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December 12, 2007

Winter Electronics Collection to Benefit Library 

Looking ahead to the post Holiday Season, when you are wondering what to do with all those electronic devices just displaced by the new ones, The Friends can help out. We are sponsoring a special collection of those items which contain hazardous waste material, on Saturday, January 12, at the Town Hall parking lot from 9 a.m. until Noon. Bring those outdated or no longer usable items, and for a nominal fee they can be disposed of properly and safely. Fees are as follows: Computer monitors, TV’s (up to 24 inches), small fridges, de-humidifiers, microwave ovens and AC’s, all $10.00. TV’s larger than 24 inches and TV consoles, $15.00. Proceeds will benefit library programs, materials and services. A snow date is 2 weeks later, January 26. This special collection is for residents and businesses as well. Sorry, no paints, tires, or chemicals. For information call 781-413-1327.

Jim Martin, Library Assistant, periodically reviews a book which he believes will be of interest to other readers. His latest offering is as follows:
 
THE COLDEST WINTER : America and the Korean War by David Halberstam, Hyperion, NY, 2997, 719 pages.

"Just below the Manchurian border,
Korea's the name of the spot, 
Right in the middle of nowhere, 
In the land that God forgot." Anon. *

David Halberstam, a distinguished journalist and historian, is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of not only THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST, a definitive work of the Vietnam War but also TEAMMATES, a poignant narrative of the long friendship of Red Sox players Williams, Doerr, Pesky, and DiMaggio.

In this new book Halberstam provides vivid and nuanced portraits of Truman, MacArthur, Eisenhower, and Mao Zeedong. Korea, the so called "forgotten war" was diplomatically and euphemistically termed not a war but "a police action" by President Truman. 52,000 Americans and countless Koreans and Chinese died. The war was an unheeded and prophetic portent of Vietnam. Douglas MacArthur would morph into William Westmoreland. Victory and the light at the end of the tunnel were always just around an infinite corner.

Down with the snakes and the lizards,
Earning our measly pay
Guarding over millionaires 
For four lousy dollars a day." Anon*

In THE COLDEST WINTER, Halberstam narrates in detail the plight of the politically embattled Truman up against a popular, extremely egotistic and politically independent MacArthur whose ultimate goal was to become president himself. Stalin stood contentedly aside, watching his two main rivals waste their military might. Eisenhower was elected in a landslide, not a little helped by his promise, "I shall go to Korea."

The Korean weather was horrendous, the terrain unfit for tanks. American soldiers were largely recent draftees, badly equipped and ill prepared for actual combat. Battles, such as the aptly named Hamburger Hill, were fought with no discernible victors while thousands died. The war ended with a truce and two Koreas.

"And when I get up to heaven, 
To St. Peter I will tell, 
I just got back from Korea, dear God,
I've served my time in hell." Anon*

*This song is not from Halberstam's book, but excerpted from "Memorable War Songs" (Colombia Recordings).

Remember to save those Shaw’s register receipts, bring them to the library and deposit them in the collection box inside the parking lot entrance. If you prefer, mail them periodically to The Friends at P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185. They are worth $$ for the library.

Books of various categories are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. We can use biographies, cook books, sports books, and history, both fiction and non-fiction. Paperback novels of all types are welcomed. Please no tired, soiled, or musty books. We cannot use magazines, textbooks, computer or technical books, or Readers Digest Condensed books. If you have a question regarding donation of books, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123. 

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

December 5, 2007

Your Library -- Books and Beyond

Your library truly is a multi-media learning center. Obviously, books are at its core, and there is no substitute for relaxing and becoming totally absorbed in an exciting novel, informative biography, or other interesting reading material. But learning also takes place through audio and video tapes, DVD’s, ever-changing displays, use of the Internet, and live programs for adults and children. All these and more are freely available to library users in the inviting atmosphere of Thayer Public Library. Visit often and take advantage of what your library has to offer.

Informative, educational, and entertaining programs at the library represent aspects of learning which engage all the senses. Plan to attend an activity or program soon.

Looking ahead to the post Holiday Season, when you are wondering what to do with all those electronic devices just displaced by the new ones, The Friends can help out. We are sponsoring a special collection of those items which contain hazardous waste material, on Saturday, January 12, at the Town Hall parking lot from 9 a.m. until Noon. Bring those outdated or no longer usable items, and for a nominal fee they can be disposed of properly and safely. Fees are as follows: Computer monitors, TV’s (up to 24 inches), small fridges, de-humidifiers, microwave ovens and AC’s, all $10.00. TV’s larger than 24 inches and TV consoles, $15.00. A snow date is 2 weeks later, January 26. This special collection is for residents and businesses. Sorry, no paints, tires, or chemicals. For information call 781-413-1327.

The Second Tuesday book club will have as its focus of discussion Anne Tyler’s “The Amateur Marriage” as it meets on December 11 in the Reading Room. Each group meets in the library’s reading room at 7:15 p.m. All are welcome to participate. For information about either book club call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Parents of young children, take advantage of the many programs and activities such as after school crafts, story times, book babies, and much more. Visit or call the Children’s Department to get more information and talk with a librarian about how you can participate.

Remember to save those Shaw’s register receipts, bring them to the library and deposit them in the collection box inside the parking lot entrance. If you prefer, mail them periodically to The Friends at P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185. They are worth $$ for the library.

Books of various categories are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. We can use biographies, cookbooks, sports books, and history, both fiction and non-fiction. Paperback novels of all types are welcomed. Please no tired, soiled, or musty books. We cannot use magazines, textbooks, computer or technical books, or Readers Digest Condensed books. If you have a question regarding donation of books, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

November 28, 2007

Your Library -- Books and Beyond

Your library truly is a multi-media learning center. Obviously, books are at its core, and there is no substitute for relaxing and becoming totally absorbed in an exciting novel, informative biography, or other interesting reading material. But learning also takes place through audio and video tapes, DVD’s, ever-changing displays, use of the Internet, and live programs for adults and children. All these and more are freely available to library users in the inviting atmosphere of Thayer Public Library. Visit often and take advantage of what your library has to offer.

Informative, educational, and entertaining programs at the library represent aspects of learning which engage all the senses. Plan to attend an activity or program soon. One of the more interesting programs upcoming is that of “Crop Circles,” to be held on Thursday, November 29, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. “Crop Circles” is the sudden appearance of various geometric patterns in farmers’ fields, caused by the inexplicable flattening of grain in fields the world over. John Root, naturalist and educator, will have a power point presentation which includes breathtaking images, interpretation, and discussion of this mysterious phenomenon. Come early, as seating is limited and this will be a popular event!

The Second Tuesday book club will have as its focus of discussion Anne Tyler’s “The Amateur Marriage” as it meets on December 11 in the Reading Room. Each group meets in the library’s reading room at 7:15 p.m. All are welcome to participate. For information about either book club call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The beautiful display of public school student art on the Main Level of the library will be gone soon. Don’t miss it! From K thru 12, Braintree public school students demonstrate fantastic talent, imagination and skill. On your next library visit take time to browse and admire their art.

Parents of young children, take advantage of the many programs and activities such as after school crafts, story times, book babies, and much more. Visit or call the Children’s Department to get more information and talk with a librarian about how you can participate.

Remember to save those Shaw’s register receipts, bring them to the library and deposit them in the collection box inside the parking lot entrance. If you prefer, mail them periodically to The Friends at P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185. They are worth $$ for the library.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types, fiction and non-fiction in good condition, are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. Please no tired, soiled, or musty books. We cannot use magazines, textbooks, computer or technical books, or Readers Digest Condensed books. If you have a question regarding donation of books, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

November 21, 2007

Crop Circle Mystery Unveiled at Library

“Majesty and Mystery of Crop Circles” will be the topic of an exciting library program on Thursday, November 29, 2007, 7:00pm to 8:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. John Root, naturalist and educator, will have a power point presentation which includes breathtaking images, interpretation, and discussion of this mysterious phenomenon. Come early, as seating is limited and this will be a popular event!

Open Scrabble play continues on Thursdays at the library. Come and join the fun, on November 29 at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Readers’ Group book club, which meets in the library’s Reading Room at 7:15 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday each month, will discuss John Grogan’s “Marley & Me” on Wednesday November 28.

The Second Tuesday book club will have as its focus of discussion Anne Tyler’s “The Amateur Marriage” as it meets on December 11 in the Reading Room. Each group meets in the library’s reading room at 7:15 p.m. All are welcome to participate. For information about either book club call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Have you seen the display of public school student art on the Main Level of the library? From K thru 12, Braintree public school students demonstrate fantastic talent, imagination and skill. On your next library visit take time to browse and admire their art.

Parents of young children, take advantage of the many programs and activities such as after school crafts, story times, book babies, and much more. Visit or call the Children’s Department to get more information and talk with a librarian about how you can participate.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the book sale, ask at the reference desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

November 14, 2007

Concert Series Features John Kramer

John Kramer, pianist and composer, piano faculty member of The South Shore Conservatory, will perform in Logan Auditorium on Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m. Mr. Kramer has thrilled library audiences during previous performances. He will play works of Albright, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt and T. Monk. Save the date and join us for what promises to be another exciting presentation by this gifted pianist.

The Friends’ Concert Series is supported in part by the South Shore Playhouse Associates. The concert series has been managed by Judy Cobble for the past eight years. Enjoyable receptions following many of the performances have been made possible by Friends volunteers, including Ruth Powell, Rosemarie Bonani, Ann Cruz, Jane Fogg, Donna Fucillo, Cindy Hastings, Betty Jackson, Dorothy Keigan, Joan McCarron, Cora Madrid, Nancy Nicosia, Fred and Fran Noble, Sandra Peterson, Marie Prior, Ruth Sandquist, Sunny Shaw, Sunny Shaw, Carol Singler, Margaret Strand, Marjorie Sullivan, Ann Toland, Cathy Venti, and Edith Weinberg.

The Friends need the help of many people, and are looking for new volunteers who wish to be of service to the library. Currently there are about 200 members of The Friends. Our aim is to double that number, at least. Your help is needed. Complete an application soon, or call 781-843-8123 for more information.

If you haven't seen the Academy Award winning documentary by Vice President Al Gore on the subject of global warming, here is your chance to view it on the big screen at the Thayer Public Library. Mr. Gore also won a Nobel Peace prize for his efforts to educate the public through this film “An Inconvenient Truth.” It will be shown Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 7:00pm to 8:30pm in Logan Auditorium. Doors open at 6:45pm, and the film starts promptly at 7:00pm.

“Majesty and Mystery of Crop Circles” will be the topic of an exciting library program on Thursday, November 29, 2007, 7:00pm to 8:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. John Root, naturalist and educator, will have a power point presentation which includes breathtaking images, interpretation, and discussion of this mysterious phenomenon. Come early, as seating is limited and this will be a popular event!

All library programs are free and open to the public.  To register for a free Thayer Public Library card, bring photo ID and proof of current address to the main circulation desk. Thayer Public Library is located at 798 Washington Street, Braintree, Mass. For more information, call 781-848-0405 x4420.

The Readers’ Group book club, which meets on the fourth Wednesday each month, will discuss John Grogan’s “Marley & Me” on Wednesday, November 28. Each group meets in the library’s reading room at 7:15 p.m. For information about either book club call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the book sale, ask at the reference desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

November 7, 2007

Friends’ Volunteers Critical to Success

The lifeblood of The Friends organization is its volunteers. Their importance was never clearer than at the recent successful Annual Book Sale held at the library. The dedicated, consistent labors of volunteers made the book sale run smoothly. But prior to the actual days of the sale, many people put in many hours of work, not only at the library sorting and shelving books for the daily book sale, but also organizing the boxes of books in the current storage area in the Water and Sewer building. Adele Barcelo and her dedicated volunteers are to be commended not only for their diligent service, but for their commitment to The Friends and Thayer Public Library as well. The following are volunteers we salute for their service, not only with book sales but in other areas as well: Adele and Dick Barcelo, Rosemarie Bonani, Judy Caristi, Sheila Connolly, Dorothy Fenick, Joan Fishman, Jane and Larry Fogg, Ginger Grassa, Liz Hurley, Ann-Marie Joyce, Jeff and Sandra Kunz, Joan McCarron, Patsy Murray, Nancy Nicosia, Fran Noble, Viola Orenberg, Gloria and John Pelose, Sandra Peterson, Andrew Richardson, Janet Robicheau, Pat Rooney, Sarah Sawyer, Jo Sharp, Sunny Shaw, John Shuster, Carol Singler, Margaret Strand, Margaret Sullivan, John Thompson, Al and Carmela Varraso, Cathy Venti, Alan and Edith Weinberg. We also would like to acknowledge work of The Friends’ Board of Directors, who also are volunteers: John Cobble, President; Jack Corey, Vice-President; Adele Barcelo, Secretary; John Pelose, Treasurer; Board Members at Large Jane Fogg, Ann-Marie Joyce, Carol Singler, Carmela Varraso, and Janice Weitbrecht.

This is a good time to consider joining this corps of volunteers, helping with the book sales, collecting electronics, Friends’ Café setup, serving on The Friends Board of Directors, contributing to this column, fund raising projects, or in some other ways yet to be defined. Let us know by e-mail at jcc@beld.net or by phone at 781-413-1327.

The annual meeting of The Friends of Thayer Public Library is Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. If you are considering becoming involved with The Friends and supporting your library in that way, come to the Annual Meeting and meet some of those busy volunteers. Following a brief business meeting, the featured speaker will be Elizabeth “Betsy” Wolfe, library director, who will talk about our library’s place in the community, and her vision for its future. Save the date and plan to attend.

The library is continuing its series of morning computer learning sessions for November/December. Registration is now open by phone (781-848-0405 ext. 4417) or in person at the reference desk. Learn basic mouse use, Internet searching, e-mail use and more. Each one-hour session covers a topic relating to basic computer use. Call the reference librarian or stop by for more information.

For its Nov. 13 session, the Second Tuesday book club will discuss “The Husband,” by Dean Koontz. The Readers’ Group book club, which meets on the fourth Wednesday each month, will discuss John Grogan’s “Marley & Me” on Wednesday November 28. Each group meets in the library’s reading room at 7:15 p.m. For information about either book club call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The next program in The Friends’ Concert Series will feature John Kramer, pianist and composer, a popular performer who returns to our library on Sunday November 18, at 3:00 p.m. He will perform works of Albright, Chopin, Debussey, Liszt and T. Monk. Save the date and join us for what promises to be another exciting presentation by this gifted pianist. The Friends’ Concert Series is supported in part by the South Shore Playhouse Associates.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the book sale, ask at the reference desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

October 31, 2007

Friends Schedule Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of The Friends of Thayer Public Library is Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. Following a brief business meeting, the featured speaker will be Elizabeth “Betsy” Wolfe, library director, who will talk about our library’s place in the community, and her vision for its future. Save the date and plan to attend.

If you have not renewed membership or joined The Friends, now is a great time to do it. Though you certainly can join or renew at anytime during the year, we are now in the annual membership drive. All funds collected by The Friends go to directly support library programs, activities, materials and the collections. The Thayer Public Library Development Fund is a fund raising arm of The Friends, with its current goal of expanding library parking. The Friends, a non-profit tax exempt organization, has no paid personnel, but does have many wonderful, hard working volunteers. If you would like to support your library by join or renew membership, you can do so by completing an application available at the library. For information about membership, e-mail jmfogg@beld.net.

The library is continuing its series of morning computer learning sessions for November/December. Registration is now open by phone (781-848-0405 ext. 4417) or in person at the reference desk. Learn basic mouse use, internet searching, e-mail use and more. Each one hour session covers a topic relating to basic computer use. Call the reference librarian or stop by for more information.

For its Nov. 13 session, the Second Tuesday book club will discuss “The Husband,” by Dean Koontz. The Readers’ Group book club, which meets on the fourth Wednesday each month, will discuss John Grogan’s “Marley & Me” on Wednesday November 28. Each group meets in the library’s reading room at 7:15 p.m. For information about either book club call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The next program in The Friends’ Concert Series will feature John Kramer, pianist and composer, a popular performer who returns to our library on Sunday November 18, at 3:00 p.m. He will perform works of Albright, Chopin, Debussey, Liszt and T. Monk. Save the date and join us for what promises to be another exciting presentation by this gifted pianist. The Friends’ Concert Series is supported in part by the South Shore Playhouse Associates.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the book sale, ask at the reference desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

October 24, 2007

Celebrate Make a Difference Day on Saturday

On Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. as a part of a national day of giving, Braintree will participate in Make a Difference Day. At the Town Hall, new and gently used items will be collected by local agencies for distribution to residents needing a helping hand. Also, community service projects will be conducted. The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be there, collecting new or used books in good condition, and register receipts from Shaw’s, which will produce cash for the library. For more information about the day, contact program coordinator Janice Weitbrecht at 781-848-9870 or janicew@beld.net. For information about the Shaw’s register receipt program, call 781-413-1327.

For some great reading material, come early and often to The Friends’ Annual Book Sale, in Logan Auditorium on Friday Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Saturday Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For Friends’ members, there will be a special preview on Thursday, October 25, from 6 until 9 p.m.

Now is the time to renew memberships, or to become a new member. Non-members wishing to take advantage of the book sale preview may join at the sale on October 25. Anyone willing to help with preparation for the sale or on the days of the sale should contact Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.

The library is continuing its series of morning computer learning sessions for November/December. Registration is now open by phone (781-848-0405 ext. 4417) or in person at the reference desk. Learn basic mouse use, internet searching, e-mail use and more. Each one hour session covers a topic relating to basic computer use. Call the reference librarian or stop by for more information.

The annual meeting of The Friends of Thayer Public Library is Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. The speaker will be Elizabeth “Betsy” Wolfe, library director, who will talk about the library’s place in the community, and her vision for its future. Save the date and plan to attend.

The readers’ group book club meets today, Wednesday, Oct. 24. The book to read is Matthew Pearl’s “The Poe Shadow.” For its Nov. 13 session, the second Tuesday book club will discuss “The Husband,” by Dean Koontz. Each group meets in the library’s reading room at 7:15 p.m. For information about either book club call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

A date to remember: The next program in The Friends’ Concert Series will feature John Kramer, pianist and composer, a popular performer who returns to our library on Sunday November 18, at 3:00 p.m. Save the date and join us for what promises to be another exciting presentation by a gifted pianist.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the book sale, ask at the reference desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

October 17, 2007


Friends’ Annual Book Sale Nears

The Friends’ Annual Book Sale will be held in Logan Auditorium on Friday Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Saturday Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For Friends’ members, there will be a special preview on Thursday, October 25, from 6 until 9 p.m.  Now is the time to renew memberships, or to become a new member. Non-members wishing to take advantage of the book sale preview may join at the sale on the 25th. Anyone willing to help with preparation for the sale or on the days of the sale should contact Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.

The Shaw’s Supermarket register receipt collection program is underway. Many have already deposited receipts in the collection box inside the rear entrance to the library. Save those receipts. They are worth money to the library. By collecting receipts donated by customers of Shaw’s, The Friends can turn them in to the company and receive in cash a percentage of the total submitted. You can help simply by saving receipts from Shaw’s and depositing them in the designated collection box at the rear entrance to the library. You also may opt to collect and periodically mail them to the Friends’ P.O. Box 850473 Braintree, MA 02185. More information will be forthcoming, but start saving those receipts now. If you have questions, call 781-413-1327.

“Make a Difference Day” will be observed on Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Braintree Town Hall. The Friends will participate by receiving Shaw’s register receipts as well as ‘gently used’ books in good condition. Preferred books are paperback fiction and non-fiction. Mysteries, historical novels, biographies, as well as children’s books would be especially helpful. For more information about this important event and other groups participating, e-mail janicew@beld.net.

The annual meeting of The Friends of Thayer Public Library is Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. The speaker will be Elizabeth “Betsy” Wolfe, library director, who will talk about the library’s place in the community, and her vision for its future. Save the date and plan to attend.

The readers’ group book club meets next on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The book to read is Matthew Pearl’s “The Poe Shadow.” For its Nov. 13 session, the second Tuesday book club will discuss “The Husband”, by Dean Koontz. Each group meets in the library’s reading room at 7:15 p.m. For information about either book club call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the book sale, ask at the reference desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

October 10, 2007


Library Museum Pass Program

Thayer Public Library has several additions to its ever expanding museum pass program. Some passes offer free admission, others have varying discounts for admission. It would be best to call the Reference desk, 781-848-4417, for availability of the passes for desired dates, ages affected, and amounts of the discounts. Just a few of the more recent additions to the museum pass program are Old Sturbridge Village, Plimouth Plantation, Mass. Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries, including Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Franklin Park Zoo, and Stone Zoo. For a complete listing, and to book a pass on line, visit the library website thayerpubliclibrary.org or net. Just be aware that the holiday times are very popular, and pass availability is first come, first served.

