The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library’s next wine tasting “Wine, Cheese & Chocolates” will be held on Saturday evening, November 16th at 7:30pm. With the holidays fast approaching, nothing goes better with festive fare and celebrations than wine. But picking the right wines can be a challenge! Come and hear Maia Gosselin, the editor for a wine and spirits magazine, lead us as we sip and sample a variety of wines perfect for a range of seasonal occasions from holiday parties to gift giving. Meg Paine, a favorite at the Swampscott Farmers Market, will provide sweets for the event. Tickets are $20 per person. Advance purchase is recommended. You must be 21+ to attend. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. RSVP to Alyce Deveau at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (781) 596-8867 to reserve a ticket.
On Thursday evening, November 7th at 7:00pm the Swampscott Public Library will present a program on digital safety. This presentation covers topics including: the way college admissions officers and employers use information from Facebook or Google to assess applicants; risks associated with location “metadata” contained in pictures uploaded to Facebook; the legal troubles that kids can face from online pranks (or intentionally hurtful behavior); consequences of cyberbullying, sexting/sextortion dangers; and more. This program, designed for all ages, will be presented by the Merrimack Analysis Group. The speakers, Greg Page and Todd Kobus, were deployed together in Kabul for most of 2011. They developed a comprehensive Operational Security brief that was used by Intelligence Officers throughout Afghanistan. They saw how frequently misunderstandings about social media (i.e. confusion about the privacy regarding pictures of a NATO base or a discussion about troop movement dates) were getting soldiers in trouble. After returning to the U.S., Greg and Todd noticed news stories on a near-daily basis describing the ways in which confusion on the part of web users created significant problems in their careers, personal lives, and job searches. They saw the need to create a service that would increase their fellow citizens’ understanding of the way our actions in the virtual world impact other facets of our lives. Call the library at 781-596-8867 to reserve a seat.
At the Swampscott Public Library on Wednesday, December 11th at 7:00pm the Christmas season will come alive with Delvena Theatre Company’s production of the beloved story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This will be a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol, complete with period costumes, by a narrator and two professional actors with more than 60 years experience among them. Watch in fascination as Marley comes back from the dead to help Scrooge amend his miserly ways here on earth and transform himself into a pleasant, giving old gentleman. With the help of three ghosts – the Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Future –the audience will be mesmerized as old Scrooge takes a long look at his life and reevaluates its path. Tickets will be available beginning November 25th. Seating is limited so pick up your free tickets early.
In the Children’s room we will be offering Kids Fun Fall Crafts, a craft program for children of all ages from 10:30am-11:30am. Drop into the Children’s Room any time between 10:30am-11:30am to create masterpieces. Parents and children can come to the library and enjoy working together to create a fall craft.
We are once again offering Practically Speaking English. This program is a chance for our Russian population to come in and practice their skills in communicating in English. The group will be lead by a non-Russian speaker to encourage members to only participate in English. The group will meet from 10:00am to 11:00am.
Kindle Fire Help will also be available on Tuesday mornings from 10:30am-11:30am. Call the library and reserve a 30 minute spot to have one-on-one help with your Kindle Fire.
My Book is Better than Your Book book group will begin on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am. If you’re someone who loves to pick out your own books and enjoys sharing what you have read with others, then this is the book group for you. Participants can come to the library and discuss a book that they particularly liked with other readers. Everyone can discuss their individual books and make suggestions to the other members. Refreshments will be served.
Come in on the second Saturday of every month and enjoy a cup of Starbucks coffee while you look for a great book. Starbucks in Vinnin Square is graciously donating this coffee to the library for the enjoyment of our patrons. Please stop by and enjoy this treat and stop by at Starbucks in Vinnin Square and thank them for their generosity.
The library will be closing at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 27th and all day Thursday, November 28th for Thanksgiving.
The library will be closed Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th for Christmas.
The library will be closed Tuesday, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st 2014 for New Year’s.
Do you feel left out when people begin talking about Facebook, or social networking, Internet, emails and Pinterest? Would you like to become part of the 21st century? Then join our computer club. It will meet on THURSDAY mornings from 10am -11am. This club is basically for all the newcomers to technology; so don’t feel intimidated if you don’t know how to access any of these sites. Come in and learn with others who want to become computer literate. It should be a fun group with no pressure, just some exposure to all of these new things that are around for us to see. This, however, is also a club where those knowledgeable in technology might want to come by and share their knowledge with others. Just know on the front door of the library – you don’t have to register ahead of time.
ADDITION TO THE COMPUTER CLUB
From 11:00am-12:00pm there will be an additional group who will meet to set up accounts on individual websites. The computer instructor will help individuals set up an email account, join Facebook, join Pinterest or any other social network that individuals are interested in joining.
No preregistration required for either of these classes.
