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Welcome to the Swampscott Public Library Teen Scene

Welcome to the Swampscott Public Library Teen Area, a haven for 7th through 12th graders. Come here to use the public computers, hang out with friends, look at magazines, and check out computer games and new music CDs. You can get assistance with your school projects or recommendations of new books to read. We also have a graphic novel collection, including manga.

TEEN PROGRAM NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2014

TEEN AREA PROGRAMS
TEEN BOOK CLUB 2.0 Wed. November 5th 5:00pm
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Are you looking for a book club where YOU pick the books and YOU get to lead the discussion? Then come to the teen book club 2.0. November 5th book is Looking for Alaska by John Green. We’ll provide books and snacks.

Robots On The Run WEDNESDAY Nov. 5th 6 – 8pm
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The Rhode Island Computer Museum will present a free Workshop called “Robots on the Run”. You will learn programmable electronics, and instructions for making lights blink, motors run, sounds and a lot more.
We’ll take time to learn about interactive software titled “Arduino” and you can create your own sample
“Robot”. If you’ve are a gadget geek, science nerd, budding engineer or other electronics‐obsessed teen, come build a robot with us. Bring your broken electronics and we’ll take them apart with you to learn about circuits. This program is open to 5th through 12th graders, and space is limited. Registration begins October 20th, call 781-596-8867.

Atlas Devices WEDNESDAY Nov. 12th 7pm
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Where would Batman buy his equipment if he lived in Massachusetts? Come and hear an engineer from Atlas Devices talk about making “real life superhero gear!”

TEEN BOOK CLUB 2.0 Wed. December 3rd 5:00pm
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Are you looking for a book club where YOU pick the books and YOU get to lead the discussion? Then come to the teen book club 2.0. December 3rd book is If I Stay by Gayle Forman. The library will provide books and snacks.

Robots on the Run Wed. November 5th 6:00pm

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The Rhode Island Computer Museum will present a free Workshop called “Robots on the Run”. The
workshop aims to explain basic circuits and instructions on how to build a simple robot. You will learn
programmable electronics, and instructions for making lights blink, motors run, sounds and a lot more.
We’ll take time to learn about interactive software titled “Arduino” and you can create your own sample
“Robot”.

If you’ve are a gadget geek, science nerd, budding engineer or other electronics‐obsessed teen,
come build a robot with us. Bring your broken electronics and we’ll take them apart with you to learn
about circuits.
This program is open to 5th through 12th graders, and space is limited. Registration begins October 20th, call 781-596-8867. Admission is free.

Teen Area Programs September-October 2014

TEEN AREA PROGRAMS

FREE ADMISSION TO ALL PROGRAMS! BRING A FRIEND!

TEEN BOOK CLUB – NO MEETING IN SEPTEMBER

FREE PSAT TEST FROM KAPLAN TEST PREP
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 10:30AM – 1:30PM

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

TEEN READ WEEK IN OCTOBER
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CLEAR YOUR LIBRARY FINES!!
Library fines got you down? Pick up a coupon in the Teen Area & your Swampscott Library fines will be erased. Remember: Only Swampscott library items that have been returned!
RETURN OF THE TREASURE CHEST!
Free goodies will be available in the Teen Area starting Tuesday, October 14th. Come by and pick up some free books, pens, and other treasure

TEEN BOOK CLUB 2.0 WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1st 5:00pm
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Are you looking for a book club where YOU pick the books and YOU get to lead the discussion? Then come to the teen book club 2.0. The October book is Starters by Lissa Price. The library will provide books and snacks.

BLUEFIN ROBOTICS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1st 6:30pm
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Mike McDonough and Russ Burgett of Bluefin Robotics will talk about the subsea uses for the AUVs. They will bring a full-size model of the autonomous underwater vehicle.

