Library Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10am -8:30pm
Thurs.:1 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri.: 10 am - 1 pm
Sat.: Closed
Sun.: Closed

Childrens Room Hours

Mon.&Wed.:10 am - 6 pm
Tues.: 10 am - 8:30 pm
Thurs.: 1 pm - 6 pm
Fri.: 10 am - 1 pm
Sat.: Closed
Sun.: Closed

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Greg Maichack Presents: Scarlet Poppies Monday June 8th


Greg Maichack will be at the library Monday, June 8th 6:00pm to present one of his essentials of painting with pastels program. Greg will be focusing on the work of Georgia O’Keefe and her poppy paintings. Maichack will provide an easy entry into the world of pastel painting. Participants will receive an engaging hands-on experience of basic pastel painting, as well as advanced techniques. Please contact the library beginning May 27th to reserve a seat in this very popular program. This program is provided through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Holiday Closing


The Swampscott Public Library will be closed Monday, May 25, 2015 for Memorial Day.

TEEN PROGRAM: Scratch Programming with Ms. Paine

Wednesday May 13th 6:30pm SCRATCH PROGRAMMING WITH Ms. Paine
Wednesday May 20th 6:30pm SCRATCH PROGRAMMING WITH Ms. Paine
Wednesday May 27th 6:30pm SCRATCH PROGRAMMING WITH Ms. Paine


Sign up for a three part program introducing you to Scratch, a free visual programming language. If you already know how to use Scratch, you can work with Ms. Paine and friends to make new creations. Use Scratch for creating games, stories, animation and more! Sign up beginning April 27th by contacting the library 781-596-8867. Classes will be from 6:30pm to 8pm.



film forum
Revival theatres used to show the best international films, documentaries and independent films. You could go anytime, not know anything about what was playing, and be guaranteed to see something interesting and thought-provoking. Now with streaming tv and cable, no one is picking out the best of film for patrons – they are on their own.

Until now. In the tradition of the best of art house cinema, the SPL is offering Film Forum, a program where we will screen a film and then have a discussion, much like a “visual” book club. We will see important, challenging movies that are slightly off the beaten path – but well worth watching and discussing.

The first film will be French avant-garde artist Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bete. This is an adults-only version of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale in which the pure love of a girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast. For a movie with the theme of beauty-is-only-skin-deep, this is one of the most visually opulent and stunningly beautiful films of all times. It has been called a “landmark of motion picture fantasy, with spectacular visions of enchantment, desire and death … a timeless icon of cinematic wonder.” Made in 1946, it stars Jean Marais as the Most. Sexy. Beast. Ever.

We will meet the fourth Thursday of every month, beginning Thursday, May 28th. Come join us at 6p.m, for a screening, with a lively discussion after the movie (popcorn and Kleenex provided!) Help us inaugurate Film Forum and start a revival theatre in Swampscott!

Please sign up and provide us with your email so that we can send out announcements and reminders. See you at the movies! To register, either stop at the Reference Desk, or call the library 781-596-8867.


Ongoing Groups Meeting in May

Practically Speaking English

This program is a chance for our Russian population to come in and practice their skills in communicating in English. The group will be lead by a non-Russian speaker to encourage members to only participate in English. The group will meet Tuesday mornings from 10:00am to 11:00am for more experienced speakers. Beginning English speakers will meet from 11:00am to noon. No registration necessary–just stop in.

Knitting Club

Join the Needlers a knitting group at the Swampscott Public Library. This group meets weekly, every Wednesday at 10:30a.m. Crocheters are welcome to join our group. We make our own projects or items to be donated to charity. Members can be beginners or experts.


The Needlers have started a drop-in knitting group welcome to anyone who wants to stop by and knit or crochet. The group meets weekly, every Thursday at 1:00pm.

