Newsletter September-October 2014

FRIENDS OF THE SWAMPSCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE

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Time to stock up for winter! The annual Friends of the Swampscott Public Library book sale will begin Thursday, September 18th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Members only; anyone can join that night. No limit on the number of books you can purchase! Other days are open to everyone. Friday, September 19th 10:00am – 1:00pm. Full price on Thursday and Friday. Saturday, September 20th, 10:00am to 1:45pm: half price on everything. Sunday, September 21st noon – 3:00pm: bargain day: $1/bag
or $.10 per item. Sale special: Buy and fill a Friend’s Bag for just $2.00!

CHOROVER AUTHOR SERIES PRESENTS

LOCAL AUTHOR TO SPEAK

Ariadne Ross will read from her book Goddess Liberated: Feminine Love & Empowerment in a post-patriarchal world at the library on Thursday, September 11th at 7:00pm. This is a modern feminist look at the state of our society and planet. Ariadne will present material and read excerpts from her book to facilitate audience discussion and Q&A. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Signed copies of Goddess Liberated will be available for barter or purchase (cash or check only).

A COMPLETE HISTORY OF QUILTING IN 60 MINUTES OR LESS

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Pamela Weeks, Binney Family Curator, New England Quilting Museum, will speak at the Swampscott Public Library on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30pm. Her talk is called A Complete History of Quilting in 60 Minutes of Less! She says, “Quilting is nearly as old as cloth, and I whiz through its history, concentrating on examples from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries. I debunk a few popular quilt history myths, and touch on New England textile mill and technology history.” Attendees are invited to bring one quilt for identification. Quilts are arranged in chronological order and used as examples in the lecture. Ms. Weeks will have her books, patterns and cuts from her fabric lines available for purchase. Registration for free admission and to bring a quilt begins on Tuesday, September 9th. Number of quilts is limited.

A DOOR JUST OPENED

Former Marblehead resident Dorothy Stephens will do reading at the library on Monday evening, October 27 at 7:00 pm from her latest book, A Door Just Opened. Dorothy is a freelance writer and former teacher whose work has appeared in numerous national magazines, newspapers and journals. She was a finalist for the 1996 Bakeless Prize in Nonfiction and a scholar at the 1997 Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She is the author of Kwa Heri Means Goodbye: memories of Kenya 1957-1959. Her latest book deals with a family in a farm community in 1910. Anna the thirteen year old daughter has dreams of attending high school despite the hardship that would bring down on her family. The book is available as an e-book and as a paperback. Copies will be available for signing.

BLUEFIN ROBOTICS: UNDER THE SEA ROBOTS

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On Wednesday, October 1st 6:30pm at the Swampscott Public Library, Mike McDonough and Russ Burgett of Bluefin Robotics will outline how underwater robots designed and built in Massachusetts are used for a wide variety of subsea applications around the world. They will talk about the various types and capabilities of Bluefin’s robots as well as show the kind of data and imagery the robots can collect. In addition, they will highlight the types of jobs in the underwater technology industry. A robot model of the AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) will be on display for show and tell! This program is open to teens and adults.

BACK PACK SAFETY

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Dr. Angela O’Brien of Full Potential Chiropractic of Swampscott will present a Back Pack Safety program at the Swampscott Public Library on Wednesday, September 10th from 5:30-6:30pm. Dr. O’Brien will discuss the 4 steps that parents and students need to know to avoid back strain. A native of Swampscott, Dr. O’Brien attended Northeastern University then went on to graduate summa cum laude from Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport Iowa in 1984. Dr. O’Brien will provide pizza and healthy snacks for those who attend the program. For additional information contact Dr. O’Brien at 781-593-2388. Both parents and students are encouraged to attend.

WHAT’S IT WORTH? ANTIQUE APPRAISAL DAY

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Think that item gathering dust may be valuable? Here’s your chance to find out! On Saturday, October 18th 11:30am-1:30pm, Kaminski appraiser Mary Westcott will be at the Swampscott Public Library. The price for appraisals will be $10 per item, or three for $25, all proceeds to the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. No jewelry, coins or stamps; you can bring photos of large items.

PRACTICALLY SPEAKING ENGLISH – NEW TIME

Practically Speaking English group will meet on Tuesday morning at a new time: 10:30am. All non-native speakers are welcome to attend & practice their verbal English skills. No registration necessary–just stop in.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS & FALL SCHEDULE

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The library will be closed Monday, September 1st for Labor Day and Monday, October 13th for Columbus Day.