LIBRARY KUNG FU: MARTIAL ARTS FOR YOUNG DRAGONS
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15th 6:30pm

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Instructors Paul & Rosalie DiCrescenzo present a one hour workshop to introduce 5th through 12th graders to the fun, excitement, and challenge of Chinese martial arts practice. The workshop will include warm up exercises and stretching, learning some basic unarmed kung fu techniques & exercises, learning a basic unarmed kung fu form, learning some basic sword moves using a foam padded practice sword, and finishing up with cool down exercises to relax the muscles to prevent soreness. All participants will get a Young Dragon Certificate of Achievement for their efforts in the workshop!

TEEN STEAMpunk ADVENTURE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22nd 6:00PM

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The Baroness is on the loose and it’s your job to catch her! It will take some clever minds & nimble hands to track her down and deliver her to the proper authorities. If you think you’ve got what it takes, come to the library on October 22nd 6:00pm-7:30pm to join this STEAMpunk adventure, run by FutureFixers. You will get to invent stuff, build things, and solve puzzles, applying the skills that you and your fellow “punks” have in all the realms of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). This program is open to 5th through 12th graders. All are welcome to bring or wear their favorite Steampunk paraphernalia, but all other materials will be provided. Space is limited, so register early by calling the library at 781-596-8867, beginning on Monday, October 6th!

Cool and Practical Robots Wed. July 16 6:30pm

iRobot Bringing Robots That Make a Difference

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Wednesday, July 16th 6:30pm Matthew Lloyd, Director of Corporate Communications at iRobot, will give a presentation about the company and its famous products. Their robots are manufactured for commercial and defense applications. Mr. Lloyd will talk about the different types of robots and their uses. And Mr. Lloyd will bring robots to the program for the audience to see. The iRobot Roomba, the vacuum cleaning robot, may be their most famous product. The iRobot 510 Packbot is one of their robots for defense and security. It is used for bomb disposal, and surveillance.

iRobot makes practical robots which are changing the world. From revolutionizing how you clean your home, to protecting our troops from danger, to enabling remote workers to more personally collaborate throughout the workplace, their robots are making everyday life simpler, and safer. Come see how the robots work, the science behind the robot and get a chance to interact with the robots up close and personal. This program is open to teens and adults.

Teen Programs July-August

TEEN AREA PROGRAMS

FREE ADMISSION TO ALL PROGRAMS! BRING A FRIEND!

KAPLAN FREE TEST CANCELLED. NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE REGISTERED. WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

TEEN BOOK CLUB 2.0 Wed. July 2nd 5:00pm
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Are you looking for a book club where YOU pick the books and YOU get to lead the discussion? Then come to the next meeting of our teen book club 2.0. The club will discuss Noggin by John Corey Whaley. The library will provide books and snacks. Bring a friend!

HUNGER GAMES PROGRAM Wed. July 16th 1:00pm
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Calling all tributes! Welcome to the 74th Annual Hunger Games! The time has come to say goodbye to loved ones and journey to the capitol to begin your training.

    Learn to create life-saving shelter anywhere
    Discover how to locate and purify water
    Learn to build a quick fire that can be lit using only one match
    Practice Katniss’s famous twitch-up snare
    Learn four edible/medicinal wild plants that are abundant throughout North America year-round
    Try your hand at Peeta’s camouflage techniques
    Learn archery basics & one or more participants get to shoot a replica of Katniss’s bow

Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds ever be in your favor!

iRobot Program Wed. July 16th 6:30pm
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Matthew Lloyd, Director of Corporate Communications at iRobot, will give a presentation about the company and its famous products. He’ll be bringing two robots – one of their robots for home use and a robot for defense.

Free SAT/ACT Combo Test from KAPLAN TEST PREP Tues. July 22nd 10:30am
This school year, the Classes of 2015 & 2016 will be facing the administration of the SAT or the ACT. Some of the students will be dealing with this testing for the first time. To help students build confidence and explore each test we have arranged for a Free SAT/ACT Combo Test from Kaplan Test Prep.
Swampscott Public Library will be offering students the FREE opportunity to familiarize themselves with the features of the each exam including: advanced math, an ACT science section, a grammar section, and a timed SAT essay. This exam will give students the chance to see what each test is like. Each student will receive a score report detailing his or her performance on the practice combo test.

