Newsletter March-April 2015

FUND-RAISER AT WHOLE FOOD WEDNESDAY MARCH 11th

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Wednesday, March 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, no secret password – just save up your shopping for that day and we get 5% of all sales that day. The purchase of gift cards will be included in the total sales. You can buy a card for yourself for your future shopping, or gift cards for 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! The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library will have a table at the store with information about the work of the Friends, as well as resources offered by the Swampscott Public Library. Whole Foods Market is open from 8am till 9pm.

PROGRAM CANCELLED: Whitey on Trial

UNFORTUNATELY, THE SPEAKER HAS CANCELLED THIS TALK. WE REGRET ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE.
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Veteran investigative crime reporter and radio and TV newsman Jon Leiberman will be speaking at the library on March 24th at 7 pm. His book Whitey on Trial: Secrets, Corruption and the Search for Truth, is a first-hand account of notorious James “Whitey” Bulger’s murder and extortion trial in 2013. He will be signing and selling copies of the book. Free tickets for this event will be available beginning March 9th.

MEET OUR 3D PRINTER

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The rumors are true – we have a 3D printer. You are invited to our Open House on Thursday, March 26th at 6:30pm. You will see our 3D printer in action and get a brief overview of how it works. There will also be a Name the 3D Printer contest and displays of printers in action. All ages welcome. Thank you to the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust for their support.

FRIENDS SPRING EVENT:
Lizzie Borden and the Forty Whacks

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Come to the library on March 31st at 6:30pm for the Annual Friends Event. This year’s event will be a presentation by the Delvena Theatre Company of “Lizzie Borden and the Forty Whacks”. On a scorching hot day in Fall River, back in August of 1892, a heinous crime occurred. Spinster Lizzie Borden was accused, tried, and acquitted for the vicious axe murders of her father and stepmother. The performance includes a mock trial that invites the audience to participate by questioning Lizzie, and voting on her guilt or innocence. This “edutainment” production features Lynne Moulton and Joseph Zamparelli in multiple roles depicting Lizzie’s story and educating the audience members so that they may be informed “jurists”. Did she or didn’t she? This is a highlight event of the year for the Friends. There will be giveaways, door prizes and refreshments. Call the Reference Desk at 781-596-8867 ext. 304 to reserve a seat beginning March 16th. Don’t miss out on this totally enjoyable evening. 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.

APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

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We have poetry-related activities for all ages:

Teen Poetry Contest

On Wednesday, April 29th at 7:00pm, we will have The 11th Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest awards ceremony. The contest has been expanded to include grades 5 through 12. Two special categories were added this year: Best Sports Poem & Best Humorous Poem. The ceremony honors the local poets who submitted the best original poems. Come hear the winning entries—all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Tin Box Poets

Swampscott’s own Tin Box Poets will host their 17th annual open mike readings on Monday, April 6th, at 6:00pm. This popular, annual event draws spoken word artists of all abilities and disciplines from Swampscott, Marblehead, the entire North Shore and beyond. Bring your original works, read a favorite poem or just sit back and be inspired. The Tin Box Poets goal is to promote and encourage the appreciation of poetry in our lives. The Tin Box Poets urge local children and adults to share their work at the open mike. Anyone who’d like to read their poems can begin signing up at 5:30pm.

Junior Poetry Reading

Students from grades 1-6 who would love to share their favorite poem with other students should come to our first annual “Junior Poetry Reading” at the Swampscott Library on April 7th at 6:00pm. Students can read a poem that they wrote or a poem that is one of their favorites. Help to make poetry come alive for your young people, join us and celebrate National Poetry Month. Call the Children’s Room at 781-596-8867 ext. 307 beginning March 30th to register to be a participant.

TEENS! JOIN THE CIRCUS!

