Advocate Archive 2008 - 2009

LIBRARY ADVOCATE

December 16 and 23, 2009


The holiday season is upon us. I know, because I’ve already overeaten, and more than once. Overeating, along with shopping, family, cooking, gifts, and wonderful company are just some of the activities that we try to squeeze in as best we can to keep the holiday spirit. To allow our library staff members time to enjoy rather than be stressed by the holidays, during the week of Christmas the library will be closed on Thursday, Dec 24 at 1pm. We will remain closed on Friday, Dec 25 and Saturday, Dec 26. We will reopen on Monday, Dec 28 at 9am. Thank you for your understanding. We will close at 5pm on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec 31 and will remain closed on Friday, Jan 1. We will be open to welcome the new year on Saturday, Jan 2 at 9am. We wish you all a joyous and safe holiday season.

Check out the new displays on the lower level. This month we are featuring holiday help books to assist you in keeping the season relaxed and stress free. And to coincide with the crazy weather there is a table dedicated to hot and cold reads.

There is still time to sign up for our Winter Solstice Tea on Saturday, Dec 19, our final event to mark the 10th anniversary of our library building. Tea will be served from 2-3pm and 3-4pm. Please arrive in holiday garb for good cheer and pleasant company. Registration is required. Sign up in person at the Reference Desk on the lower level, by calling 781-848-0405 x4417, or go to our online calendar to register at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

While tea is being served on Dec 19, The Friends of Thayer Public Library are hosting a book sale in the foyer on the upper level. Even if you can’t make the tea, stop by for great deals on gently used books. You can’t beat the Friends’ bargain prices.

It’s monster movie time for kids on Monday Dec 28 at 2:30pm. Come see the newly released "Monsters vs. Aliens." In this PG movie, loveable monsters team together to save the world from aliens. This is a fun, action packed, animated movie. If your children liked "The Incredibles" they will like this one too. Parents will enjoy looking for the references to earlier science fiction films. This event is for children up through sixth grade and families.

On Tuesday, Dec 29 from 2:30-4:00pm, the Teen Anime/Manga Group will meet in Logan Auditorium located on the upper level of the library. If you are between the ages of 12-18, and like to draw, watch Anime, read Manga, and discuss favorite books, characters and more, please join us. Snacks, drinks and drawing materials are all provided.

For “tweens” on Wednesday, Dec 30 from 1:00-2:30pm, the library will host Katie Wilton, local chef and author as she teaches students ages 9-14, to make recipes right from her cookbook. This hands-on cooking class allows participants to sample all of the food they make. There is no charge for this program, but space is limited, so sign-up now. You can sign-up on-line through www.thayerpubliclibrary.net; click on Upcoming Events. Cookbooks will be available for purchase at this event, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Friends of Thayer Public Library. The program is funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Teens take note: on Thursday, Dec 31 from 3:00-4:30pm, the library will host a New Year’s Eve Wii Bash. Young Adults between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to join us as we play Smash Brothers, Mario Kart and more. The games will be projected on the big screen in Logan Auditorium. You can register for this event on www.thayerpubliclibrary.net. Registered participants will be given priority playing time. For more information on all teen events, contact rtierney@braintreema.gov or call 781-848-0405 x4415. 

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. To volunteer, please contact the assistant director at x4414. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library with contributions from our professional staff librarians. Our goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

December 16, 2009



LIBRARY ADVOCATE


The holiday season is upon us. I know, because I’ve already overeaten, and more than once. Overeating, along with shopping, family, cooking, gifts, and wonderful company are just some of the activities that we try to squeeze in as best we can to keep the holiday spirit. To allow our library staff members time to enjoy rather than be stressed by the holidays, during the week of Christmas the library will be closed on Thursday, Dec 24 at 1pm. We will remain closed on Friday, Dec 25 and Saturday, Dec 26. We will reopen on Monday, Dec 28 at 9am. Thank you for your understanding. We will close at 5pm on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec 31 and will remain closed on Friday, Jan 1. We will be open to welcome the new year on Saturday, Jan 2 at 9am. We wish you all a joyous and safe holiday season.

Check out the new displays on the lower level. This month we are featuring holiday help books to assist you in keeping the season relaxed and stress free. And to coincide with the crazy weather there is a table dedicated to hot and cold reads.

There is still time to sign up for our Winter Solstice Tea on Saturday, Dec 19, our final event to mark the 10th anniversary of our library building. Tea will be served from 2-3pm and 3-4pm. Please arrive in holiday garb for good cheer and pleasant company. Registration is required. Sign up in person at the Reference Desk on the lower level, by calling 781-848-0405 x4417, or go to our online calendar to register at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

While tea is being served on Dec 19, The Friends of Thayer Public Library are hosting a book sale in the foyer on the upper level. Even if you can’t make the tea, stop by for great deals on gently used books. You can’t beat the Friends’ bargain prices.

It’s monster movie time for kids on Monday Dec 28 at 2:30pm. Come see the newly released "Monsters vs. Aliens." In this PG movie, loveable monsters team together to save the world from aliens. This is a fun, action packed, animated movie. If your children liked "The Incredibles" they will like this one too. Parents will enjoy looking for the references to earlier science fiction films. This event is for children up through sixth grade and families.

On Tuesday, Dec 29 from 2:30-4:00pm, the Teen Anime/Manga Group will meet in Logan Auditorium located on the upper level of the library. If you are between the ages of 12-18, and like to draw, watch Anime, read Manga, and discuss favorite books, characters and more, please join us. Snacks, drinks and drawing materials are all provided.

For “tweens” on Wednesday, Dec 30 from 1:00-2:30pm, the library will host Katie Wilton, local chef and author as she teaches students ages 9-14, to make recipes right from her cookbook. This hands-on cooking class allows participants to sample all of the food they make. There is no charge for this program, but space is limited, so sign-up now. You can sign-up on-line through www.thayerpubliclibrary.net; click on Upcoming Events. Cookbooks will be available for purchase at this event, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Friends of Thayer Public Library. The program is funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Teens take note: on Thursday, Dec 31 from 3:00-4:30pm, the library will host a New Year’s Eve Wii Bash. Young Adults between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to join us as we play Smash Brothers, Mario Kart and more. The games will be projected on the big screen in Logan Auditorium. You can register for this event on www.thayerpubliclibrary.net. Registered participants will be given priority playing time. For more information on all teen events, contact rtierney@braintreema.gov or call 781-848-0405 x4415. 

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. To volunteer, please contact the assistant director at x4414. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library with contributions from our professional staff librarians. Our goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


December 9, 2009


LIBRARY ADVOCATE


The holiday season is a busy time that brings joy to many people. Shopping, family, cooking, great food, gifts, and wonderful company are just some of the activities that we try to squeeze in as best we can to keep the holiday spirit. So that our library staff members can also enjoy this magic time of year, during the week of Christmas the library will be closed on Thursday, Dec 24 at 1pm. We will remain closed on Friday, Dec 25 and Saturday, Dec 26. The library is as usual closed on Sunday, and will reopen on Monday, Dec 28 at 9am. Please visit us before 1pm on Dec 24 to borrow new items, return your materials, and pick up museum passes and your materials on reserve. Thank you for your understanding. We wish you all a fabulous holiday season. 

Winter Solstice Tea - Join the Trustees and Friends of the library on Saturday, Dec 19 as we celebrate our final event to mark the 10th anniversary of our library building. Tea will be served from 2-3pm and 3-4pm. Please arrive in holiday garb for good cheer and pleasant company. Registration is required. Sign up in person at the Reference Desk on the lower level, by calling 781-848-0405 x4417, or go to our online calendar to register at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

While tea is being served on Dec 19, The Friends of Thayer Public Library are hosting a book sale in the foyer on the upper level. Even if you can’t make the tea, stop by for great deals on gently used books. You can’t beat the Friends’ bargain prices, and all proceeds benefit the library.

On Tuesday, Dec 15 from 6:30-8:30pm, the library is sponsoring a free Interview Employment Workshop for those who are unemployed or looking to brush up on their interviewing skills. This event is an interactive and informal question and answer session where we will role play typical interview questions and how best to answer them. The seminar also includes ways to avoid the most common interview mistakes that job candidates make. Facilitator is Gary Gekow, a senior employment specialist with 21 years of recruiting experience in the Boston staffing industry. No sign up required. For more information check our online calendar at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net, or call 781-848-0405 x4420.

Attention teens: if you are interested in literature and writing, join our Literature Club. We will meet in the YA room on the lower level to practice creative writing and discuss favorite reads. Join us on Saturday, Dec 12 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. For more information, call 7 81-848-0405 x4415 or email rtierney@braintreema.gov.
Kids, are you looking for more ways to enjoy the holiday season? A fun, seasonal craft session for children kindergarten age and older will be offered on Wednesday, Dec 9 at 3:30pm. Children can make something for themselves or if they prefer, a small craft gift for a family member. For more information call 781-848-0405 x4426.

Time is running out to purchase our $10 limited edition 10th Anniversary DVD. This photo montage set to inspiring music is a history of the library building campaign and a tribute to the people who made that dream come true. Approximately half an hour long, our DVD includes exceptional photos of the old and new libraries, historic neighborhood, and people who made it all happen. We show demolition of the old library and creation of the new. We bring it up to date with current photos and a tour of our beautiful new library building. This DVD is a true keepsake and makes the perfect gift, available for sale while supplies last at the library’s main circulation desk.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. To volunteer, please contact the assistant director at x4414. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library with contributions from our professional staff librarians. Our goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

December 2, 2009


LIBRARY ADVOCATE

Winter Solstice Tea - how the year has flown by. Please join the Trustees and Friends of the library on Saturday, Dec 19 as we celebrate our final event to mark the 10th anniversary of our library building. Tea will be served from 2-3pm and 3-4pm. Please come in holiday garb for good cheer and pleasant company. Registration is required. Sign up in person at the Reference Desk on the lower level, by calling 781-848-0405 x4417, or go to our online calendar to register at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

On Tuesday, Dec 15 from 6:30-8:30pm, the library is sponsoring a free Interview Employment Workshop for those who are unemployed or looking to brush up on their interviewing skills. This event is an interactive and informal question and answer session where we will role play typical interview questions and how best to answer them. The seminar also includes ways to avoid the most common interview mistakes that job candidates make. Facilitator is Gary Gekow, a senior employment specialist with 21 years of recruiting experience in the Boston staffing industry. No sign up required. For more information check our online calendar at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net, or call 781-848-0405 x4420.

Through Dec 7, the library is hosting a Braintree public schools K-12 student art exhibit on the main level. This free exhibit showcases the talents of our student artists. Stop by and view the artwork of Braintree’s budding Picassos. For more information call 781-848-0405 x4420.

If you like to play Scrabble, join us every Thursday at 6:30pm for open scrabble play. Players of all ages are always welcome. Come alone or bring a friend. On the lower level. For more information, call 781-848-0405 x4417, or email referencedesk@braintreema.gov.

Attention teens: if you are interested in literature and writing, join our Literature Club. We will meet in the YA room on the lower level to practice creative writing and discuss favorite reads. Join us on Saturday, Dec 12 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. For more information, call 7 81-848-0405 x4415 or email rtierney@braintreema.gov.
Saturday Storytimes is a new program for children of all ages. Sessions will be offered once a month and are geared toward children who aren’t able to come to the library during the week. Come hear stories and make a simple craft. Programs will be held in the stained glass story nook on the upper level in the Children’s Department. Our first session is Saturday, Dec 5 at 10:30am. No sign-ups required.

Kids, are you looking for more ways to enjoy the holiday season? A fun, seasonal craft session for children kindergarten age and older will be offered on Wednesday, Dec 9 at 3:30pm. Children can make something for themselves or if they prefer, a small craft gift for a family member. For more information call 781-848-0405 x4426.
Time is running out to purchase our $10 limited edition 10th Anniversary DVD. This photo montage set to inspiring music is a history of the library building campaign and a tribute to the people who made that dream come true. Approximately half an hour long, our DVD includes exceptional photos of the old and new libraries, historic neighborhood, and people who made it all happen. We show demolition of the old library and creation of the new. We bring it up to date with current photos and a tour of our beautiful new library building. This DVD is a true keepsake and makes the perfect gift, available for sale while supplies last at the library’s main circulation desk.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. To volunteer, please contact the assistant director at x4414. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.


This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library with contributions from our professional staff librarians. Our goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


November 25, 2009


LIBRARY ADVOCATE

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I have taken the opportunity over the past weeks to thank the people and organizations that help make Thayer Public Library a vital community institution. There are so many wonderful supporters of our library, the list could fill a whole newspaper. But I would be remiss if I didn’t end my list of thanks with an acknowledgment of the support that we receive from the Town of Braintree. Year after year, the Town votes an appropriation that allows the library to continue to build its collection of new books, DVDs, CDs, newspapers and magazines. We receive funding for staffing to stay open 6 days and 4 nights every week, and for updates to our computer equipment and website. We receive funding to maintain the lovely building and grounds and for utilities to keep us warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The library relies on your taxpayer dollars for the vast majority of its funding. We are sincerely thankful to you, the Town of Braintree under the leadership of Mayor Joseph Sullivan and the Town Council members, for your appreciation of the library as demonstrated by your continuing strong support. On behalf of the staff, Trustees, and Friends of Thayer Public Library, we thank you and wish you the best Thanksgiving holiday ever.

What are you thankful for? In celebration of the 10th anniversary of our library building, for the entire month of November Thayer Public Library is offering you the opportunity to tell us what you are thankful for. Located on the main level, we have a brown board with markers available where you can express the things for which you are most grateful. Please stop by and write down your thanks. Through Nov 30.

From Nov 23 through Dec 7, the library is hosting a Braintree public schools K-12 student art exhibit on the main level. This free exhibit showcases the talents of our student artists. Stop by and view the artwork of Braintree’s budding Picasso’s. For more information call 781-848-0405 x4420.

On Tuesday, Dec 15 from 6:30-8:30pm, the library is sponsoring a free Interview Employment Workshop for those who are unemployed or looking to brush up on their interviewing skills. This event is an interactive and informal question and answer session where we will role play typical interview questions and how best to answer them. The seminar also includes ways to avoid the most common interview mistakes that job candidates make. Facilitator is Gary Gekow, a senior employment specialist with 21 years of recruiting experience in the Boston staffing industry. No sign up required. For more information check our online calendar at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net, or call 781-848-0405 x4420.

If you are looking for something to jump start your holidays, come to the library where writers have always celebrated the holiday season with stories. Read the tale of Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Or how about a modern day Christmas carol? Richard Paul Evans, the author of “Christmas Box” and “Grace” has written “The Christmas List,” a story about love, redemption, and the true meaning of Christmas. If you want more mystery in your season, read “The Body in the Sleigh” a Faith Fairchild mystery by Katherine Hall Page. Not only is this a gripping whodunit, but it’s a classic tale of hope. To place holds on these titles or to find other books written by these authors please visit our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.onet. For other holiday suggestions, visit our display by the circulation desk on the main level.

Time is running out to purchase our $10 limited edition 10th Anniversary DVD. This photo montage set to inspiring music is a history of the library building campaign and a tribute to the people who made that dream come true. Approximately half an hour long, our DVD includes exceptional photos of the old and new libraries, historic neighborhood, and people who made it all happen. We show demolition of the old library and creation of the new. We bring it up to date with current photos and a tour of our beautiful new library building. This DVD is a true keepsake and makes the perfect gift, available for sale while supplies last at the library’s main circulation desk.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. To volunteer, please contact the assistant director at x4414. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library with contributions from our professional staff librarians. Our goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


November 18, 2009



LIBRARY ADVOCATE

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of our library building, for the entire month of November Thayer Public Library is offering you the opportunity to tell us what you are thankful for. Located on the main level, we have a brown board with markers available where you can express the things for which you are most grateful. Please stop by and write down your thanks.

This week I am expressing the biggest possible thank you to the staff of Thayer Public Library. Without our fine staff members, the library could not function. Circulation and interlibrary loan figures are soaring. The library is offering more programs than ever before. Internet usage and requests for help with navigating an expanding and complex world of information are growing almost exponentially. Even keeping up with the demand for new materials and getting them onto our shelves so that you can borrow them is a challenge. Our building and grounds require daily maintenance. Story hours and teen gatherings, daily newspapers and book clubs, there’s something for everyone here. And someone’s got to make sure that with all this activity, we continue to provide the best possible library content and exceptional customer service so that you, the public, keep coming back. A big task, you might ask? So true.  It takes a hard working, dedicated, consistently excellent staff to keep our library the best it can be. That is what we have in our staff at Thayer Public Library. They all deserve a giant thank you. Next time you visit the library, please feel quite free to thank our wonderful staff members.

On Wednesday, Nov 18 at 6pm, Thayer Public Library and Braintree Cooperative Bank are sponsoring the second workshop in our new M-Power Financial Literacy Series. The topic to be discussed is social security. Expert Charles Schaenman will lead us in understanding the social security system including benefits, learning when to apply, and what you need to know while you’re still working. No signup required. For more information, contact Stacey Costa at 781-356-8750.

Curious about what is going on at Thayer Public Library but too busy to seek out our calendar?  Follow us on Twitter for daily updates on library happenings. Twitter is an easy, quick way to keep up with the doings of your friends, family, favorite celebrities, government officials, and now your own town library.  Our Twitter ID is ThayerPublicLib. Click on www.twitter.com, then follow us and we will follow you back.  

Time is running out to purchase our $10 limited edition 10th Anniversary DVD. This photo montage set to inspiring music is a history of the library building campaign and a tribute to the people who made that dream come true. Approximately half an hour long, our DVD includes exceptional photos of the old and new libraries, historic neighborhood, and people who made it all happen. We show demolition of the old library and creation of the new. We bring it up to date with current photos and a tour of our beautiful new library building. This DVD is a true keepsake and makes the perfect gift, available for sale while supplies last at the library’s main circulation desk.

The Friends of Thayer Public Library are in need of clean books in good condition for their ongoing book sale on the lower level of the library. All books in good condition are much appreciated but they especially need paperbacks. Please support your local library. If you have questions or need help to pick up your book donation, call 781-843-8123 or 781-413-1327.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. To volunteer, please contact the assistant director at x4414. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library with contributions from our professional staff librarians. Our goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

November 11, 2009


LIBRARY ADVOCATE

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of our library building, for the entire month of November Thayer Public Library is offering you the opportunity to tell us what you are thankful for. Located on the main level, we have a brown board with markers available where you can express the things for which you are most grateful. Please stop by and write down your thanks.

This week I am expressing the biggest possible thank you to the staff of Thayer Public Library. Without our fine staff members, the library could not function. Circulation and interlibrary loan figures are soaring. The library is offering more programs than ever before. Internet usage and requests for help with navigating an expanding and complex world of information are growing almost exponentially. Even keeping up with the demand for new materials and getting them onto our shelves so that you can borrow them is a challenge. Our building and grounds require daily maintenance. Story hours and teen gatherings, daily newspapers and book clubs, there’s something for everyone here. And someone’s got to make sure that with all this activity, we continue to provide the best possible library content and exceptional customer service so that you, the public, keep coming back. A big task, you might ask? So true. It takes a hard working, dedicated, consistently excellent staff to keep our library the best it can be. That is what we have in our staff at Thayer Public Library. They all deserve a giant thank you. Next time you visit the library, please feel quite free to thank our wonderful staff members.

On Wednesday, Nov 18 at 6pm, Thayer Public Library and Braintree Cooperative Bank are sponsoring the second workshop in our new M-Power Financial Literacy Series. The topic to be discussed is social security. Expert Charles Schaenman will lead us in understanding the social security system including benefits, learning when to apply, and what you need to know while you’re still working. No signup required. For more information, contact Stacey Costa at 781-356-8750.

Curious about what is going on at Thayer Public Library but too busy to seek out our calendar? Follow us on Twitter for daily updates on library happenings. Twitter is an easy, quick way to keep up with the doings of your friends, family, favorite celebrities, government officials, and now your own town library. Our Twitter ID is ThayerPublicLib. Click on www.twitter.com, then follow us and we will follow you back. 

Time is running out to purchase our $10 limited edition 10th Anniversary DVD. This photo montage set to inspiring music is a history of the library building campaign and a tribute to the people who made that dream come true. Approximately half an hour long, our DVD includes exceptional photos of the old and new libraries, historic neighborhood, and people who made it all happen. We show demolition of the old library and creation of the new. We bring it up to date with current photos and a tour of our beautiful new library building. This DVD is a true keepsake and makes the perfect gift, available for sale while supplies last at the library’s main circulation desk.

