July August Newsletter

Swampscott Author Ian Thomsen to speak

Swampscott resident Ian Thomsen will be at the library on Thursday, July 12th at 7 pm to speak about his book, The Soul of Basketball.

This is about the making of a champion. Brimming with inside access, The Soul of Basketball tells the inspiring story of LeBron’s loneliest year when he is forced to absorb hard truths inflicted by his rivals Kobe Bryant, Doc Rivers, and Dirk Nowitzki.

Ian Thomsen has been writing about sports in America and around the world for three decades on behalf of The Boston Globe, The National Sports Daily, the International Herald Tribune, Sports Illustrated and NBA.com. He was courtside for the three NBA Finals of Magic Johnson versus Larry Bird, and in Barcelona when they joined with Michael Jordan on the original Dream Team. Since 2000 he has been focusing exclusively on the NBA from his base in Swampscott. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing. You may register online or call the library at 781-596-8867 beginning July 2nd.


Author Jane Healey to visit Swampscott Public Library



Jane Healey, author of Saturday Evening Girl’s Club will do a reading from her book on Tuesday, July 17th at 7 pm. Healey wrote an article about the Saturday Evening Girls Club and their pottery for Boston Home magazine. This led to the creation of the novel. Join us to hear about the book, and her journey to have it published.

Healey lives outside of Boston with her “two precocious tween/teen daughters, two idiotic cats and one amazing husband.” Her next book will be published in February 2019. Copies of Saturday Evening Girls Club will be available for purchase and signing.

You may register online or call the library at 781-596-8867 beginning July 9th.


Have you ever just wanted to spend a whole day reading? What if you could read all day and have it be for a good cause, too?

On Tuesday, August 7th we’ll have an all-day Read-a-Thon starting at 10 am and ending when we close at 8:30 pm. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to get sponsors who will donate $5 for every hour you plan to read. Then all YOU have to do is show up here at the library and read whatever you want. We’ll serve lunch and dinner, and have snacks and drinks as well.

Money raised will go to the Friends of the Library and Reach Out and Read, a charity that helps underprivileged kids get access to free books.

Come into the library to pick up donation forms starting on Monday, July 23rd. Checks can be made out to the Friends of the Swampscott Library.


Beer Tasting

What is better on a hot summer night than a cold beer with a good book? Come to the library on Friday, August 17th from 7 – 9:30 pm to enjoy a beer tasting sponsored by Craft Beer in Vinnin Square. Joe Nunnari, the owner of Craft Beer, and a representative from Bent Water Brewery will discuss the process of beer making and the different types of beer. We will charge $20.00 per person, proceeds to go to the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. Tickets will go on sale August 1st. Call the library at 781-596-8867 for more information. You must be 21 years+ to attend this night.

Great American Read

The Great American Read is an eight-part series on PBS that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. The full series begins on September 11, 2018, and voting closes at midnight on October 18, 2018.

We are inviting the readers of Swampscott to join us in exploring the books from this list. We will have copies of the list available for patrons and copies of each book as well. We are encouraging you to read one or more of the books that you have not yet read as well as re-read some of your favorites. In the fall we will have an evening program where you can share your favorites with others. We will also have a raffle jar where you can enter the title of your favorite book and see if it is chosen as the winner. The raffle prize will be a gift certificate to Amazon.com

It’s Raffle Time!

How’d you like to win a gift certificate for yourself and your friends or family? Starting July 2nd we’ll be raffling off gift certificates for local area restaurants. The raffle will be going through the month of July and we’ll be picking the winners on August 15th. The tickets will be $3 each and two for $5. Good luck!


Back by Popular Demand

Join us on Wednesday, July 18th for a private tour of Boston Public Library and experience the amazing art and architecture of this beautiful library. The cost of the ticket is $12.50 and includes transportation to the BPL and a one hour tour. There will also be time to explore the library on your own or grab a quick lunch. The van will leave from the parking lot of the Senior Center at 10:30 and return approximately at 3:00. Please note that you must be able to stand and walk for at least one hour. Registration is required and seating is very limited. Tickets will be available for purchase starting July 2nd at the Swampscott Library.


Greg Maichack to Return

Join Gregory Maichack for an adult hands-on workshop, “Monet’s Magic: Pastel Paint Monet’s Wondrous Water Lilies,” on Monday, July 9th from 6 to 8 pm. All supplies will be provided at the program. Registration is required by July 3rd. Call the library to reserve your seat. Seating is limited. Call 781-596-8867 to register.


