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Tuesday March 3, 2015
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Just for Threes Storytime for ages 36-47 months
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

This  program for three-year-olds (ages 36-47 months) and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Toddler Storytime for ages 2 and 3 @Adams Shore
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

This half hour program for toddlers and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.  

CONTACT: Adams Shore Branch    617-376-1325    
LOCATION: Adams Shore Branch
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Weekly Drop-In Tech Help
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come by anytime between two and four every Tuesday afternoon and get help using your own mobile devices to access all the Library has to offer. Each week will have a specific focus but 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 are the focus topics in March:

  • March 3: E-readers - the easiest way to carry lots of books everywhere you go
  • March 10: Online Music & Video - did you know we have over 100,000 music albums you can listen to right now?
  • March 17: E-Books - use your mobile device to read current, popular works
  • March 24: The Thomas Crane Library App - discover all the ways you can take the library with you 24/7
  • March 31: Online magazines - Learn how easy it is to read everything from Consumer Reports and the Economist to GQ & Glamour.
CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Coletti Reading Room (first floor)
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CANCELED-Solarize Quincy
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Public Meeting for Quincy residents and property owners to learn about this time-limited program to install solar electric panels at a discounted price.  Learn more about how solar electricity works, and this program.  The City of Quincy was selected by Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and Mass Department of Energy Resources to participate in the Solarize program. 

CONTACT: Shelly Dein    617-376-1542    Sdein@quincyma.gov
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Wednesday March 4, 2015
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Feature Film @North Quincy: Dear White People
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

movie still At prestigious Winchester University, biracial student Samantha White begins her radio show, "Dear White People, the amount of black friends required not to seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, your weed man, Tyrone, doesn't count." Sam becomes president of the all-black residential hall Parker/Armstrong, whose existence is facing extinction in the name of diversification. TV reality show "Black Face/White Place" smells gold in Sam's story and decides to follow it, rejecting the proposal of fellow black student Coco Conners, who pitched her show "Doing Time at an Ivy League". The clamor over Sam's rise also becomes a career-defining opportunity for black misfit Lionel Higgins when he is asked to join the school's lily-white newspaper staff to cover the controversy, even though he secretly knows little about black culture.

"You want to see this movie, and you will want to talk about it afterward, even if the conversation feels a little awkward. If it doesn’t, you’re doing it wrong. There is great enjoyment to be found here, and very little comfort. " - The New York Times

Directed by Justin Simien. Starring Tessa Thompson and Tyler James Williams. Theatrically released in 2014. 108 Minutes; Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1320    
LOCATION: North Quincy Branch
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POSTPONED-Musical Notes: Rock & Roll History
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Rock HistoryThe remaining sessions of this winter's popular music appreciation series on Rock and Roll have been rescheduled to start up again in the middle of May. Come join Quincy's favorite musical professor, Del Case for the following classes:

  • Tuesday, May 19: Rock in the 60's: The Stones, and Beatles, and the Dead
  • Wednesday, May 27: Forty years of rock: progressive, alternative, indie, and metal
  • Tuesday, June 2: Soul, Funk, and Hip-hop: 1965 to today

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Thursday March 5, 2015
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Rock-a-Bye Baby Storytime for ages 4-11 months
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

An introduction to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and gentle movement exercises for very young children, ages 4 - 11 months  accompanied by an adult.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.   

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Feature Film: Whiplash
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

movie stillAcademy Award winner for best actor in a supporting role and nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller), a young jazz drummer who attends one of the best music schools in the country under the tutelage of the school’s fearsome maestro of jazz named Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer.

"More "Full Metal Jacket" than "Dead Poet’s Society," the film is an epic battle of wills between two fanatical artists, one doing everything in his power to painfully make a master out of the other. " - The A.V. Club

Directed by Damien Chazelle. Starring J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller, and Paul Reiser. Theatrically released in 2014. 107 Minutes; Rated R for strong language including some sexual references.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Feature Film: Whiplash
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

movie stillNominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller), a young jazz drummer who attends one of the best music schools in the country under the tutelage of the school’s fearsome maestro of jazz named Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer.

"More "Full Metal Jacket" than "Dead Poet’s Society," the film is an epic battle of wills between two fanatical artists, one doing everything in his power to painfully make a master out of the other. " - The A.V. Club

Directed by Damien Chazelle. Starring J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller, and Paul Reiser. Theatrically released in 2014. 107 Minutes; Rated R for strong language including some sexual references.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Friday March 6, 2015
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Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs.

Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby.

This program is for children ages 3-5. No registration is required.   

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Booked for Lunch
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Read any good books lately? Looking for something new to read? Just like to chat about books? If the answer is yes, bring a brown bag lunch--or pick up a sandwich or salad at the library cafe--and join other readers for a lively exchange of authors and titles on the first Friday of each month.

The group meets in the atrium near the café—-just look for the Booked for Lunch sign on the table. Drop in anytime and check out this friendly group!

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1301    
LOCATION: Main Library Atrium (ground floor)
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Saturday March 7, 2015
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Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us in teh Main Library Children's room for a Dr. Seuss Birthday celebration

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Sunday March 8, 2015
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Concerts @the Crane: Enchanting Odissi With Mouli Pal
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

TITLEOdissi is a lyrical dance originating in the Temples of Orissa in Eastern India depicting musical moods, nature's beauty and emotions of love, fear and anger through energetic footwork and captivating storytelling. The grace and elegance of this rarely seen dance form creates an illusion of Sculptures coming to life. Presented by Mouli Pal, an accomplished exponent who has been a regular performer, teacher and promoter of the dance form. This site has more information about Ms. Pal, including links to videos of her performances.

Rescheduled from originally scheduled date on February 8 because of weather.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Atrium (ground floor)
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Monday March 9, 2015
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Board of Library Trustees Meeting
9:15 AM - 11:30 AM
CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Quincy Room
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Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 @North Quincy
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs.

Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby.

This program is for children ages 3-5. No registration is required.   

CONTACT: North Quincy Branch    617-376-1320    
LOCATION: North Quincy Branch
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Cooking With Books @Adams Shore: Cheese
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Adams Shore Branch invites everyone to enjoy some tasty food, talk about recipes, and peruse cookbooks for the March session (Monday, March 9) of the popular Cooking with Books series, which happens at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. This month the theme is cheese.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library: Adams Shore Branch    617-376-1325    
LOCATION: Adams Shore Branch
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Night Owls Book Club for grades 3-4
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Night Owls Book Club is a book discussion group for children in grades 3 and 4.

This month we will be discussing Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Di Camillo.

Stop by the Main Library children's room to pick up a copy of the book to read before the meeting. 

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Tuesday March 10, 2015
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Just for Threes Storytime for ages 36-47 months
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

This  program for three-year-olds (ages 36-47 months) and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Toddler Storytime for ages 2 and 3 @ Adams Shore
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

This half hour program for toddlers and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.  

