Ongoing Groups Meeting in November & December


On Monday, November 30th at 6:30pm, join us for a special meeting of our Cookbook Book Club. Liz Barbour of Creative Feast will present a cooking demonstration and tasting. Liz had been a caterer but now she focuses on sharing her professional experiences and knowledge with her students and clients through cooking demonstration classes, wellness programs, in-home cooking parties, and boutique-style private catering. You must call the library-781-596-8867- to register for this program. Registration begins on November 9th. No reservations can be taken after November 20th.

Monday, Dec. 28th at 7pm, the theme will be holiday cooking books.


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.

In December, because of the holidays, FILM FORUM will be on the THIRD Thursday of the month.

Thursday, December 17th 6pm Yasujiro Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon


A widower has been living comfortably for years with his grown daughter, when, through a series of events, she is presented with the opportunity to marry. He is dignified and resigned, knowing that his life may be diminished. Set against the modernization of Japanese society in the early sixties, it’s an incredibly moving universal tale of family. The last film of the Japanese master Ozu, and shot with his famous deep field cinematography.

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 began 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. Our selection for Monday, November 30th at noon will be The Martian by Andy Weir. 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.

December 28th book will be Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

Dinner Detectives

The Dinner Detectives, the library’s mystery book group, will meet on Tuesday, December 1st at 6:00pm and the topic will be Gambling and Mysteries. 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, November 24th at 7:00pm to discuss Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

Tuesday, December 29th, we will discuss Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman.



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, December 15th at 1:00pm to discuss The Forever Bridge by Tammy Greenwood. New members welcome!


Lou Gallo and his town historians will be continuing their 20th year with a meeting on Friday, December 4th at 10am. Anyone interested in local history is welcome!