Come to the library’s Logan Auditorium on Saturday, October 13 at 2 p.m. and hear “The Writing Group That Reads”. The writing group has been meeting regularly at the library, and the program will highlight some of the results. This will be an opportunity to hear members read their own compositions. Come for an hour of originality and fun. Also, it may provide an incentive to join the writing group.

Save those receipts. They are worth money to the library. The Friends will participate in the Shaw’s Supermarket Receipt Rewards Program. By collecting receipts donated by customers of Shaw’s, The Friends can turn them in to the company and receive in cash a percentage of the total submitted. You can help simply by saving receipts from Shaw’s and depositing them in the designated collection box at the rear entrance to the library. You also may opt to collect and periodically mail them to the Friends’ P.O. Box 850473 Braintree, MA 02185. More information will be forthcoming, but start saving those receipts now. If you have questions, call 781-413-1327.

On Sunday, October 14, at 3 p.m. for music by the New Jazz Echo Band. With trumpet, sax, piano, bass and drums, it promises to be an enjoyable afternoon. This is a part of The Friends’ Fall concert series, and is free, open to the public. It is sponsored in part by The South Shore Playhouse Associates. For information call 781-413-1327.

The Friends’ Annual Book Sale will be on Friday, October 26 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. A special preview for Friends members only, will be held on Thursday evening, October 25 from 6 – 8 p.m. Watch for times and other details. Anyone wishing to help on Tuesday mornings with the preparation for the book sale, or on one of the days of the sale, contact Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.

The annual meeting of The Friends of Thayer Public Library is Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. Save the date and watch for more information.

The next meeting of the second Tuesday book club is will be on November 13 in the reading room at 7:15 p.m. Stephen King’s “Needful Things” will be the book under discussion. The readers’ group book club meets next on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7:15 p.m. in the reading room. The book to read is Matthew Pearl’s “The Poe Shadow.” For information about either book club call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the book sale, ask at the reference desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

 

October 3, 2007


Friends Launch Shaw’s Receipt Program

Ever on the alert for opportunities to benefit the library, The Friends will participate in the Shaw’s Supermarket Receipt Rewards Program. By collecting receipts donated by customers of Shaw’s, The Friends can turn them in to the company and receive in cash a percentage of the total submitted. You can help simply by saving receipts from Shaw’s and depositing them in the designated collection box at the rear entrance to the library. You also may opt to collect and periodically mail them to the Friends’ P.O. Box 850473 Braintree, MA 02185. More information will be forthcoming, but start saving those receipts now. If you have questions, call 781-413-1327.

Get ready for jazz at the library. On Sunday, October 14, at 3 p.m. the library auditorium will be alive with music by the New Jazz Echo Band. With trumpet, sax, piano, bass and drums, it promises to be an enjoyable afternoon. This is a part of The Friends’ Fall concert series, and is free, open to the public. It is sponsored in part by The South Shore Playhouse Associates. For information call 781-413-1327.

The library is offering a series of morning computer learning sessions for September/October. Registration is now open by phone (781-848-0405 ext. 4417) or in person at the reference desk. Learn basic mouse use, internet searching, e-mail use and more. Each one hour session covers a topic relating to basic computer. Call the reference librarian or stop by for more information.

The Friends’ Annual Book Sale will be on Friday, October 26 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. A special preview for Friends members only, will be held on Thursday evening, October 25 from 6 – 8 p.m. Watch for times and other details. Anyone wishing to help on Tuesday mornings with the preparation for the book sale, or on one of the days of the sale, contact Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.

The annual meeting of The Friends of Thayer Public Library is Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. Save the date and watch for more information.

The next meeting of the second Tuesday book club is will be on October 9 in the reading room at 7:15 p.m. Dennis Lehane’s “Shutter Island” will be the book under discussion. The readers’ group book club meets next on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7:15 p.m. in the reading room. The book to read is John Grogan’s “Marley & Me.” For information about either book club call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Thayer Public Library is located at 798 Washington Street, Braintree. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 781-848-0405 x4420.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the book sale, ask at the reference desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

September 26, 2007


Library Parking Project Moves Ahead

In its meeting on September 17 the Board of Selectmen authorized the notification of the remaining tenants in the building at 816 Washington Street by the Town of Braintree, so that the first phase of the library parking expansion project can begin. The addition of new parking spaces for the library is expected to be completed in the spring. Meetings involving Friends and Library Trustees have been ongoing to firm up final plans for the parking expansion. The campaign to reach the goal of $750,000 for the total project is ongoing, and is within $60,000 of reaching that amount. More than 400 people have contributed to the campaign to date. Those wishing to be a part of this vital improvement for library use by all residents, and to help put the campaign over the top may do so by check, payable to The TPL Development Fund, P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185, or use MC or VISA by calling 781-413-1327.

The library is offering a series of morning computer learning sessions for September/October. Registration is now open by phone (781-848-0405 ext. 4417) or in person at the reference desk. Learn basic mouse use, internet searching, e-mail use and more. Each one hour session covers a topic relating to basic computer. Call the reference librarian or stop by for more information.

The Friends of Thayer Public Library September Newsletter announced that its annual membership drive is held each September and October. If you have received or do receive a Newsletter, note that the date on the mailing label is the date that membership dues are next payable. Anyone who wishes to become a Friend or renew membership and support the library in that way is encouraged to do so. Dues are as follows: Individual, $10; Dual/Family, $20; Patron, $50; Contributing Member, $100 or more. Applications are available on all library levels. Checks to Friends of Thayer Public Library may be mailed to treasurer John Pelose, 10 Huntley Road, Braintree, MA 02184. All contributions are tax deductible. For more information call 781-413-1327.

The Friends’ Annual Book Sale will be on Friday, October 26 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. A special preview for Friends members only, will be held on Thursday evening, October 25 from 6 – 8 p.m. Watch for times and other details. Anyone wishing to help on Tuesday mornings with the preparation for the book sale, or on one of the days of the sale, contact Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.

This Saturday, September 29 is the day to take those outdated TV’s computer monitors, AC’s, Microwave Ovens, dehumidifiers, small fridges and other small appliances containing hazardous waste materials to the Ivory Street recycling center, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Friends of the library will be there help you dispose of them properly for a modest fee of $10 for each of those items. It’s $15 for TV Consoles and the extra large portable TV’s. All proceeds collected by The Friends will directly benefit the library.

The Readers’ Group Book Club, which meets on the fourth Wednesday each month in the reading room at 7:15 p.m., will discuss “Plain Truth” by Jodi Picoult, today September 26. The next meeting of the second Tuesday book club is will be on October 9 in the reading room at 7:15 p.m. Dennis Lehane’s “Shutter Island” will be the book under discussion. For information about either book club call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Thayer Public Library is located at 798 Washington Street, Braintree. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 781-848-0405 x4420.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the book sale, ask at the reference desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

 

September 19, 2007


Friends’ Membership Drive is Now!

The Friends of Thayer Public Library Annual Membership Drive is held each September and October. During these months anyone who wishes to become a Friend or renew membership and support the library in that way is encouraged to do so. Dues are as follows: Individual, $10; Dual/Family, $20; Patron, $50; Contributing Member, $100 or more.  Applications are available on all library levels.  Or, checks to Friends of Thayer Public Library may be mailed to treasurer John Pelose, 10 Huntley Road, Braintree, MA 02184. All contributions are tax deductible. For more information call 781-413-1327.

The Friends’ Annual Book Sale will be on Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th. A special Preview for Friends Members Only, will be held on Thursday evening, October 25th from 6 – 8 p.m. Watch for times and other details. Anyone wishing to help on Tuesday mornings with the preparation for the book sale, or on one of the days of the sale, please contact Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.

Why do we study our ancestry, and what makes it so compelling? For answers to these questions and more, come to the library on Tuesday, September 25th, from 10 – 11:00 a.m. to hear Michael Brophy, professional genealogical researcher, author and lecturer present “Beginning Genealogy and Family History.” He will cover the basics of starting out in the search for your family's ancestry using vital records, census data, and the Internet among others. Mr. Brophy will provide handouts at the end of his presentation, but you might want to bring along a tape recorder (for your personal use only) to capture all his commentary.

The Library is offering a series of morning Computer Learning Sessions for September/October. Registration is now open by phone (781-848-0405 ext. 4417) or in person at the reference desk. Each one hour session covers a topic relating to basic computer. Please call the reference librarian or stop by for more information.

HHWD! Round up those outdated TV’s computer monitors, AC’s, Microwave Ovens, dehumidifiers, small fridges and other small appliances containing hazardous waste materials, and bring them to the Ivory Street Recycling Center on Saturday, September 29th, Household Hazardous Waste Day, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Friends of the Library will be there help you dispose of them properly at a modest fee of $10 for each of those items. It’s $15 for TV Consoles and the extra large portable TV’s. All proceeds collected by The Friends will directly benefit the library. Look for more publicity about that event, but mark your calendar now!

To view our growing list of museum passes and to book a pass online, visit the library’s website, thayerpubliclibrary.org(or .net). All library museum passes are available to any Braintree resident with a valid OCLN library card in good standing. For more information or help with booking a pass online, call 781-848- 0405 x4417.

HHWD! Round up those outdated TV’s computer monitors, AC’s, Microwave Ovens, dehumidifiers, small fridges and other small appliances containing hazardous waste materials, and bring them to the Ivory Street Recycling Center on Saturday, September 29th, Household Hazardous Waste Day, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Friends of the Library will be there help you dispose of them properly at a modest fee of $10 for each of those items. It’s $15 for TV Consoles and the extra large portable TV’s. All proceeds collected by The Friends will directly benefit the library. Look for more publicity about that event, but mark your calendar now!

Readers Alert! The Readers’ Group Book Club, which meets on the 4th Wednesday each month in the Reading Room at 7:15 p.m., will discuss “Plain Truth,” by Jodi Picoult on September 26th. The next meeting of The 2nd Tuesday Book Club is will be on October 9th, in the Reading Room at 7:15 p.m. Dennis Lehane’s “Shutter Island” will be the book under discussion. For information about either Book Club please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Thayer Public Library is located at 798 Washington Street, Braintree. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 781-848-0405 x4420.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

September 12, 2007


Friends’ Membership Drive is Now!

The Friends of Thayer Public Library Annual Membership Drive is held each September and October. During these months anyone who wishes to become a Friend or renew membership and support the library in that way is encouraged to do so. Dues are as follows: Individual, $10; Dual/Family, $20; Patron, $50; Contributing Member, $100 or more.  Applications are available on all library levels.  Or, checks to Friends of Thayer Public Library may be mailed to treasurer John Pelose, 10 Huntley Road, Braintree, MA 02184. All contributions are tax deductible. For more information call 781-413-1327.

The Friends’ Annual Book Sale will be on Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th. A special Preview for Friends Members Only, will be held on Thursday evening, October 25th from 6 – 8 p.m. Watch for times and other details.

On Sunday, September 16th, at 3:00 p.m. The Friends’ Concert Series will begin its Fall schedule, with pianist, composer and poet Jane Viemeister presenting a varied program which will include works of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Ravel, as well as her own compositions. Ms. Viemeister is Piano Department Chair at the South Shore Conservatory, and teaches music courses at Bridgewater State College. The concert is supported in part by The South Shore Playhouse Associates.

Why do we study our ancestry, and what makes it so compelling? For answers to these questions and more, come to the library on Tuesday, September 25th, from 10 – 11:00 a.m. to hear Michael Brophy, professional genealogical researcher, author and lecturer present “Beginning Genealogy and Family History.” He will cover the basics of starting out in the search for your family's ancestry using vital records, census data, and the Internet among others. Mr. Brophy will provide handouts at the end of his presentation, but you might want to bring along a tape recorder (for your personal use only) to capture all his commentary.

The Library is offering a series of morning Computer Learning Sessions for September/October. Registration is now open by phone (781-848-0405 ext. 4417) or in person at the reference desk. Each one hour session covers a topic relating to basic computer. Please call the reference librarian or stop by for more information.

HHWD! Round up those outdated TV’s computer monitors, AC’s, Microwave Ovens, dehumidifiers, small fridges and other small appliances containing hazardous waste materials, and bring them to the Ivory Street Recycling Center on Saturday, September 29th, Household Hazardous Waste Day, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Friends of the Library will be there help you dispose of them properly at a modest fee of $10 for each of those items. It’s $15 for TV Consoles and the extra large portable TV’s. All proceeds collected by The Friends will directly benefit the library. Look for more publicity about that event, but mark your calendar now!

To view our growing list of museum passes and to book a pass online, visit the library’s website, thayerpubliclibrary.org(or .net). All library museum passes are available to any Braintree resident with a valid OCLN library card in good standing. For more information or help with booking a pass online, call 781-848- 0405 x4417.

Round up those outdated TV’s computer monitors, AC’s, Microwave Ovens, dehumidifiers, small fridges and other small appliances containing hazardous waste materials, and bring them to the Ivory Street Recycling Center on Saturday, September 29th, Household Hazardous Waste Day, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Friends of the Library will be there help you dispose of them properly at a modest fee of $10 for all those items, except $15 for TV Consoles and the extra large portable TV’s. All proceeds collected by The Friends will directly benefit the library. Look for more publicity about that event, but mark your calendar now!

Readers Alert! The Readers’ Group Book Club, which meets on the 4th Wednesday each month in the Reading Room at 7:15 p.m., will discuss “Plain Truth,” by Jodi Picoult on September 26th. The next meeting of The 2nd Tuesday Book Club is will be on October 9th, in the Reading Room at 7:15 p.m. Dennis Lehane’s “Shutter Island” will be the book under discussion. For information about either Book Club please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Thayer Public Library is located at 798 Washington Street, Braintree. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 781-848-0405 x4420.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

September 5, 2007


Library Begins Busy Fall Schedule


On the Tuesday after Labor Day, September 4th, Thayer Public Library resumes its Fall/Winter schedule, which means it will be open Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays, except for The Friends of Thayer Public Library Concert Series.

The Thayer Public Library is offering several great programs to kick off the fall season! We welcome back art historian Gershon Weisenberg, who will present ‘The Life and Artistry of Henri Matisse,” with slides and commentary, on Saturday, September 8th, from 2 – 3:00 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. Mr. Weisenberg has taught at Harvard University and the Worcester Art Museum, and currently is working on a scholarly book about the Spanish Civil War.

On Sunday, September 16th, at 3:00 p.m. The Friends’ Concert Series will begin its Fall schedule, with pianist, composer and poet Jane Viemeister presenting a varied program which will include works of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Ravel, as well as her own compositions. Ms. Viemeister is Piano Department Chair at the South Shore Conservatory, and teaches music courses at Bridgewater State College. The concert is supported in part by The South Shore Playhouse Associates.

Why do we study our ancestry, and what makes it so compelling? For answers to these questions and more, come to the library on Tuesday, September 25th, from 10 – 11:00 a.m. to hear Michael Brophy, professional genealogical researcher, author and lecturer present “Beginning Genealogy and Family History”. He will cover the basics of starting out in the search for your family's ancestry using vital records, census data, and the Internet among others. Mr. Brophy will provide handouts at the end of his presentation, but you might want to bring along a tape recorder (for your personal use only) to capture all his commentary.

Thayer Public Library is located at 798 Washington Street, Braintree. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call 781-848-0405 x4420.

The Library is offering a series of morning Computer Learning Sessions for September/October. Registration is now open by phone (781-848-0405 ext. 4417) or in person at the reference desk. Each one hour session covers a topic relating to basic computer. Please call the reference librarian or stop by for more information.

To view our growing list of museum passes and to book a pass online, visit the library’s website, thayerpubliclibrary.org(or .net). All library museum passes are available to any Braintree resident with a valid OCLN library card in good standing. For more information or help with booking a pass online, call 781-848- 0405 x4417.

Round up those outdated TV’s computer monitors, AC’s, Microwave Ovens, dehumidifiers, small fridges and other small appliances containing hazardous waste materials, and bring them to the Ivory Street Recycling Center on Saturday, September 29th, Household Hazardous Waste Day, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Friends of the Library will be there help you dispose of them properly at a modest fee of $10 for all those items, except $15 for TV Consoles and the extra large portable TV’s. All proceeds collected by The Friends will directly benefit the library. Look for more publicity about that event, but mark your calendar now!

Readers Alert! The Readers’ Group Book Club, which meets on the 4th Wednesday each month in the Reading Room at 7:15 p.m., will discuss “Plain Truth,” by Jodi Picoult on September 26th. The next meeting of The 2nd Tuesday Book Club is will be on October 9th, in the Reading Room at 7:15 p.m. Dennis Lehane’s “Shutter Island” will be the book under discussion. For information about either Book Club please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. 

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

August 8, 2007

New Library Museum Passes available to Braintree residents


Thayer Public Library announces two new additions to our collection of library museum passes available to Braintree residents. The Mass Audubon Society pass admits a family of 4 for $1 per person to any of the 42 Massachusetts Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries including Drumlin Farm in Lincoln where you and your family can explore a real working farm and a wildlife sanctuary all in one day; and the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, the interpretive center for the 7,000 acre Blue Hills Reservation. From hiking and canoeing to nature centers and gifts shops, there is something for everyone at Mass Audubon.

The Harvard Museum of Natural History pass (4 persons at the discounted rate of $2 per person) gains admittance to four great museums: the Harvard University Herbaria, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Mineralogical and Geological Museum, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. These museums house countless world class exhibits, including the incredible Glass Flowers display, an exceptional selection of meteorites, a 1,600 pound amethyst geode, a Triceratops specimen, and the world's only mounted Kronosaurus - a 42-foot-long prehistoric marine reptile. Don’t miss Climate Change: Our Global Experiment, a unique computer simulation that allows you to choose a course of action and see the consequences for the planet. 

To view our growing list of museum passes and to book a pass online, visit our website at thayerpubliclibrary.org or .net. All library museum passes are available to any Braintree resident with a valid OCLN library card in good standing.

For more information or help with booking a pass online, call 781-848- 0405 x4417. To register for a free Thayer Public Library card, bring photo ID and proof of current address to the main circulation desk. Thayer Public Library is located at 798 Washington Street, Braintree.

On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 from 6:30 to 8pm, Thayer Public Library presents “The State's Big Gamble: Will Casinos Become a Reality in the Commonwealth?” Hear Sean P. Murphy, investigative reporter for the Boston Globe who has been covering the issue of casino gambling in New England since 2000, discuss the forces shaping this controversial issue.

Thayer Public Library is located at 798 Washington Street, Braintree. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call 781-848-0405 x4420.

The next meeting of The 2nd Tuesday Book Club is August 14th. John O’Toole’s “Confederacy of Dunces” will be the book under discussion. For information about either Book Club please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

“Catch the Beat” is the theme for libraries this Summer. One of the upcoming programs following that theme, recommended for children ages 4 and up, is “Tune in to the Beat,” on Thursday, August 9th, at 2:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. It is a free family program featuring Folksinger and Storyteller Tim Van Egmond. Supported in part by Comcast, this event is bound to be a great educational and entertaining time for all. To register for this or any other activity, or for specific information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425, or e-mail Children’s Librarian Elisabeth Strachan, estrachan@ocln.org.

Get ready for “American Idol,” Braintree style! All students entering grades 7 thru 12 are invited to participate, on Thursday, August 9th, from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. This is a Comcast sponsored event, guaranteed to be fun for all. There will be prizes, snacks, and much more. For information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

August 1, 2007

Library Welcomes New Assistant Director


We are happy to introduce Uma Hiremath, Thayer Public Library’s new Assistant Director. Uma has many years of public library experience in the New York Public Library system and West Orange (New Jersey) Public Library. She has a PhD and two master's degrees, one of which is in Library Science. She is the co-author of a book on library reference. “We are fortunate that such an experienced and highly educated professional has joined our library team,” said library Director Elizabeth Wolfe. “Welcome, Uma!”

