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Volume 12, Number 9
- September is Amnesty Month!
- Closed for Labor Day
- Talk Time
- Reading Roundup
- Help an Adult Learn to Read
- Basic Computer Classes
- We Are Market Basket
- Discover Historic New England: The USS Quincy
- Crime By the Book: Murder & Mayhem in Massachusetts
- Tiny Houses
- Just For Teens
- Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night
- Thursday Movies
- Wednesday Matinees at North Quincy
- Book Discussions
- Learn with Lynda
- Know What's New
- Download the TCPL App
- On Exhibit: Cityscapes
- Special Programs for Kids
September is Amnesty Month: No Late Fees Due!
Get a clean start for the new school year. No overdue fines will be charged on anything returned during the month of September. Scour your shelves and check under your bed and find every book, DVD, and CD you've been intending to return for weeks. As long as you return them to any Quincy library location before the end of the month, we'll gladly accept them, no questions asked, and waive all associated late charges.
Any outstanding overdue charges from previously returned Quincy materials will also be forgiven as of September 1. (Charges for lost or damaged materials will remain on your library account.) Welcome back to your library!
Closed for Labor Day
We are normally open every single day of the week but the library is closing at 5:00 p.m. (our regular time), on Friday, September 4 and staying closed for the long weekend. We will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, September 8. We are not planning on closing on a weekend again this year, so we look forward to seeing you on many future Saturdays and Sundays!
The library has free conversation groups for high-beginner to intermediate level English speakers who want to practice their English. This month we are having four registration events at the Main Library for our fall conversation classes:
- Tuesday, September 15, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, September 15, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
- Thursday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Saturday, September 19, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Please note that these are not the class times, these are only the registration times. You can see a fall class schedule when you come in to register. Registration is in the Literacy Office on the top floor.
Reading Roundup is a multi-generational program run jointly by the Adams Shore branch library and the Germantown Neighborhood Center. Retirees, or any adult able to volunteer on Tuesday afternoons from October through May are welcome to read and be read to by first and second graders from Quincy's Snug Harbor Elementary School. While we don't teach the children to read, most improve their reading skills over the course of the year. A big benefit of the program is bonding with both the children and fellow volunteers. We hope you will come join us for a new adventure! For more information contact Lori Seegraber: 617-376-1325 / email@example.com .
Help an Adult Learn to Read
Would you like to help an adult learn to read? Consider becoming a volunteer literacy tutor. Come to a Literacy Volunteer Orientation on either Wednesday, September 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. or Monday, September 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.. Literacy Volunteers of MA-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. To register for the orientation, call 617-376-1314. For more details and an online application form, visit us online .
Basic Computer Classes
In October we are starting a new partnership to provide basic computer classes in the library’s computer lab. Class size is very limited and the content will be custom designed to the specific students who enroll. Pre-registration is required and a wait list will be maintained. People on the waitlist will be given the first opportunity to register for future classes. We are having two open enrollment sessions this month to answer questions and register students. Please come by our table in the atrium on Wednesday, September 9 or Saturday, September 12 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (same time both days) to get signed up and tell us what you want to learn. If you cannot come to a registration session, please call us (617-376-1316) or stop by the big desk on the top floor to find out more.
We Are Market Basket
Partly in honor of Labor Day, we have a great program happening at the library on Monday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. Lowell Sun reporter Grant Welker is coming to tell us all about the unlikely grassroots movement that saved Market Basket. Grant covered the story as it was happening and will share tales he incorporated into his new book on this inspiring modern story of solidarity and unprecedented defense of an executive.
Discover Historic New England: the USS Quincy
The USS Quincy, a heavy cruiser built in and named after Quincy was the pride of not only our city, but a symbol of America’s Navy. It represented the best efforts of America to match any threats from potential enemies. Acclaimed historian Bob Begin will describe the ship's career from her launching during the Depression years, her peacetime career as she would travel the world and “show the flag”, and the waning days of peace just prior to the outbreak of hostilities of WWII. Assigned to the Pacific and part of the first offensive step by America at the Marines' landings at Guadalcanal, the USS Quincy sank as a result of a fierce night engagement with a Japanese surface force on August 9, 1942. Over 370 young men lost their lives that night.
On Tuesday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. historian Bob Begin will share insights he gained from reading interviews with men who were aboard that night, letters from families who lost kin, and his thorough analysis of the battle from both US and Japanese aspects. Aimed at a general audience (not just for "military buffs") this lecture will be accompanied by the presenation of numerous photos, letters, and maps.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. 