The Friends of Thayer Public Library are in need of clean books in good condition for their ongoing book sale on the lower level of the library. All books in good condition are much appreciated but they especially need paperbacks. Please support your local library. If you have questions or need help to pick up your book donation, call 781-843-8123 or 781-413-1327.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. To volunteer, please contact the assistant director at x4414. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.


This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library with contributions from our professional staff librarians. Our goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library.


November 4, 2009


For the entire month of November, Thayer Public Library is offering you the opportunity to tell us what you are thankful for. We will have a board with markers available where you can express the things for which you are most grateful. I am personally thankful that the library’s Evening of Celebration fundraising event was a wonderful success. We raised money for the library and had lots of fun doing it. Almost 200 of Braintree’s finest helped us celebrate the 10th anniversary of our library building. Pictures will soon be posted on our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net. Please check them out next week. What are you thankful for?

Curious about what is going on at Thayer Public Library but too busy to seek out our calendar? Follow us on Twitter for daily updates on library happenings. Twitter is an easy, quick way to keep up with the doings of your friends, family, favorite celebrities, government officials, and now your own town library. Our Twitter ID is ThayerPublicLib. Click on www.twitter.com, then follow us and we will follow you back. 

On Wednesday, Nov 18 at 6pm,Thayer Public Library and Braintree Cooperative Bank are sponsoring the second workshop in our new M-Power Financial Literacy Series. The topic to be discussed is Social Security. Expert Charles Schaenman will lead us in understanding the Social Security system including benefits, learning when to apply, and what you need to know while you’re still working. No signup required. For more information, contact Stacey Costa at 781-356-8750.

On Mondays from 4-5pm the YA Literature Club meets to practice creative writing and discuss books, doubling as a book club. One meeting a month is devoted to discussing a specific title that has been picked as the book club selection of the month. Make sure you come to the Nov 3 meeting, the day we will pick our next title, with plenty of ideas of books to nominate. Coming up in November, stay tuned for more information on the YA Café, the monthly TAG and Anime/Manga meetings, and a special New Moon event. 

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of our library building, the Friends of Thayer Public Library have a new limited edition DVD for sale for $10. It is a history of the library building campaign and a tribute to the people who made that dream come true. Approximately half an hour long and set to inspiring music, this DVD includes exceptional photos of the old and new libraries, historic neighborhood, and people who made it all happen. We show demolition of the old library and creation of the new. We bring it up to date with current photos and a tour of our beautiful new library building. This DVD is a true keepsake and makes the perfect gift, available for sale while supplies last at the library’s main circulation desk.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. To volunteer, please contact the Assistant Director at x4414. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library with contributions from our professional staff librarians. Our goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


October 28, 2009


A resounding thank you is due the Trustees of Thayer Public Library. The trustees are elected and appointed officials who work without compensation of any kind to support the library in its major goals. Trustees are our ultimate volunteers. They meet monthly to decide policy for the library; to make sure the library has adequate funding; to delegate the operation of the library to me, the director, in ensuring that the library’s programs and services reflect the needs of the Braintree community; and to advocate in general for the continued health and success of the library. The next time you see one of our nine trustees, why not offer your own thank you for all the good work they achieve on behalf of the library? I’m sure your words will be greatly appreciated.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of our library building, the Friends of Thayer Public Library have a new DVD for sale for $10. It is a history of the library building campaign and a tribute to the people who made that dream come true. Approximately half an hour long and set to inspiring music, this DVD includes exceptional photos of the old and new libraries, historic neighborhood, and people who made it all happen. We show demolition of the old library and creation of the new. We bring it up to date with current photos and a tour of our beautiful new library building. This DVD is a true keepsake and makes the perfect gift, available for sale at the library’s main circulation desk.

On Wednesday, Oct 28 from 5-7pm, join us for a Pumpkin Feast. Bring your own already carved pumpkin starting at 5pm. We will insert a candle in each pumpkin and line them up outside the library. The more lit pumpkins, the more beautiful the sight as the sky darkens. We will be serving hot cider to keep you warm. We encourage every family to bring something good to eat made out of pumpkins so that we can have a true Pumpkin Feast. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Dress warmly and hope for good weather as we cannot have lit candles inside the library. At 7pm the event will conclude and you can bring your own pumpkin home with you. This event is sponsored by the Trustees of Thayer Public Library to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our library building. For more information, call 781-848-0405 x4420.

Join other teens on Saturday, October 31 for Fright Fest. From 1-2pm, teens will hold a fun-filled event for younger kids, with activities like face painting, story-telling, games and more. At 2:30pm, it’s teens only as we watch the horror film, A Haunting in Connecticut. This movie is rated PG-13, so no one under 13 may stay to watch. Food, drink, and of course, Halloween candy will be provided.

On Mondays from 4-5pm the YA Literature Club meets to practice creative writing and discuss books, doubling as a book club. One meeting a month is devoted to discussing a specific title that has been picked as the book club selection of the month. Make sure you come to the November 3 meeting, the day we will pick our next title, with plenty of ideas of books to nominate. Coming up in November, stay tuned for more information on the YA Café, the monthly TAG and Anime/Manga meetings, and a special New Moon event. 

From the Reference Department: More of our popular introductory computer classes will be starting in November and December. Registration will begin October 30. Topics include job hunting, the Navigator library catalog, Microsoft Word 2007, and a 3-part series introducing computers and internet searching. Registration is required and you may register in person on the lower level, through our online calendar, or by calling 781-848-0405 x 4417. For all classes, registrants must have basic familiarity using a mouse and keyboard.

To honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, through the month of October, Thayer Public Library features a book display on the main floor with many titles on the subject of breast cancer. There are also bookmarks printed on the subject of ovarian cancer at this display. All titles are available for circulation. Look for the large pink paper ribbon above the display. And on the lower level, don’t forget to check out the poetry display. Revisit some of your old favorites and perhaps discover some new ones.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. To volunteer, please contact the Assistant Director at x4414. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.


This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library with contributions from our professional staff librarians. Our goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


October 21, 2009


This week’s thank you goes to our Braintree community from the year 1999. That is the year that our new library building was dedicated and opened to the public. Everyone knew that our existing library, built in 1953, was past its prime. Though once a fine and sturdy structure, by the mid 1990’s, the bottom floor flooded regularly. Some areas had a decidedly musty odor. The collection of books and other materials was bursting out its seams. Once a source of pride, the old library was ready to retire.

Happily for Braintree, a group of exceptionally dedicated advocates led a successful campaign to build the new, much larger facility we see today. The Town of Braintree was an outstanding partner. Several prominent Braintree families gave generously to the campaign. Hundreds of individuals, businesses, organizations, groups, and families donated to the cause. Thousands participated, even as one person stood out. Mr. Vincent Martino, who was Chairman of the Library Board of Trustees at the time, led the charge for this campaign. Without his extraordinary leadership, our new library may never have been built.

So today I raise my glass to the Braintree community of 1999; those people who, a decade ago, had the vision, intelligence, and perseverance to see our new library building project through to its final result. Thank you, the community of Braintree.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of our library building, the Friends of Thayer Public Library have a new DVD for sale for $10. It is a history of the library building campaign and a tribute to the people who made that dream come true. Approximately half an hour long and set to inspiring music, this DVD includes exceptional photos of the old and new libraries, historic neighborhood, and people who made it all happen. We show demolition of the old library and creation of the new. We bring it up to date with currents photos and a tour of our beautiful new library building. This DVD is a true keepsake that will be available for sale at the Evening of Celebration and at the library’s main circulation desk.

It’s final call for purchasing tickets for our Evening of Celebration. Join the Friends of Thayer Public Library for a gala dress-up event to be held on Friday, Oct 23, at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom from 7 pm to midnight. This elegant event will feature hors d’oeuvres, DJ and dancing, classical guitar, wine tasting included in the price of the ticket, dessert by Konditor Meister, and both silent and live auctions. There are too many fabulous bid items to list here – you’ll have to buy a ticket to see them all. Here are a few: autographed Red Sox baseballs, major sports tickets, an African safari, fine dining, hotel stays. Bid on a round of golf, 100 gallons of fuel oil, an American Girl doll, TiVo, F1 race car driving, even an exciting ride to school with the Braintree Fire Department is available to the highest bidder. Tickets are only $40 per person and are available for sale at Thayer Public Library and Braintree Cooperative Bank. Please join us to have a wonderful time while supporting your library. Call 781-848-0405 x4420 or x4414 for more information.

On Wednesday, Oct 28 from 5-7pm, join us for a Pumpkin Feast. Bring your own already carved pumpkin starting at 5pm. We will insert a candle in each pumpkin and line them up outside the library. The more lit pumpkins, the more beautiful the sight as the sky darkens. We will be serving hot cider to keep you warm. We encourage every family to bring something good to eat made out of pumpkins so that we can have a true Pumpkin Feast. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Dress warmly and hope for good weather as we cannot have lit candles inside the library. At 7pm the event will conclude and you can bring your own pumpkin home with you. This event is sponsored by the Trustees of Thayer Public Library to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our library building. For more information, call 781-848-0405 x4420.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. To volunteer, please contact the Assistant Director at x4414. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library with contributions from our professional staff librarians. Our goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


October 14, 2009


Through the end of November, I am thanking the people and organizations that help make Thayer Public Library a vital community institution. Where would we be without our Friends? The Friends of Thayer Public Library provide financial and volunteer support to the library through their Sunday concert series, Friends café, ongoing books sales, recycling drives, and capital campaigns that helped raise the funds for our new library and for our extended parking lot. With special thanks to President John Cobble, the Friends are tireless advocates for the library. Thank you, our Friends.

And speaking of the Friends, on Sunday, Oct 18 at 3pm they are sponsoring a Fall Concert Series for Viola, Violin and Piano, featuring Susan Bill, violist/violinist and Judy Cobble, pianist. These are popular concerts; come a little early to get a good seat.

Still haven’t purchased tickets for our upcoming Evening of Celebration? There is still time, but the hourglass is almost spent. Join us for a gala dress-up event to be held on Friday, Oct 23, at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom from 7 pm to midnight. This elegant event will feature hors d’oeuvres, dancing, classical guitar, wine tasting included in the price of the ticket, and a live auction with fabulous bid items that include autographed Red Sox baseballs, major sports tickets, an African safari, and more. Tickets are only $40 per person and are available for sale at Thayer Public Library, Town Hall Clerk’s Office, and Braintree Cooperative Bank. Please join us to support your library. Call 781-848-0405 x4420 or x4414 for more information.

On Mondays from 4-5pm the Young Adult Literature Club meets to practice creative writing and discuss books, doubling as a book club. One meeting a month is devoted to discussing a specific title that has been picked as the book club selection of the month. Make sure you come to the November 3 meeting, the day we will pick our next title for group discussion. There will be plenty of ideas of books to nominate. For more information, contact Reba Tierney, YA Librarian at 781-848-0405 x4415.

Join other teens on Saturday, Oct 31 from 1-2pm for Fright Fest. Teens will hold a fun filled event for younger kids, with activities like face painting, story-telling, games and more. Following at 2:30pm, it’s teens only as we watch a horror movie. The movie will be rated PG-13, so no one under 13 may stay to watch. Food, drink, and of course, Halloween candy will be provided. Call Reba for more information. 

Come on in and see the big changes to our adult audio visual area. As always, we are providing current, popular, and award winning movies, music, language instruction, and recorded books. We have recently reorganized the whole area to make sure that items are even easier to find. Do you like to watch opera? Ballet? Rock concerts? Poetry readings? Broadway plays? Take a look at our new performance video section. We’ve got everything from Tchaikovsky to The Killers, Puccini to Pink Floyd. The Thayer Public Library strives to bring the people of Braintree the latest in library related technology. Why not try a Playaway audiobook? Playaways provide recorded books and language instruction on an easy to operate player the size of a pack of gum. All you need to do is press play, put on your headphones and enjoy. Ask a staff member to demonstrate the cool, simple Playaway technology for you today.

Looking for a bright but quiet area to work on that latest term paper or important business proposal? The library has just the spot. There is a hidden gem on the main level of the library – the Marinelli Reading Room. It is on the Gilbert Bean drive side of the building, overlooking the Thayer House. With its huge windows and no cell phone policy, it is the perfect place to work on your laptop, using our free wireless Internet access. In this room you will also find some interesting collections. The Modern Scholar is a series of high interest, college level lectures on compact disc, covering topics from Plato to the Cold War. We also have the Great Courses series that provide lifelong learning lectures on DVD. And finally there is the Library of America collection of works by classic American Authors. The next time you need a quiet place to work or just relax, visit this beautiful room.

Join us on Wednesday, Oct 28 from 5-7pm for a Pumpkin Feast. Bring your own already carved pumpkin starting at 5pm. We will insert a candle in each pumpkin and line them up outside the library. The more lit pumpkins, the more beautiful the sight as the sky darkens. We will be serving hot cider to keep you warm. We encourage every family to bring something good to eat made out of pumpkins so that we can have a true Pumpkin Feast. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Dress warmly and hope for good weather as we cannot have lit candles inside the library. At 7pm the event will conclude and you can bring your own pumpkin home with you. This event is sponsored by the Trustees of Thayer Public Library to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our library building. For more information, call 781-848-0405 x4420.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. To volunteer, please contact the Assistant Director at x4414. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library with contributions from our professional staff librarians. Our goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


October 7, 2009


In this season of bounty, our thoughts turn to thanks for the good neighbors and friends who help sustain the library. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of our library building, for the month of November the trustees will be sponsoring a write-on board to be located within the library. We hope many of you will stop by and write on the board what you are thankful for. In this spirit, I will take the opportunity in this column to say thanks each week through the end of November. My first big thank you goes to Braintree Electric Light Department for the many ways it extends its expertise and staff assistance to support the library. From help with tree trimming to keep our wires clear and electrical consulting help, to installation of our new wireless Internet system and ongoing computer technology support, the list of ways BELD helps the library is almost endless. Thank you, BELD, for being the library’s great friend and generous neighbor.

The time is drawing near, but tickets are still available for our upcoming Evening of Celebration, a gala dress-up event to be held on Friday, Oct 23, at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom from 7 pm to midnight. This elegant event will feature hors d’oeuvres, dancing, classical guitar, wine tasting, and a live auction with fabulous bid items that include Celtics and Bruins tickets, autographed Red Sox baseballs, and more. Tickets are only $40 per person and are available for sale at Thayer Public Library, Town Hall Clerk’s Office, and Braintree Cooperative Bank. Please join us to support your library. Call 781-848-0405 x4420 or x4414 for more information.

The Braintree Art Association is hosting its annual exhibit showcasing the works of over 20 local artists, on the main library level during the week of October 10 through 17. Stop by to see just how talented and creative the residents of Braintree can be.

On Sunday, Oct 18 at 3pm, The Friends of Thayer Public Library are sponsoring a Fall Concert Series for Viola, Violin and Piano, featuring Susan Bill, violist/violinist and Judy Cobble, pianist.

Join us on Wednesday, Oct 28 from 5-7pm for a Pumpkin Feast. Bring your own already carved pumpkin starting at 5pm. We will insert a candle in each pumpkin and line them up outside the library. The more lit pumpkins, the more beautiful the sight as the sky darkens. We will be serving hot cider to keep you warm. We encourage every family to bring something good to eat made out of pumpkins so that we can have a true Pumpkin Feast. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Dress warmly and hope for good weather as we cannot have lit candles inside the library. At 7pm the event will conclude and you can bring your own pumpkin home with you. This event is sponsored by the Trustees of Thayer Public Library to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our library building. For more information, call 781-848-0405 x4420.

The Friends of Thayer Public Library are in need of clean books in good condition for their ongoing book sale on the lower level of the library. We especially need paperbacks, biographies, and nonfiction including history, but all books in good condition are much appreciated. We know there are for-profit companies now aggressively competing for books. The Friends prefer that funds from the sale of book donations be used for enhancement of our great library rather than leave our community for parts and uses unknown. Please support your local library. If you have questions or need help to pick up your book donation, call 781-843-8123 or 781-413-1327.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. To volunteer, please contact the Assistant Director at x4414. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library with contributions from our professional staff librarians. Our goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

September 30, 2009


An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Why not pair up one of the library’s museum passes with a family trip to pick-it-yourself apple country? Check out our Massachusetts ParksPass, Old Sturbridge Village, or Mass Audubon pass, and head west past Route 495 for a fun day of fresh air and healthy living. Museum passes are available only to Braintree residents with a Thayer Public Library card, online at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net or call the reference desk at 781-848-0405 x4417.

Tickets are now available for our upcoming Evening of Celebration, a gala dress-up event to be held on Friday, Oct 23, at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom from 7 pm to midnight. The Friends of Thayer Public Library are helping us celebrate the 10th anniversary of our beautiful library building. This elegant event will feature hors d’oeuvres, dancing, classical guitar to accompany a special wine tasting, and a live auction with fabulous bid items that include Celtics and Bruins tickets, autographed Red Sox baseballs, and more. There’s even an African safari for sale to the highest bidder. Tickets are only $40 per person and are available for sale at Thayer Public Library, Town Hall Clerk’s Office, and Braintree Cooperative Bank. This is the not-to-be-missed social event of the season, with all profits benefiting the library. Library Director Betsy Wolfe is quoted as saying, “Dressing up is fun.” Call 781-848-0405 x4420 or x4414 for more information.

The Braintree Art Association is hosting its annual exhibit showcasing the works of over 20 local artists, on the main library level during the week of October 10 through 17. Stop by to see just how talented and creative the residents of Braintree can be.

Join Thayer Public Library's Readers' Group Book Club for a showing of the thriller Tell No One, the movie based on the best-selling novel by Harlan Coben. To be held on Wednesday, Sept 30 from 6:30- 8:45pm. Although this movie is not subject to rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, this film is not recommended for ages under 17 without parental permission. For more information call 781-848-0405 x4417 or check our online calendar of events at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

Afterschool autumn crafts for children kindergarten age and older will be held on Wednesday, Sept 30 at 3:30pm. On Tuesday, Oct 6 at 3:30pm the library will present a special program for those in third through sixth grade. Create a bedroom door decoration of foam leaves in fall tones with beads and bows to add color. Sign up for these programs by calling, visiting or emailing the children’s department at referencedesk@braintreema.gov or 781-848-0405 x4425.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library with contributions from our professional staff librarians. Our goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.



September 23, 2009


The air is turning cool and crisp as we leave casual summer behind. Children are back in school; time to look to the somewhat more formal glories of autumn. Tickets are now available for our upcoming Evening of Celebration, a gala dress-up event to be held on Friday, Oct 23, at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom from 7 pm to midnight. The Friends of Thayer Public Library are helping us celebrate the 10th anniversary of our beautiful library building. This elegant event will feature hors d’oeuvres, dancing, live entertainment, wine tasting, and a live auction with fabulous bid items that include Celtics and Bruins tickets, autographed Red Sox baseballs, and more. There’s even an African safari for sale to the highest bidder. Tickets are only $40 per person and are available for sale at Thayer Public Library, Town Hall Clerk’s Office, and Braintree Cooperative Bank. This is the not-to-be-missed social event of the season, with all profits benefiting the library. Call 781-848-0405 x4420 or x4414 for more information.

Join Thayer Public Library's Readers' Group Book Club for a showing of the thriller "Tell No One," the movie based on the best-selling novel by Harlan Coben. To be held on Wednesday, Sept 30 from 6:30- 8:45pm. Although this movie is not subject to rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, this film is not recommended for ages under 17 without parental permission. For more information call 781-848-0405 ex.4417 or check our online calendar of events at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

On Saturday, Sept 26 the Trustees of the library are proud to honor the 10th anniversary of our library building with a very special Guest Reader Day in the story nook of the children’s department on the upper level. Elisabeth Strachan, Children’s Librarian, will host story times for all ages, featuring guest readers Library Trustee Janice Weitbrecht from 10-10:30am, a surprise guest from 11-11:30am, and School Superintendent Dr. Peter Kurzberg from 12-12:30pm. Snacks will be served. No registration required. Also on Saturday, Sept 26, join us from 1-2:30pm in Logan Auditorium for Anime/Manga for kids who like Fruits Basket and One Piece. We'll talk, watch some anime, and do some drawing if you like. For grades 4 and up. No registration required. For more information call 781-848-0405 x4426.

Afterschool autumn crafts for students in kindergarten and older will be held on Wednesday, Sept 30 at 3:30pm. On Tuesday, Oct 6 at 3:30pm the library will present a special program for those in third through sixth grade. Create a bedroom door decoration of foam leaves in fall tones with beads and bows to add color. Sign up for these programs by calling, visiting or emailing the children’s department at referencedesk@braintreema.gov or 781-848-0405 x4425.