Enjoying the hot, muggy weather? Enjoy it more by visiting your cool, invitingly beautiful library, where you can read periodicals and books, access the Internet, attend a program, even enjoy a hot or cold beverage in The Friends’ Fogg Café. Before you know it, time will have passed quickly and you will leave the library not only cooler and more refreshed, but better informed as well.  

The Readers’ Group Book Club continues to meet this Summer on the 4th Wednesday of each month. The next session is on Wednesday, August 22nd, at 6:45 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Main Level. The book to be discussed is “Siddhartha,” by Herman Hess. All are welcomed to attend. The next meeting of The 2nd Tuesday Book Club is August 14th. John O’Toole’s “Confederacy of Dunces” will be the book under discussion. For information about either Book Club please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. 

“Catch the Beat” is the theme for libraries this Summer. One of the upcoming programs following that theme, recommended for children ages 4 and up, is “Tune in to the Beat,” on Thursday, August 9th, at 2:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. It is a free family program featuring Folksinger and Storyteller Tim Van Egmond. Supported in part by Comcast, this event is bound to be a great educational and entertaining time for all. To register for this or any other activity, or for specific information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425, or e-mail Children’s Librarian Elisabeth Strachan, estrachan@ocln.org.

Get ready for “American Idol,” Braintree style! All students entering grades 7 thru 12 are invited to participate, on Thursday, August 9th, from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. This is a Comcast sponsored event, guaranteed to be fun for all. There will be prizes, snacks, and much more. For information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

July 25, 2007

Friends in Support of the Library


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Friends of the library, whether formal members of The Friends, or patrons and members of the Braintree and surrounding community who value our great library and wish to encourage its growth, in service to all who wish to take advantage of its offerings to the public. We continue to seek new members of The Friends, and will launch our annual Membership Drive in September.

The Special Collection of TV’s, computer monitors and other items containing hazardous waste which took place in June successfully resulted in funds for The Friends which will go toward library programs and materials. Thanks to all Braintree residents who participated. We look forward to the regular HHWD on Saturday, September 29th. Mark your calendars now, and join us for another great day. There are so many ways to support your library!   

Readers have been very responsive to The Friends’ ongoing Book Sale on the library’s Lower Level, largely due to the excellent books which have been donated. We are appreciative of the discriminating efforts book donors have made to contribute quality reading material for the sale. It has made the selections more attractive and interesting. The Friends volunteers who sort and shelve the books work hard at putting up great selections, and deserve a hearty “thanks” as well. The Friends’ Annual Book Sale this year will be in October.

The Friends continue to meet with representatives from the library Trustees, the Town of Braintree, and professionals from various disciplines to move the expanded parking project along. Many factors will influence the timetable, not the least of which is the activity around the impending change of government in Braintree. But rest assured that The Friends and Library Trustees, whose charge it is to see the project through to completion, will continue to do just that. The contributions of funds which hundreds of people have made, and the time and effort by many continuing to be made, will result in the expanded parking becoming a reality. Many people have contributed more than once, and we are grateful for the continuing support. The goal of raising $750,000 is still with in reach. $75,000.00 will put us over the top! If you are inclined to make a donation in support of the expanded parking project, a check can be made to TPL Development Fund, P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185. 

The Readers’ Group Book Club continues to meet this Summer on the 4th Wednesday of each month. The next session is on Wednesday, July 25th, at 6:45 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Main Level. The book to be discussed is “By Way of Deception”, by Victor Ovstrovsky. All are welcomed to attend. The next meeting of The 2nd Tuesday Book Club is August 14th. John O’Toole’s “Confederacy of Dunces” will be the book under discussion. For information about either Book Club please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

“Catch the Beat” is the theme for libraries this Summer, and there are programs and activities for all ages. Drop by the Children’s Department and pick up flyers which give all the details. To register for any activity or for specific information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425, or e-mail Children’s Librarian Elisabeth Strachan, estrachan@ocln.org.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

July 4, 2007

Spanish, Anyone? Come to the Library


The Summer activities at the library are getting into high gear, as the “Catch the Beat” theme continues, with “Music to Learn Spanish”, on Tuesday, July 10th, at 11:00 a.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. Jodi Craft engages the children with fun songs on the guitar, followed by a refreshing snack and an activity. Don’t forget to register, by visiting the Children’s Department, by calling 781-848-0405, ext. 4425, or by e-mailing estrachan@ocln.org.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club, its next meeting scheduled for July 10th, will meet at 6:15 p.m. on July 10th in The Reading Room. Please note the time, because it had been previously scheduled at a different time. The book for discussion at that time will be Margaret Atwood’s “Blind Assassin.”  

Ahoy, local history buffs and maritime enthusiasts! Join author David Drummond at the Thayer Public Library on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 6:30pm, as he presents an illustrated historical lecture on his book “The Shipyard: Will It Float?”, published in 2003. Using PowerPoint, Mr. Drummond presents historical information on the Quincy/Braintree shipyard and shows many of the famous ships built there between 1884 and 1986. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 781-848-0405 x4420.

Recently a thoughtful birthday gift was made, which added to the library’s collection. Francis Siracusa and her sister, Nina Ianelli, made a donation to The Friends of Thayer Public Library in celebration of the birthday of their mother, Anna Gazanna. Mrs. Gazanna is a lifelong reader, and has encouraged the love of reading in the subsequent three generations of her family. Since Ms. Gazanna loves reading books on history, several volumes with that theme were purchased, and book plates were attached, honoring Mrs. Gazanna. What a thoughtful way to celebrate a loved one! 

The next ‘Movie Night’ will be held on Thursday, July 12th, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. What’s the word? “Grease” is the word that you heard. “ It’s got groove---it’s got meaning. Grease is the time, it’s the place, it’s the motion. Grease is the way we are feeling.” Join us for this great movie, and if you come in a cool 1950’s costume, you’ll go home with a prize! Snacks for everyone!

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

June 27, 2007

Computer, TV Collection to Benefit Library


The Friends’ collection of computer monitors and TV’s is scheduled for Saturday, June 30th, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon, at the Town Hall parking lot. Other electronic appliances containing hazardous waste materials, such as AC’s, dehumidifiers, small refrigerators and microwave ovens also will be collected. There is a fee of $10 for each item, except that TV consoles and large portable TV’s more than 24 inches in width will be $15. Proceeds will benefit the library. Also, items collected by and benefitting The League of Women Voters at that event are car tires ($4.00), truck tires ($15.00), rims (2.00), and batteries ($4.00).

Kicking off the Summer Reading Program is Rick Goldin’s lively ‘music and muppets’ today, Wednesday June 27th, at 6:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. This program, sponsored in part by Comcast and by the Braintree Arts Lottery Council, is free and open to children of all ages. The Summer Reading Program with the theme “Catch the Beat”, is designed to be a fun time for all who participate, and to encourage reading. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425 for more details. Registration for the Summer Program is underway, so pick up a flyer at the library for a full list of the programs and activities. Don’t miss out on some great fun!  

The Readers’ Group Book Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is tonight, June 27th, in The Reading Room. Please note the earlier time, 6:45 p.m. for this discussion of Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”. For information about the library’s reading groups call 781848-0405, ext. 4417.

Tomorrow, Thursday June 28th from 10 a.m until 1 p.m, bring friends, family of all ages, and a plain T-shirt with you to the library for a silk screening adventure! Decorate your T-shirt with the “Catch the Beat at Your Library” logo, and spread the word about Summer Reading! 

Also on Thursday June 28th from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. come to ‘Monster Movie Night’ at the library, featuring “Godzilla”. Come watch as a UFO reveals itself as an alien monster, and the citizens of Japan battle for survival. All students entering grades 7 – 12 are invited. Refreshments will be served.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club, its next meeting scheduled for July 10th, will meet at 6:15 p.m. on July 10th in The Reading Room. Please note the time, because it had been previously scheduled at a different time. The book for discussion at that time will be Margaret Atwood’s “Blind Assassin.”

Join author David Drummond at the Thayer Public Library on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 6:30pm, as he presents an illustrated historical lecture on his book The Shipyard: Will It Float?, published in 2003. Using PowerPoint, Mr. Drummond presents historical information on the Quincy/Braintree shipyard and shows many of the famous ships built 
there between 1884 and 1986.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

June 20, 2007

“Catch the Beat” in Library Summer Programs


Thayer Public Library will be a place of music, muppets, magic and more this Summer, with a dazzling two month display of programs for kids and families, all designed to encourage reading and learning. Kicking off the Summer Reading Program is Rick Goldin’s program featuring music and muppets on Wednesday, June 27th, at 6:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. This program, sponsored in part by Comcast and by the Braintree Arts Lottery Council, is free and open to children of all ages. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425 for more details. Registration for the Summer Program is underway, so pick up a flyer at the library for a full list of the programs and activities, all with this Summer’s theme “Catch the Beat”. Don’t miss out on some great fun!

Speaking of Summer fun bring friends, family of all ages, and a plain T-shirt with you on Thursday, June 28th from 10 a.m until 1 p.m. to the library for a silk screening adventure! Decorate your T-shirt with the “Catch the Beat at Your Library” logo, and spread the word about Summer Reading! 


The Friends’ collection of computer monitors and TV’s, postponed in May because of weather conditions, is scheduled for Saturday, June 30th, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon, at the Town Hall parking lot. Other electronic appliances containing hazardous waste materials, such as AC’s, dehumidifiers, small refrigerators and microwave ovens also will be collected. There is a fee of $10 for each item, except that TV consoles and large portable TV’s more than 24 inches in width will be $15. Proceeds will benefit the library. Items collected by and to benefit The League of Women Voters at that event are car tires ($4.00), truck tires ($15.00), rims (2.00), and batteries ($4.00).

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club, its next meeting scheduled for July 10th, will meet at 6:15 p.m. on July 10th in The Reading Room. Please note the time, because it had been previously scheduled at a different time. The book for discussion at that time will be Margaret Atwood’s “Blind Assassin.”

The Readers’ Group Book Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is on June 27th, also in The Reading Room. Please note the earlier time, 6:45 p.m. for this discussion of Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”. For information about either group call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

June 13, 2007

Collection of TV's, Computer Monitors on June 30


The Friends’ collection of computer monitors and TV’s, postponed in May because of weather conditions, is scheduled for Saturday, June 30th, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon, at the Town Hall parking lot. Other electronic appliances containing hazardous waste materials, such as AC’s, dehumidifiers, small refrigerators and microwave ovens also will be collected. There is a fee of $10 for each item, except that TV consoles and large portable TV’s more than 24 inches in width will be $15. Proceeds will benefit the library. Items collected by and to benefit The League of Women Voters at that event are car tires ($4.00), truck tires ($15.00), rims (2.00), and batteries ($4.00).

On Saturday, June 16, 2007 from 2pm to 3:30pm in Logan Auditorium, Thayer Public Library presents “An American Original: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis”. This is a dramatic presentation by Robin Lane Productions.
Robin Lane, actress, author, director and producer, has been bringing history and art to life since 1980. A trailblazer in the arena of the one person show, Robin has portrayed several first ladies, artists, and famous figures, including Isabella Stewart Gardner, Abigail Adams, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Mary Cassatt. Ms. Lane studied voice at New England Conservatory and theater at Boston University. She has starred in such musical productions as Company, Follies, and Man of La Mancha.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Braintree Arts 
Lottery Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 781-848-0405 x4420.

Rick Goldin returns to the library for an exciting program to kick off the library’s Summer Reading Program. “Catch the Beat”, featuring music, puppets and fun, will take place in the library’s Logan Auditorium on Wednesday, June 27th, at 6:30 p.m. This program, sponsored in part by Comcast and by the Braintree Arts Lottery Council, is free and open to children of all ages. Call 781-848-4425 for more details. Registration for the Summer Program starts June 14th.

Pick up a flyer at the library for a list of the Summer Programs and activities, all with this Summer’s theme “Catch the Beat”. Don’t miss out on some great fun!

The Readers’ Group Book Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is on June 27th, also in The Reading Room. Please note the earlier time, 6:45 p.m. for this discussion of Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist." For information about either group call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

June 6, 2007

‘Dorothy Parker’ at the Library



Come to Logan Auditorium at the library on Sunday, June 10th, 3:00 p.m. to see Dorothy Parker, as presented by South Shore actress and singer Elizabeth (Beth) Morrell, accompanied on piano by Judy Cobble. As a writer of poetry, short stories, as well as book and play reviews for The New Yorker and Esquire magazines, Dorothy Parker was ‘a successful woman who deflated daily the pretensions of the world around her with stiletto irreverence’. Elizabeth Morrell has a B. A. in Theatre Arts and an M.A. in Speech Communication. She has performed extensively on the South Shore with groups such as The Bay Players, , Company Theatre, Curtain Call Theatre, Massasoit Theatre Company, and Showstoppers Dinner Theatre.

As a part of the Sunday Concert Series of The Friends of Thayer Public Library, this program is supported in part by Comcast and by The South Shore Playhouse Associates. It is free and open to the public. For information call 781-413-1327.

Hear “Tales from the Big Dig,” as told by Boston Globe Reporter and Attorney Sean P. Murphy, on Monday, June 11th, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. Sean Murphy covered the Big Dig as an investigative reporter for the Boston Globe for many years. Also, in his 20 year stint with the Globe, he was a police reporter, court reporter, city editor, and Spotlight team reporter. His presentation is on the good, the bad and the ugly of the “Big Dig.” He details the story of the “Big Dig” from its inception, through delays, the engineering marvels and pitfalls, the cost overruns, leaks and collapses. Mr. Murphy broke the stories on Big Dig tunnel leaks (2005), the state’s failure to hold accountable Big Dig contractors (2003), and the cause of the ceiling collapse in the Big Dig tunnels (2006).

On Saturday, June 16, 2007 from 2pm to 3:30pm in Logan Auditorium, Thayer Public Library presents “An American Original: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.” This is a dramatic presentation by Robin Lane Productions.
Robin Lane, actress, author, director and producer, has been bringing history and art to life since 1980. A trailblazer in the arena of the one person show, Robin has portrayed several first ladies, artists, and famous figures, including Isabella Stewart Gardner, Abigail Adams, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Mary Cassatt. Ms. Lane studied voice at New England Conservatory and theater at Boston University. She has starred in such musical productions as Company, Follies, and Man of La Mancha.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Braintree Arts Lottery Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 781-848-0405 x4420.

The discussion at the 2nd Tuesday Book Club on June 12th will be various books on Benjamin Franklin. The meeting will be in The Reading Room at 7:15 p.m. 

The Readers’ Group Book Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is on June 27th, also in The Reading Room. Please note the earlier time, 6:45 p.m. for this discussion of Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist.”

For information about either group call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

May 23, 2007

Library Schedules Computer Safety Program


Are you worried about your personal computer's safety? Do you have so many passwords that you can't remember any of them? Could someone be stealing your personal information? Don Lutz, computer instructor, will address these hot topics and more at the Thayer Public Library from 7-9 pm on Wednesday, May 30th, with an introduction on how to protect your computer from trojans, worms, and bots, and other creepy things that can infect your computer or steal your identity.


May is Family Wellness Month and Meditation Month, and the library is celebrating by having a wonderful display of books on those subjects on the Lower Level. These books will teach you new ways to appreciate those closest to you and at the same time will help you learn to relax.

The library's Scrabble team recently competed at the National School Scrabble Championship in Providence. Aiden Flynn and Felix Wong made and excellent showing by playing their way up to the 16th place in the next to the last round of competition. With a chance to make it into the top 10 and win a money prize, they played that last round for all they were worth. The competition is tough in these national events and, although no money was won, Aiden and Felix walked away champions landing in the top 25 percent of avid Scrabble teams from across the United States. Congratulations Aiden and Felix for a job very well done!

Registration for June Computer Sessions began on Monday, May 21st. You may register by visiting the information desk on the lower level or by calling that library at 781-848-0405 ext. 4417. Class size is limited and they do fill quickly so call to assure yourself of a seat.

The Library will be showing the film "Snow in August" on Thursday evening, May 24th at 6:45 in the Logan Auditorium. One of the library's book groups, The Readers’ Group, recently read and was so impressed by this best selling book by Pete Hamill that they requested that the library show the movie. Everyone is welcome to come to this program, which is free and open to the public.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.

From Robert Dunne, a library Friend: “What is a library? It is a storehouse of the greater and lesser works of the human mind. From religion to history to philosophy to fiction, the library has it all. There are books on the Buddha, WW II, Socrates and Dickens. No fee. It’s all there for the taking. What a wonderful resource it is! All the books, tapes, CD’s and DVD’s are there for the scholar and the casual learner. Take a look around on your next visit. You may be surprised. Take your time. There’s no hurry.”

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

May 16, 2007

Library Schedules Computer Safety Program


Are you worried about your personal computer's safety? Do you have so many passwords that you can't remember any of them? Could someone be stealing your personal information? Don Lutz, computer instructor, will address these hot topics and more at the Thayer Public Library from 7-9 pm on Wednesday, May 30th, with an introduction on how to protect your computer from trojans, worms, and bots, and other creepy things that can infect your computer or steal your identity.

May is Family Wellness Month and Meditation Month, and the library is celebrating by having a wonderful display of books on those subjects on the Lower Level. These books will teach you new ways to appreciate those closest to you and at the same time will help you learn to relax.

The next program in Friends’ Concert Series will be on Sunday, May 20th, at 3:00 p.m., featuring Ed Sorrentino on drums and Perry Rossi as pianist/vocalist. They have great guest artists, so come for an afternoon of jazz standards and favorites played in a style which always is entertaining and enjoyable. This is a free concert sponsored in part by Comcast and by The South Shore Playhouse Associates.

‘Story Time’ takes place on Mondays at 10 and 11 a.m. This is for toddlers (ages 1 – 3). No sign-up is required---just drop in. The next dates are May 14, and 21. For Pre-Schoolers, (ages 3 – 5), programs are on Wednesdays, May 16, and 23. Registration is required, so call or visit the Children’s Department soon. 

For students in 4th grade and up, there is the Manga Group for Kids, on Saturday, May 19th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Come, chat about Manga, see some anime, and have a drawing contest. (If you draw, bring a picture you have made of a character, to enter the drawing contest). For questions, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4426.

The Readers’ Group Book Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is on May 23rd, in the Reading Room, Main Level, at 7:15 p.m. The book under discussion is Jeffrey Archer’s “Kane & Abel”. For information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.


This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

 

May 2, 2007

“Edible Wild Plants of the Northeast” at the Library


Nature lovers and environment enthusiasts: join Educator/Naturalist John Root (What a great name for the presenter of this program!) at the Thayer Public Library on Saturday, May 5th from 2 pm to 3:30 pm for a lecture/demonstration of Edible Wild Plants of the Northeast. This is a hands-on introduction to the identification and uses of our native plants for food and beverage. An assortment of wild foods and drinks will be provided for sampling. This program is sponsored by the Thayer Public Library and the Braintree Arts Lottery Council, a local agency, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. All programs at the Thayer Public Library are free and open to the public.

May is Family Wellness Month and Meditation Month, and the library is celebrating by having a wonderful display of books on those subjects on the Lower Level. These books will teach you new ways to appreciate those closest to you and at the same time will help you learn to relax.

Registration for May's Computer Learning Sessions has begun! Sessions offered include how to use the mouse, searching the Internet, opening an email account, an introduction to using Microsoft Word and a new session on exploring your library's catalog. You may register in person at the lower level information desk or by calling 781-848-0405 ext. 4417. The sessions are quite popular and space is limited so don't wait to reserve your space.

The Second Tuesday Book Club next meets on May 8th, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room, Main Level. The book under discussion on that date will be “Melancholy Baby”, by Robert Parker. All are welcomed to participate. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Writing Group meets on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Conference Room B, Upper Level of the library. All are welcomed to come and share ideas about writing projects. For more information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

‘Story Time’ takes place on Mondays at 10 and 11 a.m. This is for toddlers (ages 1 - 3). No sign-up is required---just drop in. The next dates are May 7, 14, and 21. For Pre-Schoolers, (ages 3 - 5), programs are on Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23. Registration is required, so call or visit the Children’s Department soon.

For students in 4th grade and up, there is the Manga Group for Kids, on Saturday, May 19th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Come, chat about Manga, see some anime, and have a drawing contest. (If you draw, bring a picture you have made of a character, to enter the drawing contest). For questions, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4426.

Children’s books and paperbacks of various types in good condition are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.


