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Volume 12, Number 12
- Holiday Hours
- Last Chance to Sponsor a Chair!
- Great Gifts at the Bookstore
- 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
- Homework Help
- Device Advice
- Think Global, Play Local: Music From Around the World
- Crime By the Book: The Museum Heist
- GMO—OMG! Film and Discussion
- Holiday Concert with QHS & NQHS Premiere Choirs
- Just For Teens
- Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night
- Thursday Movies
- Wednesday Matinees at North Quincy
- Cooking with Books at Adams Shore: Annual Cookie Swap
- Book Discussions
- Learn with Lynda
- Know What's New
- Hot Off the Presses
- On Exhibit: The Quiet Figure
- Special Programs for Kids
All library locations will close at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and remain closed all day on Thursday, December 25. For New Year's, all locations will close at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, and remain closed all day on Friday, January 1. Every other day of the month all library locations will be open our regular hours — including on the Saturdays after Friday closures, December 26 and January 2. Information about hours and locations can be found here . We look forward to seeing you soon!
Last Chance to Sponsor a Chair!
If you've visited the Main Library adult areas in the last few months, you've seen—and perhaps sat for awhile in—our lovely new chairs, purchased by the Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation with donations made by library lovers like you. We have received two shipments of chairs this year, and expect a final shipment early in 2016. There will ultimately be 100 new chairs in all—and there are only fourteen chairs left that have not been sponsored by a generous donor.
If you'd like to honor or memorialize a loved one this holiday season with a legacy chair, it's not too late! Please visit the Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation  website for more information about how to donate money for a chair and put a customized plate on the chair.
Great Gifts at the Bookstore
Looking for the perfect holiday gift? The Crane Library Bookstore  has great deals on gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks for all ages. Open Thursday evenings from 6—8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the last day this year the bookstore will be open is Saturday, December 19. The bookstore will then close for the holidays and reopen on Thursday, January 7, 2016.
Do you enjoy library events? Join the Friends of the Library  and your membership dues will help support events for all ages. December is membership month, so whether this is your first time or you've been a faithful friend for years, now is the perfect time to contribute. At only $15 for a family/household ($10 for an individual), membership in the Friends is something that benefits everyone! Remember to also follow the Friends on Facebook .
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Help your preschool child become a reading Super Star—read 1000 books together before kindergarten!
It's easy to participate: simply sign up on our 1000 Books website  and begin reading! For every 100 books you and your child read together we will give your child a star to add to our Super Star Readers wall and a sticker telling everyone how many books you have read. Keep reading until you reach 1000 books! When you reach 1000 books, we’ll give your child a certificate of achievement and take his or her picture for our Super Star Readers Hall of Fame.
Why read 1000 books before kindergarten?
- Reading builds vocabulary, and the more words children encounter before starting school, the more words they recognize when they begin reading on their own.
- Reading exposes children to new situations and experiences, which helps them learn about the world around them.
- Reading aloud provides children with a role model. If you are having fun reading together, your child will learn that reading is fun.
- Did you know that an average picture book takes only five minutes to read? Read just one book a day and by your child’s 5th birthday, you will have read 1,825 books! Even if your child is four years old, you will reach 1,000 books before kindergarten by reading only three books a day!
Students in grades 1—6 who need help with their homework can now come to the Main Library on Monday and Wednesday afternoons through December 16 between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. to receive assistance from qualified local high school students. Know a teen who wants to get involved? Have them contact teen librarian Kerri  (617-376-1316). Know a younger student who could benefit from some extra academic support? Bring them by!
Stop by the Main Library during any of the following time blocks 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. Here is when Device Advice is scheduled in December:
Think Global, Play Local: Music From Around the World
Tuesday, December 1 is the last of four consecutive Tuesdays when we welcome Quincy's favorite music professor Delvyn Case for a series on world music and the impact it has had on American popular music. We’ve already learned about influences from Africa, India, and the Caribbean. Whether you joined us for any of these or not, we hope you will come at 7:00 p.m. to learn how European classical music has influenced American music, including Tin Pan Alley, Brill Building pop, and progressive rock. This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. 
Crime By the Book: The Museum Heist
When thieves broke into Boston's famed Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 and removed half a billion dollars' worth of art, it was not only the largest art heist in history; it was also the largest single robbery the world has ever known. Twenty—five years later, despite a multi—million—dollar reward and the combined efforts of the FBI, Scotland Yard, INTERPOL and the Canadian Mounted Police, the treasured art is still missing, the perpetrators never identified. In his new novel, The Museum Heist, Kameel Nasr has officially "solved" the crime in a pulsating tale of historical fiction that does for the high—end art world what The Da Vinci Code did for religion. In another of our ever—popular Crime by the Book programs, author Kameel is coming to the library on Tuesday, December 8, at 7:00 p.m. to talk about his research and his insights into this spectacular local crime.
