On Wednesday evening, May 1st, the Swampscott Public Library will present another local author’s forum. The program will begin at 6:30pm. Each author will discuss their works, answer questions and do a book signing. Books may be purchased by cash or check only. The following authors will be participating:
Deahn Berrini- How to Earn Your Keep- In this fast-paced character driven novel, Kit Lavoie has lost her college scholarship and is back at her seaside home north of Boston.
Robert Booth- Death of an Empire: The Rise and Murderous Fall of Salem, America’s Richest City- Most readers know Salem only for the city’s notorious witch trials. But years later it became a very different city, one that produced America’s first millionaire and boasted a maritime trade that made it the country’s richest city.
Megan Kelley Hall- Dear Bully- Co authored with Carrie Jones- is a critically acclaimed anthology about bullying.
M.W. MacKay- Hope Runs Through It- M. W. MacKay’s poems are luminous with perception and grace and grounded in heart-wrenching detail.
Maria Mello – Bird Calls- This collection of poems received an excellent review from Small Press Bookwatch. Marked by exquisite description and a depth of understanding, Maria Mello brings the force of a life lived fully.
Elizabeth Buechner Morris- Bitter Passage- Frida is our guide through this historic novel which takes place during the gold rush.
James Phoenix- Frame up- This book is one of the Fenway Burke series, a collection of mystery novels.
Jason Stadtlander- Ruins of the Mind- Enter a world of intrigue in this anthology of short stories.
Laurie Faria Stolarz- Deadly Little Lessons-(Touch series)- Camelia’s junior year of high school is finally over…but her troubles aren’t. After she discovers a painful truth about her family, she escapes to a summer arts program in Rhode Island, determined to put family – and boyfriend – dramas behind her.
Donna Thorland- The Turncoat- Major Count Peter Tremayne is the last man rebel bluestocking Kate Grey should fall in love with, but when the handsome British viscount commandeers her home, Kate throw caution to the wind and responds to his seduction.
What a long, grueling winter it was! Thankfully, summer is right around the corner. What better way to welcome the warm weather than with a beer tasting featuring a range of summer brews? The craft beer industry is thriving and the summer beer season is by far the most popular and dynamic! On Friday, May 31st from 7:30pm-9:30pm, Maia Gosselin, the owner of Sip Wine Education and a beer, wine and spirits magazine editor, will lead us as we sip and sample the tastes of the season from Kolsches to Shandies to Saisons. And we’ll be sure to have a crisp, fruit beer in there as well (perhaps a raspberry or watermelon!). Craft beer pairs beautifully with food and we will be featuring an array of delectable pizza bites from Uno Chicago Grill with different toppings to complement the summer brews. Goat cheese, mozzarella, eggplant, kalamata olives, roasted peppers, chicken and more…mmmm. The event is Friday, May 31st from 7:30-9:30pm and $20 per person. Must be 21+ to attend. Tickets should be purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. Call the library at 781-596-8867 for more information.
Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00pm, Judy Gates will speak about her adventures as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia. She returned last year from her service as a business volunteer in this starkly beautiful land where ancient traditions and a nomadic lifestyle still thrive among cell phones and computers. She shares her experiences in an illustrated presentation accompanied by samples of the local crafts. We see why, although she’s now 70, she plans to return again and again to the place where she has left half her heart. Judy is also asking for knitted donations for the people of Mongolia. If you come to hear her you could pick up a skein of yarn and quickly make a hat, scarf, mittens or gloves to warm the people of this region. We will have yarn and some needles available for the taking.
On Wednesday, May 15th at 10:30am, Judy will speak again about her experience in Mongolia to the volunteer knitting group that meet every Wednesday at the library. If you can’t make the Tuesday evening program, stop by the library on Wednesday morning to hear her unbelievable adventure. The Needlers meet from 10:30am-12:00pm every Wednesday. Newcomers are always welcome.
The library will present another pastel workshop with award-winning pastel painter Gregory John Maichack. This program will take place on Monday, June 10th at 6:00pm. Preregistration is required. You may call the library beginning on May 23rd to reserve a seat for this extremely popular program. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Swampscott Cultural Council.
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 new computer club. It will meet on Tuesday 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. The club will begin meeting on Tuesday May 7th at 10:00am. Call the library to register at 781-596-8867.
Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 pm the library will present a program “Online at the Swampscott Public Library.” We will highlight all of the resources shown below. Would you like to learn a new language, write a resume, or find the address of a long lost friend? Come learn how to access these free resources from the comfort of your own home.
These resources are available both at the library and from the library web site at www.noblenet.org/swampscott. You will need your library card and a password, which can be obtained at the library’s Main Desk. Anyone may use these resources at the library. However, due to licensing restrictions, home use of these resources is limited to Swampscott residents only.
Universal Class is a collection of over 500 free non-credit continuing education courses. You can learn everything from Arts and Crafts to Web Development. Improve your business skills, train your dog or write the next Great American Novel!
AtoZdatabases is the Premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business profiles & 220 million residents.
Join us June 5 at 6:30 pm to learn about these great resources!
On Saturday, May 18th at 11:00am, the Swampscott Historic Commission is sponsoring a speaker at the Swampscott Public Library to address an issue for many Swampscott home owners. Thousands of dollars are spent to replace original home windows. But are the replacement windows as beautiful, functional and money-saving as the originals you already have? Do replacements have the same quality and character and perform as well as the ones that were designed and built for your house?
The Window Woman of New England, Alison Hardy, will discuss the types of windows that can be found in Swampscott homes — commonalities of style, period and construction. She will explore some of the reasons homeowners grow dissatisfied with their home’s original windows and discuss a variety of methods to make older/antique windows functional and cost-effective in our modern world.