This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

 

April 25, 2007

Art Historian Features Goya in Library Program


Art history lovers take note: On Saturday, April 28th from 2-3:30 p.m., art historian Gershon Weisenberg will present a slide show and lecture on “The Life and Artistry of Francisco de Goya”, in Logan Auditorium. Mr. Weisenberg has taught at Harvard University and the Worcester Art Museum. He currently is working on a scholarly book about the Spanish Civil War. Mr. Weisenberg will return to the library on September 8th to present a program on French painter Henri Matisse.


The Writing Group meets on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Conference Room B, Upper Level of the library. All are welcomed to come and share ideas about writing projects. For more information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The next ‘After School Crafts’ program will be today, Wednesday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. This program is for children ages 6 and older. Call or visit the Children’s Department to register or for more information.

‘Story Time’ takes place on Mondays at 10 and 11 a.m. This is for toddlers (ages 1 - 3). No sign-up is required---just drop in. The next dates are April 30, May 7, 14, and 21. For Pre-Schoolers, (ages 3 - 5), registration is required, in the Children’s Department. Programs are on May 2, 9, 16, and 23.

“Fossils and Dinosaurs” A Fun with Science multi-media presentation will take place on Tuesday, May 1, at 3:30 in Logan Auditorium. See lots of real fossils! This is for children from Pre-School through 6th grade. To register, contact Elisabeth Strachan in the Children’s Department, 781-848-0405, ext. 4425. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Braintree Arts Lottery Council.

For students in 4th grade and up, there is the Manga Group for Kids, on Saturday, May 19th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Come, chat about Manga, see some anime, and have a drawing contest. (If you draw, bring a picture you have made of a character, to enter the drawing contest). For questions, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4426.

The May, 2007 Computer Learning Sessions will begin soon. Registration has begun, so sign up now, because space is limited. There is Basic Mouse Use, Internet Searching, E-Mailing, Microsoft Word Basics, and a new class, Explore Your Library’s Catalog. Pick up a flyer at the library for dates and more detail, or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

More children’s books are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.

Stop by The Friends’ Fogg Café on your next library visit, and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea, coffee of varying strengths, or hot chocolate. There are some new coffee offerings, including Espresso. Try some!

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

April 18, 2007

New Web Address for Library

Note from Library Director Betsy Wolfe: “Due to technical difficulties, the library has moved its web address from .org to .net. Our new address is: www.thayerpubliclibrary.net. Please bookmark this site. Our website was unavailable from April 7-12. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. If you tried to renew your materials online but couldn't, please mention it at the circulation desk, and we will be happy to waive any fines for that period”.

Do you use e-mail regularly? If you wish, please share your email address with the library. The library can quickly and easily contact patrons via email for overdue and hold notices. Email notices are easier and less expensive than other means of contact, plus it saves time and money. The library will not share email addresses with non-library businesses. Please see a staff member at the Adult Circulation Desk on the Main Level of the Thayer Public Library to set-up this free service, call the desk, 781-848-0405, or contact Circulation Librarian Matthew Jaquith, at mjaquith@ocln.org.

A great family show, “How Does Your Garden Grow?, will be at the library on Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 1:00 p.m., featuring Sparky's Puppets. Sparky's show dramatizes favorite tales with audience participation. This free program is funded in part by the Braintree Arts Lottery Council, a local agency and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Free, sign up at 781-848-0405 x4425 or email estrachan@ocln.org.

The next concert in The Friends Concert Series will be on Sunday, April 22, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. At that time, Margarita Gurevich will be returning with her talented, prize-winning students. These gifted young pianists have been very popular with library audiences, and have presented exciting programs. Don’t miss it! The Friends Concert Series is supported in part by Comcast and by The South Shore Playhouse Associates.

Art history lovers take note: On Saturday, April 28th from 2-3:30pm, art historian Gershon Weisenberg will present a slide show and lecture on “The Life and Artistry of Francisco de Goya”, in Logan Auditorium. Mr. Weisenberg has taught at Harvard University and the Worcester Art Museum. He currently is working on a scholarly book about the Spanish Civil War. Mr. Weisenberg will return to the library on September 8th to present a program on French painter Henri Matisse.

A two-day Book Fair at Barnes and Noble on April 20th and 21st will benefit Summer Reading Programs throughout the state. Named “Catch the Beat for Your Library”, the event will result in a percentage of every sale at B & N going to Summer Reading programs in libraries. But there’s an important step which has to be taken. Customers at B&N must present a Book Fair voucher at the cash register at checkout on the days of the Book Fair, when purchasing books, CDs, DVDs, café items, toys, and much more, in order for the library to benefit. Vouchers can be obtained at either of the Circulation Desks or at the Reference Desk, at the B&N website (cmrls.org/bn) and at a B&N register on either of the Book Fair days. There’s a bonus! A $500 Gift Card will be given by B&N to the library whose patrons submit the most vouchers. So, make April 20th and 21st your day to do some serious shopping at B&N, and the Summer Reading Programs will thank you! Please note: The Story Hour at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, April 21st, with Children’s Librarian Elizabeth Strachan, will be at 2:00 p.m. Story titles will be "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?" For more information about this event to support Summer Reading Programs in our libraries, contact Elisabeth Strachan, Children’s Librarian, 781-848-0405, ext. 4426.

More children’s books are needed for The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you wish to donate some to the Book Sale, please ask at the Reference Desk where they can be left.

Stop by The Friends’ Fogg Café on your next library visit, and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea, coffee of varying strengths, or hot chocolate. There are some new coffee offerings, including Espresso. Try some!

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

April 11, 2007

Property Purchased for Expanded Library Parking

The property at 816 Washington Street has been purchased for the expansion of patron parking at the library. The Campaign initiated by The Friends of Thayer Public Library resulted in funds sufficient to conduct the closing on April 2, and the property now belongs to the Town of Braintree. The Friends will be collaborating with Town officials on the process for development of the land, and will continue the Campaign to raise funds to complete the project. Approximately $80,000 is needed to reach the goal of $750,000 set by The Friends at the beginning of the Campaign. Those wishing to participate in this exciting and much needed parking expansion may do so by donating to The Thayer Public Library (or TPL) Development Fund, P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185. For information or to charge a contribution call 781-413-1327. Your help is still needed to bring safe, expanded parking to the library as soon as possible.

Sign up in the Children's Department for a fun-filled puppet show called “How Does Your Garden Grow?, on Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 1:00 p.m., featuring Sparky's Puppets. Sparky's show dramatizes favorite tales with audience participation. A great family show. This program is funded in part by the Braintree Arts Lottery Council,
a local agency and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Free, sign up at 781-848-0405 x4425 or email estrachan@ocln.org.

The next concert in The Friends Concert Series will be on Sunday, April 22, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. At that time, Margarita Gurevich will be returning with her talented, prize-winning students. These gifted young pianists have been very popular with library audiences, and have presented exciting programs. Don’t miss it! The Friends Concert Series is supported in part by Comcast and by The South Shore Playhouse Associates.

A two-day Book Fair at Barnes and Noble on April 20th and 21st will benefit Summer Reading Programs throughout the state. Named “Catch the Beat for Your Library”, the event will result in a percentage of every sale at B & N going to Summer Reading programs in libraries. But there’s an important step which has to be taken. Customers at B&N must present a Book Fair voucher at the cash register at checkout on the days of the Book Fair, when purchasing books, CDs, DVDs, café items, toys, and much more, in order for the library to benefit. Vouchers can be obtained at either of the Circulation Desks or at the Reference Desk, at the B&N website (cmrls.org/bn) and at a B&N register on either of the Book Fair days. There’s a bonus! A $500 Gift Card will be given by B&N to the library whose patrons submit the most vouchers. So, make April 20th and 21st your day to do some serious shopping at B&N, and the Summer Reading Programs will thank you! For more information about this event to support Summer Reading Programs in our libraries, contact Elisabeth Strachan, Children’s Librarian, 781-848-0405, ext. 4426.

The sale of paperback books in The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level has gone so well that we now need more! If you have paperbacks, or hard cover biographies, historical novels or other interesting books in good, clean condition which can be contributed to the Book Sale, please take them to the Lower Level of the library, or call Adele at 781-843-8123. Pick-up of large numbers of books can be arranged. Please no textbooks, computer or technical books.

Stop by The Friends’ Fogg Café on your next library visit, and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea, coffee of varying strengths, or hot chocolate. There are some new coffee offerings, including Espresso. Try some!

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

 

April 4, 2007

April Activities Abound at the Library

Sign up in the Children's Department for a fun-filled puppet show on Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 1:00 p.m., featuring Sparky's Puppets. Sparky's show dramatizes favorite tales with audience participation. A great family show. This program is funded in part by the Braintree Arts Lottery Council,a local agency and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Free, sign up at 781-848-0405 x4425 or email estrachan@ocln.org. 

On your next visit to the library check out the Duane Display Cases at the Washington Street entrance. For the month of April there is a display of The Great Books Reading Program - Highlands School grades 1 through 5.

Story Time sessions are still ongoing. The next one is on Monday, April 9th. Just drop in. No sign-up is required. Toddlers, ages 1 – 3 especially welcomed to join their parent (s) and have a great time!

Sign-up is required for Preschooler (ages 3 – 5) sessions on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Remaining dates are April 4th and April 11th.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club next meets on April 10th, at 7:15 in the Reading Room. The book under discussion will be Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle”. The 4th Wednesday Readers’ Group Book Club next meets on April 25th. The book under discussion that night will be Geraldine Brooks’ “Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women”. All are welcome to either group. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The next concert in The Friends Concert Series will be on Sunday, April 22, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. At that time, Margarita Gurevich will be returning with her talented, prize-winning students. These gifted young pianists have been very popular with library audiences, and have presented exciting programs. Don’t miss it!

The Writing Group meets on the 1st Thursday of each month, in Conference Room B, Upper Level, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in sharing writing or working on ideas for a writing project, as well as giving and receiving constructive feedback to other participant, that is the place to be. All are welcome.

The sale of paperback books in The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level has gone so well that we now need more! If you have paperbacks, or hard cover biographies, historical novels or other interesting books in good, clean condition which can be contributed to the Book Sale, please take them to the Lower Level of the library, or call Adele at 781-843-8123. Pick-up of large numbers of books can be arranged. Please no textbooks, computer or technical books. 

Stop by The Friends’ Fogg Café on your next library visit, and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea, coffee of varying strengths, or hot chocolate. There are some new coffee offerings, including Espresso. Try some!

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

 

March 28, 2007


Nelson Mandela Film at the Library

“The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela” will be shown at the library on Saturday, March 31st, in Logan Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. This PBS film-biography of this extraordinary man is a dramatic and vivid presentation of the life of one individual whose peaceful protests, perseverance and patriotism helped to change a nation. The presentation is free and open to the public. 

Keep the date of Saturday, May 5th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. open for an intriguing program entitled “Edible Wild Plants of the Northeast”. One never knows when that knowledge will come in handy or be needed. John Root, Naturalist/Educator, will offer the program, which will examine live specimens of locally available plants. He will teach identifying characteristics, habitats, seasons of availability, and give recipes and instructions for preparation. Also, wild plant foods and beverages can be tasted. The program is supported in part by the Braintree Arts Lottery Council.

Story Time sessions are still ongoing on Mondays, with April 2nd and 9th still open. Just drop in. No sign-up is required. Toddlers, ages 1 – 3 especially welcomed to join their mothers and have a great time!

Sign-up is required for Preschooler (ages 3 – 5) sessions on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Remaining dates are today, Wednesday March 28th, April 4th and April 11th.

Tonight, March 28th at 7:15 in the Reading Room, the Readers’ Group Book Club meets in the Reading room, Main Level of the library, to discuss the delightful “Snow in August”, by Pete Hamill.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club next meets on April 10th, at 7:15 in the Reading Room. The book under discussion will be Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle”. All are welcome to either or both Book Clubs. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The sale of paperback books in The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level has gone so well that we now need more! If you have paperbacks, or hard cover biographies, historical novels or other interesting books in good, clean condition which can be contributed to the Book Sale, please take them to the Lower Level of the library, or call Adele at 781-843-8123. Pick-up of large numbers of books can be arranged. Please no textbooks, computer or technical books. 

Stop by The Friends’ Fogg Café on your next library visit, and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea, coffee of varying strengths, or hot chocolate. There are some new coffee offerings. Try some!

The display on the Lower Level this month honors our Irish Heritage: from the ancient history of Ireland to our celebrated Boston Irish. March Madness and everything basketball is the subject of the neighboring display table.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

 

March 14, 2007


Library Offers Computer Learning Sessions

Computer Learning Sessions are back! Beginning in April the library will offer a series of 45 minute to one-hour sessions on a variety of computer related topics. The April classes cover the basics of mouse use, two levels of Internet search skills, a class for people new to e-mail, and one on the basics of Microsoft Word. Both morning and evening classes are offered for most topics. Class schedules are available at the library and on their website. Registration begins on Tuesday, March 20th. You may register at the information desk on the lower level or by calling the library at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The library staff and The Friends extend a warm welcome to Matthew Jaquith, the new Circulation Librarian. Matthew comes to Braintree from the Springfield area, where he last worked at the Wilbraham Public Library. He also has experience with academic libraries, having worked in libraries at Amherst College and Brown University. He has a Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS) from Simmons College. Welcome, Matthew!

The Council on Aging is pleased to announce a new program for seniors who would like to visit the library but who have no transportation from their homes. Every Tuesday morning, you can be picked up at your home between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m., taken to the library, spend one to one and a half hours there, then returned to your home. The library has a small café, where drinks and snacks may be purchased. Please bring your library card, as loans and Internet computer use are not allowed without one. If you do not have a library card, bring a photo ID with your correct address on it, and a library staff member will be happy to sign you up for a new card. So, don’t miss out! Take advantage of our beautiful Thayer Public Library and the COA’s new program. Contact Jane Hanley at the COA, 781-848-1963 for more information or to book a ride.

The display on the Lower Level this month honors our Irish Heritage: from the ancient history of Ireland to our celebrated Boston Irish. March Madness and everything basketball is the subject of the neighboring display table.

Get ready for the Scrabble Playoff ! Students in grades 5 – 8 are invited to play for the chance to compete at the National School Scrabble Championship in Providence, RI. in May. Our local Playoff will be in the Logan Auditorium on Saturday, March 24th, from 2 – 5 p.m., after which refreshments will be enjoyed by all participants. That competition will determine the 2-person team that will be sent to the National Playoff. Also, to get you warmed up, there is open Scrabble play for all ages every Thursday night on the Lower Level starting at 6:30.

The Braintree Anime Society will be showing “Rurouni Kenshin” on the 20th of this month. The movie features Kenshin; a vagabond with a dark past and sunny disposition. In his travels he befriends a menagerie of individuals with their own troubled pasts. Together they fight off the enemies surfacing from the dark past that Kenshin cannot escape! Refreshments will be served. The Society meets in the Logan Auditorium on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6 – 9pm. Programs are suitable for patrons who are 13 years old and older.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

 

March 07, 2007

Parking at a Premium at the Library

Is the library getting busier these days, or am I seeing things? Twice this week I have had to do some innovative parking off-site. And when there is a popular program going on, forget it! Alas, that is the lot (no pun intended) of a place like the library, offering interesting selections of materials and programs, use of the internet, and much more, becoming a virtual magnet for curious and hungry minds. But wait---help is on the way! By now you must have heard about the Campaign to expand library parking. Yes, it continues, and The Friends are grateful to all who have participated in the Campaign to date, by pledging and contributing. So far, almost $700,000 has been raised toward the overall goal of $750,000. Many folks have responded by mailing contributions in the envelopes accompanying the BELD statements, and that has been a boost to the Campaign. We need to make the final push to get over the top. Names of those contributing $1,000 or more will be displayed on a permanent plaque. If you wish to help with this project vital to the future growth of your library, please do so by writing a check in any amount to the TPL Development Fund, P.0. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185, or use the collection box on the Main Level of the library.

Kids, join the March ‘After School Craft Program’ on Wednesday, March 14, at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required in the Children’s Department, so visit there or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425 to sign up.

This is the fourth year that the library will sponsor a team at the National School Scrabble Championship in May. Team members must be in grades 5 - 8, but on Thursdays anyone can come to practice sessions at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Boards are available at the library, but if you have a favorite one of your own, you may bring it. The playoffs at the library will be on Saturday, March 24, and the winners will go to Providence, R.I. to compete in the National Championship on May 4th and 5th, 2007. If you have questions, call the Reference Desk, 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 or e-mail brref@ocln.org.

The Friends will be sponsoring another computer monitor and TV collection in May, in connection with Household Hazardous Waste Day at the Ivory Street Recycling site. There will be much more publicity as the time approaches, but keep that in mind as a time and place to safely dispose of those items containing hazardous waste materials.

The next meeting of the Readers’ Group Book Club will be on Wednesday, March 28th, 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room. The book under discussion will be Pete Hamill’s delightful book, “Snow in August”. The 2nd Tuesday Book Club next meets on April 10th, with Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle” as the topic. For up to date information on book clubs, anime and other interesting groups, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 and speak with Priscilla or Moira.

Call for books for The Friends’ Book Sale. There has been such a great interest in the books available, and because of the high quality of the books donated, more are needed. The Book Sale continues to be an excellent source of funds which The Friends can use to support materials, services and programs of the library. If you have paperback books on varied topics in good condition, as well as biographies and historical novels, and children’s books which you would like to donate for the sale, take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them. 

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

February 21, 2007

Manga, Anime, and Scrabble

What do the three terms above have in common? First of all, is there anyone over age 30 who knows what the first two are? Let’s start with the last one, Scrabble, which is more likely to be familiar to all. Students in grades 5 – 8 can begin honing skills to participate in the National Scrabble Championship in April. There is open Scrabble play every Thursday at the library, 6:30 p.m. Lower Level. Bring friends, have a ball! Call Priscilla at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 if you have questions.

Now for the tough ones. The Braintree Anime Society meets on the third Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Upper Level of the library. Now, a Manga group is starting. If you are a young person who loves Manga and Anime, come to the library on Saturday, February 24, Conference Room B, Upper Level. If this leaves you thoroughly confused, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425 and talk with Elizabeth Strachan, or e-mail her, estrachan@ocln.org.

For those not quite tuned in to Manga or Anime, come to the Reptile Show, on Tuesday, February 20, at 2 p.m. in Logan Auditorium, Upper Level. This is school vacation week, so be there, to see iguanas, a python, a giant tarantula, and many other fascinating creatures. This program is sponsored by Comcast. 

The Artist of the Month from the Braintree Art Association exhibiting in the library for January is Gayle Lawson. Her work is with acrylics and paints.

The Readers’ Group Book Club, meets on the fourth Wednesday each month at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the library’s Main Level. For the February 28th session, the book under discussion will be Nelson Mandela’s “Long Walk to Freedom”. For more information about either Book Club, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

In The Friends Concert Series, the Dorothy Parker program originally scheduled for March, has been rescheduled for June. On Sunday, March 18, the concert will feature a wonderful pianist, Shuann Chai. Please make a note of the change. There will be more information about the March concert in the next few weeks.

The Writers’ Group meets on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 in Conference Room B, on the Upper Level of the library. If you have wanted to try your hand at writing but just haven’t been able to get started, here is your chance to do it, with help and support. For more information call Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Displays which are ‘must see’ at the library are the Braintree Historical Society’s Railway Exhibit, near the Main Circulation Desk, and “A Celebration of African American Achievement, in books, pictures and sculpture, in the Duane Case at the Washington Street entrance.

We thank all who have donated books to the ongoing Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. The quality of books donated has been especially good. We appreciate the thoughtfulness. If you have paperback books on varied topics in good condition, as well as biographies and historical novels, and children’s books which you would like to donate for the sale, take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them. If you are unable to bring them to the library, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123 for help with transporting them.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

February 14, 2007

Manga, Anime, and Scrabble

What do the three terms above have in common? First of all, is there anyone over age 30 who knows what the first two are? Let’s start with the last one, Scrabble, which is more likely to be familiar to all. Students in grades 5 – 8 can begin honing skills to participate in the National Scrabble Championship in April. There is open Scrabble play every Thursday at the library, 6:30 p.m. Lower Level. Bring friends, have a ball! Call Priscilla at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 if you have questions.

Now for the tough ones. The Braintree Anime Society meets on the third Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Upper Level of the library. Now, a Manga group is starting. If you are a young person who loves Manga and Anime, come to the library on Saturday, February 24, Conference Room B, Upper Level. If this leaves you thoroughly confused, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425 and talk with Elizabeth Strachan, or e-mail her, estrachan@ocln.org.

