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June 2016
Volume 13, Number 6

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Make Stuff: National Week of Making

obama and a makerThe 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. Celebrate the talent and creativity of Quincy during the second annual National Week of Making, June 17-23. We'll have special creative programs the entire week. Come join us to:

Are you a skilled tech enthusiast, hobbyist, crafter, artist, musician, tinkerer, engineer, writer, artisan, or backyard inventor? Whatever your special talent is, there are probably others in your community who would like to learn about it. Use this form to tell us what skill or talent you can share to help increase Quincy's creative potential.

Art Walks

Art Walk Fridays logoDiscover Quincy is bringing a FREE family-friendly arts and entertainment experience to various Quincy business districts on select Friday evenings this June and July. Think pop up art gallery meets Lawn on D rotating from Quincy Center, to Wollaston, to North Quincy, to West Quincy, to Quincy Point, and back to Quincy Center. The Main Library, and the Wollaston and North Quincy Branch libraries, will participate as Art Walk hosts when this event comes to our neighborhoods.

During Art Walk Quincy Center on Friday, June 17, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., visit the Main Library  for special after-hours programs, including lawn games and live performances on the lawn. Inside the library in the atrium and the community meeting room, join us for:

During Art Walk Wollaston on Friday, June 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., visit the Wollaston Branch for special open hours, with activities for kids and families.

Device Advice

mobile devicesDo 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 June 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

meetup logoAre 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.

  • On Monday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m. we are hosting Craft Beer Cellar (for a second time!) for Lib/ations: Craft Beer 101, an informal beer tasting and education session, focusing on international beer this time. Whether you’re new to the world of craft beer, or already a well-versed beer geek, this is your opportunity to learn more, ask questions, try some new brews and chat with other beer lovers! This event is 21+, so please make sure to bring ID.
  • Are board games your thing? If so, take a look at our selection. We have Codenames, Pandemic, Slash, King of Tokyo, Cards Against Humanity and more. Come to Board Game Night on June 7 starting at 7:00 p.m.
  • Join us for our Fine Liquorature Book Club Meetup at Bistro Chi in Quincy Center (37 Cottage Avenue) on Monday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m. This month we will be discussing March, Book One by John Lewis. 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).
  • The fourth Thursday of the month is the regular time for Retro Video Gaming, next on Tuesday, June 28, 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 Thursday, June 9, 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:

  • Cram for finals. Yes, we've got you covered—join us on June 13, 14, 15 & 16 from 3-7:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor computer classroom at the Main Library. We will have breaks so you can stretch and grab something to eat. Snacks will be provided.
  • Play PS4 and XBox One Games on Tuesday, June 14, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Meet to discuss books at the monthly book discussion group on Thursday, June 16, 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 becoming 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.

Discover Historic New England: Minot Light Underwater Archaeology Project

Minot LightOn Tuesday evening, June 7, at 7:00 p.m. we will travel back in time to April 1851, when the famous “perfect storm” of that era took down the original spindle of Minot Light and both lighthouse keepers were lost to the sea. Recently, scientists have been discovering the remains of this historic light in over 40 feet of water of the coasts of Cohasset and Scituate. Our presenter, Braintree’s Bob Michelson, is a published underwater photographer and videographer and has been scuba diving for over 30 years. He will be bringing original photographs and will explain how the archeology project is helping us learn more about this iconic lighthouse’s history. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Crime By the Book: Suosso's Lane, a Modern Sacco-Vanzetti Tale

save sacco and vanzettiOn Tuesday, June 14, at 7:00 p.m. novelist Robert Knox is the featured speaker in our next installment of the ongoing Crime by the Book series. He will talk about his new book, Suosso’s Lane. The tale begins in the early decades of the last century in Braintree, Dedham, Plymouth, and Boston and stars the infamous Bartlomeo Vanzetti. This story is tied together with a modern tale of a history teacher living in Vanzetti’s old neighborhood who hears rumors that might change the way history is understood, by proving Vanzetti’s innocence. Knox explores many timely issues in his book—immigration, prejudice, the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor, and failures of our criminal justice system. This program is sure to engage us with a fascinating perspective on history and its modern-day repercussions.