Our increasingly popular YA Writing Group for teens holds meetings weekly in the YA Room on Thursdays from 5-6pm. Stop by and make new friends while polishing your creative writing skills. Contact Reba, Young Adult Librarian at 781-848-0405 x4415 or email rtierney@braintreema.gov.

More teen news: on Saturday, Sept 26 at 1pm, a TAG meeting will be held in the YA Room. Do you have ideas and opinion that you’d like to share? If you’re between the ages of 12-18 and are looking to get involved, join the Teen Advisory Group. This group of teens meets monthly to help plan library events and programs, as well as decide what kind of materials to buy. Also on Saturday, Sept 26, join us from 2:30-4pm in Logan Auditorium for Anime/Manga for Teens and Young Adults, limited to ages 12-18 who like to draw Manga and watch Anime. There will be drawing, discussion, and viewing of selected Anime series. Did we mention that snacks are always provided?

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library with contributions from our professional staff librarians. Our goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

September 9, 2009


Just in time for the start of the school year, our Reference librarians on the Lower Level are displaying resources to help you do your homework the smart way. Check it out and learn the habits of successful students. Also on display this month are those very familiar, yellow Dummies books. The how-to series for the rest of us – they must have one for everything. Stop in and see our life sized Dummies guy.

Our popular Computer Learning Sessions are back from summer vacation. Whether you are new to computers or just want to use them more effectively, this 3-session series which includes email basics will get you on your way. Participants should have some familiarity with using a keyboard and mouse. Space is limited. Register in person at the Lower Level Information Desk, or call 781-848-0405 x4417, or use our online registration feature through our calendar at www.ThayerPublicLibrary.net.

Tickets are now available for our upcoming Evening of Celebration, a gala dress-up event to be held on Friday, Oct 23, at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom from 7 pm to midnight. The Trustees and Friends of Thayer Public Library are helping us celebrate the 10th anniversary of our beautiful library building. This elegant event will feature dinner, dancing, live entertainment, wine tasting, and a live auction with fabulous bid items. Tickets are only $40 per person and are available for sale at Thayer Public Library, Town Hall Clerk’s Office, and Braintree Cooperative Bank. This is the not-to-be-missed social event of the season, with all profits benefiting the Library. Call 781-848-0405 x4420 or x4414 for more information.

Piano Concert. The Sunday Concert Series sponsored by The Friends of Thayer Public Library will resume on Sept 20 at 3 pm. Pianist/composer Deborah Wyndham performs classical music and jazz, as well as her own arrangements of early 20th century American pop music, Celtic and ragtime. She has completed several solo piano CD’s, and received honorable mention from Billboard Magazine for one of her compositions. For more information call 781-413-1327.

Young Adult (Teen) update: Our increasingly popular YA Writing Group holds meetings weekly in the YA Room on Thursdays from 5-6 pm. Stop by and make new friends while polishing your creative writing skills. Contact Reba, Young Adult Librarian at 781-848-0405 x4415 or email rtierney@braintreema.gov.

More teen news: On Saturday, Sept 26 at 1 pm, a TAG meeting will be held in the Young Adult Room. Do you have ideas and opinion that you’d like to share? If you’re between the ages of 12-18 and are looking to get involved, join the Teen Advisory Group. This group of teens meets monthly to help plan library events and programs, as well as decide what kind of materials to buy. Also on Saturday, Sept 26, join us from 2:30-4 pm in Logan Auditorium for Anime/Manga for Teens and Young Adults, limited to ages 12-18 who like to draw Manga and watch Anime. There will be drawing, discussion, and viewing of selected Anime series. Did we mention that snacks are always provided?

Saturday, Sept 26 will be a busy day at Thayer Public Library. The Trustees of the Library are proud to honor the 10th anniversary of our library building with a very special Guest Reader Day in the story nook of the Children’s Department on the Upper Level. Elisabeth Strachan, Children’s Librarian, will host story times for all ages, featuring guest readers to be announced. Story times are: 10-10:30 am, 11-11:30 am, and 12-12:30 pm. Snacks will be served. No registration required. For more information call 781-848-0405 x4426.

Household Hazardous Waste Day at the Ivory Street recycling center is Saturday, Sept 12. The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be collecting electronics, tires, and batteries from 9 am until noon. Fees for items are as follows: $15 for computer monitors, TV’s up to 24”, and AC’s; $20 for TV’s over 24” and consoles; $10 for dehumidifiers, small fridges, and microwave ovens. Fees for tires: $5 for car tires and batteries, $2 for rims, and $20 for truck tires. Proceeds will benefit the library. For information call 781-413-1327.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, Upper Level, unless otherwise noted. To register for a free Thayer Public Library card, bring photo ID with 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.


This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


September 2, 2009


Fall hours  resume September 8th


How time flies. Fall hours at Thayer Public Library resume on Tuesday, Sept 8. Our open hours will be Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm. We wish you all a pleasant and safe Labor Day weekend.

Family Fun Day on Aug 20 was just that – a day filled with all kinds of fun activities to honor the end of our summer reading program and to acknowledge the 10th anniversary of our library building. The Trustees of Thayer Public Library sponsored an old fashioned day of sack races, Hula Hoop contests, a bouncy ride, and featured Jellybean the Clown who painted sunny faces until it started to rain. The day ended with a concert, a pie eating contest, and a summer’s end pizza party for teens. All in all, it was a very special day thanks to the generosity of the Trustees of the library. 

Household Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, Sept 12. The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be collecting electronics, tires, and batteries from 9 am until noon. Fees for items are as follows: $15 for computer monitors, TV’s up to 24”, and AC’s ; $20 for TV’s over 24” and consoles; $10 for dehumidifiers, small fridges, and microwave ovens. Fees for tires: $5 for car tires and batteries, $2 for rims, and $20 for truck tires. Proceeds will benefit the library. For information call 781-413-1327.

Do you love art and comics? Then this is the workshop for you. On Thursday, Sept 3 from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm, back by popular demand, Andy Fish and Veronica Hebard will be offering another Comic Art and Manga workshop. This event is limited to 15 participants entering grades 7-12 only. Sign up now at referencedesk@braintreema.gov or call 781-848-0405 x4417.

New, interesting titles in the adult fiction department on the middle level: Anita Brookner, winner of the Booker prize for Hotel du Lac, has written a new book, Strangers. This story is about a man who reflects upon life as he is coming to the end of his mortality. It’s a thought provoking read. Another award winning author for her novel Three Junes, Julia Glass has written I See You Everywhere, described in the New York Times Book Review as “An honest portrait of sister-love.” For a gentler read you might want to try Alexander McCall Smith’s The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday. Smith never fails to delight his readers. To place holds on these titles or to find other books written by these authors please visit our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net and click on Catalog. 

Coming up on Friday, Oct 23, please hold the date for a Friends of Thayer Public Library sponsored gala Evening of Celebration. What are we celebrating? The 10th anniversary of our beautiful library building, of course. This elegant event will be held at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom from 7 pm to midnight, and features dinner, dancing, live entertainment, wine tasting, and a live auction with fabulous bid items. Tickets are only $40 per person and are available for sale at Thayer Public Library, Town Hall Clerk’s Office, and Braintree Cooperative Bank. This is the not-to-be-missed social event of the season, with all profits benefiting the Library. It’s a great cause, and we can fill the room with 300 lively library well wishers. I’m serious, folks – be there or be square.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.


This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

August 26, 2009


How time flies. Fall hours at Thayer Public Library resume on Tuesday, Sept 8. Our open hours will be: Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm. We wish you all a pleasant and safe Labor Day weekend.

Meanwhile, summer isn’t over yet. Children’s story time for all ages will take place on Wednesday, Aug 26 at 10:00 am. For more information, contact the Children’s Department at 781-848-0405 x4425.

Family Fun Day on Aug 20 was just that – a day filled with all kinds of fun activities to honor the end of our summer reading program and to acknowledge the 10th anniversary of our library building. The Trustees of Thayer Public Library sponsored an old fashioned day of sack races, Hula Hoop contests, a bouncy ride, and featured Jellybean the Clown who painted sunny faces until it started to rain. The day ended with a concert, a pie eating contest, and a summer’s end pizza party for teens. All in all, it was a very special day thanks to the generosity of the Trustees of the library. 

Calling all teenage writers. If you’ve always wanted to write and join in with a group of like-minded friends ages 12 to 18, come to our Young Adult Writers Group meeting on Thursday, Aug 27 at 1:00 pm. Our goal will be to meet often through the year to discuss books and do some creative writing with Reba, our Young Adult Librarian. For more information, contact her at 781-848-0405 x4415 or email rtierney@braintreema.gov.

Do you love art and comics? Then this is the workshop for you. On Thursday, Sept 3 from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm, back by popular demand, Andy Fish and Veronica Hebard will be offering another Comic Art and Manga workshop. This event is limited to 15 participants entering grades 7-12 only. Sign up now at referencedesk@braintreema.gov or call 781-848-0405 x4417.

New, interesting titles in the adult fiction department on the middle level: Anita Brookner, winner of the Booker prize for Hotel du Lac, has written a new book, Strangers. This story is about a man who reflects upon life as he is coming to the end of his mortality. It’s a thought provoking read. Another award winning author for her novel Three Junes, Julia Glass has written I See You Everywhere, described in the New York Times Book Review as “An honest portrait of sister-love.” For a gentler read you might want to try Alexander McCall Smith’s The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday. Smith never fails to delight his readers. To place holds on these titles or to find other books written by these authors please visit our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net and click on Catalog. 

Coming up on Friday, Oct 23, please hold the date for a Friends of Thayer Public Library sponsored gala Evening of Celebration. What are we celebrating? The 10th anniversary of our beautiful library building, of course. This elegant event will be held at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom from 7 pm to midnight, and features dinner, dancing, live entertainment, wine tasting, and a live auction with fabulous bid items. Tickets are only $40 per person and are available for sale at Thayer Public Library, Town Hall Clerk’s Office, and Braintree Cooperative Bank. This is the not-to-be-missed social event of the season, with all profits benefiting the Library. It’s a great cause, and we can fill the room with 300 lively library well wishers. I’m serious, folks – be there or be square.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.


This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

August 19, 2009


During this time of economic uncertainty and unemployment, we are doing our best here at Thayer Public Library to assist you and your family with resources that we hope benefit and enhance your lives. Please take some time to read through all the free activities coming up in the next few weeks. You don’t have to spend money to have fun or become better informed. We enjoy seeing our old favorite patrons, but want to see new faces too. Don’t be shy – come by and say hello. The entire library staff is here to help you make the most of your visit to our welcoming, air conditioned facility.

If you are unemployed, or know someone who is, try our new online product available through our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net. It’s called JOBview, and contains thousands of up to date job listings in Massachusetts and across the country. Another great online tool available through our website is LearningExpressLibrary, where you can take practice exams for any number of instantly scored licensing, certification, and aptitude practice tests, online career preparation, and vital information for a wide variety of occupations. Practice for the GED, cosmetology, air traffic control, plumbing, electrical, and many other exams and certifications. ReferenceUSA online is a database filled with every U.S. and Canadian business. Search for information on any type or size of company. Anyone can access these free websites using our public access Internet computers located inside the library building, or bring your laptop and use our free wireless service. Thayer Public Library OCLN cardholders only can also access these online products remotely from home. As always, our dedicated and well trained reference staff is here to help you find the information you need. For more information about our online products, call 781-848-0405 x4417 or email referencedesk@braintreema.gov.

Celebrate Family Fun Day on Thursday, August 20 from 11 am-7 pm as part of the year-long celebration of 10 years in our new building. Sponsored by the Trustees of the Thayer Public Library, join us for games, stories, a pie eating contest, Jellybean the Clown, and a moon bounce. Play giant oversized games on the Library lawn. At 11 am we’ll have an old fashioned sack race; 12 noon will be a fun balloon pop game. Jellybean will delight you from 12 noon to 3 pm with face painting and balloon animals. At 1 pm, young and old can compete in a Hula Hoop contest. Also at 1 pm, the Young Adult Writers Group will meet in the YA Room. At 2 pm, run down the lawn and test your balance with an egg and spoon race. At 2:30 pm, we will have a good old fashioned, hands-behind-your back pie eating contest. At 3:30 in Logan Auditorium enjoy Big Ryan's Tall Tales. Teens will celebrate the conclusion of the See What’s Out There Summer Reading Program at 6pm with a Summer’s End Teen Pizza Party (ages 12 to 18 only) and distribution of summer reading prizes. Family Fun Day is an event you won’t want to miss. 

Starship Adventure has been a blast at the Thayer Public Library this summer. Over 800 children are participating in the fun-filled Starship Adventure Summer Reading Program to encourage reading and learning using the outer space theme. The Finale will take place on Thursday, August 20 at 3:30 pm when Big Ryan will present his funny show called Big Ryan’s Tall Tales. This performance is funded 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. No sign-ups needed. Children who have been reading and following the Game Board can bring it back at the Finale or anytime through September 1 for a prize.

More children’s programs: on Wednesday, August 19 at 6:00 pm, we’ll be showing the movie Space Buddies. On Tuesday, August 25 at 6:00 pm, the movie Fly Me to the Moon 3D will be shown. Three friends stow away on an Apollo rocket. 3D glasses will be available for in depth viewing. Story time for all ages will take place on Wednesday, August 26 at 10:00 am. For more information, contact the Children’s Department at 781-848-0405 x4425.

Calling all teenage writers. If you’ve always wanted to write and join in with a group of like-minded friends ages 12 to 18, come to our Young Adult Writers Group meeting on Thursday, August 20 at 1:00 pm in the YA Room. Freebie hint: come back at 6:00 pm on the same day for Summer’s End Teen Pizza Party. A second club meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 27 at 1:00 pm. Our goal will be to meet often through the year to discuss books and do some creative writing with Reba, our Young Adult Librarian. For more information, contact her at 781-848-0405 x4415 or email rtierney@braintreema.gov. 

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


August 11, 2009


Bestsellers coming soon to the library

Bestsellers coming soon to the library. Jacquelyn Mitchard has written a sequel to her blockbuster The Deep End of the Ocean. If you enjoyed that story, you will not want to miss No Time to Wave Goodbye. Another unforgettable story by Pat Conroy is soon to hit the library shelf. South of the Bend is his first novel in 14 years and will not disappoint his fans. How about a story that readers will want to eat? Mary Kay Andrews serves up Deep Dish, a fun read about food and romance. Put your request in now for any of these titles and we’ll contact you when it’s your turn. Holds can be placed on our library webpage at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net, click on Catalog, type in the title, and place your hold.

In our display cases on the main level through the end of August, come see the Boston Harbor Islands display, X-Men memorabilia, and a tribute to Braintree Recreation Department’s summer fun program. On the lower level, learn something new with a not-just-for Dummies book, or from our continuing display of tasty barbequing and cookout reads.

It’s a blast @Thayer Public Library this summer. Soar into space at the library while celebrating reading with our fun filled Starship Adventure Summer Reading Program. New for this summer is an out-of-this-world Starship Adventure Game Board. Children who have been reading and following the Game Board can bring it back between August 17 and September 1 for a prize. For more information, contact the Children’s Department at 781-848-0405 x4425, or visit the Children’s Room on the upper level. 

There are children’s programs galore this week including a kid’s craft program on Wednesday, August 12 at 2:30pm; Manga and Anime for kids entering grades 4-6 on Thursday, August 13 from 5pm to 6:30pm; Manga and Anime for teens entering grades 7-12 on Thursday, August 13 from 6:30 to 7:45pm; a space themed story time for all ages on Friday, August 14 at 10:00am. Kids ages 6-14, draw figures from Star Wars on Monday, August 17 at 3:00pm. On Wednesday, August 19 at 6pm, we’ll be showing the movie Space Buddies.

Big Ryan will present his funny show, Big Ryan’s Tall Tales on Thursday, August 20 at 3:30 p.m. Come prepared to laugh and have fun. This performance, the finale of Starship Adventure summer reading, is funded 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. No sign-ups needed. This is one of several opportunities to bring your summer reading logs and claim your prizes. 

Celebrate Family Fun Day on Thursday, August 20 from 11am-7pm as part of the year-long celebration of 10 years in our new building. Sponsored by the Trustees of the Thayer Public Library, join us for games, stories, a pie eating contest, Jellybean the Clown, and a moon bounce. Play giant oversized games on the Library lawn. At 11am we’ll have an old fashioned sack race; 12 noon will be a fun balloon pop game. Jellybean will delight you from 12 noon to 3pm with face painting and balloon animals. At 1pm, young and old can compete in a Hula Hoop contest. Also at 1pm, the Young Adult Writers Group will meet in the YA Room. At 2 pm, run down the lawn and test your balance with an egg and spoon race. At 2:30pm, we will have a good old fashioned, hands-behind-your back pie eating contest. At 3:30 in Logan Auditorium enjoy Big Ryan's Tall Tales. Teens will celebrate the conclusion of the See What’s Out There Summer Reading Program at 6pm with a teen (ages 12 to 18 only) pizza party and distribution of summer reading prizes. Family Fun Day is an event you won’t want to miss. 

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


August 4, 2009


Thank you to everyone - all 646 of you - who stopped by the library to see our NASA Moon Rocks and meteorite display and/or participated in our NASA sponsored programs. We were honored to bring this extra special event to Braintree. 

Do you love to read? Have you been meaning to join a book club? Now’s your chance. Thayer Public Library’s 2nd Tuesday Book Club is looking for new members. Our welcoming group meets, you guessed it, the second Tuesday of each month in the Reading Room. Join us on Tuesday, August 11 at 6:45pm where the group will be discussing Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains. September’s book is Punishment of Virtue by Sarah Chayes.

If you are a Braintree resident and an OCLN library card holder, don’t forget our money saving Museum Pass program. Simply visit our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net and click on Museum Passes Online. You can book a heavily discounted pass to one of 18 different museums and attractions, from Zoo New England to Old Sturbridge Village to Mass Audubon and more. If the pass you want is on hold for someone else, why not change your plans and try something new? Have you ever visited Heritage Gardens in Sandwich or the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster? You’ll be amazed at all your choices online at Thayer Public Library. In our Display Cases on the main level through the end of August: Boston Harbor Islands display and special, on loan X-Men art. Mark your calendar for these upcoming events: 

Starship Adventure @ Your Library, our summer reading program for kids, continues into August with great programs. There’s still time to sign up for our epic, galactic, out-of-this-world Starship Adventure summer reading program for kids through age 12. Visit the Children’s Department on the upper level for a full list of activities, or click on www.thayerpubliclibrary.net to discover what’s up this summer. Upcoming: Write your own Outer Space Story on Wednesday, August 5 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Kids can write their own space story. We'll help you get started. For ages 7 to 12, in the Children's Room on the upper level. Pajama Storytime on Thursday, August 6 at 7:00pm. Children ages 8 and under can wear PJ’s if they choose to, and listen to moon stories before heading home to sleep. Will be held in the Children's Room on the upper level, no sign-ups. Paper Plane contest on Friday August 7 from 2:00 to 3:00pm. How far will your paper plane go? Who will make the fastest? Try several patterns and see. For children age 5 to 12, no sign-ups. On Tuesday, August 11 at 5:30pm, we will be showing the movie Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, rated PG. Kid’s Craft Program on Wednesday, August 12 at 2:30pm. Come make a fun craft, for ages 5 and up, no sign-ups. For more information on children’s programs, call 781-848-0405 x4426.

Popular Music of the Gaslight Era featuring singer/musician John Root on Thursday, August 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Join us for a rousing summertime concert and sing-a-long with John Root, as he performs popular music of the gaslight era, 1890's to 1920. Come prepared to have a good old fashioned time. Lemonade and cookies will be served. Open to all ages. This concert is sponsored in part by the Braintree Arts Lottery Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library, to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


July 29, 2009


What’s new @ Thayer Public Library?

Calling all laptop users. Thayer Public Library has updated and enhanced its wireless connections, and now offers free high speed wireless Internet access throughout the building. Bring your laptop and stay awhile. Rain got you down? Host a movie marathon for family and friends over the weekend. With your OCLN library card, you can now borrow up to 10 DVDs or videos at a time, and renew them online. It’s easy to return your movies even when the library is closed: simply drop them into the exterior Video drop box located to the right of the main parking lot entrance. Mark your calendar for these upcoming events: 

Starship Adventure @ Your Library, our summer reading program for kids, features Soar to Musical Heights, a concert on Wednesday July 29, 2009 at 3:30pm. Hear award winning performers Peter and Ellen Allard perform entertaining children's songs that even the parents will enjoy. For children of all ages. No sign-ups. The first 100 children will be admitted to the show. This program is sponsored 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.

