Author James Hankins August 4th
On Tuesday, August 4th 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.
Ongoing Groups Meeting in August
FOOD FOR THOUGHT Book Club
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, August 31st, with a discussion of vegan recipes.
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. The August 27th film will be Sweet Smell of Success, starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis.
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. Beginning English speakers will meet from 11:00am to noon. No registration necessary–just stop in.
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.
DROP-IN KNITTING 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.
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 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 10:00am 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, August 31st at noon will be Missoula by Jon Krakauer. You do need to register for this group so that we can order the books and the food. Come and give it a try, we think that this may be an enjoyable way to spend a lunchtime. To register call Alyce or Izzi at 781-596-8867.
The Dinner Detectives, the library’s mystery book group, will meet on Tuesday, August 4th at 6:00pm and the topic will be Gangsters and Mystery, plus special guest speaker: local author James Hankins. You bring your book and dinner – we provide the coffee, dessert and discussion! New members welcome.
The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet on Tuesday, August 18th at 7:00pm to discuss In the Woods by Tana French.
AFTERNOON TEA AND 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, August 18th at 1:00pm to discuss The Submission by Amy Waldman. New members welcome!
Lou Gallo and his town historians will not be meeting over the summer. Watch the September-October newsletter for the next meetings.
Children’s Room Open Monday Evenings
Beginning Monday, July 6th, the Children’s Room will be open till 8:30pm on Monday nights.
Come in and check out something new you’ve been wanting to see! Television shows go out for two weeks, and movies go out for one week.
50 Shades of Grey – Hot movie for the summer – no comment!
The Babadook – Australian psychological horror movie about a child haunted by a pop-up book. Not to be missed if this is your genre.
Cake – Jennifer Anniston in an acclaimed serious role (with no makeup).
American Sniper – Bradley Cooper in Afghanistan.
Leviathan – Finally the Russian movie nominated for the Oscar has arrived.
A Most Violent Year – Sounds odd but is wonderful. A story of home heating oil wars in the 1970s in Brooklyn
Life Itself – Documentary on Roger Ebert’s last argument with cancer.
Maps to the Stars – David Cronenberg’s latest. Intensely weird and delightful.
Pay2Play – Documentary on money in politics.
New Television Series:
Wolf Hall – Keng Henry the Eighth, Cromwell, and Sir Thomas More.
Outlander – Based on the Donna Gabaldon series about a time traveling wife.
Justified – The Final Season – If you haven’t seen this – well, why haven’t you seen this? Funniest, driest western ever.
House of Cards – Season 3 here now.
Ray Donovan and Orange is the New Black – Season 2
Check ‘em out!
Software and technology training videos
The Swampscott Library now subscribes to Atomic Training. Atomic Training is a web based training resource that offers thousands of short video tutorials on more than 500 of today’s most popular software applications for both PCs and Macs. The tutorials cover everything from computer basics to job skills and include such topics as Twitter, iTunes, Skype, and WordPress. These short videos may be watched in sequence like a course, or watched individually to learn a specific part of a program. Courses are updated regularly. Atomic Training is available to both Swampscott residents (with a library card and password) and walk in Library patrons.
• All the latest offerings — Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google, and more
• Valuable job training — Improve job skills with in-depth training on Excel and Photoshop, or learn valuable social media techniques with tutorials on Twitter, blogging, and podcasting
• Mobile training — Learn how to use mobile products such as the iPhone and iPad
• Access anywhere — Watch videos at the library or remotely from home
Click on the Atomic Training icon above to create your account, login, and start learning!
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.
Children’s Room Upgrade
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.
Reserve Your Museum Passes Online
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, we have long provided our patrons with free or low cost passes to many wonderful museums. Now patrons can check the availability of these passes and place their reservations online, any time, day or night. Starting Monday, November 3rd, patrons can go to the Museum Pass page of our website to find the link to TixKeeper, our new online pass reservation system. Using their library card number to log in, patrons can view a calendar listing of all of our passes, see which are already booked, and place reservations all at their own convenience. TixKeeper also has links to each museum website so patrons can check for directions, hours and special exhibits. Patrons are also welcome to reserve passes by calling the Library Main Desk at 781-596-8867 x 300.
The library museum pass page can be found here: http://www.noblenet.org/swampscott/museum-passes/
Friends Name Volunteer of the Year
Ellen Winkler, President of the Friends, and Eve Roberts, Volunteer of the Year
The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library have named Eve Roberts the Volunteer of the Year for 2014. Eve Roberts is the unsung heroine type – no fuss, just quietly working away year after year to help the library. She volunteers at the annual book sale, sending out the newsletter, and in the Children’s Room. Too many hats, you say? Not for Eve – she does it all! Thank you for all your hard work. It is greatly appreciated.
