Volunteers from AARP’s Tax Aide Program will be at the library Tuesday afternoons from February 3rd through April 14th to help people fill out state and federal income tax forms. Appointments are required for this service. This service is primarily for people with lower incomes, especially the elderly. Appointments can be made by calling the library 781-596-8867 ext. 304 starting Monday, January 26th. Please bring your completed tax forms from last year, identification, social security card, W-2s and 1099s, and any other pertinent forms or statements when you come to your appointment.
NEW! IMPROVED! DVDs and TELEVISION
Whether you want to cut the cable cord, or just zone out in front of the tv during the busy holidays, we have many new television shows to take out. Check out a whole season at once for TWO weeks. Some recent arrivals:
Boardwalk Empire HBO’s saga of Prohibition in Atlantic City.
Falling Skies Alien invasion in Eastern Massachusetts! You’ve heard of all the towns where the survivors hide out!
Orange is the New Black Netflix’s original series about strong women – in jail. Every sentence is a story.
The Wire For connoisseur’s of serious television, not to be missed. Baltimore from 5 different viewpoints, by David Simon, maker of Treme and Homicide:Life on the Street.
Orphan Black The BBC’s original series about a woman who discovers that she is a clone – and what she does about it.
Homeland Terrorism in America fought by Mandy Patinkin and Claire Danes.
The Newsroom Jeff Daniels as a news anchor of a nighttime show – produced by an old flame.
House of Cards Kevin Spacey as a really scary political operative – and Senator – in Washington D.C.
and don’t forget Game of Thrones!
New movies include 22 Jump Street, Mom’s Night Out, The November Man, and X-Men, Days of Future Past. Movies go out for ONE week.
Ongoing Groups Meeting in January
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 for more experienced speakers. Beginning English speakers will meet from 11:00am to noon. No registration necessary–just stop in.
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.
DROP-IN KNITTING GROUP
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 and you must be comfortable using the mouse. 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 at noon 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 January 26th at noon will be Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. 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, January 6th at 6:00pm and the topic will be Award Winners. New members welcome–just bring your dinner & mystery book.
The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet on Tuesday, January 27th at 7:00pm to discuss Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara.
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. We will be meeting January 20th at 1:00pm to discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. New members welcome!
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 January meeting will be Friday, January 2nd at 10:00am.
Reserve Your Museum Passes Online
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, we have long provided our patrons with free or low cost passes to many wonderful museums. Now patrons can check the availability of these passes and place their reservations online, any time, day or night. Starting Monday, November 3rd, patrons can go to the Museum Pass page of our website to find the link to TixKeeper, our new online pass reservation system. Using their library card number to log in, patrons can view a calendar listing of all of our passes, see which are already booked, and place reservations all at their own convenience. TixKeeper also has links to each museum website so patrons can check for directions, hours and special exhibits. Patrons are also welcome to reserve passes by calling the Library Main Desk at 781-596-8867 x 300.
The library museum pass page can be found here: http://www.noblenet.org/swampscott/museum-passes/
Friends Name Volunteer of the Year
Ellen Winkler, President of the Friends, and Eve Roberts, Volunteer of the Year
The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library have named Eve Roberts the Volunteer of the Year for 2014. Eve Roberts is the unsung heroine type – no fuss, just quietly working away year after year to help the library. She volunteers at the annual book sale, sending out the newsletter, and in the Children’s Room. Too many hats, you say? Not for Eve – she does it all! Thank you for all your hard work. It is greatly appreciated.
Bored with your commute? Check out our new Comedy CDs!
Have a laugh on the way to work. Jim Gaffigan, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Bob Newhart, local talent John Mulaney and others. These are located on the red shelf above Books on Tape, with a sign of a man laughing hysterically.
JOIN THE FRIENDS OF THE SWAMPSCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY
created by Sheila Farren Billings
Please support the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library by renewing your membership. Your donation provides:
MUSEUM PASSES — including the new AQUARIUM PASS
Summer Activities Daily in the Children’s Room
New programs for children and teens emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math
Informative community events
When you join the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to library services. Pick up a membership envelope the next time you’re at the library and either return it in person, or send it to:
FRIENDS OF THE SWAMPSCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY
PO BOX 28
SWAMPSCOTT MA 01907-0028
Thank you for your past support. Your friendship makes so much possible at our library.
Please – no book donations
With the end of the Book Sale, we are not accepting book donations at this time. We will have an article in a future issue of the newsletter when we are ready to get your gently-read books. Thank you for your support.
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.
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.
THANK YOU TO GELFAND FAMILY CHARITABLE TRUST
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 @ noblenet.org
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.
Check out our book lists on Pinterest. Looking for some suggestions of new books to read? We have lists for children, teens and adults.
Swampscott Public Library on Pinterest
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.
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.
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.
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.