Poetry Concert


Come to the library on Monday, March 19 at 6:00 pm (not 7 pm as previously indicated) for a Ring of Bone Press Poetry Concert. It will be an explosive evening of spoken word performances featuring local contributors from the Ipswich-based Ring of Bone Press. Two of the works published by Ring of Bone Press that will be highlighted are The Wild Women of Lynn and The Madmen of Lynn. This program is open to all ages and there is no admission fee.  The artists will be providing a merchandise table for your viewing.


Tin Box Poets


Once again the Swampscott Public Library is presenting the Tin Box Poets Open Mic Night. It will take place on Monday, April 9th starting at 6:00 pm. If you would like to do a reading you can come to the library at 5:30 to register. There is no admission fee, all ages are welcome.

Congratulations to the Tin Box Poets, this is their 20th annual Open Mic Program held at the library!

Night at the Tides

The Friends of the Swampscott Library will be holding their yearly fundraising event at the Tides Restaurant in Nahant on Monday evening April 23rd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Take the evening off from cooking, enjoy a great meal and help support the Library at the same time.  A portion of the evening’s receipts will be given to the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library to fund the Children’s programming for the summer.  See you there!

Meet Libby, the Newest OverDrive App


Libby is OverDrive’s new app for ebooks and audiobooks. Users can quickly and seamlessly access the same OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks as the website and original app. Libby works on Android, iOS, and Windows 10 and is currently available free through the Apple App Store, Google Play or Microsoft.  The App is not yet available for Kindles.

With Libby users can:
• Borrow and start reading or listening right away. No need to choose a format when downloading.
• Save multiple library cards to the app – for instance everyone in a family can have easy access to ebooks and audiobooks borrowed under their individual cards.
• Sign in to multiple libraries, with one or more cards for each library.
• Track a reader’s place in a book as well as what notes and bookmarks were created across all devices, allowing for a synced reading experience.

Download the App and try it today!

Swampscott Library’s Reading Challenge 2018

The Swampscott Library has issued a call to read!  We have chosen 10 different monthly reading challenges.  Readers may choose any book or novel that fits the challenge’s theme plus the library will offer book suggestions and have books available for you to check out.  The more books the better!

Not only does this program issue a challenge to read different books each month but also includes rewards!  Each month there will be a Readers Get Together to discuss the books that were read.  At each meeting light refreshments well be served and there will be a free raffle!  It is not necessary to attend the meetings to participate.  In November at the end of the challenge, there will be a Readers Celebration to celebrate the joy of reading.

When you register for the program you will receive a reading log, bookmarks, and a list of the monthly reading challenges for the year.  You will also receive an email monthly announcing the reading challenge of the month, a list of book suggestions and the date of our next meeting.

To register, stop by the Main Desk of the library.   Happy Reading!

The February meeting will be Monday February 12 at 7 pm. 

Monthly challenge topics for 2018:

January – America:  Experience it through historical fiction July – Hold on tight:  Spine tingling thrillers
February – From the Savannas to Apartheid:  Books set in Africa August – Dystopia:  1984 and beyond
March – Slainte!  Contemporary Irish Writers September – The Classics:  Novels you may have missed
April – Intriguing Young Adult books:  For all Ages! October – Grab your cloak and deerstalker:  English Mysteries
May – Gossip or inspiration:  Memoirs or Biographies November – True Crime:  That really happen??
June – Quintessentially Quirky:  Fun and inspiring books



Barbara Eldridge chosen as Volunteer of the Year

The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library have chosen Barbara Eldridge to be this years Volunteer of the Year.  We first got to know Barbara as a library borrower and all around nice person.  Then in 2009 she volunteered help us with our Home Delivery program, taking books to Swampscott readers who are not able to get to the library.  She has made weekly trips to home bound patrons ever since.  Thank you, Barbara, for all you have done!




Lynn Beach Paintings – Prints available to be ordered!

E. A. Page- Coastal Scene


E. A. Page- Abandoned Dory

The Friends of the Library have had five of our Lynn Beach Paintings reproduced and they are currently available to be ordered.  The reproductions are on display in the library lobby so stop by and take a look at this lovely art work!

The Friends are selling giclee prints (high end digital reproductions) of the five library paintings shown here; three works by Edward A. Page, one piece by C.E.L. Green and one by Edward Burrill, all members of the Lynn Beach School of Painters.  This will be a limited run of only fifty (50) prints each. Prices will range from $150 for the smallest painting to $350 for the largest and the deposit due upon ordering will range from $50 to $100. The price includes the print only, no matting or frame is included.  The display copies have been matted and framed so that everyone can see what the finished product would look like.  Contact the library if you are interested in ordering a print: 781-596-8867 or  swa@noblenet.org.

C. E. L. Green – Figures along the coast
E. A. Page – Houses along the coast
E. Burrill – Coastal scene