Newsletter March-April 2014

Friends Spring Event: An Evening with Julia Child

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The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library invite you to An Evening with Julia Child presented by The Delvena Theatre Company . The program “Meet Julia Child” deals with the life of this beloved French Chef. This is a live performance featuring Lynne Moulton as Julia Child doing what she does best, talking and cooking. We will learn more about her life from her privileged childhood in California to her becoming one of the culinary legends of all time. The audience will have the opportunity to view Julia on the set of The French Chef television show, an amusing and fun experience! After the performance, the cast will open up for discussion about Julia Child.

The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library provides support to keep the library a valuable resource in our community. The program will take place on Wednesday April 9th from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the library. We will have door prizes, a raffle and refreshments.
Free tickets will be available at the Reference Desk beginning Monday, March 24th. Please call the library for more information at 781-596-8867.

A special thank you to Whole Foods Market for their support of this event.
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TUESDAY MORNINGS @ SWAMPSCOTT LIBRARY
ALL AGES WELCOME!

Drop in Storytime and Crafts in the Children’s Room at 10:30am – 11:30am
Spark your children’s imagination with stories and crafts. No registration necessary. All ages welcome.

Practically Speaking English group will continue to meet from 10:00am – 11:00 am
This program allows non-English speakers to practice their English speaking skills. Only English will be spoken at the group

“My Book is Better Than Your Book” Book club is being revamped. The group will meet on the last Tuesday of the month at 11:00am. If you are someone who loves to pick your own book but you would love to talk about your book, this is the place for you. Participants will come to the library and discuss their personal favorite book. Refreshments will be served.

Kindle Fire Help- 10:30am – 11:30am
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.

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

Come to a Mardi Gras Feast for Teens

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On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 6pm to 7:30pm, the Swampscott Public Library has invited Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking to bring her Cooks & Books program to the Teen Area. She will teach the teens how to prepare chicken gumbo, quick jambalaya and Bananas Foster for an awesome Mardi Gras feast. During the class she will be reading excerpts from books about the history and customs of Mardi Gras. The class is limited to 20 and registration will begin on Monday, March 17th. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Swampscott Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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NEW PROGRAMS ON TUESDAY MORNING

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 want to be able to select your own book without interference from a group leader then this is the book club for you. All the members of the club will read a title of their own choosing and come to the library to discuss it. This is more a book sharing group. Come join us and perhaps you will discover books that you would like to read.

APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

On Wednesday, April 30th at 7:00pm, we will have The 10th Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest awards ceremony. The ceremony will honor the local poets from grades 7 through 12 who submitted the best original poems. Last year, we were thrilled by the quality and diversity of the poetry. Come and hear the winning entries—all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

And Swampscott’s own Tin Box Poets will host their 16th annual open mike readings on Monday, April 7th, at 6:00pm. The Tin Box Poets urge local children and adults to share their work at the open mike. Those people wanting to read their poems can begin signing up at 5:30pm.

BUILDING A BETTER LOBSTER ROBOT

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Daniel Blustein, graduate student at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center Biomimetic Underwater Robot Lab, will be speaking at the Swampscott Public Library on Wednesday, March 19th at 7pm. He will talk about his work studying animals and trying to create robots similar to these creatures. Mr. Blustein also works with students using LEGOs to create robots. “I want to inspire stu¬dents to get into sci¬ence because I think sci¬ence is awe¬some,” said Mr. Blustein. And to inspire the audience, Mr. Blustein will be bringing a lobster robot, a lamprey robot, and a flying robot!

And Tor Books has donated a selection of science fiction books for door prizes drawings!

SWIZZLES FROZEN YOGURT FUND-RAISER

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Swizzles Frozen Yogurt, 435 Paradise Road in Vinnin Square, 781-595-1950, will have a fund-raiser for the Friends of the Library on Thursday, April 24th from 1pm to 4pm. They will donate a portion of their profits to the Friends. The Children’s Room will have a story program at the store that afternoon.

TAX PREPARATION

Volunteers from the AARP’s Tax Aide Program will be at the library Tuesday afternoons through April 15th to help people fill out their state and federal income tax forms. Appointments are required for this service. Appointments can be made by calling the library (781-596-8867 ext. 304). Please bring your completed tax forms from last year and any pertinent forms or statements that have been mailed to you this year when you come to your appointment.

SUPER STARBUCKS SATURDAYS

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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.

HOLIDAY CLOSING

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The library will be closed Monday, April 21st, 2014 for Patriot’s Day.

