Time to stock up for winter! The annual Friends of the Swampscott Public Library book sale will begin Thursday, September 24th, 5:30 to 8:30pm. Members only; anyone can join that night. No limit on the number of books you can purchase! You can use PayPal ($20 minimum for PayPal), check or cash to pay for your membership and your purchases.
Friday, September 25th, 10:00am to 1:00pm, open to everyone.
Saturday, September 26th, 10:00am to 2:00pm, open to everyone.
Sunday, September 27th, noon to 3:00pm, open to everyone. Bargain day: $1/bag or $.10 per item.
The Swampscott Public Library is located at 61 Burrill Street, Swampscott. Phone number is 781-596-8867.
Would you like to help with the Book Sale for an hour or two? We can use help with getting all the books out on Wednesday, September 23rd, working at the Sales Desk during the sale, and helping with the final clean up at the end on Sunday, Sept. 27th. Please sign up at the Reference Desk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
On Monday October 5th at 7pm come and hear Grant Welker, the author of We Are Market Basket. Imagine a company that was so treasured and trusted that people literally took to the streets—by the thousands—to save it? That company is Market Basket, a popular New England supermarket chain. With its arresting firsthand accounts from the streets and executive suites, We Are Market Basket is as inspiring as it is instructive. Set against a backdrop of bad blood and corporate greed, We Are Market Basket is, above all, a page-turner that chronicles the epic rise, fall, and redemption of this iconic and uniquely American company. The authors are Daniel Korschun, an Associate Professor of Marketing at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business and our speaker Grant Welker, a reporter from the Lowell Sun who covered the Market Basket story from the start. Registration begins September 28th at 781-596-8867.
Wednesday, September 30th 6:30pm-8pm
Try out the Swampscott Library’s 3d printer using the design program Tinkercad. Wed. Sept.30th at 6:30pm, instructor Rosemary Slattery will work with beginners or students with some experience to help them with their designs. Sign up yourself or work with a friend to develop your product and learn how the printer works. Space is limited. Registration begins on Monday, September 14th at 781-596-8867.
The North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club will host a Star Party at the Swampscott Public Library on Tuesday October 20th at 7:00pm. What is a Star Party? It consists of a short presentation on astronomy inside the building. Then, the Main Event: Weather permitting, the club’s volunteers will take the audience outside to look through their telescopes! Targets include the moon, double stars, clusters, and galaxies. If inclement weather, the club will still host the indoor presentation. This program is open to all ages but targeted for 4th graders through adults.
In the tradition of the best of art house cinema, the Swampscott Library 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 interesting, challenging movies that are slightly off the beaten path – but well worth watching and discussing. Sign up at the library or by emailing email@example.com.
Our next program, we will meet in the Children’s Room because of a scheduling conflict. September 24th at 6pm we’re 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.
October 22 6:00pm our program will meet back upstairs, and we’ll be watching Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. Set in Sweden during the Black Death, it stars Max Von Sydow as a Knight on his way home from the Crusades. He meets Death, and makes a deal that he can stay alive as long as he is winning the chess game they play. An iconic film, and funnier and sweeter than you remember.
We will meet the fourth Thursday of every month. Come join us at 6:00pm, for a screening, with a lively discussion after the movie (snacks provided!) Please sign up and provide us with your email so that we can send out announcements and reminders. See you at the movies!
High school students and parents are invited to a program at the Swampscott Public Library on Thursday, October 8th at 6:30pm to learn about applying to colleges. Julie Mazzola from Swampscott High School Guidance Department will give an overview of the process and explain the role of the Guidance Department. Joanna Ganci, Swampscott High School English Department Chair, will give advice on writing essays & getting teacher recommendations. Colleen B. Woods, Associate Director of Financial Aid at Emerson College, will explain what you need to know about financial aid. Sherry Brass, director of Pre-College Programs at Kaplan Test Prep, will cover standardized testing, including the new changes to the PSAT & SAT.
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. At the meeting we will sample some of the recipes from the cookbook and discuss our favorite recipes. Topics range from stories behind the preparation to working with certain ingredients, along with personal reflections. Sometimes members are encouraged to add any history or trivia they learned from the book and even share good drink pairings. Over the course of the year we will have guest speakers come to discuss their books or their expertise in the kitchen. The meetings will be held at the library starting at 7:00pm.
