Advocate Archive 2014

October 16, 2014


Teen creative writing group

Are you a writer? Don't miss this meeting of the library's creative writing group just for youths ages 12 to 17. Join the library's creative writing program Friday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m. Monthly sessions will focus on developing ideas, finding inspiration and how to get published. Plus share your work and meet other writers. Snacks are included! For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov. Registration is required.

Nonfiction Book Club

This month's book is "Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man" by Mark Kulansky. Reference librarian Moira Cavanagh will lead the discussion, Monday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.

Book club books will be available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome

PuppeTree Theater — "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Thayer Public Library presents PuppeTree Theater Thursday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. The production of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" includes 150 shadow puppets and is a special show for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and their families. This beautiful production runs 44 minutes narrated in Washington Irving's exact words. Then the audience gets a fun peek backstage of how the show works — how the puppets are manipulated to control the shadows seen on screen. The event is part of the celebration of 15 years in our current building and 140 years of community connections.

Teen anime and manga Halloween cosplay

Youths ages 13 to 17 can join us on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. to celebrate Halloween. Show off your amazing cosplay costume and come dressed as your favorite character. We'll also be making ghoulish candy sushi and watching anime on the library's big screen. Please note that we usually watch anime rated PG-13. Registration is required.

Halloween craft

We have lots of spooktacular fun happening in the Children's Room Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 3:45 p.m. Children age 4 to 11 can enjoy making a fun and spooky craft for Halloween. No registration is needed. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

Library open house

Join us for an open house Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 to 11 a.m. and learn about your library and meet library staff and trustees. Light refreshments will be served. The event celebrates 140 years of community connections and 15 years at our current location.

Consumer Reports online

Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products.

Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org and click on the Consumer Reports icon.

Got holds?

Have you noticed the shelving near the new DVDs on the main level? It's the new self-serve hold pickup shelf! Instead of waiting in line to collect your books on hold, you will soon be able to pick them up yourself from this new shelf. So, if you like to get in and out of the library quickly, and don't mind serving yourself, you will be able to get your holds, use the self-checkout and be on your way fast!

For now, the self-serve hold shelf is available for just books on the main level. If you have a CD, DVD or other media, you will still need to pick it up from a staff member at the circulation desk. Also, if you send a family member in to pick up a hold that was placed using your library card, they will need to have your card to use the self-checkout machine. Otherwise, they can check out at the circulation desk

We hope you'll enjoy all of the changes we are making on the main level. We are updating, beautifying, and working to make everything work smoothly so that we can continue to offer the high level of customer service that our staff enjoys providing the community.

Fax service available

We are pleased to offer a self-service fax machine for outgoing faxes. It accepts credit or debit cards and will send your fax throughout the world! For service within the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, the charges are $1.50 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. Internationally, it's $4.95 for the first page and then $3.45 thereafter. This machine cannot accept cash, nor can it accept incoming faxes. The machine is located on the lower level of the library in the reference department. It is so easy to use. Stop in and give it a try!

Learn 60 foreign languages with Pronunciator

Try our new online language learning product. Pronunciator uses speech recognition, downloadable MP3s and virtual conversations to teach you easily and conveniently at your own pace from home. There's e also a free app for iPad, iPhone and iPod so you can learn on the go. Just click s on the Pronunciator logo on  our homepage, www.thayerpubliclibrary.net,  and get started!

Scrabble

Like to play? Join the group! Players of all ages are always welcome. Come alone or bring a friend. Open Scrabble play every Thursday at the library. Players of all ages are always welcome. Boards are provided. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext 4417.


Terri Stano, director of Thayer Public Library, submits this column with contributions from staff librarians. The goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.



October 9, 2014


Op art pumpkin decorating

Tweens and teens are invited to come decorate pumpkins for Halloween Saturday, Oct 11, at 3 p.m. All materials are provided.

Registration is required for this free event for ages 12 to 17- There will also be a demonstration on op art. Op art, also known as optical art, is a style of visual art that makes use of optical illusions. We will use color and shape to create our very own op art pumpkins. Participants can decorate their pumpkins in any style they like, so bring your creative ideas!

Library closed for Columbus Day

The library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 13, for Columbus Day.

Boston Harbor Islands ferry passes

We have a discount pass for the Boston Harbor Islands ferry to make it easier for you to enjoy Grape, Bumpkin, Lovells, Georges, Peddocks or Spectacle islands. You can catch the ferry from Long Wharf in Boston or Pemberton Point in Hull and receive a two-for-one discount for up to four people. The offer is good for use through Oct 13.

Brainstorming with Rory Raven

Thayer Public Library presents Rory Raven Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. The event is for all ages, and is part of the celebration of 15 years in the current building.

Teen creative writing group

Are you a writer? Don't miss this meeting of the library's creative writing group just for youths ages 12 to 17- Join the library's creative writing program Friday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m. Monthly sessions will focus on developing ideas, finding inspiration and how to get published. Plus share your work and meet other writers. Snacks are included! For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov.  Registration is required.

Nonfiction Book Club

This month's book is "Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man" by Mark Kulansky. Reference librarian Moira Cavanagh will lead the discussion, Monday, Oct. 20, at 7p.m.
Book club books will be available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion
date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.

PuppeTree Theater -- "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Thayer Public Library presents PuppeTree Theater Thursday Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. The production of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" includes 150 shadow puppets and is a special show for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and their families. This beautiful production runs 44 minutes narrated in Washington Irving's exact words. Then the audience gets a fun peak backstage of how the show works — how the puppets are manipulated to control the shadows seen on screen.

The event is part of the celebration of 15 years in our current building and 140 years of community connections.

Teen anime and manga Halloween cosplay

Y
ouths ages 13 to 17 can join us on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. to celebrate Halloween. Show off your amazing cosplay costume and come dressed as your favorite character. We'll also be making ghoulish candy sushi and watching anime on the library's big screen. Please note that we usually watch anime rated PG-13. Registration is required.


Terri Stano, director of Thayer Public Library, submits this column with contributions from staff librarians. The goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.



October 2, 2014


Book club for grades two and three

The book club for second and third grade meets once a month to discuss books and engage in activities related to the book. We often get a bit silly! October's book is about the wacky and hilarious "Bad Kitty Gets a Bath" by Nick Bruel. Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 3:45 p.m. Snacks are provided.

Copies are available from the Children's Room staff. The club is open to all in grades two and three who have read part of the book, or had it read to them. We meet in the larger program room, just beyond the puzzle and stained-glass windows of the Children's Room.

Brown Bag Book Club

If you love to read and you're looking for something to do on your lunch hour, join us Wednesday, Oct. 8, at noon for our Brown Bag Book Group. Bring your lunch and discuss "All Quiet on the Western Front."

Copies of this book can be picked up the circulation desk on the main level. All are welcome to attend. For information, contact circulation librarian Erin Creighton at 781-848-0405, ext. 4430, or ecreighton@braintreema.gov

Movie night out


Join us Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. for a movie on our big screen. This month, join us for the movie based on the popular novel by John Green. Titles are announced in the library.
This program is primarily intended for adult audiences and movie ratings will vary. Enjoy this movie with popcorn and friends.

Every month, Thayer Public Library brings the fun of the big screen to the library. Join us each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Logan Auditorium. The library screens a variety of new releases, classics and documentaries. The movie ratings will vary from month to month, but this program is primarily intended for a mature audience. For information about each month's movie, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or send email to brref@ocln.org

Op art pumpkin decorating


Tweens and teens are invited to come decorate pumpkins for Halloween Saturday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. All materials are provided.

Registration is required for this free event for ages 12 to 17. There will also be a demonstration on op art. Op art, also known as optical art, is a style of visual art that makes use of optical illusions. We will use color and shape to create our very own op art pumpkins. Participants can decorate their pumpkins in any style they like, so bring your creative ideas!

Brainstorming with Rory Raven


Thayer Public Library presents Rory Raven Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. The event is for all ages, and is part of the celebration of 15 years in the current building.

Teen creative writing group


Are you a writer? Don't miss this meeting of the library's creative writing group just for youths ages 12 to 17. Join the library's creative writing program Friday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m. Monthly sessions will focus on developing ideas, finding inspiration and how to get published. Plus share your work and meet other writers. Snacks are included! For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov.  Registration is required.

Boston Harbor Islands ferry passes


We have a new discount pass for the Boston Harbor Islands ferry to make it easier for you to enjoy Grape, Bumpkin, Lovells, Georges, Peddocks or Spectacle islands. You can catch the ferry from Long Wharf in Boston or Pemberton Point in Hull and receive a two-for-one discount for up to four people. The offer is good for use Monday through Friday until Oct. 13, excluding free ferry days and holidays. Come out and explore the Boston Harbor Islands this summer!

Consumer Reports online


Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products.

Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org and click on the Consumer Reports icon. 


Terri Stano, director of Thayer Public Library, submits this column with contributions from staff librarians. The goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.



September 25, 2014

Electronics collection

Electronics collection is Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a. m. until noon at the Braintree Recycling Center on Ivory Street. It is sponsored by the Friends of Thayer Public Library as a part of Household Hazardous Waste Day.

Fees for the following electronics, in any condition, containing hazardous materials are computer monitors for $15, televisions up to 24 inches for $15, large televisions and television consoles for $20, dehumidifiers for $10 and air conditioners for $15.

There is no fee for other electronics, such as CPUs, cables, phones, pagers, printers, ink and toner cartridges DVDs, VCRs and game systems. Also collected are truck tires for $15, car tires for $5, rims for $2 and car batteries for $5.

All proceeds will benefit the library. For information, call 781-413-1327.

Employment workshop

Join Gary Gekow Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. on how to answer the question, "Tell me about yourself?"

Job applicants should welcome this question with open arms, as it gives them a beautiful chance to talk about themselves in the most positive light. The question is very general and most people have no idea where to start, what to include and when to end their answer.

The workshop is very interactive, and people leave the program with a new found confidence about themselves. Gekow is a senior employment specialist with 21 years of recruiting experience in the Boston staffing industry. 

Book club for grades two and three

The book club for second and third grade meets once a month to discuss books and engage in activities related to the book. We often get a bit silly! October's book is about the wacky and hilarious "Bad Kitty Gets a Bath" by Nick Bruel. Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 3:45 p.m. Snacks are provided.

Copies are available from the Children's Room staff. The club is open to all in grades two and three who have read part of the book, or had it read to them. We meet in the larger program room, just beyond the puzzle and stained-glass windows of the Children's Room.

Terri Stano, director of Thayer Public Library, submits this column with contributions from staff librarians. The goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.



September 18, 2014


Teen creative writing group

Are you a writer? Don't miss this meeting of the library's creative writing group just for youths ages 12 to 17. Join the library's creative writing program Friday, Sept. 19, at 3:30 p.m. Monthly sessions will focus on developing ideas, finding inspiration and how to get published. Plus share your work and meet other writers. Snacks are included!
For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext, 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov.  Registration is required.

Reader's Group Book Club

Do you enjoy books? Join the Reader's Book Club at the Thayer Public Library. This month's book choice is "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak, led by group leaders Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7:15 pm. Book club books are available at the circulation desk about one month before the meeting date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.
For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Electronics collection

Electronics collection is Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a. m. until noon at the Braintree Recycling Center on Ivory Street. It is sponsored by the Friends of Thayer Public Library as a part of Household Hazardous Waste Day.

Fees for the following electronics, in any condition, containing hazardous materials are computer monitors for $15, televisions up to 24 inches for $15, large televisions and television consoles for $20, dehumidifiers for $10 and air conditioners for $15.

There is no fee for other electronics, such as CPUs, cables, phones, pagers, printers, ink and toner cartridges DVDs, VCRs and game systems. Also collected are truck tires for $15, car tires for $5, rims for $2 and car batteries for $5.

All proceeds will benefit the library. For information, call 781-413-1327. 

Book club for grades two and three

The book club for second and third grade meets once a month to discuss books and engage in activities related to the book. We often get a bit silly! October's book is about the wacky and hilarious "Bad Kitty Gets a Bath" by Nick Bruel. Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 3:45 p.m. Snacks are provided.

Copies are available from the Children's Room staff. The club is open to all in grades two and three who have read part of the book, or had it read to them. We meet in the larger program room, just beyond the puzzle and stained-glass windows of the Children's Room.

Movie night out

Join us Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. for a movie on our big screen. This month, join us for the movie based on the popular novel by John Green. Titles are announced in the library.
This program is primarily intended for adult audiences and movie ratings will vary. Enjoy this movie with popcorn and friends.

Every month, Thayer Public Library brings the fun of the big screen to the library. Join us each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Logan Auditorium. The library screens a variety of new releases, classics and documentaries. The movie ratings will vary from month to month, but this program is primarily intended for a mature audience. For information about each month's movie, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or send email to brref@ocln.org

Op art pumpkin decorating

Tweens and teens are invited to come decorate pumpkins for Halloween Saturday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. All materials are provided.

Registration is required for this free event for ages 12 to 17. There will also be a demonstration on op art. Op art, also known as optical art, is a style of visual art that makes use -of optical illusions. We will use color and shape to create our very own op art pumpkins. Participants can decorate their pumpkins in any style they like, so bring your creative ideas!

