Newsletter July-August 2015



On Tuesday, August 4thth at 6:30 pm bestselling author James Hankins will be at the Swampscott Library. All four of his books (Shady Cross, Brothers and Bones, Jack of Spades, and Drawn) spent time in the Kindle Top 100 and became Amazon #1 bestsellers, while Brothers received a coveted starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was named to their list of Best Books of 2013. James pursued writing at an early age. While attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he received the Chris Columbus Screenwriting Award. James lives with his wife and twin sons in Swampscott.



In order to let more people learn how to choose projects or design their own objects for the 3D printer, we have a number of classes scheduled during July.

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Introduction to the Swampscott Library’s 3D Printer with Kevin Osborn
Tuesday, July 7th 10:30am – 12:30pm
Why should kids have all the fun? Adults can learn how to use the 3D printer, too. Kevin Osborn will introduce you to the technology and set the printer in action. You will design simple 3D objects using free computer-aided design software and then print them. Space is limited. Please register at 781-596-8867 beginning on June 22nd.

Introduction to 3D Printing with Michael Ahearn – Two Sessions
Session 1: Monday, July 13 6:30pm
Session 2: Monday, July 20 6:30pm
A 3D printer is a device that can make nearly any plastic object imaginable using only a digital model. This two-week course will teach you the entire process of making a 3D printable object, from concept to finished product. You will learn how to make a digital 3D model, how to design that model so it prints well, and how to print that model with our 3D printer. Your object will be printed and available to pick up soon after the course. Space is limited. Please register at 781-596-8867 beginning Monday, June 29th. Signing up for the first class session automatically registers you for the full two-week class.

FILM FORUM July and August Films

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

M. Hulot’s Holiday July 23rd 6pm

With visual satire and merriment, the film also gently mocks the confidence of postwar western society in the primacy of work over leisure and the value of complex technology over simple pleasures (does this sound familiar to anyone?) Tati is a long-legged, slightly pop-eyed gent whose talent for caricaturing the manners of human beings is robust and intense. This is the perfect summer movie.

Sweet Smell of Success August 27th 6pm

American film noir made in 1957 and starring Burt Lancaster as the powerful newspaper columnist J.J. Hunsecker, based on Walter Winchell, who uses his connections to ruin his sister’s relationship with a man he deems unworthy of her. Tony Curtis is the PR agent Sidney Falco who does his bidding. Famous for its whiplash dialogue and black and white nighttime rainy Times Square milieu. Tough as nails, really.

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!



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. The next two meetings will be Monday, July 27th and Monday, August 31st at 7:00pm.


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.


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The Swampscott Public Library will be closed Friday July 3, 2015 for Independence 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, July 27thth will be The Children Act by Ian McEwan. The August 31st book will be Missoula by Jon Krakauer. 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.

Dinner Detectives

The Dinner Detectives, the library’s mystery book group, will meet at 6:00pm on Tuesday, July 7th to discuss Fear and Mystery. On Tuesday, August 4th at 6:00pm, the topic will be Gangsters and Mystery. We will also have a guest speaker, author James Hankins. New members are always welcome. You bring your dinner and we supply the dessert and coffee.

Popular Titles Book Group


The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet on Tuesday, July 28th at 7:00pm to discuss Inside the O’briens by Lisa Genova. The Tuesday, August 18th at 7:00pm meeting will discuss In the Woods by Tana French.

Afternoon Tea & Books


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, July 21st at 1:00pm to discuss What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman. The title for the August 18th at 1:00pm meeting is The Submission by Amy Waldman.



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!


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.
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If you purchase items through you can support the library by going to & selecting Swampscott Public Library as the entity you want to support. Once that is done, every time you purchase through, the library benefits.


TEEN AREA PROGRAMS for 5th-12th graders. Bring a friend!




Calling all crafters! Come learn how to summon lightning bolts with a bow and arrow or build giant rainbows in the Minecraft world with code! Spawn farm animals or monsters instantly and have fun “modding” your world! This workshop introduces coding concepts by showing students how to build or change (e.g. mod) the game using code based on the Javascript programming language. The set-up is easy for beginners, challenging for experienced gamers and fun for everyone! This is a two-hour session open to 5th-12th graders. Space is limited. Please register at 781-596-8867 beginning on Wednesday, June 24th.




Teens: Learn how to make crepes and create a dessert crepe! Learn to make one of France’s most delicious exports. Students will prepare a local fruit compote and hand whip the cream. And, eat what we make! Open to 5th through 12th graders. Space is limited. Register at 781-596-8867 beginning Wednesday, July 1st.



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.


We are again accepting book donations for the fall Book Sale. We especially need recent fiction. No textbooks or magazines, please.

Monday, July 20, 2015 7:00pm
Monday, August 17, 2015 7:00pm
All meetings are held in the library.