CONTACT: Adams Shore Branch    617-376-1325    
LOCATION: Adams Shore Branch
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Weekly Drop-In Tech Help
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come by anytime between two and four every Tuesday afternoon and get help using your own mobile devices to access all the Library has to offer. Each week will have a specific focus but 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 are the focus topics in March:

  • March 3: E-readers - the easiest way to carry lots of books everywhere you go
  • March 10: Online Music & Video - did you know we have over 100,000 music albums you can listen to right now?
  • March 17: E-Books - use your mobile device to read current, popular works
  • March 24: The Thomas Crane Library App - discover all the ways you can take the library with you 24/7
  • March 31: Online magazines - Learn how easy it is to read everything from Consumer Reports and the Economist to GQ & Glamour.
CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Coletti Reading Room (first floor)
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Teen Time: Life Size Clue
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Colonel Mustard in the library with the candle stick? How about Miss Scarlett in the kitchen with the rope? Join us for our life size version of the classic board game Clue! 

This program is just for teens.

CONTACT: Kerri Darcy    1-617-376-1310    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Alzheimer's: Know the 10 Warning Signs
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

alz.orgEarly Detection Matters.

As we age, there can be changes to our memory. Yet, memory loss or behavior changes severe enough to disrupt daily life are not a typical part of aging. Knowing the 10 Warning Signs can help determine if it's important to speak to your doctor and get a diagnosis for yourself or someone you care about.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Call 800-272-3900 to reserve a seat today.

Presented by the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

CONTACT: Alzheimer's Association, MA & NH chapter    800-272-3900    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Wednesday March 11, 2015
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PCHP Bilingual Language Development in Young Children
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Parent Child Home Program presents a Training Session for anyone interested, especially area PCHP coordinators and home visitors. The training will focus on Bilingual Language Development in Young Children.

CONTACT: Pamela Bonfiglioli    617-312-8204    pbonfiglioli@quincyma.gov
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Feature Film @North Quincy: The Judge
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

movie stillRobert Downey Jr. plays an urban lawyer who heads back to his rural home when his father, a judge, is implicated as a murder suspect in this comedy-drama from Warner Bros. Vera Farmiga, Robert Duvall, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Billy Bob Thornton head up the rest of the starring cast. Robert Duvall was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his part in this movie

"Equal parts courtroom drama, legal thriller and family saga, it’s also a synchronized duet for two terrific actors at the top of their craft that left me stunned. " - New York Observer

Directed by David Dobkin. Starring Balthazar Getty, Billy Bob Thornton, Leighton Meester, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, and Vincent D'Onofrio. Theatrically released in 2014. 142 Minutes; Rated R for language including some sexual references.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1320    
LOCATION: North Quincy Branch
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Beyond the Wicked Stepmother: Are You Still Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join Wheaton College professor Laura Bohn for a four-part reading & discussion series focused on rediscovering the classic Grimm fairy tales from an adult perspective. Discussion sessions will be held every other Wednesday evening, with related films being screened on the alternating Wednesday evenings.

Pick up a copy of the accompanying book, “The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm,” translated by Jack Zipes, at the first session. Copies will also be available at the Main Library checkout desk after the series begins. Registration for the series is encouraged but not required.

Session One: Are You Still Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
Participants will discuss their memories of fairy tales as children, how these experiences have changed in adulthood, and the versions popular today in film and TV productions.

Quincy resident Laura Bohn, Ph.D., has been a member of the German Department at Wheaton College in Norton, MA since 2009. She is an engaging and thoughtful educator who has taught courses on everything from fairy tales to Franz Kafka, as well as German language. She wrote her dissertation on changing German identities and Eastern European influences on German literature.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Thursday March 12, 2015
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Rock-a-Bye Baby Storytime for ages 4-11 months
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

An introduction to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and gentle movement exercises for very young children, ages 4 - 11 months  accompanied by an adult.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.   

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Feature Film: Foxcatcher
1:00 PM - 3:15 PM

movie stillFoxcatcher tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell) that led to murder. Nominated for five Oscars: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Writing-Original Screenplay.

"The hypnotic and haunting Foxcatcher can prove its worth as one of the year's very best films. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo give the performances of their lives." - Rolling Stone

Directed by Bennett Miller. Starring Anthony Michael Hall, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Steve Carell, and Vanessa Redgrave. Theatrically released in 2014. 129 Minutes; Rated R for some drug use and a scene of violence.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Feature Film: Foxcatcher
6:45 PM - 8:45 PM

movie stillFoxcatcher tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell) that led to murder. Nominated for five Oscars: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Writing-Original Screenplay.

"The hypnotic and haunting Foxcatcher can prove its worth as one of the year's very best films. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo give the performances of their lives." - Rolling Stone

Directed by Bennett Miller. Starring Anthony Michael Hall, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Steve Carell, and Vanessa Redgrave. Theatrically released in 2014. 129 Minutes; Rated R for some drug use and a scene of violence.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Friday March 13, 2015
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World Literature Book Club
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

ThicketThis discussion group meets one Friday per month and focuses on world literature. New participants are always welcome.

This month we will be discussing The Thicket by Joe Lansdale a tale of love and vengeance at the dark dawn of the East Texas oil boom 

Pick up your copy of the book at the Main Library checkout desk.

CONTACT: Julie Rines    617-376-1332    jrines@ocln.org
LOCATION: Main Library Quincy Room
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Saturday March 14, 2015
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Celebrate Circles on Pi Day
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Drop in and explore circles for Pi Day! Play with our big circle puzzles on the tables in the Children's Room and make your own paper plate Pi pie to take home!

Do you mean Pie?  No we mean the mathematical concept of Pi!  Pi is a constant that shows the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.  Pi is a non repeating decimal number whose first few digits are 3.1415 so we have decided to celebrate circles on March 14th.  

Think the math is too complicated for you---don’t worry about it and just stop by to play with circles.

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Saturday Storytime for ages 2-5
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Join Diana Kane for a family storytime full of stories, songs, rhymes and more for children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult. In the large meeting room at the Main Library.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Sunday March 15, 2015
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Concerts @the Crane: Celtic Songs & Stories
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Jeff SnowJoin us for a special Celtic-inspired afternoon of music with talented multi-instrumentalist, Jeff Snow.

Continuing our 2015 Concerts @the Crane Winter/Spring series, Jeff Snow plays the music and tells the stories behind the songs. He plays six and twelve string guitar, autoharp, Celtic Bouzouki & Bodhran. Jeff also plays the drums and a variety of other percussion instruments. A skilled guitar player, Jeff has been featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, of which he is also a contributor.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Richardson Room
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Monday March 16, 2015
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NAPW Boston: Smarter Networking Through Better Strategies
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

All are welcome to this free program aimed at current and aspiring entrepreneurs:

As an entrepreneur, you know how important networking is to cultivate relationships, spark new partnerships , deepen meaningful connections and learn useful information about your markets to give you a better edge for you and your brand.

