Newsletter January-February 2015

SOCIAL SECURITY SEMINAR

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On Monday January 12th, 2015 at 2:00pm Sabrina Jannuzzi, Metropolitan Public Affairs Specialist will be conducting a Pre-Retirement Seminar at the library. The seminar will be one hour long and Ms. Jannuzzi will discuss the benefits and services provided by Social Security. She will help with learning how to apply for retirement, dealing with a disability, having spouses, and Medicare benefits.
She suggests that before you come to this seminar you visit the Social Security website at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and create your own account. Your “My Social Security” account will provide you with your earnings statement under the Social Security program and benefit estimates. The How to Create an Online Account factsheet at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10540.pdf can help you to create an account.
Since your Social Security benefit is calculated using your earnings history, it is important for you to regularly review your earnings record. We believe that you may get more out of the session if you have your earning statement. There will be time at the end of the program for questions and answers. Please call the library beginning January 5th at 781-596-8867 to reserve a seat.

LOCAL AUTHORS TO SPEAK

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Local authors Daniel deStefano and Gerald Butler will be here at the library for an exciting history talk on Tuesday, February 24th, at 7:00pm. Their latest work is “Sails & Rails,” a fully illustrated, full color, hardbound book that takes a very creative approach to celebrating Nahant—the island, the people, and the many sailing vessels that bear her name.
Their research for “Sails & Rails” began by exploring the origins and uses of the name of their hometown—Nahant. Stories of Viking clashes and Civil War battles, ships plying the Great Lakes and dories taking to the sea around their island inspired deStefano’s breathtaking series of original watercolor paintings, and Butler’s sketches that, together, illustrate their wonderful collection.
DeStefano is the author of three prior books, including “Did You See That One, Henry?” about local wildflowers. Butler is the author of seven previous titles on regional naval history, including “Naval Secrets of Nahant.”
Copies of their books will be available for purchasing and signing. Please call the library at 781-596-8867 beginning February 10th to reserve a seat.

TAX PREPARATION

Volunteers from AARP’s Tax Aide Program will be at the library Tuesday afternoons from February 3rd through April 14th to help people fill out state and federal income tax forms. Appointments are required for this service. This service is primarily for people with lower incomes, especially the elderly. Appointments can be made by calling the library 781-596-8867 ext. 304 starting Monday, January 26th. Please bring your completed tax forms from last year, identification, social security card, W-2s and 1099s, and any other pertinent forms or statements when you come to your appointment.

NEW! IMPROVED! DVDs and TELEVISION

Whether you want to cut the cable cord, or just zone out in front of the tv during the busy holidays, we have many new television shows to take out. Check out a whole season at once for TWO weeks. Some recent arrivals:
Boardwalk Empire HBO’s saga of Prohibition in Atlantic City.
Falling Skies Alien invasion in Eastern Massachusetts! You’ve heard of all the towns where the survivors hide out!
Orange is the New Black Netflix’s original series about strong women – in jail. Every sentence is a story.
The Wire For connoisseur’s of serious television, not to be missed. Baltimore from 5 different viewpoints, by David Simon, maker of Treme and Homicide:Life on the Street.
Orphan Black The BBC’s original series about a woman who discovers that she is a clone – and what she does about it.
Homeland Terrorism in America fought by Mandy Patinkin and Claire Danes.
The Newsroom Jeff Daniels as a news anchor of a nighttime show – produced by an old flame.
House of Cards Kevin Spacey as a really scary political operative – and Senator – in Washington D.C.

and don’t forget Game of Thrones!

New movies include 22 Jump Street, Mom’s Night Out, The November Man, and X-Men, Days of Future Past. Movies go out for ONE week.

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/

PRACTICALLY SPEAKING ENGLISH – TWO GROUPS

Practically Speaking English group meets on Tuesday mornings. All non-native speakers are welcome to attend & practice their verbal English skills. Experienced speakers will meet from 10:00am to 11:00am. Beginning English speakers will meet from 11:00am to noon. No registration necessary–just stop in.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

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The Swampscott Public Library will be closed Monday, January 19, 2015 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Swampscott Public Library will be closed Monday, February 16, 2015 for Presidents 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. New members welcome and they must be comfortable using the mouse. 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 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, January 26th at noon will be Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. The February 23rd at noon book will be Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 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 January meeting will be Friday, January 2nd at 10:00am. The next meeting will be Friday, February 6th at 10:00am.