Learn gravity-defying feats of juggling! Test your balance with plate spinning, and improve your agility with acrobatics! Balance a feather on your face! A professionally trained circus instructor will engage your physical and creative abilities and help you learn many different styles of circus skills. Explore the amazing world of the circus and discover talents that could last a lifetime and amaze your friends and family! Staff members of Building Circus will be at the Swampscott Public Library on Wednesday, April 15th at 7pm to teach you these skills. Space is limited. This program is open to 5th through 12th graders. To register, contact the Library 781-596-8867 or moltz@noblenet.org starting Monday, March 30th. 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.

National Library Week April 12-18

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In order to have all of our patrons help us to celebrate National Library Week, we will offer amnesty from April 12th-18th. All Swampscott fines will be cleared from your record. Simply present your card at the Main Desk for the amnesty. We will also offer free library card replacement during this week.

Night at The Tides
Think Spring!

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Join us at the Tides Restaurant in Nahant on Monday, April 27th from 6:00-9:00pm for an evening of good food and fun. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be given to the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. To reach the Tides call 781-593-7500.

TAX PREPARATION

Volunteers from AARP’s Tax Aide Program will be at the library Tuesday afternoons 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. 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 FILM & TV SERIES

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Get your orders in now – Downton Abbey Season 5 is here already, and Game of Thrones Season 4 is coming out February 17th. It’s not too early to put yourself on the holds list! We also have many films that were nominated for Oscars and Golden Globes this year, including Boyhood, The Good Wife , The Hundred-foot Journey and Blacklist.

NEW MOVIES

Fury April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.
Gone Girl Ben Affleck in a thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s bestseller about a man suspected of wrongdoing when his wife goes missing.
The Judge Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.) returns to his childhood home where his father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder.
The Complete Jean Vigo Including L’Atalante and Zero for Conduct, this collection is from one of France’s most brilliant filmmakers who died too young.
Le Chef Amusing French cooking caper with Jean Reno as chef about to lose a star and Michael Youn as a hapless but talented chef unprepared to become a father.
Knife in the Water Roman Polanski’s first feature film, a thriller about a couple on a boat trip who pick up a stranger for a ride.

TV SERIES

Longmire Based on Craig Johnson’s popular Walt Longmire Mystery series set in the wide-open spaces of the American West, with a pretty cool cowboy detective.
The White Queen In 1463, the lust between a Lancastrian commoner and Yorkist King turns into a secret wedding and a new Queen of England.

Friends Of the Swampscott Public Library Purchase Harvard Art Museum Pass for Library

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The Friends of the Library have added another museum pass to our offerings. We now have the Harvard Art Museum pass which gives patrons access to the Fogg Museum, The Arthur M. Sackler Museum and the Busch-Reisinger Museum, under one roof for the first time. The museum is open daily from 10-5 and closed on major holidays. There is no charge with this pass and anyone under 18 is always admitted free.

PRACTICALLY SPEAKING ENGLISH – TWO GROUPS

Practically Speaking English group meets on Tuesday mornings. All non-native speakers are welcome to attend & practice their verbal English skills. Experienced speakers will meet from 10:00am to 11:00am. Beginning English speakers will meet from 11:00am to noon. No registration necessary–just stop in.

HOLIDAY CLOSING

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The Swampscott Public Library will be closed Monday, April 20, 2015 for Patriots Day.

ATOMIC TRAINING

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We are excited to announce that the library now subscribes to Atomic Training. With Atomic Training, you have access to online, on-demand video training tutorials for over 150 software applications including Microsoft Word, Apple I Pad, Adobe Photoshop, Google Docs, HTML5, WordPress, Facebook and more. These short videos may be watched in sequence like a course, or watched individually to learn a specific part of a program. The link to Atomic Training can be found on the library website main page at www.noblenet.org/swampscott. Atomic Training tutorials are available to any Swampscott resident with a library card and any walk in library users. Federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

COMPUTER CLUB: THE TECHNOLOGY TRAVELERS

This group continues to meet on Thursday morning at 10:00am for an hour. This class gives you a general overview of all of the new technology. Come in and learn with others who want to become computer literate or to share your knowledge of the digital world. New members welcome and they must be comfortable using the mouse. No preregistration required. Just knock on the front door of the library.