How to Repair Your Cracked Nest Egg discussion will be presented on Wednesday, July 29 from 6pm to 7:45pm. Is your 401(k) now a 201(k)? Are you looking for work, or worried about losing your job? Have your finances gone through a stress test? Is your nest egg cracked? Come hear general financial and career counseling, and tips on how to repair your cracked nest egg. Co-sponsored by Thayer Public Library and Braintree Cooperative Bank as part of their new M-Power Financial Literacy for All Ages educational series.

Find What’s Out There for Teens ages 12-18. On Thursday, July 30 from 6:30pm to 8pm, join us for Manga/Anime for teens. Do you like Bleach or Naruto? We'll talk, watch some anime (come to the library in advance to vote for the one you want to see) and maybe do some drawing.

The movie Space Chimps will be shown on Tuesday, August 4 at 6:00pm. In this comedy for children, three chimpanzees are astronauts sent to retrieve a space probe, but instead land on a strange planet. Rated G, 81 minutes. Part of the Starship Adventure Summer Reading Program.

Popular Music of the Gaslight Era featuring singer/musician John Root on Thursday, August 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Join us for a rousing summertime concert and sing-a-long with John Root, as he performs popular music of the gaslight era, 1890's to 1920. Come prepared to have a good old fashioned time. Lemonade and cookies will be served. Open to all ages. This concert is sponsored in part by the Braintree Arts Lottery Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, 3rd floor, unless otherwise noted. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library, to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


July 22, 2009


What’s new @ Thayer Public Library?

What’s new @ Thayer Public Library? For those who don’t already have a library card, ECards are here. Register for a library card online at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net and use many Thayer Public Library resources immediately. With your ECard you can place holds on library materials, use our Overdrive audio book download service, and search for magazine and newspaper articles in our online databases. 
Displays: Are you planning a family reunion this year or just grilling in the back yard with friends? Then don’t miss the display of books with ideas for summer fun with friends and family. In celebration of Purposeful Parenting Month, pick up a book that may help you to connect with your teen or guide your toddler to see the light. Both displays are located on the lower level. On the main level through the end of July, stop by the Time Capsule display and a tribute to Braintree veterans.

We are proud to offer a new Adult Graphic Novel collection with 50 titles and expanding, including the critically acclaimed series Fables and Art Spiegelman award winning titles. Coming soon: The Couriers, Couscous Express, 100 Bullets, and Neil Gaiman’s seminal Sandman saga. Located on the main level. We are eager to hear feedback and suggestions from graphic novel enthusiasts.

Don’t miss our upcoming events: 

NASA Lunar Display: Here’s your chance to see REAL MOON ROCKS that have been brought to Earth by Apollo astronauts who have landed on the moon. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing 1969 – 2009, Thayer Public Library is proud to present a NASA sponsored exhibit and programs. Join us for moon rock and meteorite displays, NASA movies, and programs featuring Children’s Librarian Elisabeth Strachan, who has been specially trained in out-of-this-world moon rock facts and fun. Open to all ages. On Thursday, July 23 from 5:00-8:00pm and Friday, July 24 from 1:00-5:00pm see our special MOON ROCKS DISPLAY on the main level. On Friday July 24 from 10:00–11:00am there will be a program with hands on activities and a short NASA movie.

Find What’s Out There for Teens ages 12-18: On Thursday, July 23 from 6pm – 7:30pm the Young Adult Department sponsors Space Adventure Bingo! B-12, N-32...BINGO! Are you ready for some out of this world Bingo? Join us for an afternoon of Space Adventure Bingo and score some sweet prizes while you travel around the galaxy without leaving the room.

Arts & Crafts Fair and Book Sale: Join the Friends and Trustees of Thayer Public Library as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of our library building with an Arts & Crafts Fair and Book Sale on the Library grounds. With over 20 crafters, a Friends book sale, and Jellybean the Clown providing face painting and balloon making, this is a sure crowd pleaser. To be held rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the Library. Saturday, July 25 from 9am – 2pm in the library parking lot.

How to Repair Your Cracked Nest Egg: Is your 401(k) now a 201(k)? Are you looking for work, or worried about losing your job? Have your finances gone through a stress test? Is your nest egg cracked? Come hear general financial and career counseling, and tips on how to repair your cracked nest egg on Wednesday, July 29 from 6pm – 7:45pm. Co-sponsored by Thayer Public Library and Braintree Cooperative Bank as part of their new M-Power Financial Literacy for All Ages educational series.

Popular Music of the Gaslight Era featuring singer/musician John Root on Thursday, August 6 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Join us for a rousing summertime concert and sing-a-long as John performs popular music of the gaslight era, 1890's to 1920. Come prepared to have a good old fashioned time. Lemonade and cookies will be served. Open to all ages. This concert is sponsored in part by the Braintree Arts Lottery Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, upper level, unless otherwise noted. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library, to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


July 15, 2009



There’s something for everyone this summer @ Thayer Public Library. You’ll want to stop by often and check out our online calendar to keep up with all that’s new. Have you seen our redecorated Young Adult Room? We now have wireless throughout the building, allowing you to use your laptop on any level. Check out our new PS2, PS3, and XBox game collection. Did you know we have PlayAway audio books on MP3- everything you need to listen to the book comes in the package. We’ll even give you a set of earphones. Here is a sampling of our upcoming events: 

NASA Lunar Display
Don’t miss your chance to see REAL MOON ROCKS that have been brought to Earth by astronauts who have landed on the moon. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing 1969 – 2009, Thayer Public Library is proud to present a NASA sponsored exhibit and programs. Join us for moon rock and meteorite displays, NASA movies, and programs featuring Children’s Librarian Elisabeth Strachan, who has been specially trained in out-of-this-world moon rock facts and fun. Open to all ages.

Thursday, July 16
2:00-6:00pm MOON ROCKS DISPLAY on main floor
6:00-8:00pm PROGRAM in Logan Auditorium - NASA movie/viewing

Tuesday, July 21
10:00am-1:00pm MOON ROCKS DISPLAY on main floor
2:00-4:00pm PROGRAM in Logan Auditorium - NASA movie/hands on activities

Thursday, July 23
5:00-8:00pm MOON ROCKS DISPLAY on main floor

Friday, July 24
10:00–11:00am PROGRAM in Logan Auditorium - NASA movie/viewing
1:00-5:00pm MOON ROCKS DISPLAY on main floor

Find What’s Out There for Teens ages 12-18
Thursday, July 23
6pm – 7:30pm
Logan Auditorium
Space Adventure Bingo! B-12, N-32...BINGO! Are you ready for some out of this world Bingo? Join us for an afternoon of Space Adventure Bingo and score some sweet prizes while you travel around the galaxy without leaving the room.

Thursday, July 30
6:30pm – 8pm
Logan Auditorium
Manga/Anime for teens: Do you like Bleach or Naruto? We'll talk, watch some anime (come to the library in advance to vote for the one you want to see), and maybe do some drawing.

Arts & Crafts Fair and Book Sale
Saturday, July 25
9am – 2pm in the library parking lot
Join the Friends and Trustees of Thayer Public Library as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of our library building with an Arts & Crafts Fair and Book Sale on the Library grounds. To be held rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the Library.
How to Repair Your Cracked Nest Egg
Wednesday, July 29
6pm – 7:45pm
Is your 401(k) now a 201(k)? Are you looking for work, or worried about losing your job? Have your finances gone through a stress test? Is your nest egg cracked? Come hear general financial and career counseling, and tips on how to repair your cracked nest egg. Co-sponsored by Thayer Public Library and Braintree Cooperative Bank as part of their M-Power Financial Literacy for All Ages educational series.

Popular Music of the Gaslight Era featuring singer/musician John Root
Thursday, August 6
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Join us for a rousing summertime concert and sing-a-long with John Root, as he performs popular music of the gaslight era, 1890's to 1920. Come prepared to have a good old fashioned time. Lemonade and cookies will be served. Open to all ages. This concert is sponsored in part by the Braintree Arts Lottery Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Programs are held in Logan Auditorium, 3rd floor, unless otherwise noted. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.

This column is submitted by Betsy Wolfe, Director of Thayer Public Library, to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.


June 17, 2009


Friends’ Raffle Winner Chosen 

Congratulations to Julie Fitzgerald of Braintree, the first raffle winner in the 10th anniversary celebration of the new library building. She won a 12 visit pass to Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, MA. This is the first of three raffle prizes being offered by The Friends of Thayer Public Library. Names of all who joined or renewed Friends memberships from January 1 through May 31 were eligible for the Zoo pass drawing. Those names, plus names of everyone who joins or renews through September 30, will be eligible for the next drawing, and that prize will be two tickets to the Gala at the Sheraton in Braintree in October. The third prize will be a one year membership to the Science Museum, and eligibility for that drawing, which will include names of all who have joined or renewed during 2009, will close on December 31, 2009. These are some great prizes, so plan now to join The Friends and have your name entered to win one of them.

The first program of the June ‘Triple Play’ author/speaker series was held on Thursday, June 11, and it featured reading and book signing by poet Faye George of Weymouth. Thirty-three people enjoyed the animated and insightful reading of her poems about familiar places, events and people She is the author of several books of poetry including “Back Roads” and “Naming the Place: the Weymouth Poems."

At the second program, on Wednesday June 17th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sean P. Murphy, award winning investigative reporter for the Boston Globe, will present “Gaming the System: An Insider’s Guide to Understanding the Public Pensions Scandal in Massachusetts,” followed by a time for audience response and questions.

The third program of the June “Triple Play” series will feature award winning author Michael Tougias, on Wednesday, June 24, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. discussing his 2007 book “Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea,” using slides from the actual 1980 storm and rescue off the Massachusetts coast. He will have books for sale, and light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the TPL Readers’ Book Club. All three programs will take place in the library’s Logan Auditorium. For information call 781-848-0405.

Please take note: Summer Hours at Thayer Public Library will begin on Monday, June 29. During the months of July and August, the library will be closed on Saturdays. Evening hours are reduced during this period as well. On Mondays through Thursdays the library will close at 8 pm rather than 9 pm. Fall hours resume on Tuesday, September 8, 2009.

Tai Chi/Qi Gong Instructor Peggy Leung, R.N., demonstrates Wild Goose Qi Gong, The Healing Dance - natural movement for healthy living. Benefit from the “wisdom of Man and Nature” in these easy to follow movements. The program will be in Logan Auditorium on Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. until Noon. It is suitable for beginners, no experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothes. No sign up necessary. All are welcome.

Help the Trustees of the Library celebrate the 10th anniversary of our new library building with an Ice Cream Social on Saturday June 27, from Noon until 1 p.m. All are invited. Enjoy a delicious way to kick off your summer reading and usher in the summer. This is Thayer Public Library’s last Saturday open for the summer months. We will reopen on Saturdays beginning September 12, 2009.

The 2nd Tuesday book club next meets on June 9, 7:15, in the Reading Room. All are welcome to attend. For information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Books, Books, Books. The Friends’ Annual Book Sale was well attended and successful, adding funds which will help the library. Now, we need to restock the shelves of the daily book sale area on the library’s lower level. Especially needed are fiction and non-fiction paperbacks, biographies, novels, and mysteries. If you have books you have enjoyed and wish to donate for the sale, bring them to the Reference Desk on the lower level. If you have too many to transport, call 781-843-8519 or 781-413-1327 and pick-up can be arranged.


This column is submitted 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 10, 2009

Author/Speaker Series at the Library


The June ‘Triple Play’ author/speaker series kicks off on Thursday, June 11 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. featuring poetry reading and book signing by local poet Faye George. She is the author of several books of poetry including “Back Roads” and “Naming the Place: the Weymouth Poems.” She will have books for sale and signing. The event is sponsored by The Friends. Light refreshments will be served.

At the second program, on Wednesday June 17th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sean P. Murphy, award winning investigative reporter for the Boston Globe, will present “Gaming the System: An Insider’s Guide to Understanding the Public Pensions Scandal in Massachusetts,” followed by a time for audience response and questions.

The third program of the June “Triple Play” series will feature award winning author Michael Tougias, on Wednesday, June 24, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. discussing his 2007 book “Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea,” using slides from the actual 1980 storm and rescue off the Massachusetts coast. He will have books for sale, and light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the TPL Readers’ Book Club. All three programs will take place in the library’s Logan Auditorium. For information call 781-848-0405.

Please take note: Summer Hours at Thayer Public Library will begin on Monday, June 29. During the months of July and August, the library will be closed on Saturdays. Evening hours are reduced during this period as well. On Mondays through Thursdays the library will close at 8 pm rather than 9 pm. Fall hours resume on Tuesday, September 8, 2009.

Tai Chi/Qi Gong Instructor Peggy Leung, R.N., demonstrates Wild Goose Qi Gong, The Healing Dance - natural movement for healthy living. Benefit from the “wisdom of Man and Nature” in these easy to follow movements. The program will be in Logan Auditorium on Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. until Noon. It is suitable for beginners, no experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothes. No sign up necessary. All are welcome.

Help the Trustees of the Library celebrate the 10th anniversary of our new library building with an Ice Cream Social on Saturday June 27, from Noon until 1 p.m. All are invited. Enjoy a delicious way to kick off your summer reading and usher in the summer. This is Thayer Public Library’s last Saturday open for the summer months. We will reopen on Saturdays beginning September 12, 2009.

The 2nd Tuesday book club next meets on June 9, 7:15, in the reading room. All are welcome to attend. For information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Books, Books, Books. The Friends’ Annual Book Sale was well attended and successful, adding funds which will help the library. Now, we need to restock the shelves of the daily book sale area on the library’s lower level. Especially needed are fiction and non-fiction paperbacks, biographies, novels, and mysteries. If you have books you have enjoyed and wish to donate for the sale, bring them to the Reference Desk on the lower level. If you have too many to transport, call 781-843-8519 or 781-413-1327 and pick-up can be arranged.


This column is submitted 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 27, 2009


Friends’ Book Sale at Library Saturday 


The annual book sale of The Friends will be on Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  A special preview for Friends members will take place on Friday May 29 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Anyone who is not a Friends member can attend the preview by joining prior to or at the preview. All proceeds from the book sale will benefit the library directly. Get some great reading material for the Summer and support your library at the same time.

The Reader’s Group book club will meet in Logan Auditorium at 7:15 p.m. today, May 27. The book under discussion is “Tell No One,” by Harlan Coben. The 2nd Tuesday book club next meets on June 9, 7:15, in the reading room. All are welcome to attend. For information about either group, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

More of the popular computer sessions have been scheduled for May and June and registration is now open. Sessions are geared to computer users who are new to computer use or who need to brush up on their skills. Topics include email, word processing, Internet searching, and job hunting skills on the Internet. Fliers are available at the library with the dates and times and descriptions of what will be covered in each session. You may register at the information desk on the lower level, or by phone at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. 

The tea party held on May 2nd as a part of the 10th anniversary of the new library was a wonderful event, well attended and enjoyed by all. It was great to see many families there, and children in their brightly colored outfits. It was a time of relaxation, with beverages served in beautiful china cups. Those who could not be there missed a very special time. Maybe there will be another one, and if there is, be sure to mark it early as a priority item on your calendar. 
 
Thanks to all who participated in the electronics collection on May 16, household hazardous waste day. The Friends have been encouraged by residents’ response to turn in those items containing hazardous waste material. It reflects a growing awareness by the public of the importance of disposing of those items safely. It also indicates a willingness to do so in a manner in which the library benefits directly. Thayer Public Library continues to offer a growing variety of programs for adults and children even in these tough economic times. That is due in large part to the support given by the Town of Braintree, the administration of which realizes the importance of a vibrant library in our community. The Friends also play a significant role by its fundraising initiatives. Funds raised through the electronics collections help to support programs, materials and activities which cannot be provided through Town funds. The next electronics collection will be at the Ivory Street location on Saturday September 12.

This column is submitted 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 13, 2009



Jazz at the Library 


Don’t miss out on some great jazz at the library on Sunday, May 17 at 3:00 p.m. This is the final program of the Friends’ concert series until September. The popular Ed Sorrentino/Perry Rossi jazz band features vocalist Perry Rossi, piano, Ed Sorrentino, drums, John DeMasi, trombone, and Binney Stone, guitar. Logan Auditorium will rock with those jazz standards performed only as this great band can do. The support provided by the South Shore Playhouse Associates and by individual donations are greatly appreciated. 


The Friends’ electronics collection (TV’s, computer monitors, etc.) will take place on household hazardous waste day, Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Ivory Street recycling area. The fee for computer monitors, most portable TV’s, dehumidifiers, AC’s and small fridges is $10. For TV consoles and large portable TV’s the fee is $15. Let us help you safely dispose of those outdated items containing hazardous materials, while using the money to benefit the library at the same time. There is no fee for cell phones or fluorescent bulbs.

The annual book sale of The Friends will be on Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a preview for Friends members on May 29 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Anyone who is not a Friends member can attend the preview by joining prior to or at the preview. All proceeds from the book sale will benefit the library directly. If you have paperback books, fiction and non-fiction novels, mysteries and biographies you wish to donate for the sale, bring them to the desk on the lower level of the library, or call 781-843-8123 to arrange pickup, if needed. Please contribute only books that you and your family would purchase and enjoy. We cannot accept books in worn or poor condition, textbooks, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, magazines (including National Geographic), technical, computer books and travel guides. 

The Reader’s Group book club has outgrown the space where it has been meeting. From now on it will meet in Logan Auditorium, on the fourth Wednesday of each month, at 7:15 p.m. On May 27 the book will be “Tell No One,” by Harlan Coben. All are welcome to attend. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.
 
The library’s Scrabble team did extremely well in the recent competition. Our local winners Mike and Alex took it all very seriously and spent a lot of time together practicing and just getting to know each other. We always stress that it takes time together to build a good team and these youngsters actually took it to heart. Also their parents were extremely supportive, juggling their schedules and providing transportation. Kudos to all concerned.

More of the popular computer sessions have been scheduled for May and June and registration is now open. Sessions are geared to computer users who are new to computer use or who need to brush up on their skills. Topics include email, word processing, Internet searching, and job hunting skills on the Internet. Fliers are available at the library with the dates and times and descriptions of what will be covered in each session. You may register at the information desk on the lower level, or by phone at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

This column is submitted 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 6, 2009


Call for Books 


The annual book sale of The Friends will be on Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a preview for Friends members on May 29 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Paperback books especially are needed, fiction and non-fiction novels, mysteries and biographies. If you have some you wish to donate, bring them to the desk on the lower level of the library, or call 781-843-8123 to arrange pickup, if needed. Please contribute only books that you and your family would purchase and enjoy. We cannot accept books in worn or poor condition, textbooks, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, magazines (including National Geographic), technical, computer books and travel guides. All proceeds from The Friends’ book sales will benefit the library.

The 2nd Tuesday book club meets next on May 12, at 7:15 in the reading room on the main level of the library. The book to be discussed is Alexandra Fuller’s “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight.” All are welcome to attend. For more information call 781-848-4417.

More of the popular computer sessions have been scheduled for May and June and registration is now open. Sessions are geared to computer users who are new to computer use or who need to brush up on their skills. Topics include email, word processing, Internet searching, and job hunting skills on the Internet. Fliers are available at the library with the dates and times and descriptions of what will be covered in each session. You may register at the information desk on the lower level, or by phone at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Friends’ electronics collection (TV’s, computer monitors, etc.) will take place on household hazardous waste day, Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Ivory Street recycling area. The fee for computer monitors, most portable TV’s, dehumidifiers, AC’s and small fridges is $10. For TV consoles and large portable TV’s the fee is $15. There is no fee for cell phones or fluorescent bulbs. 

The Ed Sorrentino/Perry Rossi band returns on Sunday, May 17, at 3 p.m. It will feature vocalist Perry Rossi, piano, Ed Sorrentino, drums, John DeMasi, trombone, and Binney Stone, guitar. It is the final program of the 2008-2009 Sunday Concert Series sponsored by The Friends, and is supported in part by the South Shore Playhouse Associates. It is free to the public, but donations always are welcome.

This column is submitted 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 8, 2009


Library Tea Party to Welcome Spring

You are cordially invited to help the Trustees and Friends celebrate the 10th anniversary of your new library building, with an afternoon tea party on Saturday, May 2, from 2 to 3 p.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. Hats and gloves are optional, but do bring your best conversation and elegant manners. All ages and generations are invited to attend. Though the event is free, donations are welcome. To sign up, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or drop by the Reference Desk to do so when you are in the library.