On Monday, September 28th at 7pm, we will discuss cookbooks by Ruth Reichl. On Monday, October 26th, the topic will be Stews, Soups & Fresh Food. Our guest speaker will be Julie Pottier-Brown, Operations Manager for the local Farm Direct Coop. Julie came to the Coop 15 years ago as a member, fell in love with all the workings and the mission of the coop and joined as a manager shortly thereafter. She will discuss the planning of crops at the coop depot each week and the value of fresh fruit and vegetables for our health.
Practically Speaking English group meets on Tuesday mornings. All non-native speakers are welcome to attend & practice their verbal English skills. Experienced speakers will meet from 10:00am to 11:00am. Beginning English speakers will meet from 11:00am to noon. No registration necessary–just stop in.
Beginning Saturday, September 12th, the Swampscott Public Library will be open Saturdays from 10am till 2pm.
MAIN ROOM HOURS:
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday 10:00-8:30
Saturday 10:00-2:00 Starting September 12th
CHILDREN’S ROOM HOURS:
Monday & Tuesday 10:00-8:30
Saturday 10:00-2:00 Starting September 12th
The Swampscott Public Library will be closed Monday, September 7th for Labor Day.
The Swampscott Public Library will be closed Monday, October 12th for Columbus Day.
This group continues to meet on Thursday morning at 10:00am for an hour. This class gives you a general overview of all of the new technology. Come in and learn with others who want to become computer literate or to share your knowledge of the digital world. New members welcome and they must be comfortable using the mouse. No preregistration required. Just knock on the front door of the library.
Join us at noon for a book discussion/playgroup time. Moms can have light lunch while they discuss the book and children can have lunch and play. Our selection for Monday, September 28th at noon will be Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. The October 26th book will be Girl at War by Sara Novic. You do 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.
The Dinner Detectives, the library’s mystery book group, will meet at 6:00pm on Tuesday, September 1st to discuss Rivers, Lakes, and Streams and Mystery. On Tuesday, October 6th at 6:00pm, the topic will be Humor and Mystery. New members are always welcome. You bring your dinner and we supply the dessert and coffee.
Starting their 20th year, Lou Gallo and his town historians will be meeting the first Friday of each month at 10:00am. The next two meeting will be September 4th and October 2nd. Anyone interested in local history is welcome.
The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet Tuesday, September 29th, at 7:00pm to discuss What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman. Tuesday, October 27th we will discuss Florence Gordon by Brian Morton.
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. The title for the Tuesday, October 20th at 1:00pm meeting is Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova.
Join the Needlers, a knitting group at the Swampscott Public Library. This group meets every Wednesday at 10:30am to noon. Whether you have a project that you are working on, want to knit for a local charity, or you want to learn how to knit, please join our 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. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
Come to the library Thursday evenings at 7:00pm to join other writers and share your work. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice writer, a writer with a work in progress or with a completed project. Newcomers always welcome!
The library website will soon have a fresh new look thanks to a grant from the MBLC. The redesigned website will have a clean new look, new features, and a responsive design for easier use on mobile devices. Patrons will now be able to register for library programs online and use a new app to print from their laptops to library printers while they are in the library. We are also adding a zoom feature which allows patrons to enlarge the type size for easier viewing. Other popular features include online museum pass reservations, free Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks, Wowbrary lists of our newest purchases, and free access to web resources such as Consumer Reports, Morningstar Investment Research, Mango Languages, and TumbleBooks for kids. Patrons can also log into their library accounts to look up titles, renew books and place holds. The new site should be up and running in early September and will have the same address as our current site: http://www.swampscottlibrary.org
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.
Friends of the Swampscott Public Library is a 501c3 non- profit organization that accepts donations. It is dedicated to support the library by purchasing museum passes, providing a bi-monthly newsletter, and funding adult and children’s programming. The Friends also support other various needs of the library.
Swampscott Public Library investment Trust
Trustees of the Swampscott Library established this 501c3 to fund major capital improvements to the library. Donations can be made by contacting the library director.
General Monetary Gifts
With approval, the library can accept restricted and non-restricted monetary donations.
If you purchase items through Amazon.com you can support the library by going to www.smile.amazon.com & selecting Swampscott Public Library as the entity you want to support. Once that is done, every time you purchase through smile.amazon.com, the library benefits.
TEEN AREA PROGRAMS for 5th-12th graders. Bring a friend!
