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

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Ongoing Groups Meeting in September

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Book Club

If you love to read and cook and eat, then this is the book club for you. Our reading materials will be cookbooks and discussion will revolve around great food and fun recipes. Every month we will select a different cookbook to focus on, some by local authors. We will have volunteers prepare something from the cookbook. We will meet the last Monday of the month at 7:00pm. The next meeting will be Monday, September 28th, with a discussion of cookbooks by Ruth Reichl.

FILM FORUM

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In the tradition of the best of art house cinema, the Swampscott Library Film Forum will screen a film, and then have a discussion. We will see interesting, challenging movies that are slightly off the beaten path–but well worth watching and discussing. The Forum will meet the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00pm. On September 24th, we will meet in the Children’s Room because of a scheduling conflict. We are going to try something different and watch and discuss three shorts. They are:
Salvador Dali’s Un Chien Andalou
This 1929 short film by the Spanish director Luis Bunuel and artist Salvador Dali has one of the most famous scenes in film history. (See above). It uses dream logic and Freudian and many other types of symbolism to express suppressed human emotions. A seminal work that defines Surrealism.
Maya Deren’s Meshes in the Afternoon
A later surrealist or experimental film, with the emphasis on the dream logic of a woman, who struggles to interpret her own experiences subjectively. It will be quite interesting to compare Deren with Dali in their different approaches to symbolism within the two movies.
Jean Cocteau’s The Blood of a Poet
Because we all love Jean Cocteau.

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

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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.

DROP-IN KNITTING GROUP

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

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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.

Brunch Bunch Book Group

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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, September 28th at noon will be Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. 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, September 1st at 6:00pm and the topic will be Rivers, Lakes, and Streams and Mystery. You bring your book and dinner – we provide the coffee, dessert and discussion! New members welcome.

Book Group

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The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet on Tuesday, September 29thth at 7:00pm to discuss What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman.

AFTERNOON TEA AND BOOKS

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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, September 15th at 1:00pm to discuss Florence Gordon by Brian Morton. New members welcome!

HISTORY BUFFS

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Lou Gallo and his town historians will be starting their 20th year with a meeting on Friday, September 4th at 10am. Anyone interested in local history is welcome!