On Sunday April 19 at 3 p.m. the Clara Piano Quartet (Piano and strings) will perform in Logan Auditorium at the library. The group will play works of Brahms and Mozart, followed by a reception and an opportunity to meet the performers. The concert series is produced by The Friends of Thayer Public Library and is supported in part by The South Shore Playhouse Associates as well as donations from individuals.

Job hunting on the Internet is a new class being offered at the library on Thursday, April 16, from 9:15 to 10:45. Other computer classes, including help with e-mail and an introduction to Microsoft Word 2007 also are given. For class descriptions and other details, pick up a flyer at the library or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. Do it now, because space is limited.

The 2nd Tuesday book club meets next on April 14, at 7:15 p.m. in the Marinelli reading room. “Almost Moon,” by Alice Sebold, will be discussed. The Readers’ Group book club will meet on Wednesday, April 22, to discuss Linda Barnes’ “The Big Dig.” Both groups meet on their respective dates in the Marinelli Reading Room on the main level of the library at 7:15 p.m. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. 

The electronics collection (TV’s, computer monitors, etc.) will take place on household hazardous waste day, Saturday, May 16. Also, the annual book sale of The Friends will be on Saturday, May 30, with member preview on May 29. Those wishing to help with the electronics collection call 781-413-1327, and to assist with the annual book sale call 781-843-8123. Both events are fund raisers sponsored by The Friends, with proceeds benefiting the library. More information will follow in this column as well as in other media sources.

Thanks to all who donate books for resale in The Friends’ daily book sale at the library. Mysteries, biographies, and novels of all kinds, especially paperback, are most needed and especially appreciated. Please help us by contributing only books that you and your family would purchase and enjoy. We cannot accept books in worn or poor condition, textbooks, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, magazines (including National Geographic), technical, computer books and travel guides. Bring books to the library’s lower level. For questions, or if pick-up is needed, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123, or call 781-413-1327. 

This column is submitted 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 11, 2009


Library Features Piano Concert Sunday

Pianist Shuann Chai will perform music of Beethoven, Czerny, Mendelssohn and Liszt at Thayer Public Library on Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. Ms. Chai has performed as soloist and in orchestras throughout the world, with concerts in The British Isles, The Netherlands, Norway, China, Kiev, and Ukraine. She has been featured in live radio broadcasts on WGBH and on Radio Canada. Her performance in The Friends Concert Series at the library two years ago was excellent and very well received. Sunday’s concert, supported in part by The South Shore Playhouse Associates, is free and open to the public. For information call 781-413-1327.

Job hunting on the Internet is a new class being offered at the library on Thursday, April 16, from 9:15 to 10:45. Other computer classes, including help with e-mail and an introduction to Microsoft Word 2007 also are given. For class descriptions and other details, pick up a flyer at the library or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. Do it now, because space is limited.

Award winner pastel painter Gregory Maichack is giving a free art class at the library on Tuesday, March 24, from 6pm to 8pm in Logan Auditorium. No experience is needed, and all materials are provided. Up to 20 people ages 15 and older can be accommodated. Required registration can be done at the Reference Desk on the lower level, by calling 781-848-0405 x4417, or by using our new online signup at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.  This program is sponsored in part by the Braintree Arts Lottery Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Open Mike Night is on Wednesday March 18, from 7pm to 8:30 pm in Logan Auditorium. Bring friends, your favorite poetry or a selection from a book you like and share it with others. Sign up for 10 minutes of open mike time by calling 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. Light refreshment will be served. The event is sponsored by The Trustees of Thayer Public Library in celebration of 10 years in the new library building.

Thanks to all who donate books for resale in The Friends’ daily book sale at the library. Mysteries, biographies, and novels of all kinds, especially paperback, are most needed and especially appreciated. Please help us by contributing only books that you and your family would purchase and enjoy.  We cannot accept books in worn or poor condition, textbooks, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, magazines (including National Geographic), technical, computer books and travel guides. Bring books to the library’s lower level. For questions, or if pick-up is needed, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123, or call 781-413-1327.

This column is submitted 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 4, 2009


Changes in Shaw’s Receipt Program


Some significant changes have been made in the Shaw’s receipt program, which has raised funds through The Friends, in support of the library. Register receipts are no longer being collected or used. The program will be electronically based, through use of the Shaw’s Rewards Card. The Friends registered with the new program, and the Friends’ ID # is 49001018626. Since family members may have Rewards Cards with different numbers, each shopper card must be registered with the new program on line. Go to www.shaws.com/neighborhoodrewards and follow the prompts, entering your Shaw’s Rewards Card number, and the Friends’ ID number. If there is a problem in registering, call 1-877-932-7948 for assistance. Follow prompts, including ‘more choices,’ and choose the ‘shopper card’ prompt. That will connect you directly with a person who can help. This is a new program, and we would appreciate as many shoppers as possible registering, so that the library will continue to benefit from it. To repeat, Shaw’s no receipts are no longer being collected in the box at the library. There will be information and forms posted on the box which will be helpful in the registration process. Many thanks to all who have participated so far. We hope that you will continue to do so.

On Saturday, March 7, from 10-11:15 a.m., genealogist Michael Brophy presents Part 1 of “Discovering Your Ancestry Using the Internet. Part 2 of this series will take place on Saturday, April 4, from 10-11:15 a.m. in Logan Auditorium. Both programs are free and open to the public. No prior knowledge of genealogy is necessary for attendance at either or both programs. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420.

Wondrous Irish tales and music will be featured in an interactive puppet show for children on Saturday, March 7, from 3:30-4:15. It will be held in the library’s reading room, on the main level. On Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. a family story time will feature Irish tales and the making of St. Patrick’s Day decorations, for children up to age 7. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425 for more information.

Thanks to all who donate books for resale in The Friends’ daily book sale at the library. Mysteries, biographies, and novels of all kinds, especially paperback, are most needed and especially appreciated. Please help us by contributing only books that you and your family would purchase and enjoy.  We cannot accept books in worn or poor condition, textbooks, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, magazines (including National Geographic), technical, computer books and travel guides. Bring books to the library’s lower level. For questions, or if pick-up is needed, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123, or call 781-413-1327.

This column is submitted 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 25, 2009


Changes in Shaw’s Receipt Program


Some significant changes have been made in the Shaw’s receipt program, which has raised funds through The Friends, in support of the library. After February 28, register receipts will no longer be collected. The program will be electronically based, through use of the Shaw’s Rewards Card. The Friends registered with the new program, and the Friends’ ID # is 49001018626. Since family members may have Rewards Cards with different numbers, each shopper card must be registered with the new program on line. Go to shaws.com/neighborhoodrewards, and follow the prompts, entering your Shaw’s Rewards Card number, and the Friends’ ID number. If there is a problem in registering, call 1-877-932-7948 for assistance. Follow prompts, including ‘more choices’, and choose the ‘shopper card’ prompt. That will connect you directly with a person who can help. This is a new program, and we would appreciate as many shoppers as possible registering, so that the library will continue to benefit from it. Remember, after February 28, no receipts will be collected in the box at the library. There will be information posted on the box which will be helpful in the registration process. Many thanks to all who have participated so far. We hope that you will continue to do so.

The Readers’ Group Book Club meets today, Wednesday Feb. 25, at 7:15 pm in the library’s reading room, main level. The book under discussion is Jeffrey Archer’s “Sons of Fortune.” For information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Attention, Scrabble players in grades 5 through 8: The Thayer Public Library Scrabble Playoffs will be Saturday, March 7, at 2:00 p.m., sponsored by Comcast. Prepare by coming to the library to open practice, every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The winners of the library playoffs will go to Providence, R.I. for the National School Scrabble Championships, on April 24 and 25. If you have questions, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Call for books! Donations are needed for The Friends’ daily book sale. Mysteries, biographies, and novels of all kinds, especially paperback, are most needed. Please help us by contributing only books that you and your family would purchase and enjoy.  We cannot accept books in worn or poor condition, textbooks, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, magazines (including National Geographic), technical, computer books and travel guides. Bring books to the library’s lower level. For questions, or if pick-up is needed, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123, or call 781-413-1327.

This column is submitted 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 18, 2009


Friends’ Series Features Guitar Trio


The Back Bay Guitar Trio will perform in The Friends’ Concert Series on Sunday, February 22, at 3 p.m. Robert Knox of the Boston Globe writes: “All three musicians bring varied backgrounds to a musical experience that is classical but not conventional.” The Concert is free and open to the public. It is sponsored in part by The South Shore Playhouse Associates.

Today at 2:00 p.m. come see “Birds of Prey,” a program exhibiting an owl, hawk, and falcon, their habits and habitats. This program, sponsored in part by Comcast, is for 5 years and older. Bring a camera! Register in advance, by calling 781-848-0405, ext. 4425 or visit the Children’s Dept.

The Readers’ Group Book Club meets next on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7:15 in the library’s Reading Room, Main Level. The book under discussion is Jeffrey Archer’s “Sons of Fortune.” For information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Attention, Scrabble players in grades 5 through 8: The Thayer Public Library Scrabble Playoffs will be Saturday, March 7, at 2:00 p.m., sponsored by Comcast. Prepare by coming to the library to open practice, every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The winners of the library playoffs will go to Providence, R.I. for the National School Scrabble Championships, on April 24 and 25. If you have questions, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Call for books! Donations are needed for The Friends’ Book Sale. Mysteries, biographies, and novels of all kinds, especially paperback, are most needed. Please help us by contributing only books that you and your family would purchase and enjoy.  We cannot accept books in worn or poor condition, textbooks, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, magazines (including National Geographic), technical, computer books and travel guides. Bring books to the library’s Lower Level. For questions, or if pick-up is needed, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123, or call 781-413-1327.

This column is submitted 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 4, 2009


Film Festival in February


Come to the Valentine’s Day Film Festival in Thayer Public Library on Saturday, February 14, at 10:00 a.m. It will be in Logan Auditorium on the Upper Level. The Auditorium will open at 9:45 a.m. The Film Festival is sponsored by The Library Board of Trustees, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the new library building. Light refreshments will be served. The first film is “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown” (1975). It celebrates Valentine’s Day, and Charlie Brown hopes to get at least one valentine, for a change.

The second film is at 2:00 p.m. with auditorium opening at 1:45 p.m. It is the romantic comedy “Never Been Kissed” (1999), starring Drew Barrymore and David Arquette. A copy editor n her early 20’s gets her chance to become a reporter at the Chicago daily. She’s sent to do a feature on what cool high schoolers are doing. To really find out, she goes undercover as a student. Back at school, she gets to repair her own scarred teen psyche, as she was a total geek in her first go-around.

The Second Tuesday Book Club meets next on February 10, with Richard Russo’s “Bridge of Sighs” under discussion. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 for information about either group.  

A note from Children’s Librarian Elisabeth Strachan: Participate in Naming the Presidential Puppy! The new family in the White House will be getting a puppy! President Obama’s daughters are Malia, age 10 and Sasha, age 7. Can you help name the puppy? In the Children’s Room of the Thayer Public Library, kids have been writing their suggestions on paper “dog bones.” We’re displaying all the names and will send them to the President to help them pick a name! To add your suggestion, come in to the Children’s Room or call 781-848-0405 x4425 before February 14th, so we can send them in time for Presidents Day.

Call for books! Donations are needed for The Friends’ Book Sale. Mysteries, biographies, and novels of all kinds, especially paperback, are most needed. Please help us by contributing only books that you and your family would purchase and enjoy.  We cannot accept books in worn or poor condition, textbooks, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, magazines (including National Geographic), technical, computer books and travel guides. Bring books to the library’s Lower Level. For questions, or if pick-up is needed, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123, or call 781-413-1327.

The Back Bay Guitar Trio will perform in The Friends’ Concert Series on Sunday, February 22, at 3 p.m. Robert Knox of the Boston Globe writes: All three musicians bring varied backgrounds to a musical experience that is classical but not conventional.”

This column is submitted 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 28, 2009


Electronics Collection Saturday


Help the environment and benefit the library at the same time! Bring those outdated electronics (TV’s, computer monitors, dehumidifiers, small fridges, and AC’s) to the Town Hall parking lot on Saturday, January 31, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by The Friends of Thayer Public Library, and all proceeds will enhance our great library. (Snow date, the following Saturday, same times) The fee for safe disposal of these items is $10 per item, except $15 for console TV’s and portable TV’s over 24 inches. For information call 781-413-1327.


The Readers’ Group Book Club will meet today, Wednesday January 28, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room, Main Level. The book under discussion is “Kingston by Starlight,” by Christopher John Farley. The Second Tuesday Book Club meets next on February 10, with Richard Russo’s “Bridge of Sighs” under discussion. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 for information about either group.

Now you can Get Your Game On @ the Library! New to the library we now have XBOX 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 games available for checkout. As part of the Young Adult collection, these new materials are on display on the lower level. Each game goes out for a period of one week and three may be checked out at a time. Come in and browse the new collection or place a hold from the library’s catalog through the website at: www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.  

Call for books! Donations are needed for The Friends’ Book Sale. Mysteries, biographies, and novels of all kinds, especially paperback, are most needed. Please help us by contributing only books that you and your family would purchase and enjoy.  We cannot accept books in worn or poor condition, textbooks, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, magazines (including National Geographic), technical, computer books and travel guides. Bring books to the library’s Lower Level. For questions, or if pick-up is needed, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123, or call 781-413-1327.

A date to remember: The Back Bay Guitar Trio will perform at the next concert in The Friends’ series on Sunday, February 22, at 3 p.m.

This column is submitted 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 14, 2009


Library Keeps Busy Winter Schedule 


The next concert in the Friends’ Sunday Series will be on January 25 at 3:00 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. The featured artists will be Sally Davenport, oboe, and John Davenport, piano. Both are Hingham musicians who have performed extensively on the South Shore. For information call 781-413-1327.

Bring those outdated electronics (TV’s, computer monitors, dehumidifiers, small fridges, and AC’s) to the Town Hall parking lot on Saturday, January 31, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by The Friends of Thayer Public Library, and all proceeds will benefit the library. (Snow date, the following Saturday, same times) The fee for safe disposal of these items is $10 per item, except $15 for console TV’s and portable TV’s over 24 inches. For information call 781-413-1327.

The Readers’ Group Book Club will meet on Wednesday, January 28, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room, Main Level. The book under discussion is “Kingston by Starlight,” by Christopher John Farley. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 for information.

Start your New Year off right by learning something new @ the library! The popular Computer Learning Sessions continue through January and February. A series of three morning or evening sessions begins January 7. Get started using the computer and learn how to search the Internet. Evening sessions on setting up and managing an email account get you on your way to communicating through the internet. Morning sessions are scheduled on word processing with Microsoft Word 2007 and an introduction to the features of our new Navigator Library Catalog. Space is limited so please register by phone or stop by the reference desk on the lower level. 781-848-0405 ext. 4417.

Now you can Get Your Game On @ the Library! New to the library we now have XBOX 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 games available for checkout. As part of the Young Adult collection, these new materials are on display on the lower level. Each game goes out for a period of one week and three may be checked out at a time. Come in and browse the new collection or place a hold from the library’s catalog through the website at: www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.  

Donations are needed for The Friends’ Book Sale. However, we cannot accept books in worn or poor condition, textbooks, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, magazines (including National Geographic), technical, computer books and travel guides. Mysteries, biographies, and novels of all kinds, especially paperback, are most needed. Please help us by contributing only books that you and your family would purchase and enjoy. If you have a question regarding donation of books, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123, or call 781-413-1327.

This column is submitted 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 7, 2009


New Year, New Library Activities 

The next concert in the Friends’ Sunday Series will be on January 25 at 3:00 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. The featured artists will be Sally Davenport, oboe, and John Davenport, piano. Both are Hingham musicians who have performed extensively on the South Shore. For information call 781-413-1327.

Bring those outdated electronics (TV’s, computer monitors, dehumidifiers, small fridges, and AC’s) to the Town Hall parking lot on Saturday, January 31, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by The Friends of Thayer Public Library, and all proceeds will benefit the library. (Snow date, the following Saturday, same times) The fee for safe disposal of these items is $10 per item, except $15 for console TV’s and portable TV’s over 24 inches. For information call 781-413-1327.

The Readers’ Group Book Club will meet on Wednesday, January 28, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room, Main Level. The book under discussion is “Kingston by Starlight,” by Christopher John Farley. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 for information.

Start your New Year off right by learning something new @ the library! The popular Computer Learning Sessions continue through January and February. A series of three morning or evening sessions begins January 7. Get started using the computer and learn how to search the Internet. Evening sessions on setting up and managing an email account get you on your way to communicating through the internet.  Morning sessions are scheduled on word processing with Microsoft Word 2007 and an introduction to the features of our new Navigator Library Catalog. Space is limited so please register by phone or stop by the reference desk on the lower level. 781-848-0405 ext. 4417.

Now you can Get Your Game On @ the Library! New to the library we now have XBOX 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 games available for checkout. As part of the Young Adult collection, these new materials are on display on the lower level. Each game goes out for a period of one week and three may be checked out at a time. Come in and browse the new collection or place a hold from the library’s catalog through the website at: www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.  

Donations are needed for The Friends’ Book Sale. However, we cannot accept books in worn or poor condition, textbooks, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, magazines (including National Geographic), technical, computer books and travel guides. Mysteries, biographies, and novels of all kinds, especially paperback, are most needed. Please help us by contributing only books that you and your family would purchase and enjoy.  If you have a question regarding donation of books, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123, or call 781-413-1327.

This column is submitted 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 10, 2008


New Parking Extension Dedicated 

On Wednesday December 3rd the long awaited and much needed library parking extension was dedicated. The bright sunny and relatively mild December day was a nice backdrop to the brief ceremony, which featured comments by Library Board of Trustees Chair Jeffrey Kunz, Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan, State Representative Joseph Driscoll, Attorney Frank Marinelli, and businessman Daniel Quirk, for whom the area was named. Mr. Quirk was recognized as the primary individual donor in the campaign to raise funds for the project. Attorney Marinelli played an important leadership and advisory role in the campaign, offering office space and making a significant financial contribution as well. The contributions of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Town of Braintree were significant in helping to make the extension possible. Ruth Powell was recognized as a longstanding friend of the library and for her being a principal financial supporter of the parking project as well. 

A two-sided plaque was unveiled, revealing the names of the major contributors. One side of the plaque honored Mr. Quirk as the lead donor, and it read “Daniel J. Quirk Parking Extension,” followed by his words “Dedicated to The Thayer Public Library patrons and their families.” The other side recognized the major benefactors of the campaign. A third plaque listed names of others who made significant donations to the campaign.

There were more than 450 donors to the campaign, all of whom could not be listed on the plaques but whose contributions nevertheless were not only important but critical to making the extension possible. Gifts ranged in amounts from a few dollars to several hundred dollars. One donation of note was a campaign collection jar initiated in the Library Children’s Department labeled “Pennies for Parking.” The huge jar was almost full of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, as well as some dollar bills, resulting in $530.44 being collected for the project.

To all who made this parking extension possible, a sincere “Thank you.” It has been public/private collaboration at its best, and is a major step in allowing the library to continue to grow and to serve the community.

This column is submitted 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 26, 2008


Art Exhibit at the Library 

Take time over the next few weeks to view some art talent on display at the library. The K-12 students and staff in the Braintree Public Schools Art Department are exhibiting their work. The public is invited to view the exhibit through Monday, December 15.  Don’t miss it. There is some wonderful artistic talent in the Braintree Public Schools. 

The next concert in the Friends’ Sunday Series will be on January 25, featuring oboe and piano, with Sally and John Davenport. Look for more information in this column and other media outlets.

The Second Tuesday Book Club meets next on December 9, at 7:15 in the library’s Reading Room. The book under discussion is Ronald Reagan’s “The Reagan Diaries.” All are invited to attend.

The Readers’ Group Book Club will not meet in December, but will resume on January 28, 2009. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 for information about either reading group.

The computer classes at the library have been popular and well attended. Some have waiting lists. If you wish information regarding the computer classes, or the class on December 8, setting up an e-mail account (Yahoo), you may register at the information desk on the lower level or by phone at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The next electronics collection (TV’s, computer monitors, dehumidifiers, small fridges, and AC’s) sponsored by The Friends of TPL will be on January 31, 2009 (snow date, the following Saturday, same times) in the Town Hall parking lot. The fee for safe disposal of these items is $10 per item, except $15 for console TV’s and portable TV’s over 24 inches. Proceeds from the collection benefit the library. For information call 781-413-1327.

Donations are needed for The Friends’ Book Sale. However, we cannot accept books in worn or poor condition, textbooks, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, magazines (including National Geographic), technical, computer books and travel guides. Old, musty books are best disposed of through the town’s curbside recycling program. Please help us by contributing only books that you and your family would purchase and enjoy.  If you have a question regarding donation of books, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.