Brainstorming with Rory Raven

Thayer Public Library presents Rory Raven Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. The event is for all ages, and is part of the celebration of 15 years in the current building.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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 11, 2014


Library Day at the farmers' market

Join us across the street at the Braintree Farmers' Market for Library Day Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Make a craft, receive a coloring book and have your face painted. The event is part of the celebration of 15 years in our current building.

The Maze Runner party

Young fans of James Dashner's book "The Maze Runner" are invited to celebrate the forthcoming movie adaptation Saturday, Sept. 13, at 3 .pm. We'll play games inspired by the book, test out trivia on the book and design our own mazes. Registration is required and limited to youths ages 12 to 17.

Nonfiction book club

This month's book is "Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America" by Barbara Ehrenreich. Reference librarian Moira Cavanagh will lead the discussion, Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

Book club books will be available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.

Employment workshop

Join human resources specialist and consultant Gary Gekow Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p-m. for a resume-writing workshop. If you are unemployed, looking to change jobs or simply need to refresh your resume, this is the workshop for you.

This is a round-table group format where we will discuss resume writing in general, including key word search techniques. We will also study and discuss both chronological and functional resume samples. Participants are encouraged to bring their existing resume for confidential 1-on-1 analysis. Gekow has presented at many libraries across the state, and this is a return visit for him to Thayer Public Library.

No registration is required. For information, see the calendar at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420.

Teen Advisory Group

Teens can join us Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. Members of the library's Teen Advisory Group (TAG) share ideas, create cool programs, recommend books and much more! New members are always welcome. No registration is required.

TAG is a teen-run leadership group that meets once a month to plan fun library programs, For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov

Teen creative writing group

Are you a writer? Don't miss this meeting of the library's creative writing group just for youths ages 12 to 17- Join the library's creative writing program Friday, Sept. 19, at 3:30 p.m. Monthly sessions will focus on developing ideas, finding inspiration and how to get published. Plus share your work and meet other writers. Snacks are included!

For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext., 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov.  Registration is required.

Reader's Group Book Club

Do you enjoy books? Join the Reader's Book Club at the Thayer Public Library. This month's book choice is "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak, led by group leaders Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7:15 pm. Book club books are available at the circulation desk about one month before the meeting date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.
For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Electronics collection

Electronics collection is Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a. m. until noon at the Braintree Recycling Center on Ivory Street. It is sponsored by the Friends of Thayer Public Library as a part of Household Hazardous Waste Day.

Fees for the following electronics, in any condition, containing hazardous materials are computer monitors for $15, televisions up to 24 inches for $15, large televisions and television consoles for $20, dehumidifiers for $10 and air conditioners for $15.

There is no fee for other electronics, such as CPUs, cables, phones, pagers, printers, ink and toner cartridges DVDs, VCRs and game systems. Also collected are truck tires for $15, car tires for $5, rims for $2 and car batteries for $5.

All proceeds will benefit the library. For information, call 781-413-1327-

Boston Harbor Islands ferry passes

We have a new discount pass for the Boston Harbor Islands ferry to make it easier for you to enjoy Grape, Bumpkin, Lovells, Georges, Peddocks or Spectacle islands. You can catch the ferry from Long Wharf in Boston or Pemberton Point in Hull and receive a two-for-one discount for up to four people. The offer is good for use Monday through Friday until Oct. 13, excluding free ferry days and holidays. Come out and explore the Boston Harbor Islands this summer!


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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 4, 2014


Bookkeepers

Youths age 12 to 17 can join Ellen Seeburger Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. for book-related fun. Bookkeepers meets once a month for games, informal discussion and lots of book-related fun. Rather than reading the same book as a group, each month members bring a book they've recently read to share. Compare notes with other readers, learn about the newest teen books and leave with great book recommendations. New members are welcome, and there will be ice cream!

Second Tuesday Book Club


Join us Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7:15 p. m. to discuss "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline. All readers are always welcome.

Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Brown Bag Book Club


If you love to read and you're looking for something to do on your lunch hour, join us Wednesday, Sept. 10, at noon for our Brown Bag Book Group. Bring your lunch and discuss "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline.

Copies of this book can be picked up the circulation desk on the main level. All are welcome to attend. For information, contact Erin Creighton at 781-848-0405, ext. 4430, or ecreighton@braintreema.gov

Movie Night Out


Join us Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. for a movie on our big screen. This month, join us for an American sports drama film starring Kevin Costner. Titles are announced in the library.

This program is primarily intended for adult audiences and movie ratings will vary. Enjoy this movie with popcorn and friends.

Thayer Public Library every month brings the fun of the big screen to the library. Join us each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Logan Auditorium. The library screens a variety of new releases, classics, and documentaries. The movie ratings will vary from month to month, but this program is primarily intended for a mature  audience. For information about each month's movie, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or send email to brref@ocln.org

Library Day at the farmers' market


Join us across the street at the Braintree Farmers' Market for Library Day Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Make a craft, receive a coloring book and have your face painted. The event is part of the celebration of 15 years in our current building.

The Maze Runner party


Young fans of James Dashner's book "The Maze Runner" are invited to celebrate the forthcoming movie adaptation Saturday, Sept. 13, at 3 .pm. We'll play games inspired by the book, test out trivia on the book and design our own mazes. Registration is required and limited to youths ages 12 to 17.

Employment workshop


Join Human Resources specialist and consultant Gary Gekow Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7 pm for a resume writing workshop. If you are unemployed, looking to change jobs or simply need to refresh your resume, this is the workshop for you.

This is a round-table group format where we will discuss resume writing in general, including key word search techniques. We will also study and discuss both chronological and functional resume samples. Participants are encouraged to bring their existing resume for confidential 1-on-1 analysis. Gekow has presented at many libraries across the state, and this is a return visit for him to Thayer Public Library.

No registration is required. For information, see the calendar at www.thayerpubuclibrary.net or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420. 

Boston Harbor Islands ferry passes


We have a new discount pass for the Boston Harbor Islands ferry to make it easier for you to enjoy Grape, Bumpkin, Lovells, Georges, Peddocks or Spectacle islands. You can catch the ferry from Long Wharf in Boston or Pemberton Point in Hull and receive a two-for-one discount for up to four people. The offer is good for use Monday through Friday until Oct. 13, excluding free ferry days and holidays. Come out and explore the Boston Harbor Islands this summer!

Consumer Reports online


Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products.
Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org and click on the Consumer Reports icon.

Got holds?


Have you noticed the shelving near the new DVDs on the main level? It's the new self-serve hold pickup shelf! Instead of waiting in line to collect your books on hold, you will soon be able to pick them up yourself from this new shelf. So, if you like to get in and out of the library quickly, and don't mind serving yourself, you will be able to get your holds, use the self-checkout and be on your way fast!

For now, the self-serve hold shelf is available for just books on the main level. If you have a CD, DVD or other media, you will still need to pick it up from a staff member at the circulation desk. Also, if you send a family member in to pick up a hold that was placed using your library card, they will need to have your card to use the self-checkout machine. Otherwise, they can check out at the circulation desk.

We hope you'll enjoy all of the changes we are making on the main level. We are updating, beautifying, and working to make everything work smoothly so that we can continue to offer the high level of customer service that our staff enjoys providing community.

Fax service available 

We are pleased to offer a self-service fax machine for outgoing faxes. It accepts credit or debit cards and will send your fax throughout the world! For service within the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, the charges are $1.50 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. Internationally, it's $4.95 for the first page and then $3.45 thereafter. This machine cannot accept cash, nor can it accept incoming faxes. The machine is located on the lower level of the library in the reference department. It is so easy to use. Stop in and give it a try! 

Help finding a job 

We have books on display on the lower level to help you get started in looking for a job, plus we have a great collection of resume, cover letter, interview and business books in our business and career section. These resources can help you get the job and keep it, or help you to advance to a -better one! We also have an online product called Job-View which gives listings of local jobs and leads you right to the online applications. Don't forget about Learning Express, an on-line product that helps with many standardized tests and job search and interviewing skills. Find them both on our homepage, www.thayerpubliclibrary.net. 

Our A to Z databases now offer more than 2.3 million job listings! Search nationwide, by city, state or by ZIP code. Find jobs by keyword, business name and job title. Search 27 popular categories to see available jobs in your industry. 

Apply for full-time, part-time, internship, contract, or temporary jobs. Advanced searching allows you to limit by salary range, radius around your city or ZIP code, and many more selections to find the right job for you. 

Remember to try Jobview as well. Jobview is another online job-hunting resource that allows you to easily browse and apply for jobs locally, regionally and nationally. Both of these databases can be accessed through the icons on our homepage at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net with your Braintree library card. Plus, the library has many other resources for resume writing, interviewing, networking and job hunting. Visit the librarian on the lower level for an introduction to all of the great job search resources we offer.

Learn 60 foreign languages with Pronunciator


Try our new online language learning product. Pronunciator uses speech recognition, downloadable MP3s and virtual conversations to teach you easily and conveniently at your own pace from home. There's also a free app for iPad, iPhone and iPod so you can learn on the go. Just click on the Pronunciator logo on our homepage, www.thayerpubliclibrary.net, and get started!


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



August 28, 2014


Summer hours

Summer hours at Thayer Public Library are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

History of Fort Warren

On Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m., Thayer Public Library will host Kevin Rogers, outreach coordinator for Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands, for a lecture on the history of Fort Warren.
Fort Warren is a historic fort on the 28-acre Georges Island at the entrance to Boston Harbor and is now a National Historic Landmark and tourism site. Rogers will give a brief history about life at the fort during the Civil War for both Union soldiers and Confederate prisoners.

Rogers has volunteered for the FBHI for eight years. This spring, he was awarded one of the National Points of Light Awards for his community outreach and volunteerism.

Bookkeepers

Youths age 12 to 17 can join Ellen Seeburger Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. for book-related fun. Bookkeepers meets once a month for games, informal discussion and lots of book-related fun. Rather than reading the same book as a group, each month members bring a book they've recently read to share. Compare notes with other readers, learn about the newest teen books and leave with great book recommendations. New members are welcome, and there will be ice cream!

Second Tuesday Book Club


Join us Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7:15 p. m. to discuss "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline. All readers are always welcome.
Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Brown Bag Book Club


If you love to read and you're looking for something to do on your lunch hour, join us Wednesday, Sept. 10, at noon for our Brown Bag Book Group. Bring your lunch and discuss "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline.

Copies of this book can be picked up the circulation desk on the main level. All are welcome to attend. For information, contact Erin Creighton at 781-848-0405, ext. 4430, or ecreighton@braintreema.gov

Movie Night Out


Join us Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. for a movie on our big screen. This month, join us for an American sports drama film starring Kevin Costner
Titles are announced in the library.

This program is primarily intended for adult audiences and movie ratings will vary. Enjoy this movie with popcorn and friends.

Thayer Public Library every month brings the fun of the big screen to the library. Join us each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Logan Auditorium. The library screens a variety of new releases, classics, and documentaries. The movie ratings will vary from month to month, but this program is primarily intended for a mature audience. For information about each month's movie, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or send email to brref@ocln.org

Library Day at the farmers' market


Join us across the street at the Braintree Farmers' Market for Library Day Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Make a craft, receive a coloring book and have your face painted. The event is part of the celebration of 15 years in our current building.

The Maze Runner' party


Young fans of James Dashner's book "The Maze Runner" are invited to celebrate the forthcoming movie adaptation Saturday, Sept. 13, at 3 .pm. We'll play games inspired by the book, test out trivia on the book and design our own mazes. Registration is required and limited to youths ages 12 to 17.

Employment workshop


Join human resources specialist and consultant Gary Gekow Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. for a resume-writing workshop. If you are unemployed, looking to change jobs or simply need to refresh your resume, this is the workshop for you.

This is a round-table group format where we will discuss resume writing in general, including key word search techniques. We will also study and discuss both chronological and functional resume samples. Participants are encouraged to bring their existing resume for confidential 1-on-l analysis. Gekow has presented at many libraries across the state, and this is a return visit for him to Thayer Public Library.

No registration is required. For information, see the calendar at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



August 21, 2014


SUMMER HOURS

Summer hours at Thayer Public Library are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FAMILY AFTERNOON MOVIE 

Watch the latest Disney movie starring sisters Anna and Elsa Monday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. During the movie, any children who want to can sing the popular songs along with Elsa, say lines and even act out the motions. They can stand under the screen, or from their chair. Everyone who wants to may join in! The movie will be on our big screen in Logan Auditorium on the top floor and is for children of all ages. The movie is rated PG, and runs 102 minutes.

PIZZA AND PAGES PARTY FOR GRADE SEVEN 

Get ready to go back to school at Thayer Public Library Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. We're hosting a pizza and pages party with lively discussion and fun activities related to the Braintree Public Schools' seventh- grade required summer reading book, "Rules" by Cynthia Lord. This is a great way to share your thoughts on the book with other readers and have some fun before school starts.

This program is intended for incoming seventh-graders in Braintree Public Schools, and registration is required, as pizza and refreshments will be served.

