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Sunday March 1, 2015 - Tuesday March 31, 2015
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On Exhibit: Images of Ireland
9:00 AM

art sampleThroughout the month of March we are proud to present Christine Moriarty's photographs of Ireland, in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.

"These photos were taken in my favorite part of Ireland - the west coast. There are miles and miles of narrow roads connecting small towns and a few bustling cities, taking you past rugged coastlines and unspoiled rural land. Tradition is alive here - in the Gaelic language districs and the many summer music festivals. Hospitality and good food are plentiful, making a return trip a must."

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library
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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 - Thursday April 30, 2015
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On Exhibit: A Tale of Two Cities
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

art sampleThroughout the month of April we are proud to present Isabel C. Shamitz's artwork: A Tale of Two Cities: an exploration of Boston and Quincy images.

"more details will be provided soon"

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library
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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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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 April 4, 2015
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Music and Movement with Rubi for ages 0-4
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Sing and dance with Rubi Lichauco! Rubi brings her popular preschool program to Quincy so put on your favorite dancing shoes and join us for this lively mix of music and movement for children ages 0-4 accompanied by an adult.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Publicc Library.

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting 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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Human Battleship
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

You sunk my battleship! In this all out strategic war, teens work together to find and sink each other's battleship in our lifesize version of this popular board game. For teens only.

LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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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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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 the human body. Come and examine a fingerprint, hear a heartbeat and more 

This program does not require registration.

CONTACT: Wollaston Branch    617-376-1330    
LOCATION: Wollaston Branch
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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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Feature Film: Gone Girl
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

movie stillThe popular movie based upon the best-selling novel. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

"Surgically precise, grimly funny and entirely mesmerizing over the course of its swift 149-minute running time, this taut yet expansive psychological thriller represents an exceptional pairing of filmmaker and material." - Variety

Directed by David Fincher. Starring Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Rosamund Pike, and Tyler Perry. Theatrically released in 2014. 149 Minutes; Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, 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: Gone Girl
6:30 PM - 8:55 PM

movie stillThe popular movie based upon the best-selling novel. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

"Surgically precise, grimly funny and entirely mesmerizing over the course of its swift 149-minute running time, this taut yet expansive psychological thriller represents an exceptional pairing of filmmaker and material." - Variety

Directed by David Fincher. Starring Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Rosamund Pike, and Tyler Perry. Theatrically released in 2014. 149 Minutes; Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, 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 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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World Literature Book Club
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

This month we will be discussing The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy 

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 April 11, 2015
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Saturday Storytime for ages 2-5
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Join Denise Shaver 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 April 12, 2015
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Concerts @the Crane: Songs of Pete Seeger
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Phil RosenthalFormer Connecticut State Troubadour Phil Rosenthal performs music by Pete Seeger in our 2015 Concerts @the Crane Winter/Spring series. Rescheduled from March 1.

Pete Seeger (1919-2014), changed the landscape of American music. Singer and songwriter Phil Rosenthal, celebrates this folk icon with renditions of Seeger's best-loved songs. Phil Rosenthal is an internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter, having played with Emmylou Harris, Jerry Douglas, Bill Monroe, among others. Many have recorded his compositions, including Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, and Nick Cave. Billboard Magazine has called him, "a roots master musician". The Washington Post described him as "one of the most expressive singers in traditional country music".

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 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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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 Say What by Margaret Haddix.

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 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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QARI computer class
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Computer skills classes for adult students, conducted by teens from QARI. Instruction primarily provided in Mandarin and Cantonese.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Computer Lab
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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 Poetry
This month we will be celebrating National Poetry Month by reading poetry books and novels in verse.

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: 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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QARI computer class
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Computer skills classes for adult students, conducted by teens from QARI. Instruction primarily provided in Mandarin and Cantonese.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Computer Lab
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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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Saturday April 18, 2015
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Mad Science Preschool for ages 3-5 Slippery Science
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Goop, ooze and slime are three words sure to put a smile on any child’s face! This Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop introduces children ages 3-5 to the world of polymers through hands-on fun, discussion and demonstrations. The children will explore several different polymers; from common Tupperware to our “Mystery Polymer” and ooze that seems to defy gravity. They’ll get to touch, observe and talk about what makes up a polymer, and best of all, each child will make his or her own batch of colorful, ooey-gooey Mad Science Goofy Goop to take home! 