This column is submitted 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 19, 2008


Multi-Percussionist at the Library 


Richard Grimes, a Multi-Percussionist who has established himself as a pioneer in the field of percussion performance, will present a concert at Thayer Public Library, 798 Washington Street, Braintree, on Sunday, November 23, at 3:00 p.m. His programs feature works for gyil, marimba, vibraphone, concert cimbalom, and mbira. The program, which is a part of The Friends’ Concert Series, is free and open to the public. It is supported in part by the South Shore Playhouse Associates. For information call 781-413-1327.

Looking for a place to park at the library? Try the new parking extension, now in use. The official opening will occur shortly, but the spaces are there for patron parking. Please observe the signage. The sole entrance is the same as always, and there are two exits, one left to Gilbert Bean Drive, and the other right, into the new lot then onto Washington Street.

JThe computer classes at the library have been popular and well attended. Some have waiting lists. If you wish information regarding the computer classes, or the class on December 8, setting up an e-mail account (Yahoo), you may register at the information desk on the lower level or by phone at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. 
 
Are those old TV’s, computer monitors, and other electronics with hazardous waste cluttering up your home? Don’t despair. Help is on the way! The Friends are sponsoring another collection on January 31, 2009 in the Town Hall parking lot. More information will be forthcoming, but it isn’t too early to begin rounding up those items for safe disposal and to benefit the library at the same time.

Do you like to play Scrabble? Join the friendly competition every Thursday night at 6:30 on the lower level. Come alone or bring a friend. Players off all skill levels are welcome. Game boards are provided – you bring the fun! Thanks to Comcast for its support of the Scrabble Program.

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.


November 5, 2008


Genealogy Program at Library 


“Intermediate Genealogy,” with Michael Brophy, is a program which picks up where Beginning Genealogy and Family History left off. It will be in Logan Auditorium on Saturday, November 15, at 10:00 a.m. One topic to be covered is US military History records and how they can help us uncover stories about of our ancestry. Methodology concepts will be further explored to increase the quality of our genealogy work. Record sources such as city directories, church records, town reports, church records and tax records will be explored. Examples will be given to illustrate concepts using noteworthy and common individuals. Basic Courthouse records such as Land and Deeds plus probate records will be explained. For information call 781-848-0405. 

More of the popular computer sessions have been scheduled for November and December and registration is now open. Sessions are geared to all who are new to computer use or who need to brush up on skills. Topics include email, saving and managing files, Internet searching, and an introduction to the library’s new “navigator” catalog. Fliers are available with the dates and times and descriptions of what will be covered in each session. Participants are expected to have a basic familiarity with using a mouse and keyboard. Classes are free but class size is limited and registration is required. You may register at the information desk on the lower level or by phone at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Jot down the date of Sunday, November 23 at 3 p.m. and plan to come to the library to hear Richard Grimes, an entertaining multi-percussionist with a program for all ages, featuring music and instruments from North America, South America and Europe. 
 
Note: Because the library will be closed on Veterans Day, November 11, The Second Tuesday Book Club will meet on November 18, at 7:15 p.m. this month.

Do you like to play Scrabble? Join the friendly competition every Thursday night at 6:30 on the lower level. Come alone or bring a friend. Players off all skill levels are welcome. Game boards are provided – you bring the fun! Thanks to Comcast for its support of the Scrabble Program.

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.


October 22, 2008


Piano and Viola Concert Sunday 


The Friends’ Sunday Concert Series continues on October 26, at 3 p.m. featuring Mark Goodman, piano, and Phil Rush, viola. They will perform music of Schubert, Toro Takemitsu, Ravel, and George Rochberg. This is a free concert supported, in part, by the South Shore Playhouse Associates. For information call 781-413-1327. 

More of the popular computer sessions have been scheduled for November and December and registration is now open. Sessions are geared to all who are new to computer use or who need to brush up on skills. Topics include email, saving and managing files, Internet searching, and an introduction to the library’s new “navigator” catalog. Fliers are available with the dates and times and descriptions of what will be covered in each session. Participants are expected to have a basic familiarity with using a mouse and keyboard. Classes are free but class size is limited and registration is required. You may register at the information desk on the lower level or by phone at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Do you like to play Scrabble? Join the friendly competition every Thursday night at 6:30 on the lower level. Come alone or bring a friend. Players off all skill levels are welcome. Game boards are provided – you bring the fun! Thanks to Comcast for its support of the Scrabble Program. 
 
The Friends’ Annual Meeting will be in Logan Auditorium on Wednesday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. Jot down that date and plan to attend. Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan will be the featured speaker on the topic “The Library and the Community.”

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.


October 15, 2008


“Movement of Imperfection” Program 


A powerful new movement is sweeping across America – the Movement of “Imperfection.” Today, more than ever, our society is obsessed with achievement and perfection. This is especially true when it comes to our children. It seems you can’t go anywhere without hearing about how someone’s child scored the winning goal or reading a bumper sticker that says, "My honor student loves me." 

So what’s a parent of a child who's not a star athlete or Rhodes Scholar to do? You could start by coming to a free lecture at the Thayer Public Library on Tuesday October 21 at 7:00 pm to find out more about the “Movement of Imperfection" from authors Patty Konjoian and Gina Gallagher.  In their book, “Shut Up About…Your Perfect Kid,” the sisters relate parenting advice from their own experiences as parents of children with bipolar disorder and Asperger’s syndrome. They are promoting this long-overdue movement to allow parents of "non-perfect" kids to talk about the accomplishments of their children.  With bumper stickers like "My Bipolar Kid Loves Me AND Hates Me," they wear their badges of imperfection with humor and grace.

Their “Movement of Imperfection” invites all parents to stop judging their children by society’s standards of perfection and to appreciate the gifts that every child has, whether they are able or challenged. They’ll give the audience ways to see the humor in any child’s imperfect life. The authors’ website is:  http://www.shutupabout.com
 
No registration is needed. It will be held in Logan Auditorium, on the upper floor of the Thayer Public Library 798 Washington St. Braintree. It is co-sponsored by SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) and Thayer Public Library. For more information call The Children’s Dept. librarian Elisabeth Strachan, 781-848-0405, Ext. 4426.

Braintree’s SEPAC is for parents of children with special needs, parents of typical children, some teachers and community members. SEPAC provides meetings, programs and news for parents of children with special needs, and programs to encourage acceptance. To join Braintree’s SEPAC call Barbara Tennison 781 843-3954.

Do you like to play Scrabble? There’s open Scrabble play every Thursday night at the library at 6:30 on the lower level. Come alone or bring a friend with you and join in on the friendly competition. All players are always welcome. Thanks to Comcast for its support of the Scrabble Program.

The Friends’ Annual Meeting will be in Logan Auditorium on Wednesday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. Jot down that date and plan to attend. Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan will be the featured speaker on the topic “The Library and the Community.”


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.


September 24, 2008


Concert Series Resumes Sunday


Mark your calendar now and plan to enjoy The Friends’ Concert Series, which resumes on Sunday September 28, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. This exciting program will feature Emil Altschuler, violinist, accompanied by Pei-yeh Tsai on piano and Aaron Larget-Caplan on guitar. Don’t miss this or any of the Sunday concerts at the library this Fall. Pick up a card at the library with the full Fall schedule.

The Summer Reading Program, “Wild Reads at your Library,” had a total of 735 children participating, receiving reading logs, pencils and bookmarks, reading fun books and attending excellent programs. Some participated in the Monkey Storytime, Animal Games and the craft contest. The Thayer Public Library appreciates the generosity of Comcast for supporting the storytelling program presented by Sharon Kennedy. The library was also fortunate to have the support of the Braintree Cultural Council, part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, for the musical programs of David Polansky, and Davis Bates with Roger Tincknell. It is wonderful that so many Braintree children were able to enjoy these fine performers, and keep their reading skills up over the summer.

September is “Update Your Resume Month.” Visit the display on the lower level for books on resume writing, creating the perfect cover letter for the perfect job, and preparing for that all important interview.
 
Do you like to play Scrabble? There’s open Scrabble play every Thursday night at the library at 6:30 on the lower level. Come alone or bring a friend with you and join in on the friendly competition. All players are always welcome. Thanks to Comcast for its support of the Scrabble Program.

MAnyone who is interested in sharing writing or working on ideas for writing projects is welcome to attend the monthly Writing Group meetings. On the first Thursday evening of each month, meetings are at 6:30 in Conference Room B on the upper level

The Friends’ Annual Meeting will be in Logan Auditorium on Wednesday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. Jot down that date and plan to attend. Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan will be the featured speaker on the topic “The Library and the Community.”

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.


September 17, 2008


Library Celebrates Summer Reading Program


It was “wild” at the Thayer Public Library this summer, during the “Wild Reads at your Library” Summer Reading Program. A total of 735 children signed up for the program. They started off with reading logs, pencils and bookmarks, and went on to read fun books and attend excellent programs. Some participated in the Monkey Storytime, Animal Games and the craft contest. The Thayer Public Library appreciates the generosity of Comcast for supporting the storytelling program presented by Sharon Kennedy. The library was also fortunate to have the support of the Braintree Cultural Council, part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, for the musical programs of David Polansky, and Davis Bates with Roger Tincknell. It is wonderful that so many Braintree children were able to enjoy these fine performers, and keep their reading skills up over the summer.

September is “Update Your Resume Month.” Visit the display on the lower level for books on resume writing, creating the perfect cover letter for the perfect job, and preparing for that all important interview.

Do you like to play Scrabble? There’s open Scrabble play every Thursday night at the library at 6:30 on the lower level. Come alone or bring a friend with you and join in on the friendly competition. All players are always welcome.  Thanks to Comcast for its support of the Scrabble Program.
 
Anyone who is interested in sharing writing or working on ideas for writing projects is welcome to attend the monthly Writing Group meetings. On the first Thursday evening of each month, meetings are at 6:30 in Conference Room B on the upper level. 

Mark your calendar now and plan to enjoy The Friends’ Concert Series, which resumes on Sunday September 28, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium with a program entitled ‘Diablo y Tango,’ featuring Emil Altschuler, violinist, accompanied by Peiyeh Tsai on piano and Aaron Larget-Caplan on guitar.  Cards with the complete Fall schedule of concerts are available at the library.

The Friends’ Annual Meeting will be in Logan Auditorium on Wednesday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. Jot down that date and plan to attend. Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan will be the featured speaker on the topic “The Library and the Community.”

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.


September 10, 2008


Collection of Electronics to Benefit Library


The Town-wide Household Hazardous Waste Day in Braintree will be on Saturday, September 13, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Ivory Street Recycling Center. The Friends will be collecting electronics -- TV’s, computer monitors, dehumidifiers, small fridges and other items containing hazardous materials. The fee for each item is $10, except $15 for TV consoles and portables over 24 inches. Proceeds from the collection will go to support library programs, materials and activities. Start rounding up those outdated or broken electronic items, as well as other hazardous waste items now. See other news articles and flyers for additional information.

September is “Update Your Resume Month.” Visit the display on the lower level for books on resume writing, creating the perfect cover letter for the perfect job, and preparing for that all important interview.

Join members of the Readers’ Group Book Club today, Wednesday September 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium for a showing of the A&E production, “Nicholas & Alexandra: The Tragic Story of Russia’s Last Czar and His Czarina Revealed.”
 
The ever-popular Introductory Computer Classes are now scheduled for September and October. Topics include email, the new Library Catalog, Microsoft Word 2007, and a 3-part series introducing computers and Internet searching. Classes are free, but class size is limited and registration is required. You may register in person on the Lower Level or by calling 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. Registrants must have basic familiarity using a mouse and keyboard.  

Enjoy great music without leaving Braintree. Plan now to come to The Friends’ Concert Series, which resumes on Sunday September 28, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Emil Altschuler, violinist, will be accompanied by piano and guitar. Pick up a card at the library with the full Fall schedule.

The Friends’ Annual Meeting will be in Logan Auditorium on Wednesday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. Jot down that date and plan to attend. Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan will be the featured speaker on the topic “The Library and the Community.”

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.


August 27, 2008


Library Launching Fall Programs


Today, Wednesday August 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium there will be fun activities related to the book “Paint the Wind”, by Pamela Munoz Ryan. Many of you have read this book as recommended. Even if you have not read it, if you are going into grades 4 – 7 and love animals, this program is for you! In this story, Maya is lonely at a remote Wyoming ranch until she spies the wild mustang Artemisia and discovers a love of horses. This fascinating book alternates between Maya’s story and the thoughts of Artemisia as she protects her new foal.

September is “Update Your Resume Month.” Visit the display on the lower level for books on resume writing, creating the perfect cover letter for the perfect job, and preparing for that all important interview.

The Second Tuesday Book club will be discussing “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eudenides on September 9 at 7:15pm. Books are available at the circulation desk. All readers are always welcome. This Meeting will be held in the Reading Room on the main level.
 
Join members of the Readers’ Group Book Club on Wednesday September 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium for a showing of the A&E production, “Nicholas & Alexandra: The Tragic Story of Russia’s Last Czar and His Czarina Revealed.”  

The Town-wide Household Hazardous Waste Day in Braintree will be on Saturday, September 13, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Ivory Street Recycling Center. The Friends will be collecting electronics --TV’s, computer monitors, dehumidifiers, small fridges and other items containing hazardous materials. The fee for each item is $10, except $15 for TV consoles and portables over 24 inches. Watch for publicity about HHWD in the local media.

The ever-popular Introductory Computer Classes are now scheduled for September and October. Topics include email, the new Library Catalog, Microsoft Word 2007, and a 3-part series introducing computers and Internet searching. Classes are free, but class size is limited and registration is required. You may register in person on the Lower Level or by calling 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. Registrants must have basic familiarity using a mouse and keyboard.

The Friends’ Sunday Concert Series resumes on September 28, at 3:00 p.m. with Emil Altschuler, violin accompanied by piano and guitar. Watch for more information in this column and media outlets. Pick up a card at the library with the full Fall schedule.

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.


August 13, 2008


Public, Private Support of Library Programs


The numerous library programs enjoyed by residents and patrons of all ages represent the combined support of various public and private entities. There are those programs and activities made possible by the Town of Braintree through the library’s annual budget. Some are supported by funds from the Commonwealth through the Braintree Arts Lottery Council and other funds. Recently, a grant from Comcast was received for support of Children’s programs and activities. The South Shore Playhouse Associates help support the annual Sunday Concert Series. The Friends’ various fund-raising activities make it possible to fund other library programs and services. The beneficiaries of these combined efforts are all who attend programs and participate in the activities offered. Where else can such a variety of interesting, entertaining and educational events be found in the same building just a short distance from home? Explore the library’s Home Page for the calendar and other important information for the many choices available. Your library is there for you. Use it often!

Award winning musician David Polansky visits today, Wednesday August 13 at 3:30 p.m. His funny animal songs will have the audience of all ages laughing! Sign-ups are being taken in the Children’s Room. Mr. Polansky’s concert is funded, in part, by a grant from the Braintree Arts Lottery Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The popular “Manga and Anime” group for teens meets again on Thursday, August 14, at 6:30 p.m. Come and share time with other teens who like Manga and Anime. Enjoy refreshments too! This group meets on the library’s Upper Level. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.
 
On August 19 at 6:00 p.m. as a part of “Movie Nights,” the animated Disney version of Tarzan will be shown.

For those going into 4th -7th grade, start reading now for the next book group. If you love animals, this book is for you! On Wed. August 27 at 6:00 p.m., we’ll do some fun activities related to "Paint the Wind" by Pamela Munoz Ryan. In this story, Maya is lonely at a remote Wyoming ranch until she spies the wild mustang Artemisia and discovers a love of horses. This fascinating book alternates between Maya’s story and the thoughts of Artemisia as she protects her new foal. Reserve your copy now from the Old Colony Library Network to pick up at the Thayer Public Library.

The popular “Manga and Anime” group for kids meets again on Tuesday August 26 at 3:00 p.m. This is a great group for those who love to draw, or read One Piece and B.B. Explosion, or watch Pokemon. In July, the group of 4th-6th graders watched two episodes of the Prince of Tennis. During each session, the group selects what they want to see, so come and vote for your favorite! The library has a great selection of manga books and anime so come check it out!

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.


August 6, 2008


Wild Times at the Library


It’s “WILD” at the Thayer Public Library! Jungle vines and animals hang from the walls in the Children’s Room, celebrating the Summer Reading Program theme of “Wild Reads at the Library.” Each leaf bears the name of a child in the program. Sounds of pretend monkeys and tigers stream out of the story-time room, and children are eagerly reading. Elisabeth Strachan, Children’s Librarian, describes some of the exciting Summer activities planned, as seen below.

Storyteller Sharon Kennedy will perform “Wild Stories” on Tuesday August 12 at 3:00 p.m. Kennedy is a master storyteller. Listeners will be mesmerized by her tale of the rainforest and be transported to Ireland where Kevin McCullough encounters an unusual animal.  Her travels to Ireland and South America have added authentic tales to the repertoire. In Ireland she learned from seanachies (storytellers) how they use their richly poetic techniques. Stories are suitable for age 5 up, and even adults. Please register by calling 781-848-0405 x 4425, emailing referencedesk@braintreema.gov, or visiting the Children’s Room at 798 Washington Street. Comcast is the overall sponsor of the Summer Reading Program, including the “Wild Stories” and other events.

Songs are a hit of the summer when award winning musician David Polansky visits on Wednesday August 13 at 3:30 p.m. His funny animal songs will get the audience laughing! For children of all ages, sign-ups are being taken in the Children’s Room. Polansky’s concert is funded, in part, by a grant from the Braintree Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
 
Other programs in August include Monkey Story-time for ages 2 and 3 on Monday August 11, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Come make a monkey puppet of paper and listen to fun monkey stories. On August 19 at 6:00 p.m., we’ll show the animated Disney version of Tarzan.

For those going into 4th-7th grade, start reading now for the next book group. If you love animals, this book is for you! On Wed. August 27 at 6:00 p.m., we’ll do some fun activities related to "Paint the Wind" by Pamela Munoz Ryan. In this story, Maya is lonely at a remote Wyoming ranch until she spies the wild mustang Artemisia and discovers a love of horses. This fascinating book alternates between Maya’s story and the thoughts of Artemisia as she protects her new foal. Reserve your copy now from the Old Colony Library Network to pick up at the Thayer Public Library.

The popular “Manga and Anime” group for kids meets again on Tuesday August 26 at 3:00 p.m. This is a great group for those who love to draw, or read One Piece and B.B. Explosion, or watch Pokemon. In July, the group of 4th-6th graders watched two episodes of the Prince of Tennis. During each session, the group selects what they want to see, so come and vote for your favorite! The library has a great selection of manga books and anime so come check it out!

With so much “wild” fun at the Thayer Public Library, there is something for everyone!

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.

July 9, 2008


Naturalist to Speak at the Library


Popular educator and naturalist John Root presents “Mushrooms of the Northeast” on Thursday, July 10, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. He will introduce the audience to the mysterious and magical world of mycology. See the common as well as the dangerously poisonous mushrooms.

The Summer Reading Program, sponsored in part by Comcast, has begun in earnest for the Children’s Department, with the theme “Wild About Reading.” It all starts with the very young, coming to the library for “Pajama Storytimes.” Youngsters can wear pjs and listen to calm stories. The first session is “Tiger Storytime,” on Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Then there are “Animal Storytimes with Crafts,” starting Monday July 14 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. No sign-up is needed for either of the above programs. Pick up flyers at the library, or watch for more information in this column and elsewhere.

Continuing the theme of “Wild Reads at Your Library,” “Animal World Experience” will be presented on Wednesday July 16, consisting of two exciting programs, one at 4:00 p.m. and the other at 6:00 p.m.  Reptiles and animals arrive for educational and fun adventures.
 
Every fourth Wednesday of each month is the meeting of the Readers Group Book Club. It is held in the Reading Room on the Main Level at 6:45 p.m. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

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. All proceeds from the Book Sale directly benefit your library.


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 25, 2008


Gently Used Books Benefit the Library


Many of you are aware of the ongoing, daily book sale on the Lower Level of the library and of the quality of the reading material there. This is possible because of the generous donation of gently used books, paperback and hard cover, by many patrons who finally have decided to part with some of their favorites. But the parting is made a bit easier with the knowledge that the books will end up in the hands of other avid readers, and ultimately will benefit the library through The Friends’ Book Sale.