BOOK GROUPS – New members always welcome

Check out one of our six book groups. Enjoy some great discussion, meet some nice people and have a wonderful time. Copies of books for our Book Clubs will be available at the Main Desk. Come in and get your copy today!

POPULAR TITLES GROUP, meets on Tuesday night at 7:00

July 17th- Saturday Night Girls Club- Healey
August 28- The Great Alone by Hannah

AFTERNOON TEA AND BOOKS, meets on Tuesdays @ 1:00 pm

July 17th– Saturday Night Girls Club by Healey
August 21st- Evicted by Desmond

DINNER DETECTIVES, meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00

July10th- Journalists and Mystery
August 7th– Birds and Mystery

COOKBOOK CLUB, meets last Monday of each month at 7:00

July 30th– Big American Cookbook- Batali

August 27th– Hungry Girls Cookbooks


July 26th @ 6:30-Sketchy by Samms

August 23rd @ 6:30-Emergency Contact by Choi


July 2nd – Quirky & Inspiring
August- Thrillers


CLUBS – New members always welcome


The Needlers, the library’s knitting group, continues to meet on Wednesdays at 10:00 am and at their drop-in group Thursdays at 1:00 pm. Newcomers are welcome. Bring your projects along for companionship with other knitters.


The History Buffs continues to meet the first Friday of every month at the library. The meetings will be on May 4th and June 1st at 10:00 am.


Come to the library on Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm to join other writers to share your work. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice writer, a writer with a work in progress or a writer with a completed project, all are welcome.


Practically Speaking English group meets Tuesday mornings from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. This group is designed to give language learners a chance to practice communicating only in English. NEWCOMERS WELCOME.


Next Friends Meeting

Tuesday, July 16th @ 4 pm



See the children’s page for summer activities!






The 2018 Summer Reading Program is open to children, from preschool to Grade 5 with programs, story times, and more. Families with very young children are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program. Registration for “Libraries Rock” begins on June 18. For more information, call the Children’s Room at 781-596-8867 ext. 3307. All programs are free of charge.

The Swampscott Public Library cares about your children and we have planned programs to keep them reading and learning all summer. Children who join the summer library program keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed. Read to your children and ask them to read to you. Your librarian will be happy to help you find books that are just right. We hope that you and your family enjoy looking at books and reading together and that you discover the treasures of your library.

Every registered child will receive a certificate and a free book at the end of the program. They will also be entered into a random drawing to win prizes from the Boston Bruins. Remember, you MUST be registered to win a prize! Libraries Rock! is sponsored by The Swampscott Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


Summer Reading for Teens

June 28th – August 28th

Here’s how it works:

For every book you read, take either a selfie with the book, or take a picture of the book itself and make it all snazzy. You and the book, or just the book, are going to end up on Instagram.

Additionally, for every one book you read, you get one raffle ticket you can put towards a gift certificate to the Liberty Tree Mall, or to the AMC movie theater, or to Popo’s. For every three books read, you get two raffle tickets—one for the above prizes and one I will put towards the big prize: a Kindle Fire.

Teen Programs

Ages 10 & up. All on Thursdays at 6:30 pm

July 12th: Decoupage flower pots, and picture frames with sheets of music and comic book strips!

August 2nd: CD Scratch Art & Book poetry

August 9th: Surprise sheet music crafts! Find out when you arrive!





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.

Swampscott Public Library Investment TrustTrustees 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 GiftsWith approval, the library can accept restricted and non-restricted monetary donations.

Amazon SmileIf 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

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

Swampscott Public Library
61 Burrill St., Swampscott, MA 01907
(781) 596-8867

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday 10:00-8:30
Thursday 1:00-8:30
Friday 10:00-1:00
Saturday 10:00-4:00

Closed Saturday and Sunday Starting May 26th

Monday & Tuesday 10:00-8:30
Wednesday 10:00-6:00
Thursday 1:00-6:00
Friday 10:00-1:00
Saturday 10:00- 4:00

Closed Saturday and Sunday Starting May 26th

Trustees: Sarah Pruett (chair), Ellen Winkler (vice-chair) and Tript Sembhi (secretary)
Alyce Deveau, Director