Newsletter November-December 2014

PLEASE SUPPORT THE FRIENDS OF THE SWAMPSCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY

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
    Author appearances
    Art programs
    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.

Put a Little Sparkle in Your Holidays!
From Champagne to Cava
Join us for an evening of Bubbly Bliss

Maia Gosselin

Maia Gosselin


On Friday, November 14th from 7:30pm-9:30pm come to the Swampscott Public Library for an evening of sparkling fun. Delicious, delectable, divine…what’s not to love about sparkling wine? But there’s a world of bubbly out there beyond Champagne! Join us for an evening of sipping and learning about these various styles. Maia Gosselin, owner of Sip Wine Education and an expert in all things bubbly, will lead us as we sample a range of 6 sparklers from Cava to Cremant to Champagne! You’ll leave with a terrific list of what to serve, what to give and what to bring to those holiday festivities! Meg of Eventide Confections will also be at the event. Come and sample some of Meg’s creations and purchase some of her confections while you are here. Tickets are $30 per person and you must be 21+ to attend. Light appetizers will be served. Please purchase your tickets in advance beginning November 1st to insure a spot at this event. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. RSVP to Alyce Deveau at swa@noblenet.org or (781) 598-8867 ext. 301.

RESERVE YOUR MUSEUM PASSES ONLINE

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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/

ATLAS DEVICES – SUPERHERO INSPIRED, MANUFACTURED FOR RESCUE

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On Wednesday, November 12th at 7:00pm we will have a presentation by Atlas Devices, a company started by MIT graduates, that makes high-tech defense rescue gear. If you’ve seen Batman scaling buildings, and then using high tech ropes to descend, you have seen the type of equipment they make. An engineer from Atlas Devices will talk about the engineering process and what it’s like to build “real life superhero gear” as a job. This program is open to teens and adults. Admission is free.

POLAR EXPRESS

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Come and take a ride on the Polar Express on Wednesday evening, December 3rd at 6:00pm. Your entire family can join us for a viewing of the movie, snacks and fun. This is a great way to start off the holiday season. Pick up your ticket for the ride at the Reference Desk beginning November 17th. Reservations are limited so don’t miss out.

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

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The Swampscott Public Library will be closed Tuesday, November 11th for Veteran’s Day.

The Swampscott Public Library will close at 5pm Wednesday, November 26th and all day Thursday, November 27th for Thanksgiving.

The Swampscott Public Library will be closed Wednesday, December 24th & Thursday, December 25th for Christmas,

The Swampscott Public Library will be closed Wednesday, December 31st and Thursday, January 1st for New Year’s.

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 Kindle Fire. Call the library at 781-596-8867 to reserve a half-hour slot on either Tuesday at 11:30am or 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 juice/water and play or do a craft. The group will meet in the Children’s Room. Our selection for Monday, November 24th at noon will be The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. The December 29th at noon book will be Euphoria by Lily King. 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 November meeting will be Friday, November 7th at 10:00am. The next meeting will be Friday, December 5th at 10:00am.

Dinner Detectives

The Dinner Detectives, the library’s mystery book group, will meet at 6:00pm on Tuesday, November 4th to discuss Rumor, Scandal & Mystery. On Tuesday, December 2nd at 6:00pm, the topic will be ‘Tis the Season 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, November 25th at 7:00pm to discuss Euphoria by Lily King. The December meeting will be Tuesday, December 30th at 7:00pm and the book will be The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman.

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, November 18th at 1:00pm to discuss The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman. The title for the December 16th at 1:00pm meeting is A Secret Gift by Ted Gup.

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 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 6pm – 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.

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, November 17, 2014 7:00pm
NO DECEMBER MEETING
All meetings are held in the library.

Children’s News

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LEARNING TO GROW THROUGH
STORY AND SONG

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 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

Join Miss Jen every Tuesday at 10:30am for a story and craft program for children ages 2 and up. No registration is needed. If there is no school in the Swampscott Public Schools then there is no program that day.

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.

NEW PROGRAM: TIME FOR TOTS

Thursday, November 20th and Thursday December 18th at 1:30pm
This is a special interactive story time designed for children and infants to 18 months and their families/caregivers to enhance emergent literacy skills and instill a lifelong love of reading and learning. This program is limited in size, so registration is required. Please call the Children’s Room at 781-596-8867 beginning November 12th. (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.)

STORIES & SONGS PROGRAMS

Wednesday, November 5th 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!

Monday, December 8th at 10:15am
Come and sing some of your favorite Sesame Street Songs and other classic children’s folk songs with
Shahram Sherkat. Have you ever heard a Appalachian dulcimer played? You will! Come and try your hand at making music using an egg shaker, just listen, or sing along with Shahram and share a ‘high five’ with him for this special presentation with musical accompaniment by Scott Ruland MT-BC from Roman Music Therapy.

No registration needed for these program, which will take the place of our regular Story Times those days.

GINGERBREAD HOUSES

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On Saturday, December 6th at 11:00am we will have a program where children can make a small “Gingerbread” house using milk cartons, graham crackers and other edible decorations. The program is suitable for children ages 5 & up and no registration is needed.

Vacation program:
FROZEN FUN

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On Tuesday, December 30th at 2:00pm, come and meet Elsa from Frozen in person at the library! Join her in songs and games and photo opportunities. No registration is needed. Come in costume if you’d like!