For those not quite tuned in to Manga or Anime, come to the Reptile Show, on Tuesday, February 20, at 2 p.m. in Logan Auditorium, Upper Level. This is school vacation week, so be there, to see iguanas, a python, a giant tarantula, and many other fascinating creatures. This program is sponsored by Comcast. 

On Sunday, February 18th at 3:00 p.m. The Silverwood Trio will play works of Gaubert, Mozart, Polansky and Kuhlau. The Trio consists of Paul Hoffman, piano; Cindy Woolley, flute and vocals; Walter Halvorsen, cello. The Silverwood Trio is celebrating its 10th Anniversary as a performance group. The concert is free and open to the public. For information call 781-413-1327. This concert is sponsored in part by Comcast and by The South Shore Playhouse Associates.


The Artist of the Month from the Braintree Art Association exhibiting in the library for January is Gayle Lawson. Her work is with acrylics and paints.

The Readers’ Group Book Club, meets on the fourth Wednesday each month at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the library’s Main Level. For the February 28th session, the book under discussion will be Nelson Mandela’s “Long Walk to Freedom”. For more information about either Book Club, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Writers’ Group meets on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 in Conference Room B, on the Upper Level of the library. If you have wanted to try your hand at writing but just haven’t been able to get started, here is your chance to do it, with help and support. For more information call Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.


Displays which are ‘must see’ at the library are the Braintree Historical Society’s Railway Exhibit, near the Main Circulation Desk, and “A Celebration of African American Achievement, in books, pictures and sculpture, in the Duane Case at the Washington Street entrance.

We thank all who have donated books to the ongoing Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. The quality of books donated has been especially good. We appreciate the thoughtfulness. If you have paperback books on varied topics in good condition, as well as biographies and historical novels, and children’s books which you would like to donate for the sale, take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them. If you are unable to bring them to the library, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123 for help with transporting them.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

February 7, 2007

Silverwood Trio to Perform at Library


On Sunday, February 18th at 3:00 p.m. The Silverwood Trio will play works of Gaubert, Mozart, Polansky and Kuhlau. The Trio consists of Paul Hoffman, piano; Cindy Wooley, flute and vocals; Walter Halvorsen, cello. The concert is free and open to the public. For information call 781-413-1327.

Many thanks to all who have responded so far to the item in the latest BELD mailing. Your contributions are helping to move the Campaign for expanded parking along. The Friends continue to be confident about an April closing on the property adjacent to the library. Anyone wishing to participate in the Campaign is most welcome to do so, by using the envelope provided in the BELD mailing, or simply mail a check to TPL Development Fund, P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185. For information call 781-413-1327. Be a part of this needed, exciting new addition to the library!

On display this month on the Lower Level are books celebrating ‘Relationship Wellness Month’, to help you rekindle the spark and recapture the glow. 

The Artist of the Month from the Braintree Art Association exhibiting in the library for January is Gayle Lawson. Her work is with acrylics and paints.


The book chosen for discussion at the Second Tuesday Book Club, is “The Last Juror”, by John Grisham. The session will be on February 13th, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room.

The Readers’ Group Book Club, meets on the fourth Wednesday each month at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the library’s Main Level. For the February 28th session, the book under discussion will be Nelson Mandela’s “Long Walk to Freedom”. For more information about either Book Club, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Scrabble players in grades 5 – 8, experienced or new to the game, may begin practicing in the Young Adult area at the library on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. For the fourth year, the Library will sponsor a team at the National School Scrabble Competition in May. Boards are available, or you may bring your own. For more information call the Reference Desk at 781-848-0405, Ext. 4417, or e-mail brref@ocln.org.

The Writers’ Group meets on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 in Conference Room B, on the Upper Level of the library. If you have wanted to try your hand at writing but just haven’t been able to get started, here is your chance to do it, with help and support. For more information call Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Displays which are ‘must see’ at the library are the Braintree Historical Society’s Railway Exhibit, near the Main Circulation Desk, and “A Celebration of African American Achievement, in books, pictures and sculpture, in the Duane Case at the Washington Street entrance.

We thank all who have donated books to the ongoing Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. The quality of books donated has been especially good. We appreciate the thoughtfulness. If you have paperback books on varied topics in good condition, as well as biographies and historical novels, and children’s books which you would like to donate for the sale, take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them. If you are unable to bring them to the library, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123 for help with transporting them.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

January 17, 2007

Special Collection of TV’s, Computer Monitors

The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be sponsoring a special collection of TV’s, computer monitors and other electronic items containing hazardous waste materials, on Saturday, February 3, in the Town Hall parking lot, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Please note that it is not a general hazardous waste collection. The only items accepted, and the fees, are as follows: computer monitors, portable TV’s, AC’s, dehumidifiers, small refrigerators, and microwave ovens are $10 per item. Console TV’s are $15. Cell phones are free. Again, only the items mentioned here will be accepted. If weather conditions do not permit the collection on Saturday, the alternate date is Sunday, February 4, at the same hours.

 The Campaign to expand the parking area at the library by adding 27 more spaces continues. Many of you have received the Special Newsletter from The Friends, and a special envelope is included in January’s BELD mailing. We are hopeful of having a positive response to propel the campaign into its final phase, not only from library patrons, but also from other individuals and families who value the library and its enhancement of our lives and of the culture of Braintree and the larger community. To expand the parking area is necessary to the continuing growth of our library through services and programs for all ages. Please take time to think about what the library means to you and to the community, and join the Campaign effort. Use the form included in the Newsletter, and/or the envelope included with the current BELD statement, or use the collection boxes provided at the library. For charging a gift, you also may call 781-413-1327. Your children and grandchildren will thank you.

The Braintree Anime Society, an interesting and fun group for adults and teens ages 13 and older, meets in the library’s Logan Auditorium on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 9 p.m. The next meeting will be on January 16th. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or contact BraintreeAnimeSociety@Gmail.com for more information.

The Readers’ Group Book Club, meets on the fourth Wednesday each month at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the library’s Main Level. For the January 24th session, the book under discussion will be “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. For more information about either Book Club, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Writers’ Group begins its second year, meeting to share ideas about writing projects, give and get feedback, and to begin putting ideas on paper in a supportive, creative atmosphere. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 in Conference Room B, on the Upper Level of the library. If you have wanted to try your hand at writing but just haven’t been able to get started, here is your chance to do it, with help and support. For more information call Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

We thank all who have donated books to the ongoing Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. The quality of books donated has been especially good. We appreciate the thoughtfulness. If you have paperback books on varied topics in good condition, as well as biographies and historical novels, and children’s books which you would like to donate for the sale, take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them. If you are unable to bring them to the library, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123 or John Cobble at 781-413-1327 for help with transporting them.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

January 3, 2007

The Friends Welcome New Library Director

As new Library Director Elizabeth Wolfe begins her tenure, The Friends offer her a warm welcome, wish her the very best, and look forward to working with her to continue the library’s “Access to Excellence” in its service to library patrons and to the larger community. At the same time, we wish to acknowledge the excellent work of Acting Director Connie Collier who, for the past five months has done a marvelous job of administering the multiple and diverse facets the library. Her work will serve the new director well, as we begin a new year and a new era for the library.

The Concert Series sponsored by The Friends resumes Sunday, January 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. David Newsam, classical guitarist and teacher at Berklee School of Music, and Natalia Bernal, Chilean jazz vocalist, will perform “Music of Brazil”. This is an exciting and talented duo will present an outstanding program, and is not to be missed! The Concert Series is supported in part by Comcast and by The South Shore Playhouse Associates, Inc. 

The next meeting of the “Second Tuesday Book Club” will be on January 9, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Main Level. The book to be discussed is “Me Talk Pretty One Day”, by David Sedaris.

The Braintree Anime Society, an interesting and fun group for adults and teens ages 13 and older, meets in the library’s Logan Auditorium on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 9 p.m. The next meeting will be on January 16th. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or contact BraintreeAnimeSociety@Gmail.com for more information.

The Readers’ Group Book Club, meets on the fourth Wednesday each month at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the library’s Main Level. For the January 24th session, the book under discussion will be “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. For more information about either Book Club, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Writers’ Group begins its second year, meeting to share ideas about writing projects, give and get feedback, and to begin putting ideas on paper in a supportive, creative atmosphere. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 in Conference Room B, on the Upper Level of the library. If you have wanted to try your hand at writing but just haven’t been able to get started, here is your chance to do it, with help and support. For more information call Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

We thank all who have donated books to the ongoing Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. The quality of books donated has been especially good. We appreciate the thoughtfulness. If you have paperback books on varied topics in good condition, as well as biographies and historical novels, and children’s books which you would like to donate for the sale, take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them. If you are unable to bring them to the library, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123 or John Cobble at 781-413-1327 for help with transporting them.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

December 27, 2006

Braintree Resident is Car Raffle Winner

The winning ticket for the 2007 Toyota Corolla was held by Leanne Polson of Braintree. Weymouth Toyota owner Charles Tufankjian, who donated the car for the Raffle, drew the lucky ticket and immediately contacted the Polson home. Congratulations to Leanne, and thanks to all who participated in the Raffle. Thanks especially to the Tufankjian family, who generously donated the car to make the event possible. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of property adjacent to the library, in order to expand parking. 

The Campaign to expand parking has raised $530,000.00. What is missing from that figure is the $100,000.00 approved by the Commonwealth last Summer, and recently frozen by Gov. Romney. Whether those previously committed funds will be restored is unclear, so for the present we cannot include them as a certainty. Thus, the project must continue to turn to individuals and businesses and request their (your) help to make the needed parking expansion possible. The Campaign accepts gifts and pledges by cash, check (payable to Friends of Thayer Public Library, P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185), and credit card (Call 781-413-1327). Also, there are donation forms and receptacles in the library. 

During the month of December art work of Lee Daley, member of the Braintree Art Association, is on display on the Main Level of the library. The watercolor paintings include a variety of scenes, events, and people. Take time on your next library visit to enjoy the work of a local artist.

The Friends’ Concert Series resumes on Sunday, January 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. David Newsam, classical guitarist and teacher at Berklee School of Music, and Natalia Bernal, Chilean jazz vocalist, will perform “Music of Brazil”. This is an exciting and talented duo will present an outstanding program, and is not to be missed! The Concert Series is supported in part by Comcast and by The South Shore Playhouse Associates, Inc.

The next meeting of the “Second Tuesday Book Club” will be on January 9, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Main Level. The book to be discussed is “Me Talk Pretty One Day”, by David Sedaris.

The Readers’ Group Book Club, which meets on the fourth Wednesday each month, will discuss Michael Patrick MacDonald’s “All Souls” today, December 27th, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room. For more information about either Book Club, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Writers’ Group meets to share ideas about writing projects, give and get feedback, and to begin putting ideas on paper in a supportive, creative atmosphere. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 in Conference Room B, on the Upper Level of the library. If you have been wanting to try your hand at writing but just haven’t been able to get started, here is your chance to do it, with help and support. For more information call Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

We thank all who have donated books to the ongoing Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. The quality of books donated has been especially good. We appreciate the thoughtfulness. If you have paperback books on varied topics in good condition, as well as biographies and historical novels, and children’s books which you would like to donate for the sale, take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them. If you are unable to bring them to the library, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123 for help with transporting them.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

December 20, 2006

Braintree Resident is Car Raffle Winner

The winning ticket for the 2007 Toyota Corolla was held by Leanne Polson of Braintree. Weymouth Toyota owner Charles Tufankjian, who donated the car for the Raffle, drew the lucky ticket and immediately contacted the Polson home. Congratulations to Leanne, and thanks to all who participated in the Raffle. Thanks especially to the Tufankjian family, who generously donated the car to make the event possible. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of property adjacent to the library, in order to expand parking. 

The Campaign to expand parking has raised $530,000.00. What is missing from that figure is the $100,000.00 approved by the Commonwealth last Summer, and recently frozen by Gov. Romney. Whether those previously committed funds will be restored is unclear, so for the present we cannot include them as a certainty. Thus, the project must continue to turn to individuals and businesses and request their (your) help to make the needed parking expansion possible. The Campaign accepts gifts and pledges by cash, check (payable to Friends of Thayer Public Library, P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185), and credit card (Call 781-413-1327). Also, there are donation receptacles in the library. 

During the month of December art work of Lee Daley, member of the Braintree Art Association, will be on display on the Main Level of the library. The watercolor paintings include a variety of scenes, events, and people. Take time on your next library visit to enjoy the work of a local artist.

The Friends’ Concert Series resumes on Sunday, January 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. David Newsam, guitar, and Natalia Bernal, vocals, will perform “Music of Brazil”. This is an exciting and talented duo will present an outstanding program, and is not to be missed! The Concert Series is supported in part by Comcast and by The South Shore Playhouse Associates, Inc.

The next meeting of the “Second Tuesday Book Club” will be on January 9, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Main Level. The book to be discussed is “Me Talk Pretty One Day”, by David Sedaris.

The Readers’ Group Book Club, which meets on the fourth Wednesday each month, will discuss Michael Patrick MacDonald’s “All Souls”, on Wednesday, December 27th, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room. For more information about either Book Club, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Writers’ Group meets to share ideas about writing projects, give and get feedback, and to begin putting ideas on paper in a supportive, creative atmosphere. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 in Conference Room B, on the Upper Level of the library. For its December 7th meeting, the theme will be Genealogy, family history. If you have been wanting to try your hand at writing but just haven’t been able to get started, here is your chance to do it, with help and support. For more information call Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

We thank all who have donated books to the ongoing Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level. The quality of books donated has been especially good. We appreciate the thoughtfulness. If you have paperback books on varied topics, in good condition, as well as biographies and historical novels, and children’s books which you would like to donate for the sale, take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them. If you are unable to bring them to the library, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123 for help with transporting them.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

December 6, 2006

Car Raffle Winner to be Drawn Saturday

The chance to win a new car has narrowed to just a few more days! The lucky winner of the 2007 Toyota Corolla, which can be seen in front of the library will be drawn on Saturday, December 9th, at 10:30 a.m. at the library. The car has been donated by Tufankjian Toyota/SCION of Weymouth, soon to be of Braintree. It is being raffled by The Friends of Thayer Public Library as part of Campaign to expand patron parking at the library. Raffle tickets are just $100 each, and will be available through Friday at either Washington Street location of the Braintree Cooperative Bank. For questions about the raffle, or to purchase tickets with a credit card, call 781- 413-1327. 

All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Thayer Public Library Development Fund Campaign to expand parking at the Library. Act now, or lose a great opportunity!

The next meeting of the “Second Tuesday Book Club” will be on December 12, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Main Level. The book to be discussed is “Peace Like a River”, by Leif Enger.

The Readers’ Group Book Club, which meets on the fourth Wednesday each month, will discuss Michael Patrick MacDonald’s “All Souls”, on Wednesday, December 27th, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room. For more information about either Book Club, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Writers’ Group meets to share ideas about writing projects, give and get feedback, and to begin putting ideas on paper in a supportive, creative atmosphere. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 in Conference Room B, on the Upper Level of the library. For its December 7th meeting, the theme will be Genealogy, family history. If you have been wanting to try your hand at writing but just haven’t been able to get started, here is your chance to do it, with help and support. For more information call Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

For the past several years, poinsettias have enhanced the library’s interior during the month of December. The Friends of Thayer Public Library are pleased to again provide the plants for the enjoyment of staff and patrons. 

If you have paperback books on varied topics, in good condition, as well as biographies and historical novels, and children’s books which you would like to donate for the ongoing book sale at the library, either take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them. If you are unable to bring them to the library, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123 for help with transporting them.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services

November 29, 2006

Anniversary Celebration: Something for Everyone

All who attended the 7th Annual Celebration of the opening of the new library on November 4th had something to enjoy. There was face painting, food and drink, children’s live entertainment, and a talk by Dr. Thomas O’Connor entitled “Free to All”, about the important place the public library has attained in our culture. Also, a silent auction and raffle provided some suspense and anticipation. The raffle items were 1) a 1 month membership at the Weymouth Club, won by Marisa Siracusa, and 2) dinner for 4 at a Foxwoods restaurant, won by Jeni Fairweather. The silent auction item, a framed photograph of Jason Varitek and Keith Foulke as they celebrate the final out in the 2004 Red Sox World Series win, was won by Stephanie Meyers-Roche. All the winners are from Braintree. 

The drawing for a winner of the silver 2007 Toyota Corolla in front of the library, donated by Tufankjian Toyota/SCION of Weymouth, soon to be of Braintree, will be held on Saturday, December 9th, at 10:30 in the library. The car is being raffled by The Friends as part of Campaign to expand patron parking at the library. Raffle tickets are just $100 each, and since there will be no more than 400 tickets sold, the odds are great. Tickets are going at a brisk pace, and there is just a week and a half left, so act now! Tickets can be purchased with cash or check at either Washington Street location of the Braintree Cooperative Bank. For questions about the raffle, or to purchase tickets with a credit card, call 781- 413-1327. 

All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Thayer Public Library Development Fund Campaign to expand parking at the Library.

Changes in library staff continue, with the retirement of Tom Kosman, who gave long service as a Technical Services librarian. Though most of Tom’s time was spent out of public view working behind the scenes, many of The Friends as well as library patrons had a chance to meet and talk with Tom as he covered in the Reference Department and other library areas, and will remember him as an affable, knowledgeable man, always ready to provide helpful service. The Friends will miss Tom, as will all who came to know him, and we wish him well in his retirement.

The exhibit of watercolor paintings by Braintree Art Association member Ginny Wilson is a colorful addition to the Main Level of the library during the month of November. Her depictions of food and drink in various forms may stimulate the appetite as well as the artistic appreciation. Drop by and browse on your next library visit.

The next meeting of the “Second Tuesday Book Club” will be on December 12, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Main Level. The book to be discussed is “Peace Like a River”, by Leif Enger.

“The Readers’ Group Book Club” meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:15 in the Reading Room. The next meeting will be today, November 29th. The book is Erik Larson’s “Devil in the White City”. All are welcome to join either group. Please call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4417 for details.

If you have paperback books on varied topics, in good condition, as well as biographies and historical novels, and children’s books which you would like to donate for the ongoing book sale at the library, either take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them. If you are unable to bring them to the library, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123 for help with transporting them.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

November 22, 2006

Anniversary Celebration: Something for Everyone

All who attended the 7th Annual Celebration of the opening of the new library on November 4th had something to enjoy. There was face painting, food and drink, children’s live entertainment, and a talk by Dr. Thomas O’Connor entitled “Free to All”, about the important place the public library has attained in our culture. Also, a silent auction and raffle provided some suspense and anticipation. The raffle items were 1) a trial membership at the Weymouth Club, won by Marisa Siracusa, and 2) dinner for 4 at a Foxwoods restaurant, won by Jeni Fairweather. The silent auction item, a framed photograph of Jason Varitek and Keith Foulke as they celebrate the final out in the 2004 Red Sox World Series win. The winning bid was by Stephanie Meyers-Roche. All the winners are from Braintree. 

The drawing for a winner of the silver 2007 Toyota Corolla in front of the library, donated by Tufankjian Toyota/SCION of Weymouth, soon to be of Braintree, will be held on Saturday, December 9th, at 10:30 in the library. The car is being raffled by The Friends as part of Campaign to expand patron parking at the library. Raffle tickets are just $100 each, and since there will be no more than 400 tickets sold, the odds are great. Since to date fewer than 200 tickets have been sold, the odds are even better! Tickets can be purchased with cash or check at either Washington Street location of the Braintree Cooperative Bank. For questions about the raffle, or to purchase tickets with a credit card, call 781- 413-1327. 

All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Thayer Public Library Development Fund Campaign to expand parking at the Library.

Changes in library staff continue, with the retirement of Tom Kosman from the Technical Services area of the library. Though most of Tom’s time was spent out of public view working behind the scenes, many of The Friends as well as library patrons had a chance to meet and talk with Tom as he covered in the Reference Dept. and other library areas, and will remember him as an affable, knowledgeable man, always ready to provide helpful service. The Friends will miss Tom, as will all who came to know him, and wish him well in his retirement.

Please take time to see the art work of students in grades K – 12, on the Main Level of the library. There is some very creative and talented work produced by Braintree students, and it is well worth a visit to view and appreciate it.