Dinner Detectives

The Dinner Detectives, the library’s mystery book group, will meet at 6:00pm on Tuesday, January 6th to discuss Award Winners. On Tuesday, February 3rd at 6:00pm, the topic will be Cowboys 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, January 27th at 7:00pm to discuss Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara. The February meeting will be Tuesday, February 24th at 7:00pm and the book will be The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

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, January 20th at 1:00pm to discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. The title for the February 17th at 1:00pm meeting is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

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.

WRITING GROUP

Come to the library Thursday evenings at 7:00pm to join other writers and share your work. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice writer, a writer with a work in progress or with a completed project. Newcomers always welcome!

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

It’s time for the Teen Poetry Contest! This contest is for original poetry, with a 40 line limit.
We have made some changes to the contest this year:
• We’ve included the entire Middle School, 5th through 8th grade
• We’ve raised the amount of money for all the prizes – so finalists will win between $40 and $150
• We’ve added two special prizes this year: one for best sports poem, and one for the best humorous poem
• And we’ve added an option for the poet to submit the entry by e-mail
THE LEE GOLOMB CADIFF
TEEN POETRY CONTEST

We are proud to announce The 11th Annual Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest. To enter, you must live in Swampscott, MA or attend a school located in Swampscott, MA. The contest is for 5th – 12th grade students. CASH AND OTHER PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE WINNERS. Entry forms will be available at local schools, the library and on the library’s website http://www.noblenet.org/swampscott on the Teen Scene Page. Poems must be submitted by Thursday, February 26, 2015. Please call the library 781-596-8867 for further information.

IT’S A NEW YEAR – NEW TEEN ADVISORY BOARD WANTED!
NEW TEEN BOOK CLUB WANTED!
MEETING: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2015 6PM – 7PM

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? Or are you looking for a book club where YOU pick the books and YOU get to lead the discussion?
This is your chance to have the kind of program you want at your local library! We want to begin again with a new Teen Advisory Board and a new Teen Book Club. Come to the Wednesday, January 14th 6pm to 7pm meeting! We will serve FREE DINNER. Bring some friends with you to the meeting. No registration required.

NEW TEEN DVD’s
We now have a separate DVD section for teen movies. New Teen DVDs are by the new books in the Teen Area. Recent arrivals include I am Number Four, If I Stay, Mortal Bones, Vampire Academy and the Complete Hunger Games and Twilight series.

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, January 12, 2015 7:00pm
Monday, February 23, 2015 7:00pm
All meetings are held in the library.

Children’s News

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NEW PROGRAM: ELEMENTARY EINSTEINS
FIRST MEETING: MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2015 3:00PM

Have you ever wondered how a rocket really works or what a black hole is? What are those creatures in tide pools and why do they live there? Can you build a crazy machine that completes a simple task or write a basic computer program? There’s a good chance your school-aged child has pondered these notions. Why not have them join the Elementary Einsteins; the library’s cool new science club for students in grades 1-3. We will meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the library for fun, snacks and STEM-based activities. Let’s help our next generation of problem-solvers get their heads into the clouds! The program will be run by Amy Camire, a science teacher at Swampscott High School. Registration for the program will begin on Monday, January 12th.

LEARNING TO GROW THROUGH
STORY AND SONG

Mondays@10:30am will focus on children ages 3 to 5.
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, January 26th and continue through the week of May 18th. 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, January 15th and Thursday, February 19th 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. 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.

3rd ANNUAL “TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY”
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7th

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To celebrate, we will be having our annual Valentine workshop that morning Sat. Feb.7th at 11:00am. We will have paper, doilies, stickers, glitter and more available. You supply the imagination! No registration is needed and all ages are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Vacation movie: THE BOXTROLLS

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Tuesday, February 17th at 2:00pm we will have a special showing of the film The Boxtrolls. The Boxtrolls are a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. This film is rated PG.