Ongoing Groups Meeting in May & June


If you love to read, cook and eat, this is the book club for you. Our reading materials will be cookbooks and discussion will revolve around great food and fun recipes. We will have volunteers prepare something from the cookbook.


On Monday evening June 27th at 6:30pm (NOTE TIME CHANGE FOR THIS MEETING) Liz Barbour of The Creative Feast will be here once again cooking up her magic. This month she will be presenting Feasting from Literature. Think about all the times you have been engrossed in the pages of a novel. You join the characters and become a part of the scene, the setting and all that is taking place. You can be lost in your novel for hours when the author inserts a snack, a meal or a culinary description that starts your month watering. Wouldn’t you love to know what the characters are tasting? Join us as Liz explores her favorite recipes discovered in the novels she has read. She will do a cooking demonstration sampling two of these recipes. Registration for this program is required. Please call the library at 781-596-8867 or register online beginning June 13th to reserve a seat. We thank the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library for their support of this program.


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.

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 6pm
Sunset Boulevard


Sunset Boulevard is a 1950 American black comedy/drama film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder. The film stars William Holden as Joe Gillis, an unsuccessful screenwriter, and Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a faded silent movie star who draws him into her fantasy world where she dreams of making a triumphant return to the screen, with Erich von Stroheim as Max Von Mayerling, her devoted servant. Praised by many critics when first released, Sunset Boulevard was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won three.”I’m ready for my close-up now…”

Come join us at 6:00pm, for a screening, with a lively discussion after the movie (snacks provided!)

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 on June 21st.

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


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 10:30am -11:30am. 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 while they discuss the book 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. Our selection for Monday, June 27th at noon book will be Winter by Christopher Nicholson. 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, June 7th at 6:00pm and the Anniversary Meeting topic will be Small Town Mysteries. New members welcome.

Book Group


The Swampscott Library Book Group will meet Tuesday, June 21st, at 7:00pm to discuss The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich. New members welcome.



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, June 21st at 1:00pm to discuss The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. New members welcome!



Lou Gallo and his town historians will be continuing their 20th year with a meeting on Friday, June 3rd at 10am. Anyone interested in local history is welcome!