The exhibit of watercolor paintings by Braintree Art Association member Ginny Wilson is a colorful addition to the Main Level of the library during the month of November. Her depictions of food and drink in various forms may stimulate the appetite as well as the artistic appreciation. Drop by and browse on your next library visit.

The next meeting of the “Second Tuesday Book Club” will be on December 12, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Main Level. The book to be discussed is “Peace Like a River”, by Leif Enger.

“The Readers’ Group Book Club” meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:15 in the Reading Room. The next meeting will be on November 29th. The book is Erik Larson’s “Devil in the White City”. All are welcome to join either group. Please call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4417 for details.

If you have paperback books on varied topics, in good condition, as well as biographies and historical novels, and children’s books which you would like to donate for the ongoing book sale at the library, either take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them. If you are unable to bring them to the library, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123 for help with transporting them.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

November 8, 2006

Irving Berlin: The Voice of Everyman

Irving Berlin was one of America’s most prolific songwriters. For many, “Blue Skies”, “White Christmas”, “Always”, “God Bless America”, and “Easter Parade” are timeless, and easily call to mind nostalgic times and memories of specific events and loved ones. On Sunday, November 12 at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium, Bobbi Carrey and Will McMillan will bring many of Irving Berlin’s songs to life as they present a program as titled above. This promises to popular concert, so make plans now to be a part of it! This program, the final in the Fall Series sponsored by The Friends, is made possible in part by support from Comcast and from The South Shore Playhouse Associates.

The Library will be open on Friday, November 10th, and closed on Saturday, November 11th.

The drawing for a winner of the silver 2007 Toyota Corolla in front of the library, donated by Tufankjian Toyota/SCION of Weymouth, soon to be of Braintree, will be held on Saturday, December 9th, at 10:30 in the library. The car is being raffled by The Friends as part of Campaign to expand patron parking at the library. Raffle tickets are just $100 each, and since there will be no more than 400 tickets sold, the odds are great. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check at either Washington Street location of the Braintree Cooperative Bank. For questions about the raffle, or to purchase tickets with a credit card, call 781- 413-1327. All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Thayer Public Library Development Fund Campaign to expand parking at the Library.

Please take time to see the art work of students in grades K – 12, on the Main Level of the library. There is some very creative and talented work produced by Braintree students, and it is well worth a visit to view and appreciate it.

The exhibit of watercolor paintings by Braintree Art Association member Ginny Wilson is a colorful addition to the Main Level of the library during the month of November. Her depictions of food and drink in various forms may stimulate the appetite as well as the artistic appreciation. Drop by and browse on your next library visit.

The next meeting of the “Second Tuesday Book Club” will be on November 14 at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Main Level. 

“The Readers’ Group Book Club” meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:15 in the Reading Room. The next meeting will be on November 29th. The book is Erik Larson’s “Devil in the White City”. All are welcome to join either group. Please call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4417 for details.If you have paperback books on varied topics, in good condition, as well as biographies and historical novels, and children’s books which you would like to donate for the ongoing book sale at the library, either take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them, or call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

WIN A NEW CAR.  The winner of the Raffle of The Toyota Corolla at the library will be drawn and announced on Saturday, December 9, at 10:30 a.m.  Tickets will be available until then, or until 400 have been sold.  The car has been generously donated by Toyota/SCION of Weymouth, soon to be in Braintree.  Raffle tickets are only $100 each, and with a limited number of tickets available, the odds are great.  All proceeds go toward needed additional parking at the library.  Tickets can be purchased with check or cash at either location of the Braintree Cooperative Bank.  To use a charge card, please call 781-413-1327.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

November 1, 2006

Concert at Thayer Public Library  Sunday, Nov. 12

Bobbi Carrey and Will McMillan sing "Irving Berlin:  The Voice of Everyman", at Thayer Public Library, 798 Washington Street, Braintree, at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 12th.  This program is a part of the Fall Concert Series presented by The Friends of the library.  It is free and open to the public.  Greet the performers and enjoy light refreshments following the concert.  For information call 781-848-0405. 

October 25, 2006

Library to Hold 7th Anniversary Celebration

The new, invigorated, and growing Thayer Public Library has been in place for 7 years, and a celebration of appreciation for its accomplishments and for the public support it has enjoyed will be held on Saturday, October 4th.  There will be activities for children and adults, refreshments, and raffle drawings.

The beautiful, silver 2007 Toyota Corolla in front of the library, donated by the Tufankjian family, is being raffled by The Friends as part of Campaign to expand patron parking at the library, and we will have the drawing during the Anniversary Celebration on Nov. 4th if sufficient tickets have been sold by then.   The raffle is limited to 400 tickets at $100 each, so the odds are great.  Tickets can be purchased at either Washington Street location of the Braintree Cooperative Bank.  For questions about the raffle, or to purchase tickets with a credit card, call 781- 413-1327. 

All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Thayer Public Library Development Fund Campaign to expand parking at the Library.

October is Italian American Month. The Thayer Public Library is presenting two programs given by Professor Orazio Z. Buttafuoco.  The first program, “Italian Immigration: an Historical Perspective” will be on Saturday, October 14, at 2:00 p.m.  The second program on Saturday, October 28th at 2”00 p.m. is “Romanticism from Literature to Opera”.  Both programs are in the Upper Level Program Room/Logan Auditorium at the library.  Admission is free.  For information call 781-848-0405.

The Readers’ Group Book Club meets on the fourth Wednesday each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library’s Reading Room on the Main Level.  For today, October 25, the  selection to read is Willa Cather’s “My Antonia”.  All are welcomed.  For information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The November program of The Friends’ Fall Concert Series is presented by the popular singing duo of Bobbi Carrey and Will McMillan.  It will be on Sunday, November 12th, at 3:00 p.m.  Those who heard them when they were at the library two years ago will remember their fantastic harmony and style.  They will be singing “Irving Berlin:  The Voice of Everyman”.  Don’t miss it!

If you have paperback books on varied topics,  in good condition, as well as non-fiction such as biographies and historical novels, and children’s books  which you would like to donate for the ongoing book sale at the library, either take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them, or call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.

Check out the snacks and drinks in The Friends’ Fogg Café.  You will find some great coffees and teas, and some (mostly) healthy snacks.  Many are making the Café a regular stop, as they enjoy the other fine offerings of the library, including the general ambiance.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

October 18, 2006

Friends' Saturday Concert Features Singer


The next program in Friends' Concert Series will be on Saturday, October 21, at 3:00 p.m. in the library's Logan Auditorium.  Please note that this Saturday Concert is a change from the usual schedule, only for this one date.   The program features Mezzo-Soprano Furong Gardner of Pembroke, MA, who will sing from works of Handel, Mozart and Schubert, as well as songs from the American Musical Theatre, and Chinese popular songs.  She will be accompanied on piano by Judith Cobble, of Braintree.  The concert is free and open to the public.  For information call 781-848-0405.

You may have noticed the beautiful, silver 2007 Toyota Corolla in front of the library.  This car, donated by the Tufankjian family, is being raffled by The Friends, with a drawing to be held in November.  The Raffle is limited to 400 tickets at $100 each, so the odds are great.  Tickets can be purchased at either Washington Street location of the Braintree Cooperative Bank.  For questions about the raffle, call 781- 413-1327. 

All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Thayer Public Library Development Fund Campaign to expand parking at the Library.

October is Italian American Month. The Thayer Public Library is presenting two programs given by Professor Orazio Z. Buttafuoco.  The first program, "Italian Immigration: an Historical Perspective" will be on Saturday, October 14, at 2:00 p.m.  The second program on Saturday, October 28th at 2"00 p.m. is "Romanticism from Literature to Opera".  Both programs are in the Upper Level Program Room/Logan Auditorium at the library.  Admission is free.  For information call 781-848-0405.

The Readers' Group Book Club meets on the fourth Wednesday each month at 7:15 p.m. in the library's Reading Room on the Main Level.  For October 25, the  selection to read is Willa Cather's "My Antonia".  All are welcomed.  For information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

If you have paperback books on varied topics,  in good condition, as well as non-fiction such as biographies and historical novels, and children's books  which you would like to donate for the ongoing book sale at the library, either take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them, or call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.

Check out the snacks and drinks in The Friends' Fogg Café.  You will find some great coffees and teas, and some (mostly) healthy snacks.  Many are making the Café a regular stop, as they enjoy the other fine offerings of the library, including the general ambiance.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

October 11, 2006

Fun(d) Raising Events for Library Parking Expansion

On Friday, October 13, we hope to see many of you at F1 Boston for a fun-filled evening of music, food, and a chance to bid on some great items.  There are tours of radio and TV stations and State House, a wonderful deal on an African Safari, a stay in a condo on Cape Cod, autographed sports memorabilia, and much more.  The Donna Ingemanson Studio is donating many wonderful items including a World-Oversized map featuring local wildlife, a Pirates Map, products from Crocodile Creek, and many personalization canvases.    The time is short, so buy tickets now.  Tickets are only $40, or $300 for a table of 8, and can be purchased at either Washington Street location of The Braintree Cooperative Bank.  The deadline is upon us, so do it today! 

You may have noticed the beautiful 2007 Toyota Corolla in front of the library.  This car, donated by the Tufankjian family, is being raffled by The Friends, with a drawing to be held in November.  The Raffle is limited to 400 tickets at $100 each, so the odds are great.  Tickets can be purchased at either Washington Street location of the Braintree Cooperative Bank.  For questions about either the auction or the raffle, call 781- 413-1327. 

All proceeds from both events will go to the Thayer Public Library Development Fund Campaign to expand parking at the Library.

The mission of The Friends of Thayer Public Library is to advocate for and support the library.  Friends' members and other supporters of the library have worked on various projects to raise money to help maintain the library as a first class educational and cultural center, of which the Town of Braintree can be very proud.  The latest example of this work was the Annual Book Sale held recently at the library.  Hats off to Adele and her hard working helpers Dick Barcelo, Rosemarie Bonani, Sheila Davis, Dorothy Fenick, Joan Fishman, Jane & Larry Fogg, Ginger Grassa, Liz & Bill Hurley, Sandra Kunz, Bob Lake, Joan McCarron, Nancy Nicosia, Fran Noble, Viola Orenberg, John Pelose, Mike Pelose, Sandra Peterson, Andrew Richardson, Janet Robicheau, Catherine Robicheau, Robert & Marcelle Robinson, Carol Singler, Claire Stern, Margaret Strand, Margery Sullivan, and Carmela Varraso.  

October is Italian American Month. The Thayer Public Library is presenting two programs given by Professor Orazio Z. Buttafuoco.  The first program, "Italian Immigration: an Historical Perspective" will be on Saturday, October 14, at 2:00 p.m.  The second program on Saturday, October 28th at 2"00 p.m. is "Romanticism from Literature to Opera".  Both programs are in the Upper Level Program Room/Logan Auditorium at the library.  Admission is free.  For information call 781-848-0405.

If you have paperback books on varied topics,  in good condition, as well as non-fiction such as biographies and historical novels, and children's books  which you would like to donate for the ongoing book sale at the library, either take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them, or call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

October 4, 2006

Fun(d) Raising Events for Library Parking Expansion

Jot down the date of Friday, October 13, and plan to be at F1 Boston for a fun-filled evening of music, food, and a chance to bid on some great items.  There are tours of radio and TV stations and State House, a wonderful deal on an African Safari, a stay in a condo on Cape Cod, a week at a Thayer Academy Summer Sports Camp, autographed sports memorabilia, Red Sox/Yankees game tickets, a gas grill, and much, much more.  The time is short, so buy tickets now.  Tickets are only $40, or $300 for a table of 8, and can be purchased until October 10 at either Washington Street location of The Braintree Cooperative Bank.  Get a table of friends/relatives and "Come on down". 

You may have noticed the beautiful 2007 Toyota Corolla in front of the library.  This car, donated by the Tufankjian family, is being raffled by The Friends, with a drawing to be held in November.  The Raffle is limited to 400 tickets at $100 each, so the odds are great.  Tickets can be purchased at either Washington Street location of the Braintree Cooperative Bank.  For questions about either the auction or the raffle, call 781- 413-1327.

All proceeds from both events will go to the Development Fund Campaign to expand parking at Thayer public Library.

The mission of The Friends of Thayer Public Library is to advocate for and support the library.  Friends' members and other supporters of the library have worked on various projects to raise money to help maintain the library as a first class educational and cultural center, of which the Town of Braintree can be very proud.  The latest example of this work was the Annual Book Sale held recently at the library.  Hats off to Adele and her hard working helpers Dick Barcelo, Rosemarie Bonani, Sheila Davis, Dorothy Fenick, Joan Fishman, Jane & Larry Fogg, Ginger Grassa, Liz & Bill Hurley, Sandra Kunz, Bob Lake, Joan McCarron, Nancy Nicosia, Fran Noble, Viola Orenberg, John Pelose, Mike Pelose, Sandra Peterson, Andrew Richardson, Janet Robicheau, Catherine Robicheau, Robert & Marcelle Robinson, Carol Singler, Claire Stern, Margaret Strand, Margery Sullivan, and Carmela Varraso.  

October is Italian American Month. The Thayer Public Library is presenting two programs given by Professor Orazio Z. Buttafuoco.  The first program, "Italian Immigration: an Historical Perspective" will be on Saturday, October 14, at 2:00 p.m.  The second program on Saturday, October 28th at 2"00 p.m. is "Romanticism from Literature to Opera".  Both programs are in the Upper Level Program Room/Logan Auditorium at the library.  Admission is free.  For information call 781-848-0405.

If you have paperback books on varied topics,  in good condition, as well as non-fiction such as biographies and historical novels, and children's books  which you would like to donate for the ongoing book sale at the library, either take them to the Lower Level and ask at the desk where to leave them, or call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


September 27, 2006

The importance of the Special Town Meeting in October is the reason that this week's column is devoted to the following information, which has been sent by letter to each of the Town Meeting members.

Special Town Meeting, October 2006, Warrant Article #17.


The Friends of the Library with the support of the Board of Trustees of the Thayer Public Library embarked on an ambitious campaign to provide safe and accessible parking to Braintree residents. The Trustees are sponsoring Warrant Article #17, seeking support from Town Meeting members in the effort to obtain the property adjacent to the library for added patron parking.

The library has been extremely successful since the opening of the new building in 1999. The circulation has more than doubled to over 335,000 items per year. The number of card holders has risen 25% to over 20,000,and the library's standing in our 28 member regional library system has risen from number 14 to number 4. There has been a significant increase in the use of the library's auditorium and conference rooms for a variety of community activities. Parking under ordinary conditions is difficult, but it becomes nearly impossible when there is a program going on.

The community has been strongly supportive in backing the campaign with contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations. To date, over $550,000 has been raised in cash, pledges, and grants. We are now asking Town Meeting to authorize the Selectmen to obtain the property and, in addition, to allocate $75,000, just 10% of the total campaign goal of $750,000, which will enable The Friends of the Library to meet the April 1st closing date on the property. Over 90% of the comments and complaints that the Library receives deal with the lack of parking. The purchase and conversion of this property will expand parking by 67% through the addition of 27 new, convenient and safe spaces.

Thomas O'Connor, scholar, historian, and Honorary Chairman of the Library Campaign writes: "The pressing need for additional parking space is dramatic evidence of the popularity of the new Library since it opened in November 1999. The response of the people of Braintree to provide safe and accessible parking can only further increase the attendance of the citizens and the activities of the library itself."

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

LIBRARY ADVOCATE: September 20, 2006

Concert Series at the Library

On Sunday, September 24th at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium The Friends' Fall Concert Series begins with John Kramer, pianist/composer, performing works of Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, and one of his own compositions.  A reception will follow the concert. Support for the Concert Series is provided in part by Comcast and The South Shore Playhouse Associates, Inc.
     
Sunday September 17th marked the beginning of a new cultural arts program at the Library -a Fall Film Series of Classic and Foreign Films. The films are shown on Sundays at 2 P.M. followed by a discussion led by Richard Rancatore, an instructor at UMass Boston who is highly knowledgeable in the film area. The first film, "Rebecca", was shown on Sept. 17th. The remaining films in the series are "The King of Masks" (1999 - Chinese) on October 1st, "The Manchurian Candidate  (1962) on October 15th, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" (1971- Italian) on October 29th, and ending with  "Whale Rider" on November 5th. Come and see some great films!

The Second Tuesday Book Club meets at 7:15 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room on the Main Level.  Books to be discussed each month are available to pick up at the Main Circulation Desk.  Also, The Readers' Book Club meets on the fourth Wednesday each month in the Reading Room at 7:15 p.m.   The September 27th selection is Stephen Puelo's "Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919".  All are welcome to participate in either group.  For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.
     
The Friends' fabulous fund-raising Auction will be held on Friday, October 13 at F1 Boston, on Wood Road.  Tickets are only $40 for an evening of food and fun with friends.  There will be live and silent auctions, with many great items.  Reserve a table of 8 for $300 and save $20.  Also, The Friends' Raffle offers the opportunity to win a new Toyota Corolla for only $100! See the car on display in front of the library.  All proceeds from both events go toward the expansion of the parking area at the library.  To reserve a ticket or table for the Auction or for Raffle tickets call 781-848-1489, or email jcc@beld.net.   Don't miss out on either event!
     
The Friends' ongoing Book Sale continues on the Lower Level of the Library.  Also, refresh yourself with some tasty snacks and beverages in The Friends' Fogg Café on the Main Level.
     

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials, and people associated with the library and its services.

LIBRARY ADVOCATE: August 16, 2006

David Hinkley Accepts Post in New Jersey

One of the constants we experience is that of change. There is some comfort in stability, but that comfort sometimes lulls us into thinking that change is "out there" somewhere, not imminent. David Hinkley's departure at the end of August to take a position as Director of The Montclair, NJ Public Library is a prime example of the inevitability of change. What he has accomplished during his tenure in Braintree has been spelled out in some detail in both the Forum and the Patriot Ledger, so needs no reiteration here. His leadership and accomplishments have strengthened not only Braintree's library system, but that of the OCLN members. Also, they have contributed to an atmosphere of mutual support among the Library Administration, the Board of Library Trustees, and The Friends of Thayer Public Library. This is a legacy which not only will be a positive factor in the search for a new Library Director, but will continue to serve the patrons of the library and the larger community as well. Many thanks, David, for your time with us, and our best wishes go with you.

The Campaign to raise $750,000 to expand library parking received a boost from the Commonwealth when the Legislature approved $100,000 for the project. That brings the total of pledges, committed funds and cash to a total of $550,000. We still are pursuing ways of raising the additional $200,000 in order to reach the goal. That is getting close, but the help of many more Braintree residents is needed to put the Campaign over the top. A pledge/gift of at least $1,000 will ensure that your name will be inscribed on a permanent marker in the new parking area. A gift of any size is welcomed. Join the more than 200 other contributors who have helped so far. Pick up a Pledge/Gift form at the library, or send contributions to TPL Development Fund, P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185. For information call the Campaign line, 781-848-1489.

Mark your calendar for Household Hazardous Waste Day (HHWD) on Saturday, September 9, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Friends will be participating to collect TV and computer monitors, dehumidifiers, AC's, small refrigerators and microwave ovens. Collection fees will be $10 per item, except for console TV's, which will be $15. All proceeds realized by The Friends will go to support library materials and programs.

A gala Summer Reading Finale beach party (Logan Auditorium, where else?) and awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, August 23 at 3:00 p.m. Wear swim suits and bring beach towels for dancing and games! Turn in reading logs by Monday, August 21 to receive your certificate at the party. Refreshments for the party are courtesy of Comcast.

The Friends' Annual Book Sale is coming up on September 15th and 16th. Jot down those dates now, and get some great books.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


LIBRARY ADVOCATE: August 9, 2006

New Library Service: BookLetters


Thayer Public Library continues to find and offer innovative ways to better serve the public. The latest is called BookLetters, which can be used either in the library or at home. BookLetters offers book reviews and information on hundreds of authors, all easily accessible online.

With BookLetters, you can receive regular updates on books in your own special areas of interest. Simply sign up for BookLetters' email newsletter service with your email that displays HTML. Reviews of recommended books in your favorite genres will be delivered right to your inbox. With this service, you can see every title your favorite author has written, research an author, find quality books for your children/family, and learn of new books covering topics of interest. Lists of award-winning books and current best sellers are also available. Go to the Library Home Page and follow the prompts.