  • Redfine  your networking goals and take action
  • Learn how to approach networking with new routines
  • Understand the importance of cultivating relationships with viral power

This program will be presented by Stacey Shipman, a professional speaker, writer and entrepreneur who connects professional women to opportunities and each other so they can achieve more of what they want in business and life. As a result of Stacey's keynotes, writing, courses and events, women have pursued more meaningful careers/projects, delivered confident, compelling presentations, gained access to more clients, and developed stronger, more productive business relationships.

CONTACT: Lisa Strunin    781-738-7781    lisa@spheremarketing.com
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Tuesday March 17, 2015
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Registration for Spring Storytimes
9:00 AM

Due to overcrowding the following storytimes require advance registration.

You must be a Quincy resident to register. Children must be of age by the first meeting and each child may only be registered for one program.

Just for Twos (ages 24-35 months) will meet on Mondays at 10:00 am on March 30, April 6, 13, 27 and May 4

Mother Goose on the Loose (ages 12-23 months) will meet on Tuesdays at 11:00 am  on March 31, April 7, 14, 28 and May 5

Just for Twos (ages 24-35 months) will meet on Wednesdays at 10:00 am on . April 1, 8, 15, 29 and May 6

 Mother Goose on the Loose (ages 12-23 months) will meet on Thursdays at 9:30 am on April 2, 9, 16, 30 and May 7

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Registration for Spring Explorers @ Wollaston
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Due to limited space registration is required and limited to Quincy residents for the following afterschool storytimes at the Wollaston Branch Library.

Junior Explorers for ages 3 - 5 on Mondays,  March 30, April 6, 13, 27 and May 4 at 3:00 pm 

Explorers Club for ages 6-8 on Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 29 and May 6   at 3:00 pm

CONTACT: Wollaston Branch    617-1330    
LOCATION: Wollaston Branch
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Weekly Drop-In Tech Help
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come by anytime between two and four every Tuesday afternoon and get help using your own mobile devices to access all the Library has to offer. Each week will have a specific focus but 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 are the focus topics in March:

  • March 3: E-readers - the easiest way to carry lots of books everywhere you go
  • March 10: Online Music & Video - did you know we have over 100,000 music albums you can listen to right now?
  • March 17: E-Books - use your mobile device to read current, popular works
  • March 24: The Thomas Crane Library App - discover all the ways you can take the library with you 24/7
  • March 31: Online magazines - Learn how easy it is to read everything from Consumer Reports and the Economist to GQ & Glamour.
CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Coletti Reading Room (first floor)
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Teddy Bear Storytime @North Quincy
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

New! Evening storytime for preschoolers

Join Children's librarian Cathy deVeer and Quinn Z. Bear  at the North Quincy Branch for stories and songs for children ages 2-5 once a month from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.

This month we'll be reading stories about tricky leprechauns. Feel free to wear your comfy jammies, and bring along your favorite bear.

No registration required. 

CONTACT: North Quincy Branch    617-376-1320    
LOCATION: North Quincy Branch
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Phoenix Book Club for grades 5-8
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Do you like to read? Would you like to talk to others about books? Then you will like our book discussion groups. Join us each month to discuss all kinds of books.

The Phoenix Book Club for children in grades 5-8 meets  monthly to discuss a variety of books.

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.

Our theme will be Historical Fiction - World War II
We've got a serious theme this month: Go back in time to the 1930s and 1940s with books about World War II. It's called a world war for a reason; not all of our books take place in Europe. Try a book set in Asia or the United States and learn about what was going on during the war all over the world.

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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The Struggle for Reform in Massachusetts: The Quock Walker Case
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Since its founding in the 17th Century, Massachusetts has had a vision of itself as a place of bold ideals, a "city on a hill" that should serve as an example for others. It is not surprising that many of America's chief crusades for reform have been represented here. Join Professor Dan Breen for a six-part lecture and discussion series focusing on a few of those crusades and their fortunes--for better or worse-- in Massachusetts.

Session One: The Quock Walker Case: Massachusetts Abolishes Slavery
At the beginning of the Revolution, slavery was legal in every American colony. Even before independence was won, Massachusetts became the first state to recognize that a society that proclaimed the right to struggle for liberty could not deny that right to persons of African descent.

Dr. Breen teaches history at Newbury College and legal studies at Brandeis University, and has presented numerous lively and thought-provoking lectures and discussion series at the Crane library and other public libraries in Massachusetts.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library in memory of Abe Cohen, a lifelong fighter for justice and a dear Friend.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Wednesday March 18, 2015
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Feature Film @North Quincy: Mirror Crack'd
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

movie stillAngela Lansbury takes over the legacy of Margaret Rutherford as Agatha Christie's dogged sleuth Miss Marple in The Mirror Crack'd. The story takes place on a film set in a small British town in the 1950s. Elizabeth Taylor plays a washed-up actress trying to make a comeback but is plagued by a mysterious incident from her past. Unfortunately for her mental state, a collection of murders jar the quiet village where the movie is being made. Miss Marple arrives on the scene with her nephew, Inspector Craddock (Edward Fox), to investigate. In addition to Taylor, an assortment of other movie stars grace the roster of suspects, including Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, and Tony Curtis.

"The big-name cast is a great, nostalgic throwback to the 1950s, when its players' names graced giant theater marquees." - TV Guide's Movie Guide

Directed by Guy Hamilton. Starring Angela Lansbury, Tony Curtis, and Rock Hudson. Theatrically released in 1980. 105 Minutes; Rated PG

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1320    
LOCATION: North Quincy Branch
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Preschool Discovery @Wollaston
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

New! Hands on Science for preschoolers

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 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 animals. Come and eat like a whale, look at animal tracks and find out how animals stay warm in the cold. 

This program does not require registration.

CONTACT: Wollaston Branch    617-376-1330    
LOCATION: Wollaston Branch
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Beyond the Wicked Stepmother Film Feature: Cinderella (1950)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

CinderellaWhen Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother. This animated musical version of the classic fairy tale was a huge critical and commercial hit for Walt Disney when it was first released in 1950. The movie received three Oscar nominations, including Best Original Song, Best Scoring, and Best Sound, and was selected by the American Film Institute as one of the top ten animated movies of all time.

"Mr. Disney and his craftsmen have brilliantly splashed upon the screen a full-blown and flowery animation of the perennially popular fairy tale. They have told the familiar fable of the beautiful scullery maid who becomes the adored of Prince Charming in extravagant story-book terms, matching the romance of the fable with lushly romantic images. And particularly they have invented a whole set of minor characters to supplement the story and give the film its most notable charm." - The New York Times

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske. Starring (the voice of) Ilene Woods as Cinderella. Theatrically released in 1950; 74 minutes; Rated G.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Thursday March 19, 2015
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Teen Time: Random Fandom - Divergent
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Before Insurgent opens

CONTACT: Kerri Darcy    6    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Feature Film: The Theory of Everything
6:45 PM - 8:45 PM

movie stillNominated for 7 Oscars, including Best Picture. Once a healthy, active young man, Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With his wife Jane (Felicity Jones) fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed.

