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March 2015
Volume 12, Number 3

Library Hours
Take Home a Sweet Piece of History
Every Child Ready to Read
Beyond the Wicked Stepmother Reading & Discussion Series
Beyond the Wicked Stepmother Movie Series
The Struggle for Reform in Massachusetts Lecture & Discussion Series
Just For Teens
Winter Concerts @the Crane
Weekly Drop-In Tech Help
Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night
Thursday Night Feature Films
Wednesday Matinees at North Quincy
Cooking with Books: Cheese
Book Discussions
On Exhibit: Images of Ireland by Christine Moriarty
Know What's New
Download the TCPL App
Special Programs for Kids

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Library Hours

All Quincy libraries will be closed all day on Friday, March 27, for staff development. 

Take Home a Sweet Piece of History

Baker boxSupport the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library and take home (or give to a friend) a vintage Baker cocoa box, while supplies last.

These dovetail wooden boxes circa 1900 measure 10-3/4"x9-1/2"x4-1/2" and represent a unique chapter of local history. The boxes are available at the Main Library checkout desk for $30 each. Supplies are very limited so don't delay!

Every Child Ready to Read

Talking, singing, reading, writing and playing together are some of the best and simplest ways that adults can help young children get ready to read. Prepare your child for a lifetime of reading—and learn how to help him or her become a reader—at your library with a variety of early literacy activities.

The Main Library and each branch library have recently added alphabet activities and magnet boards with letters, numbers and shapes that can be used by children of all ages to practice pre-reading skills.

Help your youngest learn the alphabet by singing the alphabet song while adding the letters to the board. Encourage slightly older children to find the letters themselves while singing the song. By the time they are ready to enter kindergarten, your children will be able to use the letters to write their names and maybe even other simple words. Using the number magnets in a similar fashion provides familiarity with numbers.

Geometric magnet shapes provide endless opportunities for early learning. Arranging shapes, colors, and sizes develops the subtle sequencing skills that help kids put letters and words into logical order to create sentences and stories.

Drop into to any Quincy library with your child to explore these new activities and get your child Ready to Read! Learn more on our Early Literacy webpage. This program is funded by the Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation.

Beyond the Wicked Stepmother Reading & Discussion Series

Rediscover the classic Grimm fairy tales from an adult perspective with Wheaton College professor Laura Bohn in a four-part reading & discussion series. Discussion sessions will be held every other Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m., with related films being screened on the alternating Wednesday evenings (see below for film info).

Pick up a copy of the accompanying book, “The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm,” translated by Jack Zipes, at the first session. Copies will also be available at the Main Library checkout desk after the series begins. Registration for the series is encouraged but not required. Register online.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

  • March 11: Are You Still Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
    Discuss your childhood memories of fairy tales, how these experiences have changed in adulthood, and today’s popular film and TV versions.
  • March 25: Politics, Propaganda, and the Party Line: The Grimm Brothers in German History.
    Explore how the Grimm fairy tales connect to German history, from the newly united Germany of the 19th century, to the Nazi period and then Cold War-divided Germany.
  • April 8: The Shoe Doesn’t Fit: Modern Challenges to the Tales
    Explore work from artists who have changed he tales to reflect (desired) changes in society, including communist and feminist ideals.
  • April 22: Into the Woods: The Grimm Tales Today
    Join in a fun, creative exercise and final discussion around fairy tales today: why are the Grimm tales still so magical?

Quincy resident Laura Bohn, Ph.D., has been a member of the German Department at Wheaton College in Norton, MA since 2009. She is an engaging and thoughtful educator who has taught courses on everything from fairy tales to Franz Kafka, as well as German language. She wrote her dissertation on changing German identities and Eastern European influences on German literature.

