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September 2017
Volume 14, Number 9

Fine Free Summer

no late feesReturn library books, DVDs, CDs and magazines to any Quincy library through Labor Day (Monday, September 5) and pay no overdue charges. Any outstanding overdue charges from previously returned Quincy materials have also been forgiven. If you have any overdue library materials, this is your chance to bring them back fine free and we are glad to welcome you back to the library! If you don't have any overdue materials or charges, that's great and we thank you. Have a fabulous summer!

Holiday Hours

The library will be closed all day on Saturday, September 2. We will remain closed on Sunday and Monday, September 3 and 4, and then re-open for our regular hours on Tuesday, September 5. Have a great, long labor day weekend - and remember you can visit us online anytime!

Help An Adult Learn to Read

Would you like to help an adult learn to read? Consider 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 one of the orientation sessions this month and find out if the program is compatible with your skills and interests and whether you want to make this volunteer commitment. Orientation sessions are happening on Monday, September 11 and Thursday, September 21 at 6:00 p.m. each day. Registration is required, so please call us at 617-376-1314, or email us at quliteracy@ocln.org. Watch this interview with Mary Diggle for more information.

Fall English Talk Time Registration

There are five opportunities this month to register for a free English Talk Time conversation group. This program for adults interested in practicing their English skills has multiple groups that meet once a week for 90 minutes at the Main Library, North Quincy Library and Quincy YMCA. Come to a registration session to see the class schedule and sign up. Sessions are being held at the following times:

  • Tuesday, September 12 between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and again between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 14 between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 16 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (noon)
  • Saturday, September 30 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (noon)

All of the registration sessions except the last one are in the literacy offices, on the top floor of the main library. The session on September 30 will be at the North Quincy Branch. Learn more in this interview with Molly Makrogianis, director of our English Talk Time programs.

NEW Fall Concert Series

North Sea Gas group photoJoin us for our inaugural fall concert series. These new Concerts @the Crane will be on Sunday afternoons from late September through October. We'll have them in the historic Richardson room, always a special place for an event! Things will kick off at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 24 when the traditional folk group North Sea Gas will join us all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland. They are on an international tour and we are very lucky to have them join us. See this page for more information about this series.

Discover New Titles

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

New Feature Films

Program Highlights

View our online calendar for details about all the programs happening at the Library. Some of the highlights include:

Teen Time

whip it movie stillSchool is starting again and we have lots of fun activities planned just for teens this fall. See our website for all details. Highlights include the Teen Advisory Board meetings on Thursdays, September 14 and 28 at 3:30 p.m., and Game On! on Mondays, September 18 and 25 at 3:00 p.m.. Starting September 12 the North Quincy branch will also be showing a special movie just for teens every Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Check out what they have lined up for September's showings:


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. This month the Fine Liquorature Book Club is meeting again, you can make crafts afterdark in the CrafterDark program, play retro video games, and more. 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.

Movies on the Big Screen

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Thursdays at the Main Library

Join us nearly every Thursday afternoon in August for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies, sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Get details by clicking individual titles, or visit this webpage. Get in the mood with previews

Matinees @Adams Shore (Mondays) and North Quincy (Wednesdays)

The Adams Shore Branch shows movies every Monday at 2:00 p.m. and the North Quincy Branch shows movies every Wednesday, also at 2:00 p.m.

Book Discussions

LightAll 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, September 8, we will discuss Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.

Booked for LunchBooked For Lunch

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, September 1, 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: Happiness Children: Chinese Water-Ink Paintings

Chinese Water-Ink Paintings

We are pleased to extend last month's exhibition of works from Mr. Xiaoyong Liu 's water-ink Chinese painting class for children. On display through September 30, these works featuring a selection of art by Mr. Liu’s students, who range from 6 to 15 years old. These students experience and learn about Chinese culture as they move the ink-filled brushes around the Xuan (rice) paper, mix paint made of natural materials, and combine colors and shapes to create traditional Chinese paintings. Learn more in this QATV video.

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!

September Programs Just for Kids

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:

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