Library Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10am -8:30pm
Thurs.:1 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri.: 10 am - 1 pm
Sat.: 10 am - 2pm
Sun.: Closed

Childrens Room Hours

Mon.&Wed.:10 am - 6 pm
Tues.: 10 am - 8:30 pm
Thurs.: 1 pm - 6 pm
Fri.: 10 am - 1 pm
Sat.: 10 am - 2pm
Sun.: Closed

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Friends of the Swampscott Public Library Book Sale

Time to stock up for winter! The annual Friends of the Swampscott Public Library book sale will begin Thursday, September 18th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Members only; anyone can join that night. No limit on the number of books you can purchase! Other days are open to everyone. Friday, September 19th 10:00am – 1:00pm. Full price on Thursday and Friday. Saturday, September 20th, 10:00am to 1:45pm: half price on everything. Sunday, September 21st noon – 3:00pm: bargain day: $1/bag
or $.10 per item. Sale special: Buy and fill a Friend’s Bag for just $2.00!

BLUEFIN ROBOTICS: Under the Sea Robots


On Wednesday, October 1st 6:30pm at the Swampscott Public Library, Mike McDonough and Russ Burgett of Bluefin Robotics will outline how underwater robots designed and built in Massachusetts are used for a wide variety of subsea applications around the world. They will talk about the various types and capabilities of Bluefin’s robots as well as show the kind of data and imagery the robots can collect. In addition, they will highlight the types of jobs in the underwater technology industry. A robot model of the AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) will be on display for show and tell! This program is open to teens and adults.



Free PSAT Test from Kaplan Test Prep



This October, the Classes of 2016 & 2017 will be facing the administration of the PSAT. Many of the students will be dealing with this testing for the first time. To help students build confidence and experience the PSAT we have arranged for a Free PSAT from Kaplan Test Prep.
Swampscott Public Library will be offering students the FREE opportunity to familiarize themselves with the features of the PSAT including: SAT math, critical reading passages, sentence completions, and a grammar section. Each student will receive a score report detailing his or her performance on the practice PSAT.
 Experience each PSAT section
 Receive a detailed analysis of your performance
 Improve your score by understanding your strengths and needs
Students should bring sharpened #2 pencils and a calculator. REGISTER ONLINE FOR THIS FREE PSAT PRACTICE AT: KAPTEST or CALL 1-800-KAP-TEST

A Complete History of Quilting in 60 Minutes or Less



Pamela Weeks, Binney Family Curator, New England Quilting Museum, will speak at the Swampscott Public Library on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30pm. Her talk is called A Complete History of Quilting in 60 Minutes of Less! She says, “Quilting is nearly as old as cloth, and I whiz through its history, concentrating on examples from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries. I debunk a few popular quilt history myths, and touch on New England textile mill and technology history.” Attendees are invited to bring one quilt for identification. Quilts are arranged in chronological order and used as examples in the lecture. Ms. Weeks will have her books, patterns and cuts from her fabric lines available for purchase. Registration for free admission and to bring a quilt begins on Tuesday, September 9th. Number of quilts is limited.

Friends of the Library Purchase Aquarium Pass


The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library have purchased a pass for the New England Aquarium. Each coupon admits up to four people for a reduced admission rate of $10 per person. Children under the age of 3 are not included in the admission count and always admitted free. Your membership in the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library supports the purchases of all the library’s museum passes.

Fall Hours

Fall hours resume in September.

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday 10:00-8:30
Thursday 1:00-8:30
Friday 10:00-1:00
Saturday 10:00-2:00 STARTING SEPTEMBER 6th

Monday & Wednesday 10:00-6:00
Tuesday 10:00-8:30
Thursday 1:00-6:00
Friday 10:00-1:00
Saturday 10:00-2:00 STARTING SEPTEMBER 6th

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.

Ongoing Groups Meeting in September

Practically Speaking English – NEW TIME!

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 10:30am to 11:30am. No registration necessary–just stop in.

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


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. 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.

One-on-One Computer Help

You can reserve a half-hour of one-on-one time for personal computer instruction or to learn how to use your Kindle Fire. Call the library at 781-596-8867 to reserve a half-hour slot on either Tuesday or Thursday morning between 11:00am to 12:00noon. For Kindle Fire help, be sure and bring your Amazon password.