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 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

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Join us at noon for a book discussion/playgroup time. Moms can have light lunch while they discuss the book and children can have lunch and play. Our selection for Monday, March 30th at noon will be Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. The April 27th at noon book will be The Submission by Amy Waldman. You do need to register for this group so that we can order the books and the food. To register call Alyce or Izzi at 781-596-8867.

History Buffs

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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 March meeting will be Friday, March 6th at 10:00am. The next meeting will be Friday, April 3rd at 10:00am.

COMING ATTRACTIONS!
Two new groups beginning in May

FILM FORUM Come watch and discuss films the last Thursday night of every month, starting in May. Movie popcorn provided!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT A cookbook discussion & tasting group will be held on the last Monday night of every month, beginning in May.
Details for both groups to follow in the May/June newsletter and on our website.

Dinner Detectives

The Dinner Detectives, the library’s mystery book group, will meet at 6:00pm on Tuesday, March 3rd to discuss Legacies and Mystery. On Tuesday, April 7th at 6:00pm, the topic will be Bartenders and Mystery. New members are always welcome. You bring your dinner and we supply the dessert and coffee.

Popular Titles Book Group

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The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet on Tuesday, March 31st at 7:00pm to discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The Tuesday, April 28th at 7:00pm meeting will discuss Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

Afternoon Tea & Books

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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, March 17th at 1:00pm to discuss Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. The title for the April 21st at 1:00pm meeting is When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde.

KNITTING CLUB

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Join the Needlers, a knitting group at the Swampscott Public Library. This group meets every Wednesday at 10:30am to noon. Whether you have a project that you are working on, want to knit for a local charity, or you want to learn how to knit, please join our group.

NEW! 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. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

WRITING GROUP

Come to the library Thursday evenings at 7:00pm to join other writers and share your work. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice writer, a writer with a work in progress or with a completed project. Newcomers always welcome!

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.
Amazon Smile
If you purchase items through Amazon.com you can support the library by going to www.smile.amazon.com & selecting Swampscott Public Library as the entity you want to support. Once that is done, every time you purchase through smile.amazon.com, the library benefits.

TEEN AREA PROGRAMS

For 5th – 12th Graders – Bring a Friend!
And remember: Teen Advisory Board participation counts toward Community Service hours!
Tuesday March 3rd 6pm-7pm TEEN BOOK CLUB Discussion of Scorch Trials by James Dashner. All are welcome. Books & snacks provided, you lead the discussion!
Wednesday March 11th 6pm-7pm TEEN ADVISORY BOARD Bring your ideas and your appetite. We’ll give you free dinner and plan programs you’d like.
Tuesday April 7th 6pm-7pm TEEN BOOK CLUB Discussion of Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. Books & snacks provided, you lead the discussion.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 8th 6pm-7pm TEEN ADVISORY BOARD Bring your ideas and your appetite. We’ll give you free dinner and plan programs you’d like.

SPECIAL 3d PRINTING PROGRAM FOR TEEN TECH WEEK

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Teens! Try out our new 3d printer using the program Tinkercad to learn how to design. Work in teams to develop your product and learn how the printer works. Space is limited. Register for the 2 part program starting on March 16th. Program open to 5th through 12th graders. The first part will be Tuesday, April 7th from 6:30pm to 8pm. The second part will be Tuesday, April 14th from 6:30pm to 8pm.

TEENS! JOIN THE CIRCUS!

Learn gravity-defying feats of juggling! Test your balance with plate spinning, and improve your agility with acrobatics! Balance a feather on your face! A professionally trained circus instructor will engage your physical and creative abilities and help you learn many different styles of circus skills. Explore the amazing world of the circus and discover talents that could last a lifetime and amaze your friends and family! Staff members of Building Circus will be at the Swampscott Public Library on Wednesday, April 15th at 7pm to teach you these skills. Space is limited. This program is open to 5th through 12th graders. To register, contact the Library 781-596-8867 or moltz@noblenet.org starting Monday, March 30th. 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.