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: The Science of Art
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Get your left and right brains working together and discover the links between science and art. In this Mad Science of Greater Boston workshop, children ages 6-10 will explore the features that are important to both artists and scientists. They’ll mix and separate colors, uncover art forgeries, and discover that science is an important part of art. They’ll learn about distorted images and even make a distorted image of their own 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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Monday April 20, 2015
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Library Closed: Patriots Day
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Tuesday April 21, 2015
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Music Together Demo
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasized and facilitates adult involvement. Music Together classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical.

This program is designed to showcase the Music Together approach to music classes. Join us for a fun time singing and playing instruments. This program is for children ages 0-5 accompnaied by an adult.

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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LEGO Building @Wollaston
1:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Drop by the Wollaston branch and get a scoop of LEGO pieces to build with at the library. Build whatever you want, then toss them back for a new scoop. 
 
LEGO pieces will be available from opening to fifteen minutes before closing each open day this week.
 
All pieces must be returned before you leave so they'll be available for others later.
 
Please be aware these are regular LEGO, not DUPLO, and are not appropriate for younger children.  

 

CONTACT: Wollaston Branch    617-376-1330    
LOCATION: Wollaston Branch
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QARI computer class
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Computer skills classes for adult students, conducted by teens from QARI. Instruction primarily provided in Mandarin and Cantonese.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Computer Lab
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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 Ducks. 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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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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Camp Frozen Story Concert
10:00 AM - 10:35 AM

Join 4th and 5th grade students from Beechwood Knoll School as they perform a concert production of their original play “Camp Frozen”, the tale of a winter weekend gone terribly wrong that includes favorite songs from Frozen. 

Fairwood Students have been looking forward to winter camp since the beginning of school. But when they arrive, there’s no snow, no heat and everything is frozen. And Cynthia, who just moved up from Florida, refuses to come out her sleeping bag! She is frozen! Her best friend Melanie from kindergarten, is unable to lift her spirits and help her let go of all that is troubling her.  The camper’s misery continues when they find out that their chaperone sprained his ankle and their teacher has the flu. They must take care of themselves until the camp director gets back from the hospital and the propane truck arrives with fuel for the stove and heating system. 

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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LEGO Building @Wollaston
1:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Drop by the Wollaston branch and get a scoop of LEGO pieces to build with at the library. Build whatever you want, then toss them back for a new scoop.
 
LEGO pieces will be available from opening to fifteen minutes before closing each open day this week.
 
All pieces must be returned before you leave so they'll be available for others later.
 
Please be aware these are regular LEGO, not DUPLO, and are not appropriate for younger children.  
CONTACT: Wollaston Branch    617-376-1330    
LOCATION: Wollaston Branch
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QARI computer class
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Computer skills classes for adult students, conducted by teens from QARI. Instruction primarily provided in Mandarin and Cantonese.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Computer Lab
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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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LEGO Building @Wollaston
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Drop by the Wollaston branch and get a scoop of LEGO pieces to build with at the library. Build whatever you want, then toss them back for a new scoop.
 
LEGO pieces will be available from opening to fifteen minutes before closing each open day this week.
 
All pieces must be returned before you leave so they'll be available for others later.
 
Please be aware these are regular LEGO, not DUPLO, and are not appropriate for younger children.  
CONTACT: Wollaston Branch    617-376-1330    
LOCATION: Wollaston Branch
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Shipwreck Detectives with Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Did you know there’s a wild ocean place just off the Massachusetts coast? Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 10 miles off the coast of Scituate, is home to an amazing array of wildlife and shipwrecks, some you have to dive deep to explore!

Come explore the ocean floor and uncover the maritime secrets just off our shores. Become and ocean archeologist, map a shipwreck, try on SCUBA diving gear, learn about the fish and marine life that inhabit the Sanctuary, or listen to a story. Come for the full session, or stop in and try an activity or listen to a story. This program is for all ages; families welcome

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 842 square miles of ocean, stretching between Cape Ann and Cape Cod offshore of Massachusetts. Renowned for its biological diversity and remarkable productivity, the sanctuary is famous as a whale watching destination and supports a rich assortment of marine life, including marine mammals, seabirds, fishes and marine invertebrates. The sanctuary’s position astride the historic shipping routes and fishing grounds for Massachusetts’ oldest ports also makes it a repository for shipwrecks representing several hundred years of maritime transportation. 

