Whole Foods 5% Day for Friends of the Library December 11th
On Wednesday, December 11th Whole Foods Market Swampscott – 331 Paradise Road 781-592-2200 – is having a 5% day to benefit the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. No coupons necessary – just save up your shopping for that day and help the Friends. Thank you to Whole Foods Market for this opportunity. And thank you to you shoppers for your help. Please pass the word to your friends and family. Thanks!
CHRISTMAS CAROL WITH THE DELVENA THEATRE COMPANY – program for all ages
At the Swampscott Public Library on Wednesday, December 11th at 7:00pm the Christmas season will come alive with Delvena Theatre Company’s production of the beloved story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This will be a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol, complete with period costumes, by a narrator and two professional actors with more than 60 years experience among them. Watch in fascination as Marley comes back from the dead to help Scrooge amend his miserly ways here on earth and transform himself into a pleasant, giving old gentleman. With the help of three ghosts – the Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Future –the audience will be mesmerized as old Scrooge takes a long look at his life and reevaluates its path. Tickets will be available beginning November 25th. Seating is limited so pick up your free tickets early.
Friends Name Volunteer of the Year
Barbara Sweeney and Ellen Winkler
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!
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.
Ongoing Groups Meeting in December
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.
Kindle Fire Help
Help using overdrive on your Kindle e-reader will be available on Tuesday mornings from 10:30am-11:30am. Call the library and reserve a 30 minute spot to have one-on-one help with your Kindle Fire.
My Book is Better than Your Book
A new book group will begin on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am. If you’re someone who loves to pick out your own books and enjoys sharing what you have read with others, then this is the book group for you. Participants can come to the library and discuss a book that they particularly liked with other readers. Everyone can discuss their individual books and make suggestions to the other members. Refreshments will be served.
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.
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.
ADDITION TO THE COMPUTER CLUB
From 11:00am-12:00pm there will be an additional group who will meet to set up accounts on individual websites. The computer instructor will help individuals set up an email account, join Facebook, join Pinterest or any other social network that individuals are interested in joining.
No preregistration required for either of these groups.
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, December 30th at noon will be The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. 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, December 3rd at 6:00pm and the topic will be Trees and Mysteries. New members welcome–just bring your dinner & mystery book.
The History Buffs will be meeting on Friday, December 6th at 10a.m. Anyone interested in local history is welcome!
The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet on Tuesday, Dember 17th at 7:00pm and discuss The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.
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. The next meeting will be Tuesday, December 17th, at 1:00pm, and the book will be The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood. New members welcome!
SUPER STARBUCKS SATURDAY
Come in on the second Saturday of every month and enjoy a cup of Starbucks coffee while you look for a great book. Starbucks in Vinnin Square is graciously donating this coffee to the library for the enjoyment of our patrons. Please stop by and enjoy this treat and stop by at Starbucks in Vinnin Square and thank them for their generosity.
NEW TUESDAY MORNING PROGRAMS! Something for everyone
Now that the Swampscott Library is open on Tuesday mornings we are able to offer more programming. All of these programs will begin Tuesday, October 22nd.
In the Children’s room we will be offering Kids Fun Fall Crafts, a craft program for children of all ages from 10:30am-11:30am. Drop into the Children’s Room any time between 10:30am-11:30am to create masterpieces. This program will run until December 16. Parents and children can come to the library and enjoy working together to create a fall craft.
We are once again offering 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 from 10:00am to 11:00am.
Kindle Fire Help will also be available on Tuesday mornings from 10:30am-11:30am. Call the library and reserve a 30 minute spot to have one-on-one help with your Kindle Fire.
My Book is Better than Your Book book group will begin on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am. If you’re someone who loves to pick out your own books and enjoys sharing what you have read with others, then this is the book group for you. Participants can come to the library and discuss a book that they particularly liked with other readers. Everyone can discuss their individual books and make suggestions to the other members. Refreshments will be served.
Please Support the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library
DEAR LIBRARY SUPPORTER,
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
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
*Zoo New England Franklin Park & Stone Zoo
*House of Seven Gables
*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
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.
BOOK SALE ENDED – NO DONATIONS FOR NOW
Thank you for your past support of the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. Now that the Book Sale is over, we are no longer accepting donations. Please watch future newsletters for the date when we will again accept your gently-read books.
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New Databases — Antiques Pricing, College and Career Prep, and Chilton’s Auto Repair!
The library has added three new databases. They can be used anywhere you have an internet connection, your library card number and your password. Passwords can be obtained at the Main Desk of the library.
Price It! Antiques & Collectibles is the ultimate identification, research and pricing tool for collectors, dealers, appraisers and anyone in between.
Testing & Education Reference Center lists information on undergraduate and graduate school programs, tuition assistance providers, and has career exploration tools.
Chilton Library has manuals for thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks from 1940 onward.
Don’t forget these other resources available with your library card: Morningstar Investment Research, Cypress Resume, World Geography and Culture, Bloom’s Literary Reference, Mango Languages , LearningExpress Library, Universal Class, World Book Online .
These resources are all free to anyone using library computers and any Swampscott Resident with a valid library card and a password.
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 http://www.nextstepliving.com/libraryfriends or you may call (866)867-8729 and be sure to reference the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library.
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.
Follow us on Pinterest
Check out our book lists on Pinterest. Looking for some suggestions of new books to read? We have lists for children, teens and adults.
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.
Writing Group Seeks New Members
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.
LIBRARY ADDS WORLD BOOK ONLINE
The library has purchased a subscription to the World Book Online. The subscription includes World Book Online for Kids, World Book Online Info Finder (for older students), and the Spanish language Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgo. This online version contains the same great articles as the print version plus science fair projects, images, video clips, ebooks and more.
To access the World Book, go to the library web site at http://www.noblenet.org.swampscott , scroll down a little, and click on the World Book button on the left side of the screen. You need to be a Swampscott resident with a library card to use the World Book Online.
Help Wanted: Home Delivery
We are once again putting out a call for volunteers who will bring books to the housebound. It only takes a few moments of your time. You would pick up the books requested at the library, drop them off at someone’s home and return the books that they already have back to the library. This service is very important to those individuals who are unable to come into the library. Just call 781-596-8867and leave your name for Penny- Thank you
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.