Computer Club: Technology Travelers

Do you feel left out when people begin talking about Facebook, or social networking, Internet, emails and Pinterest? Would you like to become part of the 21st century? Then join our computer club. It meets on Thursday mornings from 10am -11am. This club is basically for all the newcomers to technology; so don’t feel intimidated if you don’t know how to access any of these sites. Come in and learn with others who want to become computer literate. It should be a fun group with no pressure, just some exposure to all of these new things that are around for us to see. This, however, is also a club where those knowledgeable in technology might want to come by and share their knowledge with others. You can join any time and you must be comfortable using the mouse. Just come by the library at 10:00am on Thursdays. The library is closed, so just knock with your keys on the door and we will let you in. No preregistration is required for the class.

One-on-One Computer Help

You can reserve a half-hour of one-on-one time for personal computer instruction or to learn how to use your Kindle Fire. Call the library at 781-596-8867 to reserve a half-hour slot on either Tuesday at noon or Thursday morning between 11:00am to 12:00noon. For Kindle Fire help, be sure and bring your Amazon password.

Brunch Bunch Book Group


Join us at noon for a book discussion/playgroup time. Moms can have light lunch and coffee while they discuss the month’s selection and children can have lunch and juice/water and play or do a craft. The group will meet in the Children’s Room and three staff members will be present. Our selection for Monday, May 18th at noon will be All the Light We Cannon See by Anthony Doerr. You do need to register for this group so that we can order the books and the food. Come and give it a try, we think that this may be an enjoyable way to spend a lunchtime. To register call Alyce or Izzi at 781-596-8867.

Dinner Detectives

The Dinner Detectives, the library’s mystery book group, will meet on Tuesday, May 5th at 6:00pm and the topic will be Music and Mystery. New members welcome–just bring your dinner & mystery book.

Book Group


The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet on Tuesday, May 26th at 7:00pm to discuss Mudbound by Hillary Jordan.



Interested in a day time book club at the library? Our afternoon book club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 1:00pm. We will be meeting Tuesday, May 19th at 1:00pm to discuss The Children Act by Ian McEwan. New members welcome!


Lou Gallo and his town historians will be meeting the first Friday of each month at 10:00am. The May meeting will be Friday, May 1st at 10:00am.

Atomic Training

Software and technology training videos

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The Swampscott Library now subscribes to Atomic Training.  Atomic Training is a web based training resource that offers thousands of short video tutorials on more than 500 of today’s most popular software applications for both PCs and Macs. The tutorials cover everything from computer basics to job skills and include such topics as Twitter, iTunes, Skype, and WordPress. These short videos may be watched in sequence like a course, or watched individually to learn a specific part of a program. Courses are updated regularly. Atomic Training is available to both Swampscott residents (with a library card and password) and walk in Library patrons.

• All the latest offerings — Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google, and more
• Valuable job training — Improve job skills with in-depth training on Excel and Photoshop, or learn valuable social media techniques with tutorials on Twitter, blogging, and podcasting
• Mobile training — Learn how to use mobile products such as the iPhone and iPad
• Access anywhere — Watch videos at the library or remotely from home

Click on the Atomic Training icon above to create your account, login, and start learning!

Financial assistance for this special project is made possible with Federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Children’s Room Upgrade


Because of the generosity of the Smith family in memory of former Swampscott resident Mary Ellen Nestor Smith, the Children’s Room has established a technology area for our young people. We have added new computers, a printer, new “Makey-Makeys”, Play-a-ways and many more new and innovative items. Mary Ellen was a long time patron of the Swampscott Library and a school librarian. She loved children and technology and we are uniting both of her loves here in our Children’s Room.

Friends Of the Swampscott Public Library Purchase Harvard Art Museum Pass for Library

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The Friends of the Library have added another museum pass to our offerings. We now have the Harvard Art Museum pass which gives patrons access to the Fogg Museum, The Arthur M. Sackler Museum and the Busch-Reisinger Museum, under one roof for the first time. The museum is open daily from 10-5 and closed on major holidays. There is no charge with this pass and anyone under 18 is always admitted free.