These days there are many options for used books. Numerous companies and organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, are competing for them. We do not know where books given to other organizations end up, or who benefits. We only can speak for The Friends’ Book Sale. You can rest assured of two things. One, all funds resulting from The Friends’ sales will be used for library programs, materials, and services. Two, any books not sold are donated by The Friends to a non-profit organization called ‘Hands Across the Water’, which distributes them world wide.
 
Thus, to see that your donations go to benefit your library, please consider The Friends’ Book Sale. Books of various categories are needed. 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, or if you need help getting them to the library, call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.

The Summer Reading Program, sponsored in part by Comcast, has begun in earnest for the Children’s Department, with the theme “Wild About Reading.” Pick up flyers at the library, or watch for more information in this column and elsewhere.

The Summer fun kicks off for students going into grades 7 – 12 with Monster Movie Night on Thursday the 26th at 7:00. The young Dr. Frankenstein doesn’t believe all that stuff about his famous grandfather re-animating a dead body. But when he inherits the castle, some unexpected things happen. Join your friends for a showing of Young Frankenstein, “the scariest comedy of all time!” Roll on the floor laughing, and have some snacks!

Other festive performers during the summer at the library: Animal World Experience, Wednesday July 16 at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m., Wild Animal Stories with Storyteller Sharon Kennedy, Tuesday August 12 at 3:00 p.m., sponsored by Comcast, and  “Wild at the library” concert by David Polansky on Wednesday, August 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Save the date of Thursday, July 10, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for the popular naturalist and educator John Root, who will present ‘Mushrooms of the Northeast’ in Logan Auditorium.

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 18, 2008


Wild Reads at the Library!


It will be WILD at the Thayer Public Library this summer, as kids participate in the fun-filled “Wild Reads at the Library” Summer Reading Program.  A storyteller, animal show, and jungle movies are some of the entertaining activities to promote reading that are happening through the summer! There will be adventure story book discussions for children, pajama story-times and more. All library programs are free. Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell appear to kickoff the “Wild Reads” Summer Reading Program, on Wednesday June 25 at 3:30 p.m. Their family concert, “Wild about Reading: a celebration in story and song,” is for children of all ages and will make you laugh. Will you be able to do the motions fast enough to the song about the animals? Bates and Tincknell are Parent’s Choice Award winners. Please sign-up in advance. This performance is funded, in part, by a grant from the Braintree Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Do you like tortoises? Charlie and the chocolate factory? Then you’ll love “Roald Dahl Fabulosity” on Tuesday June 24 at 3:00 p.m.! The Penson teens will act out a dramatic presentation from “Esio Trot,” another humorous tale by Roald Dahl, the author of “Charlie and the chocolate factory.” Then the Penson family will show some of their tortoises. They will bring a huge tortoise, as well as some smaller ones. You will be able to touch the tortoises, and try to answer some Roald Dahl Trivia! Please sign-up ahead. For children ages 5 and up.
 
Other festive performers during the summer at the library: Animal World Experience, Wednesday July 16 at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m., Wild Animal Stories with Storyteller Sharon Kennedy, Tuesday August 12 at 3:00 p.m., sponsored by Comcast, and  “Wild at the library” concert by David Polansky on Wednesday, August 13 at 3:30 p.m. The animal show and Polansky concert are sponsored by the Braintree Cultural Council. Sign-ups start three weeks ahead of each event.

Children start now by coming in to sign-up for the Summer Reading Program. They’ll get a reading log, bookmark and list of events. To sign-up for events or for information, contact the Children’s Room at 781-848-0405 x4425, referencedesk@braintreema.gov or visit the Thayer Public Library Children’s Room at 798 Washington Street. Come celebrate reading!

Save the date of Thursday, July 10, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for the popular naturalist and educator John Root, who will present ‘Mushrooms of the Northeast’ in Logan Auditorium.

Watch for more information about the library’s exciting programs this Summer. The library will be the coolest place in town. Don’t miss out!

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. All proceeds from the Book Sale directly benefit your library.

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 28, 2008


Library to be Closed on Friday June 6 


The Thayer Public Library will be closed for the day on Friday, June 6, 2008, for staff training. We will reopen at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 7th. We sincerely regret any inconvenience. If your library materials are due on June 6, you may return them on Saturday, June 7 and we will waive your overdue fines for those materials. Or, you may drop materials in the book drop located on the back of the building at the entrance, space permitting. Please do not leave library materials outside the building. We thank you for your cooperation.

Thayer Public Library presents “Wreath Making 101,” a free wreath making workshop on Saturday, June 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Logan Auditorium. All materials are included in this class led by crafter Jacqueline Shaw. It is suitable for beginners and those with experience. Sample arrangements using dried flowers, seashells, nuts, berries or even stones will be on display to show how these materials can be used to preserve the splendor of nature. At the completion of the class individuals will leave with their own small hand decorated wreath. Space is limited to 20 people, and registration is required. Only patrons 15 years of age and older may register. Sign up at the Reference Desk on the lower level, or call 781-848-0405 x4417. This program is sponsored by Comcast.
 
Thayer Public Library fines and fees will be increased beginning July 1, 2008. Elizabeth Wolfe, Library Director, states, “In order to continue to provide the great library service to which the public has grown accustomed, the Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the increases. As always, the first library card for any Massachusetts resident is free, and borrowing from the library continues to be a free service as long as materials are returned on time.” The following changes will be in effect on July 1, 2008: Overdue fines on materials that are currently $.05 per day will increase to $.10 per day. Maximum fines per item will increase from $3.00 to $5.00. Lost card fee will increase from $1.00 to $2.00. Increase in fees for use of Logan Auditorium and other meeting rooms are as follows: For-profit companies will be charged $50.00 for up to 3 hours of consecutive use, and $20.00 for each additional hour. Non-profit organizations will not be charged, but will be encouraged to make a donation of at least $10.00.

More of the popular computer sessions have been scheduled for May and June and registration is now open. Sessions are geared to computer users who are new to computer use or who need to brush up on their skills. Topics include email, word processing, saving and managing files, and Internet searching. Fliers are available with the dates and times and descriptions of what will be covered in each session. You may register at the information desk on the lower level or by phone at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

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. All proceeds from the Book Sale directly benefit your library.


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 21, 2008


Library to be Closed on Friday June 6 


The Thayer Public Library will be closed for the day on Friday, June 6, 2008, for staff training. We will reopen at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 7th. We sincerely regret any inconvenience. If your library materials are due on June 6, you may return them on Saturday, June 7 and we will waive your overdue fines for those materials. Or, you may drop materials in the book drop located on the back of the building at the entrance, space permitting. Please do not leave library materials outside the building. We thank you for your cooperation.

Thayer Public Library presents “Wreath Making 101,” a free wreath making workshop on Saturday, June 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Logan Auditorium. All materials are included in this class led by crafter Jacqueline Shaw. It is suitable for beginners and those with experience. Sample arrangements using dried flowers, seashells, nuts, berries or even stones will be on display to show how these materials can be used to preserve the splendor of nature. At the completion of the class individuals will leave with their own small hand decorated wreath. Space is limited to 20 people, and registration is required. Only patrons 15 years of age and older may register. Sign up at the Reference Desk on the lower level, or call 781-848-0405 x4417. This program is sponsored by Comcast.
 
Thayer Public Library fines and fees will be increased beginning July 1, 2008. Elizabeth Wolfe, Library Director, states, “In order to continue to provide the great library service to which the public has grown accustomed, the Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the increases. As always, the first library card for any Massachusetts resident is free, and borrowing from the library continues to be a free service as long as materials are returned on time.” The following changes will be in effect on July 1, 2008: Overdue fines on materials that are currently $.05 per day will increase to $.10 per day. Maximum fines per item will increase from $3.00 to $5.00. Lost card fee will increase from $1.00 to $2.00. Increase in fees for use of Logan Auditorium and other meeting rooms are as follows: For-profit companies will be charged $50.00 for up to 3 hours of consecutive use, and $20.00 for each additional hour. Non-profit organizations will not be charged, but will be encouraged to make a donation of at least $10.00.

More of the popular computer sessions have been scheduled for May and June and registration is now open. Sessions are geared to computer users who are new to computer use or who need to brush up on their skills. Topics include email, word processing, saving and managing files, and Internet searching. Fliers are available with the dates and times and descriptions of what will be covered in each session. You may register at the information desk on the lower level or by phone at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

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. All proceeds from the Book Sale directly benefit your library.

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 14, 2008

Jazz at the Library 


Sunday May 18 at 3 p.m. marks the final program (until September) in the Concert Series sponsored by The Friends. Come and enjoy jazz with Ed Sorrentino/Perry Rossi and friends as they play some great standard and modern compositions. With Perry on piano and singing, Ed on drums, Keala Kaumeheiwa on bass, and Binney Stone on guitar, it promises to be a rousing, melodic afternoon to be remembered. Don’t miss it! The concert is free and open to the public. It is sponsored in part by The South Shore Playhouse Associates. For more information call 781-413-1327.

Thayer Public Library is proud to sponsor a new museum pass available to Braintree residents with a valid OCLN library card. The Sports Museum, located on Levels 5 and 6 of TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, is a non-profit educational organization honoring our leading athletes and citizens by preserving and showcasing the distinctly rich sports heritage of New England through an unparalleled collection of artifacts, multimedia, works of art, and interactive exhibits. The Sports Museum features more than a half-mile of exhibits honoring the legends and legendary moments of Boston sports. The Sports Museum hosts one of the finest collections of film, video, photographs, and research material of its kind in North America. Each pass admits 6 people. Check out The Sports Museum pass or any of our other 16 museum passes in person at the library or online at www.thayerpubliclibrary.org or .net.
 
The next Household Hazardous Waste Day (HHWD), a town-wide event in which The Friends are participating, will be held at the Ivory Street Recycling Center, on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Pick up a flyer in the library and watch for announcements in the local media sources for more details. The fee for electronic items is $10, except $15 for TV’s over 24 inches and console TV’s. Save the date and begin rounding up those old TV’s, computer monitors, and other items containing hazardous waste. All proceeds from the electronics collection will benefit Thayer Public Library through The Friends.

If you follow the adventures of Naruto, Ichigo and InuYasha and have read all 16 volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist, then you should come to the Thayer Public Library’s Teen Anime & Manga Group. Have some fun and get to know other fans in the area. Enjoy refreshments, too! It’s on Thursday May 15 at 6:30 pm on the upper level of the library. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 with questions. This program is for students age 13 and older and is not suitable for younger audiences.

More of the popular computer sessions have been scheduled for May and June and registration is now open. Sessions are geared to computer users who are new to computer use or who need to brush up on their skills. Topics include email, word processing, saving and managing files, and Internet searching. Fliers are available with the dates and times and descriptions of what will be covered in each session. You may register at the information desk on the lower level or by phone at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Teens, do you have too much pressure from school and friends and homework? Are you stressed out? Then come to the library, get de-stressed, relax, and have some fun! Join us at the library as Robert Rivest offers a humorous look at the many ways we stress ourselves out and shares his tried and true methods of stress reduction. On Saturday afternoon, May 17 at 2:00P p.m. on the upper level of the library. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 with questions. This program is for teens age 13 and up and is sponsored by Comcast.

Have you had trouble finding a good cup of coffee at a reasonable price lately? Why not visit The Friends’ Fogg Café at the library. Select from a wide variety of excellent coffee or tea for only $.75 a cup. How can you beat that?

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 7, 2008

Does That Name Ring a Bell? 

Come to the Thayer Public Library Author Series and book signing on Tuesday, May 13 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. and hear author Ted Clarke discuss his book “Thomas A. Watson: Does That Name Ring a Bell." This event is co-sponsored by the Braintree Historical Society. Following the presentation and discussion, there will be a reception with light refreshments, during which Mr. Clarke will be present to sign your book. Bring a copy of "Thomas A. Watson: Does That Name Ring a Bell?" or purchase one at the event. All proceeds from the book sales benefit The Friends of Thayer Public Library.

The rescheduled Irish Catholic Genealogy program, with Michael Brophy, will be Saturday, May 10, 2008, from 10:30am – 11:45 a.m. Michael Brophy, genealogist, will focus on how to find information about your Irish Catholic ancestry. Come hear a lecture with PowerPoint presentation, with time for questions and answers.
 
Thayer Public Library is proud to sponsor a new museum pass available to Braintree residents with a valid OCLN library card. The Sports Museum, located on Levels 5 and 6 of TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, is a non-profit educational organization honoring our leading athletes and citizens by preserving and showcasing the distinctly rich sports heritage of New England through an unparalleled collection of artifacts, multimedia, works of art, and interactive exhibits. The Sports Museum features more than a half-mile of exhibits honoring the legends and legendary moments of Boston sports. The Sports Museum hosts one of the finest collections of film, video, photographs, and research material of its kind in North America. Each pass admits 6 people. Check out The Sports Museum pass or any of our other 16 museum passes in person at the library or online at www.thayerpubliclibrary.org or .net. 

The next Household Hazardous Waste Day (HHWD), a town-wide event in which The Friends are participating, will be held at the Ivory Street Recycling Center, on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Pick up a flyer in the library and watch for announcements in the local media sources for more details. The fee for electronic items is $10, except $15 for TV’s over 24 inches and console TV’s. Save the date and begin rounding up those old TV’s, computer monitors, and other items containing hazardous waste. All proceeds from the electronics collection will benefit Thayer Public Library through The Friends.

If you follow the adventures of Naruto, Ichigo and InuYasha and have read all 16 volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist, then you should come to the Thayer Public Library’s Teen Anime & Manga Group. Have some fun and get to know other fans in the area. Refreshments, too! On Thursday evening, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. on the upper level of the library. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 with questions. This program is for students age 13 and older and is not suitable for younger audiences. 

Teens, do you have too much pressure from school and friends and homework? Are you stressed out? Then come to the library, get de-stressed, relax, and have some fun! Join us at the library as Robert Rivest offers a humorous look at the many ways we stress ourselves out and shares his tried and true methods of stress reduction. On Saturday afternoon, May 17 at 2:00P p.m. on the upper level of the library. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 with questions. This program is for teens age 13 and up and is sponsored by Comcast. 

Have you had trouble finding a good cup of coffee at a reasonable price lately? Why not visit The Friends’ Fogg Café at the library. Select from a wide variety of excellent coffee or tea for only $.75 a cup. How can you beat that?

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 30, 2008

Genealogy Program Rescheduled 


The Irish Catholic Genealogy program, with Michael Brophy, has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 10, 2008, from 10:30am – 11:45 a.m.

Have you always wanted to learn more about your Irish Catholic roots? Michael Brophy, genealogist, returns to the library for an in depth discussion of how to find information about your Irish Catholic ancestry. Come hear a lecture with PowerPoint presentation, with time for questions and answers.
 
You’ve no doubt heard of Alexander Graham Bell, the renowned inventor of the telephone. Or was he? Come and find out by participating in the Thayer Public Library Author Series and book signing. Hear author Ted Clarke discuss his book “Thomas A. Watson: Does That Name Ring a Bell?” It will be on Tuesday, May 13, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This event is the third in Thayer Public Library’s 2008 Author Series, and is co-sponsored by the Braintree Historical Society. Following a one hour presentation, there will be a reception with light refreshments, during which Mr. Clarke will be present to sign your book. Bring your own copy of "Thomas A. Watson: Does That Name Ring a Bell?" or purchase a copy at the event. All proceeds from the book sales benefit The Friends of Thayer Public Library.

All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a Braintree resident to attend. 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. Check out our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.org or .net.

The next Household Hazardous Waste Day (HHWD), a town-wide event in which The Friends are participating, will be held at the Ivory Street Recycling Center, on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Pick up a flyer in the library and watch for announcements in the local media sources for more details. The fee for electronic items is $10, except $15 for TV’s over 24 inches and console TV’s. Save the date and begin rounding up those old TV’s, computer monitors, and other items containing hazardous waste. All proceeds from the electronics collection will benefit Thayer Public Library through The Friends.

More of the popular computer sessions have been scheduled for May and June and registration is now open. Sessions are geared to computer users who are new to computer use or who need to brush up on their skills. Topics include email, word processing, saving and managing files, and Internet searching. Fliers are available with the dates and times and descriptions of what will be covered in each session. You may register at the information desk on the lower level or by phone at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

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.


April 16, 2008

Visit Your Library During National Library Week 


This is National Library Week, April 14 – 19.  What does your library mean to you? Check out the attractive and informative display case at the Washington Street entrance, prepared by library staff.  Also, there still is time to attend some interesting programs from now through Sunday.  Note the scheduled programs below, or look at the library calendar on line.

As a part of National Library Week, library patrons may participate in a special overdue books amnesty program.  During that week patrons may have their overdue book fines waived, in exchanged for one non-perishable, unexpired unopened food or personal care item per dollar owed.  NO CANDY, please.  All items donated will benefit the Braintree Food Pantry.  For details or if there are questions, call 781-848-0405, or see the Bulletin Board section of the Braintree Forum.
 
On Thursday April 17 at 6 p.m. the program certain to appeal to all ages, especially teens and tweens is “Insects: Amazing and Delicious,” presented by Entomologist Dave Gracer.

Genealogy expert Michael Brophy will give a program Saturday April 19 at 10:30 a.m. on “Irish Catholic Genealogy.” All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420.

Learn magic and stay fit at the same time, with “The Magic of Exercise” with Debbie O’Carroll on Saturday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. This is a fun program for families with children ages 3 – 10, and it is sponsored in part by a grant from the Braintree Arts Lottery Council.

On Sunday April 20, The Friends’ Concert Series continues, featuring Bobbi Carrey, singing the songs of Johnny Mercer in a program aptly named “Mostly Mercer”, accompanied on piano by Doug Hammer at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium.  Cabaret singer and song stylist, Ms. Carrey has appeared at Thayer Public Library on previous occasions to well attended and appreciative audiences.  Free and open to the public.  For information call 781-413-1327.

Looking ahead, the next Household Hazardous Waste Day  (HHWD), a town-wide event in which The Friends are participating, will be held at the Ivory Street Recycling Center, on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  More details will be forthcoming, but save the date and begin rounding up those old TV’s, computer monitors, and other items containing hazardous waste.  

Join a book club at the library. The Readers’ Club meets on the last Wednesday of each month, the next meeting being on April 23, with discussion centered around Kim Edwards’ book “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter”. The group meets at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Main Level of the library. All are welcomed to participate. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 for more information.

Please note that registration is required for the “April After School Craft Program”, for school age children on Wednesday April 30, at 3:30 p.m. Register in person or call the Children’s Department at 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

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.

April 9, 2008

Food for Fines -- Everyone Benefits 


As a part of National Library Week, from Monday April 14 through Saturday April 19, library patrons may participate in a special overdue books amnesty program. During that week patrons may have their overdue book fines waived, in exchanged for one non-perishable, unexpired unopened food or personal care item per dollar owed. NO CANDY, please. All items donated will benefit the Braintree Food Pantry. For details or if there are questions, call 781-848-0405, or see the Bulletin Board section of the Braintree Forum.

Join Thayer Public Library as well as libraries in celebration of National Library Week, April 14 – 19. What does your library mean to you? Check out the attractive and informative display case at the Washington Street entrance, prepared by library staff.

Come to a talk by author Richard Marinik and signing of his book “In for a Pound” on April 15 at 7 p.m. This program is co-sponsored by the library’s Readers Club Book Club. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the library.
 
On Thursday April 17 at 6 p.m. the program certain to appeal to all ages, especially teens and tweens is “Insects: Amazing and Delicious,” presented by Entomologist Dave Gracer.

Genealogy expert Michael Brophy will give a program Saturday April 19 at 10:30 a.m. on “Irish Catholic Genealogy.” All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420.

Learn magic and stay fit at the same time, with “The Magic of Exercise” with Debbie O’Carroll” on Saturday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. This is a fun program for families with children ages 3 – 10, and it is sponsored in part by a grant from the Braintree Arts Lottery Council.

On Sunday April 20, The Friends’ Concert Series continues, featuring Bobbi Carrey, singing the songs of Johnny Mercer in a program aptly named “Mostly Mercer,” accompanied on piano by Doug Hammer at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Cabaret singer and song stylist, Ms. Carrey has appeared at Thayer Public Library on previous occasions to well attended and appreciative audiences. Free and open to the public. For information call 781-413-1327.

On Sunday April 20, The Friends’ Concert Series continues, featuring Bobbi Carrey, singing the songs of Johnny Mercer in a program aptly named “Mostly Mercer,” accompanied on piano by Doug Hammer at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Cabaret singer and song stylist, Ms. Carrey has appeared at Thayer Public Library on previous occasions to well attended and appreciative audiences. Free and open to the public. For information call 781-413-1327.