    Experience each ACT and SAT section
    Receive a detailed analysis of your performance on each test
    Improve your score with our exclusive strategies

REGISTER ONLINE FOR THIS FREE COMBO TEST AT:

Kaptest or Call 1-800-KAP-TEST

TEEN BOOK CLUB 2.0 Wed. August 6th 5:00pm
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Are you looking for a book club where YOU pick the books and YOU get to lead the discussion? Then come to the teen book club 2.0. The August book is The Selection by Kiera Cass. The library will provide books and snacks. Bring a friend!

Swampscott Library Beach Show June 28th

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Check out the photos from Saturday’s 12th Annual Swampscott Public Library Local Teen Band Concert

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It’s the 12 Annual Swampscott Public Library Teen Band Concert – also known as the Beach Show – on Saturday, June 28th at 4pm at Fisherman’s Beach 425 Humphrey Street Swampscott. This is the real beginning of Swampscott Summer! Come and hear the best local bands on the North Shore. Admission is free and the ocean view can’t be beat! Bring your friends and spread the word…great music needs a great audience.

MAY JUNE TEEN AREA PROGRAMS

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FREE ADMISSION TO ALL PROGRAMS! BRING A FRIEND!

TEEN AREA PROGRAMS
TEEN BOOK CLUB 2.0
Wed. May 7th 5:00pm
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Are you looking for a book club where YOU pick the books and YOU get to lead the discussion? Then come to the next meeting of our teen book club 2.0. The club will discuss Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger. The library will provide books and snacks. Bring a friend!
MONDAY MAY 12th 7:00pm LEARN THE SECRETS OF COLLEGE ADMISSIONS OFFICERS!
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Lisa Yaeger, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions – Emerson College, will explain what admissions officers look for in your applications.
TEEN BOOK CLUB 2.0 Wed. JUNE 4th 5:00pm
Are you looking for a book club where YOU pick the books and YOU get to lead the discussion? Then come to the teen book club 2.0. The June book is Wonder by RJ Palacio. The library will provide books and snacks. Bring a friend!
SATURDAY JUNE 28th 4:00pm – 9:00pm Swampscott Public Library Beach Show @ Fisherman’s Beach
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Teen Musicians! Are you in a band? We want you! The Swampscott Public Library is sponsoring the 12th annual local teen band concert on Saturday, June 28th 4-9pm at Fisherman’s Beach in Swampscott. To register your band, call Sandy 781-596-8867 extension 304, or stop in the library. Deadline to register: Monday, May 12th.

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!

Teens — if you have some STEM or STEAM ideas, please let Sandy, Young Adult Librarian, know!

Save the Date – High School Students: This is for you!

MIND-READING, OR WHAT IS THAT ADMISSIONS OFFICER THINKING?

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LISA YAEGER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION/TRANSFER COORDINATOR AT EMERSON COLLEGE, WILL SPEAK AT SWAMPSCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY MONDAY, MAY 12TH 7PM TO 8PM. SHE WILL EXPLAIN WHAT MAJOR AREAS THE ADMISSIONS OFFICERS LOOK FOR IN YOUR APPLICATIONS. THIS PROGRAM FOCUSES ON THE APPLICATION PROCESS ONLY, NOT THE FINANCIAL PIECE. THERE WILL BE A QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION AT THE END OF THE PRESENTATION. THE SWAMPSCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY IS LOCATED AT 61 BURRILL STREET, 781-596-8867. THIS PROGRAM IS GEARED TO STUDENTS OR PARENTS.

10th Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony

Here’s a link to the photos from The 10th Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest awards ceremony:
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First prize winners Sophie Bereaud and Claire Weaver-Zeman

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The two first prize winners, Sophia Bereaud and Claire Weaver-Zeman, also read their poems at Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 6th. They were terrific. Check out the Teen Poetry Contest page, a link from this page, to read the poems by all twelve finalists, and see their pictures.

