Programs & Registration

We Shall Not Be Silent: Conversations on Race Hosted by Shirat Hayam Congregation

Swampscott Library is co-sponsoring the We Shall Not Be Silent series at the Shirat Hayam Congregation. These events will be held online, and you can register for one or all of them at

The guest speakers are as follows:

Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday, April 7th at 7:30 pm.

Rav Tiferet Berenbaum on Sunday, April 18th at 4 pm.

Rev. Dr. Andre Bennett on Tuesday, April 27th at 7:30 pm.


Climate Justice: Finding Equitable Solutions to the Climate Crisis

Join Nia Keith, Mass Audubon’s Climate Change Education Manager, in an interactive presentation via Zoom on climate justice on Wednesday, April 14th at 7 pm.   Climate change is the number one existential threat to humanity and the planet, but some communities are more vulnerable than others. Where does social justice and climate change overlap? How does identity (race, gender, age, etc.) influence the way a person will be impacted by climate change? And how can we, as concerned community members, fight climate change in a way that is just and equitable for all?

Nia Keith is a science educator with more than 15 years’ experience working in nonprofits and educational institutions. Her career has taken her from trail construction in the White Mountains to providing engineering education through the Museum of Science. Dedicated to cultivating diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all environments, Nia has spent her career motivating people to address environmental, social, and economic issues. Her current role as the statewide Climate Change Education Manager for Mass Audubon, allows her to work in many settings, including classrooms, nature reserves, and online. Please register here or call 781-596-8867.


Author Alex Zamalin to Speak

Alex Zamalin, author of Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in our Obsession with Civility will be here via Zoom on Monday, April 19th at 7 pm to discuss his book. The idea and the practice of civility have always been used to silence dissent, repress political participation, and justify violence upon people of color. Although we are told that we need to be more thoughtful and to “reach across the aisle”, when we talk about race in America, Zamalin posits that civility maintains rather than disrupts racial injustice.

Please register here or call 781-596-8867


Conversations about Race and Racism

The goal of this group is to create a safe space to reflect and discuss how media, movies, books, magazines, shows, and policies may skew our perceptions and beliefs toward people of color. This group will include discussion questions lifted from Ibram X. Kendi’s Be Antiracist journal, and the Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese Singh. Reference Librarian Janina Majeran will host the group and lead the discussions over Zoom. We may read a book or two and listen to a couple of podcasts as well!  You do not have to join every meeting, but rather join us when you can.


We will meet on Monday, April 12th at 7:30 pm, and discuss this article from the NYT:

Register here

Ongoing Groups

Practically Speaking English  

This program is a chance for new English speakers to come in and practice their skills in communicating in English. The group will be lead by a native English speaker to encourage members to only participate in English. The group will meet Tuesday mornings from 10:00am to 11:00am. No registration necessary.

Knitting Club


Join the Needlers a knitting group at the Swampscott Public Library. This group meets twice weekly, every Wednesday at 10:30a.m and Thursday at 1 pm. Knitters can attend either or both sessions.  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.






Enjoy chatting about local history and reminiscing about earlier times?  Lou Gallo and his history buffs meet on the first Friday of the month at 10 am for an informal discussion of local history.  Everyone is welcome.


We’ve started a ukulele group at the library! We meet every Tuesday night at 6 pm, so come on down and jam with us! All levels welcome! We have a songbook started, but feel free to bring a copy of any music with both the lyrics and chords you’d like to attempt. You must have a ukulele to participate! Any questions, please email