READERS' GROUP BOOK CLUB


 Do you enjoy books? Join the Readers' Group Book Club at the Thayer Public Library.

This month's book choice is "Orphan Train" by Christine Baker Kline, led by group leaders Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:45 p.m. Book club books are available at the circulation desk about one month before the meeting date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome. 

KLINE WILL VISIT BRAINTREE 


Friday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at Thayer Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are free, but you must have a ticket for admission. Tickets will be available for pickup at any service desk at Thayer Public Library Wednesday, Aug. 27 This event is in celebration of Thayer Public Library's 140th anniversary of community connections and 15 years in the current building!

HISTORY OF FORT WARREN 


On Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m., Thayer Public Library will host Kevin Rogers, outreach coordinator for Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands, for a lecture on the history of Fort Warren. Fort Warren is a historic fort on the 28-acre Georges Island at the entrance to Boston Harbor and is now a National Historic Landmark and tourism site. Rogers will give a brief history about life at the fort during the Civil War for both Union soldiers and Confederate prisoners. Rogers has volunteered for the FBHI for eight years. This spring, he was awarded one of the National Points of Light Awards for his community outreach and volunteerism.

BOOKKEEPERS


Youths age 12 to 17 can join Ellen See-burger Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. for book-related fun. Bookkeepers meets once a month for games, informal discussion and lots of book-related fun. Rather than reading the same book as a group, each month members bring a book they've recently read to share. Compare notes with other readers, learn about the newest teen books and leave with great book recommendations. New members are welcome, and there will be ice cream! Second Tuesday Book Club Join us Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7:15 p. m. to discuss "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline. All readers are always welcome.

Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 referencedesk@braintreema.gov

BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB


If you love to read and you're looking for something to do on your lunch hour, join us Wednesday, Sept. 10, at noon for our Brown Bag Book Group. Bring your lunch and discuss "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline. Copies of this book can be picked up the circulation desk on the main level. All are welcome to attend. For information, contact Erin Creighton at 781-848-0405, ext. 4430, or ecreighton@braintreema.gov

MOVIE NIGHT OUT


Join us Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. for a movie on our big screen. This month, join us for an American sports drama film starring Kevin Costner. Titles are announced in the library. This program is primarily intended for adult audiences and movie ratings will vary. Enjoy this movie with popcorn and friends.

Thayer Public Library every month brings the fun of the big screen to the library. Join us each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Logan Auditorium. The library screens a variety of new releases, classics, and documentaries. The movie ratings will vary from month to month, but this program is primarily intended for a mature audience. For information about each month's movie, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or send email to brref@ocln.org

LIBRARY DAY AT THE FARMERS' MARKET


Join us across the street at the Braintree Farmers' Market for Library Day Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Make a craft, receive a coloring book and have your face painted. The event is part of the celebration of 15 years in our current building.

THE MAZE RUNNER' PARTY


Young fans of James Dashner's book "The Maze Runner" are invited to celebrate the forthcoming movie adaptation Saturday, Sept. 13, at 3 .pm. We'll play games inspired by the book, test out trivia on the book and design our own mazes. Registration is required and limited to youths ages 12 to 17.

EMPLOYMENT
WORKSHOP

Join human resources special ist and consultant Gary Gekow Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. for a resume-writing workshop. If you are unemployed, looking to change jobs or simply need to refresh your resume, this is the workshop for you. This is a round-table group format where we will discuss resume writing in general, including key word search techniques. We will also study and discuss both chronological and functional resume samples. Participants are encouraged to bring their existing resume for confidential 1-on-l analysis. Gekow has presented at many libraries across the state, and this is a return visit for him to Thayer Public Library.

No registration is required. For information, see the calendar at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420.

BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS FERRY PASSES


We have a new discount pass for the Boston Harbor Islands ferry to make it easier for you to enjoy Grape, Bumpkin, Lovells, Georges, Peddocks or Spectacle islands. You can catch the ferry from Long Wharf in Boston or Pemberton Point in Hull and receive a two-for-one discount for up to four people. The offer is good for use Monday through Friday until Oct. 13, excluding free ferry days and holidays. Come out and explore the Boston Harbor Islands this summer!

CONSUMER REPORTS ONLINE 


Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products. Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org and click on the Consumer Reports icon.

GOT HOLDS? 


Have you noticed the shelving near the new DVDs on the main level? It's the new self-serve hold pickup shelf! Instead of waiting in line to collect your books on hold, you will soon be able to pick them up yourself from this new shelf. So, if you like to get in and out of the library quickly, and don't mind serving yourself, you will be able to get your holds, use the self-checkout and be on your way fast!


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



August 14, 2014

Summer hours

Summer hours at Thayer Public Library are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5pm.

Nonfiction Book Club

This month's book is "Unbroken: A World War II Airman's Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand. Reference librarian Moira 3avanagh will lead the discussion Monday, Aug. 18, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Book club books will be available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.

Twilight tales

Children can wear their pajamas, listen to stories and sing songs before bedtime Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Nature activities

Be a nature detective and explore nature with the Thayer Public Library . Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. for ages 6 to 11 and 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. for ages 3 to 5. Activities will include making a pretend nest for an animal.

Registration is not required, and younger brothers and sisters may attend. The activity is part of the "Fizz Boom Read" summer reading program.

Family afternoon movie

Watch the latest Disney movie starring sisters Anna and Elsa Monday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. During the movie, any children who want to can sing the popular songs along with Flsa, say lines and even act out the motions. They can stand under the screen, or from their chair. Everyone who wants to may join in!

The movie will be on our big screen in Logan Auditorium on the top floor and is for children of all ages. The movie is rated PG, and runs 102 minutes.

Pizza and pages party for grade seven

Get ready to go back to school at Thayer Public Library Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. We're hosting a pizza and pages party with livery discussion and fun activities related to the Braintree Public Schools' seventh-grade required summer reading book, "Rules" by Cynthia Lord. This is a great way to share your thoughts on the book with other readers and have some fun before school starts.

This program is intended for incoming seventh-graders in Braintree Public Schools, and registration is required, as pizza and refreshments will be served.

Readers' Group Book Club

Do you enjoy books? Join the Readers' Group Book Club at the Thayer Public Library.

This month's book choice is "Orphan Train" by Christine Baker Kline, led by group leaders Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:45 p.m. Book club books are available at the circulation desk about one month before the meeting date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.

Kline will visit Braintree Friday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at Thayer Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are free, but you must have a ticket for admission. Tickets will be available for pickup at any service desk at Thayer Public Library Saturday, Aug. 30.

This event is in celebration of Thayer Public Library's 140th anniversary of community connections and 15 years in the current building!

History of Fort Warren

On Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m., Thayer Public Library will host Kevin Rogers, outreach coordinator for Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands, for a lecture on the history of Fort Warren.

Fort Warren is a historic fort on the 28-acre Georges Island at the entrance to Boston Harbor and is now a National Historic Landmark and tourism site. Rogers will give a brief history about life at the fort during the Civil War for both Union soldiers and Confederate prisoners.

Rogers has volunteered for the FBHI for eight years. This spring, he was awarded |one of the National Points of Light Awards for his community outreach and volunteerism. 


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



August 7, 2014


Summer hours

Summer hours at Thayer Public Library are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fun Friday

Drop in to the Children's Room Friday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to make a craft, name the robot and play. No registration is required. The program is part of the "Fizz, Boom Read!" summer reading program for children.

Teen creative writing camp

Teens can join our three-day creative writing camp to write, imagine and engage! In this three-part series, you will learn to develop mystery stories full of suspects, clues and lots of suspense! While our focus will be on mystery writing, teens interested in writing fantasy or other genres are welcome to join in and share their writing, too. Dates are Aug. 11 to 13 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required, and the program is for youths ages 12 to 17 only.

Summer crafternoons

Come make a fun craft Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. Kids will enjoy making a fun craft related to the summer reading theme of "Fizz Boom Read." No registration is required.

Summer morning story time

Summer morning story time is for children ages 3 to 5 Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m. Younger siblings are welcome. The program is a wonderful mix of songs, stories and crafts. We have lots of fun and many wonderful books to explore this summer! The event is part of the "Fizz Boom Read" summer reading program.

Nature in Action tales

Thayer Public Library will host Jackson Oilman and his Nature in Action tales Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. Oilman is an accomplished entertainer. He acts out stories dramatically, while telling them from memory. The event is limited to the first 100 people and is for children ages 5 to 11.

The presentation is funded in part by Braintree Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Movie night out

Join us Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. for a movie on our big screen. This month, join us to hear the story of a little boy with an amazing story to tell about his near-death experience and his father must find the courage to share his son's life-changing experience with the world. Titles are announced in the library.

This program is primarily intended for adult audiences and movie ratings will vary. Enjoy this movie with popcorn and friends.

Thayer Public Library every month brings the fun of the big screen to the library. Join us each month at 6:30 in the Logan Auditorium. The library screens a variety of new releases, classics and documentaries. The movie ratings will vary from month to month, but this program is primarily intended for a mature audience. For information about each month's movie, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or send email to brref@ocln.org. 

Nonfiction Book Club

This month's book is "Unbroken: A World War II Airman's Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand. Reference librarian Moira Cavanagh will lead the discussion Monday, Aug. 18, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Book club books will be available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.

Twilight tales

Children can wear their pajamas, listen to stories and sing songs before bedtime Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Nature activities

Be a nature detective and explore nature with the Thayer Public Library Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. for ages 6 to 11 and 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. for ages 3 to 5. Activities will include make a pretend nest for an animal.

Registration is not required, and younger brothers and sisters may attend. The activity is part of the "Fizz Boom Read" summer reading program.

Family afternoon movie

Watch the latest Disney movie starring sisters Anna and Elsa Monday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. During the movie, any children who want to can sing the popular songs along with Elsa, say lines and even act out the motions. They can stand under the screen, or from their chair. Everyone who wants to may join in!

The movie will be on our big screen in Logan Auditorium on the top floor and is for children of all ages. The movie is rated PG, and runs 102 minutes.

Pizza and pages party for grade seven

Get ready to go back to school at Thayer Public Library Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. We're hosting a pizza and pages party with lively discussion and fun activities related to the Braintree Public Schools' seventh-grade required summer reading book, "Rules" by Cynthia Lord. This is a great way to share your thoughts on the book with other readers and have some fun before school starts.

This program is intended for incoming seventh-graders in Braintree Public Schools, and registration is required, as pizza and refreshments will be served.

Readers' Group Book Club

Do you enjoy books? Join the Readers' Group Book Club at the Thayer Public Library.

This month's book choice is "Orphan Train" by Christine Baker Kline, led by group leaders Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:45 p.m. Book club books are available at the circulation desk about one month before the meeting date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.

Kline will visit Braintree Friday, Sept. 19, at 7 p-m. at Thayer Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are free, but you must have a ticket for admission. Tickets will be available for pickup at any service desk at Thayer Public Library Saturday, Aug. 30. 


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



July 31, 2014


Summer hours

Summer hours at Thayer Public Library are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 5 p.m.

Iron Chef at the library

Teens will be challenged Thursday, July 31, at 3 p.m. to create delicious desserts and test their cooking skills. The program is for ages 12 to 17- Registration is required. For more information, contact Ellen Seeburger at eseeburger@braintreema.gov  or 781-848-0405, ext. 4415.

Teen Advisory Group


Teens can join us to plan programs and displays for the library. The Teen Advisory Group meets Wednesday mornings during the summer. The next meeting is Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. If you are interested in joining the group, please send email to Ellen Seeburger at eseeburger@braintreema.gov

Outdoor summer story time


Children in Braintree can enjoy wonderful outdoor areas of Braintree while improving their literacy skills this summer. Library staff will present stories and songs and then lead them in a simple robot craft at Pond Meadow Park Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. The location will be under the covered pavilion next to the parking lot. If there is rain, the story time will be moved to Thayer Public Library. More story times and events will be held all summer long at Thayer Public Library as part of the "Fizz Boom Read!" summer reading program. Find out more at www.thayerpubliclibrary.org.  

Teen creative writing camp


Teens can join our three-day creative writing camp to write, imagine and engage! In this three-part series, you will learn to develop mystery stories full of suspects, clues and lots of suspense! While our focus will be on mystery writing, teens interested in writing fantasy or other genres are welcome to join in and share their writing, too.

Dates are Aug. 11 to 13 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required, and the program is for youths ages  12 to 17 only.

Fun Friday


Drop in to the Children's ; Room Friday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to make a craft, name the robot and < play. No registration is required. The program is part of the "Fizz, Boom Read!" summer reading program for children.

Summer crafternoons


Come make a fun craft Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 1:30' to 2:25 p.m. Kids will enjoy making a fun craft related to the summer reading theme , of "Fizz Boom Read." No registration is required.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



July 24, 2014


Summer hours

Summer hours at Thayer Public Library are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Flipbooks and animated drawings

Teens will have a blast Thursday, July 24, at 3 p.m. learning how to make basic animations using just paper and pencil. We'll start out creating our own flipbook stories, and then explore two other ways to animate your drawings and make them come to life. The program is for youths ages 12 to 17. Registration is required.