This school year, the Classes of 2017 & 2018 will be facing the first administration of the New PSAT with the New SAT in the spring. Understanding the implications of the new test is particularly confusing for many families. To help students build confidence and explore the New PSAT & SAT we have arranged for a Free PSAT Practice Test from Kaplan Test Prep Saturday, September 12, 2015
10:15 AM– 1:15PM. Swampscott Public Library will be offering students the FREE opportunity to familiarize themselves with the features of the PSAT including:
Each student will receive a score report detailing his or her performance on the practice PSAT. Students should bring sharpened #2 pencils and a calculator. YOU MUST PREREGISTER. CALL 1-800-KAP-TEST OR REGISTER AT http://kaplan.formstack.com/forms/spl_new_psat
Celebrate Teen Read Week at the Swampscott Public Library by creating your own comic! In this cartoon and comic-style illustration workshop, participants will join illustrator Eric Fulford as they learn some of the drawing techniques of the pros! After designing some outstanding original characters, we will backtrack a bit to learn more about WHO those characters are. Once we understand who our characters are, their stories become that much easier to write! The program is open to 5th through 12th graders. Space is limited. Call 781-596-8867 to register beginning Wednesday, October 7th.
Celebrate Teen Read Week, a national event sponsored by the American Library Association, at Swampscott Library:
CLEAR YOUR LIBRARY FINES!!
Library fines got you down? Pick up a coupon in the Teen Area & your Swampscott Library fines will be erased. Remember: Only Swampscott library items that have been returned!
RETURN OF THE TREASURE CHEST!
Free goodies will be available in the Teen Area starting Monday, October 19th. Come by and pick up some free books, pens, and other treasure!
We hope you’ll take time, especially you snowbirds, to support the Friends with your annual donation. Please pick up a membership envelope on your next visit! Thank you for your support.
Would you like to help with the Book Sale for an hour or two? Please sign up at the Reference Desk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
FRIENDS MEETINGS @ LIBRARY
Monday, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 7:00pm
Monday, OCTOBER 19, 2015 7:00pm
All meetings are held in the library.
Mondays@10:30am will focus on children ages 2 to 4.
Wednesdays@10:30am focus on children ages 1 to 3.
These Story Time programs will consist of stories, songs, finger plays and action rhymes designed to encourage early literacy. Librarians will present 20 to 30 minutes of stories and songs that will tickle, delight, and amuse. We will incorporate parachute play, bubbles, musical instruments and more! After the program the children are encouraged to play and socialize.
All children attending this program must be accompanied by a parent or other adult who will sit with them and participate in the activities. No registration is required. These programs will begin on Monday, September 28th and continue through December 16th. If there is no school in the Swampscott Public Schools then there is no story time that day.
Our popular story and craft program will be continuing in the fall at 10:30am. This program is geared for children ages 2 to 4 and will consist of one or 2 stories and a craft activity. All children attending this program must be accompanied by a parent or other adult who will sit with them and participate in the activities. No registration is needed. If there is no school in the Swampscott Public Schools then there is no program that day.
We would like every child entering Kindergarten or First Grade to have a library card. Help your child start the school year right! Remember, your library card is “The most important school supply of all!”
Starting on Thursday, October 15th, and continuing on the third Thursday of the month at 1:30pm for the rest of the year, we will have a special interactive story time designed for children up to 18 months and their families /caregivers to enhance emergent literacy skills and instill a lifelong love of reading and learning. This program is limited in size so registration is required. Please call the Children’s Room at 781-596-8867 beginning October 8th. (The program is sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant in collaboration with Francine Sudak, teacher with the Lynn Public Schools, and the Swampscott Public Library.)
Join us on Tuesday, October 27th at 3:00pm for a slightly spooky Halloween party. Come in costume and hear
some “scary” stories, make a Halloween craft and enjoy
some treats. This program is recommended for children ages 5 & up. No registration is needed.
Thank you to the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library for once again supporting our summer program. Thanks also go out to the Swampscott Cultural Council for providing a wonderful puppet show by Diane Kordas. This was another successful summer, with over 130 children from 5 communities registering for the summer reading program and many more attending our events. Thanks, too, to our many volunteers who helped keep the Children’s Room running by shelving books, assisting with craft programs, and otherwise keeping the room organized. We would like to also thank Topsfield Fair, and Uno’s Restaurant for supplying prizes to our readers.