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October 2014
Volume 11, Number 10

Download the New TCPL App!
Expanded Branch Hours
Early Literacy Workstation Now Available at North Quincy
New Library Catalog Debuts
Get it Now! New Music, Movies, Audiobooks, and More
Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night
What's Cooking @your library: Feasting From Out Local Farms
Health Matters @your library: Wellness Fair
Discover Historic New England:
The American Revolution, From a Brit's Perspective &
Salem, 1692- Season of the Witch
Thursday Night Feature Films
Wednesday Matinees at North Quincy
Cooking with Books: Comfort Food
Book Discussions
Art Exhibit: Transition and Divertimentos
Special Programs for kids

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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 to the right or search your app store for "Thomas Crane Library". Try out the new app from your computer right now.

Expanded Branch Hours

This fall every branch is now open an extra four hours every week. The new branch hours are:

  • 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

Early Literacy Station Now Available at North Quincy

A new Early Literacy Station for young children has just been set up at the North Quincy Branch Library. This interactive touch screen computer is loaded with educational and fun language and reading activities that will help your preschooler get ready to read, and your new reader to strengthen his or her skills. The activities are designed for children aged two to eight. Drop by some day soon to explore this new resource with your child--and don't forget the branch is now open until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and also every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

New Library Catalog Debuts

Our Library Catalog (provided by the Old Colony Library Network) has recently been updated - for the first time in over five years. Searching for what you want is now easier than ever. The biggest change is an improved search process. When you want to find something now you should "Search and then Refine." Searching first and then limiting the search using the various categories (facets) on the left will give you the best, most
consistent results. Have questions? Check this list of Frequently Asked Questions for the answer.

Try it out right now:


Get it Now! New Music, Movies, Audiobooks, and More

Every week new albums, movies, television shows, and audiobooks are added to our streaming service, provided through our partnership with hoopla. Never any lines, never any late-fees. Always available. Simply what you want, when you want it (and you want it now, right?)
lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar by Robert Plant
Are you a fan of Robert Plant? Listen to his brand new album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, released September 8. Then go check out the backlist of Led Zepelin albums - Jimmy Page has spent a lot of time recently re-mastering them and adding lots of previously very hard-to-find live content.

Perhaps you'd rather listed to the classic R&B of Smokey Robinson - Smokey and Friends, his new album, produced by Randy Jackson (of American Idol and more) features duets with diverse guests from Steven Tyler (You really got a hold on me) to Mary J. Blige (Being with you) to James Taylor (Ain't that peculiar).

My Everything by Ariana GrandeThen again, if you caught Ariana Grande on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, you may be inspired to check out her latest album, My Everything.

The most popular items from this new service so far are:

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night

Quincy Unplugged

Drop by the Main Library on Tuesday, October 7 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.

What's Cooking @your library: Feasting From Our Local Farms

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Come enjoy the benefits of eating locally and seasonally on Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. The modern movement of eating locally grown and raised seasonal fare has its roots deeply planted in our historic kitchens. Join chef Liz Barbour as she explores our modern journey back to the local farm with a discussion about the benefits of buying local and eating within the season. Enjoy a slide presentation and cooking demonstration of recipes featuring locally harvested seasonal ingredients and sample the distinct flavors of your local harvest. Registration is required so we can make sure we have enough food for everyone to get a taste.

This is the first in a three-part series this fall. Chef Barbour will also join us on November 18 for New Traditions for Thanksgiving and December 9 for Healthy Holiday Entertaining. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Learn more in this interview, filed for QATV:

Health Matters @your Libary: Wellness Fair

Come to the library on Saturday, October 18 from 10:00 to noon for a free, fun, healthy & helpful day. Health care professionals from the following local organizations will be sharing information about their services as well as providing health screenings so you can become more empowered to take care of yourself. Lots of materials will be available in Chinese and people with Mandarin and Cantonese will be present to assist. The following organizations have all confirmed they will participate:

  • Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center
  • Manet Community Health Center
  • South Cove Community Health Center
  • Quincy Asian Resources
  • Quincy Medical Center
  • South Shore Elder Services
  • Tufts Medical Center Primary Care - Quincy
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • South Shore Mental Health
  • South Shore YMCA
  • South Shore Visiting Nurse Association
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • & More!

Presented by Health Matters @your Library, a partnership between the Library, the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, Quincy Asian Resources, South Shore Elder Services, and South Shore Hospital Home Care.

Discover Historic New England

The American Revolution, From a Brit's Perspective

empire at the edgeA lethal blend of politics, personalities, and economics led to a war that few people welcomed but nobody could prevent. Come to the library on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. and learn about an eye-opening study of the British view of the American Revolution and why they were crazy to fight it.

British author Nick Bunker (Empire on the Edge: How Britain came to fight America) visits as part of his short US tour. Bunker’s previous book, Making Haste from Babylon: the Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World, received numerous accolades and was declared by the Washington Post as a “remarkable success”. Copies of his book will be available to purchase at the event.

Co-sponsored by Quincy College, President's Speaker Series.

Salem, 1692 - Season of the Witch

Gallows Hill Cover with Rory O'Brien's Face

The Salem witch trials of 1692 is one of the most infamous, and least-understood, episodes in American history. Rory O'Brien, author of the novel Gallows Hill (as well as four previous books on Rhode Island history) and a licensed tour guide in Salem, will visit the library on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. and lay out the story of what happened, separating fact from fiction. Copies of his novel will be available to purchase afterward.

Thursday Night Feature Films

Grab some food and drink in the café and then join us every Thursday night in October 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.