Fun Fridays

Drop in to the Children's Room Fridays, July 25 and Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to make a craft, name the robot and play. No registration is required. The program is part of the "Fizz, Boom Read!" summer reading program for children.

Twilight tales

Children can wear their pajamas, listen to stories and sing songs before bedtime Tuesday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m.

Science in Art program

On Wednesday, July 30, at 1:30 p.m., children will explore the science of sound and create their own instruments to make sounds during a free drop-in program for children ages 6 and older. Younger brothers and sisters may attend. The summer reading theme is science and part of the "Fizz Boom Read" summer reading program.

'Iron Chef at the library

Teens will be challenged Thursday, July 31, at 3 p.m. to create delicious desserts and test their cooking skills. The program is for ages 12 to 17. Registration is required. For more information, contact Ellen Seeburger at eseeburger@braintreema.gov or 781-848-0405, ext. 4415.

Outdoor summer story time

Children in Braintree can enjoy wonderful outdoor areas of Braintree while improving their literacy skills this summer. Library staff will present stories and songs and then lead them in a simple robot craft at Pond Meadow Park Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. The location will be under the covered pavilion next to the parking lot.

If there is rain, the story time will be moved to Thayer Public Library. More story times and events will be held all summer long at Thayer Public Library as part of the "Fizz Boom Read!" summer reading program. Find out more at www.thayerpubliclibrary.org

Teen Advisory Group

Teens can join us to plan programs and displays for the library. The Teen Advisory Group meets Wednesday mornings during the summer. The next meeting is Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. If you are interested in joining the group, please send email to Ellen See-burger at eseeburger@braintreema.gov. 

Teen creative writing camp

Teens can join our three-day creative writing camp to write, imagine and engage! In this three-part series, you will learn to develop mystery stories full of suspects, clues and lots of suspense! While our focus will be on mystery writing, teens interested in writing fantasy or other genres are welcome to join in and share their writing, too. Dates are Aug. 11 to 13 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required, and the program is for youths ages 12 to 17 only.

Summer crafternoons

Come make a fun craft Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. Kids will enjoy making a fun craft related to the summer reading theme of "Fizz Boom Read." No registration is required.

Summer morning story time

Summer morning story time is for children ages 3 to 5 Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m. Younger siblings are welcome. The program is a wonderful mix of songs, stories and crafts. We have lots of fun and many wonderful books to explore this summer! The event is part of the "Fizz Boom Read" summer reading program.

Boston Harbor Islands ferry passes

We have a new discount pass for the Boston Harbor Islands ferry to make it easier for you to enjoy Grape, Bumpkin, Lovells, Georges, Peddocks or Spectacle is¬lands. You can catch the ferry from Long Wharf in Boston or Pemberton Point in Hull and receive a two-for-one discount for up to four people. The offer is good for use Monday through Friday until Oct. 13, excluding free ferry days and holidays. Come out and explore the Boston Harbor Islands this summer!

Consumer Reports online

Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products.

Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org and click on the Consumer Reports icon.

Got holds?

Have you noticed the shelving near the new DVDs on the main level? It's the new self-serve hold pickup shelf! Instead of waiting in line to collect your books on hold, you will soon be able to pick them up yourself from this new shelf. So, if you like to get in and out of the library quickly, and don't mind serving yourself, you will be able to get your holds, use the self-checkout and be on your way fast!

For now, the self-serve hold shelf is available for just books on the main level. If you have a CD, DVD or other media, you will still need to pick it up from a staff member at the circulation desk. Also, if you send a family member in to pick up a hold that was placed using your library card, they will need to have your card to use the self-checkout machine. Otherwise, they can check out at the circulation desk.

We hope you'll enjoy all of the changes we are making on the main level. We are updating, beautifying, and working to make everything work smoothly so that we can continue to offer the high level of customer service that our staff enjoys providing the community.

Fax service available

We are pleased to offer a self-service fax machine for outgoing faxes. It accepts credit or debit cards and will send your fax throughout the world! For service within the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, the charges are $1.50 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. Internationally, it's $4.95 for the first page and then $3.45 thereafter. This machine cannot accept cash, nor can it accept incoming faxes. The machine is located on the lower level of the library in the reference department. It is so easy to use. Stop in and give it a try.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



July 17, 2014


Summer hours

Summer hours at Thayer Public Library are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Teen Advisory Group

Teens can join us to plan programs and displays for the library. The Teen Advisory Group meets Wednesday mornings during the summer. The next meeting is July 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. If you are interested in joining the group, please send email to Ellen Seeburger at eseeburger@braintreema.gov

Book club for grades two and three

Children, if you like robots, then you will enjoy reading a funny book from the Franny K. Stein series by Jim Benton — "The Fran with Four Brains" or "The Invisible Fran." Fran is a mad scientist who brings her inventions to her elementary school!

Join us Tuesday, July 22, at 3:45 p.m. for a book discussion. Copies are available at the Children's Room desk. All youths going into or finishing grades two or three are welcome, even if they haven't finished the book For information on the book club, contact Elisabeth Strachan at 781-848-0405, ext 4426.

Lego robots

Children, if you like Legos and robots, come Wednesday, July 23, at 1:30 p.m. and build a robot out of Legos! Registration is not required, and brothers and sisters may attend.

Readers' Group Book Club

Do you enjoy books? Join the Readers' Group Book Club at Thayer Public Library.

This month's book choice is "Faith" by Jennifer Haigh, led by group leaders Wednesday, Jury 23 at 6:45 pm. Book club books are available at the circulation desk about one month before the meeting date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.

For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext 4417

Flipbooks and animated drawings

Teens will have a blast Thursday, July 24, at 3 p.m. learning how to make basic animations using just paper and pencil. We'll start out creating our own flipbook stories, and then explore two other ways to animate your drawings and make them come to life. The program is for youths ages 12 to 17. Registration is required.

Fun Friday

Drop in to the Children's Room Fridays, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to make a craft, name the robot and play. No registration is required. The program is part of the "Fizz, Boom Read!" summer reading program for children.

Twilight tales

Children can wear their pajamas, listen to stories and sing songs before bed-time Tuesday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m.

Science in Art program

On Wednesday, July 30, at 1:30 p.m., children will explore the science of sound and create their own instruments to make sounds during a free drop-in program for children ages 6 and older. Younger brothers and sisters may attend. The summer reading theme is science and part of the "Fizz Boom Read" summer reading program.

'Iron Chef' at the library

Teens will be challenged Thursday, July 31, at 3 p.m. to create delicious desserts and test their cooking skills. The program is for ages 12 to 17- Registration is required. For more information, contact Ellen Seeburger at eseeburger@braintreema.gov or 781-848-0405, ext. 4415.

Outdoor summer story time


Children in Braintree can enjoy wonderful outdoor areas of Braintree while improving their literacy skills this summer. Library staff will present stories and songs and then lead them in a simple robot craft at Pond Meadow Park Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. The location will be under the covered pavilion next to the parking lot.

If there is rain, the story time will be moved to Thayer Public Library. More story times and events will be held all summer long at Thayer Public Library as part of the "Fizz Boom Read!" summer reading program. Find out more at www.thayerpubliclibrary.org

Boston Harbor Islands ferry passes


We have a new discount pass for the Boston Harbor Islands ferry to make it easier for you to enjoy Grape, Bumpkin, Lovells, Georges, Peddocks or Spectacle islands. You can catch the ferry from Long Wharf in Boston or Pemberton Point in Hull and receive a two-for-one discount for up to four people. The offer is good for use Monday through Friday until Oct. 13, excluding free ferry days and holidays. Come out and explore the Boston Harbor Islands this summer!

Consumer Reports online


Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products.

Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org  and click on the Consumer Reports icon.

Got holds?


Have you noticed the shelving near the new DVDs on the main level? It's the new self-serve hold pickup shelf! Instead of waiting in line to collect your books on hold, you will soon be able to pick them up yourself from this new shelf. So, if you like to get in and out of the library quickly, and don't mind serving yourself, you will be able to get your holds, use the self-checkout and be on your way fast!

For now, the self-serve hold shelf is available for just book on the main level. If you have CD, DVD or other media, you will still need to pick it up from a staff member at the circulation desk Also, if you send a family member in to pick up; hold that was placed using your library card, they will need to have your card to use the self-checkout machine. Otherwise, they can check on at the circulation desk

We hope you'll enjoy all of the changes we are making o the main level. We are updating, beautifying, and working to make everything work smoothly so that we can continue to offer the high level of customer service that our staff enjoys providing the community.

Fax service available


We are pleased to offer a self-service fax machine for outgoing faxes. It accepts ere it or debit cards and will send your fax throughout the world For service within the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, the charges are $1.50 for the first page and $ for each additional page. Internationally, it's $4.95 for the first page and then $3.45 thereafter. This machine can not accept cash, nor can it accept incoming faxes. The machine is located on the lower level of the library in the reference department It is so easy to use. Stop in and give it a try.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



July 10, 2014


Summer hours

Summer hours at Thayer Public Library are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Teen program — Duct Tape Extravaganza

On Thursday, July 10, at 3 p.m., youths ages 12 to 17 are invited to the library's annual Duct Tape Extravaganza! Curious about how to make something out of duct tape? We'll learn basic construction techniques to make a wallet, bracelet or beach bag out of colorful and printed tape in this fun workshop. There will also be plenty of time to design and make a project of your choice. Registration is required.

Family movie night

Join us for a Disney pirate and fairy movie on the big screen Thursday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. The film is for children of all ages.

Fun Fridays

Drop in to the Children's Room on Fridays, July 11 and 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make a craft, name the robot and play. No registration is required. The program is part of the "Fizz, Boom Read!" summer reading program for children.

Outdoor summer story times

Children in Braintree can enjoy wonderful outdoor areas of Braintree while im-proving their literacy skills this summer. Library staff will present stories and songs and then lead them in a simple robot craft at Sunset Lake July 14 at 10 a.m. and Pond Meadow Park Aug. 4- at 10 a.m. At Pond Meadow Park, the location will be under the covered pavilion next to the parking lot.

If there is rain, the story times will be moved to Thayer Public Library. More story times and events will be held all summer long at Thayer Public Library as part of the "Fizz Boom Read!" summer reading program. Find out more at www.thayerpubliclibrary.org

Polymer clay creations

Youths ages 12 to 17 can come to the library Thursday, July 17, from 3 to 4 p.m. and learn how to use polymer clay to make key chains or charms for a bracelet. Polymer clay comes in many colors, and we'll learn the basic ways to sculpt and build designs in this workshop. Registration is required. For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov

Book club for grades two and three

Children, if you like robots, then you will enjoy reading a funny book from the Franny K. Stein series by Jim Benton — "The Fran with Four Brains" or "The Invisible Fran." Fran is a mad scientist who brings her inventions to her elementary school!

Join us Tuesday, July 22, at 3:45 p.m. for a book discussion. Copies are available at the Children's Room desk. All youths going into or finishing grades two or three are welcome, even if they haven't finished the book. For information on the book club, contact Elisabeth Strachan at 781-848-0405, ext. 4426.

Lego robots

Children, if you like Legos and robots, come Wednesday, July 23, at 1:30 p.m. and build a robot out of Lego's! Registration is not required, and brothers and sisters may attend.

Readers' Group Book Club

Do you enjoy books? Join the Readers' Group Book Club at Thayer Public Library.

This month's book choice is "Faith" by Jennifer Haigh, led by group leaders Wednesday, July 23 at 6:45 pm. Book club books are available at the circulation desk about one month before the meeting date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Twilight tales


Children can wear their pajamas, listen to stories and sing songs before bedtime Tuesday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m.

Boston Harbor Islands ferry passes

We have a new discount pass for the Boston Harbor Islands ferry to make it easier for you to enjoy Grape, Bumpkin, Lovells, Georges, Peddocks or Spectacle islands. You can catch the ferry from Long Wharf in Boston or Pemberton Point in Hull and receive a two-for-one discount for up to four people. The offer is good for use Monday through Friday until Oct. 13, excluding free ferry days and holidays. Come out and explore the Boston Harbor Islands this summer!

Consumer Reports online

Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products.

Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org and click on the Consumer Reports icon.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



July 2, 2014


Summer hours

Summer hours at Thayer Public Library are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed July 4 and 5.

Summer craft

Children can come make a fan craft Monday, July 7, at 3 p.m. The craft will be related to the summer reading theme of "Fizz Boom Read" No registration is needed.

Mixed media art class for teens and adults

Join us July 8 from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. to learn all about the exciting world of mixed media art in this four-part class taught by popular artist Robyn Franczyk. Registration for this program opens June 15.

Adults should register under the "Mixed Media Art Class-ADULTS" heading on our online calendar and teens limited to ages 12 to 17.  This program is supported in part by a grant from the Braintree Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Second Tuesday Book Club

Join us on Tuesday, July 8, at 6:45 p. m. to discuss "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. All readers are always welcome.

Book club books are available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Movie night out


Join us Wednesday, July 9, at 6 p.m. for a movie on our big screen. Join us for a showing of a newly released movie each month. This month, join us for the adventures of Mr. Gustave, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Titles are announced in the library. This program is primarily intended for adult audiences and movie ratings will vary. Enjoy this movie with popcorn and friends.