"The Theory of Everything, referring to Hawking's dream of finding an equation to explain all existence, is riveting science, emotional provocation and one-of-a-kind love story all rolled into one triumphant film. " - Rolling Stone

Directed by James Marsh. Starring Eddie Redmayne, and Felicity Jones. Theatrically released in 2014. 123 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Saturday March 21, 2015
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Mad Science Preschool for ages 3-5: Mineral Mania
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Discover Planet Earth! Peek beneath its crust and uncover what it’s made of.

This Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop introduces children ages 3-5 to the world of geology, including geological formation, classification systems and the fundamental characteristics of rocks and minerals, through hands-on fun, discussions and demonstrations.

They’ll experience the thrill of panning for gems; and the gems they find, they’ll get to take home and keep for further study and identification!

Tickets are required and must be picked up in the Children’s Room on the morning of the program. Due to space limitations, this program is limited to Quincy residents.

Parents, if you have both preschool and school age Mad Scientists we suggest that you attend the school age Mad Science program at 10:30 as a family.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

 

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Mad Science for ages 6-10: Mad Machines
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Find out how simple machines make our lives easier. In this Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop, children ages 6-10 will get the opportunity to try out different types of simple machines: levers, screws, incline planes, wheels and axles, and pulleys through various hands-on activities in this excellent introduction to basic physical science.

They will learn about the role that simple machines play in everyday life, and will apply this knowledge by building their own mini-machine to take home.

Tickets are required and must be picked up in the Children’s Room beginning at 10:00 am on the morning of the program. Due to space limitations, this program is limited to Quincy residents.

Parents if you have both preschool and school age Mad Scientists we suggest that you attend the school age Mad Science program at 10:30 as a family.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

 

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Tuesday March 24, 2015
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Weekly Drop-In Tech Help
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come by anytime between two and four every Tuesday afternoon and get help using your own mobile devices to access all the Library has to offer. Each week will have a specific focus but 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 are the focus topics in March:

  • March 3: E-readers - the easiest way to carry lots of books everywhere you go
  • March 10: Online Music & Video - did you know we have over 100,000 music albums you can listen to right now?
  • March 17: E-Books - use your mobile device to read current, popular works
  • March 24: The Thomas Crane Library App - discover all the ways you can take the library with you 24/7
  • March 31: Online magazines - Learn how easy it is to read everything from Consumer Reports and the Economist to GQ & Glamour.
CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Coletti Reading Room (first floor)
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The Struggle for Reform in Massachusetts: Women's Suffrage
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Since its founding in the 17th Century, Massachusetts has had a vision of itself as a place of bold ideals, a "city on a hill" that should serve as an example for others. It is not surprising that many of America's chief crusades for reform have been represented here. Join Professor Dan Breen for a six-part lecture and discussion series focusing on a few of those crusades and their fortunes--for better or worse-- in Massachusetts.

Session Two: Women's Suffrage: Massachusetts Leads, and Falls Behind
If Massachusetts led the northern states in the fight for abolition of slavery before the Civil War, with the vital participation of women, the state proved strangely reluctant to extend the logic of freedom to women. Why was it that women's suffrage, achieved so early in Wyoming, came so late to Massachusetts?

Dr. Breen teaches history at Newbury College and legal studies at Brandeis University, and has presented numerous lively and thought-provoking lectures and discussion series at the Crane library and other public libraries in Massachusetts.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library in memory of Abe Cohen, a lifelong fighter for justice and a dear Friend.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Wednesday March 25, 2015
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Miranda Training
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Miranda Training.

CONTACT: Tabitha Ramos or Duci Goncalves    617-689-1091    tramos@publiccounsel.net
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Feature Film @North Quincy--South Pacific
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

movie stillOn a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission.

Directed by Joshua Logan. Starring Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, and John Kerr. Theatrically released in 1958. 157 Minutes; Not Rated

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1320    
LOCATION: North Quincy Branch
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Beyond the Wicked Stepmother: Politics, Propaganda & the Party Line
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join Wheaton College professor Laura Bohn for a four-part reading & discussion series focused on rediscovering the classic Grimm fairy tales from an adult perspective. Discussion sessions will be held every other Wednesday evening, with related films being screened on the alternating Wednesday evenings.

Copies of the accompanying book, “The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm,” translated by Jack Zipes, are available at the Main Library checkout desk. Registration for the series is encouraged but not required.

Session Two: Politics, Propaganda, and the Party Line: The Grimm Brothers in German History
This session will connect the Grimm fairy tales to German history. We begin with their importance for the newly united Germany of the 19th century. We continue into the Nazi period, where the tales were used for powerful propaganda purposes. We will also look at different versions of the tales in Cold War divided Germany.

Quincy resident Laura Bohn, Ph.D., has been a member of the German Department at Wheaton College in Norton, MA since 2009. She is an engaging and thoughtful educator who has taught courses on everything from fairy tales to Franz Kafka, as well as German language. She wrote her dissertation on changing German identities and Eastern European influences on German literature.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Thursday March 26, 2015
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Feature Film: Birdman
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

movie stillNominated for 10 Oscars, and winner of Best Picture. An actor (Michael Keaton)—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

"Birdman is everything you want movies to be: vital, challenging, intellectually alive, visually stunning, emotionally affecting. And welcome back to the big time, Mr. Keaton; you have been sorely missed." - Empire

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Starring Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis. Theatrically released in 2014. 119 Minutes; Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Feature Film: Birdman
6:45 PM - 8:45 PM

movie stillNominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture. An actor (Michael Keaton)—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

"Birdman is everything you want movies to be: vital, challenging, intellectually alive, visually stunning, emotionally affecting. And welcome back to the big time, Mr. Keaton; you have been sorely missed." - Empire

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Starring Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis. Theatrically released in 2014. 119 Minutes; Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Friday March 27, 2015
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Library Closed: Professional Development
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Saturday March 28, 2015
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Saturday Storytime for ages 2-5 @North Quincy
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Join Children's Librarian Cathy DeVeer fora  family storytime full of silly stories for April Fool's Day

This program is for children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult.

No registration is required.

 

CONTACT: North Quincy Branch    617-376-1320    
LOCATION: North Quincy Branch
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Sunday March 29, 2015
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Concerts @the Crane: Genesis Chamber Singers
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

group pictureGenesis Chamber Singers is an 8-member professional vocal ensemble located on Boston’s South Shore. Innovating the concept of musical performance by integrating the audience into the experience, Genesis wants to remove the formal barriers people often feel between themselves and classical musicians. Their performances provide opportunities for audience members to discuss the music with the singers. Learn more on the group's website.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Richardson Room
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Monday March 30, 2015
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Just for Twos Storytime for ages 24-35 months
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

This is a five week series of half hour programs for two-year-olds (ages 24-35 months) and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

Due to overcrowding registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.

This program will take place on March 30, April 6, 13, 27 and May 4

Beginning Tuesday, March 17th  register by clicking the Register button below, stopping by the Main Library Children's Room or calling 617-376-2411.    

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 @North Quincy
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs.

Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby.

This program is for children ages 3-5. No registration is required.   