The Problem with Pipelines and Compressor Stations

leaking pipelineCome to the library on Monday, June 20, at 7:00 p.m. to learn about the controversial pipeline projects. You may have seen recently that Kinder Morgan just recently formally withdrew its federal application for a 420-mile pipeline. Dr. Nathan Phillips will discuss his research that mapped over 3,000 gas leaks in Boston and their links to the large infrastructure. Dr. Tyler Soleau will bring a higher-level perspective and discuss the big energy future issues facing Massachusetts, especially the pipeline and compressor station projects affecting 55 cities and towns, including greater Boston. There will also be some discussion about alternatives to these gas projects. Co-sponsored with QuincyCAN (Quincy Climate Action Network) and Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS).

So Close to Home: WWII, U-Boats & Quincy

down family photoWho doesn’t love a good survival story with a local star? In 1942, Quincy’s Ray “Sonny” Downs Jr. was eight years old with his family on a freighter in the Gulf of Mexico, forty miles from New Orleans, when a German U-Boat torpedoed their ship. It was two in the morning and all four members of his family were separated in an explosion that killed more than half the crew and passengers aboard that ship.

Come to the library on Tuesday, June 21, at 7:00 p.m. to meet Sonny Downs, now 82 years old, and hear him and Michael Tougias, co-author of the book about this amazing story, tell the tale. Michael Tougias is the bestselling author and co-author of 24 books, including A Storm Too Soon (which he presented to the library a couple years ago) and The Finest Hours, which was made into a movie we’ll be showing in July. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Job Fair

Quincy Career Center logoThe library is once again partnering with the Quincy Career Center to offer a Job Fair on Wednesday, June 29, from 2:00 — 4:00 p.m. Are you looking for a new or better job? Come to the library dressed for an interview, bring plenty of copies of your resume, and be prepared to talk with your next employer. If you are already a member of the Quincy Career Center, please bring your ID number. Past participating employers include AFLAC, Anodyne, Dominos, Hannaford Supermarket, Lyft, Macy’s, Sears, Target, TSA, and the US Post Office.

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic

Quincy Unplugged logoDrop by on Monday, June 27, 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 nearly every Thursday in June for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies, sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

June 2 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m.: The Revenant

movie stillWinner of three Academy Awards (nominated for nine more), AND three Golden Globes among numerous other accolades. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.

"The Revenant is a visceral sensation, filled with unforgettable visuals and memorable set pieces."--Chicago Sun-Times

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Forrest Goodluck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, & Will Poulter. Theatrically released in 2015. 156 Minutes; Rated R for strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity.

June 9 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:45 p.m.: Room

movie stillThis is the rescheduled showing after a scheduling error in May. Room is an Oscar and Golden Globe winner for Best Performance by an Actress and the 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.

June 16: No Movie Today

An equipment upgrade is scheduled for this date. Come check out the new equipment next week!

June 23 @1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.: Son of Saul

movie still2016 Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film. October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the corpse of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.

"It’s the rarest kind of moviegoing experience: an absolute masterpiece." --Entertainment Weekly

Directed by László Nemes. Starring Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Todd Charmont, & Urs Rechn. Theatrically released in 2015. 107 Minutes; Rated R for disturbing violent content, and some graphic nudity.

June 30 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Theeb

movie stillNominated for a 2016 Academy Award Nominee (Best Foreign Language Film).
Set in 1916, while war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb ("Wolf") in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. The brothers' quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. So as not to dishonor his recently deceased father, Hussein agrees to lead them on the long and treacherous journey. The young, mischievous Theeb secretly chases after his brother, but the group soon find themselves trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries, and outcast Bedouin raiders.

"A mesmerizing coming of age adventure in an elemental setting, Theeb becomes both more allegorical and more specific to our historical moment the more you think about it." --Boston Globe

Directed by Naji Abu Nowar. Starring Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, & Jack Fox. Theatrically released in 2015. 100 Minutes; Suggested MPAA Rating: PG-13 For Violence and Thematic Elements Throughout.

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.

June 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, June 10, we will discuss A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. 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, June 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!