Thayer Public Library every month brings the fun of the big screen to the library. Join us each month at 6:30 in the Logan Auditorium. The library screens a variety of new releases, classics and documentaries. The movie ratings will vary from month to month, but this program is primarily intended for a mature audience. For information about each month's movie, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or brref@ocln.org

Teen program — Duct Tape Extravaganza


On Thursday, July 10, at 3 p.m., youths ages 12 to 17 are invited to the library's annual Duct Tape Extravaganza! Curious about how to make something out of duct tape? We'll learn basic construction techniques to make a wallet, bracelet or beach bag out of colorful and printed tape in this fun workshop. There will also be plenty of time to design and make a project of your choice. Registration is required.

Family movie night


Join us for a Disney pirate and fairy movie on the big screen Thursday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. The film is for children of all ages.

Fun Fridays


Drop in to the Children's Room on Fridays, July 11 and 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make a craft, name the robot and play. No registration is required. The program is part of the "Fizz, Boom Read!" summer reading program for children.

Outdoor summer story times


Children in Braintree can enjoy wonderful outdoor areas of Braintree while improving their literacy skills this summer. Library staff will present stories and songs and then lead them in a simple robot craft at Sunset Lake July 14 at 10 a.m. and Pond Meadow Park Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. At Pond Meadow Park, the location will be under the covered pavilion next to the parking lot.

If there is rain, the story times will be moved to Thayer Public Library. More story times and events will be held all summer long at Thayer Public Library as part of the "Fizz Boom Read!" summer reading program. Find out more at www.thayerpubliclibrary.org

Polymer clay creations


Youths ages 12 to 17 can come to the library Thursday, July 17, from 3 to 4 p.m. and learn how to use polymer clay to make key chains or charms for a bracelet. Polymer clay comes in many colors, and we'll learn the basic ways to sculpt and build designs in this workshop. Registration is required. For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov

Book club for grades two and three


Children, if you like robots, then you will enjoy reading a funny book from the Franny K. Stein series by Jim Benton — "The Fran with Four Brains" or "The Invisible Fran." Fran is a mad scientist who brings her inventions to her elementary school!

Join us Tuesday, July 22, at 3:45 p.m. for a book discussion. Copies are available at the Children's Room desk. All youths going into or finishing grades two or three are welcome, even if they haven't finished the book. For information on the book club, contact Elisabeth Strachan at 781-848-0405, ext. 4426.

Lego robots


Children, if you like Legos and robots, come Wednesday, July 23, at 1:30 p.m. and build a robot out of Lego's! Registration is not required, and brothers and sisters may attend.

Readers' Group Book Club


Do you enjoy books? Join the Readers' Group Book Club at Thayer Public Library. This month's book choice is "Faith" by Jennifer Haigh, led by group leaders Wednesday, July 23 at 6:45 pm.  For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



June 26, 2014


Summer hours


Summer hours at Thayer Public Library are 9 a.m. to I p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 >.m.
The library will be closed July 4 and 5.

Teen summer fun - Tie-dye T-shirt


Teens ages 12 to 17 can help the library kick off the teen summer reading program by designing a tie-dye T-shirt Thursday, June 26, 1 3 pm. Please wear old clothing, and bring your own white cotton T-shirt. We'll supply the colorful dye and inspiration to create a wearable work of art! This program will meet on the library's side lawn at 3 p.m. legislation is required.

In the event of rain, this program will be rescheduled for a later rain date. Tie rain date will be announced on the library's online calendar.

Summer craft


Children can come make fun craft Monday, July 7, 1 3 p.m. The craft will be elated to the summer reading theme of "Fizz Boom Read" No registration is needed.

Mixed media art class for teens and adults


Join us July 8 from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. to learn all about the exciting world of mixed media art in this four-part class taught by popular artist Robyn Franczyk. Registration for program opens June 15. Adults should register under the "Mixed Media Class-ADULTS" heading our online calendar and teens limited to ages 12 to 17.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Braintree Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Second Tuesday Book Club


Join us on Tuesday, July at 6:45 p. m. to discuss "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. All readers are always welcome.
Book club books are available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discus-ion. For information, con-act Priscilla Crane at 781-148-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Movie night out


Join us Wednesday, July 9, at 6 p.m. for a movie on our big screen. Join us for a showing of a newly released movie each month. This month, join us for the adventures of Mr. Gustave, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Titles are announced in the library. This program is primarily intended for adult audiences and movie ratings will vary. Enjoy this movie with popcorn and friends.

Thayer Public Library every month brings the fun of the big screen to the library. Join us each month at 6:30 in the Logan Auditorium. The library screens a variety of new releases, classics and documentaries. The movie ratings will vary from month to month, but this program is primarily intended for a ' mature audience. For information about each month's movie, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or brref@ocln.org

Teen program — Duct Tape Extravaganza


On Thursday, July 10, at 3 p.m., youths ages 12 to 17 are invited to the library's annual Duct Tape Extravaganza! Curious about how to make something out of duct tape? We'll learn basic construction techniques to make a wallet, bracelet or beach bag out of colorful and printed tape in this fun workshop. There will also be plenty of time to design and make a project of your choice. Registration is required.

Fun Fridays


Drop in to the Children's Room on Fridays, July 11 and 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make a craft, name the robot and play. No registration is required. The program is part of the "Fizz, Boom Read!" summer reading program for children.

Boston Harbor Islands ferry passes


We have a new discount pass for the Boston Harbor Islands ferry to make it easier for you to enjoy Grape, Bumpkin, Lovells, Georges, Peddocks or Spectacle islands. You can catch the ferry from Long Wharf in Boston or Pemberton Point in Hull and receive a two-for-one discount for up to four people. The offer is good for use Monday through Friday until Oct. 13, excluding free ferry days and holidays. Come out and explore the Boston Harbor Islands this summer!

Consumer Reports online


Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products.

Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org and click on the Consumer Reports icon.

Got holds?


Have you noticed the shelving near the new DVDs on the main level? It's the new self-serve hold pickup shelf! Instead of waiting in line to collect your books on hold, you will soon be able to pick them up yourself from this new shelf. So, if you like to get in and out of the library quickly, and don't mind serving yourself, you will be able to get your holds, use the self-checkout and be on your way fast!

For now, the self-serve hold shelf is available for just books on the main level. If you have a CD, DVD or other media, you will still need to pick it up from a staff member at the circulation desk. Also, if you send a family member in to pick up a hold that was placed using your library card, they will need to have your card to use the self-checkout machine. Otherwise, they can check out at the circulation desk.

We hope you'll enjoy all of the changes we are making on the main level. We are updating, beautifying, and working to make everything work smoothly so that we can continue to offer the high level of customer service that our staff enjoys providing the community.

Fax service available


We are pleased to offer a self-service fax machine for outgoing faxes. It accepts credit or debit cards and will send your fax throughout the world! For service within the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, the charges are $1.50 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. Internationally, it's $4.95 for the first page and then $3.45 thereafter. This machine cannot accept cash, nor can it accept incoming faxes. The machine is located on the lower level of the library in the reference department. It is so easy to use. Stop in and give it a try!

Help finding a job


We have books on display on the lower level to help you get started in looking for a job, plus we have a great collection of resume, cover letter, interview and business books in our business and career section. These resources can help you get the job and keep it, or help you to advance to a -better one! We also have an online product called Job-View which gives listings of local jobs and leads you right to the online applications. Don't forget about Learning Express, an on-line product that helps with many standardized tests and job search and interviewing skills. Find them both on our homepage, www.thayerpubliclibrary.net

Our A to Z databases now offer more than 2.3 million job listings! Search nationwide, by city, state or by ZIP code. Find jobs by keyword, business name and job title. Search 27 popular categories to see available jobs in your industry.

Apply for full-time, part-time, internship, contract, or temporary jobs. Advanced searching allows you to limit by salary range, radius around your city or ZIP code, and many more selections to find the right job for you.

Remember to try Jobview as well. Jobview is another online job-hunting resource that allows you to easily browse and apply for jobs locally, regionally and nationally. Both of these databases can be accessed through the icons on our homepage at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net with your Braintree library card. Plus, the library has many other resources for resume writing, interviewing, networking and job hunting. Visit the librarian on the lower level for an introduction to all of the great job search resources we offer.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



June 19, 2014


Summer hours

Summer hours at Thayer Public Library begin Saturday, June 21. We will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The library will be closed July 4th and 5th.

Summer craft

Children can come make a fun craft Monday, July 7, at 3 p.m. The craft will be related to the summer reading theme of "Fizz Boom Read" No registration is needed.

Mixed media art class for teens and adults

Join us July 8 from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. to learn all about the exciting world of mixed media art in this four-part class taught by popular artist Robyn Franczyk. Registration for this program opens June 15.

Adults should register under the "Mixed Media Art Class-ADULTS" heading on our online calendar and teens limited to ages 12 to 17. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Braintree Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Summer reading

Thayer Public Library will kick off the summer reading program June 24. The statewide summer reading theme this year is "Fizz, Boom, Read!" for grades one to five, "Spark a Reaction" for grades six to 12 and "Literary Elements" for adults. The library throughout the summer will host a variety of activities for all ages based on the different reading themes.
People who can't make it June 24 can stop by the library any time from June 24 to Aug. 1 to sign up for summer reading.

"Fizz, Boom, Read!" runs from June 24 to Aug. 29. Name our robot and receive a schedule of events, bookmark, pencil, bag and log to write the titles you read this summer. This summer the library has a full calendar of activities. Don't miss the fun! The program is designed to be a fun time for all who participate and to encourage reading. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425 for details.

Teen summer reading runs from June 24 to Aug. 15. Both programs are sponsored by sponsored by Friends of Thayer Public Library, Thayer Public Library, the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems, the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Teen summer fun — tie-dye T-shirt

Teen's ages 12 to 17 can help the library kick off the teen summer reading program by designing a tie-dye T-shirt Thursday, June 26, at 3 pm. Please wear old clothing, and bring your own white cotton T-shirt. We'll supply the colorful dye and inspiration to create a wearable work of art! This program will meet on the library's side lawn at 3 p.m. Registration is required.

In the event of rain, this program will be rescheduled for a later rain date. The rain date will be announced on the library's online calendar.

Second Tuesday Book Club

Join us on Tuesday, July 8, 'at 6:45 p. m. to discuss "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417- All readers are always welcome.
Book club books are available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



June 12, 2014

Summer hours


Summer hours at Thayer Public Library begin Saturday, June 21. We will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The library will be closed July 4 and 5.

Boston Harbor cleanup project


Thayer Public Library will host local photographer Bob Michelson Thursday, June 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Michelson will present photographs and information about the Boston Harbor cleanup project and a published underwater photographer and videographer who has been diving for 33 years. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and on various broadcast networks.

Friends of Thayer Public Library book sale


Meet at the parking lot garage on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We open the garage doors and invite you to browse the huge collection of books. We've been saving up for you!

Thayer Public Library at farmers' market


Stop by the library table on June 14 and check out what's happening this summer at Thayer Public Library. The library offers an outstanding collection of movies, music, books in print, digital and audio formats. The first 100 people to visit us will receive a free library cardholder.

The Braintree Farmers' Market is located across the street from the library in the town hall parking lot.

Nonfiction book club


This month's book is "The Education of a Coach" by David Halberstam. Reference librarian Moira Cavanagh will lead the discussion Monday, June 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Book club books will be available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.

Bookkeepers teen book club


Teens can join teen librarian Ellen Seeburger Tuesday, June 17, from 5 to 6 p.m. for book-related fun. Rather than reading the same book as a group, each month members bring a book they've recently read to share. Compare notes with other readers, learn about the newest teen books and leave with great book recommendations.

The club is for youths ages 12 to 17. New members are welcome, and there will be ice cream!

Mixed media art class for teens and adults


Join us July 8 from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. to learn all about the exciting world of mixed media art in this four-part class taught by popular artist Robyn Franczyk. Registration for this program opens June 15.

Adults should register under the "Mixed Media Art Class-ADULTS" heading on our online calendar and teens limited to ages 12 to 17. 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Braintree Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Summer reading


Thayer Public Library will kick off the summer reading program June 24. The statewide summer reading theme this year is "Fizz, Boom, Read!" for grades one to five, "Spark a Reaction" for grades six to 12 and "Literary Elements" for adults. The library throughout the summer will host a variety of activities for all ages based on the different reading themes.

Second Tuesday Book Club


Join us on Tuesday, July 8, at 6:45 p. m. to discuss "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. All readers are always welcome.

Book club books are available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Teen program — Duct Tape Extravaganza


On Thursday, July 10, at 3 p.m., youths ages 12 to 17 are invited to the library's annual Duct Tape Extravaganza! Curious about how to make something out of duct tape? We'll learn basic construction techniques to make a wallet, bracelet or beach bag out of colorful and printed tape in this fun workshop. There will also be plenty of time to design and make a project of your choice. Registration is required.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



June 5, 2014


After-school craft

On Tuesday, June 10, at 3:45 p.m., Thayer Public Library will host a craft program for children ages 4 and up. Craft project is to be announced. Registration is not required. 