GMO—OMG! Film & Discussion
Today in the United States, by the simple acts of feeding ourselves, we are unwittingly participating in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings. Each of us unknowingly consumes genetically engineered food on a daily basis. The risks and effects to our health and the environment are largely unknown. Yet more and more studies are being conducted around the world, which only provide even more reason for concern. We are the oblivious guinea pigs for wide—scale experimentation of modern biotechnology. GMO OMG tells the story of a father’s discovery of GMOs in relationship to his 3 young children and the world around him. Come watch the film on Tuesday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m.and stay for light refreshments and engaging discussion afterwards. Co—sponsored by MA Right to Know GMOs .
The Quincy High Horizons Choir and the North Quincy High Select Choir return for their annual library holiday concert on Tuesday, December 22 at 3:30 p.m.. This concert has become a wonderful tradition. Our local teens bring that special spirit that makes us all merry and bright.
Just for Teens
All teenagers are encouraged to come to the following programs designed exlusively for them:
- The Teen Advisory Board meeting is meeting next on Thursday, December 10, at 3:30 p.m. to help plan future teen programs and services.
- On Friday, December 11, at 3:00 p.m. Teens are encouraged to come play games on our XBox One and Playstation Four, our next Game ON! program.
- On Thursday, December 17, at 4:00 p.m. there will be a teen book discussion about the novel Thirteen Reasons Why  by Jay Asher.
- Teens who want to become technology tutors to help adults learn how to use computers and the Internet (and earn community service hours for themselves) should come to one of the two information and orientation sessions happening on Tuesday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, December 17, at 3:30 p.m.
Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night
Drop by the Main Library on Monday, December 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 every Thursday we are open in December for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library .
December 3 @1:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.: Ricki and the Flash
Ricki Rendazzo (Meryl Streep) is a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock—and—roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family, including her daughter (Mamie Gummer), her ex—husband (Kevin Kline) and his new wife (Audra McDonald).
"Because Demme genuinely likes people and is interested in them, Ricki and the Flash feels like “Stella Dallas” as remade by Jean Renoir — it’s a humanist suburban fable." — Boston Globe
Directed by Jonathan Demme. Starring Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield, and Sebastian Stan. Theatrically released in 2015. 101 Minutes; Rated PG — 13 for thematic material, brief drug content, sexuality and language.
December 10 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.: Ant Man
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con—man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner—hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant—Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
"Playful in unexpected ways and graced with a genuinely off—center sense of humor, Ant—Man is light on its feet the way the standard—issue Marvel behemoths never are." — Los Angeles Times
Directed by Peyton Reed. Starring Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Hayley Atwell, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, and Paul Rudd. Theatrically released in 2015. 117 Minutes; Rated PG—13 for sci—fi action violence.
December 17 @1:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.: Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation
With the IMF disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group takes on their most impossible mission yet.
"At once questioning and reaffirming the pleasures of cinematic espionage, this is the rare sequel that leaves its franchise feeling not exhausted but surprisingly resurgent at 19 years and counting." — Variety
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Starring Alec Baldwin, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Tom Cruise, and Ving Rhames. Theatrically released in 2015. 131 Minutes; Rated Rated PG—13 for sequences of action and violence, and brief partial nudity.
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 the branch is open, starting at 2:00 p.m.
- December 2: Z for Zachariah  (PG—13)
- December 9: Ricki and the Flash  (PG—13)
- December 16: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.  (PG—13)
- December 23: The Holiday  (PG—13)
- December 30: When Harry Met Sally  (R)
All movie screenings are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library .
Cooking with Books at Adams Shore: Annual Cookie Swap
Good food and good books — an awesome combination and the driving force behind the monthly Cooking with Books program at the Adams Shore branch . This month is the annual Holiday Cookie Swap, on Monday, December 14 from 6:30—8:00 p.m.. There will be cookie cookbooks  to browse and lots of yummy cookies to sample — and even more if you bring some too!
December 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
This discussion group meets one Friday per month at 10:00 a.m. and focuses on world literature. On Friday, December 11, we will discuss A Constellation of Vital Phenomena  by Anthony Marra. 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, December 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 215 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 answers to specific, technical questions? The average viewing time this past week was nine 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 five classes so far are:
- InDesign Secrets
- Excel 2013 Essential Training
- Android Essential Training
- Communication Tips
- Word 2013 Essential Training
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!