TEEN BOOK CLUB 2.0 April 2nd 5:00pm

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Are you looking for a book club where YOU pick the books and YOU get to lead the discussion? Then come to the Teen Book Club 2.0 meeting on Wednesday, April 2nd at 5:00pm. The book is The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. Only people who like FUN should read this book! The library has copies of the book for you to check out. Bring a friend! Snacks will be provided.

SPECIAL TREAT! The author has written a special discussion guide just for our group!

Teen Area Programs for March & April

TEEN AREA PROGRAMS

FREE ADMISSION TO ALL PROGRAMS! BRING A FRIEND!

TEEN AREA PROGRAMS
TEEN BOOK CLUB 2.0
Wed. March 5 5:00pm
Are you looking for a book club where YOU pick the books and YOU get to lead the discussion? Then come to the first meeting of our teen book club 2.0. This meeting will just be to get acquainted and pick a book for the next meeting. The library will provide books and snacks. Bring a friend!
WEDNESDAY MARCH 19th 7:00pm Building a Better Robot Lobster

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Daniel Blustein, graduate student at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center Biomimetic Underwater Robot Lab, will be speaking at the Swampscott Public Library on Wednesday, March 19th at 7pm.He will talk about his work studying animals and trying to create robots similar to these creatures. He will be bringing a lobster robot, a lamprey robot, and a flying robot!
WEDNESDAY MARCH 26th 6:00pm MARDI GRAS COOKING PROGRAM
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Deborah Alsebai of Kidz Cooking will teach you how to make a Mardi Gras feast and read about the history of this holiday. Registration begins Monday, March 17th. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Swampscott Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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TEEN BOOK CLUB 2.0 Wed. APRIL 2nd 5:00pm
Are you looking for a book club where YOU pick the books and YOU get to lead the discussion? Then come to the teen book club 2.0. Check the library website or Facebook page to find out the title of the book. The library will provide books and snacks. Bring a friend!
TEEN ADVISORY BOARD Wed. APRIL 16th 6:00pm
Are you in 5th through 12th grade? Full of opinions about how the Swampscott Public Library could be better? Want to give orders to the Young Adult Librarian? Come to the Wednesday, April 16th 6pm to 7pm meeting!
We will serve FREE DINNER. Bring some friends with you to the meeting. No registration required.
WEDNESDAY April 30th 7:00pm Teen POETRY CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY Come hear the finalists read their award-winning original poetry.
Cheer on your friends!!

BUILDING A BETTER LOBSTER ROBOT

THANK YOU TO MR. BLUSTEIN FOR SUCH A FABULOUS EVENING!

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Daniel Blustein, graduate student at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center Biomimetic Underwater Robot Lab, will be speaking at the Swampscott Public Library on Wednesday, March 19th at 7pm. He will talk about his work studying animals and trying to create robots similar to these creatures. Mr. Blustein also works with students using LEGOs to create robots. “I want to inspire stu¬dents to get into sci¬ence because I think sci¬ence is awe¬some,” said Mr. Blustein. And to inspire the audience, Mr. Blustein will be bringing a lobster robot, a lamprey robot, and a flying robot!

And Tor Books has donated a selection of science fiction books for door prizes drawings!

Teen Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony

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On Wednesday, April 30th at 7:00pm, we will have The 10th Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest awards ceremony. The ceremony will honor the local poets from grades 7 through 12 who submitted the best original poems. Last year, we were thrilled by the quality and diversity of the poetry. Come and hear the winning entries—all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! Come to a Mardi Gras Feast for Teens

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On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 6pm to 7:30pm, the Swampscott Public Library has invited Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking to bring her Cooks & Books program to the Teen Area. She will teach the teens how to prepare chicken gumbo, quick jambalaya and Bananas Foster for an awesome Mardi Gras feast. During the class she will be reading excerpts from books about the history and customs of Mardi Gras. The class is limited to 20 and registration will begin on Monday, March 17th. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Swampscott Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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Teen Area Re-Do

