Thomas Crane Library Activity February 2018

If you're not aware, the Thomas Crane Library has a pretty unbelievable schedule of programming for folks of all interests and ages. I am copying the most recent update I recently received for February. I would highly advise taking advantage of what the Library has to offer - definitely a city benefit!

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Monthly Newsletter

February 2018
Volume 15, Number 2

Download the February Calendar

Download a printable version of this newsletter (pdf)

Holiday Hours

All library locations will be closed on Monday, February 19 in observance of Presidents day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, February 20.  While our doors will be closed, remember you can visit us online anytime!

Program Highlights

View our online calendar for details about all the programs happening at the Library. Some of the highlights include:

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2018 Winter Concerts @the Crane
Sundays, at 3:00 p.m.
Learn more and view the full line-up here.

Our 2018 Winter Series is currently underway and running every Sunday through March 25 (except the couple Sundays in three-day weekends). Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

  • Crowes Pasture is the classic and contemporary folk duo performing on February 4. Watch an interview and listen to them perform a couple songs.
  • Marc Berger (guitar & harmonica) and a friend of his (on bass) will perform on February 11. Marc has been playing American roots music for years and his latest album is grounded in the remote areas of the western mountains and desert. Enjoy this sample from another concert.
  • Celia Zhang and Raley Beggs (both instructors at EKS Music School) will highlight the beauty and complexities of two iconic instruments, the violin (Zhang) and the guitar (Beggs) on February 25. Presented through works by Ibert, Bach, Paganini and others, each instrument's versatility in portraying various characters and textures will be on display.

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How to Listen to Classical Music
Tuesdays, February 6 & 20, at 7:00 p.m. (and two more in March)

Are you mystified when you see others enjoying classical music when it all sounds the same to you? Would you like to take your listening to another level so you can better appreciate the beauty and intensity of emotions in this rich tradition? Join Wheaton College Professor Del Case every other Tuesday from February 6 through March 20 for this enthralling series and you will never listen to music the same.

  • February 6: Introduction / How to Listen to Classical Music
  • February 20: Medieval and Renaissance Music
  • March 6: Classical and Romantic Music
  • March 20: Modern Music

Made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

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BIRDS, The Epic Adventures of a Massachusetts Bird Photographer
Monday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Join full-time wildlife photographer, speaker, and author Peter Christoph for a narrated slideshow of his favorite bird photographs all taken right here in Massachusetts. Be entertained and informed as he shares stories of his photographic adventures and the techniques he uses to capture his images as well as his favorite places to take photos of birds in their natural habitat. Peter is also exhibiting his work here in the library for the entire month.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Monthly Programs

Please join us at any or all of the following programs, happening every month.

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Yoga Meditation
every Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

Learn more in this QATV interview.

These workshops, continuing every Saturday are led by a team of experienced practitioners from Sahaja Yoga, who teach on a volunteer basis. Participants can expect to come away with a more nuanced understanding of artistic creativity and how to use it for deeper meditations.

All of Sahaja Yoga's classes are free of charge and are offered as a community service. Learn more about Sahaja Yoga on their website.

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Crafts and Conversation
Monday, February 5
(the first open Monday of the month)
from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Bring your current project or a UFO that has been lurking around that needs attention for some quality crafting time and conversation.

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Quincy Unplugged Open Mic
Monday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. 

Usually this great local display of talent is on the last Monday of the month, but we are splitting the difference this January/February. Play something original or bring your best cover, read a poem, perform a dramatic monologue, debut your stand—up comedy skit or engage in any amateur style performance. All musicians, poets and performers are encouraged to participate and all ages are welcome.


Cooking with Books @Adams Shore:

Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m.

What's better than good food and good books? Come talk about both, try some delicious treats, and browse related cookbooks every month. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Teen Time

We have lots of fun activities planned just for teens this winter. See our website for all the details. Highlights include:


Are you in your 20s or 30s?  This month the Fine Liquorature Book Club is meeting on February 12 at Fowler House (1049 Hancock) to discuss Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. We also hope you will come by the library to play video games on Tuesday, February 27. Make sure you join our Meetup group to keep up to date with all our programs for people in their 20/30s. These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Movies on the Big Screen

Join us every Thursday at the Main Library and every Wednesday at the North Quincy Branch and watch critically acclaimed newly released movies, sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Get details by clicking individual titles, or visit this webpage. Get in the mood with previews.