CONTACT: North Quincy Branch    617-376-1320    
LOCATION: North Quincy Branch
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Junior Explorers for ages 3-5 @ Wollaston
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This is a five week series of 45 minute programs for children ages 3-5.  The theme of this session is Art

We will be exploring art in both groups this spring. Please dress to get messy with art.  Take a look at your favorite picture book.  Artists use all sorts of things to make their pictures.  We'll try out collages, clay and other fun stuff, then make our own pictures for a book we've read.

Registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents. This program will take place on  March 30, April 6, 13, 27 and May 4

Beginning Tuesday, March 17th  register by clicking the Register button below. You may also stop by the Wollaston Branch Library, 41 Beale St. or call 617-376-1330 Monday- Thursday from 1:00 -5:00 pm.  

CONTACT: Wollaston Branch    617-376-1330    
LOCATION: Wollaston Branch
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Quincy Unplugged
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Quincy UnpluggedDrop by for a free acoustic Open Mike night and share your talent with a friendly audience. Play an original or a cover song, read an excerpt or 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. 

One microphone will be available but no other sound equipment is supplied. If your instrument requires amplification, such as an electric bass, you will need to bring it. Sign up in person between 6:15 and 6:30; perform from 6:30-8:30.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1301    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Tuesday March 31, 2015
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Just for Threes Storytime for ages 36-47 months
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

This  program for three-year-olds (ages 36-47 months) and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Toddler Storytime for ages 2 and 3 @Adams Shore
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

This half hour program for toddlers and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.  

CONTACT: Adams Shore Branch    617-376-1325    
LOCATION: Adams Shore Branch
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Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime for ages 12-23 months
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

This is a five week series of storytimes for Rock-a-Bye Baby graduates ages 12 – 23 months who are mobile that includes stories, songs, fingerplays and creative movement for young children accompanied by an adult.

Due to overcrowding registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.  This program will take place on  March 31, April 7, 14, 28 and May 5

Beginning Tuesday, March 17th register by clicking the Register button below, stopping by the Main Library Children's Room or calling 617-376-2411.    

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Weekly Drop-In Tech Help
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come by anytime between two and four every Tuesday afternoon and get help using your own mobile devices to access all the Library has to offer. Each week will have a specific focus but 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 are the focus topics in March:

  • March 3: E-readers - the easiest way to carry lots of books everywhere you go
  • March 10: Online Music & Video - did you know we have over 100,000 music albums you can listen to right now?
  • March 17: E-Books - use your mobile device to read current, popular works
  • March 24: The Thomas Crane Library App - discover all the ways you can take the library with you 24/7
  • March 31: Online magazines - Learn how easy it is to read everything from Consumer Reports and the Economist to GQ & Glamour.
CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Coletti Reading Room (first floor)
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The Struggle for Reform in Massachusetts: Temperance
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Since its founding in the 17th Century, Massachusetts has had a vision of itself as a place of bold ideals, a "city on a hill" that should serve as an example for others. It is not surprising that many of America's chief crusades for reform have been represented here. Join Professor Dan Breen for a six-part lecture and discussion series focusing on a few of those crusades and their fortunes--for better or worse-- in Massachusetts.

Session Three: Temperance: Will 'Going Dry" Save the Family?
The fight for prohibition of alcohol sales was the most prominent of all reform efforts during the late 19th century. We will delve into the reasons for that popularity, as well as its colorful history in the Bay State.

Dr. Breen teaches history at Newbury College and legal studies at Brandeis University, and has presented numerous lively and thought-provoking lectures and discussion series at the Crane library and other public libraries in Massachusetts.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library in memory of Abe Cohen, a lifelong fighter for justice and a dear Friend.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Wednesday April 1, 2015
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Just for Twos Storytime for ages 24-35 months
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

This is a five week series of half hour programs for two-year-olds (ages 24-35 months) and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

Due to overcrowding registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.

This program will take place on April 1, 8, 15, 29 and May 6

Beginning Tuesday, March 17th  register by clicking the Register button below, stopping by the Main Library Children's Room or calling 617-376-2411.    

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Afternoon Explorers @Wollaston
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This is a five week series of 45 minute programs for children ages 6-8.  The theme of this session is Art

We will be exploring art in both groups this spring. Please dress to get messy with art.  Take a look at your favorite picture book.  Artists use all sorts of things to make their pictures.  We'll try out collages, clay and other fun stuff, then make our own pictures for a book we've read.

Registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents. This program will take place on April 1, 8, 15, 29 and May 6

Beginning Tuesday, March 17th register by clicking the Register button below. You may also stop by the Wollaston Branch Library, 41 Beale St. or call 617-376-1330 Monday- Thursday from 1:00 -5:00 pm.  

CONTACT: Wollaston Branch    617-376-1330    
LOCATION: Wollaston Branch
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Beyond the Wicked Stepmother Film Feature: Pretty Woman
6:45 PM - 8:45 PM

Pretty WomanA wealthy businessman and ruthless corporate raider accidentally meets a beautiful Hollywood hooker and ends up hiring her as an escort for some social events. This contemporary romantic comedy version of the classic Cinderella story stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts as the unlikely "prince" and poor working girl who fall in love. The movie was a huge box office hit in 1990, and garnered a Golden Globe award and a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Julia Roberts.

"The intelligence and wit of this glass-slipper heart-of-gold fantasy are shocking." - The (Toronto) Globe & Mail

"First-class performances from two easy-on-the-eye stars and a sharp, funny script." - Empire

Directed by Garry Marshall. Starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Theatrically released in 1990; 119 minutes; Rated R for sexuality and some language.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

 

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Thursday April 2, 2015
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Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime for ages 12-23 months
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

This is a five week series of storytimes for Rock-a-Bye Baby graduates ages 12 – 23 months who are mobile that includes stories, songs, fingerplays and creative movement for young children accompanied by an adult.

Due to overcrowding registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.  This program will take place on  April 2, 9, 16, 30 and May 7

Beginning Tuesday, March 17th register by clicking the Register button below, stopping by the Main Library Children's Room or calling 617-376-2411.    

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Rock-a-Bye Baby Storytime for ages 4-11 months
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

An introduction to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and gentle movement exercises for very young children, ages 4 - 11 months  accompanied by an adult.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.   

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Feature Film: Wild
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

movie stillNominated for two Oscars for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own.

"In its thrilling disregard for the conventions of commercial cinematic storytelling, Wild reveals what some of us have long suspected: that plot is the enemy of truth, and that images and emotions can carry meaning more effectively than neatly packaged scenes or carefully scripted character arcs." - The New York Times

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Starring Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern, Michiel Huisman, and Reese Witherspoon. Theatrically released in 2014. 115 Minutes; Rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Feature Film: Wild
6:45 PM - 8:45 PM

movie stillNominated for two Oscars for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own.

"In its thrilling disregard for the conventions of commercial cinematic storytelling, Wild reveals what some of us have long suspected: that plot is the enemy of truth, and that images and emotions can carry meaning more effectively than neatly packaged scenes or carefully scripted character arcs." - The New York Times

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Starring Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern, Michiel Huisman, and Reese Witherspoon. Theatrically released in 2014. 115 Minutes; Rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Friday April 3, 2015
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Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs.

Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby.

This program is for children ages 3-5. No registration is required.   

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Sunday April 5, 2015
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Library Closed: Easter
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Monday April 6, 2015
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Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 @North Quincy
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs.

Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby.

This program is for children ages 3-5. No registration is required.   

CONTACT: North Quincy Branch    617-376-1320    
LOCATION: North Quincy Branch
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Toastmasters International Speech Contest
6:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Toastmasters International sponsored Speech and Table Topic Contest featuring winners of local Club participants in area. Public and visitors are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided furnished.

CONTACT: Daniel Wallace    617-780-1714    daniel.j.wallace@comcast.net
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Tuesday April 7, 2015
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Just for Threes Storytime for ages 36-47 months
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

This  program for three-year-olds (ages 36-47 months) and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Toddler Storytime for ages 2 and 3 @Adams Shore
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

This half hour program for toddlers and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.  

CONTACT: Adams Shore Branch    617-376-1325    
LOCATION: Adams Shore Branch
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Discover Historic New England: A Local Child Psychopath
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Jessie PomeroyIn the early 1870s, local children began disappearing from the working class neighborhoods of Boston. Several returned home bloody and bruised after being tortured, while others never came back. With the city on edge, authorities believe the abductions are the handiwork of a psychopath, until they discover that their killer—fourteen-year-old Jesse Pomeroy—is barely older than his victims.

Come learn about this riveting tale of gruesome murder and depravity, the investigation that followed, and the local environment from which it all sprang - a great American city divided by class—a chasm widened in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1872. Roseanne Montillo, author of the recently published The Wilderness of Ruin, a work of historic non-fiction based on these subjects is presenting this program about the case that reverberated through all of Boston society to help us understand our modern hunger for the prurient and sensational. She is an instructor for Emerson College, in Boston, from where she also received her MFA and BFA. Her first book, The Lady and Her Monsters was published in 2013, and subsequently optioned for a movie.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Wednesday April 8, 2015
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Community Development Week: Inclusive public service programming for persons with disabilities
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
This event will feature a panel focusing on inclusive public service programming for persons with learning, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. Guests panelists include SSYMCA's Association Director of Inclusion and two other panelists to be announced later.
CONTACT: Melissa (Horr) Pond    617-376-1053    mhorr@quincyma.gov
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Beyond the Wicked Stepmother: The Shoe Doesn't Fit
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join Wheaton College professor Laura Bohn for a four-part reading & discussion series focused on rediscovering the classic Grimm fairy tales from an adult perspective. Discussion sessions will be held every other Wednesday evening, with related films being screened on the alternating Wednesday evenings.

Copies of the accompanying book, “The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm,” translated by Jack Zipes, are available at the Main Library checkout desk. Registration for the series is encouraged but not required.

Session Three: The Shoe Doesn't Fit
Modern challenges to the fairy tales have proved exciting to many “isms” – Communism and Feminism just to name two. In this session we will explore poetry, children's books, and work from artists who change the tales to reflect (desired) changes in society.

Quincy resident Laura Bohn, Ph.D., has been a member of the German Department at Wheaton College in Norton, MA since 2009. She is an engaging and thoughtful educator who has taught courses on everything from fairy tales to Franz Kafka, as well as German language. She wrote her dissertation on changing German identities and Eastern European influences on German literature.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Thursday April 9, 2015
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Rock-a-Bye Baby Storytime for ages 4-11 months
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

An introduction to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and gentle movement exercises for very young children, ages 4 - 11 months  accompanied by an adult.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.   

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Friday April 10, 2015
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Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs.

Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby.

This program is for children ages 3-5. No registration is required.   

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Monday April 13, 2015
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Board of Library Trustees Meeting
9:15 AM - 11:30 AM
CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Quincy Room
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Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 @North Quincy
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs.

Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby.

This program is for children ages 3-5. No registration is required.   

CONTACT: North Quincy Branch    617-376-1320    
LOCATION: North Quincy Branch
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Cooking With Books @Adams Shore: Breakfast
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Adams Shore Branch invites everyone to enjoy some tasty food, talk about recipes, and peruse cookbooks for the April session (Monday, April 13) of the popular Cooking with Books series, which happens at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. This month the theme is breakfast.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library: Adams Shore Branch    617-376-1325    
LOCATION: Adams Shore Branch
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Tuesday April 14, 2015
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Just for Threes Storytime for ages 36-47 months
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

This  program for three-year-olds (ages 36-47 months) and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Toddler Storytime for ages 2 and 3 @Adams Shore
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

This half hour program for toddlers and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.  

CONTACT: Adams Shore Branch    617-376-1325    
LOCATION: Adams Shore Branch
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The Struggle for Reform in Massachusetts: Sacco & Vanzetti
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Since its founding in the 17th Century, Massachusetts has had a vision of itself as a place of bold ideals, a "city on a hill" that should serve as an example for others. It is not surprising that many of America's chief crusades for reform have been represented here. Join Professor Dan Breen for a six-part lecture and discussion series focusing on a few of those crusades and their fortunes--for better or worse-- in Massachusetts.

Session Four: Sacco and Vanzetti: Anarchism and Due Process in Dedham
With the controversial convictions of two Italian anarchists in 1921, Massachusetts became the center of a nationwide debate on civil liberties. The debate continues today, as we struggle to define what process is "due" in criminal justice proceedings.

Dr. Breen teaches history at Newbury College and legal studies at Brandeis University, and has presented numerous lively and thought-provoking lectures and discussion series at the Crane library and other public libraries in Massachusetts.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library in memory of Abe Cohen, a lifelong fighter for justice and a dear Friend.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Wednesday April 15, 2015
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Beyond the Wicked Stepmother Film Feature: Enchanted
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

EnchantedA classic fairy tale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a princess from the land of Andalasia who is thrust into the heart of the city by an evil queen. Soon after her arrival, Princess Giselle begins to change her views on life and love after meeting a handsome lawyer. Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world? Another Walt Disney re-imagining of a classic fairy tale, this one combines live action with traditional animation and computer-generated imagery, with new songs that pay homage to songs from older Disney movies like Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The movie received three nominations for Best Original Song Oscars, and received three Saturn awards, including Best Actress for Amy Adams.

"A full-blown musical that commutes between Disney's patented cartoon universe and the "real" world with cleverness and grace" - Variety

Directed by Kevin Lima. Starring Amy Adams, James Marsden and Susan Sarandon. Theatrically released in 2007; 107 minutes; Rated PG for some scary images and mild innuendo.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Thursday April 16, 2015
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Rock-a-Bye Baby Storytime for ages 4-11 months
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

An introduction to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and gentle movement exercises for very young children, ages 4 - 11 months  accompanied by an adult.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.   