Reserve Your Museum Passes Online

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, we have long provided our patrons with free or low cost passes to many wonderful museums. Now patrons can check the availability of these passes and place their reservations online, any time, day or night. Starting Monday, November 3rd, patrons can go to the Museum Pass page of our website to find the link to TixKeeper, our new online pass reservation system. Using their library card number to log in, patrons can view a calendar listing of all of our passes, see which are already booked, and place reservations all at their own convenience. TixKeeper also has links to each museum website so patrons can check for directions, hours and special exhibits. Patrons are also welcome to reserve passes by calling the Library Main Desk at 781-596-8867 x 300.
The library museum pass page can be found here:

Friends Name Volunteer of the Year

Ellen Winkler, President of the Friends, and Eve Roberts, Volunteer of the Year

Ellen Winkler, President of the Friends, and Eve Roberts, Volunteer of the Year

The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library have named Eve Roberts the Volunteer of the Year for 2014. Eve Roberts is the unsung heroine type – no fuss, just quietly working away year after year to help the library. She volunteers at the annual book sale, sending out the newsletter, and in the Children’s Room. Too many hats, you say? Not for Eve – she does it all! Thank you for all your hard work. It is greatly appreciated.

Bored with your commute? Check out our new Comedy CDs!

Have a laugh on the way to work. Jim Gaffigan, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Bob Newhart, local talent John Mulaney and others. These are located on the red shelf above Books on Tape, with a sign of a man laughing hysterically.


Friends of the Swampscott Public Library

created by Sheila Farren Billings

Please support the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library by renewing your membership. Your donation provides:

    MUSEUM PASSES — including the new AQUARIUM PASS
    Summer Activities Daily in the Children’s Room
    New programs for children and teens emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math
    Author appearances
    Art programs
    Informative community events

When you join the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to library services. Pick up a membership envelope the next time you’re at the library and either return it in person, or send it to:
SWAMPSCOTT MA 01907-0028

Thank you for your past support. Your friendship makes so much possible at our library.

Please – no book donations

With the end of the Book Sale, we are not accepting book donations at this time. We will have an article in a future issue of the newsletter when we are ready to get your gently-read books. Thank you for your support.

Wowbrary – Newest Items @ Swampscott Library

Wowbrary: An exciting new way to enjoy the Swampscott Public Library


The Swampscott Public Library buys many new books, movies, and CDs each year. Now you can receive a free weekly email showcasing the latest arrivals at the library. You’ll learn about many new bestsellers, DVDs, CDs, cookbooks, mysteries, science books, travel guides, histories, children’s titles, health books, science fiction, and more. With this information you can place a hold on any Swampscott Public Library book, DVD or CD, and any hold can be picked up at the branch of your choice.

Sign up for your free Wowbrary emails at Wowbrary.

The Latest Fashion: Friends tote bags!


The Friends of the Library new tote bags are in vibrant Green and feature the Friends logo. Support the library with your purchase of a $3.00 tote. Next time you are at the library, pick a few up for yourself and for friends.


We want to thank the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust for its recent donation in support of STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) enrichment and activities at the Swampscott Public Library. We are grateful to be able to offer more of these programs. In fact, iRobot, a Massachusetts robotics company, has agreed to bring some robots here in the near future. Watch the newsletter for details!

Writing Group Seeks New Members – Is writing a book one of your New Year’s resolutions?

Working on that novel or biography? Want feedback from other writers? A writers group meets at the Swampscott Public Library on Thursday nights from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. New members are welcome.

Greening the Library Newsletter


Do you want to save a tree? The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, Inc. pays to send the printed library newsletter to members of the Friends. However, if you’d prefer to get an e-mail alerting you to the availability of the updated newsletter on the library’s website, please e-mail the Swampscott Public Library at swa @

Thank you.

Food Pantry

Now that the holidays are over, please don’t forget those less fortunate. Our box for donations to the Food Pantry at St. John’s Church will still be in the lobby.

New Ways to Connect to Swampscott Public Library



Did you know we have a Twitter account? Yes, you can follow Swampscott Library for tweets about upcoming programs or snow closings.

Also, we have a Pinterest account. What’s that? It’s a place where you can see book lists from the Swampscott Public Library. There are lists for all ages–children’s books, young adult books, and books for adults. You get to see the cover of the book and can read a short description of the plot.
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Check out our book lists on Pinterest. Looking for some suggestions of new books to read? We have lists for children, teens and adults.

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