Library Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10am -8:30pm
Thurs.:1 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri.: 10 am - 1 pm
Sat.: 10 am - 2pm
Sun.: Closed

Childrens Room Hours

Mon.&Wed.:10 am - 6 pm
Tues.: 10 am - 8:30 pm
Thurs.: 1 pm - 6 pm
Fri.: 10 am - 1 pm
Sat.: 10 am - 2pm
Sun.: Closed

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Elevator Out of Service Beginning Thursday March 26


The elevator at the Swampscott Public Library is going through a major overhaul and will be out of service for the next two weeks. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.

FRIENDS SPRING EVENT: Lizzie Borden and the Forty Whacks


Come to the library on March 31st at 6:30pm for the Annual Friends Event. This year’s event will be a presentation by the Delvena Theatre Company of “Lizzie Borden and the Forty Whacks”. On a scorching hot day in Fall River, back in August of 1892, a heinous crime occurred. Spinster Lizzie Borden was accused, tried, and acquitted for the vicious axe murders of her father and stepmother. The performance includes a mock trial that invites the audience to participate by questioning Lizzie, and voting on her guilt or innocence. This “edutainment” production features Lynne Moulton and Joseph Zamparelli in multiple roles depicting Lizzie’s story and educating the audience members so that they may be informed “jurists”. Did she or didn’t she? This is a highlight event of the year for the Friends. There will be giveaways, door prizes and refreshments. Call the Reference Desk at 781-596-8867 ext. 304 to reserve a seat beginning March 16th. Don’t miss out on this totally enjoyable evening. 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.

Special 3D Printing Program for Teens




3d printing with Tinkercad
Teens! Try out our new 3d printer using the program Tinkercad to learn how to design. Work in teams to develop your product and learn how the printer works. Space is limited. Register for the 2 part program starting on March 16th. Program open to 5th through 12th graders. The first part will be Tuesday, April 7th from 6:30pm to 8pm. The second part will be Tuesday, April 14th from 6:30pm to 8pm.



Learn gravity-defying feats of juggling! Test your balance with plate spinning, and improve your agility with acrobatics! Balance a feather on your face! A professionally trained circus instructor will engage your physical and creative abilities and help you learn many different styles of circus skills. Explore the amazing world of the circus and discover talents that could last a lifetime and amaze your friends and family! Staff members of Building Circus will be at the Swampscott Public Library on Wednesday, April 15th at 7pm to teach you these skills. Space is limited. This program is open to 5th through 12th graders. To register, contact the Library 781-596-8867 or starting Monday, March 30th. 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.

April is National Poetry Month



We have poetry-related activities for all ages:

Teen Poetry Contest

On Wednesday, April 29th at 7:00pm, we will have The 11th Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest awards ceremony. The contest has been expanded to include grades 5 through 12. Two special categories were added this year: Best Sports Poem & Best Humorous Poem. The ceremony honors the local poets who submitted the best original poems. Come hear the winning entries—all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

The finalists have been announced for the 11th Annual Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest. From over 250 poems submitted, the judges have selected the following finalists:

From Swampscott Middle School:

Elif Bithell -grade 6, Annie Burgett – grade 8, Isaac Dreeben – grade 8, Alexandra Fisk – grade 8, Clara Harrington – grade 8, Aidan McMaster -grade 6, Brianna Pierce – grade 7, Odin Randell- grade 7, Olivia Reiser – grade 8, Ethan Runstadler – grade 8, Vreni Runstadler – grade 5, Bella Seligson – grade 7, Marley Schmidt – grade 8, Sarah Tribendis – grade 6, and Maddie Winklosky – grade 6.

From Swampscott High School:

Brandon Adelman -grade 11, Lisa Gaber -grade 12, and Ethan Smith-grade 11.
The finalists will find out what prize they won at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 29th at 7pm.

Tin Box Poets

Swampscott’s own Tin Box Poets will host their 17th annual open mike readings on Monday, April 6th, at 6:00pm. This popular, annual event draws spoken word artists of all abilities and disciplines from Swampscott, Marblehead, the entire North Shore and beyond. Bring your original works, read a favorite poem or just sit back and be inspired. The Tin Box Poets goal is to promote and encourage the appreciation of poetry in our lives. The Tin Box Poets urge local children and adults to share their work at the open mike. Anyone who’d like to read their poems can begin signing up at 5:30pm.

Junior Poetry Reading

Students from grades 1-6 who would love to share their favorite poem with other students should come to our first annual “Junior Poetry Reading” at the Swampscott Library on April 7th at 6:00pm. Students can read a poem that they wrote or a poem that is one of their favorites. Help to make poetry come alive for your young people, join us and celebrate National Poetry Month. Call the Children’s Room at 781-596-8867 ext. 307 beginning March 30th to register to be a participant.

Atomic Training

Software and technology training videos

Atomic Tr 2

The Swampscott Library now subscribes to Atomic Training.  Atomic Training is a web based training resource that offers thousands of short video tutorials on more than 500 of today’s most popular software applications for both PCs and Macs. The tutorials cover everything from computer basics to job skills and include such topics as Twitter, iTunes, Skype, and WordPress. These short videos may be watched in sequence like a course, or watched individually to learn a specific part of a program. Courses are updated regularly. Atomic Training is available to both Swampscott residents (with a library card and password) and walk in Library patrons.

• All the latest offerings — Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google, and more
• Valuable job training — Improve job skills with in-depth training on Excel and Photoshop, or learn valuable social media techniques with tutorials on Twitter, blogging, and podcasting
• Mobile training — Learn how to use mobile products such as the iPhone and iPad
• Access anywhere — Watch videos at the library or remotely from home

Click on the Atomic Training icon above to create your account, login, and start learning!