Thank you to the teens who beautified the Teen Area by painting furniture and adorning the windows:

TEEN PROGRAMS FOR JANUARY 2014

**TEEN ADVISORY BOARD 2.0 Wed. Jan. 15th 6pm – 7pm MESSY SESSION!!
Are you in 5th through 12th grade? Full of opinions about how the Swampscott Public Library could be better? Want to give orders to the Young Adult Librarian? Come to the Wednesday, January 15th 6pm to 7pm meeting!
We will serve FREE DINNER. Bring some friends with you to the meeting. No registration required.
And due to popular demand: We are going to beautify the Teen Area. Wear messy clothes in case of paint spills!

LISTENING CLUB WED. JAN.22nd 6:30pm-7:30pm
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Think you know a lot about music? Want to share your knowledge? A teen-run listening club is the answer. We supply the iPod speakers and the snacks, you bring the playlist. Create your own ROCK AND ROLL HIGH SCHOOL!!

College Night & Robotics Teen Program October 2013

SCHOOL DAZE: NAVIGATING THE COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXPERIENCE Wednesday, October 2nd 6:30pm

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High school students and parents are invited to a program Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:30pm to learn about applying to colleges. Emily Barnum and Jennifer Magary from Swampscott High School Guidance Department will give an overview of the process and explain the role of the Guidance Department. Joanna Ganci, Swampscott High School English Department Chair, will give advice on writing essays & getting teacher recommendations. Yessika Hurtado, Educational Adviser at Lynn Educational Opportunity Center, will speak about FAFSA, PROFILE, and financial aid. Sherry Brass, Director of Pre-College Programs at Kaplan Test Prep, will cover standardized testing. No registration is required–students welcome (and parents, too). We will have drawings to win college guides!

THANK YOU TO OUR PANEL & THE AUDIENCE FOR A LIVELY PRESENTATION. THANK YOU TO KAPLAN PUBLISHING AND RANDOM HOUSE FOR THE DONATIONS OF COLLEGE GUIDES FOR OUR DRAWING.

TEEN READ WEEK 2013
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WELCOME TO THE FUTURE! ROBOTICS AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF SCIENCE WED. OCT. 16 6:00PM

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On Wednesday, October 16th 6:00pm, Professor Constantinos Mavroidis, Director of the Biomedical Mechatronics Laboratory, Northeastern University will discuss the work of his lab, including the exoskeleton robots used to help patients at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Professor Mavroidis and several of his PhD students will show videos of this work. He also plans to bring a new type of 3D printer and various parts built with the printer. He will also demonstrate how to use it. No registration is required.

CLEAR YOUR LIBRARY FINES!!
Library fines got you down? Pick up a coupon in the Teen Area & your Swampscott Library fines will be erased. Remember: Only Swampscott library items that have been returned!

RETURN OF THE TREASURE CHEST!
Free goodies will be available in the Teen Area starting Wednesday, October 16th. Come by and pick up some free books, pens, and other treasure!

TEEN READ WEEK COMING IN OCTOBER

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Visit Teen Read Week

We are planning our October programs – including a robotics program with a new kind of 3D printer. Watch this page for more information. And we’ll have the return of the famous treasure chest with all kinds of free goodies for the taking!

11th Annual Swampscott Library Beach Show

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2013 Swampscott Library Beach Show IS THE LINK TO SEE ALL THE PICTURES FROM THE CONCERT.

Thank you to the bands who played at the June 22, 2013 Swampscott Library 11th Annual Beach Show: Uncle John’s Band – reunion show, Tyler Pedersen Trio, The Undefeated Losers, Dark Tones, Cannon Hills, Jonathan Perlstein, Dork, The Cranks, and Erich Yaeger and Friends. Thanks to the people who came out to support their local music community. Weather was perfect. See you next year!