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Volume 12, Number 6
- More eBooks
- New Music Tuesdays
- Musical Notes: Rock and Roll History
- Discover Historic New England: Boston's Floating Hospital
- Discover Historic New England: Quincy House
- Environmental Treasures: Busy as a Bee
- Solarize Quincy
- Just For Teens
- Caring for Teens: Stay Safe
- Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night
- Thursday Movies
- Wednesday Matinees at North Quincy
- Cooking with Books: Cookout
- Book Discussions
- On Exhibit: Voice of Spring - Chinese brush paintings
- Know What's New
- Download the TCPL App
- Special Programs for Kids
There are now even more ways to read books! Traveling soon and want to carry a few books so you can have choices about what to read but don't want to lug around all that weight? Want to tuck into bed at night but your favorite book is so big you are afraid it will crush you if you fall asleep underneath it? Not sure you want the person across the aisle from you on the train to see the outside of the book you're reading? There are lots of good reasons to read eBooks and there are lots of ways to do it.
If you've been using eBooks for a while, check out the new content from hoopla. Like everything else from hoopla, there are no lines - everything is immediately available. eBooks and eGraphic Novels were just added to their catalog. Some popular titles include:
- Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin 
- Joss Whedon, the Biography  by Amy Pascale
- Superfoods: 50 best foods to change your life , by the Love Food editors
- Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems...  by Bill Adler
- Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood  by Tomas Moniz, Jeremy Adam Smith
- A Field Of Poppies  by Sharon Sala
- and of course the Doctor Who graphic novels 
New Music Tuesdays
Did you know that every Tuesday new music is released into the wild? Check back every week  to see what is new. We have it available for you, for free, as soon as you could get it anywhere else. We highlight new releases in our staff picks blog  (like this recent post ) and you can see what hoopla highlights on this page . Some recent releases we think you may especially like include:
- the live album Monterey  by The Milk Carton Kids;
- The Desired Effect  by Brandon Flowers, the second solo album from this singer from The Killers;
- Grammy-nominated, Boston-based Della Mae's self titled second album ;
- the rocking Wilder Mind  by Mumford & Sons;
- and Traveller  by Chris Stapleton, a country-rock debut from a talented songwriter who wrote hits for Kenny Cheseny and Darius Rucker
Musical Notes: Rock and Roll History
At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2 we conclude the popular music series we tried to start this past winter but had to postpone after too much snow! Quincy's favorite musical professor Del Case brings his encyclopedic knowledge and engaging teaching style to teach about Soul, Funk, and Hip-Hop from 1965 to today. Are you one of the countless fans of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ smash hit Uptown Funk? Come learn about its roots in what is sure to be a captivating program. This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. 
Discover Historic New England
Boston's Floating Hospital
On Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m. you can come learn about Boston’s Floating hospital that led the way in fighting deadly diseases and whose family-centered approach is now a hallmark of pediatric care nationwide. Dan Bird, the director of volunteers at the Floating Hospital for Children, and the foremost expert on the founding and legacy of the hospital joined us in the QATV studio to tell us more about what to expect:
On Tuesday, June 9 we offer another Discover Historic New England program. At 7:00 p.m. Historic New England Senior Curator of Collections Nancy Carlisle brings an illustrated lecture focusing on recent discoveries and changes at the historic Josiah Quincy House. This program is complemented by a walking tour starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, (June 27 if it rains). Sally Owen, coordinator of the Quincy Park Department’s Environmental Treasures program, will lead this tour of the Wollaston neighborhood surrounding Quincy House. This program is co-sponsored by the Quincy Park Department's Environmental Treasures program and Historic New England.
Environmental Treasures: Busy as a Bee
Have you heard? Bees have been rapidly and mysteriously disappearing from rural areas. This has grave implications for food production. But bees seem to flourish in urban environments — and cities can use their help, too. Come to the library on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m. and learn about the role urban beekeeping can play in revitalizing both a city and a species. Our presenter, Noah Wilson-Rich is the author of The Bee: A Natural History and owner of Best Bees, a company that offers beekeeping services. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing after his presentation. Here is a clip from when Noah recently stopped by the studio.
Get Healthy: All about Dietary Fats
Get engaged in a conversation about healthy eating for healthy living on Saturday, June 20 at 1:00 p.m.. Every time we eat me make a choice and we owe it ourselves to know our options. We are regularly bombarded by paid advertising from the pharmaceutical and food industries. This is an opportunity to get freely shared advice from a health professional. Mona Sigal has been a practicing medical doctor for over 26 years and is convinced that natural, nutrition-based health offers many advantages over today’s medications. She has developed a Food For Life program that has been certified by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. At this talk, cosponsored by the Boston Vegetarian Society, Dr. Sigal will focus on Dietary Fats.
