. This series is made possible by funding from the fabulous Friends of the Thomas Crane Library.
- The series starts with the amazing classical cellist Kate Kayaian on Sunday, January 8. She has recently performed in Chicago, Florida, Montreal, Bermuda, and throughout the New England area and we couldn’t be more excited to have her kick off our winter concert series.
- Massachusetts native Robert Simonds is the principal second violin of the Louisville Kentucky Orchestra and will perform a free solo recital that focuses on living American composers here on Sunday, January 22. He has recorded orchestral albums with both The Phoenix Symphony and The Indianapolis Symphony on the Naxos and Telarc labels and will be playing a violin from Reggio Emilia in northern Italy, made by Mario Bedocchi in 1927.
- Belgian guitarist Jérôme Mouffe has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Western Europe. On Sunday, January 29 he will join us here and present a free program featuring personal transcriptions of Isaac Albéniz and 19th century Italian composers.
- Check out our In Concert page for more details and the rest of the line up!
Know What's New
Ever wondered how to find out the latest additions to the library's collection? You may already watch our web pages 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!
New Fiction Books
New Books on CD
Make a Difference & Change Two Lives: Become a Literacy Tutor
Would you like to help an adult learn to read? Consider becoming a volunteer literacy tutor. The Library's literacy program provides free, one-on-one tutoring in basic reading and writing to adults on the South Shore. Come to one of the following orientation sessions and find out if the program is compatible with your skills and interests and whether you want to make this volunteer commitment. Orientation is happening on Thursday, January 12, and again on Thursday, January 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day. For more information, visit our website, call 617-376-1314, or email us.
Did your New Year’s resolutions include getting a new or better job? Polish up your resume and come over for our next job fair happening on Wednesday, January 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.. Employers will be here looking to fill all sorts of open positions. Who knows, you might just find your dream job! Make sure you dress to impress and bring plenty of copies of your resume. We are happy to co-sponsor these job fairs with the Quincy Career Center.
Crime By the Book: Old Whiskey & Young Women
The next in our ever-popular Crime By the Book series will be taking place on Tuesday, January 17, starting at 7:00 p.m. The focus this time will be on Old Whiskey and Young Women - the title of our presenter’s newest book. Come hear true stories of murder, sex and scandal told by someone who knows the ins and outs of the American legal system - Judge R. Marc Kantrowitz. He'll discuss the unfair framing for murder of America's most famous comedian; America's first capital case involving an older woman and her much younger lover murdering her husband; and Mad Harry Thaw, the wealthy son of a steel magnate, killing America's foremost architect over a woman. He'll also discuss the real Norman Bates of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho."
Lunar New Year
Also known as Chinese New Year, the Lunar New Year this year is officially on Saturday, January 28. Quincy's annual Lunar New Year festival is happening on February 12. Come to the library on Wednesday, January 25, at 7:00 p.m. to learn all about the culture and traditions surrounding the Lunar New Year. We will also welcome a local calligrapher, who will demonstrate traditional couplet writing, which is a New Year tradition. This program will be presented by UMass Boston visiting scholar Yan Deng, an Associate Professor in the School of Economics and Management at Yunnan Normal University in China. This program is co-sponsored by Quincy Asian Resources.
Digital Photo Cleaning Workshop
Did you capture some great family photos over the holidays - except a flash made someone’s eyes devilishly red? Perhaps you went somewhere and took some snapshots to help you remember your trip but your thumb got caught in the corner of an otherwise fabulous scene? Come to the library on Tuesday, January 10, at 6:00 p.m. to learn how to digitally clean up your photos using the great free software called GIMP.
Computer Skills Review & Practice
Every Saturday in January and February the computer classroom will be open for two hours from 10:00 a.m. to noon for skills review and practice to help people prepare for the next Intermediate Computing course being offered in March. Bring your questions and get help! For a list of the skills each Intermediate student is expected to have prior to starting class, please visit our calendar.
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. 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.
- Come 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, January 3, starting at 7:00 p.m..
- On Monday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m. the Fine Liquorature Book Club will meet again at Bistro Chi in Quincy Center (37 Cottage Avenue) for drinks and to talk about the books everyone got during the holiday book swap in December. Didn’t attend? Come and talk something else you’ve read recently!
- There are still spots available to join us on Monday, January 23, starting at 7:00 p.m. for the latest Crafterdark program. This month we’ll be sewing handmade hand warmers. Because of the cost of the supplies, reservations are required for this free program, so sign up today!
- The next Retro Video Gaming Night is happening on Tuesday, January 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.
Just For Teens
We have some special activities just for teens this month, including Crane Trivia on Thursday, January 5, an interactive movie experience with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on January 10, a book discussion on the January 19, and our Teen Advisory Board meetings on January 12 & 26. Look to our online calendar for all the details. If you have a creative teen in your life, have them check out Teen Tangents, where Quincy teens are now posting their own stories, artwork and videos.
Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic
What’s your talent? Do you play a musical instrument? Tell jokes? Compose, or simply discover and read poetry? All musicians, poets and performers are encouraged to participate in our monthly acoustic Open Mic night. All ages are welcome. All performers and everyone who loves live acts should come to the next open mic happening on Monday, January 30. Sign up in person starting at 6:15. This great monthly mix of local performances starts at 6:30 p.m..