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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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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Friday April 24, 2015
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Reading Aloud to Children Workshop in MANDARIN
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Yu Fan Liu a child development gradute student at Tufts University and intern at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Family Services department will present a workshop on the importance of reading alound to very young children with tips on how to do it well.  

Please be aware this program will be presented entirely in Mandarin Chinese

This program is intended for adults but your children may also attend.

CONTACT: Children's Room    617-376-2411    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Saturday April 25, 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 Spring stories about butterflies

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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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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Sunday April 26, 2015
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Concerts @the Crane: Quincy Symphony Orchestra Ensembles
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

TITLEMembers of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra will present two ensembles in concert. A string quartet will perform Joseph Haydn's String Quartet in C Major Op. 76 No. 3 "Kaiser". A woodwind trio will perform selections from Mozart's Five Divertimentos K.Anh. 229 and possibly some Beethoven.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Richardson Room
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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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QARI computer class
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Computer skills classes for adult students, conducted by teens from QARI. Instruction primarily provided in Mandarin and Cantonese.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Computer Lab
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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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Small Business Workshop
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Designed for the new business owner to explain Mass income, sales, meals and payroll taxes responsibilities.

CONTACT: Brian Lynch    617 887 5332     lynchb@dor.state.ma.us
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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QARI computer class
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Computer skills classes for adult students, conducted by teens from QARI. Instruction primarily provided in Mandarin and Cantonese.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Computer Lab
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Solarize Quincy
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Solarize Mass QuincyCome to the library and learn all about Solarize Quincy, a program that offers discounted solar panels to local residents and business owners. Find out about the financial incentives for installing solar, including cheaper electricity, federal rebates, and the group-purchasing discount that Solarize participants appreciate. The program will also talk about the environmental benefits of solar power, and there will be plenty of time for audience questions.

Speakers will include a representative from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center--a quasi-state agency that, is cosponsoring the program along with the City and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and a representative of SolarFlair, the Ashland-based company that won a competitive bidding process to be exclusive installer for Solarize Quincy. Solar Flair was chosen from among four bidders because of their pricing, local ties, commitment to open an office in Quincy, and their experience as installer for Solarize programs in Newton, Brookline, Carlisle, Chelmsford, and Arlington, where they installed a total of 380 solar systems.

Massachusetts Clean Energy CenterBy June 30, when Solarize Quincy ends, the city hopes to have increased the number of Quincy solar installations by 200, thus, reducing Quincy’s reliance on fossil fuels and its contribution to climate change. “If you have a good site and a newer roof, and you want a lower electric bill, there has never been a better time to go solar in Quincy,” says Rebecca McWilliams, Solarize Quincy's lead organizer. For more information or to sign up to have your house or building assessed, go to http:// SolarizeQuincy.weebly.com/

MA Department of Energy Resourcessolar flair clean energy solutionsCity of Quincy seal

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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Feature Film: Unbroken
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

movie stillA chronicle of the life of Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), an Olympic runner who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

"Jolie has an army of craftsmen in her corner, notably camera poet Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men). But it's her vision that gives Unbroken a spirit that soars. In honoring Louis' endurance, she does herself proud." - Rolling Stone

Directed by Angelina Jolie . Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, Garrett Hedlund, Jack O'Connell, Jai Courtney, Luke Treadaway, and Miyavi. Theatrically released in 2014. 137 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief 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: Unbroken
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

movie stillA chronicle of the life of Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), an Olympic runner who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

"Jolie has an army of craftsmen in her corner, notably camera poet Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men). But it's her vision that gives Unbroken a spirit that soars. In honoring Louis' endurance, she does herself proud." - Rolling Stone

Directed by Angelina Jolie . Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, Garrett Hedlund, Jack O'Connell, Jai Courtney, Luke Treadaway, and Miyavi. Theatrically released in 2014. 137 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief 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 May 1, 2015 - Saturday May 30, 2015
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On Exhibit: Spring Into Art with the Quincy Art Association
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

art sampleThe Quincy Art Association Annual show will begin setting up in the atrium on Friday, May 1.