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, November 25th at noon will be Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. The December 30th at noon title will be The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. You do need to register for this group so that we can order the books and the food. Come and give it a try, we think that this may be an enjoyable way to spend a lunchtime. To register call Alyce or Izzi at 781-596-8867.
Dinner Detectives, the Swampscott Public Library’s mystery book group, will meet on Tuesday, November 5th at 6:00pm and discuss the theme, Presidents and Mysteries. The December meeting will be Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00pm and the topic will be Treees and Mysteries. New members welcome. You bring your dinner and we supply the dessert and coffee.
The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00pm and discuss The Good House by Ann Leary. The Tuesday, December 17th at 7:00pm meeting will discuss The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.
Interested in a day time book club at the library? Our afternoon book club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 1:00pm. The November meeting will be Tuesday, November 19th at 1:00pm and we’ll discuss The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin. The December 17th at 1:00pm title is The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood.
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.
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.
FREE ADMISSION TO ALL PROGRAMS! BRING A FRIEND!
TEEN LISTENING CLUB
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6th 6:30pm -7:30pm
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.
TEEN ADVISORY BOARD – MESSY SESSION!!
Wednesday, November 13th 6:00pm-7:00pm
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, November 13th 6pm to 7pm meeting! You get community service hours, something to put on your college application, and a chance to plan programs you want!
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!
TEEN LISTENING CLUB – SECOND SESSION
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4th 6:30pm -7:30pm
Let’s play it again – it’s the second meeting of the listening club. Come and share your sounds. We’ll give you the ipod speakers and snacks.
PLEASE SUPPORT THE FRIENDS
If you didn’t join the Friends before, please consider joining for 2014. The funds raised purchase the museum passes, fund programs for teens and adults, as well as the summer programs in the Children’s Room. Your contribution is tax-deductible.
FRIENDS MEETINGS @ LIBRARY
Monday, November 18, 2013 7:00pm
No meeting in December
Thank you for your generous support of our library. We hope you will continue to support the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, Inc. by renewing your tax-deductible contribution for 2014.
Whether you are a former member, or have never joined the Friends, we hope you’ll consider joining this year.
The Friends is a tax-exempt entity that finances library programs for all ages. In particular, we fund:
* Chorover Author Series, which has featured William Landay, Lisa Genova, Roland Merullo, Lois Lowry, Dennis Lehane, Elinor Lipman, Tom Perrotta, Andre Dubus III, Julia Glass, and Jane Yolen.
*Children’s Room Summer Programs, including Family Night
* Young Adult programs, including art classes, concert of local bands, and teen poetry contest
*Furnishings and equipment
We support the library through volunteer efforts:
*Conducting annual book sale
*Planning a spring Friends event with speakers
*Providing museum passes
*Running volunteer programs to assist library staff
The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library provides museum passes for:
*Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
*Museum of Fine Arts
*Museum of Science
*Zoo New England Franklin Park & Stone Zoo
*House of Seven Gables
*Harvard Museum of Natural History
*Institute of Contemporary Art
Your dues are our major source of funds, but other ways to give financial support are:
*Attending book sale and other fund-raising events
*Bequests/endowments – contact Alyce Deveau, Library Director, for further information
*Commemorative/memorial/special occasion cards
*Book purchases in honor/memory of someone
*Purchasing book covers
We meet on the third Monday of each month at 7:00pm. You are welcome to join us at any time. Please pick up a membership envelope at the library and return it with your tax-deductible dues. Thank you for your generous support in recent years, and we look forward to your continues support in 2014. 100% of your donations go directly to support the library.
If you can’t come by the library to get an envelope the dues are: Contributor $15
Benefactor $1000 + over
Please send to Treasurer, Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, PO Box 28, Swampscott, MA 01907-0028
Sincerely, Ellen Winkler, President
Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, Inc.
Monday@10:30am will focus on children ages 2 to 4
Wednesday@10:30am focus on children ages 1 to 3
These 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 the week of December 9th. If there is no school in the Swampscott Public Schools then there is no story time 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.
We are pleased to announce that Marcy Yellin will be performing a musical program for pre-schoolers once a month beginning on Thursday, November 7th and Thursday, December 12th at 1:15pm. There is no registration for this program, and future dates will be announced soon.
On Saturday, November 16th at 11:00am, Marblehead Little Theater’s Repertory Experience Players will perform a program of children’s stories, including The Paper Bag Princess, The Day the Crayons Quit and a rap of The Three Bears. This group consists of young people ages 13 to 17 from the North Shore who perform family friendly stories geared for children ages 2 to 12. No registration is needed for this program.
On Saturday, December 7th 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.
Monday, December 9th at 10:30am the Boston Ballet will present a story time program based on the classic ballet
“The Nutcracker”. A ballerina will demonstrate some of the dancing, read the story and have coloring sheets for everyone. This will take place during our regular Monday story program for 3 to 5 year olds.