Blade Runner 2049
February 1 at 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. at the Main Library and February 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the North Quincy Branch

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Only the Brave
February 8 at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library and February 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the North Quincy Branch

Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, this is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. A visually splendid, spellbinding, and surreal movie that also happens to be an emotionally shattering, over-the-top ugly-cry for the ages.--Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

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The Rape of Europa
February 15 at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library and February 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the North Quincy Branch

Presented in partnership with the Quincy Art Association. This is the second in a new Art Film Series, held the third Thursday of the month.
For 12 long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on an unprecedented scale. Heroic young art historians and curators fought back in a miraculous campaign to rescue and return the millions of lost, hidden, and stolen treasures.With impressive clarity and sweep, The Rape of Europa recounts the Nazi theft and destruction of European art and architecture.--San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker

Roman J. Israel, Esq.
February 22 at 1:00 and 6:45 p.m. at the Main Library and February 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the North Quincy Branch

Roman J. Israel, Esq. (Denzel Washington) is a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Fiercely intelligent and deeply suspenseful, Roman J. Israel, Esq. is an absorbing morality tale from writer/director Dan Gilroy, and boasts one of Denzel Washington’s finest performances.--William Bibbiani, IGN

Monday Matinees @Adams Shore

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The Adams Shore Branch shows movies every Monday at 2:00 p.m.. This month the theme is Relationships. Come watch:

Book Discussions

All our book discussions are open to all readers and no advance registration is required. New participants are always welcome. To see a list of upcoming book club meeting dates and book titles, check out our Book Clubs page. Copies of current titles are available for pickup at the Main Library checkout desk.

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World Literature Book Club

This discussion group meets one Friday a month at 10:00 a.m. (usually the second Friday) and focuses on world literature. On Friday, February 9, we will discuss The Wangs vs. the world by Jade Chang. For more information, call Julie at 617-376-1332.

Booked For Lunch

Read any good books lately? Looking for something new to read? Bring a brown bag lunch—or grab a sandwich or salad at the library café—and join other readers for an informal conversation about books on the first or second Friday of each month. This month the group met on December first. The next meeting will be on Friday, February 2, from 12 noon to 1:00 the Main Library atrium. The group meets near the café—just look for the brown Booked for Lunch sign on the table. Drop in anytime and check out this friendly group!

On Exhibit

Thousands of people every month enjoy our monthly art exhibits in the entrance lobby on the first floor of the Main Library. Are you an artist or do you know someone whose art you think would fit well in the library? Please submit an application to be considered!


Birds of Massachusetts
On exhibit all February

Peter Christoph's fabulous photographs of wild birds, printed onto metallic plates, are on exhibit all month long. Peter, a wildlife advocate, naturalist and award-winning bird photographer based in Lancaster, MA, is presenting a narrated slideshow of his work at the library at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 12. View selected images here.

Parent Workshop: Love and Limits, Positive Discipline

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Tuesday, February 27, at 6:00 p.m.

Every child needs guidance, however sometimes it is difficult for parents to know when to stand firm and when to let it go. Join Jane Murray, LMHC, CEIS from Step One Early Intervention who will help you “pick your battles”, when it comes to setting limits for your young child ages 5 and under. Co-sponsored with the Quincy Braintree Family Network. For more information contact the Quincy Braintree Family Network at 617-479-8181 ext. 305. This workshop is for adults only. Sorry, there is no babysitting for this workshop. No registration is required.

February Programs Just for Kids

There is a always lot going on for kids at the library, and this month is no exception. Visit our Events and Storytimes page to learn about everything that is happening. In addition to all the regular storytimes (some of which require registration and others which are open for drop-ins) Here are some highlights of other programs any child can attend this month, many of which are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.:

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