Artists will check in their entries on May 2 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m..

A reception will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in the atrium.

Artwork will be checked out on Saturday, May 30th from 10:00 - 11:30.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library
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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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Crime by the Book: Boston Strong
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Boston Strong ribbonA City's Triumph over Tragedy

We all have our own stories of where we were when we learned about the bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 and the subsequent manhunt. Come hear from the front lines about these unique local events that riveted the world. Veteran journalist Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge have written the definitive inside look at the Boston Marathon bombings and Casey is presently attending the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Learn about the Tsarnaev brothers’ years leading up to the act of terror to the bomb scene itself (which both authors witnessed first-hand within minutes of the blast), the terrifying police shootout with the suspects, and the ultimate capture of the younger brother. Hear highlights of the entire story, as seen through the eyes of those who experienced it. From the cop first on the scene, to the detectives assigned to the manhunt, get a behind-the-scenes look at the investigation. More than a story of true-crime, learn about the tragic but ultimately life-affirming story of the victims and their recoveries and hear the voice of those who lost loved ones. Casey Sherman will be presenting and copies of his book will be available for purchase and autographing after the formal program.

Co-sponsored by Quincy College

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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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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QARI computer class
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Computer skills classes for adult students, conducted by teens from QARI. Instruction primarily provided in Mandarin and Cantonese.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Computer Lab
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Wednesday May 6, 2015
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QARI computer class
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Computer skills classes for adult students, conducted by teens from QARI. Instruction primarily provided in Mandarin and Cantonese.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Computer Lab
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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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The Chair Affair
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Reserve your seat at the Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation's first fundraiser on behalf of your library.

The Chair Affair cocktail reception will raise money to purchase 100 new chairs for the Main Library adult areas. You're invited to attend the event, donate money for a chair (and get a donor plate on the back), or just make a donation to the Foundation to help assure that the library remains a comfortable place to visit.

Visit the Foundation's website for more information about tickets and sponsorship levels.

 

CONTACT:         info@thomascranelibraryfoundation.org
LOCATION: Main Library Richardson Room
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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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Boy Scout Rally
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Scout Recruiting night at the library

CONTACT: Diane Trubiano    617-653-6121    d.trubiano@verizon.net
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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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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Tuesday May 12, 2015
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QARI computer class
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Computer skills classes for adult students, conducted by teens from QARI. Instruction primarily provided in Mandarin and Cantonese.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Computer Lab
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Wednesday May 13, 2015
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QARI computer class
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Computer skills classes for adult students, conducted by teens from QARI. Instruction primarily provided in Mandarin and Cantonese.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Computer Lab
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Saturday May 16, 2015
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On Exhibit: Spring Into Art reception the Quincy Art Association
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

art sampleThe Quincy Art Association Annual show will begin setting up in the Atrium on Friday, May 1.

Artists will check in their entries on May 2 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m..

A reception will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in the Atrium.

Artwork will be checked out on Saturday, May 30th from 10:00 - 11:30.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Atrium (ground floor)
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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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QARI computer class
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Computer skills classes for adult students, conducted by teens from QARI. Instruction primarily provided in Mandarin and Cantonese.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Computer Lab
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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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Wednesday May 20, 2015
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STRENGTHENING FAMILIES: TRAIN THE TRAINER MODULE
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Strengthening Families framework is an evidence-based approach that identifies five protective factors that, when present and robust in families, help prevent child abuse and neglect as well as support optimal healthy growth and development in children. Participants in this interactive train-the-trainer workshop will gain in-depth knowledge of the Strengthening Families protective factors and the seven key strategies that support this framework.

 

CONTACT: Anitza Guadarrama Tiernan    617-502-8751    anitza.guadarrama-tiernan@state.ma.us
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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QARI computer class
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Computer skills classes for adult students, conducted by teens from QARI. Instruction primarily provided in Mandarin and Cantonese.