Learn more about the series in this interview, filmed for QATV:

Beyond the Wicked Stepmother Movie Series

  • March 18 @7:00 p.m.: Cinderella (1950)
    CinderellaWhen Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother. This animated musical version of the classic fairy tale was a huge critical and commercial hit for Walt Disney when it was first released in 1950. The movie received three Oscar nominations, including Best Original Song, Best Scoring, and Best Sound, and was selected by the American Film Institute as one of the top ten animated movies of all time.
  • April 1 @6:45 p.m.: Pretty Woman
    Pretty WomanA wealthy businessman and ruthless corporate raider accidentally meets a beautiful Hollywood hooker and ends up hiring her as an escort for some social events. This contemporary romantic comedy version of the classic Cinderella story stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts as the unlikely "prince" and poor working girl who fall in love. The movie was a huge box office hit in 1990, and garnered a Golden Globe award and a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Julia Roberts.
  • April 15 @7:00 p.m.: Enchanted
    EnchantedA classic fairy tale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a princess from the land of Andalasia who is thrust into the heart of the city by an evil queen. Soon after her arrival, Princess Giselle begins to change her views on life and love after meeting a handsome lawyer. Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world? Another Walt Disney re-imagining of a classic fairy tale, this one combines live action with traditional animation and computer-generated imagery, with new songs that pay homage to songs from older Disney movies like Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The movie received three nominations for Best Original Song Oscars, and received three Saturn awards, including Best Actress for Amy Adams.

The Struggle for Reform in Massachusetts: Lecture & Discussion Series

Since its founding in the 17th Century, Massachusetts has had a vision of itself as a place of bold ideals, a "city on a hill" that should serve as an example for others. It is not surprising that many of America's chief crusades for reform have been represented here.

Join Professor Dan Breen for a six-part lecture and discussion series focusing on a few of those crusades and their fortunes--for better or worse--in Massachusetts. Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning at 7:00 p.m. Come to one, some or all sessions. No registration is required.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library in memory of Abe Cohen, a lifelong fighter for justice and a dear Friend.

  • March 17: The Quock Walker Case: Massachusetts Abolishes Slavery
    At the beginning of the Revolution,slavery was legal in every American colony. Even before independence was won, Massachusetts became the first state to recognize that a society that proclaimed the right to struggle for liberty could not deny that right to persons of African descent.
  • March 24: Women's Suffrage: Massachusetts Leads, and Falls Behind
    If Massachusetts led the northern states in the fight for abolition of slavery before the Civil War, with the vital participation of women, the state proved strangely reluctant to extend the logic of freedom to women. Why was it that women's suffrage, achieved so early in Wyoming, came so late to Massachusetts?
  • March 31: Temperance: Will 'Going Dry" Save the Family?
    The fight for Prohibition of alcohol sales was the most prominent of all reform efforts during the late 19th century. We will delve into the reasons for that popularity, as well as its colorful history in the Bay State.
  • April 14: Sacco and Vanzetti: Anarchism and Due Process in Dedham
    With the controversial convictions of two Italian anarchists in 1921, Massachusetts became the center of a nationwide debate on civil liberties. The debate continues today, as we struggle to define what process is "due" in criminal justice proceedings.
  • April 21: Busing in Boston: A City Divided
    Forty years later, tempers still flare over the court-ordered busing to achieve racial balance in the Boston public schools. What does that story have to tell us about the nature--and limits--of reform?
  • April 28: Same-Sex Marriage: The Goodridge Case Sparks a Marriage Revolution
    In 2003, Massachusetts becomes the first state to guarantee marriage equality regardless of sexual orientation. We will take a look at the case that made it happen, and ask the same question we asked in regard to the Walker case--why did it happen here first?

Dr. Breen teaches history at Newbury College and legal studies at Brandeis University, and has presented numerous lively and thought-provoking lectures and discussion series at the Crane library and other public libraries in Massachusetts.

Alzheimer's: Know the 10 Warning Signs

alz.orgEarly Detection Matters.
As we age, there can be changes to our memory. Yet, memory loss or behavior changes severe enough to disrupt daily life are not a typical part of aging. Knowing the 10 Warning Signs can help determine if it's important to speak to your doctor and get a diagnosis for yourself or someone you care about. Come to a special program on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. and learn what you can do to be prepared. Pre-registration is encouraged. Call 800-272-3900 to reserve a seat today.
Presented by the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Learn more in this interview, filmed for QATV:

Just for Teens

The following programs are for teens only!

