Newsletter July-August 2014

INTRIGUE, SCANDAL AND SPIES: Anne Driscoll’s Stories about Ireland and the Irish Innocence Project


Swampscott resident Anne Driscoll will speak at the Swampscott Public Library on Monday, July 14th at 7:00pm about her work with the Irish Innocence Project founded at Griffith College in Dublin in 2009. Ms. Driscoll, an investigative journalist and author who previously worked at the Justice Brandeis Innocence Project, was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach investigative and interviewing skills to the law students and barristers involved with the Irish Innocence Project in order to better pursue wrongful convictions and exonerate the innocent. She arrived at an interesting time in Ireland since during the 9 months she lived there, multiple scandals involving widespread illegal tape recordings by police, corruption and collusion triggered the unprecedented resignations of both the Irish Police Commissioner and the Minister of Justice. Ms. Driscoll will talk about her experiences working on these cases. Admission is free.


Make your summer reading count. After you have read or listened to a book, pick up a book mark at the main desk and write a short review of your selection. The book marks will be available from July 1st through August 15th. At the end of the summer we will hold a drawing from all of the book marks submitted. Prizes will include gift cards to local restaurants and

iRobot Bringing Robots That Make a Difference


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. This program is open to teens and adults.



From July 14th to July 20th, the Swampscott Public Library is holding a fundraiser at Uno’s Chicago Grill in Swampscott. Don’t bother grocery shopping and heating up the kitchen to prepare dinner, come to Uno’s and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by someone else. A percentage of the food purchases that week will be donated to the library. Please be sure to pick up a coupon at the library and bring it with you to Uno’s. The money will go to the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library to help pay for the summer programming.


Swampscott Kids Sing with Philip.for web

Philip Alexander, local musician, will present family-friendly kids’ music on Wednesday, August 13th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Town Hall lawn. The concert, part of the Swampscott By the Sea Summer Concert Series, is sponsored by the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library and other civil and local organizations.

Tuesday Mornings @ The Library

Practically Speaking English group will continue to meet from 11:00am – noon
This program allows non-English speakers to practice their English speaking skills. Only English will be spoken at the group

Kindle Fire Help Noon – 1pm TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS
Call the library 781-596-8867 to reserve time for one on one help with your Kindle Fire. Make sure to have your Amazon password with you when you come for help.


The staff of the Swampscott Public Library want to welcome our new trustee, Herrick Wales. Herrick lives in town with his wife Susan and two sons, Harry and Liam.


American Flag
The library will close at 5:00pm on Thursday, July 3rd and close all day on Friday, July 4th for Independence Day.


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. No preregistration required. Just knock on the front door of the library.

For those who would like more assistance, you can schedule a half-hour computer lesson, between 11:00am and noon on Thursdays. Call the library 781-596-8867 to reserve a time slot.

Kindle Fire Help Noon – 1pm
Call the library 781-596-8867 to reserve time for one on one help with your Kindle Fire. Make sure to have your Amazon password with you when you come for help.


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, July 28th will be The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. There will not be a meeting in August. 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

Lou Gallo and his town historians are off for the summer. They will reconvene in September.

Dinner Detectives

Dinner Detectives, the Swampscott Public Library’s mystery book group, will meet on Tuesday, July 1st at 6:00pm to discuss Buying & Selling & Mysteries. On Tuesday, August 5th at 6:00pm, the topic will be Vacations and Mystery.New members are always welcome. You bring your dinner and we supply the dessert and coffee.

Popular Titles Book Group


The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet on Tuesday, Julyy 29th at 7:00pm to discuss The Language of Flowersby Vanessa Diffenbaugh. We will not be meeting in August.

Afternoon Tea & 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 Tuesday, July 15th at 1:00pm to discuss The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. The title for the August 19th at 1:00pm meeting is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.



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.


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.


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.



TEEN BOOK CLUB 2.0 Wed. July 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 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
Matt Yew Recurve painted

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.

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

iRobot Program Wed. July 16th 6:30pm
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.


Kaptest or Call 1-800-KAP-TEST

TEEN BOOK CLUB 2.0 Wed. August 6th 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 August book is The Selection by Kiera Cass. The library will provide books and snacks. Bring a friend!



The book sorters will be working over the summer to get ready for the September book sale. If you’d like to help sort, please send an email to Thanks!


We are again accepting donations for our fall book sale. We need gently-read recent fiction. Please: no magazines or textbooks. Thank you for your support.



The Friends of the Library new tote bags are in Spring 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.
Monday, July 21, 2014 7:00pm
Monday, August 18, 2014 7:00pm
All meetings are held in the library.

Children’s News

Duck Reading


We have lots of fun in store for kids in the Children’s Room this summer. Don’t forget to register for our Summer Reading program.

Messy Mondays : Story and craft program for children ages 3 to 5. 10:30am.

STEM Tuesdays : Science oriented activities and crafts for children ages 2 to 4. There will be a different theme each week. 10:00am.
July 1: Grow a plant & learn about Tumblebooks
July 8: Build a raft
July 15: Have fun with colors
July 22: Learn the senses
July 29: Learn how butterflies grow
August 5: Count & build with sugar cubes and magic sand

Taste of Reading (Wednesdays – check calendar): Stories and food activities for ages 5 to 8. Help prepare your own lunch or snack. Different theme each week. 12:00 noon.
July 2: Very Veggie
July 9: Pizza
July 23: Cookies
July 30: Sandwiches
August 6: Fresh & Fruity

July 8: Skins & Scales : Live animal presentation of reptiles, recommended for ages 5 & up. 3:00pm.

July 15: Davis Bates Storyteller. A wonderful program of stories and songs that includes Native American, international & regional material. 2:00pm. For all ages. Sponsored by the Swampscott Cultural Council.

July 16: Hunger Games Teen/Tween program. Learn survival skills, Katniss’s twitch-up snare, archery and more! 1:00pm. Must be in grade 5 or above.

July 17: Music with Marcy Yellin. Fun songs & stories for ages 2 & up at 1:30pm.

July 21: Whalemobile. Cynde McInnis brings a 43 foot long inflatable humpback whale to the library. Children can go inside the whale and learn all about the environment. 2:00pm. Ages 6 & up.

July 22: Bedtime Math program. Math related stories & craft for ages 4 to 7. 6:30pm.

July 23: Science Tellers Dragons & Dreams. Learn about the science of Fire & Ice through this exciting story of Kings, queens & dragons. 2:00pm. Ages 5 & up.

July 24: Beauty Fun. Inna from Boston Beauty will teach kids 8 & up some beauty tips, including nails and hair ideas. 2:00pm. Register in the Children’s Room starting on July 17.

August 4: Jenny the Juggler performs. Kids of all ages are invited to this fun, high energy program. After the show we’ll draw raffle winners & award reading certificates.

August 7: Music with Marcy Yellin. Fun songs & stories for ages 2 & up at 1:30pm.

Thanks to the generous funding provided by the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, without whose support these programs would not be possible. Thanks also to Chipotle Mexican Grill for donating kid’s meals and Uno’s Restaurant for donating kids pizzas to our summer readers and for giving us a whole week to “Raise some dough” for the library.