If you have vistied the library in the last several months, you may have seen someone encuraging local homeowners to participate in the Solarize Quincy project. Monday night, June 22 is your last chance to learn about this City-sponsored program that enables Quincy residents to install solar electricity systems at discounted prices. Learn about solar electricity, whether your house might be a good location, and how to sign up for a free assessment. At this program, which is starting at 6:30, you can meet the selected installer, and have all your questions answered.
Just for Teens
There are lots of programs for teens this month at the library. The following programs are for teens only! Snacks and support are provided by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. 
- Things kick off with one of Kerri’s famously inventive live gaming events. Teens will gather on Tuesday, June 2 at 5:00 p.m. to play a live, human-scaled version of Pacman.
- Actual video games will be played during the Teen Game-On programs at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays, June 5 and 26. Did you know the library has video games you can borrow ? Come check one out the next time you drop by. Teens are breaking in our XBox One and PlayStation 4 systems and having a ton of fun.
- Other teen programs this month include a celebration of Dr. Who on Thursday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m. and a musically-themed Random Fandom focused on Pitch Perfect happening at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 18.
- Kerri gets lots of guidance and great ideas from the library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB). Who knows how to make the library the best place for teens to enjoy in Quincy? Teens, that’s who. The advisory board is made up entirely of teens and their next meeting starts at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24.
Caring for Teens: Stay Safe
On Tuesday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. we are partnering with local non-profit Health Imperatives  to host an event for teens, parents, and professionals to discuss the connections between underage drinking, bullying, and sexual violence. Teens will learn ways to stay safe, adults will learn how to talk with their teens, and everyone will participate in a fun exercise.
Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night
Drop by the Main Library on Monday, June 29, from 6:00-8:00 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 afternoon or evening in June for this month's screenings of critically acclaimed newly released movies sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library . This month we continue the matinee showings every week so you can pick when you want to come - or come for both! Evening showtimes vary because of movie length - check below to make sure you don't miss an early start for a longer movie.
June 4 @1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.: Inherent Vice
When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin...well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.
"The film is stupendous: as antic as Boogie Nights and Punch-Drunk Love, but with The Master and There Will Be Blood’s uncanny feel for the swell and ebb of history." - The Telegraph
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Starring Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Owen Wilson, & Reese Witherspoon. Theatrically released in 2014. 148 Minutes; Rated R for drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some violence.
June 11 @1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.: Black Sea
A rogue submarine captain (Jude Law) pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.
"Not that a film as taut and exciting as this one needs punchy dialogue, but Black Sea has that, too." - New York Post
Directed by Kevin Macdonald. Starring Ben Mendelsohn, David Threlfall, Jude Law, & Scoot McNairy. Theatrically released in 2015. 114Minutes; Rated R for language throughout, some graphic images and violence.
June 18 @1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.: Maps to the Stars
Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13. Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town - mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver (Robert Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon). But Agatha is on a quest for redemption - and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she's determined to find it, no matter what it takes.
"Screenwriter Bruce Wagner (who's been skillfully dissecting Hollywood misfits high and low since his 1991 novel, "Force Majeure") has crafted a darkly humorous moral fable that Cronenberg embraces with unabashed glee." - Austin Chronicle
Directed by David Cronenberg. Starring ohn Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, & Robert Pattinson. Theatrically released in 2015. 111 Minutes; Rated R for strong disturbing violence and sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug material.
June 25 @1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.: Mr. Turner
Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the life of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (Timothy Spall). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. Nominated for 4 Oscars.
"(F)ar more than merely an explosion of color and toned nuance for the eye. The real reason to make this a must-see ... is to wallow in the Oscar-worthy acting talent of Leigh’s veteran player Timothy Spall." - Chicago Sun-Times
Directed by Mike Leigh. Starring Amy Dawson, Dorothy Atkinson, Karl Johnson, Lesley Manville, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Ruth Sheen, Sandy Foster, & Timothy Spall. Theatrically released in 2014. 150 Minutes; Rated R for some sexual content.
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.
- June 3: American Sniper  (R)
- June 10: Inherent Vice  (R)
- June 17: Black Sea  (R)
- June 24: Maps to the Stars  (R)
All movie screenings are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library .