Second Tuesday Book Club

Join us Tuesday, June 10, at 7:15 p.m. to discuss "Sand Castle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417- All readers are always welcome.

Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Movie night out


Join us Wednesday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. for a movie on our big screen. This month's movie stars George Clooney, Matt Damon and John Goodman on the hunt for art stolen dur¬ing World War II. The first 100 people will be admitted.

Titles are announced in the library. Enjoy this movie with popcorn and friends.

Thayer Public Library every month brings the fun of the big screen to the library. Join us each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Logan Auditorium. The library screens a variety of new releases, classics and documentaries. The movie ratings will vary from month to month, but this program is primarily intended for a mature audience. For information about each month's movie, contact the reference desk at 781-848-0405, ext 4417, or brref@ochl.org

Boston Harbor cleanup project


Thayer Public Library will host local photographer Bob Michelson Thursday, June 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Michelson will present photographs and information about the Boston Harbor cleanup project and a published underwater photographer and videographer who has been diving for 33 years. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and on various broadcast networks.

Friends of Thayer Public Library book sale


Meet at the parking lot garage on Saturday, June 14, from 9 am to 1 p.m. We open the garage doors and invite you to browse the huge collection of books. We've been saving up for you!

Thayer Public Library at farmers' market


Stop by the library table on June 14 and check out what's happening this summer at Thayer Public Library. The library offers an outstanding collection of movies, music, books in print, digital and audio formats. The first 100 people to visit us will receive a free library cardholder.

The Braintree Farmers' Market is located across the street from the library in the town hall parking lot.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



May 29, 2014



Film and discussion

Join us Wednesday, June 4, at 6:30 for a presentation of "Project NIM," a research project on raising a chimpanzee in a family to expand his communications skills. The project shows the complicated dynamics in educating others in the patterns of our human society. We will have a chance for a discussion after the screening. The movie is PG-13, but this program is primarily intended for a mature audience. All are welcome.

After-school craft


On Tuesday, June 10, at 3:45 p.m., Thayer Public Library will host a craft program for children ages 4 and up. Craft project is to be announced. Registration is not required.

Second Tuesday Book Club


Join us Tuesday, June 10, at 7:15 p.m. to discuss "Sand Castle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417- All readers are always welcome.

Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Movie night out


Join us Wednesday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. for a movie on our big screen. This month's movie stars George Clooney, Matt Damon and John Goodman on the hunt for art stolen during World War II. The first 100 people will be admitted.

Titles are announced in the library. Enjoy this movie with popcorn and friends.

Thayer Public Library every month brings the fun of the big screen to the library. Join us each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Logan Auditorium. The library screens a variety of new releases, classics and documentaries. The movie ratings will vary from month to month, but this program is primarily intended for a mature audience. For information about each month's movie, contact the reference desk at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or brref@ocln.org

Friends of Thayer Public Library book sale


Meet at the parking lot garage on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We open the garage doors and invite you to browse the huge collection of books. We've been saving up for you!
Thayer Public Library at farmers' market.

Stop by the library table on June 14 and check out what's happening this summer at Thayer Public Library. The library offers an outstanding collection of movies, music, books in print, digital and audio formats. The first 100 people to visit us will receive a free library cardholder.

The Braintree Farmers' Market is located across the street from the library in the town hall parking lot.

Nonfiction book club


This month's book is "The Education of a Coach" by David Halberstam. Reference librarian Moira Cavanagh will lead the discussion Monday, June 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Book club books will be available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.

Bookkeepers teen book club


Teens can join teen librarian Ellen Seeburger Tuesday, June 17, from 5 to 6 p.m. for book-related fun. Rather than reading the same book as a group, each month members bring a book they've recently read to share. Compare notes with other readers, learn about the newest teen books and leave with great book recommendations.
The club is for youths ages 12 to 17. New members are welcome, and there will be ice cream!

Boston Harbor Islands ferry passes


We have a new discount pass for the Boston Harbor Islands ferry to make it easier for you to enjoy Grape, Bumpkin, Lovells, Georges, Peddocks or Spectacle islands. You can catch the ferry from Long Wharf in Boston or Pemberton Point in Hull and receive a two-for-one discount for up to four people. The offer is good for use Monday through Friday until Oct. 13, excluding free ferry days and holidays. Come out and explore the Boston Harbor Islands this summer!

Consumer Reports online


Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products. Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org and click on the Consumer Reports icon.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



May 22, 2014


Library closed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed on Monday, May 26, in recognition of Memorial Day.

Teen advisory group


Teens can join us Tuesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. The library's teen advisory group shares ideas, creates cool programs, recommends books and much more! New members are always welcome. No registration is required. For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov

Readers' group book club


Do you enjoy books? Join the readers' group book club at the Thayer Public Library.

This month's book choice is "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini, led by group leaders on Wednesday, May 28, at 7:15 p.m. Book club books are available at the circulation desk about one month before the meeting date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.

For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Film and discussion


Join us Wednesday, June t, at 6:30 for a presentation of "Project NIM," a research project on raising a chimpanzee in a family to expand his communications skills. The project shows the complicated dynamics in educating others in the patterns of our human society. We will have a chance for a discussion after the screening.

The movie is PG-13, but this program is primarily intended for a mature audience. All are welcome.

After-school craft


On Tuesday, June 10, at 3:45 p.m., Thayer Public Library will host a craft program for children ages 4 and up. Craft project is to be announced. Registration is not required.

Second Tuesday Book Club


Join us Tuesday, June 10, at 7:15 p.m. to discuss "Sand Castle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. All readers are always welcome.

Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Movie night out


Join us Wednesday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. for a movie on our big screen. This month's movie stars George Clooney, Matt Damon and John Goodman on the hunt for art stolen during World War II. The first 100 people will be admitted.

Titles are announced in the library. Enjoy this movie with popcorn and friends.

Thayer Public Library every month brings the fun of the big screen to the library. Join us each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Logan Auditorium. The library screens a variety of new releases, classics and documentaries. The movie ratings will vary from month to month, but this program is primarily intended for a mature audience. For information about each month's movie, contact the reference desk at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or brref@ocln.org

Friends of Thayer Public Library book sale


Meet at the parking lot garage on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We open the garage doors and invite you to browse the huge collection of books. We've been saving up for you!

Thayer Public Library at farmers' market


Stop by the library table on June 14 and check out what's happening this summer at Thayer Public Library. The library offers an outstanding collection of movies, music, books in print, digital and audio formats. The first 100 people to visit us will receive a free library cardholder.

The Braintree Farmers' Market is located across the street from the library in the town hall parking lot.

Nonfiction book club


This month's book is "The Education of a Coach" by David Halberstam. Reference librarian Moira Cavanagh will lead the discussion Monday, June 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Book club books will be available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome. 


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



May 15, 2014



Nonfiction book club

This month's book is "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the Central Intelligence Agency" by Tim Weiner. Reference librarian Moira Cavanagh will lead the discussion Monday, May 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Book club books will be available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.

Bookkeepers teen book club

Teens can join teen librarian Ellen Seeburger Tuesday, May 20, from 5 to 6 p.m. for games, informal discussion, and lots of book-related fun. Rather than reading the same book as a group, each month members bring a book they've recently read to share. Compare notes with other readers, learn about the newest teen books, and leave with great book recommendations.

The club is for youths age 12 to 17. New members are welcome, and there will be ice cream!

Teen advisory group

Teens can join us Tuesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. The library's teen advisory group shares ideas, creates cool programs, recommends books and much more! New members are always welcome. No registration is required. For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov

Readers' group book club

Do you enjoy books? Join the readers' group book club at the Thayer Public Library.

This month's book choice is "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini, led by group leaders on Wednesday, May 28, at 7:15 p.m. Book club books are available at the circulation desk about one month before the meeting date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.

For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.


Film and discussion

Join us Wednesday, June 4, at 6:30 for a presentation of "Project NIM," a research project on raising a chimpanzee in a family to expand his communications skills. The project shows the complicated dynamics in educating others in the patterns of our human society. We will have a chance for a discussion after the screening.

The movie is PG-13, but this program is primarily intended for a mature audience. All are welcome.

Second Tuesday Book Club

Join us Tuesday, June 10, at 7:15 p.m. to discuss "Sand Castle Girls" by Chris Chris Bohjalian. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. All readers are always welcome.
Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Friends of Thayer Public Library book sale


Meet at the parking lot garage on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We open the garage doors and invite you to browse the huge collection of books. We've been saving up for you!


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



May 8, 2014


Library elevator being upgraded

We would like to inform you that the library elevator is scheduled for an upgrade and will be out of service through Monday, May 12. Please keep this in mind when planning a visit. We regret the inconvenience this causes and appreciate your understanding. If you have and questions or concern, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to accommodate you the best we can.

Book club for grades four and five

Can't wait for the next book club! Come Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. to discuss "Fire and Ice" by Erin Hunter. Join our fun book club and share your love of reading. If you don't have time to finish it, come anyway! We'll be picking future titles and want to know what you think! All children in grades four and five are welcome. Come for book-related fun, games and snacks!

Book club books are available for pickup at the children's desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information about this program, contact Elisabeth Strachan at 781-848-0405, ext. 4426, or estrachan@braintreema.gov

Teen creative writing group

Are you a writer? Don't miss this meeting of the library's creative writing group just for teens ages 12 to 17. Join the library's creative writing program Friday, May 9, at 3:30 p.m. Monthly sessions will focus on developing ideas, finding inspiration and how to get published. Plus share your work and meet other writers. Snacks are included! For information, contact Ellen See-burger at 781-848-0405, ext 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov.  No registration is required.

May is our last meeting for the school year. The group takes a break during the summer months, and instead will host a three-day writing workshop Aug. 11 to 13. Information and registration for the August writing workshop will be available in June.

After-school craft

Does your child like crafts? He or she will enjoy creating a fun spring project at the library. Children age 4 and up can attend Tuesday, May 13, at 3:45 pm. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4426. Registration is not required.

Second Tuesday book club

Join us Tuesday, May 13, at 7:15 p. m. to discuss "Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. All readers are always welcome.

Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Meet Carol Christen

T
hayer Public Library will host Carol Christen, author of "What Color Is Your Parachute for Teens," Wednesday, May 14, from 9:15 to 11:15 am.

"For three quarters of today's teens, the question, Where do you want to go to college?' is irrelevant. The question teens must answer is, 'How am I going to support myself in my 20 with jobs that will help me achieve my long-term education and career goals?'" This is the messaging behind Christens book, written in collaboration with Richard Bolles, author of the "Parachute" books for adults.

Christen will discuss practical strategies to make plans to achieve educational and career goals, not just run up debt. This presentation addresses both the college- and career-ready and the future-ready students. For information, contact the reference desk at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Brown Bag Book Club

If you love to read and you're looking for something to do on your lunch hour, join us Wednesday, May 14, at noon for our Brown Bag Book Club. Bring your lunch and discuss "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter. Copies of this book can be picked up the circulation desk on the main level. AH are wel-come to attend. For information, contact Erin Creighton at 781-848-0405, ext. 4430, or ecreighton@braintreema.gov

Movie night out

Join us Wednesday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. for a movie on our big screen. This month's movie stars Steve Coogan (the journalist) and Judi Dench (the mother), who work together to find the son that was taken from her as a teen mother. Based on a true story.

The first 100 people will be admitted. Titles are announced in the library. This program is primarily intended for adult audiences and movie ratings will vary. Enjoy this movie with popcorn and friends.

Thayer Public Library brings the fun of the big screen to the library every month. Join us each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Logan Auditorium. The library screens a variety of new releases, classics, and documentaries. The movie ratings will vary from month to month, but this program is primarily intended for a mature audience. For information about each month's movie, contact the reference desk at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or brref@ocln.org

Nonfiction book club

This month's book is "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the Central Intelligence Agency" by Tim Weiner. Reference librarian Moira Cavanagh will lead the discussion Monday, May 19, from 7to 8:30 p.m.

Book club books will be available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.

Bookkeepers teen book club

Teens can join teen librarian Ellen Seeburger Tuesday, May 20, from 5 to 6 p.m. for game informal discussion, and lots of book-related fun. Rather than reading the same book in a group, each month member brings a book they've recently read to share. Compare notes with other readers, learn about the newest teen books, and leave with great book recommendations.

The club is for youths age 1 to 17. New members are welcome, and there will be ice cream!

Teen advisory group

Teens can join us Tuesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. The library! teen advisory group shares ideas, creates cool programs, recommends books and much more! New members are always welcome. No registration is required. For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov

Readers' group book club

Do you enjoy books? Join the readers' group book club at the Thayer Public Library.

This month's book choice is "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini, led by group leaders on Wednesday, May 28, at 7:15 p.m. Book club books are available at the circulation desk about one month before the meeting date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome.

F
or information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Consumer Reports online

Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products. Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org  and click on the Consumer Reports icon.