  • Life-Size Clue
    Colonel Mustard in the library with the candle stick? How about Miss Scarlett in the kitchen with the rope? Join us Tuesday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m. for our life size version of the classic board game Clue!
  • Random Fandom: Divergent
    At this monthly gathering of teen fans of pop-culture, on Thursday, March 19 at 3:00 p.m. we will have an interactive movie-experience with Divergent, the day before Insurgent comes out in the Theaters.

Winter Concerts @the Crane

Come chase the winter blues away with our annual Winter Concerts @the Crane. Held in the atrium or the historic Richardson room, depending upon the type of performance on select winter Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Sunday, March 1: Songs of Pete SeegerPhil Rosenthal
Former Connecticut State Troubadour Phil Rosenthal performs music by Pete Seeger. Seeger (1919-2014), changed the landscape of American music. Singer and songwriter Phil Rosenthal celebrates this folk icon with renditions of Seeger's best-loved songs. Rosenthal is an internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter, having played with Emmylou Harris, Jerry Douglas, Bill Monroe, among others. Many have recorded his compositions, including Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, and Nick Cave. Billboard Magazine has called him, "a roots master musician". The Washington Post described him as "one of the most expressive singers in traditional country music".

Sunday, March 8: Mouli PalEnchanting Odissi With Mouli Pal
Odissi is a lyrical dance originating in the Temples of Orissa in Eastern India depicting musical moods, nature's beauty and emotions of love, fear and anger through energetic footwork and captivating storytelling. The grace and elegance of this rarely seen dance form creates an illusion of sculptures coming to life. Presented by Mouli Pal, an accomplished dancer who has been a regular performer, teacher and promoter of the art form. Find out more about Ms. Pal, including links to videos of her past performances. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Learn more in this interview filmed for QATV:

Sunday, March 15: Celtic Songs & StoriesJeff Snow
Join us for a special Celtic-inspired afternoon of music with talented multi-instrumentalist, Jeff Snow as he plays the music and tells the stories behind the songs. He plays six and twelve string guitar, autoharp, Celtic bouzouki & bodhran. Jeff also plays the drums and a variety of other percussion instruments. A skilled guitar player, Jeff has been featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, to which he is also a contributor. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Sunday, March 29: Genesis Chamber Singersgroup picture
Genesis Chamber Singers is an 8-member professional vocal ensemble located on Boston’s South Shore. Innovating the concept of musical performance by integrating the audience into the experience, Genesis wants to remove the formal barriers people often feel between themselves and classical musicians. Their performances provide opportunities for audience members to discuss the music with the singers. 

Learn more in this interview filmed for QATV:

Drop-In Tech Help

Come by anytime between 2:00 and 4:00 every Tuesday afternoon and get help using your own mobile devices to access all the Library has to offer. Each week will have a specific focus but 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. The focus topics in March are:

  • March 3: E-readers - the easiest way to carry lots of books everywhere you go
  • March 10: Online Music & Video - did you know we have over 100,000 music albums you can listen to right now?
  • March 17: E-books - use your mobile device to read current, popular works
  • March 24: The Thomas Crane Library App - discover all the ways you can take the library with you 24/7
  • March 31: Online Magazines - Learn how easy it is to read everything from Consumer Reports and the Economist to GQ & Glamour.

Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night

Drop by the Main Library on Monday, March 30, 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.

Learn more in this interview, filmed for QATV:

Thursday Night Feature Films

Grab some food and drink in the café and then join us every Thursday night in March 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. This month we are celebrating the 2015 Academy Awards and watching some of the award winners. Now you have your pick of an early afternoon and an evening screening: in response to popular demand we have also added matinee showings for most of the films.