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Feature Film: Rafting to Bombay
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

movie stillWhile filming his father revisiting his childhood city of Mumbai, India, Israeli director Erez Laufer finds himself caught in the worst terror attack in the history of the city. As the drama of the terrorist takeover of Chabad House in Mumbai unfolds, the Laufer family recounts how they found refuge there in the 1940s after fleeing the Nazis. Past and present collide as the family history is echoed in a contemporary war, and a little-known story emerges of the Jewish refugees who found a safe haven in Mumbai during World War II. This special screening, made possible by a partnership with the Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills marks Holocaust Memorial Day / Yom HaShoah.

"Laufer's film reminds the world that the consequences of grave wrong-doing span generations as well as continents, and that single actions can have effects lasting a lifetime." - Ed Vollans - University of East Anglia, School of Film and Television Studies

Directed by Erez Laufer. Theatrically released in 2008. 71 Minutes; English and Hebrew, with subtitles

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Friday April 17, 2015
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Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs.

Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby.

This program is for children ages 3-5. No registration is required.   

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Monday April 20, 2015
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Library Closed: Patriots Day
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Tuesday April 21, 2015
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The Struggle for Reform in Massachusetts: Busing in Boston
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Since its founding in the 17th Century, Massachusetts has had a vision of itself as a place of bold ideals, a "city on a hill" that should serve as an example for others. It is not surprising that many of America's chief crusades for reform have been represented here. Join Professor Dan Breen for a six-part lecture and discussion series focusing on a few of those crusades and their fortunes--for better or worse-- in Massachusetts.

Session Five: Busing in Boston: A City Divided
Forty years later, tempers still flare over the court-ordered busing to achieve racial balance in the Boston public schools. What does that story have to tell us about the nature--and limits--of reform?

Dr. Breen teaches history at Newbury College and legal studies at Brandeis University, and has presented numerous lively and thought-provoking lectures and discussion series at the Crane library and other public libraries in Massachusetts.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library in memory of Abe Cohen, a lifelong fighter for justice and a dear Friend.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Wednesday April 22, 2015
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Beyond the Wicked Stepmother: Into the Woods
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join Wheaton College professor Laura Bohn for a four-part reading & discussion series focused on rediscovering the classic Grimm fairy tales from an adult perspective. Discussion sessions will be held every other Wednesday evening, with related films being screened on the alternating Wednesday evenings.

Copies of the accompanying book, “The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm,” translated by Jack Zipes, are available at the Main Library checkout desk.

Session Four: Into the Woods: The Grimm Tales
We will conclude with a fun, creative exercise and final discussion around fairy tales today: why are the Grimm tales still so magical?

Quincy resident Laura Bohn, Ph.D., has been a member of the German Department at Wheaton College in Norton, MA since 2009. She is an engaging and thoughtful educator who has taught courses on everything from fairy tales to Franz Kafka, as well as German language. She wrote her dissertation on changing German identities and Eastern European influences on German literature.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Thursday April 23, 2015
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Feature Film: Dirt! the movie
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

movie stillIn honor of Earth Day and celebrating the "Year of the Soil" (as declared by the United Nations) we are proud to present this award winning documentary that reminds us that the only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.

A raffle for a compost bin, donated by the Department of Public Works will take place following the movie. John Sullivan, in charge of waste management at DPW, will lead a tour of the DPW yard on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. with a rain date of Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m.

"With the amount of species that live in a teaspoon of dirt, I think it’s very obvious dirt might be more alive than we are." - Gary Vaynerchuck, Host, WineLibrary.TV

Directed by Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow, and Eleonore Dailly. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Logan, and Vandana Shiva. Theatrically released in 2009. 86 Minutes; Not Rated

Presented in partnership with the Quincy Park Department Environmental Treasures program, and the Quincy Department of Public Works

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Saturday April 25, 2015
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Environmental Treasures: Tour the DPW yard
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Complimenting the screening of Dirt! The Movie on Thursday, April 23 and in celebration of the U.N.'s Year of the Soil, John Sullivan, in charge of waste management at DPW, will lead a tour of the DPW yard. Please gather at the DPW Yard at 55 Sea Street for the tour. Access to the Yard is available from the Sea Street parking lot adjacent to the Police Station and also from Broad Street, off of Southern Artery, across from McDonalds.

In case of rain the tour will be held on Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m.

A raffle for a compost bin, donated by the Department of Public Works will take place following the tour.

Presented in partnership with the Quincy Department of Public Works and the Quincy Park Department Environmental Treasures program.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library
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Monday April 27, 2015
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Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 @North Quincy
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs.

Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby.

This program is for children ages 3-5. No registration is required.   

CONTACT: North Quincy Branch    617-376-1320    
LOCATION: North Quincy Branch
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Quincy Unplugged
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Quincy UnpluggedDrop by for a free acoustic Open Mike night and share your talent with a friendly audience. 

Play an original or a cover song, read an excerpt or 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.  One microphone will be available but no other sound equipment is supplied. If your instrument requires amplification, such as an electric bass, you will need to bring it.

Sign up in person between 6:15 and 6:30; perform from 6:30-8:30.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1301    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Tuesday April 28, 2015
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Just for Threes Storytime for ages 36-47 months
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

This  program for three-year-olds (ages 36-47 months) and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Toddler Storytime for ages 2 and 3 @Adams Shore
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

This half hour program for toddlers and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.  

CONTACT: Adams Shore Branch    617-376-1325    
LOCATION: Adams Shore Branch
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The Struggle for Reform in Massachusetts: Same-Sex Marriage
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Since its founding in the 17th Century, Massachusetts has had a vision of itself as a place of bold ideals, a "city on a hill" that should serve as an example for others. It is not surprising that many of America's chief crusades for reform have been represented here. Join Professor Dan Breen for a six-part lecture and discussion series focusing on a few of those crusades and their fortunes--for better or worse-- in Massachusetts.

Session Six: Same-Sex Marriage: The Goodridge Case Sparks a Marriage Revolution
In 2003, Massachusetts becomes the first state to guarantee marriage equality regardless of sexual orientation. We will take a look at the case that made it happen, and ask the same question we asked in regard to the Walker case--why did it happen here first?

Dr. Breen teaches history at Newbury College and legal studies at Brandeis University, and has presented numerous lively and thought-provoking lectures and discussion series at the Crane library and other public libraries in Massachusetts.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library in memory of Abe Cohen, a lifelong fighter for justice and a dear Friend.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Wednesday April 29, 2015
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Solarize Quincy
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Meeting for the general public, especially Quincy residents and property owners, to learn about this time-limited program to install solar electric systems at a discounted price.  Learn about solar electricity, and about the Solarize program.  The City of Quincy was selected to participate by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

CONTACT: Shelly Dein    617-376-1542    Sdein@quincyma.gov
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Thursday April 30, 2015
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Rock-a-Bye Baby Storytime for ages 4-11 months
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

An introduction to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and gentle movement exercises for very young children, ages 4 - 11 months  accompanied by an adult.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.   

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Friday May 1, 2015
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Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs.

Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby.

This program is for children ages 3-5. No registration is required.   

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Monday May 4, 2015
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Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 @North Quincy
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs.

Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby.

This program is for children ages 3-5. No registration is required.   