JOIN THE FRIENDS OF THE SWAMPSCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY
created by Sheila Farren Billings
Please support the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library by renewing your membership. Your donation provides:
MUSEUM PASSES — including the new AQUARIUM PASS
Summer Activities Daily in the Children’s Room
New programs for children and teens emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math
Informative community events
When you join the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to library services. Pick up a membership envelope the next time you’re at the library and either return it in person, or send it to:
FRIENDS OF THE SWAMPSCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY
PO BOX 28
SWAMPSCOTT MA 01907-0028
Thank you for your past support. Your friendship makes so much possible at our library.
Wowbrary – Newest Items @ Swampscott Library
Wowbrary: An exciting new way to enjoy the Swampscott Public Library
The Swampscott Public Library buys many new books, movies, and CDs each year. Now you can receive a free weekly email showcasing the latest arrivals at the library. You’ll learn about many new bestsellers, DVDs, CDs, cookbooks, mysteries, science books, travel guides, histories, children’s titles, health books, science fiction, and more. With this information you can place a hold on any Swampscott Public Library book, DVD or CD, and any hold can be picked up at the branch of your choice.
Sign up for your free Wowbrary emails at Wowbrary.
THANK YOU TO GELFAND FAMILY CHARITABLE TRUST
We want to thank the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust for its recent donation in support of STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) enrichment and activities at the Swampscott Public Library. We are grateful to be able to offer more of these programs. In fact, iRobot, a Massachusetts robotics company, has agreed to bring some robots here in the near future. Watch the newsletter for details!
Writing Group Seeks New Members – Is writing a book one of your New Year’s resolutions?
Working on that novel or biography? Want feedback from other writers? A writers group meets at the Swampscott Public Library on Thursday nights from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. New members are welcome.
Greening the Library Newsletter
Do you want to save a tree? The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, Inc. pays to send the printed library newsletter to members of the Friends. However, if you’d prefer to get an e-mail alerting you to the availability of the updated newsletter on the library’s website, please e-mail the Swampscott Public Library at swa @ noblenet.org
Now that the holidays are over, please don’t forget those less fortunate. Our box for donations to the Food Pantry at St. John’s Church will still be in the lobby.
New Ways to Connect to Swampscott Public Library
Did you know we have a Twitter account? Yes, you can follow Swampscott Library for tweets about upcoming programs or snow closings.
Also, we have a Pinterest account. What’s that? It’s a place where you can see book lists from the Swampscott Public Library. There are lists for all ages–children’s books, young adult books, and books for adults. You get to see the cover of the book and can read a short description of the plot.
Check out our book lists on Pinterest. Looking for some suggestions of new books to read? We have lists for children, teens and adults.
Swampscott Public Library on Pinterest
Town Annual Reports now available online!
Did you know that the schools paid $2.50 to have their privies cleaned in 1865? That the town issued 65 licenses to keep chickens in 1942? Or that there were 122 babies born in Swampscott in 2010? (Sixty six boys and fifty six girls!) The Town Annual Reports are now available online through the library web site. From budgets to town meeting votes to departmental activities, these reports are a rich source of information about the Town of Swampscott. Take a look to see what you can find! The link can be found below and on our “Local History” page.
Swampscott Town Annual Reports
Click on the link above.
Click on “Browse Collection”.
Click on the year you wish to view.
On the left under “View the book” choose either “Read online” or “PDF”. (The “Read online” option tends to load more quickly.)
Thank you to the Boston Public Library for digitizing these reports. This project was funded through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funds from LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act), a Federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Making Donations to the Library
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.
Library Adds Tumblebooks
The Library now subscribes to Tumblebooks, which are animated, talking picture books for children. Tumblebooks start with an existing children’s book then add motion, music, and narration to make a new experience that children are sure to enjoy. The collection includes story books, read-a-longs, games, and non fiction books.
Click on Tumblebooks to get started enjoying these great books. To log in you will need a library card and password. You can get these at the Main Desk of the Library if you don’t already have them. You will also need the Flash plugin which can be downloaded for free at Adobe. You need to be a resident of Swampscott to access Tumblebooks.
LEARNING EXPRESS LIBRARY & UNIVERSAL CLASS – tools to help you land a job
The library subscribes to two powerful new online resources, LearningExpress Library and Universal Class. Together they add a new dimension to what the library can offer our patrons.
LearningExpress Library: Whatever your goal, LearningExpress Library’s resources will help you succeed. Each Learning Center offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need. Looking to land a job? You’ll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that’s right for you. You will be able to do some practice tests for SATs, MTELs and more. Check out the career section and learn how to create a perfect resume and prepare for a perfect interview. To log in:LearningExpress Library
Universal Class: Learn something new today! You can log on to over 500 free non-credit Continuing Education Courses, from pet care to computer skills. You can enroll in up to 5 courses at a time and you have up to 6 months to finish your course work. You can access these courses 24/7 via the Internet. Each class has its own instructor and you can contact someone through email if you have questions or problems. Register — Log in
Patrons can also log in through the library web site http://www.noblenet.org/swampscott/online-resources/ and register for any of the classes offered. Classes are self paced and can be accessed any time from the library or from a home computer. You must be a Swampscott resident with a valid library card to use these resources.
Please be aware that patrons may park in the town hall parking lot in the evening and on weekends.