Crime By the Book: Murder & Mayhem in Massachusetts
Boston's history is checkered with violence and heinous crimes. In 1845, a woman lured into prostitution was murdered at the hands of her jealous lover who used sleepwalking as his defense at trial. A leg was found floating along the Boston Harbor, wrapped in a burlap bag that would later be connected to a woman who was brutally murdered and dismembered by her handyman. In the 1970s, a string of seemingly unconnected murders led to a killer who became known as the Giggler. We welcome back our favorite crime historian, Christopher Daley to present tales he uncovered in researching his new book on Murder and Mayhem in Massachusetts on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. You may remember Chris from his original research about Bonnie and Clyde, or his programs on the Kennedy and Lincoln assassinations. His book is just hitting the streets this month and we are very happy to bring him back and make copies of the book available for you to purchase after his talk.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. 
Did you come to the library for the presentation on Tiny Houses in August? If you wanted to come but missed it, don’t fret - so did our presenter! With very humble apologies, this presentation has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m.. We hope you will join us next month.
Just for Teens
We are dedicated to providing quality materials and programs for teens at the Thomas Crane Public Library. The best people to help figure out what those should be are teens themselves. Please help us spread the word - all teenagers are encouraged to come to our next Teen Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, September 23 at 3:00 p.m.. We need teens to help with ideas - and we’ll have snacks!
Teens are also encouraged to come play games on our XBox One and Playstation Four on Friday, September 25 from 3:00-4:30 p.m., our next Game ON! program. Got more ideas? Let me know or talk with our great teen librarian, Kerri.
Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night
Drop by the Main Library on Monday, September 28, from 6:30-8:30 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 monthly mix of local performances which starts at 6:30.
Grab some food and drink in the café and then join us almost every Thursday in August for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library .
September 3 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:45 p.m.: Insurgent
Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
"For those looking for non-stop action, pretty dazzling special effects and solid acting by the young protagonists, Insurgent will not disappoint." - Chicago Sun-Times
Directed by Robert Schwentke. Starring Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley, & Theo James . Theatrically released in 2015. 119 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action throughout, some sensuality, thematic elements and brief language.
September 10 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:45 p.m.: Mad Max: Fury Road
In the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and everyone is fighting for the necessities of life, there are two rebels who just might be able to restore order—Max (Tom Hardy), a man of action and few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos, and Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman of action who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.
"Wild and unrelenting, but also possessed of the outlandish poetry, laced with hints of humor, that rises to the surface when the world is all churned up." - The New Yorker
Directed by George Miller. Starring Charlize Theron, John Howard, Nathan Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Riley Keough, Tom Hardy, & Zoë Kravitz. Theatrically released in 2015. 120 Minutes; Rated R for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images.
September 17 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Monkey Kingdom
Bring the entire family for this great new film! Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up on the social ladder. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya's whole family is forced to relocate, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to lead them to untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.
"If you don’t love monkeys already — and really, we all should — then Monkey Kingdom will swing you in the right direction." - New York Daily News
Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield. Starring Tina Fey. Theatrically released in 2015. 81 Minutes; Rated G.
September 24: No Movie - Election Day
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.
- September 2: Chappie  (R)
- September 9: McFarland, USA  (PG)
- September 16: 5 Flights Up  (PG-13)
- September 23: Mad Max: Fury Road  (R)
- September 30: Insurgent  (PG-13)
All movie screenings are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library .
September 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.
This discussion group meets one Friday per month at 10:00 a.m. and focuses on world literature. On Friday, September 11, we will discuss 22 Britannia Road  by Amanda Hodgkinson. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.
Booked 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 Friday of each month. The next meeting will be on Friday, September 4, 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
Are you one of the users who has already watched over seventy-five hours of the award-winning online videos we starting offering this summer from lynda.com ? Did you know that people are finding this a great place to get quick anwers to specific, technical questions?
The average viewing time this past week was six 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 . Some of the most popular courses so far are:
- Data Visualization with D3.js
- Write, Think, and Act Like a Professional Songwriter
- Foundations of Drawing: Sketching the Landscape
- Selling on the Amazon Marketplace
- Apple Music First Look
- Java Essential Training
- FileMaker Pro 13 Essential Training
- Web Design Fundamentals
- SQL Essential Training
Start learning here .
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
Get 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 .
On Exhibit: Cityscapes
Throughout the month of September we are proud to exhibit the photographs of Jessie Mash. Born and raised in Methuen MA. and presently residing in Quincy MA, Jessie cut his teeth with 35mm and medium format film for wedding and sports photography. After a 20 year hiatus from photography Jessie returned to photography in the digital realm. On exhibit are 24 black and white images of the greater Boston area.
Special September Programs Just for Kids
There is lots happening at the library for kids this month. Join us for:
- A special story time at the North Quincy branch at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12.
- The Saturday storytime at the main library is at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 19.
- We are kicking off a new Saturday science series called "Full STEAM Ahead" with a live animal visit on Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 a.m..
- Registration for all the other fall storytimes opens on Monday, September 14 at 9:00 a.m.
See our website  for all the details.