CONTACT: North Quincy Branch    617-376-1320    
LOCATION: North Quincy Branch
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Tuesday May 5, 2015
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Just for Threes Storytime for ages 36-47 months
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

This  program for three-year-olds (ages 36-47 months) and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Toddler Storytime for ages 2 and 3 @Adams Shore
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

This half hour program for toddlers and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children.

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.  

CONTACT: Adams Shore Branch    617-376-1325    
LOCATION: Adams Shore Branch
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Thursday May 7, 2015
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Rock-a-Bye Baby Storytime for ages 4-11 months
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

An introduction to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and gentle movement exercises for very young children, ages 4 - 11 months  accompanied by an adult.

No registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents.   

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Friday May 8, 2015
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Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs.

Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby.

This program is for children ages 3-5. No registration is required.   

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Children's Room (ground floor)
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Monday May 11, 2015
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Board of Library Trustees Meeting
9:15 AM - 11:30 AM
CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Quincy Room
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Cooking With Books @Adams Shore: Vegetables
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Adams Shore Branch invites everyone to enjoy some tasty food, talk about recipes, and peruse cookbooks for the May session of the popular Cooking with Books series, which happens at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. This month the theme is vegetables.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library: Adams Shore Branch    617-376-1325    
LOCATION: Adams Shore Branch
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Monday May 18, 2015
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Quincy Unplugged
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Quincy UnpluggedDrop by for a free acoustic Open Mike night and share your talent with a friendly audience. 

Play an original or a cover song, read an excerpt or 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.  One microphone will be available but no other sound equipment is supplied. If your instrument requires amplification, such as an electric bass, you will need to bring it.

Sign up in person between 6:15 and 6:30; perform from 6:30-8:30.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1301    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Tuesday May 19, 2015
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Musical Notes: Rock & Roll History
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Rock HistoryThe remaining sessions of this winter's popular music appreciation series on Rock and Roll have been rescheduled to start up again in the middle of May. Come join Quincy's favorite musical professor, Del Case for the following classes:

  • Tuesday, May 19: Rock in the 60's: The Stones, and Beatles, and the Dead
  • Wednesday, May 27: Forty years of rock: progressive, alternative, indie, and metal
  • Tuesday, June 2: Soul, Funk, and Hip-hop: 1965 to today

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Monday May 25, 2015
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Library Closed: Memorial Day
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Wednesday May 27, 2015
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Musical Notes: Rock & Roll History
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Rock HistoryThe remaining sessions of this winter's popular music appreciation series on Rock and Roll have been rescheduled to start up again in the middle of May. Come join Quincy's favorite musical professor, Del Case for the following classes:

  • Tuesday, May 19: Rock in the 60's: The Stones, and Beatles, and the Dead
  • Wednesday, May 27: Forty years of rock: progressive, alternative, indie, and metal
  • Tuesday, June 2: Soul, Funk, and Hip-hop: 1965 to today

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Tuesday June 2, 2015
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Musical Notes: Rock & Roll History
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Rock HistoryThe remaining sessions of this winter's popular music appreciation series on Rock and Roll have been rescheduled to start up again in the middle of May. Come join Quincy's favorite musical professor, Del Case for the following classes:

  • Tuesday, May 19: Rock in the 60's: The Stones, and Beatles, and the Dead
  • Wednesday, May 27: Forty years of rock: progressive, alternative, indie, and metal
  • Tuesday, June 2: Soul, Funk, and Hip-hop: 1965 to today

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Monday June 8, 2015
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Board of Library Trustees Meeting
9:15 AM - 11:30 AM
CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Wollaston Branch
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Cooking With Books @Adams Shore: Cookout
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Adams Shore Branch invites everyone to enjoy some tasty food, talk about recipes, and peruse cookbooks for the June session of the popular Cooking with Books series, which happens at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. This month the theme is cookout.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library: Adams Shore Branch    617-376-1325    
LOCATION: Adams Shore Branch
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Tuesday June 9, 2015
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Discover Historic New England: Quincy House
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Quincy HouseCome learn about the recent major conservation effort at Quincy House. Nancy Carlisle, Senior Curator of the house, will share inside knowledge of this country estate overlooking Quincy Bay that transports visitors to the Revolutionary War era and tells the story of a woman’s work to preserve her family’s history more than a hundred years later. Revolutionary leader Josiah Quincy built the house in 1770. Quincy and his family played key roles in the social and political life of Massachusetts for generations, producing three mayors of Boston and a president of Harvard.

Co-sponsored by the Quincy Park Department's Environmental Treasures program.

LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Monday June 29, 2015
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Quincy Unplugged
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Quincy UnpluggedDrop by for a free acoustic Open Mike night and share your talent with a friendly audience. 

Play an original or a cover song, read an excerpt or 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.  One microphone will be available but no other sound equipment is supplied. If your instrument requires amplification, such as an electric bass, you will need to bring it.

Sign up in person between 6:15 and 6:30; perform from 6:30-8:30.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1301    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Friday July 3, 2015
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Library Closed: Independence Day
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Saturday July 4, 2015
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Library Closed: Independence Day
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Sunday July 5, 2015
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Library Closed: Independence Day
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Thursday July 9, 2015
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Summer Concerts @the Crane: Lenny Solomon Band
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lenny SolomonLenny Solomon will be joined by his band to present a fabulous evening of music. A seasoned singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Lenny Solomon's style has been compared to early Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Solomon began his career in the late 1960s. A fixture at the now defunct Idler Coffeehouse in Harvard Square, Cambridge, he regularly performed there on Friday nights for over eight years. The Idler was a training ground for songwriters such as Geoff Bartley, Paul Rishell, Spider John Koerner, and Ric Ocasek. During these years as a solo performer he shared bills with many touring performers including Chris Smither, Carolyn Hester, Bonnie Raitt, and Spider John. For many years music lay in the background of his life.

From the 1980s through the mid-1990s, Solomon continued to write songs, but rarely performed in public. He chose rather to raise his family and work in environmental research at Harvard University. In 1997 Solomon got back into performing and formed a folk/country band appropriately enough called Solomon. Performing his original material, Solomon has released one EP and four CDs. More information is available on his website, www.solomonband.com

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Atrium (ground floor)
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Thursday July 16, 2015
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Summer Concerts @the Crane: 4EverFab
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Tuesday October 6, 2015
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Go Places @your library: Iran
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

IRAN - Persian Glory and Islamic Revolution

With a history dating 2,500 years, the Persian Empire was the largest of ancient times, extending from Central Asia to north Africa. The legacy of this power and wealth is manifest in the stunning tiled architecture of mosques and secular mansions, the distinctively spiced cuisine, the arts and crafts including arguably the world’s most beautiful rugs, and the diverse people who comprised the Empire as invaders or subjects. Iran’s recent history is marked by religious rule following the 1979 Islamic revolution. Barry Pell traveled nearly 4,000 miles through the country’s magnificent landscape, visiting historic cities and monuments, and meeting with Iranian people who openly shared opinions about their lives and relations with America. This program will be accompanied by Mr. Pell’s photography.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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