Two very popular new genealogical resources have arrived at the library. Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest both are online databases containing family and local history books, city directories, military records, periodicals, the Federal Census, vital records and much, much more. Both resources are available inside the library, and Heritage Quest also can be accessed through the Internet, www.thrpubliclibrary.org , follow the link to Heritage Quest.

Tonight is the final of the "Family Movie Nights" series in Logan Auditorium. The movie tonight is "Charlotte's Web", at 6 p.m. It is G rated, and 94 minutes in length.

The next Craft Program in Logan Auditorium will be on Wednesday, August 16. This is a program for children ages 5 and older. For more information call or visit the Children's Department.

The Magpie Puppets present "Leopard Learns a Lesson" on Thursday, August 10, at 10:00 a.m. in Logan Auditorium.

Don't miss "The Day the Library Went Wild", on Tuesday, August 15, at 6:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. This is a family program by Jay Mankita. Jay is a very popular entertainer sought by schools, libraries and other children's venues. He is an accomplished guitarist and storyteller, encouraging audience participation in his songs and stories. His themes are peace and justice, respect for others, compassion, and personal courage. This promises to be lively entertainment for the entire family, so come prepared for an evening of fun and learning. 

Many thanks to Comcast and The Braintree Arts Lottery Council for their support of the Summer Reading and other children's programs presented during this Summer.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


LIBRARY ADVOCATE: July 26, 2006

Summer Activities at the Library 


There's no lack of activities for kids at the library this Summer. On Tuesday, August 1st at 3:00 p.m. come and see "Science Magic", presented by The Museum of Science Traveling Programs. This is a program of fun and surprising demonstrations that seem like magic---but can be figured out by thinking scientifically. Don't miss it!

The Friends would like to thank Comcast, and The Braintree Arts Lottery Council, for providing support in sponsoring activities of The Summer Reading Program. 

The Family Movie Night is in full progress. The next movie is 'Antz', to be shown tonight, Wednesday, July 26th at 6:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. All are welcomed.

Also tonight the Readers' Group Book Club meets in The Reading Room, Main Level, at 7:15 p.m. Under discussion will be James McBride's The Color of Water . This group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

During your trips to the library take note of the Display Cases, where there are some interesting and educational items. In the Duane Display Cases at the Washington Street entrance, there is a display of materials and pictures from the Braintree Bi-Centennial Time Capsule Society. The annual inspection of the Time Capsule was recently held, on July 4. In the other Duane Display Case the Braintree Women's Club has a fine display of its work and recognition it has received. 

The Bump-McDevitt Display Case near the Main Circulation Desk holds materials and pictures of "Travel and Tourism in the 19th Century". Courtesy of the Braintree Historical Society, there also are stereoscopes and view cards, as well as souvenir fans from Germany, China, and the U.S.

The Fund-raising project to expand library parking continues to move toward its goal of raising $750,000. The latest total of pledges/gifts is $450,000. Is your name on the list of donors yet? If not, please consider a generous pledge or gift, so expanded parking will become a reality soon! Pick up a Pledge/Gift form at the library, call 781-848-1489 for more information, or make a check payable to TPL Development Fund, and mail to P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185.

Many thanks to recent donors of some great books in excellent condition to the Friends Book Sale. Keep them coming----hard cover and paperback as well.

For great tasting refreshment, enjoy some tasty beverages in The Friends' Fogg Café. You'll be glad you did!

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library, to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.



LIBRARY ADVOCATE: July 19, 2006

Summer Activities at the Library 


There's no lack of activities for kids at the library this Summer! On Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. Keith Michael Johnson will present his program called "Hats off to Reading." This is a high-energy family program---a pep rally to encourage reading. It promises to be a fun-filled evening of comedy, stories, and ways to enjoy reading, so bring family and friends. 

On Tuesday, July 25th, at 3:00 p.m. come to Logan Audtiorium to see Dominic Penson introduce his wide variety of reptiles. Meet Sky the Tegu Lizard, Alfie the Tortoise, Fluffy the Python, and their interesting friends. There are lizards, amphibians, invertebrates, tortoises and snakes. Anyone age 4 and older will enjoy this show, so plan now to be there!

The Family Movie Night is in full progress. The next movie is 'Antz', to be shown at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26th in Logan Auditorium. All are welcomed.

The Friends would like to thank Comcast, and The Braintree Arts Lottery Council, for providing support in sponsoring activities of The Summer Reading Program. 

During your trips to the library take note of the Display Cases, where there are some interesting and educational items. In the Duane Display Cases at the Washington Street entrance, there is a display of materials and pictures from the Braintree Bi-Centennial Time Capsule Society. The annual inspection of the Time Capsule was recently held, on July 4. In the other Duane Display Case the Braintree Women's Club has a fine display of its work and recognition it has received. 

The Bump-McDevitt Display Case near the Main Circulation Desk holds materials and pictures of "Travel and Tourism in the 19th Century". Courtesy of the Braintree Historical Society, there also are stereoscopes and view cards, as well as souvenir fans from Germany, China, and the U.S.

The Fund-raising project to expand library parking continues to move toward its goal of raising $750,000. The latest total of pledges/gifts is $450,000. Is your name on the list of donors yet? If not, please consider a generous pledge or gift, so expanded parking will become a reality soon! Pick up a Pledge/Gift form at the library, call 781-848-1489 for more information, or make a check payable to TPL Development Fund, and mail to P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185.

Many thanks to recent donors of some great books in excellent condition to the Friends Book Sale. Keep them coming----hard cover and paperback as well.

Enjoy some refreshment in The Friends' Fogg Café. You'll be glad you did!

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library, to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.



LIBRARY ADVOCATE: June 28, 2006

Young Adult Summer Reading Program Begins


The Young Adult Summer Reading Program has begun and is in full swing. The program is open to all students who will be entering grades 7 through 12 in the Fall. "Just come in and sign up at the Information Desk on the Lower Level", says Priscilla Crane, Reference Librarian. "Everyone who reads six books over the Summer and returns the Reading Sheet will get a prize. In addition, each student who completes the program will be eligible to enter a drawing for additional prizes donated by Braintree businesses." The drawing for those prizes will be held at the Summer's End Pizza Party. The Pizza Party, sponsored by The Friends of the Library, will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd, at 6:00 p.m. All who complete the reading and returns the Reading Sheet is invited to the Pizza Party. So, get friends to sign up, too. If you need help finding the right Summer reading material, just ask the librarian for suggestions. The Young Adult Room is filled with a variety of books for everyone's reading interests.

On Wednesday, June 14, The Friends of Thayer Public Library held its annual luncheon Logan Auditorium in appreciation of the library staff. Also in attendance were members of the Library Trustees and Friends' volunteers. 

June is the beginning of the season for all those projects that have been put on hold until "the weather gets better". That time is finally here! Reference librarian Priscilla Crane has assembled a great display on the library's Lower Level that just might help you get started. Books on how to build a deck or patio, improve the lawn, grow vegetables and flowers, end some of life's clutter, and throw a Summer party all are there waiting to help provide the motivation to "get around to it".

Speaking of motivation, another of Priscilla's displays is in honor of "Do It Yourself Marketing Month". There are titles which will provide step by step assistance in writing your marketing plan, along with books with great ideas on marketing and how to avoid the pitfalls.

Capture "Bugs" at Thayer Public Library today, Wednesday, June 28th at 6:30 p.m. Doodlebugs, spiders, ants and other crawlies will be featured in this low life musical revue for families, presented by Jackson Gillman. This family performance will make you laugh, make you think, and leave you delighted. This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Braintree Arts Lottery Council. Please register in advance. For more information visit or call the library at 781-848-0405, ext. 4425

Great Summer reading is just waiting for you at The Friends' Book Sale on the Lower Level of the library. Visit there today, for some bargain buys. Now, you can pay for your purchases in the collection box located in the Book Sale area. If change is needed, you can still pay at the Main Circulation Desk.

Visit The Friends' Café for hot or cold drinks and snacks. 

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and it services.



LIBRARY ADVOCATE: June 21, 2006

Young Adult Summer Reading Program Begins


The Young Adult Summer Reading Program has begun and is in full swing. The program is open to all students who will be entering grades 7 through 12 in the Fall. "Just come in and sign up at the Information Desk on the Lower Level", says Priscilla Crane, Reference Librarian. "Everyone who reads six books over the Summer and returns the Reading Sheet will get a prize. In addition, each student who completes the program will be eligible to enter a drawing for additional prizes donated by Braintree businesses." The drawing for those prizes will be held at the Summer's End Pizza Party. The Pizza Party, sponsored by The Friends of the Library, will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd, at 6:00 p.m. All who complete the reading and returns the Reading Sheet is invited to the Pizza Party. So, get friends to sign up, too. If you need help finding the right Summer reading material, just ask the librarian for suggestions. The Young Adult Room is filled with a variety of books for everyone's reading interests.

On Wednesday, June 14, The Friends of Thayer Public Library held its annual luncheon Logan Auditorium in appreciation of the library staff. Also in attendance were members of the Library Trustees and Friends' volunteers. 

June is the beginning of the season for all those projects that have been put on hold until "the weather gets better". That time is finally here! Reference librarian Priscilla Crane has assembled a great display on the library's Lower Level that just might help you get started. Books on how to build a deck or patio, improve the lawn, grow vegetables and flowers, end some of life's clutter, and throw a Summer party all are there waiting to help provide the motivation to "get around to it".

Speaking of motivation, another of Priscilla's displays is in honor of "Do It Yourself Marketing Month". There are titles which will provide step by step assistance in writing your marketing plan, along with books with great ideas on marketing and how to avoid the pitfalls.

Have you made a pledge/gift to The Thayer Public Library Development Fund to expand the library's parking by 28 more spaces? The time to act is now! Pledge/Gift forms are available in the library. If you need more information about the Campaign, please call 781-848-1489 or e-mail jcc@beld.net. Let's get it done! 

Great Summer reading is just waiting for you at The Friends' Book Sale on the Lower Level of the library. Visit there today, for some bargain buys. Now, you can pay for your purchases in the collection box located in the Book Sale area. If change is needed, you can still pay at the Main Circulation Desk.

Visit The Friends' Café for hot or cold drinks and snacks. 

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and it services
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LIBRARY ADVOCATE: May 10, 2006

Wonderful Orchid Display at the Library


The Massachusetts Orchid Society has an educational display in the library throughout the month of May, and it is a 'must see' for all who love these exceptional flowers. Created as a teaching tool and as a means of attracting new members, the MOS display has been seen in various libraries in the Boston area. It took two years and hundreds of volunteer hours to complete, and the finished product has an exciting visual impact as well as a high level of educational content. The American Orchid Society judges gave it their highest award. The display is adjacent to the "New Books" area on the Main Level.

Plan to join other families for the "Discover Braintree" Walk-a-Thon on Sunday, May 21, anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., starting with a rolling registration at the Town Hall parking lot. This is a family friendly walk which will include points of interest in the Historical District. Sponsor sheets are available in the library. All proceeds will go to the Campaign to expand the library parking area.

Beginning May 30, the day after Memorial Day, the Friends' Book Sale on the Lower Level of the library will have a secure collection box in the Book Sale area for the convenience of patrons purchasing books. For many, it eliminates the need to pay for books at the Main Circulation desk upstairs. Those needing change may still pay upstairs. 

Many thanks to those who have been making contributions to the TPL Development Fund by using the collection boxes on the Main Level and in the Children's Department. Gifts of all sizes are welcome, as are pledges over a two year period. Donations/Pledges may be made by using MC or VISA, by completing the forms available at the collection boxes and elsewhere. This is a Campaign whose success will be assured only by the participation of many residents, businesses and organizations. If more information, including written material, is needed, please call The Development Fund, 781-848-1489.

The Readers' Group Book Club will be meeting next on Wednesday May 24 at 7:15 in the Reading Room. The book selection is Michael Chabon's "Final Solution". All are welcome to join the group. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Mark your calendar! Household Hazardous Waste Day (HHWD) is on Saturday, May 20, when The Friends will be collecting those unneeded computer monitors, TV's, microwave ovens, dehumidifiers, and small fridges, at the Recycling Center on Ivory Street, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. $10 per item, except for TV consoles, which will be $15. It's time to create more space in the attic or cellar. 

On May 21 at 3:00 p.m. The Friends will be sponsoring a jazz concert in the library's Logan Auditorium. The Ed Sorrentino/Perry Rossi jazz band will feature guest artist Ted Casher. The program promises to be lively, entertaining, and a real bargain (Free). 

While in the library, visit The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level, then go to the Main Level for some refreshment in the Friends' Fogg Café.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


LIBRARY ADVOCATE: May 5, 2006

Library Has Busy May Calendar


More and more people and groups are using the library. The Children's Department is especially busy, with the Toddler Story Time on Mondays, and the Preschool Story Time on Wednesdays. Add to those activities the Parent-Child Book Club on May 4th, and the Mom's Club on May 16th, and you have a lot of family time at the library. If there are questions about these and other Children's Department activities please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425. 

For the adults there is much going on as well. Book Club enthusiasts can attend the Second Tuesday Book Club on May 9th, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room, or the Readers Group Book Club on the fourth Wednesday, May 24th at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room. Those who need Internet, E-mail and other computer skills, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 and speak to Priscilla Crane.

From Reference Librarian Priscilla Crane: May is "Get Caught Reading Month". Check out the display table on the Lower Level for books that you might like to get caught reading.

Astronomy Week is celebrated in May, but books on what you can find in the night sky and how to find them will be featured all month. Just a pair of binoculars can take you light years away. Let you curiosity soar through the universe!

Don't forget the HHWD on Saturday, May 20, when The Friends will be collecting those unneeded computer monitors, TV's, microwave ovens, dehumidifiers, and small fridges, at the Recycling Center on Ivory Street, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. $10 per item, except for TV consoles, which will be $15. It's time to create more space in the attic or cellar. 

A "Discover Braintree" Walk-a-Thon, sponsored by The Friends, will be held on Sunday, May 21, from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. Rolling registration begins at 10:30 in the Town Hall parking lot. This family friendly historical walk includes points of interest in the proximity of Town Hall. All participants will receive a certificate of accomplishment. Sponsorship sheets are available in the Children's Department of the library. All funds will go to the TPL Development Fund to expand library parking. Walk-a-Thon planner Donna Willoughby says "Please join us for a fun walk and learning about Braintree's Historical District".

On that same day, May 21, The Friends will be sponsoring a jazz concert in the library's Logan Auditorium at 3:00 p.m. The Ed Sorrentino/Perry Rossi jazz band returns for what will be a lively and entertaining hour with very talented musicians. 

The Book Sale on the Lower Level has some tempting reading material, just waiting for the right home. Browse and buy. The price is right and the time is now.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services


LIBRARY ADVOCATE: April 26, 2006 

Call for Books!


The daily Book Sale on the Lower Level of the library continues to be successful, due to the consistent efforts of Adele Barcelo and the group of dedicated volunteers who work with her to sort and shelve the books. In fact, it has been so successful that periodically we need to call for more books. We especially are in need of paperbacks, both fiction and non-fiction in good condition. So, as you begin Spring cleaning, consider parting with some of those books you have enjoyed and donating them to the Book Sale. You will have more space, and the library ultimately will benefit as well. If you have a large number of books and need help transporting them, call Adele at 781-843-8123, or call 781-413-1327. Many thanks to you who have donated books already!

“Preserving History” is the title of the program to be presented on Saturday, April 29th at 2:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. There will be slides and discussion by Arthur Millmore, showing the restoration of the USS Salem. The Salem was originally built in Quincy, where is now is being restored by a group of talented volunteers. Mr. Millmore has been involved with the project since 1994.

By Sunday, April 30, surely it will be warm enough to “Swing into Spring”, with popular local pianist John Capavella at 3:00 p.m. He will be joined by guitarist extraordinaire Don Alessi, who has backed Sammy Davis Jr., played for Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, toured with Diana Ross, and more. Also performing is Elmer Drotos, Boston’s leading reed man on sax, flute and clarinet. This talented trio will present an enjoyable afternoon filled with your favorite tunes.

Reminder: The Readers Group Book Club’s choice for April is Thea Halo’s “Not Even My Name”. The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Main Level. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

It’s that time again! Start gathering those outdated and unusable computer monitors, TV’s, small refrigerators, microwave ovens and de-humidifiers, all containing hazardous materials not accepted at the transfer station. The Friends of Thayer Public Library, in partnership with CRT Recycling, Inc. will take them at the Ivory Street Recycling Center on the Town’s Household Hazardous Waste Day, Saturday, May 20th, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The fee for all the above items is $10.00, except for those humungous TV consoles, which will be $15.00. 

The artist of month in April at the library is GT Lee. Each month, some works of a member of the Braintree Art Association are featured in the exhibit area of the Main Level. Take time to browse and enjoy the paintings.
For the Campaign to raise funds to expand library parking, there are collection boxes in the library, with information, pledge slips, and envelopes. Your contribution is vital, and will help the library in its growth to better serve you and your children. Also, contributions may be mailed to TPL Development Fund, P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185. 

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.



LIBRARY ADVOCATE: April 12, 2006

Singer David Polansky Cabaret at Library


Save the date of Tuesday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. for an entertaining evening down memory lane. David Polansky’s “Senior Cabaret” is a fun filled hour, in which the audience is taken on a musical trip through the last hundred years. Mr. Polansky is a polished, professional entertainer whose easy rapport with his audiences promises to be well worth the time. Also, it is free, so ‘come on down’.

“Preserving History” is the title of the program to be presented on Saturday, April 29th at 2:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. There will be slides and discussion by Arthur Millmore, showing the restoration of the USS Salem. The Salem was originally built in Quincy, where is now is being restored by a group of talented volunteers. Mr. Millmore has been involved with the project since 1994.

By Sunday, April 30, surely it will be warm enough to “Swing into Spring”, with popular local pianist John Capavella at 3:00 p.m. He will be joined by guitarist extraordinaire Don Alessi, who has backed Sammy Davis Jr., played for Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, toured with Diana Ross, and more. Also performing is Elmer Drotos, Boston’s leading reed man on sax, flute and clarinet. This talented trio will present an enjoyable afternoon filled with your favorite tunes.

Reminder: The Readers Group Book Club’s choice for April is Thea Halo’s “Not Even My Name”. The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Main Level. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

It’s that time again! Start gathering those outdated and unusable computer monitors, TV’s, small refrigerators, microwave ovens and de-humidifiers, all containing hazardous materials not accepted at the transfer station. The Friends of Thayer Public Library, in partnership with CRT Recycling, Inc. will take them at the Ivory Street Recycling Center on the Town’s Household Hazardous Waste Day, Saturday, May 20th, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The fee for all the above items is $10.00, except for those humungous TV consoles, which will be $15.00. 

The artist of month in April at the library is GT Lee. Each month, some works of a member of the Braintree Art Association are featured in the exhibit area of the Main Level. Take time to browse and enjoy the paintings.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.



LIBRARY ADVOCATE: April 5, 2006

Campaign for More Library Parking 


As many of you know, there is a campaign to raise funds to expand library parking. The growth and popularity of the new library over the past seven years since the new library was built has made insufficient parking on the library grounds a primary concern of library users. Often it is difficult, sometimes impossible, to find a space to park. The Town Hall lot is not a viable alternative because it too, has space problems, and walking across Washington Street can be hazardous, especially in late evening and at night.

When the property adjacent to the library at 816 Washington Street became available for sale, The Friends entered into an agreement to purchase the property and turn it over to the Town of Braintree so the expanded parking project could become a reality. The Friends were (and are) confident that Braintree citizens---library users, card holders, and other residents who look with pride at what the library has accomplished and at the community center it has become, would (and will) help with such an endeavor. 

To date, more than $325,000 has been contributed by generous donors of Braintree, and a few from other areas as well. That represents more than half of what is needed to close on the property. Recently, the Community Division has taken the Campaign to the wider community so that all Braintree residents, children and adults, can help the library in its growth and service to the entire community. In the coming weeks there will be more publicity about what everyone can do to help. 

The importance of this project cannot be overstated! For the library to continue to grow and to serve the community, it must be accessible. People must be able to park safely at times they choose. So a safe place to park on library property can be considered an extension of the library itself, its programs and services. It would be a shame for this opportunity to pass, without making every effort to make it happen. That is why The Friends became involved and continue to appeal to all who can support the library in this way and at this time.

