Ongoing Groups Meeting in October


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. We will meet the last Monday of the month at 7:00pm. The next meeting will be Monday, October 26th, at 7pm, and the topic will be Stews, Soups & Fresh Food. Our guest speaker will be Julie Pottier-Brown, Operations Manager for the local Farm Direct Coop. She will discuss the planning of crops at the coop depot each week and the value of fresh fruit and vegetables for our health.



In the tradition of the best of art house cinema, the Swampscott Library Film Forum will screen a film, and then have a discussion. We will see interesting, challenging movies that are slightly off the beaten path–but well worth watching and discussing. The Forum will meet the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00pm.

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.

Practically Speaking English

This program is a chance for our Russian population to come in and practice their skills in communicating in English. The group will be lead by a non-Russian speaker to encourage members to only participate in English. The group will meet Tuesday mornings from 10:00am to 11:00am for more experienced speakers. No registration necessary.

Beginning English speakers will meet from 11:00am to noon. This is a ten week course. Registration required. The next class will begin Tuesday, November 17th.

Knitting Club


Join the Needlers a knitting group at the Swampscott Public Library. This group meets weekly, every Wednesday at 10:30a.m. Crocheters are welcome to join our group. We make our own projects or items to be donated to charity. Members can be beginners or experts.


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.

Computer Club: Technology Travelers  New time – 10:30 am


Do you feel left out when people begin talking about Facebook, or social networking, Internet, emails and Pinterest? Would you like to become part of the 21st century? Then join our computer club. It meets on Thursday mornings from 10am -11am. This club is basically for all the newcomers to technology; so don’t feel intimidated if you don’t know how to access any of these sites. Come in and learn with others who want to become computer literate. It should be a fun group with no pressure, just some exposure to all of these new things that are around for us to see. This, however, is also a club where those knowledgeable in technology might want to come by and share their knowledge with others. You can join any time and you must be comfortable using the mouse. Just come by the library at 10:30am on Thursdays. The library is closed, so just knock with your keys on the door and we will let you in. No preregistration is required for the class

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. 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.

Dinner Detectives

The Dinner Detectives, the library’s mystery book group, will meet on Tuesday, October 6th at 6:00pm and the topic will be Humor and Mystery. You bring your book and dinner – we provide the coffee, dessert and discussion! New members welcome.

Book Group


The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet on Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00pm to 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, October 20th at 1:00pm to discuss Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova. New members welcome!


Lou Gallo and his town historians will be continuing their 20th year with a meeting on Friday, October 2nd at 10am. Anyone interested in local history is welcome!