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Computer Lab
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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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Wednesday June 3, 2015
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Discover Historic New England: Boston's Floating Hospital
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

S. S. Boston Floating HospitalIn 1894, with the city’s infant mortality rate reaching staggering heights, a barge was commissioned to bring the city’s sickest children out into the harbor where they could be exposed to fresh air and receive desperately needed medical attention—regardless of race, religion, or class. The Floating Hospital provided care to sick children while cruising Boston Harbor for the next thirty-three years. Though Boston’s medical centers are celebrated the world over, the Floating’s history and remarkable contributions to the field of pediatric medicine in America remain largely untold. What began as a charitable effort soon became an innovative medical facility where scientists conducted groundbreaking research that resulted in the creation of infant formula. Doctors aboard the ship (and later on land) led the way in fighting deadly diseases, and its family-centered approach is now a hallmark of pediatric care nationwide.

Dan Bird, the director of volunteers at Floating Hospital for Children, and the foremost expert on the founding and legacy of the hospital will thrill you as he describes how life was for the poorest, youngest Bostonians over a century ago in an era in medicine and altruism that has all but been forgotten.

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 HouseJoin Historic New England Senior Curator of Collections Nancy Carlisle for an illustrated lecture focusing on recent discoveries and changes at the historic Quincy House.

Built as a country estate in 1770, Quincy House, a National Historic Landmark, was originally surrounded by hundreds of acres of fields and pastures overlooking Quincy Bay. For generations, the Quincys, like their relatives the Adamses, played important roles in the social and political life of Massachusetts. In the nineteenth century, Eliza Susan Quincy collected extensive information about her family and home. She kept journals and persuaded relatives to return heirlooms so that the house would remain a repository of Quincy family history. The interiors of the house have recently undergone radical changes resulting from the study of Eliza Susan Quincy’s materials, including the addition of wallpaper, floor coverings, textiles, and furniture.

This program is complimented by a walking tour: On Saturday, June 20 (rain date June 27) at 10:00 a.m. Sally Owen, coordinator of the Quincy Park Department’s Environmental Treasures program, leads a walking tour of the Wollaston neighborhood surrounding Quincy House. Using historic documents, maps, illustrations, and photographs the walk reconstructs the historic landscape to the period when four generations of Quincys occupied hundreds of acres. Tour departs from Quincy House. Tour the Josiah Quincy House (1770) following the walking tour.

Co-sponsored by the Quincy Park Department's Environmental Treasures program and Historic New England

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Friday June 12, 2015
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Red Cross Blood Drive
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
CONTACT: Leah McLean    617.276.7897    leah.mclean@redcross.org
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Tuesday June 16, 2015
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Environmental Treasures: Busy as a Bee
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Noah, bees, and honeyBees have been rapidly and mysteriously disappearing from rural areas, with grave implications for agriculture. But bees seem to flourish in urban environments — and cities need their help, too. Come learn about the role urban beekeeping might play a role in revitalizing both a city and a species.

Our presenter, Noah Wilson-Rich is the author of The Bee: A Natural History and owner of Best Bees, a company that offers beekeeping services. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

Here is a link to a Boston TED talk Wilson-Rich gave in 2012:
http://www.ted.com/talks/noah_wilson_rich_every_city_needs_healthy_honey_bees

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Saturday June 20, 2015
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Discover Historic New England Walking Tour: Quincy House
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Quincy HouseSally Owen, coordinator of the Quincy Park Department’s Environmental Treasures program, leads a walking tour of the Wollaston neighborhood surrounding Quincy House. Using historic documents, maps, illustrations, and photographs the walk reconstructs the historic landscape to the period when four generations of Quincys occupied hundreds of acres. Tour departs from Quincy House. Tour the  Josiah Quincy House (1770) following the walking tour. This walk compliments the presentation at the Library on Tuesday, June 9.

Co-sponsored by the Quincy Park Department's Environmental Treasures program and Historic New England

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library
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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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Thursday July 2, 2015
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Library Closed at 5:00 p.m. for Independence Day
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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

Join us on the lawn

CONTACT: Thomas Crane Library    617-376-1316    
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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Monday September 21, 2015
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1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
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1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday September 22, 2015
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Primary Election Day
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Adams Shore Branch
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Primary Election Day
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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Monday November 2, 2015
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1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
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1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday November 3, 2015
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Final Election Day
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Adams Shore Branch
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Final Election Day
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
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