October 2 @6:30 p.m.: Godzilla

movie still The world’s most revered monster is reborn in a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.
"This is a movie of tremendous visual daring, magnificent special-effects work and surprising moral gravity." -
Directed by Gareth Edwards. Starring Aaron Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins. Theatrically released in 2014. 123 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence.

October 9 @7:00 p.m.: Neighbors

movie still A young couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.
"There's a subtle wisdom to this screenplay that complements its exceedingly bad taste, small lessons among the laughs." - Tampa Bay Times
Directed by Nicholas Stoller. Starring Lisa Kudrow, Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen, and Zac Efron. Theatrically released in 2014. 96 Minutes; Rated R for pervasive language, strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use throughout.

October 16 @7:00 p.m.: The Lunchbox

movie still A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an old man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. Gradually, this fantasy threatens to overwhelm their reality. Critically acclaimed. In English and Hindi with subtitles.
"A delectable take on the hunger for connection. A film about the wheel of life, about what helps us cope with its turns and find our way in its unforgiving labyrinth." - Los Angeles Times
Directed by Ritesh Batra. Starring Irrfan Khan, Lillete Dubey, Nimrat Kaur, and Nowaz. Theatrically released in 2014. 104 minutes; Rated PG for thematic material and smoking.

October 23 @7:00 p.m.: Jodorowsky's Dune

movie still The story of "the greatest movie never made": cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic, Dune.
"Frank Pavich’s fun documentary captures an unbowed, exuberant Jodorowsky, who recalls his team of “spiritual warriors” with the camaraderie of a battle-scarred veteran." - Time Out New York
"Had this ambitious head trip come to pass, it might've made Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" look like "Go, Dog. Go!"" - Chicago Tribune
Directed by Frank Pavich. Starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Chris Foss, Devin Faraci, Drew McWeeny, H.R. Giger, Michel Seydoux, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Richard Stanley. Theatrically released in 2013. 90 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for some violent and sexual images and drug references.

October 30 @7:00 p.m.: Edge of Tomorrow

movie still Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.
"A star-driven mass-market entertainment that's smart, exciting and unexpected while not stinting on genre satisfactions." - Los Angeles Times
Directed by Doug Liman. Starring Bill Paxton, Emily Blunt, and Tom Cruise. Theatrically released in 2014. 113 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material.

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.

October 1: Good Will Hunting (R)
October 8: Million Dollar Arm (PG)
October 15: The Lunchbox (PG)
October 22: Edge of Tomorrow (PG-13)
October 29: An Affair to Remember (not rated)

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

Cooking with Books: Comfort Food

The Adams Shore Branch invites everyone to come over on Monday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy some tasty food, talk about recipes, and peruse cookbooks for the October session of the popular Cooking with Books series, which happens on the second Monday of most months. This month the theme is Comfort Food.

October 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, October 10, we will discuss The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. 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, October 3 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!

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October Exhibit: Transition and Divertimentos

Throughout the month of October we are proud to present Transition and Divertimentos, original artwork by Alexandra Jordankova.

Hailing from Boston, MA, Alexandra Jordankova is a visual artist and graphic designer with a particular fondness for abstract landscapes and immersive textures. Her work is eclectic and diverse, yet her will to experiment with different materials and creative process acts as a common thread-line, as the instinct and emotional eloquence of her artworks is often the forefront.

Born in former Czechoslovakia, Alexandra has always been fascinated by art, a passion that led her from early watercolors and tempera paintings to formal education and training in fine arts. In spite of a momentary lapse (Alexandra was focusing on getting her PhD in psychology), art took back the main spot in her life. Alexandra is now a SMFA certified Graphic Designer, professional artists and media creator, with a particular focus on abstractionism and photography. Find out more and browse through an extensive and wildly diverse portfolio of works:

A reception with the artist will be held in the Coletti Reading Room on Saturday, October 4 from 2-4 p.m.

Learn more about the artist and the exhibit in this clip, filmed for QATV:

Special October Programs Just for Kids

 Music and Movement with Rubi

Sing and dance with Rubi Lichauco, Saturday, October 4 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.



Saturday Storytime

Children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult are invited to come join Ms. Diana Kane on Saturday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. for 45 minutes of interactive stories, partner dances, playing in a band and singing together. This program is designed for adults and children to enjoy stories and songs as a family. This is a great time for you and your children to sing, dance, listen and talk with each other. No registration is required. 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, October 21 a 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 every Thursday 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 every Tuesday 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

Every Friday 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 every Tuesday 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 every Monday 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.

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 6:30 and 7:30 pm to do some fun simple science together. Activities, experiments and instructions will be provided for science you can do with your child. In October you are invited to try out some science activities to explore your senses. Make an optical illusion, touch some mystery objects guess what they are and grab some ideas for taste and smell activities to do at home. This program does not require registration.

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 Monday of the month. This year we will be reading some great books and even making some books ourselves. The first meeting of the year is on Monday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. Because it is our first meeting of the year there is no book to be read for this meeting, join us to meet your fellow Night Owls and let us know what you have been reading. At this meeting you will also pick up a copy of the book we will be discussing in November.

Phoenix Book Club

The Phoenix Book Club for children in grades 5-8 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. On Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. we will be discussing World Travel. Take a trip to another country without leaving your home by reading a book set outside the United States. Children's books take place all over the world, in countries near and far. You might pick a historical fiction book set in Victorian Venice, Italy. You might pick a realistic fiction book set in South Africa. You might pick a fantasy book set in Thailand. Find a book that takes you away from home and outside our borders and join us to talk about it.

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