Cooking with Books: Cookouts
The Adams Shore Branch  invites everyone to come over on Monday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy some tasty food, talk about recipes, and peruse some cookbooks for the June session of the popular Cooking with Books series, which happens on the second Monday of most months. This month the theme is Cookouts. Get some ideas from some of our books . Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. 
June 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, June 12, we will discuss The Orphan Master's Son  by Adam Johnson. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332617-376-1332.
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, June 5, 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: Voices of Spring, Chinese brush painting
Throughout the month of June we are proud to present "Voices of Spring" an exhibition of Chinese brush paintings.
Showcasing the work of nine students in a Chinese painting class that started five years ago at Quincy Asian Resources Inc. (QARI). The artists range in age from eight to eighty. Their class meets for an hour and a half every Thursday, starting at 4:00 at the QARI offices on Hancock street. This exhibition is sponsored by South Shore Elder Services and QARI. Four of the artists share their thoughts about their work here .
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Special June Programs Just for Kids
- Saturday Fun for Little Ones: Music and Movement with Rubi
- Mad Science
- Preschool Discovery
- Book Clubs
Saturday Fun for Little Ones: Music and Movement with Rubi
Main Library Children's Room Saturday, June 6, at 10:00 a.m. Ages 0-4 accompanied by an adult Sing and dance with Rubi Lichauco! Rubi brings her popular preschool program to Quincy so put on your favorite dancing shoes and join us for this lively mix of music and movement. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library .
Story times for children ages ages two to five, accompanied by an adult are happening on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. On June 13 Diana Kane will present a family storytime full of stories, songs, rhymes and more in the large meeting room at the Main Library. On June 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Quincy branch Cathy will enthrall young ones with a family storytime celebrating the Fourth of July. Cathy and Quinn Z. Bear’s teddy bear story time on Tuesday night, June 16 at the North Quincy branch is also highly recommended for children ages 2-5. Feel free to wear your comfy jammies, and bring along your favorite bear as we get ready for summer with camping stories. No registration is required to attend any of the following storytimes. Attendance is limited to Quincy residents.
On the third Saturday of the month - June 20, we have Mad Science of Greater Boston join us to teach kids about a difference science topic using interactive activities and experiments. 3-5 year olds meet at 9:30 and 6-10 year-olds at 10:30. Adults must stay in the building during the program. No registration is required but 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. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library .
- Ages 3-5: Matter of Fact This Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop introduces children ages 3-5 to the building blocks of the universe through hands-on fun, discussions and demonstrations. They’ll learn about the fundamentals of chemistry, from atoms to the structure, dynamics, characteristics and possible combinations of simple molecules. To cap it all off, participants will find out just how fun polymers can be as they make their very own Mad Science Goofy Goop to take home.
- Ages 6-10: Where's the Air? This dynamic Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop introduces children ages 6-10 to the exciting science of aerodynamics and a host of associated scientific concepts – including air pressure and buoyancy – through an exciting collection of demonstrations and hands-on activities. The children will be challenged to stop and consider air, its effects on our surroundings, and its significance to us and to life on Earth. The focus will then turn to air pressure beginning with a fun demonstration that illustrates the concept of imbalanced pressures and all sorts of neat stuff involving Bernoulli’s Principle. The children will each take home a paper helicopter to demonstrate some of the principles they learned out just how fun polymers can be as they make their very own Mad Science Goofy Goop to take home.
Drop by the Wollaston Branch Library on the second Wednesday of each month with your preschooler any time between 6:00 and 7:00 pm on Wednesday June 10 to do some fun simple science together. Activities, experiments and instructions will be provided for science you can do with your child. This month we will be learning about shapes and patterns. Make your own shape collage, play a matching game, learn about patterns and more!
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 617-376-2411617-376-2411 to ask about the upcoming meetings.
The Night Owl Book Club - 3rd and 4th graders
Meets the second Monday of each month at 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.
Monday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m.
This month instead of discussing someone else's book we will be making our own books. For details please stop by the library or call and ask to speak with Mrs. Miller.
The Phoenix Book Club - 5th through 8th graders
Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 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, June 9
Theme: Superheroes and Superpowers
Characters who can fly, use x-ray vision, talk to animals, turn invisible and more have super powers. Were they born with them or do they happen later? Is it magic or science? And do they use their powers for good or evil? Grab a book with a superpowered character (or more than one!) and join us to talk about it and get ready for this summer's theme: Every Hero Has a Story!