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, September 29th at noon will be Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. 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.

Dinner Detectives

The Dinner Detectives, the library’s mystery book group, will meet on Tuesday, September 2nd at 6:00pm and the topic will be British Police and Mystery. New members welcome–just bring your dinner & mystery book.


Lou Gallo and his town historians are back from their summer vacation. They will be meeting the first Friday of each month at the same time. The September meeting will be Friday, September 5th at 10:00am.

Book Group

The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet on Tuesday, September 30th at 7:00pm to discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.


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, September 16th at 1:00pm to discuss The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. New members welcome!

The Latest Fashion: Friends tote bags!


The Friends of the Library new tote bags are in vibrant Green and feature the Friends logo. Support the library with your purchase of a $3.00 tote. Next time you are at the library, pick a few up for yourself and for friends.


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 @

Thank you.

Food Pantry

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.
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Friends Name Volunteer of the Year

Barbara Sweeney and Ellen Winkler

Barbara Sweeney and Ellen Winkler, President – Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library have named Barbara Sweeney the Volunteer of the Year for 2013. Barbara is the consummate professional, taking her volunteer duties seriously. From overseeing the newsletter volunteers to weekly chores and special projects, Barbara does it all with a smile and a calm manner. It’s a treat for us having her work here. Thank you, Barbara, for all you do for the Swampscott Public Library.

Town Annual Reports now available online!

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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.

Please Support the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library

Friends of the Swampscott Public Library


Thank you for your generous support of our library. We hope you will continue to support the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, Inc. by renewing your tax-deductible contribution for 2014.

Whether you are a former member, or have never joined the Friends, we hope you’ll consider joining this year.

The Friends is a tax-exempt entity that finances library programs for all ages. In particular, we fund:
* Chorover Author Series, which has featured William Landay, Lisa Genova, Roland Merullo, Lois Lowry, Dennis Lehane, Elinor Lipman, Tom Perrotta, Andre Dubus III, Julia Glass, and Jane Yolen.
*Children’s Room Summer Programs, including Family Night
* Young Adult programs, including art classes, concert of local bands, and teen poetry contest
*Furnishings and equipment
*Library newsletter
*Russian programs

We support the library through volunteer efforts:
*Conducting annual book sale
*Planning a spring Friends event with speakers
*Providing museum passes
*Running volunteer programs to assist library staff

The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library provides museum passes for:
*Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
*Museum of Fine Arts
*Museum of Science
*Children’s Museum
*Peabody-Essex Museum
*JFK Library
*Zoo New England Franklin Park & Stone Zoo
*House of Seven Gables
*Lynn Museum
*Harvard Museum of Natural History
*Institute of Contemporary Art

Your dues are our major source of funds, but other ways to give financial support are:
*Attending book sale and other fund-raising events
*Bequests/endowments – contact Alyce Deveau, Library Director, for further information
*Commemorative/memorial/special occasion cards
*Book purchases in honor/memory of someone
*Purchasing book covers

We meet on the third Monday of each month at 7:00pm. You are welcome to join us at any time. Please pick up a membership envelope at the library and return it with your tax-deductible dues. Thank you for your generous support in recent years, and we look forward to your continues support in 2014. 100% of your donations go directly to support the library.

If you can’t come by the library to get an envelope the dues are: Contributor $15
Patron $25-$99
Sponsor $100-$499
Donor $500-$999
Benefactor $1000 + over
Please send to Treasurer, Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, PO Box 28, Swampscott, MA 01907-0028


Sincerely, Ellen Winkler, President
Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, Inc.

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.

Help Support the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library & SAVE $ ON YOUR ENERGY BILL!


The Friends of the Swampscott Library and Next Step Living have partnered to promote the Mass Save® energy program for our community. The Massachusetts-based residential energy efficiency company, NSL is able to provide no-cost energy assessments to NSTAR and National Grid electric and gas customers.

Home energy assessments are an excellent way for home owners to learn where they can make cost-saving updates to their homes, as well as to learn about state and federal incentive programs to reduce the cost to make those updates.

For everyone who completes an assessment, Next Step Living will make a $10 contribution to the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. Please note: This is a program for Massachusetts residents, you DO NOT need to be a Swampscott resident!!

Use this link to sign up for an assessment Next Step Living or you may call (866)867-8729 and be sure to reference the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library.

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