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

Just in time for the Holiday season, the Friends of the Library have had five of our Lynn Beach Paintings reproduced.

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 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

The reproductions are on display in the library lobby, stop by and take a look at this lovely art work!

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

Thanks to all who helped make our Birthday Party a success!



The staff of the Swampscott Public Library want to extend our thanks to everyone who made our 100th birthday party a success.  We would like to give special thanks to the Trustees, the Friends of the Library, the Board of Selectmen, the Recreation department and the DPW for all of their help in making our day a success.  We were so happy that so many citizens came to the celebration and hopefully enjoyed it.  If you have time, stop by the library and see the many great pictures taken at the event on the computer in the lobby.  We probably should give a shout out to the weathermen who presented us with the most perfect day for such an event.  Thank you all!!

BookFlix for Kids

The Swampscott Public Library has subscribed to a fun, new reading program that parents and young children can access from home. BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.  This engaging resource for children in grades PreK-3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration.

BookFlix is free for anyone using Library computers. It is free for Swampscott residents from home with a library card and PIN number.

Check some of our other online resources for children:


A to Z World Travel

The library now has a subscription to A to Z World Travel, a terrific guide to over 200 major cities of the world.  A to Z is perfect for world travelers, armchair travelers and students.  You’ll find fun facts such as local attractions, nightlife, and shopping.  You will even find important details like weather, money, and travel warnings.  Students will appreciate the maps, cultural information and local recipes.  Pair this resource with one of our print travel guides and you will be all set to grab your passport and head out on an adventure.

A to Z World Travel is free for anyone using Library computers. It is free for Swampscott residents from home with a library card and PIN number.

Check our Online Databases page for links to other Resources.

Book Groups

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. New members always welcome.

On Monday, November 27th @ 7pm we will be reading Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove Cookbook.

On Monday, December 18th @ 7 pm the topic will be your favorite holiday recipe. 

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.  You need to register for this group so that we can order the books and the food. To register, call Alyce or Izzi at 781-596-8867.

Monday, November 27th 12 pm: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Monday, December 18th  @ 12 pm: Radium Girls: the dark story of America’s shining women by Kate Moore.


Dinner Detectives

detective-156647_1280The Dinner Detectives is the library’s mystery book group. We discuss mysteries related to a different topic each month. You bring your book and dinner – we provide the coffee, dessert and discussion! New members welcome.

Tuesday, November 7th @ 6 pm: Dark & Light

Tuesday, December 5th @ 6 pm: Route 1 Mysteries


Popular Titles Book Group


The Popular Titles Book Group generally meets on the third Tuesday evening of the month a 7 pm.

Tuesday, November 28th @ 7pm : Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Tuesday, December 19th @ 7 pm:  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

Afternoon Tea and Books


Interested in a day time book club at the library? Our afternoon book club meets the third Tuesday of the month @ 1 pm. New members welcome!

Tuesday, November 21st @ 1 pm: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Tuesday, December 19th @ 1 pm:  Karolina’s Twins by Ronald Balson