March 5 @1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.: Whiplash

movie stillAcademy Award winner for best actor in a supporting role and nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller), a young jazz drummer who attends one of the best music schools in the country under the tutelage of the school’s fearsome maestro of jazz named Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer.
"More "Full Metal Jacket" than "Dead Poet’s Society," the film is an epic battle of wills between two fanatical artists, one doing everything in his power to painfully make a master out of the other. " - The A.V. Club
Directed by Damien Chazelle. Starring J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller, and Paul Reiser. Theatrically released in 2014. 107 Minutes; Rated R for strong language including some sexual references.

March 12 @1:00 p.m. & 6:45 p.m.: Foxcatcher

movie stillFoxcatcher tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell) that led to murder. Nominated for five Oscars: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Writing-Original Screenplay.
"The hypnotic and haunting Foxcatcher can prove its worth as one of the year's very best films. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo give the performances of their lives." - Rolling Stone
Directed by Bennett Miller. Starring Anthony Michael Hall, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Steve Carell, and Vanessa Redgrave. Theatrically released in 2014. 129 Minutes; Rated R for some drug use and a scene of violence.

March 19 @6:45 p.m.: The Theory of Everything

movie stillNominated for 7 Oscars, including Best Picture and winner of Best Actor. Once a healthy, active young man, Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With his wife Jane (Felicity Jones) fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed.
"The Theory of Everything, referring to Hawking's dream of finding an equation to explain all existence, is riveting science, emotional provocation and one-of-a-kind love story all rolled into one triumphant film. " - Rolling Stone
Directed by James Marsh. Starring Eddie Redmayne, and Felicity Jones. Theatrically released in 2014. 123 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material.

March 26 @1:00 p.m. & 6:45 p.m.: Birdman

movie stillNominated for 10 Oscars, and winner of Best Picture. An actor (Michael Keaton)—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
"Birdman is everything you want movies to be: vital, challenging, intellectually alive, visually stunning, emotionally affecting. And welcome back to the big time, Mr. Keaton; you have been sorely missed." - Empire
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Starring Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis. Theatrically released in 2014. 119 Minutes; Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence.

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.

March 4: Dear White People (R)
March 11: The Judge (R)
March 18: Mirror Crack'd (PG)
March 25: South Pacific (not rated)

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

Cooking with Books: Cheese

The Adams Shore Branch invites everyone to come over on Monday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy some tasty food, talk about recipes, and peruse cookbooks about Cheese for the March session of the popular Cooking with Books series, which happens on the second Monday of most months. Get ideas for recipes incorporating cheese in some of our books.

March Book Discussions

All our book discussions are open to all readers and no advance registration is required. New participants are always welcome. To see a list of upcoming book club meeting dates and book titles, check out our Book Clubs page. Copies of current titles are available for pickup at the Main Library checkout desk.

book coverBooked for Lunch

World Literature Book Club

This discussion group meets one Friday per month at 10:00 a.m. and focuses on world literature. On Friday, March 13, we will discuss The Thicket by Joe Lansdale. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.

Booked for Lunch

@Main Library
Read any good books lately? Looking for something new to read? Bring a brown bag lunch--or grab a sandwich or salad at the library café--and join other readers for an informal conversation about books on the first Friday of each month. The next meeting will be on Friday, March 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!

On Exhibit: Images of Ireland by Christine Moriarty

art sampleThroughout the month of March we are proud to present Christine Moriarty's photographs of Ireland, in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.

"These photos were taken in my favorite part of Ireland - the west coast. There are miles and miles of narrow roads connecting small towns and a few bustling cities, taking you past rugged coastlines and unspoiled rural land. Tradition is alive here - in the Gaelic language districs and the many summer music festivals. Hospitality and good food are plentiful, making a return trip a must."

Learn more in this interview filmed for QATV:

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!

Download the TCPL App

Scan this QR code on your phoneGet instant access to your account, check items out using your tablet or smart phone, get a super-easy search of our catalog, catch up on the latest additions to our collection, read the library calendar, get the latest library news, and more.

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 at the top of this newsletter, click or scan the QR code to the right, or search your app store for "Thomas Crane Library". Try out the new app from your computer right now.