Fax service available

We are pleased to offer a self-service fax machine for outgoing faxes. It accepts credit or debit cards and will send your fax throughout the world! For service within the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, the charges are $1.75 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. Internationally, it's $4.95 for the first page and then $3.45 thereafter. This machine cannot accept cash, nor can it accept incoming faxes. The machine is located on the lower level of the library in the reference department It is so easy to use. Stop in and give it a try!


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



May 1, 2014


Library elevator being upgraded

We would like to inform you that the library elevator is scheduled for an upgrade and will be out of service through Monday, May 12. Please keep this in mind when planning a visit. We regret the inconvenience this causes and appreciate your understanding. If you have and questions or concern, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to accommodate you the best we can.

Book club for grades four and five

Can't wait for the next book club! Come Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. to discuss "Fire and Ice" by Erin Hunter. Join our fun book club and share your love of reading. If you don't have time to finish it, come anyway! We'll be picking future titles and want to know what you think! All children in grades four and five are welcome. Come for book-related fun, games and snacks!
Book club books are available for pickup at the children's desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information about this program, contact Elisabeth Strachan at 781-848-0405, ext. 4426, or estrachan@braintreema.gov

Teen creative writing group

Are you a writer? Don't miss this meeting of the library's creative writing group just for teens ages 12 to 17- Join the library's creative writing program Friday, May 9, at 3:30 p.m. Monthly sessions will focus on developing ideas, finding inspiration and how to get published. Plus share your work and meet other writers. Snacks are included! For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov. No registration is required.

May is our last meeting for the school year. The group takes a break during the summer months, and instead will host a three-day writing workshop Aug. 11 to 13. Information and registration for the August writing workshop will be available in June.

After-school craft


Does your child like crafts? He or she will enjoy creating a fun spring project at the library. Children age 4 and up can attend Tuesday, May 13, at 3:45 pm. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4426. Registration is not required.

Second Tuesday book club


Join us Tuesday, May 13, at 7:15 p. m. to discuss "Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417- All readers are always welcome.

Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscil-la Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Meet Carol Christen


Thayer Public Library will host Carol Christen, author of "What Color Is Your Parachute for Teens," Wednesday May 14, from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.

"For three quarters of today's teens, the question, 'Where do you want to go to college?' is irrelevant. The question teens must answer is, 'How am I going to support myself in my 20s with jobs that will help me achieve my long-term education and career goals?'" This is the messaging behind Christen's book, written in collaboration with Richard Bolles, author of the "Parachute" books for adults.

Christen will discuss practical strategies to make plans to achieve educational and career goals, not just run up debt. This presentation addresses both the college- and career-ready and the future-ready students. For information, contact the reference desk at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Brown Bag Book Club


If you love to read and you're looking for something to do on your lunch hour, join us Wednesday, May 14, at noon for our Brown Bag Book Club. Bring your lunch and discuss "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter. Copies of this book can be picked up the circulation desk on the main level. All are welcome to attend. For information, contact Erin Creighton at 781-848-0405, ext. 4430, or
ecreighton@braintreema.gov


Movie night out


Join us Wednesday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. for a movie on our big screen. This month's movie stars Steve Coogan (the journalist) and Judi Dench (the mother), who work together to find the son that was taken from her as a teen mother. Based on a true story.

The first 100 people will be admitted. Titles are announced in the library. This program is primarily intended for adult audiences and movie ratings will vary. Enjoy this movie with popcorn and friends.

Thayer Public Library brings the fun of the big screen to the library every month. Join us each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Logan Auditorium. The library screens a variety of new releases, classics, and documentaries. The movie ratings will vary from month to month, but this program is primarily intended for a mature audience. For information about each month's movie, contact the reference desk at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or brref@ocln.org. 

Consumer Reports online


Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products.

Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org and click on the Consumer Reports icon.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



April 24, 2014


Library elevator being upgraded

We would like to inform you that the library elevator is scheduled for an upgrade and will be out of service from Monday, April 28, to Monday, May 12. Please keep this in mind when planning a visit. We regret the inconvenience this causes and appreciate your understanding. If you have and questions or concern, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to accommodate you the best we can.

Sand art terrarium

Teens can create a sand-art terrarium garden inside of a jar Thursday, April 24, at 3:30 p.m. Terrariums are tiny ecosystems that can be completely customized, so you can use your creativity to make your own miniature world. This program is for ages 12 to 17- Registration is required.

Electronics collection

An electronics collection will take place Saturday, April 26, from 9 a. m. until noon at the Braintree Recycling Center on Ivory Street. It is sponsored by the Friends of Thayer Public Library as a part of Household Hazardous Waste Day.

Fees for the following electronics, in any condition, containing hazardous materials are $15 for computer monitors and televisions up to 24 inches, $20 for large televisions and television consoles, $10 for dehumidifiers and $15 for air conditioners. There is no fee for other electronics such as CPUs, cables, phones, pagers, printers, ink and toner cartridges, DVDs, VCRs and game systems. Also collected are truck tires for $15, car tires for $5, rims for $2 and batteries for $5.

All proceeds will benefit the library. For information, call 781-413-1327.

Consumer Reports online

Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products. Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org and click on the Consumer Reports icon.

Got holds?


Have you noticed the shelving near the new DVDs on the main level? It's the new self-serve hold pickup shelf! Instead of waiting in line to collect your books on hold, you will soon be able to pick them up yourself from this new shelf. So, if you like to get in and out of the library quickly, and don't mind serving yourself, you will be able to get your holds, use the self-checkout and be on your way fast!

For now, the self-serve hold shelf is available for just books on the main level. If you have a CD, DVD or other media, you will still need to pick it up from a staff member at the circulation desk. Also, if you send a family member in to pick up a hold that was placed using your library card, they will need to have your card to use the self-checkout machine. Otherwise, they can check out at the circulation desk.

We hope you'll enjoy all of the changes we are making on the main level. We are updating, beautifying, and working to make everything work smoothly so that we can continue to offer the high level of customer service that our staff enjoys providing the community.

Fax service available


We are pleased to offer a self-service fax machine for outgoing faxes. It accepts credit or debit cards and will send your fax throughout the world! For service within the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, the charges are $1.50 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. Internationally, it's $4.95 for the first page and then $3,45 thereafter. This machine cannot accept cash, nor can it accept incoming faxes. The machine is located on the lower level of the library in the reference department. It is so easy to use. Stop in and give it a try!

Help finding a job


We have books on display on the lower level to help you get started in looking for a job, plus we have a great collection of resume, cover letter, interview and business books in our business and career section. These resources can help you get the job and keep it, or help you to advance to a better one! We also have an online product called Job-View which gives listings of local jobs and leads you right to the online applications. Don't forget about Learning Express, an online product that helps with many standardized tests and job search and interviewing skills. Find them both on our homepage, www.thayerpubliclibrary.net

Our A to Z databases now offer more than 2.3 million job listings! Search nationwide, by city, state or by ZIP code. Find jobs by keyword, business name and job title. Search 27 popular categories to see available jobs in your industry.

Apply for full-time, part-time, internship, contract, or temporary jobs. Advanced searching allows you to limit by salary range, radius around your city or ZIP code, and many more selections to find the right job for you.

Remember to try Jobview as well. Jobview is another online job-hunting resource that allows you to easily browse and apply for jobs locally, regionally and nationally. Both of these databases can be accessed through the icons on our homepage at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net with your Brain-tree library card. Plus, the library has many other re-sources for resume writing, interviewing, networking and job hunting. Visit the librarian on the lower level for an introduction to all of the great job search re-sources we offer.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



April 17, 2014


Library closed for holiday

The library will be closed on Monday, April 21, in recognition of Patriots Day.

We would like to inform you that the library elevator is scheduled for an upgrade and will be out of service from Monday, April 28, to Monday, May 12. Please keep this in mind when planning a visit We regret the inconvenience this causes and appreciate your understanding. If you have and questions or concern, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to accommodate you the best we can.

Gardening in small spaces

Learn all about gardening in small spaces, composting and have all your gardening questions answered Saturday, April 19, at 10 am. with Joan Hutcheon and Pat Morey from Sustainable Braintree.
This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.

Electronics collection

An electronics collection will take place Saturday, April 26, from 9am. until noon at the Braintree Recycling Center on Ivory Street. It is sponsored by the Friends of Thayer Public Library as a part of Household Hazardous Waste Day.

Fees for the following electronics, in any condition, containing hazardous materials are $15 for computer monitors and televisions up to 24 inches, $20 for large televisions and television consoles, $10 for dehumidifiers and $15 for air conditioners. There is no fee for other electronics such as CPUs, cables, phones, pagers, printers, ink and toner cartridges, DVDs, VCRs and game systems. Also collected are truck tires for $15, car tires for $5, rims for $2 and batteries for $5.

All proceeds will benefit the library. For information, call 781-413-1327.

Create a recycled masterpiece

Teens can create a masterpiece out of scraps of recycled materials Saturday, April 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. Whether you make it silly or serious, we'll spend the afternoon transforming well-known paintings using recycled and natural materials to create truly one-of-a-kind pieces of art. The program is for teens ages 12 to 17- Registration is required.
For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov

Sand art terrarium

Teens can create a sand-art terrarium garden inside of a jar Thursday, April 24, at 3:30 p.m. Terrariums are tiny ecosystems that can be completely customized, so you can use your creativity to make your own miniature world. This program is for ages 12 to 17- Registration is required.

Consumer Reports online

Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products.
Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org  and click on the Consumer Reports icon.

Got holds?

Have you noticed the shelving near the new DVDs on the main level? It's the new self-serve hold pickup shelf! Instead of waiting in line to collect your books on hold, you will soon be able to pick them up yourself from this new shelf. So, if you like to get in and out of the library quickly, and don't mind serving yourself, you will be able to get your holds, use the self-checkout and be on your way fast!

For now, the self-serve hold shelf is available for just books on the main level. If you have a CD, DVD or other media, you will still need to pick it up from a staff member at the circulation desk. Also, if you send a family member in to pick up a hold that was placed using your library card, they will need to have your card to use the self-checkout machine. Otherwise, they can check out at the circulation desk.

We hope you'll enjoy all of the changes we are making on the main level. We are updating, beautifying, and working to make everything work smoothly so that we can continue to offer the high level of customer service that our staff enjoys providing the community.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



April 10, 2014


Chicken chat and book club for grades four and five

As part of our "One Brain-tree, One Book" 2014 celebration, the grade four and five book club title for April is "The Secret Chicken Society" by Judy Cox. In this story, chickens are hatched from eggs for a class project and then lots of children want to take them home. Daniel finds out what it is like to own a chick. However, he is in for a surprise when a chick starts to grow!

During "chicken chat" Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m., hear a boy who lives in Braintree talk about the chickens he owns. See eggs with green shells that one of his chickens laid, and a variety of chicken feathers. He will also share information about t composting and how having chickens helps with that.

Gardening in small spaces

Learn all about gardening in small spaces, composting and have all your gardening questions answered Saturday, April 19, at 10 a.m. with Joan Hutcheon and Pat Morey from Sustainable Braintree.

This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.

Electronics collection

An electronics collection will take place Saturday, April 26, from 9 a. m. until noon at the Braintree Recycling Center on Ivory Street. It is sponsored by the Friends of Thayer Public Library as a part of Household Hazardous Waste Day.

Fees for the following electronics, in any condition, containing hazardous materials are $15 for computer monitors and televisions up to 24 inches, $20 for large televisions and television consoles, $10 for de-humidifiers and $15 for air conditioners. There is no fee for other electronics such as CPUs, cables, phones, pagers, printers, ink and toner cartridges, DVDs, VCRs and game systems. Also collected are truck tires for $15, car tires for $5, rims for $2 and batteries for $5.

All proceeds will benefit the library. For information, call 781-413-1327.

Consumer Reports online

Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products. Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org and click on the Consumer Reports icon.

Got holds?


Have you noticed the shelving near the new DVDs on the main level? It's the new self-serve hold pickup shelf! Instead of waiting in line to collect your books on hold, you will soon be able to pick them up yourself from this new shelf. So, if you like to get in and out of the library quickly, and don't mind serving yourself, you will be able to get your holds, use the self-checkout and be on your way fast!

For now, the self-serve hold shelf is available for just books on the main level. If you have a CD, DVD or other media, you will still need to pick it up from a staff member at the circulation desk. Also, if you send a family member in to pick up a hold that was placed using your library card, they will need to have your card to use the self-checkout machine. Otherwise, they can check out at the circulation desk.

We hope you'll enjoy all of the changes we are making on the main level. We are updating, beautifying, and working to make everything work smoothly so that we can continue to offer the high level of customer service that our staff enjoys providing the community.

Fax service available


We are pleased to offer a self-service fax machine for outgoing faxes. It accepts credit or debit cards and will send your fax throughout the world! For service within the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, the charges are $1.75 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. Internationally, it's $4.95 for the first page and then $3.45 thereafter. This machine cannot accept cash, nor can it accept incoming faxes. The machine is located on the lower level of the library in the reference department. It is so easy to use. Stop in and give it a try!

Learn 60 foreign languages with Pronunciator


Try our new online language learning product. Pronunciator uses speech recognition, downloadable MP3s and virtual conversations to teach you easily and conveniently at your own pace from home. There's also a free app for iPad, iPhone and iPod so you can learn on the go. Just click on the Pronunciator logo on our homepage, www.thayerpubliclibrary.net,  and get started!