Hot Off the Presses
When was the last time you picked up a magazine? Did you know that you can get free access to tons of popular magazines through our parternship with Zinio ? Not just the current issue either — lots of back issues to keep you entertained for hours! They've made some improvements to the interface lately too, so it’s even easier to enjoy all this fresh content. Check out the latest stories:
- Everyone's talking about the Star Wars movie, coming out December 18! Geek out with Wired  — it's their cover story for the December edition, available now!
- The New Yorker  just launched a weekend radio show. Did you know you can read it online too?
- Is Jimmy Fallon having problems with cocaine and booze? Enquiring minds want to know. Read all about it in the November 23 issue of National Enquirer .
- What's on Oprah's 2015 list of her favorite things? Find out in the December issue of O, the Oprah Magazine .
- Ever think you’d see Bernie Sanders on the cover of Rolling Stone ? Check it out and read their interview in the December 3 issue.
- Looking for 105 ways to devour the holidays AND cookies? Check out the December issue of Bon Appetit .
On Exhibit: The Quiet Figure
Throughout the month of December, a collection of figure and portrait drawings by William MacDonald will be display. The Quiet Figure exhibit communicates the graphic remembrance of human intimacy. The drawings attempt to express the visual relationship between an artist and his models and extend that expression into the viewer's' world, while the general sensitivity of rendition enables the models to address us in their "inside voices." This is a gentle invitation to listen intently — with our eyes. A reception with the artist will be held on Sunday, December 6, from 2—4 p.m.
Special December Programs Just for Kids
As always, there is a lot happening at the library for kids this month. All the activities below are at the Main Library (40 Washington Street) unless otherwise noted:
- Preschool Science Discovery from 10:00—11:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, at the Wollaston branch. This month we will be exploring our senses.
- Saturday Fun for Little Ones: Music and Movement with Rubi for children up to four year's old and their parents on Saturday, December 5, at 10:00 a.m.
- The Phoenix Book Club for kids in grades five to eight at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8. This month’s topic is graphic novels. Take a look through our graphic novel collection. You could pick part of a series, like Tintin. You could pick a single story, like Rapunzel's Revenge. We have graphic novel versions of text novels, like the Percy Jackson books or The Hobbit. We have manga and even nonfiction. So long as it's in graphic novel format, grab it, read it and come talk about it in December.
- The Night Owls Book Club for kids in grades three and four at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10. This month we will be reading Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake  by Julie Sternberg. Eleanor’s relationship with her best friend, Pearl, experiences its first growing pains. When a glamorous new student transfers to school, at first Eleanor’s excited about the possibility of a new friend. But when Pearl is assigned to be the new girl’s buddy, Eleanor fears she can’t compete. To make matters worse, Eleanor’s been chosen for the lead role in the springtime musical, which means she has to sing a solo in front of the entire school! From overcoming stage fright to having a secret crush, young readers will relate to Eleanor as she navigates the bittersweet waters of growing up. Please stop by the main library children’s room library any time to pick up a copy of the book to read before our meeting. Any questions? Call 617-376-2411 and ask to speak with Ms. Cronin.
- The Preschool Storytime on Fridays, December 4 and 11, at 9:30 a.m. for three to five year olds and their parents.
- Saturday Storytime at the North Quincy Branch, Saturday, December 12, at 10:00 a.m. This month will be full of stories and music all about trains.
- The North Quincy Preschool Storytime on Mondays, December 7 and 14, at 10:00 a.m. for three to five year olds and their parents.
- Just for Threes for ages 36—47 months Tuesdays, December 1, 8, amd 15, at 9:30 a.m.
- Toddler Storytime at Adams Shore for two and three year olds and their parents on Tuesdays, December 1, 8, and 15, at 10:00 a.m.
- Rock—a—bye Baby on Thursdays, December 3, 10, and 17, at 11:00 a.m. for 4—11 month olds and their parents.
- Saturday Storytime with Denise Shaver on December 19, at 10:00 a.m. for two to five year olds and their parents.
- Saturday Science Full STEAM ahead program on Art and Science on Saturday, December 26, at 10:00 a.m. for all children age three and older.
- School Vacation Week movies!
- Cinderella (2015) @North Quincy Branch Monday, December 28, at 2:00 p.m.
- Inside Out @Adams Shore Branch Tuesday, December 29, at 10:00 a.m.
- Big Hero 6 (at the Main Library) Wednesday, December 30, at 10:00 a.m.
- Don't forget Homework Help every Monday and Wednesday through December 16 from 3:00—5:00 p.m.!
See our website  for all the details.