Fall hours resume in September.

MAIN ROOM HOURS:
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday 10:00-8:30
Thursday 1:00-8:30
Friday 10:00-1:00
Saturday 10:00-2:00 STARTING SEPTEMBER 6th

CHILDREN’S ROOM HOURS:
Monday & Wednesday 10:00-6:00
Tuesday 10:00-8:30
Thursday 1:00-6:00
Friday 10:00-1:00
Saturday 10:00-2:00 STARTING SEPTEMBER 6th

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. 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 your Kindle Fire. Call the library at 781-596-8867 to reserve a half-hour slot on either Tuesday 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 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, September 29th at noon will be Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. The October 27th at noon book will be No Book but the World by Leah Hager Cohen. 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 September meeting will be Friday, September 5th at 10:00am. The next meeting will be Friday, October 3rd at 10:00am.

Dinner Detectives

The Dinner Detectives, the library’s mystery book group, will meet at 6:00pm on Tuesday, September 2nd to discuss British Police & Mystery. On Tuesday, October 7th at 6:00pm, the topic will be House & Home 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, September 30th at 7:00pm to discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. The October meeting will be Tuesday, October 28th at 7:00pm and the book will be Dearie: the remarkable life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz.

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, September 16th at 1:00pm to discuss The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. The title for the October 21st at 1:00pm meeting is Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.

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.

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.

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
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27 10:30AM – 1:30PM

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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 treasures!!

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!

FRIENDS OF THE SWAMPSCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS

BOOK SALE

Don’t forget about our annual book sale! This is our primary fund-raiser for the Friends and we can use your support. Here is the schedule:
Book sale hours will be:

Thursday September 18 6pm-8:30pm MEMBERS ONLY; ANYONE CAN JOIN THAT NIGHT
Friday September 19 10am-1pm
Saturday September 20 10am-1:45pm
Sunday September 21 noon-3pm

FRIENDS PURCHASE NEW PASS FOR LIBRARY

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The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library have purchased a pass for the New England Aquarium. Each coupon admits up to four people for a reduced admission rate of $10 per person. Children under the age of 3 are not included in the admission count and always admitted free. Your membership in the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library supports the purchases of all the library’s museum passes.

FRIENDS MEETINGS @ LIBRARY
Monday, September 15, 2014 7:00pm
Monday, October 20, 2014 7:00pm
All meetings are held in the library.

Children’s News

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LEARNING TO GROW THROUGH
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Mondays@10:30am will focus on children ages 2 to 4.
Wednesdays@10:30am will focus on children ages 1 to 3.

These Story Time programs will consist of stories, songs, finger plays and action rhymes designed to encourage early literacy. Librarians will present 20 to 30 minutes of stories and songs that will tickle, delight, and amuse. We will incorporate parachute play, bubbles, musical instruments and more! After the program the children are encouraged to play and socialize.

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 will begin on Monday, September 22nd and continue through December 10th. If there is no school in the Swampscott Public Schools then there is no story time that day.

TUESDAY CRAFTS AND STORY

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Our popular story and craft program will be continuing in the Fall with a new time, starting Tuesdays at 10:30am. This program is geared for children ages 2 to 4 and will consist of one or 2 stories and a craft activity.

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 needed. If there is no school in the Swampscott Public Schools then there is no program that day.

SEPTEMBER IS LIBRARY CARD SIGNUP MONTH

We would like every child entering Kindergarten or First Grade to have a library card. Help your child start the school year right! Remember, your library card is “The most important school supply of all!”

HALLOWEEN PROGRAM

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Join us on Tuesday, October 28th at 3:00pm for a slightly spooky Halloween party. Come in costume and hear
some “scary” stories, make a Halloween craft and enjoy some treats. This program is recommended for children ages 5 & up. No registration is needed.

SUMMER WRAP UP

Thank you to the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library for once again supporting our summer program. Thanks also go out to the Swampscott Cultural Council for providing a wonderful program by Davis Bates. This was another successful summer, with over 133 children from 5 communities registering for the summer reading program and many more attending our different events. Thanks, too, to our many volunteers who helped keep the Children’s Room running by shelving books, assisting with craft programs, and otherwise keeping the room organized. We would like to also thank the Topsfield Fair, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Uno’s Restaurant for supplying prizes to our readers.