On Monday, May 18th at 7:00 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.
Are you confused by your ebook reader? Are you trying to get audio books on your smart phone? We can help! On Tuesday May 12th at 6:30pm Samantha Cabral, Assistant Director of the Lynnfield Public Library, will present a program aimed at demystifying ebook readers and Overdrive, the library’s service for ebooks and audio books. Bring your tablet or smart phone and we will do our best to help you through the process of getting Overdrive set up on your device so you can download ebooks and audio books. If you plan to use a Kindle or Kindle app, you will need to bring your Amazon username and password. For more information contact the library at 781-596-8867 ext 304. 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.
Did you know that the library has a wealth of resources that you can access online? We have computer training, a resume builder, investment help, online classes and many other resources, all online and all free with your library card! Come to our program ‘Online at the Swampscott Public Library’ on Tuesday, May 19th at 7pm to get an introduction to our many electronic services. We’ll have a brief demonstration of some of our online resources such as Overdrive for ebooks and audiobooks, Novelist and NextReads that give great suggestions for what to read next, Atomic Training for learning computer skills, and Mango Languages for learning to speak a new language. All these resources are free to Swampscott residents with a Swampscott Public Library card and anyone using a computer at the library. The program is free and everyone is welcome. 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.
Revival theatres used to show the best international films, documentaries and independent films. Now with streaming tv and cable, no one is picking out the best of film for patrons – they are on their own. Until now. In the tradition of the best of art house cinema, the SPL is offering Film Forum, a program where we will screen a film and then have a discussion, much like a “visual” book club. The first film will be French avant-garde artist Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bete. This is an adults-only version of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale in which the pure love of a girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast. For a movie with the theme of beauty-is-only-skin-deep, this is one of the most visually opulent and stunningly beautiful films of all times. Made in 1946, it stars Jean Marais as the Most. Sexy. Beast. Ever.
We will meet the fourth Thursday of every month, beginning May 28th. Come join us at 6:00pm, for a screening, with a lively discussion after the movie (popcorn and Kleenex provided!) Please sign up and provide us with your email so that we can send out announcements and reminders. See you at the movies!
Greg Maichack will be at the library Monday, June 8th 6:00pm to present one of his essentials of painting with pastels program. Greg will be focusing on the work of Georgia O’Keefe and her poppy paintings. Maichack will provide an easy entry into the world of pastel painting. Participants will receive an engaging hands-on experience of basic pastel painting, as well as advanced techniques. Please contact the library beginning May 27th to reserve a seat in this very popular program. This program is provided through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
On Tuesday, June 30th at 6:00pm, we are having a special Kick-off event for the summer reading program. Our featured performer is The 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! Weather permitting, this concert will be held out on the lawn, and you are invited to bring a picnic supper to enjoy. Treadwell’s Ice Cream will be selling sundaes as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Library. We will have temporary tattoos for the kids. No registration is needed.
Online registration for the summer reading program will begin on June 22nd at www.readsinma.org/swampscott. In person registration will start on June 29th. More information will be available on our website, including a full calendar of activities with links to the various performers. Printed calendars will be available June 29.
The theme this year is “Every Hero has a Story” which celebrates all kinds of heroes, from superheroes to local heroes. The Topsfield Fair will again be one of our sponsors, and will award free passes, including a hot dog, drink and 2 ride tickets, to all children who complete the program. The Boston Bruins are also a sponsor and will be awarding some great prizes to randomly selected participants.
All children who register for the program will be entered into a drawing to win some great prizes, such as movie tickets, miniature golf and more! Readers will receive one ticket upon registration and additional tickets each time they check out material or attend a library program.
Prizes will be awarded at the end of the summer. Every registered child will receive a certificate and a free kids meal from Uno in Swampscott. Remember, you MUST be registered to win a prize! Every Hero has a Story! is sponsored by your local library, Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
On Monday, June 29th, 7:00pm, local resident and chef Amy Peterson will help to kick off our newest book club. For 12 years, Peterson specialized in making desserts for the Beverly Hilton Hotel and the ultra-luxe Beverly Wilshire Hotel. She was the chocolatier for the stars at award shows like the Emmys and Oscars, even lending her hand to make the iconic mini-Oscar chocolate trophies, dusted with edible gold dust. Amy will share some of her favorite recipes that she used at Hollywood events.
If you love to read and cook and eat, then this is the book club for you. Our reading materials will be cookbooks and our 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 each month to 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. Over the course of the year we will have guest speakers come to discuss their books or their expertise in the kitchen.