Children’s News

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We have a fun summer in store here at the library. In addition
to our “Every Hero Has a Story” program these events should
keep you busy and cool during the summer. Unless otherwise
specified no registration is required for these programs.
• June 29 to August 3 10:30AM. Messy Mondays preschool crafts. Ages 3 to 5
• June 30 to August 4 10:30AM. S.T.E.M. Tuesdays. Science related crafts for children ages 2 to 5.
• June 30 AT 6:30PM. FAMILY NIGHT WITH TOE JAM PUPPET BAND! Toe Jam Variety Show features interactive songs, stories and puppets, including a barn dance, a flying laundry song and a car wash song where the kids get sprayed with water! Ice Cream Social by Treadwell’s will benefit the Friends of Library.
• Wed. July 1 and 15 at 10:30AM. Toddler music program with Mary Beth Maes. Ages 1 to 5.
• Wed. July 8, 22 & 29. 10:30AM. Toddler Storytime. Enjoy some stories and fingerplays. Ages 1 to 3.
• Thurs. July 9 2:00PM. Rainforest Reptiles Program. Visit with alligators, turtles and snakes from the neo-tropical rain forest to the sub-tropical rain forest of the world. Recommended for ages 5 & up.
• Mon. July 13 2:00PM. Jungle Jim Superhero Training. Jungle Jim challenges the audience to see if they have what it takes to be a hero. This program captures their attention by turning patrons into superheroes themselves. Suitable for ages 6 & up.
• Tues. July 14 2:00PM.Fancy Nancy Day! Ages 3 & up.
• Tues. July 21 2:00PM & 3:00PM. Blizzards program presented by the Museum of Science. Engineer a tree house to withstand high winds, and save skiers from a wild mountain avalanche. This hands-on workshop gives participants a chance to plan, build, and test their designs against the forces of nature. Two 50 minute sessions, ages 6 & up. Registration required as space is limited. Registration begins on July 7.
• Tues. July 28 12:30PM. Teddy Bear Picnic. Bring a picnic lunch and your favorite furry friend and enjoy some “Beary” stories. Ages 2 to 6.
• Wed. July 29 1:00PM. Tom Sieling, widely acclaimed singer and songwriter from Newfield, New York, will perform a free family program called “Howl at the Moon with a Hero Tune (Mostly Hapless Heroes, That is!)” Tom accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and a drum machine.
• Thurs. July 30 2:00PM & 3:00PM. Rockets program presented by the Museum of Science. In this workshop, audiences create an air rocket that launches across the room, and engineer a way for a payload to return safely to Earth. This hands-on workshop explores the science behind rockets and space exploration. Two 50 minute sessions, ages 6 & up. Registration required as space is limited. Registration begins on July 14.
• Tues. August 4 2:00PM. LEGO mania program for kids ages 6 & up. If you can dream it, you can build it with Legos! Building and creating with Legos is a ton of fun… Join us in creating projects that can only be done with teamwork and imagination. We will showcase all of our creations online and have pictures of our creations to keep for forever. Registration required as space is limited. Registration begins on July 22.
• Wed. August 5 2:00PM. “Pirates and Tales of the Sea” puppet show. Talented puppeteer Diane Kordas will present this wonderful show. Lots of laughs and audience participation, singing and yo ho ho! This program is funded through a grant from the Swampscott Cultural Council. For all ages.

Science Museum programs and LegoMania are funded through the generosity of Mary Ellen Nestor Smith. Thank you for the generous funding by the Friends of Swampscott Public Library, without whose support these programs would not be possible.


Beginning Monday, July 6th, the Children’s Room will be open on Mondays from 10am till 8:30pm.


The Children’s Room now has a new Technology Center thanks to the generosity of Mary Ellen Nestor Smith. The center includes 3 desktop computers for use by children ages 12 and under, a new AWE computer for children ages 3 to 8, and 4 Playaway Tablets. In addition we have several science kits, Makey Makeys, and lots of new books and DVD’s related to STEM learning. We will soon have 2 iPads for use by children as well. Come on in to see the exciting changes we have made!


As an additional part of our summer program, we will be offering a STEM drop-in session on Thursdays beginning July 9 from 1-3pm. One of our library volunteers will be available to children in grades 1-4 to help facilitate usage of our many new STEM based kits and activities.


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On Monday, July 13 during the 10am Messy Monday story program, we will have a demonstration of the fun things available to kids on the Swampscott Public Library web site. We have Tumblebooks which are picture books complete with motion and music, we have fun learning games at ABC Mouse, and even instructions for simple craft projects at the World Book Online. Drop by the Parents Computer in the Children’s Room to see demonstration. These resources are free for anyone using Library computers. Home use is free for Swampscott residents with a library card and PIN number. Federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.