Episode 31: Our Website Works Now

You made a fool of death with your beauty
Sea of Tranquility
Station eleven
Skin game
We do what we do in the dark
Catch these hands!
My love mix-up!
Gender queer
All boys aren
The summer I turned pretty
To all the boys I

In this episode, Caroline and Sarah talk about book challenges, making sure libraries have inclusive collections, and some upcoming library events.

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Episode 30: Late Spring Cleaning

Today on the podcast we are talking about keeping our shelves tidy, all the books we are reading, and giving a shout out to Leila Mottley for her new book Nightcrawling we cannot wait to read it.

Links to what we discuss can be found here:

Beach read
Shadow and Bone
The red tent
Sea of Tranquility
Station eleven
My love mix-up!
A place inside of me







Episode 29: We’re back!

Welcome back to our updated podcast! Sarah and Caroline are excited to be a part of your weekly podcast rotation!

The links for what we discuss in the podcast are:

You made a fool of death with your beauty
The death of Vivek Oji
Go hex yourself
A court of thorns and roses
A court of mist and fury
A court of wings and ruin
A court of frost and starlight
A court of silver flames
The gentleman
The lady
The nobleman
The gentleman
Maus : a survivor

Ukrainian Donations


ALA Special report


Swampscott Library Newsletter June 2022



Ocean Science Book Backpack

What this backpack contains:

  • Net
  • Collection containers
  • Guide to local sea creatures
  • Quadrat*
  • Magnifying glasses
  • 3 ocean science related books
  • Journal

*a quadrat is a frame, traditionally square, used in ecology, geography and biology to isolate a standard unit of area for study of the distribution of an item over a large area.

Find more titles related to ocean science here:

How did this project start?

This project was started as a gold award project by girl scout Verena Runstadler. The gold award is the highest award a girl scout can earn, and it aims to give back to the community in a sustainable way.

The purpose of this project is to inspire children of all ages, in particular 2nd through 5th graders, to get excited about reading through interactive activities.

Each backpack contains multiple activities and guides to direct kids through the process. Corresponding with the theme of the backpack are books that travel with the backpacks, and were selected to connect with the bag’s activities. Also located in the backpack are journals where users can make note of their thoughts and what they chose to do.

For more information, see the descriptions of the backpack on the swampscott public library website.

Email verena.gsema@gmail.com with any questions.

How do I check out a backpack?

Checking out a book backpack:

It’s simple! The book backpacks can be found at the children’s desk, on the lower floor of the library. Ask one of the children’s librarians to check out a backpack, and they can scan out the bag, just like a book!

If you have any questions about the contents, or about how to use the bag, check out the descriptions on the swampscott library website or ask a librarian.

Remember, the backpacks must be returned within 2 weeks of checking them out, so watch your calendar!