Congratulations to David K. Collins and Madeline K. Collins, who were the recent winners of the Thayer Public Library Scrabble playoff. We cheer them on as they proceed to the national competition.

Join a book club at the library. The Readers’ Club meets on the last Wednesday of each month, the next meeting being on April 23, with discussion centered around Kim Edwards’ book “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter”. The group meets at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Main Level of the library. All are welcomed to participate. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 for more information.

Please note that registration is required for the “April After School Craft Program”, for school age children on Wednesday April 30, at 3:30 p.m. Register in person or call the Children’s Department at 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

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.

March 26, 2008

Celebrate National Library Week 


Spring is here, so is National Library Week, April 13 – 19! Join in celebration of Thayer Public Library as well as of libraries in general. What does your library mean to you? Check out the attractive and informative display case at the Washington Street entrance, prepared by library staff. Also, note the events at the library on the library home page calendar for that week, or pick up a flyer at the library with the events listed. Artist Greg Maichack is giving an art workshop on Monday April 14, but enrollment is limited and the workshop has been filled. Come to a talk by author Richard Marinik and signing of his book “In for a Pound” on April 15 at 7 p.m. On Thursday April 17 at 6 p.m. the program certain to appeal to all ages, especially teens and tweens, is “Edible Insect Talk and Edible Insect Tasting,” presented by David Gracer. Genealogy expert Michael Brophy will give a program Saturday April 19 at 10:30 a.m. on “Irish Catholic Genealogy.” All programs are free and open to the public, presented in Logan Auditorium. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420.

The first program in the library’s author series in early March was a great success. Stephen Puleo presented a very informative and entertaining program discussing his book “The Boston Italians,” followed by book signings and some delightful and tasty refreshments, thanks to event co-sponsor The Italian American Cultural Organization of the South Shore. Don’t miss the next program in the series as mentioned in the paragraph above. Richard Marinik is presenting his latest work, “In for a Pound,” on Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. Bring your own book for signing or purchase one at the event. Co-sponsor for this program is the library’s Readers Group Book Club. Proceeds from book sales go to The Friends of Thayer Public Library for support of library programs, materials and activities.

On the Sunday following National Library Week, April 20, The Friends’ Concert Series continues, featuring Bobbi Carrey, singing the songs of Johnny Mercer in a program aptly named “Mostly Mercer,” accompanied on piano by Doug Hammer, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium.
 
Join a book club at the library. The Readers’ Club meets on the last Wednesday of each month, the next meeting being on March 26, to discuss Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion.” The Second Tuesday Book Club next meets on April 8, and participants are reading Robert Ludlum’s “The Bourne Identity.” Each group meets at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Main Level of the library, on their respective dates. All are welcomed to participate. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 for more information.

Get ready for SCRABBLE! The National School Scrabble Championship is coming up in May and the library is having its Playoff on April 2nd to determine who gets to go to the Championship. The Playoff is open all scrabble players in grades 5 through 8. To help you get ready for the competition there are open practice nights held every Thursday on the lower level at 6:30 pm. Questions? 781-848-0405 ext. 4417 or brref@ocln.org. The Scrabble program at the library is supported by Comcast.

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.


March 12, 2008

Duo Piano Concert at the Library 


The Concert Series sponsored by The Friends is pleased to have as its next performers the Li sisters, Edwina and Margaret, duo pianists from the faculty of the South Shore Conservatory. They played an exciting program at the library previously, and were very well received. The date is Sunday March 16 at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Margaret and Edwina Li are graduates of the Juilliard School in New York. Both received advanced degrees in Piano Performance from Michigan State University. There, they also performed as a duo team with the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Michigan State Philharmonic Orchestra.

Join a book club at the library. The Readers’ Club meets on the last Wednesday of each month, the next meeting being on March 26, to discuss Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion.” The Second Tuesday Book Club next meets on April 8, and participants are reading Robert Ludlum’s “The Bourne Identity.” Each group meets at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room on the Main Level of the library, on their respective dates. All are welcome to participate. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 for more information.

Do you follow the adventures of Naruto, Ichigo and InuYasha? Have you read the first 15 volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist and look forward to the release of number 16 next month? Then you should come to the Teen Anime and Manga (TAM) Group! The next two meetings will be on Thursday nights, March 27 and April 24 at 6:30 p.m. Come share your enthusiasm and enjoy the refreshments. TAM is intended for students age 13 and older and is not suitable for younger audiences. Questions? 781-848-0405 ext. 4417 or brref@ocln.org.
 
Get ready for SCRABBLE! The National School Scrabble Championship is coming up in May and the library is having its Playoff on April 2nd to determine who gets to go to the Championship. The Playoff is open all scrabble players in grades 5 through 8. To help you get ready for the competition there are open practice nights held every Thursday on the lower level at 6:30 pm. Questions? 781-848-0405 ext. 4417 or brref@ocln.org.

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.


February 27, 2008

Expanded Library Parking Milestone 


Another milestone in the pursuit of additional library parking was reached recently when the building adjacent to the library was taken down. McConnell Enterprises, Inc. of Braintree has generously donated equipment, time, and manpower in order to complete this part of the project. The garage on the property will remain, for various uses by the library. The next phase of the project will be developing and executing plans for a drainage system, grading, and resurfacing, which will transform the property into the longed for and patiently awaited additional parking spaces for the library. That takes time, so the projection for completion of the parking expansion is late Spring of this year. You may not see much happening for a while, but be assured that much preparatory work is being done, and that the expanded parking will be realized. Meanwhile, The Friends’ campaign to raise funds to complete the project continues. If you wish to be a part of this important undertaking, you may make a donation to The Thayer Public Library Development Fund, P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185.

The Concert Series sponsored by The Friends is pleased to have as its next performers the Li sisters, Edwina and Margaret, duo pianists from the faculty of the South Shore Conservatory. They played an exciting program at the library previously, and were very well received. The date is Sunday March 16 at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Mark your calendars now, and look for more details about the program in further issues of this column.
 
The Reading Group meeting on Feb. 27 will not be reading or discussing the book listed on the schedule. Instead, they will bring in favorite poems or a book of poems which they will share with the group. There also will be a book swap for anyone who is interested. Bring in one book, choose another. Bring in two, choose two to take home. Anyone is welcomed to attend and participate. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. 

Author talk/book signing: As a part of the 2008 Author Series at Thayer Public Library, Stephen Puleo will discuss and sign copies of his latest work, “The Boston Italians: a Story of Pride, Perseverance and Paesani.” The program, co-sponsored by the Italian American Cultural Organization – South Shore, will be in Logan Auditorium on Thursday March 6, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Following a one hour presentation, there will be a reception with light refreshments at which Mr. Puleo will be present to sign your book. Bring your own copy, or purchase a copy at the event. All proceeds benefit The Friends of Thayer Public Library.

Do you follow the adventures of Naruto, Ichigo and InuYasha? Have you read the first 15 volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist and look forward to the release of number 16 next month? Then you should come to the Teen Anime and Manga (TAM) Group! The next two meetings will be on Thursday nights, March 27 and April 24 at 6:30 p.m. Come share your enthusiasm and enjoy the refreshments. TAM is intended for students age 13 and older and is not suitable for younger audiences. Questions? 781-848-0405 ext. 4417 or brref@ocln.org

Get ready for SCRABBLE! The National School Scrabble Championship is coming up in May and the library is having its Playoff on April 2nd to determine who gets to go to the Championship. The Playoff is open all scrabble players in grades 5 through 8. To help you get ready for the competition there are open practice nights held every Thursday on the lower level at 6:30 pm. Questions? 781-848-0405 ext. 4417 or brref@ocln.org.  This program sponsored in part by Comcast.

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.

February 6, 2008

Expanded Library Parking Milestone 

Another milestone was reached last week when the building adjacent to the library was razed, in preparation for additional library parking. McConnell Enterprises, Inc. of Braintree generously donated equipment, time, and manpower to the Town of Braintree for the library project. The garage on the property will remain, for various uses by the library. The next phase of the project will be developing plans for a drainage system, grading, and resurfacing, which will transform the property into the longed for and patiently awaited parking spaces. That takes time, so the projection for completion of the parking expansion is late Spring of this year. You may not see much happening for a while, but be assured that much preparatory work is being done, and that the expanded parking will be realized. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, The Friends’ campaign to raise funds to complete the project continues. If you wish to be a part of this important undertaking, you may make a donation to The Thayer Public Library Development Fund, P.O. Box 850473, Braintree, MA 02185.

Join us on Saturday, February 9, 2008, from 2:00-3:00pm in the library’s Logan Auditorium. Tai Chi/Qi Gong Instructor Peggy Leung, R.N. will demonstrate Wild Goose Qi Gong, The Healing Dance - natural movement for healthy living. Benefit from the "wisdom of Man and Nature" in these easy to follow movements. This program is suitable for beginners, no experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothes. No sign up is necessary. You do not have to be a Braintree resident to attend. This library program is sponsored in part by Comcast.
 
The Friends Sunday Concert Series next will feature flutist Donald Zook, accompanied on piano by Jane Viemeister on Sunday, February 17, at 3:00 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. Mr. Zook is faculty head of the Woodwind & Brass Department and Director of Chamber Music at South Shore Conservatory. Ms. Viemeister is Chair of the Piano Department at the Conservatory. Both of these excellent musicians have performed previously in separate concerts at the library.

Scrabble players, take advantage of open scrabble play each Thursday evening at the library, starting at 6:30 p.m. If you have questions, call 781-848-0405. ext. 4417.

The library has something for all ages, literally! For those infants and toddlers, through 24 months, there is “Book Babies” Mondays at 9:15 a.m. on February 4 and 11. Just drop in. No sign-up required. Then there is “Storytime” for the small ones ages 2 – 3, and preschoolers, ages 3 – 5. Sign-up is required, so visit the Children’s Department or call 781-848-4425 to register.

The Second Tuesday Book Club meets next on February 12 in the Marinelli Reading Room. The book to be read on Feb. 12 is “Empress Orchid,” by Anchee Min. Come and enjoy sharing your reading with others. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. 

Many people now are bringing their Shaw’s register receipts to the library, because they can be traded in by The Friends for cash to benefit the library. Make it a habit. It’s easy. Simply deposit them in the collection box inside the parking lot entrance to the library. 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.


January 30, 2008

Message from the Library Director 

Elizabeth Wolfe, Library Director, gives the following alert to library patrons: “Due to low circulation, the library has decided not to renew its Recorded Books online digital downloadable e-book subscription. We regret any inconvenience to those patrons who enjoyed the service. We continue to offer downloadable audio books through Overdrive, a service funded by the Old Colony Library Network. Overdrive audio books are available to anyone with a valid OCLN library card through our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.org or www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.”

On Saturday, February 9, 2008, from 2:00-3:00pm in the library’s Logan Auditorium Tai Chi/Qi Gong Instructor Peggy Leung, R.N. will demonstrate Wild Goose Qi Gong, The Healing Dance - natural movement for healthy living. Benefit from the "wisdom of Man and Nature" in these easy to follow movements. This program is suitable for beginners, no experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothes. No sign up is necessary. You do not have to be a Braintree resident to attend. This library program is sponsored in part by Comcast.
 
Scrabble players, take advantage of open scrabble play each Thursday evening at the library, starting at 6:30 p.m. If you have questions, call 781-848-0405. ext. 4417.

The library has something for all ages, literally! For those infants and toddlers, through 24 months, there is “Book Babies” Mondays at 9:15 a.m. on February 4 and 11. Just drop in. No sign-up required. Then there is “Storytime” for the small ones ages 2 – 3, and preschoolers, ages 3 – 5. Sign-up is required, so visit the Children’s Department or call 781-848-4425 to register.

Readers alert! Take advantage of the book clubs at the library. On the last Wednesday of each month the Readers’ Group Book Club meets at 7:15 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room on the main level of the library. For tonight, January 30 the book is David Quammen’s “The Reluctant Darwin.” If you prefer a Tuesday evening instead, join others in The Second Tuesday Book Club. The next session is on February 12, at the time and place as noted above. The book to be read on Feb. 12 is “Empress Orchid,” by Anchee Min. Come and enjoy sharing your reading with others. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Many people now are bringing their Shaw’s register receipts to the library, because they can be traded in by The Friends for cash to benefit the library. Make it a habit. It’s easy. Simply deposit them in the collection box inside the parking lot entrance to the library. 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.


January 23, 2008

Message from the Library Director 

Elizabeth Wolfe, Library Director, gives the following alert to library patrons: “Due to low circulation, the library has decided not to renew its Recorded Books online digital downloadable e-book subscription. We regret any inconvenience to those patrons who enjoyed the service. We continue to offer downloadable audio books through Overdrive, a service funded by the Old Colony Library Network. Overdrive audio books are available to anyone with a valid OCLN library card through our website at www.thayerpubliclibrary.org or www.thayerpubliclibrary.net.”

Save the date of Sunday, January 27, 3:00 p.m. for the dynamic, swinging sounds of fiddle, vocals, guitar and banjo, as “Notorious” performs in the library’s Logan Auditorium. Musicians Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger bring together traditional and contemporary acoustic music from around the world, creating a dynamic, swinging sound. “Notorious” has performed at festivals around the world, also at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. It will be a lively, entertaining afternoon. Don’t miss it! For information call 781-413-1327.
 
Library On Saturday, February 9, 2008, from 2:00-3:00pm in the library’s Logan Auditorium Tai Chi/Qi Gong Instructor Peggy Leung, R.N. will demonstrate Wild Goose Qi Gong, The Healing Dance - natural movement for healthy living. Benefit from the "wisdom of Man and Nature" in these easy to follow movements. This program is suitable for beginners, no experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothes. No sign up is necessary. You do not have to be a Braintree resident to attend. This library program is sponsored in part by Comcast.

Scrabble players, take advantage of open scrabble play each Thursday evening at the library, starting at 6:30 p.m. If you have questions, call 781-848-0405. ext. 4417.

The library has something for all ages, literally! For those infants and toddlers, through 24 months, there is “Book Babies” Mondays at 9:15 a.m. on January 28, and February 4 and 11. Just drop in. No sign up required. Then there is “Storytime” for the small ones ages 2 – 3, and preschoolers, ages 3 – 5. Sign-up is required, so visit the Children’s Department or call 781-848-4425 to register.

Many people now are bringing their Shaw’s register receipts to the library, because they can be traded in by The Friends for cash to benefit the library. Make it a habit. It’s easy. Simply deposit them in the collection box inside the parking lot entrance to the library. 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.


January 16, 2008

Searching for Your Roots: Where to Start? 

Why do we study our ancestry, and what makes it so compelling? Michael Brophy, professional genealogical researcher, author and lecturer covers the basics of starting out in the search for one’s family's ancestry using vital records, census data, and the Internet among other resources. Mr. Brophy will be at Thayer Public Library on Saturday, January 19, 2:30 – 3:15 to talk about how and where to start. He will provide handouts, and participants may bring tape recorders for personal use in capturing his comments. This is a free program, open to all. For information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420. 

The electronics collection on Saturday, January 12 at the Town Hall was a success! The Friends say a big “thank you” to all who participated. Proceeds will benefit the library. If you missed this collection, or are looking ahead, the next collection will be during the town-wide Household Hazardous Waste Day at the Ivory Street Recycling Center on May 17. Mark the date and plan to join us.
 
Library Director Elisabeth Marcus Wolfe has announced the following: “The Thayer Public Library will be closed for the day on Friday, January 18, 2008, for staff training. It will reopen at 9:00 am on Saturday, January 19. We sincerely regret any inconvenience. If your library materials are due on January 18, you may return them on Saturday, January 19 and we will waive any overdue fines for those materials. Or, drop materials in the book drop located on the back of the building at the entrance, space permitting. Please do not leave library materials outside the building. We thank you for your cooperation.” For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420.

Come and enjoy what promises to be an exciting and entertaining musical program on January 27 at 3:00 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium, featuring the folk duo called ‘Notorious’. Eden MacAdam-Somer (violin, fiddle) and Larry Unger (guitar, banjo). These two talented musicians bring together traditional and contemporary acoustic music from around the world, creating a dynamic, swinging sound. They present American, Celtic, and Eastern European tunes, swing, blues, and their own compositions. This will be a lively, upbeat program you won’t want to miss. It’s free! For information call 781-413-1327.

The library has something for all ages, literally! For those infants and toddlers, through 24 months, there is “Book Babies” Mondays at 9:15 a.m. on January 14, 28, and February 4 and 11. Just drop in. No sign up required. Then there is “Storytime” for the small ones ages 2 – 3, and preschoolers, ages 3 – 5. Sign-up is required, so visit the Children’s Department or call 781-848-4425 to register.

Many people now are bringing their Shaw’s register receipts to the library, because they can be traded in by The Friends for cash to benefit the library. Make it a habit. It’s easy. Simply deposit them in the collection box inside the parking lot entrance to the library. 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.


January 9, 2008

Library to Be Closed on January 18 

Library Director Elisabeth Marcus Wolfe has announced the following: “The Thayer Public Library will be closed for the day on Friday, January 18, 2008, for staff training. It will reopen at 9:00 am on Saturday, January 19. We sincerely regret any inconvenience. If your library materials are due on January 18, you may return them on Saturday, January 19 and we will waive any overdue fines for those materials. Or, drop materials in the book drop located on the back of the building at the entrance, space permitting. Please do not leave library materials outside the building. We thank you for your cooperation.” For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420.

Now that the exchange of many electronic gifts has been made, it is time to think of how properly to dispose of those which not only are outdated or otherwise no longer useful, but also which contain hazardous materials. Luckily, The Friends can come to the rescue! We are sponsoring a special collection of those items which contain hazardous waste materials, on Saturday, January 12, at the Town Hall parking lot from 9 a.m. until Noon. For a nominal fee they can be disposed of properly and safely, and benefit the library at the same time. 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 as well. Sorry, no paints, tires, or chemicals. For information call 781-413-1327.
 
Beginning Genealogy and Family History: Saturday, January 19, 2008 2:00-3:15pm in the library’s Logan Auditorium. Why do we study our ancestry, and what makes it so compelling? Michael Brophy, professional genealogical researcher, author and lecturer, covers 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 lecture, but you might want to bring along a tape recorder (for your personal use only) to capture all his advice. This is a free program, open to all. For information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420.

The Sunday Concerts, sponsored by The Friends, will resume on January 27 at 3:00 p.m. with the exciting folk duo called ‘Notorious’. Eden MacAdam-Somer (violin, fiddle) and Larry Unger (guitar, banjo) will perform in Logan Auditorium. These two talented musicians bring together traditional and contemporary acoustic music from around the world, creating a dynamic, swinging sound. They present American, Celtic, and Eastern European tunes, swing, blues, and their own compositions. This will be a lively, upbeat program you won’t want to miss. It’s free! For information call 781-413-1327.

The library has something for all ages, literally! For those infants and toddlers, through 24 months, there is “Book Babies” Mondays at 9:15 a.m. on January 14, 28, and February 4 and 11. Just drop in. No sign up required. Then there is “Storytime” for the small ones ages 2 – 3, and preschoolers, ages 3 – 5. Sign-up is required, so visit the Children’s Department or call 781-848-4425 to register.

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.


January 2, 2008

New Year, New Beginnings 

There is something very exciting about a new year. The anticipation of a fresh start, resolutions (however short lived) to make changes, wiping the slate clean, all appeal to those deep longings within us to make things better, and to face the old issues and problems with a renewed spirit and energy. It is the hope of The Friends of Thayer Public Library that each of us will experience that renewed spirit and energy, and that our promises, visions, and longings will make some meaningful movement toward fulfillment.

Now that the exchange of many electronic gifts has been made, it is time to think of how properly to dispose of those which not only are outdated or otherwise no longer useful, but also which contain hazardous materials. Luckily, The Friends can come to the rescue! We are sponsoring a special collection of those items which contain hazardous waste materials, on Saturday, January 12, at the Town Hall parking lot from 9 a.m. until Noon. For a nominal fee they can be disposed of properly and safely, and benefit the library at the same time. 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 as well. Sorry, no paints, tires, or chemicals. For information call 781-413-1327.
 
There will be a lecture on “Beginning Genealogy and Family History” given by Michael Brophy on Saturday, January 19, at 2:00 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. This is a free program, open to all. For information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420.

The library has something for all ages, literally! For those infants and toddlers, through 24 months, there is “Book Babies” Mondays at 9:15 a.m. on January 14, 28, and February 4 and 11. Just drop in. No sign up required. Then there is “Storytime” for the small ones ages 2 – 3, and preschoolers, ages 3 – 5. Sign-up is required, so visit the Children’s Department or call 781-848-4425 to register.

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.