There is Campaign material in the library, and the Community Division under the leadership of Donna Willoughby is reaching into all areas of Braintree to spread the word of this rare chance we have to help our library’s growth. Please pick up the material when you can, talk to friends and relatives, and consider making a gift/pledge to ensure the success of the parking expansion project. There is pledge material, envelopes, and a contribution box near the Main Circulation Desk in the library. Master Card and Visa are welcome. Gifts and pledges of all sizes are welcome. With your help, we can make it happen! Checks may be made payable to The Thayer Public Library (or TPL) Development Fund, P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185. If you have questions, call 781-848-1489. 

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.



LIBRARY ADVOCATE: March 29, 2006

Scrabble Winners to Compete in Boston


The Library had its Third Annual Scrabble Playoff recently, for students in grades 5 through 8 to determine who would represent the library at the National School Scrabble Championship in Boston on April 21 and 22. Congratulations to our winners Aiden Flynn and Billy Gawron! There was stiff competition this year from two winners of previous years, Justine Hassan and Anna Berardinelli, as well as from a group of great players participating for the first time. Everyone played well, had a good time, and enjoyed the pizza and prizes. Billy and Aiden will play as a team in the National Championship. First prize is $5,000.00. Good luck guys!

March is Irish American Month. We hope that you have taken time to browse the books on Irish American culture which are being showcased on the lower level on one of the round tables near the Reference Desk, attractively arranged by Priscilla Crane. On a nearby table is a display of books about the weather. It is called “Don't like the weather? Just wait a minute, it'll change:” These are books about weather phenomena ranging from the blizzard of '78 to El Nino and beyond. 
Then next Readers’ Group Book Club meeting is Wednesday, April 26, at 7:15 in the Reading Room, Main Level. The selection is Thea Halo’s “Not even My Name”. The book is available at the Main Desk. The Second Tuesday Book Club meets next on April 11. For more information about either book club, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Have you noticed how busy the library is? Each person has his/her own unique reason (s) for a trip to the library. Whether it may be books, audio/video material, museum passes, a research project, periodicals, computer use, or a variety of other reasons, the library’s magnetism draws people from far and near into its welcoming recesses to pause, learn and return home refreshed and informed. Seven or eight years ago, it was hard to imagine the growth spurt the library was about to begin as it was being rebuilt. We are fortunate to have it in our midst. It belongs to all of us. Use it often! 

Classes on Basic Internet Searching, Computer Tricks and Tips, and E-Mailing Know-How are continuing. Check the library website for the Monthly Calendar of Scheduled Events, or call ext. 4417 for details. 

To take advantage of the new 24/7 service “Audiobooks on-line”, visit the library’s web site (www.thayerpubliclibrary.org/audiobooks) and click on the “Recorded Books” icon. Braintree cardholders click “OK”, enter your barcode and continue through prompts to “Recorded Books”. First time users set up a free account. Search the collection, then download a book and Windows Media Player. Once downloaded, you may listen to the file on your PC or transfer it to an MP3 player. Licensing issues prevent burning “Recorded Books” to CD’s. Titles circulate for up to 42 days, and are ‘returned’ automatically---there are never any late fees.

Visit The Friends’ ongoing Book Sale on the Lower Level for some great reading material at an unbeatable price. Also, while in the library, visit The Friends’ Café on the Main Level for snacks and refreshing drinks.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.



LIBRARY ADVOCATE: March 15, 2006

Scrabble Winners to Compete in Boston


The Library had its Third Annual Scrabble Playoff recently, for students in grades 5 through 8 to determine who would represent the library at the National School Scrabble Championship in Boston on April 21 and 22. Congratulations to our winners Aiden Flynn and Billy Gawron! There was stiff competition this year from two winners of previous years, Justine Hassan and Anna Berardinelli, as well as from a group of great players participating for the first time. Everyone played well, had a good time, and enjoyed the pizza and prizes. Billy and Aiden will play as a team in the National Championship. First prize is $5,000.00. Good luck guys!

March is Irish American Month. Books on Irish American culture are being showcased on the lower level on one of the round tables near the Reference Desk, attractively arranged by Priscilla Crane. On a nearby table is a display of books about the weather. It is called “Don't like the weather? Just wait a minute, it'll change:” These are books about weather phenomena ranging from the blizzard of '78 to El Nino and beyond.

Richard Poole, pianist, percussionist, composer and music teacher, will present “The Art of the Solo”, a piano recital and discussion on Sunday, March 26, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Mr. Poole is long time music teacher on the South Shore. He specializes in helping others experience self-expression through music.

Then next Readers’ Group Book Club meeting is Wednesday, March 22, at 7:15 in the Reading Room, Main Level. The selection is Anita Shreve’s “Light on Snow”. The book is available at the Main Desk. The Second Tuesday Book Club meets next on April 11. For more information about either book club, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Classes on Basic Internet Searching, Computer Tricks and Tips, and E-Mailing Know-How are continuing. Check the library website for the Monthly Calendar of Scheduled Events, or call ext. 4417 for details. 

To take advantage of the new 24/7 service “Audiobooks on-line”, visit the library’s web site (www.thayerpubliclibrary.org/audiobooks) and click on the “Recorded Books” icon. Braintree cardholders click “OK”, enter your barcode and continue through prompts to “Recorded Books”. First time users set up a free account. Search the collection, then download a book and Windows Media Player. Once downloaded, you may listen to the file on your PC or transfer it to an MP3 player. Licensing issues prevent burning “Recorded Books” to CD’s. Titles circulate for up to 42 days, and are ‘returned’ automatically---there are never any late fees.

Visit The Friends’ ongoing Book Sale on the Lower Level for some great reading material at an unbeatable price. Also, while in the library, visit The Friends’ Café on the Main Level for snacks and refreshing drinks.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.



LIBRARY ADVOCATE: March 8, 2006

String Quartet to Perform at Library


On Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 p.m. the Hausmann String Quartet will be featured in the “Sundays 
at 3” Concert Series sponsored by The Friends of Thayer Public Library. The performers are 
Isaac Allen and Bram Goldstein, violins, Lauren Burns, viola, and Yuan Zhang, cello. They will 
play works of Mendelssohn and Samuel Barber. The Quartet was formed in 2004 at the LyricaFest 
Music Festival in Chatham, NJ. Their primary mission has been to bring musical programs to 
under-served communities, to the elderly and to children with special needs. The group is 
currently ensemble in residence of the Lyrica Boston Concert Series.

The Friends enthusiastically adds its congratulations to Adele Barcelo for being one of 17 
South Shore women to be chosen as an “unsung hero” by the Massachusetts Commission on the 
Status of Women. Adele has been an integral part of The Friends organization, as a member and 
on the Board of Directors. Her work in organizing and managing the Book Sales at the library 
has been invaluable. She certainly deserves to be recognized as someone who has made major 
contributions to her community.

As a library patron, you now can check out and down-load audio books at any time, from the 
comfort of your own homes, according to Library Director David Hinkley.
This new online service is available by using the library’s web site at 
www.thayerpubliclibrary.org/audiobooks. The library has a collection of more than 1,100 
titles, including fiction, children’s and educational titles, self-help, and the entire 
Pimsleur Foreign Language Series. Mr. Hinkley says “Visit our web site and click on the 
‘recorded books’ icon. If you are a Braintree card holder, click ‘OK’, then enter your barcode 
and continue through prompts to recorded books. Then search the collection and download a book 
and Windows Media Player”. If you need further help, or have questions, contact a library 
staff member at 781-848-0405 during library hours.

Want to join a book club? There are two going at the library. The Readers’ Group Book Club 
meets on the fourth Wednesday each month at 7:15 in the Reading Room. The March 22 selection 
for reading is Anita Shreve’s “Light on Snow”. The Second Tuesday Book Club meets in the 
Reading Room next on March 14th at 7:15 p.m.

If you are trying your hand at writing and want to share your experience with others, for 
feedback and helpful ideas, then plan to meet with the Writing Group, on the first Thursday 
evening of each month, 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room B on the Upper Level.

Call for paperback books! If you have paperback books you have enjoyed and feel others would 
like them also, they can be donated to The Friends’ Book Sale on the Lower Level of the 
library. All proceeds go toward projects which enhance the library. Fiction, non-fiction, 
historical novels, and Biographies are welcomed. Bring books for donation to the Reference 
area. If pick-up of books is needed, call 781-843-8123.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to 
highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.




LIBRARY ADVOCATE: March 1, 2006

“Great Day for the Irish” Concert at Library


Soprano Ruth Harcovitz will bring her “Great Day for the Irish” program to the library on 
Saturday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. She has entertained audiences throughout 
Massachusetts, and recently returned from a successful singing tour in Florida. Ms. Harcovitz 
is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, and has performed in various opera companies as 
well as soloist with choral societies. She has “filled the hall with charm, magnetism, and 
artistry”. Save the date and time for a wonderful, entertaining musical experience. This 
program is supported, in part, by The Braintree Arts Lottery Council.

Scrabble players alert! On Thursday, March 2, the Third Annual Thayer Public Library Scrabble 
Playoff will be held, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. All students in 
grades 5 through 8 are invited. Winners of the Playoff will compete in the National School 
Scrabble Championship in Boston on April 21 and 22. If there are questions, call 781-848-0405. 
Registration is at the Reference Desk, Lower Level.

The Thayer Public Library Writing Group will meet on Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. in 
Conference Room B, on the Upper Level. All writers are welcome to come and share their work, 
as well as to give and receive constructive feedback. For information call 781-848-0405, Ext. 
4417. 

The Hausmann String Quartet will be featured in concert on Sunday, March 12, at 3:00 p.m. in 
Logan Auditorium. This performance is a part of the “Sundays at 3” Concert Series, sponsored 
by The Friends of Thayer Public Library. The concert is free and open to the public. For 
information call 781-848-0405.

The Readers’ Group Book Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Reading Room, 
Main Level. The book choice for the February 22 meeting is Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi”. For 
information call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4417.

The Friends purchased new, comfortable chairs and bench for the Library Staff Room, to go with 
the new flooring recently installed. This addition to our wonderful library is well deserved 
by the conscientious, dedicated staff.

The sale of paperback books in The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level has gone so well that 
we now need more! If you have paperbacks in good, clean condition which can be contributed to 
the Book Sale, please take them to the Lower Level of the library, or call Adele at 
781-843-8123. Pick-up of large numbers of books can be arranged. Please no textbooks, 
computer or technical books. 

Visit The Friends’ Fogg Café on your next library visit, and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea, 
coffee of varying strengths, or hot chocolate. 

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to 
highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.




LIBRARY ADVOCATE: February 23, 2006

Loss of a Library Friend and Benefactor


Sadly, The Friends learned of the recent death of Jean Gorman. As many of you know, Mrs. 
Gorman played a large role in The Friends’ Campaign in 1997 – 2000 to raise funds to provide 
furnishings for the new Thayer Public Library. She read about the campaign, came forward, and 
by the end of the Campaign had contributed a total of $120,000 to the project. Mrs. Gorman was 
a generous, unpretentious, gracious lady who treasured books and loved libraries. When we 
spoke with her about the current Campaign of The Friends to raise funds to expand library 
parking, she felt that it was an important project and should be supported. Despite some 
serious medical issues, she wanted to help, did make a contribution, and indicated that she 
wanted to do more, but unfortunately her time was cut short. The Friends will remember Mrs. 
Jean Gorman as truly “an angel”. 

“The Writing Group”, which invites all aspiring writers to come, share their work, give and 
receive constructive feedback, meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in 
Conference Room B on the Upper Level. For more information about the group, call 
781-848-0405, Ext. 4417, and talk with Priscilla Crane.

Save the date of Saturday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m., and come to the library to hear soprano Ruth 
Harcovitz performing a program called “Great Day for the Irish”. Having recently returned from 
a successful singing tour in Florida, she exudes charm, magnetism and artistry in all her 
performances. She is a graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music, and studied at the 
Vienna Academy of Music.

Visit the library’s Home Page, look for the megaphone, and click on “Upcoming Events” to view 
the monthly calendar. Keep up to date on all the exciting happenings at the library!

The Readers’ Group Book Club has announced book choices for meetings over the next few months, 
on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in The Marinelli Reading Room, Main Level. For 
February 22 the book is Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi”. For March 22, it is Anita Shreve’s “Light 
on Snow”. For April 26, it is Thea Halo’s “Not Even My Name”. For May 24, the book is Michael 
Chabon’s “Final Solution”. Please call the library number and extension above, if you have 
questions.

The Third Annual Thayer Public Library Scrabble Playoff will be held on Thursday, March 2nd, 
from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. All interested students in grades 5 through 8 are 
invited to participate. Winners of the Playoff will compete in the National School Scrabble 
Championship in Boston on April 21 and 22. Students should register at either the Children’s 
Desk or the Reference Desk, or by calling 781-848-0405. Snacks will be served after the 
playoff. Scrabble games are available at the library if you want to come in and practice 
before the Playoff.

On your next library visit, browse The Friends’ Book Sale on the Lower Level. There you will 
find some fine, pre-owned books of all varieties, and the price is right. Also, try the new 
healthy snack and drinks machine in The Friends’ Fogg Café on the Main Level. Proceeds from 
the Café and the Book Sale are used for collections, programs, and library services which 
cannot be supplied through the library’s annual budget, but are deemed by director David 
Hinkley to be important to the library and to the community.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to 
highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its serv
ices.



LIBRARY ADVOCATE: February 15, 2006

Loss of a Library Friend and Benefactor


Sadly, The Friends learned of the recent death of Jean Gorman. As many of you know, Mrs. 
Gorman played a large role in The Friends’ Campaign in 1997 – 2000 to raise funds to provide 
furnishings for the new Thayer Public Library. She read about the campaign, came forward, and 
by the end of the Campaign had contributed a total of $120,000 to the project. Mrs. Gorman was 
a generous, unpretentious, gracious lady who treasured books and loved libraries. When we 
spoke with her about the current Campaign of The Friends to raise funds to expand library 
parking, she felt that it was an important project and should be supported. Despite some 
serious medical issues, she wanted to help, did make a contribution, and indicated that she 
wanted to do more, but unfortunately her time was cut short. The Friends will remember Mrs. 
Jean Gorman as truly “an angel”. 

“The Writing Group”, which invites all aspiring writers to come, share their work, give and 
receive constructive feedback, meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in 
Conference Room B on the Upper Level. For more information about the group, call 
781-848-0405, Ext. 4417, and talk with Priscilla Crane.

Visit the library’s Home Page, look for the megaphone, and click on “Upcoming Events” to view 
the monthly calendar. Keep up to date on all the exciting happenings at the library!

The Readers’ Group Book Club has announced book choices for meetings over the next few months, 
on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in The Marinelli Reading Room, Main Level. For 
February 22 the book is Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi”. For March 22, it is Anita Shreve’s “Light 
on Snow”. For April 26, it is Thea Halo’s “Not Even My Name”. For May 24, the book is Michael 
Chabon’s “Final Solution”. Please call the library number and extension above, if you have 
questions.

The Library is closed on Monday, February 20, Presidents’ Day.

The Third Annual Thayer Public Library Scrabble Playoff will be held on Thursday, March 2nd, 
from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. All interested students in grades 5 through 8 are 
invited to participate. Winners of the Playoff will compete in the National School Scrabble 
Championship in Boston on April 21 and 22. Students should register at either the Children’s 
Desk or the Reference Desk, or by calling 781-848-0405. Snacks will be served after the 
playoff. Scrabble games are available at the library if you want to come in and practice 
before the Playoff.

On your next library visit, browse The Friends’ Book Sale on the Lower Level. There you will 
find some fine, pre-owned books of all varieties, and the price is right. Also, try the new 
healthy snack and drinks machine in The Friends’ Fogg Café on the Main Level. Proceeds from 
the Café and the Book Sale are used for collections, programs, and library services which 
cannot be supplied through the library’s annual budget, but are deemed by director David 
Hinkley to be important to the library and to the community.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to 
highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.




LIBRARY ADVOCATE: February 8, 2006

Love Songs at the Library


On Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m., popular song stylists Bobbi Carrey and Will McMillan will 
present a special program of love songs entitled “If I Loved You: A Musical Valentine”, in 
Logan Auditorium. This program is a part of The Friends of the Library Concert Series. Bobbi 
and Will have entertained audiences throughout the Boston Area and on WGBH Radio. Their last 
appearance at Thayer Public Library was very well received, so come, bring your own Special 
Valentine, and enjoy an afternoon of love songs.

Sadly, The Friends learned of the recent death of Jean Gorman. As many of you know, Mrs. 
Gorman played a large role in The Friends’ Campaign in 1997 – 2000 to raise funds to provide 
furnishings for the new Thayer Public Library. She read about the campaign, came forward, and 
by the end of the Campaign had contributed a total of $120,000 to the project. Mrs. Gorman was 
a generous, unpretentious, gracious lady who treasured books and loved libraries. When we 
spoke with her about the current Campaign of The Friends to raise funds to expand library 
parking, she felt that it was an important project and should be supported. Despite some 
serious medical issues, she wanted to help, did make a contribution, and indicated that she 
wanted to do more, but unfortunately her time was cut short. The Friends will remember Mrs. 
Jean Gorman as truly “an angel”. 

“The Writing Group”, which invites all aspiring writers to come, share their work, give and 
receive constructive feedback, meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in 
Conference Room B on the Upper Level. For more information about the group, call 
781-848-0405, Ext. 4417, and talk with Priscilla Crane.

The Readers’ Group Book Club has announced book choices for meetings over the next few months, 
on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in The Marinelli Reading Room, Main Level. For 
February 22 the book is Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi”. For March 22, it is Anita Shreve’s “Light 
on Snow”. For April 26, it is Thea Halo’s “Not Even My Name”. For May 24, the book is Michael 
Chabon’s “Final Solution”. Please call the library number and extension above, if you have 
questions.

It is not too late to join the Second Tuesday Book Club. It meets next on Tuesday, February 
14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room.

The Library is closed on Monday, February 20, Presidents’ Day.

On your next library visit, browse The Friends’ Book Sale on the Lower Level. There you will 
find some fine, pre-owned books of all varieties, and the price is right. Also, try the new 
healthy snack and drinks machine in The Friends’ Fogg Café on the Main Level. Proceeds from 
the Café and the Book Sale are used for collections, programs, and library services which 
cannot be supplied through the library’s annual budget, but are deemed by director David 
Hinkley to be important to the library and to the community.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to 
highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.




LIBRARY ADVOCATE: January 11, 2006

Art Association Exhibit at Library


The Braintree Art Association Annual Art Show at the Library continues in Logan Auditorium 
through this week, ending on Saturday, January 14. If you have not had the opportunity yet to 
visit the exhibit, take time to browse the fine work of local and area artists.

On Sunday, January 15 at 2:30 p.m., art historian Gershon Weisenberg will present a slide 
lecture entitled “The Life and Artistry of John Marin”, in Logan Auditorium. John Marin 
(1870-1953) was one of the first American artists to paint in a modern style, and received 
substantial critical praise throughout his career. 

The library is offering a variety of programs intended to familiarize people with computer 
uses. Some examples are “Internet Searching, E-mail Know-how, Basic Mouse Use, Discovering 
Library Data Bases, and Computing Tips and Tricks”. If you wish to know more about these 
helpful and instructional programs, call Priscilla at 781-848-0405.

The library will be closed on Monday, January 16, in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Day.

On Wednesday, January 18, the After-School Craft Program will be held in Logan Auditorium. For 
more information call or visit the Children’s Department.

Jot down the date of Saturday, January 29th. That is the day, from 9:00 a.m. until Noon, to 
take computer monitors, TV’s, microwave ovens, small fridges, and dehumidifiers to the Town 
Hall parking lot. The Friends, along with CRT Recycling, Inc. will arrange to dispose of them 
safely for a small fee of $10 per item ($15 for TV consoles). But remember, please NO OTHER 
HAZARDOUS WASTE MATERIALS.

The Friends receive donations of hundreds of books for the Book Sale downstairs. Some of them, 
by virtue of title and condition, are seen by the library director and staff to be appropriate 
to replace or add to materials on the shelves. The Friends, as well as patrons browsing the 
Book Sale Area looking for good reading material, appreciate donations of such books.

The next Readers Group Book Club will be on the fourth Wednesday, January 25, at 7:15 in the 
Marinelli Reading Room. All are welcome. For more information about this group, call 
781-848-0405, Ext. 4417.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library to 
highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.