Sponsored by the Swampscott Historical Commission. The talk is at the Swampscott Public Library and is free and open to the public. Questions? Call Sylvia Belkin (617)791-6650 or e-mail her at email@example.com
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. This is a novel way to host a book discussion group but we thought it may answer the needs of some of our patrons. The group will meet in the Children’s Room and three staff members will be present. Our selection for Monday, May 27th at noon will be Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. The June 24th at noon title will be The Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro. 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.
Lou Gallo and his town historians will meet on Friday, May 3rd at 10:00am and on Friday, June 7th at 10:00am. Anyone interested in local history is welcome!
The Dinner Detectives, the library’s mystery book group, will meet at 6:00pm on Tuesday, May 7th to discuss Insanity and Mysteries. On Tuesday, June 4th at 6:00pm, the Annual Dinner Meeting topic will be Weather and Mysteries. New members are always welcome.
The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet in May on Tuesday, May 28th at 7:00pm to discuss Wild by Cheryl Strayed. On Tuesday, June 25th at 7:00pm, we will discuss The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.
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 May meeting will be Tuesday, May 21st at 1:00pm and we’ll discuss Love Anthony by Lisa Genova. The June meeting will be Tuesday, June 18th at 1:00pm and the book will be Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
The library will be closed Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day. The last Saturday the Swampscott Public Library will be open is May 18th from 10am to 2pm. After that, we begin our summer schedule and are closed on Saturdays till the fall.
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 on a one-time basis or through a bequest.
General Monetary Gifts
At the discretion of the Selectmen, the library can accept restricted and non-restricted monetary donations.
FREE ADMISSION TO ALL PROGRAMS! BRING A FRIEND!
TEEN BOOK CLUB Thurs. MAY 2nd 7th 5:30pm-6:30pm
The book group will discuss I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier. New members wanted!
ARE YOU READY TO CRUMBLE? CUPCAKE WARS! Wednesday May 15th 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Thanks to the generosity of Newman’s Bakery, we’re having a cupcake war. You can participate by yourself, or with a team of friends. Newman’s Bakery is donating undecorated cupcakes and half moons. Celebrity judge Austin Sagan, local baking legend, and other members of the Teen Advisory Board will rate your decorating skills. Bring your artistic skills and your appetite.
TEEN ADVISORY BOARD Wed. June 19th 6:00pm
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, June 19th 6pm to 7pm meeting!
• COMMUNITY SERVICE CREDIT
• LOOKS GOOD ON COLLEGE APPLICATION
• GET PROGRAMS YOU WANT!
We will serve FREE DINNER. Bring some friends with you to the meeting. No registration required.
Teen Musicians! Are you in a band? We want you! The Swampscott Public Library is sponsoring the 11th annual local teen band concert on Saturday, June 22nd 4-9pm at Fisherman’s Beach in Swampscott. To register your band, call Sandy 781-596-8867 extension 304, or stop in the library. Deadline to register: Tuesday, April, 30th.
And we hope you all spread the word and get a good crowd out to hear all the bands. It’s the beginning of the summer season!
Back home after the winter? If you didn’t join the Friends before, please consider joining for 2013. The funds raised purchase the museum passes, fund programs for teens and adults, as well as the summer programs in the Children’s Room. Pick up an envelope the next time you are in the library. Your contribution is tax-deductible.
We are again accepting donations of gently-read books for the book sale. No textbooks or magazines, please.
Monday May 20th 2013 7:00pm
Monday June 24th 2013 7:00pm
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 May 13th.
Monday@10:30am will focus on children ages 2 to 4
Wednesday@10:30am will focus on children ages 1 to 3.
Friday mornings at 10:30 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.
On Tuesday, July 2nd at 6:00pm we are having a special Kick-off event for the summer reading program, “Dig into Reading”. Our featured performer is Charlie the Noise Guy! Charlie uses vocal sound imitations and high energy to animate his kids comedy shows! Watch as the Noise Guy makes hundreds of noise imitations in a wild and crazy show! http://www.noiseguy.com/index.html Weather permitting this concert will be held out on the lawn, and you are invited to bring a picnic supper to enjoy. Treadwell’s Ice Cream will be selling sundaes as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. We will have face painting and temporary tattoos for the kids. No registration is needed.
On line registration for the summer reading program will begin on June 8 at www.readsinma.org/swampscott. In person registration will start on June 24. More information will be available on our website, including a full calendar of activities with links to the various performers. Printed calendars will be available on June 24.
Our theme this year is “Dig into Reading” and children from 1 to 12 are encouraged to register. The Topsfield Fair will again be one of our sponsors, and will award free passes, including a hot dog, drink and 2 ride tickets, to all children who complete the program. The Boston Bruins are also a sponsor and will be awarding some great prizes to randomly selected participants. All children who register for the program will be entered into a drawing to win some great prizes, such as movie tickets, miniature golf and more! Readers will receive one ticket upon registration and additional tickets each time they check out material or attend a library program. Prizes will be awarded at our end of summer event. Remember, you MUST be registered to win a prize! Dig into Reading! Sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, & the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
This popular gardening program for children is back for a third year. Join us on Tuesday, May 21st at 3:00pm to get your vegetable garden started for the summer. Each participant will receive a Grow-ums kit that allows them to grow complete gardens from seed to harvest. Kits include taco, pizza, stir-fry themes and more! Grow-ums is a great way for children to learn to grow their own gardens in a fun way! Today many kids do not get the chance to enjoy the excitement of growing their own plants. Even kids living in the city can enjoy a fun little garden of their very own! You can learn more about Grow-ums by checking their website, http://www.growums.com/ The program is recommended for children ages 6 & up. Registration is required for this program. You may register in person or by phone at 781-596-8867. This program is sponsored by The Topsfield Fair, which is also a sponsor of our summer reading program.