Get your orders in now – Downton Abbey Season 5 is here already, and Game of Thrones Season 4 is coming out February 17th. It’s not too early to put yourself on the holds list! We also have many films that were nominated for Oscars and Golden Globes this year, including Boyhood, The Good Wife , The Hundred-foot Journey and Blacklist.


Fury April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.
Gone Girl Ben Affleck in a thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s bestseller about a man suspected of wrongdoing when his wife goes missing.
The Judge Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.) returns to his childhood home where his father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder.
The Complete Jean Vigo Including L’Atalante and Zero for Conduct, this collection is from one of France’s most brilliant filmmakers who died too young.
Le Chef Amusing French cooking caper with Jean Reno as chef about to lose a star and Michael Youn as a hapless but talented chef unprepared to become a father.
Knife in the Water Roman Polanski’s first feature film, a thriller about a couple on a boat trip who pick up a stranger for a ride.


Longmire Based on Craig Johnson’s popular Walt Longmire Mystery series set in the wide-open spaces of the American West, with a pretty cool cowboy detective.
The White Queen In 1463, the lust between a Lancastrian commoner and Yorkist King turns into a secret wedding and a new Queen of England.

Ongoing Groups Meeting in March

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 Tuesday mornings from 10:00am to 11:00am for more experienced speakers. Beginning English speakers will meet from 11:00am to noon. No registration necessary–just stop in.

Knitting Club

Join the Needlers a knitting group at the Swampscott Public Library. This group meets weekly, every Wednesday at 10:30a.m. Crocheters are welcome to join our group. We make our own projects or items to be donated to charity. Members can be beginners or experts.


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.

Computer Club: Technology Travelers

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 meets 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. You can join any time and you must be comfortable using the mouse. Just come by the library at 10:00am on Thursdays. The library is closed, so just knock with your keys on the door and we will let you in. No preregistration is required for the class.

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 your 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

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 30th at noon will be Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. 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 Dinner Detectives, the library’s mystery book group, will meet on Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:00pm and the topic will be Legacies and Mystery. New members welcome–just bring your dinner & mystery book.

Book Group – Date changed to March 24th!

The Swampscott Library Book Group led by Izzi Abrams will meet on Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00pm to discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.


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, March 17th at 1:00pm to discuss Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. New members welcome!


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 February meeting will be Friday, February 6th at 10:00am.

Friends Of the Swampscott Public Library Purchase Harvard Art Museum Pass for Library

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The Friends of the Library have added another museum pass to our offerings. We now have the Harvard Art Museum pass which gives patrons access to the Fogg Museum, The Arthur M. Sackler Museum and the Busch-Reisinger Museum, under one roof for the first time. The museum is open daily from 10-5 and closed on major holidays. There is no charge with this pass and anyone under 18 is always admitted free.


Volunteers from AARP’s Tax Aide Program will be at the library Tuesday afternoons 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. 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.

Reserve Your Museum Passes Online

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:

Friends Name Volunteer of the Year

Ellen Winkler, President of the Friends, and Eve Roberts, Volunteer of the Year

Ellen Winkler, President of the Friends, and Eve Roberts, Volunteer of the Year

The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library have named Eve Roberts the Volunteer of the Year for 2014. Eve Roberts is the unsung heroine type – no fuss, just quietly working away year after year to help the library. She volunteers at the annual book sale, sending out the newsletter, and in the Children’s Room. Too many hats, you say? Not for Eve – she does it all! Thank you for all your hard work. It is greatly appreciated.

Bored with your commute? Check out our new Comedy CDs!

Have a laugh on the way to work. Jim Gaffigan, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Bob Newhart, local talent John Mulaney and others. These are located on the red shelf above Books on Tape, with a sign of a man laughing hysterically.


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:
SWAMPSCOTT MA 01907-0028

Thank you for your past support. Your friendship makes so much possible at our library.

Please – no book donations

With the end of the Book Sale, we are not accepting book donations at this time. We will have an article in a future issue of the newsletter when we are ready to get your gently-read books. Thank you for your support.

Wowbrary – Newest Items @ Swampscott Library

Wowbrary: An exciting new way to enjoy the Swampscott Public Library


The Swampscott Public Library buys many new books, movies, and CDs each year. Now you can receive a free weekly email showcasing the latest arrivals at the library. You’ll learn about many new bestsellers, DVDs, CDs, cookbooks, mysteries, science books, travel guides, histories, children’s titles, health books, science fiction, and more. With this information you can place a hold on any Swampscott Public Library book, DVD or CD, and any hold can be picked up at the branch of your choice.

Sign up for your free Wowbrary emails at Wowbrary.

The Latest Fashion: Friends tote bags!


The Friends of the Library new tote bags are in vibrant Green and feature the Friends logo. Support the library with your purchase of a $3.00 tote. Next time you are at the library, pick a few up for yourself and for friends.


We want to thank the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust for its recent donation in support of STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) enrichment and activities at the Swampscott Public Library. We are grateful to be able to offer more of these programs. In fact, iRobot, a Massachusetts robotics company, has agreed to bring some robots here in the near future. Watch the newsletter for details!

Writing Group Seeks New Members – Is writing a book one of your New Year’s resolutions?

Working on that novel or biography? Want feedback from other writers? A writers group meets at the Swampscott Public Library on Thursday nights from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. New members are welcome.

Greening the Library Newsletter


Do you want to save a tree? The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, Inc. pays to send the printed library newsletter to members of the Friends. However, if you’d prefer to get an e-mail alerting you to the availability of the updated newsletter on the library’s website, please e-mail the Swampscott Public Library at swa @

Thank you.