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.
The second hour from 11:00-12:00 pm will focus on specific topics.
March 6th: Google/Gmail
March 13th: Facebook
March 20th: Twitter
March 27th: Pinterest
April 3rd: LinkedIn
April 10th: Google/Gmail
April 17th: Facebook
April 24th: Twitter
No preregistration required for either of these classes. Just knock on the front door of the library – you don’t have to register ahead of time.

BRUNCH BUNCH BOOK GROUP

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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, March 3rd will be Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. Monday, March 31st at noon the title discussed will be Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller. The April 28th book is The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel. 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 will meet on Friday, March 7th at 10:00am and Friday, April 4th at 10:00am. Anyone interested in local history is welcome!

Dinner Detectives

Dinner Detectives, the Swampscott Public Library’s mystery book group, will meet on Tuesday, March 4th at 6:00pm and discuss the theme, The Sky’s the Limit and Mystery. The April meeting will be Tuesday, Apirl 1st at 6:00pm and the topic will be Immigrants and Hunters 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 in March on Tuesday, March 25th at 7:00pm to discuss The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel. On Tuesday, April 29th at 7:00pm, we will discuss We are Water by Wally Lamb.

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. The March meeting will be Tuesday, March 18th at 1:00pm and we’ll discuss Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford. The April book will be The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes. The April meeting will be Tuesday, April 15th at 1:00pm.

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 AREA PROGRAMS
TEEN BOOK CLUB 2.0
Wed. March 5 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 first meeting of our teen book club 2.0. This meeting will just be to get acquainted and pick a book for the next meeting. The library will provide books and snacks. Bring a friend!
WEDNESDAY MARCH 19th 7:00pm Building a Better Robot Lobster

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Daniel Blustein, graduate student at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center Biomimetic Underwater Robot Lab, will be speaking at the Swampscott Public Library on Wednesday, March 19th at 7pm.He will talk about his work studying animals and trying to create robots similar to these creatures. He will be bringing a lobster robot, a lamprey robot, and a flying robot!
WEDNESDAY MARCH 26th 6:00pm MARDI GRAS COOKING PROGRAM
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Deborah Alsebai of Kidz Cooking will teach you how to make a Mardi Gras feast and read about the history of this holiday. Registration begins Monday, March 17th. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Swampscott Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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TEEN BOOK CLUB 2.0 Wed. APRIL 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 teen book club 2.0. Check the library website or Facebook page to find out the title of the book. The library will provide books and snacks. Bring a friend!
TEEN ADVISORY BOARD Wed. APRIL 16th 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, April 16th 6pm to 7pm meeting!
We will serve FREE DINNER. Bring some friends with you to the meeting. No registration required.
WEDNESDAY April 30th 7:00pm Teen POETRY CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY Come hear the finalists read their award-winning original poetry.
Cheer on your friends!!

FRIENDS OF THE SWAMPSCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS

PLEASE ATTEND SPRING EVENT

Hope to see you at our spring event on April 9th at 6:30pm. Julia Child at the Swampscott Public Library, thanks to the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library and the support of Whole Foods Market. Free tickets will be available at the Reference Desk beginning Monday, March 24th.

PLEASE Support the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library

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, March 17, 2014 7:00pm
Monday, April 28, 2014 7:00pm

Children’s News

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LEARNING TO GROW THROUGH STORY AND SONG

STORY TIME
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 are ongoing and will continue through the week of May 19th. If there is no school in the Swampscott Public Schools then there is no story time that day.

TUESDAY MORNING CRAFTS

Our popular pre-school craft program takes place on Tuesdays at 10:30am. Drop in for a fun morning of stories & crafts.

No Story Time or Crafts programs during school vacation week (April 21 to April 25).

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.

MUSIC WITH MARCY YELLIN

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Marcy Yellin will be performing in the Children’s Room on Thursday, March 6th and Thursday, April 10th at 1:15pm. Come to sing, dance and clap your way to a fun afternoon! No registration is needed.

MARDI GRAS PROGRAM

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Tuesday, March 4th is Mardi Gras! Come celebrate with stories, crafts and a snack!
Program will be at 3:00pm for children in Kindergarten to Grade 3. No registration is needed.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PROGRAM

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Tuesday, March 11th enjoy St. Patrick’s Day early by celebrating all things Irish. We will have stories, crafts and a snack. Program starts at 3:00pm for children in Kindergarten to Grade 3. No registration is needed. Don’t forget to wear your green!