Special March Programs Just for Kids

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party

Main Library Children's Room
Saturday, March 7th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
All Ages
It is Dr. Seuss' birthday and we are having a Cat in the Hat birthday bonanza! Make some Seuss crafts, hear some music from Seussical the Musical and participat in more zany Seuss fun! No registration required. Please note this special celebration is happening in place of our regular Saturday Fun for Little Ones event.

Pi Day

Main Library Children's Room 
Saturday, March 14th all day
All Ages
Drop in and explore circle for Pi Day! Play with our big circle puzzles on the tables in the Children's Room and make your own paper plate Pi pie to take home! Do you mean Pie? No! We mean the mathematical concept of Pi! Pi is the constant that shows the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi is a non-repeating decimal number whose first few digits are 3.1415 so we had to celebrate on 3/14/15! Think the math is too complicated for you? Don't worry about it! Just come by and play with circles to join in the fun!

Other Special Events

Check the Calendar of Events to find out about other special events happening through the year and during school vacation weeks.

Second Wednesdays - Preschool Discovery at Wollaston

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. for around ages 3-6
Wollaston Branch
Drop by the Wollaston Library with your preschooler any time between 6:30 and 7:30 to do some fun simple science together. Activities, experiments and instructions will be provided for science you can do with your child. This program does not require registration.
March: 3/18 - Third Wednesday!
Theme: Animals

Second Saturdays - Preschool Storytime

10:00 a.m. for ages 2-5
Main Library Meeting Room

Join us at the Main Library for stories, songs, rhymes and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.
March: 3/14

Third Tuesdays - Teddy Bear Storytime at North Quincy

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. for ages 2-5
North Quincy Branch

Drop-in to the North Quincy Branch Library for stories and songs aimed at 2-5 year olds. No registration required, and feel free to bring along your favorite bear!
March: 3/17

Third Saturdays - Mad Science

9:30 a.m. for ages 3-5
10:30 a.m. for ages 6-10
Main Library Meeting Room

Each month we have Mad Science of Greater Boston join us to teach kids about a difference science topic using interactive activities and experiments. Adults must stay in the building during the program.
No registration is required - Due to space limitations attendees must pick up a ticket for this program. Tickets will be available at the Children's Desk starting half an hour before the beginning of each program.

March: 3/21
Ages 3-5: Mineral Mania
Ages 6-10: Machines
April: 4/18
Ages 3-5: Slippery Science
Ages 6-10: Science of Art 

Fourth Saturdays - Preschool Storytime at North Quincy

10:00 a.m. for ages 2-5
North Quincy Branch

Join us at North Quincy for stories, songs, rhymes and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. 
February: 2/28 
March: 3/28 


Join us for storytimes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary!


  • Weekday storytimes run throughout the school year. Please check below for ages, times and locations.
  • Due to overcrowding REGISTRATION is required for some programs.
  • REGISTRATION for programs beginning at the end of March/early April starts on March 17th at 9:00 a.m. - Go to our calendar or call 617-376-2411.
  • Storytimes are offered on weekdays from October to May for children ages 4 months to 8 years. The goal of all storytimes is to inspire a love of books and reading in participants of all ages.
  • Many weekday morning storytimes are drop-in programs with no registration required. However, some of the most popular storytimes may require advance registration.
  • Children must be of age by the first meeting and week day programs are limited to Quincy residents.
  • Please note that no storytimes are held when the Quincy Public Schools are closed for vacation or for weather. 
  • All children's programs are also included in the library's Calendar of Events (children's programs are listed in blue on the Calendar).
  • Each child may only be registered for one storytime series per session.
Storytimes at the Main Library   Storytimes at the Branches


Mother Goose on the Loose storytime

Rock-a-Bye Babies (4-12 months)

An introduction to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and gentle movement exercises for very young children accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Limited to Quincy residents.
Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. 
Winter: 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12 
Spring: 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7 

Mother Goose on the Loose (12-24 months) — REGISTRATION REQUIRED

A storytime for Rock-a-Bye Baby graduates who are mobile; includes stories, songs, fingerplays and creative movement for young children accompanied by an adult. Due to overcrowding registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.

Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10
Spring: 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/28, 5/5 
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
Winter: 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12
Spring: 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7 

Just for Twos (24-36 months) — REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Toddlers playing with a cloud of bubbles at storytime
This program for two-year-olds and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children. Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts. Due to overcrowding, registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.

Mondays at 10:00 a.m.
Winter: 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9
Spring: 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/27, 5/4 
Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. - NEW TIME!
Winter: 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11
Spring: 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/29, 5/6 

Just for Threes (36-47 months)

Small children putting felt leaves on a felt tree at storytime
This program for three-year-olds and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children. Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts. No registration required. Limited to Quincy residents.
Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Winter: 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10
Spring: 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/28, 5/5

Preschool Storytime (3-5 years)

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. 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. No registration required. Limited to Quincy residents.
Fridays at 9:30 a.m.
Winter: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6 
Spring: 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 5/1, 5/8 


Toddler Time at Adams Shore

Adams Shore Branch (617-376-1325)

Toddler Time (2-3 years)
This program for toddlers and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children. Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts. No registration required. Limited to Quincy residents.
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Winter: 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10  
Spring: 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/28, 5/5

North Quincy Branch (617-376-1320)

Preschool Storytime (3-5 years)Storyteller and two children
Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. 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. No registration required. Limited to Quincy residents.
Mondays at 10:00 a.m.
Winter: 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9
Spring: 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/27, 5/4 

Wollaston Branch (617-376-1330)

Wollaston storytime Junior Explorers (3-5 years) REGISTRATION REQUIRED
This one hour program for pre-kindergarteners and kindergarteners meets after school for stories and crafts based on a theme such as ocean life, fractured fairy tales or other topics. Good listening skills and cooperation are important for this storytime. Due to physical space limitations registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.
Mondays at 3:00 p.m.
Winter: Animals - What's your favorite animal? Is it a cat? A snake? Maybe a cow? Come hear some stories about all sorts of animals and make some critter crafts. 
2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2
Spring: Art
3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/27, 5/4

Explorers Club (6-8 years)

This one hour program for elementary-age children meets after school for stories, activities Two boys comparing the sole of a boot to a crayon rubbing of a shoeprintand crafts based on a theme such as mysteries, outer space or other topics. Stories are longer and activities require more independant and creative thought as children are now old enough to listen for longer and work on their own. Due to physical space limitations registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.
Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Winter: Medieval Times - Travel back in time to read about knights and royalty, make your own helmet and shield and face off with dragons.  We'll be reading stories about medieval times and making crafts to help a medieval adventurer.
2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11
4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/29, 5/6

Book Clubs

Too old for storytime? Join us for a book club!
We offer two monthly book clubs for children in grades 3 through 8. Registration is preferred but not required. Please call 617-376-2411 to ask about the upcoming meetings.

Cartoon owl holding a stack of books on its back.

The Night Owl Book Club - 3rd and 4th graders

Meets the second Monday of each month. 7:00 p.m.
Each month a new title is selected and made available at the Main Library Children's Room. Children read the book and then discuss it together. (This program does not meet June through September.)
A group of six middle school girls and a librarian, seated and standing around a table
Monday, 2/23 - 6:30 p.m. - We will be starting early to watch a movie based on this month's book.
Book: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present—and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent's divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self pity, or despair—it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.

March:A girl with glasses seated at a table, reading a book and peeking over the top edge of the cover
Monday, 3/9 - 6:30 p.m. - We will be starting early to watch a movie based on this month's book.
Book: Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The Phoenix Book Club - 5th through 8th graders

Meets the second Tuesday of each month. 7:00 p.m.
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. In the summer specific titles are discussed.

Tuesday, March 17th - 3rd Tuesday!
Theme: Historical Fiction - World War II

Cartoon phoenixWe've got a serious theme this month: Go back in time to the 1930s and 1940s with books about World War II. It's called a world war for a reason; not all of our books take place in Europe. Try a book set in Asia or the United States and learn about what was going on during the war all over the world.

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