Join us every Thursday in January for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies, sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.
January 5 @6:30 p.m. (sorry, no matinee): The Magnificent Seven
With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of an industrialist, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. "Two hours of hardcore, shoot-um-up pow and it's entertaining as hell."—Rolling Stone "Certainly Fuqua's best since 'Training Day' and a rare remake that actually delivers."—Total Film Directed by Antoine Fuqua. Starring Byung-hun Lee, Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Haley Bennett, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Peter Sarsgaard, & Vincent D'Onofrio. Theatrically released in 2016. 133 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for extended and intense sequences of Western violence, and for historical smoking, some language and suggestive material.
January 12 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Deepwater Horizon
On April 20th, 2010, the world’s largest man-made disaster occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. This film honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever. "An action flick entertaining enough to justify the more than $100 million it took to make it come alive on-screen. And come alive, Deepwater Horizon does, in 107 minutes of terse, tight storytelling, a good 95 of which are white-knuckle tense."—NPR Directed by Peter Berg. Starring Brad Leland, David Maldonado, Douglas M. Griffin, Gina Rodriguez, James DuMont, Joe Chrest, John Malkovich, Kurt Russell, & Mark Wahlberg. Theatrically released in 2016. 107 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images.
January 19 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Kevin Hart: What Now?
Comedian Kevin Hart follows up his 2013 hit stand-up concert movie Let Me Explain with a sold-out performance of What Now?—filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field—marking the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium. "Kevin Hart: What Now? is Kevin Hart at the top of his game."—Odie Henderson on RogerEbert.com Directed by Leslie Small and Tim Story. Starring Don Cheadle, Halle Berry, and Kevin Hart. Theatrically released in 2016. 96 Minutes; Rated R for some sexual material, and language throughout.
January 26 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.: The Light Between Oceans
Based on the New York Times bestselling novel and Goodreads Best Historical Novel by M.L. Stedman. On a remote Australian island in the years following World War I, a lighthouse keeper and his wife discover a boat washed ashore carrying a dead man and a two-month old baby. Rescuing the infant, they make the decision to raise her as their own but the consequences of their choice prove to be devastating. "A sweeping romantic period drama, heavy with themes of love and duty and fate, lifted up by cinematic craft and great performances."—Ty Burr, Boston Globe Directed by Derek Cianfrance. Starring Alicia Vikander, Florence Clery, Michael Fassbender, and Rachel Weisz. Theatrically released in 2016. 133 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sexual content.
February 2 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.: Queen of Katwe
A young girl from Uganda trains to become a world chess champion. "In Ms. Nair’s hands, Phiona’s story has a richness and unpredictability that separates it from other, superficially similar movies. It also has the buoyant, cleareyed feel for the particulars of culture and place that is among this director’s great gifts."—A.O. Scott, The New York Times Directed by Mira Nair. Theatrically released in 2016. 124 Minutes; Rated PG for thematic elements, an accident scene and some suggestive material.
Wednesday Matinees @North Quincy
Drop in for an afternoon movie at the North Quincy Branch, every Wednesday starting at 2:00 p.m.
- January 4: Sully (PG-13)
- January 11: The Magnificent Seven (PG-13)
- January 18: Deepwater Horizon (PG-13)
- January 25: The Light Between Oceans (PG-13)
- February 1: Kevin Hart: What Now? (R)
- February 8: Queen of Katwe (PG-13)
All movie screenings are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.
Cooking With Books: Middle Eastern
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 we will be gathering on January 9 starting at 6:30 p.m. and the theme is Middle Eastern food. There will be cookbooks to browse and lots of yummy food to sample—and even more if you bring some too! Cooking With Books regularly happens on the second Monday of the month in the fall, winter, and spring. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.
Calling All Knitters!
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
This discussion group meets one Friday a month at 10:00 a.m. (usually the second Friday) and focuses on world literature. On Friday, January 13, we will discuss Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.
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 or second Friday of each month. The next meeting will be on Friday, January 6, 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!
New Harry Potter Book Club @Wollaston Branch
Are you a Harry Potter fan? Have you read the books several times or are you just discovering Harry for the first time? Harry fans of all ages are invited to join us from January to July at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday evening of each month at the Wollaston Branch Library as we discuss each Harry Potter book in turn. Stop by the Main Library to pick up a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to read for our meeting on January 18.
On Exhibit: Woodward School Annual Show
This month we are featuing work by student artists at the Woodward School for Girls ranging in media from pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, and charcoal. The works on display range from studies of ordinary objects made extraordinary to abstract examinations of color, shape, and line. Grades 6 - 12 are represented in this collection of artworks that will be on display from January 5 to 31.
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!
January 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 highlights:
Snowman Craft @North Quincy
Longing to build a snowman? Stop by the North Quincy Library during library hours from January
3-5 and make a snowman to take home.