THE LEE GOLOMB CADIFF TEEN POETRY CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY
On Wednesday, April 29th at 7:00pm, we will have The 11th Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest awards ceremony. The contest has been expanded to include grades 5 through 12. Two special categories were added this year: Best Sports Poem & Best Humorous Poem. The ceremony honors the local poets who submitted the best original poems. Come hear the winning entries—all are welcome. Refreshments will be served. CHEER ON YOUR FRIENDS!

FRIENDS OF THE SWAMPSCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS

PLEASE SUPPORT THE FRIENDS

We hope you’ll take time, especially you snowbirds, to support the Friends with your annual donation. Please pick up a membership envelope on your next visit! Thank you for your support.

NO BOOK DONATIONS, PLEASE

With the book sale over, we are not accepting book donations at this time. Thank you for your past donations and watch the future newsletters to see when we are accepting them again.
FRIENDS MEETINGS @ LIBRARY
Monday, March 16, 2015 7:00pm
Monday, April 27, 2015 7:00pm
All meetings are held in the library.

Children’s News

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STORY TIME:

Learning to grow through story and song: All children attending this program must be accompanied by a parent or other adult who will sit with them and participate in the activities. No registration is required. These programs are ongoing and will continue through the week of May 18th.
Mondays @10:30am will focus on children ages 2 to 4.
Wednesdays@10:30am will focus on children ages 1 to 3.

TUESDAY MORNING CRAFTS

Our popular pre-school craft program takes place on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Drop in for a fun morning of stories & crafts. No Story time or Craft programs during school vacation week (April 21 to 25).

Open Play Group: Friday mornings at 10:30am parents with children ages 6 months to 2 years are invited to come to the library for an open play group. This is a great opportunity for new parents to connect with other families.

TIME FOR TOTS PLAYGROUP

Thursday March 19th and April 16th 1:30pm
This special interactive story time is designed for children infant to 18 months and their families or caregivers. We will enhance emergent literary skills and instill a lifelong love of reading and learning. The program is sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant in collaboration with Francine Sudak, teacher with the Lynn Public Schools & the Swampscott Public Library.

PAJAMA TIME STORIES

Join us on Tuesday, March 24th at 6:00pm for a fun night with Storyteller Mark Binder. Mark has written a number of children’s books and has a wide repertoire of stories for children of all ages. Wear your pajamas, and bring your favorite stuffed animal.The program is sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant in collaboration with Francine Sudak, teacher with the Lynn Public Schools and the Swampscott Public Library.

MUSIC PROGRAMS

Marcy Yellin will be performing in the Children’s Room on Mondays, March 16th and April 13th at 10:30am. Come to sing, dance and clap your way to a fun morning! This will take the place of the regular Story Time program.

Wednesday, March 25th at 10:30am Mary Beth Maes will perform a toddler music time with songs and dances perfect for our really young patrons. This fun program includes warm ups, stretches, movement games and more! This will take the place of the regular Story Time program.

Wednesday, April 29th at 10:30am Matt Heaton, the Toddlerbilly Troubadour, will be performing a toddler music time with rockabilly and surf soul, perfect for our really young patrons. Children will be dancing and singing along with this great program. This will take the place of the regular Story Time program.

ELEMENTARY EINSTEINS SCIENCE CLUB

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Our new club is in full swing now and will be continuing on the Second and Fourth Mondays of each month. These are March 9th & 23rd and April 13th and 27th. Meetings start at 3:00pm with a snack and then on to the science. Registration is required so call us for more information.

SCHOOL VACATION PROGRAM

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Toto the Tornado Kitten will be visiting the library on Wednesday, April 22 at 3:00 p.m. Toto survived the tornado of 2011 in Brimfield, MA. He only weighed 6 ounces when he was found by EMT Jonathan Hall. He and his wife Amy adopted Toto and now he a strong, healthy cat who loves to be petted. He will accompany Jonathan as he tells the story of Toto’s recovery.