Learn with Lynda

lynda.com logoAre you one of the users who has watched hundreds of hours of the award-winning online videos we offer from lynda.com? Did you know that people are finding this a great place to get quick answers to specific, technical questions? The average viewing time in the last 30 days is 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. The top ten classes in the past three months were:

  1. 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.
  2. C# Essential Training
    Learn C#, the object-oriented language from Microsoft that's used to program systems, desktop applications, and mobile apps. These C# tutorials cover the history, syntax, and important concepts of this powerful programming language.
  3. OneNote 2016 Essential Training
    Learn how to use OneNote 2016 to create, edit, and save important notes.
  4. Affinity Photo Essential Training
    Learn how to enhance and composite photos using Affinity Photo, the photo editing software for the Mac.
  5. Indesign CC Essential Training (2015)
    Find out how to build well-crafted print publications, interactive documents, digital magazines, and ebooks with InDesign CC 2015.
  6. Learn Excel 2010: The Basics
    Teaches you the fundamental skills you need to work with Excel.
  7. Project Management Fundamentals
    Learn project management techniques to effectively manage simple projects and complex enterprise-wide initiatives. This course tackles the basics of project management, from building a project plan to managing resources.
  8. Designing a Poster
    Explores the creative process through a variety of approaches, generating over a dozen poster designs.
  9. Learn Sketch: The Basics
    Learn Sketch 3. Discover how to design logos, wireframes, mockups, and production-ready graphics with Sketch.
  10. WordPress Essential Training
    Learn how to create your own feature-rich blog or website with WordPress. Find out how to schedule posts, customize themes, install plugins, and more.

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: The Bay State, A Multicultural Landscape


For the entire month of June we are proud to host a collection of photographs by Mark Chester that document the multicultural landscape of our Bay State and new Americans. Chosen from more than 300 photographs of foreign-born naturalized U.S. citizens hailing from over 180 countries, this collection of informal portraits was created to support the Massachusetts Immigrant Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA).

Special June 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:

Storytelling @the Farmers’ Market

Join us at noon on Friday, June 24 at the Quincy Farmer's Market at Pagent Field in Merrymount Park to hear some stories and find out about all the programs happening at the library this summer.

Beach Stories

Join us on Wollaston Beach on Wednesday, June 29 at 10:00 a.m. for a special storytime there!

Preschool Music and Movement with Rubi

Saturday, June 11, at 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. for children ages 0-4.

Saturday Storytime @North Quincy

Join children's librarian Cathy deVeer and special guest local author Julia Denos at the North Quincy Branch, on
Saturday, June 11, at 10:00 a.m. for a lively family storytime full of stories and songs about art and artists. Julia will be reading her new book Swatch: the Girl Who Loved Color. This program is for children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult.

Saturday Storytime with Diana Kane

Join Diana Kane on Saturday, June 18, at 10:00 a.m. for a family storytime full of stories, songs and rhymes for children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult.

Bicycling with Quincycles

Quincycles logoAre you a kid who likes to ride your bike? Join Quincycles for a morning of Bike Challenges designed to improve your cycling skills, Strategies to Stay Safe and have more fun riding, and even a Bike Trivia contest. We welcome riders between the ages of 8-12 for this program. Please bring your own bike and your own helmet. Registration is required for this program. Register online, by phone at 617-376-2411, or in person in the Main Library Children’s Room.

Full STEAM Ahead: LEGO Math

lego bricksGet ready to build and learn with LEGO bricks! We all know that LEGO bricks are a ton of fun to build with, but did you know you can use them for math skills too? Come in and find out all about it! We'll have two large bins of regular LEGO bricks to dig through for both building whatever you want and for doing some basic math - sorry, we will need the bricks back when you're done. We'll also have some larger bricks more suitable for younger children. This program is suggested for families with children ages 3 and older. Throughout the school year Full STEAM Ahead explores 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!

Preschool Discovery

This month’s Preschool Discovery at Wollaston is going on from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 2. Stop by to do some fun simple science with your little one, This month we’ll be experimenting with magnets. Make magnets float above each other, chase each other around, use them to go fishing, and more!

Book Clubs for Kids

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.

  • Phoenix book club logoThe Phoenix Book Club for children in grades 5-8 meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is on Tuesday, June 14, at 7:00 p.m..This month’s topic is Sports & Athletics. This year's summer reading theme is On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! So, to get ready for a summer full of sports and athletics we're reading sports and athletics themed books. Feel free to get creative with this one! Sports doesn't just mean baseball, basketball, football or hockey. Pick one of those, or maybe soccer, swimming, skating, running, fencing, hiking, rafting, surfing, even Quidditch.
    4th graders who will be entering 5th grade in September 2016 are welcome to join the Phoenix Book Club in June and through the coming summer. We can't wait to meet you!
  • Night Owl Book Club logoThe 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, June 9, at 7:00 p.m. The June book is an open choice. What have you been reading? What books would you like to recommend to your friends? Looking for some good summer reads? Join us to share your favorites and find some new titles to read over the summer. 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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