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Volume 14, Number 4
- 2016 Report to the Community
- Find it in the Stacks
- Explore Quincy's Past Online
- Computer Classes
- Program Highlights
- Thursday Movies
- Book Discussions
- On Exhibit: Talk Time Artistry
- Special Programs for Kids
2016 Report to the Community
Read about what went on at your library last year. Please take a few minutes to peruse our 2016 Report to the Community .
Find It in the Stacks
Have you noticed the new buttons in our online catalog? The button appears for all materials that are currently checked in and on the shelf at the Main Library. When you see this button, just click on it to view a map showing you exactly where in the building you can find the item you want. Even if you have never navigated to find 974.47 PEPE (the call number for a great book of Quincy postcards), you can boldly venture forth with your new map!
Explore Quincy's Past Online
Browse a recently digitized collection of over 270 historic Fore River Shipyard Postcards  dating from 1896 to 1980. Donated to the TCPL by author and collector Wayne G. Miller, these postcards depict Quincy-built battleships, schooners, freighters, destroyers, submarines, and numerous other vessels, many of which were commissioned by the United States Navy. The collection also contains postcards that portray a variety of scenes from the Shipyard, such as the machine shop, building slips, and outfitting pier. Select postcards have handwritten messages from passengers and sailors on board. Other topics represented on the postcards include the Fore River Bridge, the Fore River Railroad, christening of the vessels, scenes of workers and crew members, and the "Great White Fleet."
Another recently digitized collection consists of 182 historic postcards of sites all over Quincy . The postcards include views of landmarks relating to the Adams and Quincy families, many churches including the United First Parish Church, Quincy neighborhoods, schools, industries, businesses, and several depictions of the Thomas Crane Public Library.
When you tire of looking at pretty historic pictures, check out the online collection of City of Quincy Annual Reports  from 1850-2008. These are available in a searchable .pdf format, allowing you to delve into individual reports and look for place or personal names, or any other keywords. If you need help searching this collection, call a librarian at 617-376-1316.
All of these unique local history collections were digitized courtesy of the Library for the Commonwealth / Boston Public Library .
Registration will open on Wednesday, April 12, for the spring Computer Class: Social Life Online, Creating Online Materials . The class will run from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from April 26 to May 31 (six sessions). Registration is required to keep class size manageable. Get details about this class, review the required skills for participation, and register on this page .
View our online calendar  for details about all the programs happening at the Library. Some of the highlights include:
- The latest in our Discover Historic New England series is a program about local Muslim culture  happening on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m.. Learn about the presence of Muslims in New England since 1619 and the different waves of Muslims who came to America from Quincy’s own Community Muslim Chaplain and retired US Army Reserves Lieutenant Colonel Shareda Hosein.
- On Tuesday, April 11, at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Mish Zimdars will present a program Exposing Fake News .
- Celebrate Earth Day with Local Stories of Inspiration and Hope  and a new documentary (trailer below) on Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. . Then join a guided walk around Marina Bay  on Saturday, April 29 starting at 2:00 p.m.. Early arrivals on April 18 will be entered into a raffle to get great prizes that night!
- Our spring collaboration with Quincy College’s Presidential Speaker series presents Counter Jihad  on Wednesday, April 19, starting at 7:00 p.m.
- Giving While Living . Learn how to incorporate charitable giving in your financial and tax planning on Saturday, April 22 at 12:00 noon
- Quincy Unplugged: Monthly Open Mic  on Monday, April 24, at 6:15 p.m.
- Witness a rare glimpse of the classic beauty and haunting honesty that shocked audiences nearly a century ago and made dance history in a spectacular performance by Quincy's own local dance company, Dances by Isadora  on Sunday, April 30, at 3:00 p.m.
- Yoga Meditation  on every Saturday through at least the end of May at 3:00 p.m.
Are 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 .
Join us every Thursday in April 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:
- April 6 @1:00 (matinee only): A Monster Calls 
- April 13 @1:00 and 6:30 p.m.: Allied 
- April 20 @1:00 and 6:30 p.m.: Jackie 
- April 27 @1:00 and 6:30 p.m.: La La Land 
- May 4 @1:00 and 6:30 p.m.: Hidden Figures 
Wednesday Matinees @North Quincy
The North Quincy Branch , shows matinees every Wednesday starting at 2:00 p.m.
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
This discussion group meets one Friday a month at 10:00 a.m. (usually the second Friday) and focuses on world literature. On Friday, April 14, we will discuss Americanah  by Chimamanda Adichie. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.
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, April 7, 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!
Harry Potter Book Club @Wollaston Branch
Are you a Harry Potter fan? Have you read the books several times or are you just discovering Harry for the first time? Harry fans of all ages are invited to join us from January to July at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday evening of each month at the Wollaston Branch Library  as we discuss each Harry Potter book in turn. Stop by the Main Library to pick up a copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  to read for our meeting on April 19.
On Exhibit: Talk Time Artistry
The immense popularity of this exhibit has led us to carry it over for another month. If you haven’t seen it yet, come before the end of April to view the work of some of the Library’s English Talk Time students. The exhibit features four sections: painting, drawing, photography and fiber arts, with a total of 31 pieces created by five Talk Time student artists.
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!
April Programs Just for Kids
As always, 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.
Come to a drop-in program! Here's what to do in April:
- Saturday Fun for Little Ones: Music & Movement with Rubi , April 1 @10 & 10:30 a.m. (0-4 years)
- Science Saturday: Science Isn't Always Pretty , April 8 @10:00 a.m. (3-12 years)
- Saturday Storytime with Denise Shaver , April 15 @10:00 a.m. (2-5 years)
- Saturday Pupet Show with Diane Kordas , April 22 @ 10:00 a.m. (3-8 years)
- Saturday Storytime @North Quincy , April 22 @ 10:00 a.m. (2-5 years)
- Preschool Storytime @North Quincy , every Monday we're open in April @10:00 a.m. (3-5 years)
- Just for Threes Storytime , Tuesdays April 4, 11, & 25 @ 9:30 a.m. (36-47 months)
- Toddler Storytime @Adams Shore , Tuesdays April 4, 11, & 25 @ 10:00 a.m. (2-3 years)
- Afternoon Explorers @Wollaston , Wednesday April 5, 12, & 26 @3:00 p.m. (6-8 years)
- Homework Help , Mondays and Wednesday the first, second, and fourth weeks, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (grades 1-6)
- Preschool Discovery: Dinosaurs @Wollaston , Thursday, April 6 @10:00 a.m. (2-5 years)
- Rock-a-bye Baby , Thursdays April 6, 13, & 27 @11:00 a.m. (4-11 months)
- Preschool Storytime , Fridays April 7, 14, & 28 @9:30 a.m. (3-5 years)
- Phoenix Book Club , Tuesday April 11 @7:00 p.m. (grades 5-8)
- Night Owls Book Club , Thursday April 13 @7:00 p.m. (grades 3-4)
- Movie @North Quincy: Trolls , Tuesday April 18 @2:00 p.m.
- Dungeons & Dragons , Tuesday April 18 @7:00 p.m. (10+ years)
- Harry Potter Movie Matinee @Adams Shore: The Goblet of Fire , Thursday April 20 @1:30 p.m.
- Movie: Moana , Friday April 21 @10:00 a.m.