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.
The Swampscott Public Library will be closed Monday, May 25, 2015 for Memorial 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.
You can reserve a half-hour of one-on-one time for personal computer instruction or to learn how to use Kindle Fire. Call the library at 781-596-8867 to reserve a half-hour slot on either Tuesday at noon or Thursday morning between 11:00am to 12:00noon. For Kindle Fire help, be sure and bring your Amazon password.
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, May 18th will be All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The June 29th book will be In the Woods by Tana French. 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.
Lou Gallo and his town historians are back from their summer vacation. They will be meeting the first Friday of each month at the same time. The May meeting will be Friday, May 1st at 10:00am. The next meeting will be Friday, June 5th at 10:00am. Anyone interested in local history is welcome.
The Dinner Detectives, the library’s mystery book group, will meet at 6:00pm on Tuesday, May 5th to discuss Music and Mystery. On Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:00pm, the topic at the anniversary meeting will be Rails and Trails and Mystery. New members are always welcome. You bring your dinner and we supply the dessert and coffee.
The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet on Tuesday, May 26th at 7:00pm to discuss Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. The Tuesday, June 23rd at 7:00pm meeting will discuss The Submission by Amy Waldman.
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, May 19th at 1:00pm to discuss The Children Act by Ian McEwan. The title for the June 16th at 1:00pm meeting is The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure.
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.
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!
Sign up for a three part program introducing you to Scratch, a free visual programming language. If you already know how to use Scratch, you can work with Ms. Paine and friends to make new creations. Use Scratch for creating games, stories, animation and more! Sign up beginning April 27th by contacting the library 781-596-8867. Classes will be from 6:30pm to 8pm.
Bring your ideas and your appetite. We’ll give you free dinner and plan programs you’d like!
Teen Musicians! Are you in a band? We want you! The Swampscott Public Library is sponsoring the 13th annual local teen band concert on Saturday, June 27th 4-9pm at Fisherman’s Beach in Swampscott. To register your band, call Sandy 781-596-8867 extension 304, or stop in the library. Deadline to register: Monday, May 11th.
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.
FRIENDS MEETINGS @ LIBRARY
Monday, May 18, 2015 7:00pm
Monday, June 22, 2015 7:00pm
All meetings are held in the library.
Learning to grow through story and song: 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 are ongoing and will continue through the week of May 18th.
Mondays @10:30am will focus on children ages 2 to 4.
Wednesdays@10:30am will focus on children ages 1 to 3.
Our popular pre-school craft program takes place on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Drop in for a fun morning of stories & crafts.
Open Play Group: Friday mornings at 10:30am parents with children ages 6 months to 2 years are invited to come to the library for an open play group. This is a great opportunity for new parents to connect with other families.
Our new club is in full swing now and will be continuing every other Monday through June. Please check the Children’s Room calendar on our website for dates.
Marcy Yellin will be performing in the Children’s Room on Monday, May 4th at 10:30am. Come to sing, dance and clap your way to a fun morning! This will take the place of the regular Story Time program.
Thursday May 21st and June 18th 1:30pm
This special interactive story time is designed for children infant to 18 months and their families or caregivers. We will enhance emergent literary skills and instill a lifelong love of reading and learning. The program is sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant in collaboration with Francine Sudak, teacher with the Lynn Public Schools & the Swampscott Public Library.
This is one hour workshop to introduce young library patrons, ages 8 & up, to the fun, excitement, and challenge of Chinese martial arts practice. The workshop will include warm up and simple qigong exercises (to
warm up the muscles with easy movements and stretching, and to get the body energy or qi flowing), learning some basic unarmed kung fu techniques & exercises, learning some basic sword moves using a foam padded practice sword, and finishing up with cool down exercises to relax the muscles to prevent soreness. All participants will get a Young Dragon Certificate of Achievement for their efforts in the workshop! Please call the Children’s Room to register. We will be serving pizza at 6:00pm and the program will begin at 6:45pm.
Because of the generosity of the Smith family in memory of former Swampscott resident Mary Ellen Nestor Smith, the Children’s Room has established a technology area for our young people. We have added new computers, a printer, new “Makey-Makeys”, Play-a-ways and many more new and innovative items. Mary Ellen was a long time patron of the Swampscott Library and a school librarian. She loved children and technology and we are uniting both of her loves here in our Children’s Room.