Preschool Discovery @ Wollaston
Drop by the Wollaston Library with your preschooler any time between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 5 to do some fun simple science together. Activities, experiments and instructions will be provided for science you can do with your child. Explore shapes and patterns this month by sorting shapes, matching patterns, and making pictures using shape blocks. Working with shapes and patterns is fun and provides lots of early literacy practice for preschoolers.
Music and Movement with Rubi
On Saturday, January 7 at 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. sing and dance with Rubi Lichauco! 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. This program has become so popular there isn’t room to move and dance as we would like so we have decided to split the group in two. No registration is required; when the 10:00 session fills we will close the doors. Please spend some time in the children’s room choosing books or playing with our early literacy activities while you wait for the 10:30 session.
Toddler Drive In @ Adams Shore
Calling all toddlers! Join us on Tuesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the Adams Shore branch library to make your own cardboard carton car, then rev up your engines for a trip to the drive in where we will sit in our new cars and watch a short video. This program is for 2 and 3 year olds accompanied by an adult.
Science Saturday – Engineering with Paper Airplanes
This month we’ll be exploring engineering with paper airplanes on Saturday, January 14 at 10:00 a.m.. Half of the room will be for building your planes and the other half will be for flight testing. We'll have plenty of ideas for different plane models and ways to change them, but then it's up to you to experiment! How far, how high, how fast can you make your plane go? Can you make it do tricks like loops and rolls? We'll even have a few planes already made so you can just experiment.This program is suggested for families with children ages 3 and older.
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.
- The Night Owls Book Club for children in grades 3 and 4 meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. This month the club will meet on January 12 at 7:00 p.m..This month we will be discussing Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar. The Wayside School was supposed to be one story high, with 30 classrooms side by side; instead, it was built sideways, with 30 one-classroom stories. As befits such a strange school, these tales are a bit strange too. Pick up your copy of the book in the Children’s Room to read before the meeting. Any questions, call 617-376-2411 and ask to speak with Ms. Cronin.
- The 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 we will be meeting on Tuesday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m.. This month our theme is Mythology. Myths and folklore are stories that have been around for hundreds or even thousands of years. Every culture in the world has tales about heroes and creatures and gods or spirits and those tales have been told and re-told over and over in various ways. Venture into the world of myth with books of traditional mythology from around the world and novels that take their inspiration from those stories. Stop by the Children’s Room to select a book.
- The Harry Potter Book Club @Wollaston is for all ages, children, teens and adult. Are you a Harry Potter fan? Have you read the books several times or are you just discovering Harry for the first time? Harry fans of all ages are invited to join us from January to July at 7:00 pm on the third Wednesday evening of each month at the Wollaston Branch Library as we discuss each Harry Potter book in turn. We will begin with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on January 18 at 7:00 p.m.. Stop by the main library to pick up a copy of the book to read before we meet.
Dungeons and Dragons Encounters
New and experienced players ages 10 and older are invited to join us on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Children’s Room 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!
Weekday storytimes for children ages 4 months through 8 years old begin on Friday, January 27th. The library offers several programs by age. Stop by the library or check our website thomascranelibrary.org for details. Due to overcrowding advance registration is required for Mother Goose on the Loose and Just for Twos storytimes. Registration will begin Tuesday, January 17. Register online, by phone at 617-376-2411 or in person in the Main Library Children’s Room. Registration is limited to Quincy residents.
Registration for Jr. Explorers @Wollaston
Beginning Tuesday, January 17 register for the Junior Explorers online, by phone at 617-376-1330 or in person at the Wollaston Branch. Registration is required and limited to Quincy residents.
- Junior Explorers for ages 3 - 5: The theme for the next session is Art. Take a look at your favorite picture book. Artists use all sorts of things to make their pictures. We'll try out collages, clay and other fun stuff, then make our own pictures for a book we've read.Mondays, January 30 and February 6, 13, 27 and March 6 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
- The Explorers Club for ages 6-8 meets at the Wollaston Branch Library on Wednesdays, beginning February 1 at 3:00 p.m. and does not require registration. Check our website for program details.
Celebrate our Storybook Election Winners
Join us on Friday, January 20 at 3:00 p.m. to celebrate Greg Heffley’s victory in our chapter book favorite character contest. We’ll have trivia contests, games and more. On Saturday, January 21st at 10;00 am it will be time to celebrate with Elephant and Piggie the winners of our picture book favorite character contest. We’ll have games and crafts and lots of fun.
Wintersong Fest Concert with Jeannie Mack
Calling all kids aged 5 and under! Have fun celebrating winter with Jeannie Mack on Thursday, January 26 at 10:00 a.m.. Come sing and act out songs about making snowmen, twirling around like snowflakes, sledding down hills, and drinking hot chocolate - to mention just a few. Clap along, dance, and enjoy hand play and finger play games with Jeannie – all to do with the magic of winter! Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library
Programs for Middle Schoolers
Middle School students are invited to join Young Adult Librarian Kerri Darcy on the fourth Tuesdays of each month for programs just for middle schoolers, video gaming, crafts and more. Join our Middle School Advisory Board on the second Tuesday of each month and help decide what programs we’ll be offering, first meeting is January 10 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m..