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



April 3, 2014


Benefits of gardening

Join us Thursday April 3, at 7 p.m. and learn the physical, financial and even spiritual benefits of gardening with speaker Thomas Mickey.

Mickey is professor emeritus of communication studies at Bridgewater State University, where he has taught for 25 years. He is also a graduate of The Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College. He is a master gardener and has been gardening for almost 30 years.

This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.

What's in your food?

What's in our food these days? Is our health paying the price as a result of highly processed "convenience" foods? Join Cathy Sloan Gallagher, nutritional therapist and food enthusiast, Thursday April 3, at 7 p.m. to learn why low-fat and high-sugar foods are harmful, and why soy isn't the health food we think it is.

Gallagher is a board-certified nutritional therapy practitioner and the owner of Real Food Story. She is an advocate for sustainable agriculture and is passionate about supporting locally grown food. She is a Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader and an active committee member of the Braintree Farmers' Market.

This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program. 

Storyteller Rona Leventhal

It will be a story extravaganza when Rona Leventhal returns to Braintree to act out stories. Rona will present "Travelin' Shoes: Stories From Near and Far," Saturday April 5 at 10:30 a.m. One of her best acts is an old tale redone in a fast hip-hop style. Don't miss one of the finest storytelling performers in New England. The first 100 people will be admitted, and for event is for children age 5 to 8.

This event is co-sponsored by the Quincy Brain-tree Family Network, a program of Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425, or send email to referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Recycled cardboard flowers

Come Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m. and create cardboard flowers using all recycled materials. We will show you a few techniques that can be used to create an endless variety of paper blooms. This is the perfect craft to welcome spring and explore the versatility of working with recycled materials.

This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.

Second Tuesday Book Club

Join us Tuesday, April 8, at 7:15 p.m. to discuss this year's community read, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. All readers are always welcome.

Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or send email to referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Brown Bag Book Club

If you love to read and you're looking for something to do on your lunch hour, join us Wednesday, April 9, at noon for our Brown Bag Book Group. Bring your lunch and discuss "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck.

Copies of this book can be picked up the circulation desk on the main level. All are welcome to attend. For information contact Erin Creighton at 781-848-0405, ext. 4430, or ecreighton@braintreema.gov

Chicken chat and book club for grades four and five


As part of our "One Brain-tree, One Book" 2014 celebration, the grade four and five book club title for April is "The Secret Chicken Society" by Judy Cox. In this story, chickens are hatched from eggs for a class project and then lots of children want to take them home. Daniel finds out what it is like to own a chick. However, he is in for a surprise when a chick starts to grow!

During "chicken chat" Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m., hear a boy who lives in Braintree talk about the chickens he owns. See eggs with green shells that one of his chickens laid, and a variety of chicken feathers. He will also share information about composting and how having chickens helps with that.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



March 27, 2014

Meet Michael Tougias

Spring is nearing, and if you are looking for great places to explore in Massachusetts, join us March 29 at 2 p.m. Thayer Public Library will host naturalist, photographer and author Michael Tougias who will discuss "Quiet Places: Rambles Through Hidden Massachusetts."

Tougias will give a lecture and slide presentation featuring lesser-known natural and historic places of Massachusetts. Fascinating anecdotes, historical facts and wildlife encounters are woven into the presentation. This visual ramble starts on Cape Cod and heads westward first along the North and South shores, then into central Massachusetts and finally ending in the most remote section of the Berkshires. Suggestions for day trips and weekend outings are given.

This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.

Book club for grades four and five

Come Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. to discuss "Into the Wild" by Erin Hunter. Join our fun book club and share your love of reading. If you don't have time to finish it, come to book club anyway! We'll be picking future titles and want to know what you think! All children in grades four and five are welcome. Come for book-related fun, games and snacks!

Book club books are available for pickup at the children's desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information about this program, contact Elisabeth Strachan at 781 848-0405, ext. 4426, or estrachan@braintreema.gov

Grow a pizza garden

Come visit the Children's Room the week of March 31 to get a basil seed to grow your own pizza garden over the summer! All through this week, people visiting the Children's Room will receive a basil seed to start growing and later plant in their yard. Chives will be given out the week of April
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This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.

Benefits of gardening

Join us Thursday April 3, at 7 p.m. and learn the. physical, financial and even spiritual benefits of gardening with speaker Thomas Mickey.

Mickey is professor emeritus of communication studies at Bridgewater State University, where he has taught for 25 years. He is also a graduate of The Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College. He is a master gardener and has been gardening for almost 30 years.

This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.

Storyteller Rona Leventhal

It will be a story extravaganza when Rona Leventhal returns to Braintree to act out stories. Rona will present "Travelin' Shoes: Stories From Near and Far," Saturday, April 5, at 10:30 a.m. One of her best acts is an old tale redone in a fast hip-hop style. Don't miss one of the finest storytelling performers in New England. The first 100 people will be admitted, and for event is for children age 5 to 8.

This event is co-sponsored by the Quincy Brain-tree Family Network, a program of Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425, or send email to
referencedesk@braintreema.gov


Recycled cardboard flowers


Come Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m. and create cardboard flowers using all recycled materials. We will show you a few techniques that can be used to create an endless variety of paper blooms. This is the perfect craft to welcome spring and explore the versatility of working with recycled materials.

This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



March 20, 2014


Trash talk

Thayer Public Library is hosting Eileen Campbell and Linda Chapman, co-chairs of the Sustainable Braintree Recycling Task Force, Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. to answer all your recycling questions. Come and learn about the variety of items you can recycle in single stream. This presentation includes suggestions for containers or places in the home that solve this problem.

The event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.

Meet Michael Tougias

Spring is nearing, and if you are looking for great places to explore in Massachusetts, join us March 29 at 2 p.m. Thayer Public Library will host naturalist, photographer and author Michael Tougias who will discuss "Quiet Places: Rambles Through Hidden Massachusetts."

Tougias will give a lecture and slide presentation featuring lesser-known natural and historic places of Massachusetts. Fascinating anecdotes, historical facts and wildlife encounters are woven into the presentation. This visual ramble starts on Cape Cod and heads westward first along the North and South shores, then into central Massachusetts and finally ending in the most remote section of the Berkshires. Suggestions for day trips and weekend outings are given.

This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.

Grow a pizza garden

Come visit the Children's Room the week of March 31 to get a basil seed to grow your own pizza garden over the summer! All through this week, people visiting the Children's Room will receive a basil seed to start growing and later plant in their yard. Chives will be given out the week of April 7.

This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.

Book club for grades four and five


Come Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. to discuss "Into the Wild" by Erin Hunter. Join our fun book club and share your love of reading. If you don't have time to finish it, come to book club anyway! We'll be picking future titles and want to know what you think! All children in grades four and five are welcome. Come for book-related fun, games and snacks!

Book club books are available for pickup at the children's desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion.
For information about this program, contact Elisabeth Strachan at 781 848-0405, ext. 4426, or estrachan@braintreema.gov

Benefits of gardening


Join us Thursday April 3, at 7 p.m. and learn the physical, financial and even spiritual benefits of gardening with speaker Thomas Mickey.

Mickey is professor emeritus of communication studies at Bridgewater State University, where he has taught for 25 years. He is also a graduate of The Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College. He is a master gardener and has been gardening for almost 30 years.

This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.

Consumer Reports online


Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles,, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest re-calls of baby products.

Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org and click on the Consumer Reports icon.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



March 13, 2014


Baby time at the library

Moms can join Thayer Public Library and Quincy/Braintree Family Network Thursday, March 13, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Take a break from your hectic schedule and spend some special time with your baby. There will be visits from special guests, including a pediatric dentist.

Registration is required by contacting Alda at 617-657-5312 or astankewicz@qcap.org.  The program is for newborn through seven months only. All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend. Thayer Public Library and the Quincy/Braintree Family Network are co-sponsoring the program.

"One Braintree, One Book"


Mayor Joseph Sullivan and Thayer Public Library Board of Trustees cordially invite you to participate in "One Braintree, One Book" during March and April. We're asking the community to read with us the nonfiction book "Animal, Vegetable, and Miracle: A Year of Food Life" by Barbara Kingsolver.

In the book, the Kingsolver family moves from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, and takes on a challenge to spend a year eating only locally produced food. During the year, they begin to recover what Kingsolver considers our nation's lost appreciation for farms and the natural processes of food production.

We start the program Monday, March 17, with gardening stories for young children, recycled bookmark making for teens and end the evening with a book discussion led by Moira Cavanagh at 7 p.m.. Thayer Public library has partnered with many community groups to offer several events through March and April. To find out more about these events, drop by the library and pick up a schedule of programs or visit www.thayerpubliclibrary.net

The idea behind "One Braintree, One Book" is to encourage everyone in Braintree to read the same book and then have book discussions and events that tie into the book.

Meet Michael Tougias


Spring is nearing, and if you are looking for great places to explore in Massachusetts, join us March 29 at 2 p.m. Thayer Public library will host naturalist, photographer and author Michael Tougias who will discuss "Quiet Places: Rambles Through Hidden Massachusetts."

Tougias will give a lecture and slide presentation featuring lesser-known natural and historic places of Massachusetts. Fascinating anecdotes, historical facts and wildlife encounters are woven into the presentation. This visual ramble starts on Cape Cod and heads westward first along the North and South shores, then into central Massachusetts and finally ending in the most remote section of the Berkshires. Suggestions for day trips and weekend outings are given.

This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.

Grow a pizza garden


Come visit the Children's Room the week of March 31 to get a basil seed to grow your own pizza garden over the summer! All through this week, people visiting the Children's Room will receive a basil seed to start growing and later plant in their yard. Chives will be given out the week of April 6.

This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program. 

Book club for grades four and five


Come Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. to discuss "Into the Wild" by Erin Hunter. Join our fun book club and share your love of reading. If you don't have time to finish it, come to book club anyway! We'll be picking future titles and want to know what you think! AH children in grades four and five are welcome. Come for book-related fun, games and snacks!

Book club books are available for pickup at the children's desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information about this program, contact Elisabeth Strachan at 781848-0405, ext. 4426, or estrachan@braintreema.gov

Trash talk

Thayer Public Library is hosting Eileen Campbell and Linda Chapman, co-chairs of the Sustainable Braintree Recycling Task Force, Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. to answer all your recycling questions. Come and learn about the variety of items you can recycle in single stream. This presentation includes suggestions for containers or places in the home that solve this problem.
The event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.

Benefits of gardening


Join us Thursday April 3, at 7 p.m. and learn the physical, financial and even spiritual benefits of gardening with speaker Thomas Mickey.

Mickey is professor emeritus of communication studies at Bridgewater State University, where he has taught for 25 years. He is also a graduate of The Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College. He is a master gardener and has been gardening for almost 30 years.

This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



March 6, 2014


Baby time at the Library

Mothers can join Thayer Public Library and Quincy/Braintree Family Network Thursday, March 6, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Take a break from your hectic schedule and spend some special time with your baby. There will be visits from special guests, including a licensed baby massage therapist. Registration is required by contacting Alda at 617-657-5312 or astankewicz@qcap.org.  The program is for newborn through seven months only. All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend.

The program is co-sponsored by Thayer Public Library and the Quincy/Brain-tree Family Network, part of QCAP/Quincy Community Action Programs (www.qcap.org). 

After-school craft


Children ages 4 and up can drop in Tuesday, March 11, at 3:45 p.m. to make a craft. All materials are supplied.

Registration is not required. For information, contact the Children's Room at 781 848-0405, ext. 4425, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Anime and manga club

Join us Saturday, March 8, if you love Naruto or other Japanese anime and manga stories for the monthly program for anime and manga fans. We watch, draw or discuss favorite series and characters. The program is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages nine to 12 and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for ages 13 to 18. Snacks, drinks and drawing materials are all provided.

Second Tuesday Book Club


Join us Tuesday, March 11, at 7:15 p. m. to discuss "Stern Men" by Elizabeth Gilbert. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. All readers are always welcome.

Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



February 20, 2014


Nursing home presentation

Join speaker Penny Shaw March 1 at 2 p.m. when she presents "Getting Quality of Care and Quality of Life in a Nursing Home: A Resident's Perspective."

This lecture will provide an overview of some of the most essential information needed to get quality care and life in nursing homes: best philosophy of care and practices, resources for choosing a nursing home, residents' rights and concerns about care and how to resolve them.

What will make this presentation unique is that the speaker will share an insider's perspective based on lived experience as a resident and an advocate. Shaw is a Massachusetts Advocates for Nursing Home Reform board member and health care quality and civil rights advocate for nursing home residents.

Drop-in winter craft

Drop in Monday, March 3, at 3:30 p.m. to make a fun winter craft. Creative drop-in crafts provide hands-on fun and all materials are supplied. Also, don't forget we have lots of many wonderful books to explore this winter!

The program is for children age 8 and up. Registration is not required. For information, call 781 848-0405, ext. 4425, or send email to referencedesk@braintreema.gov.  

Monday night craft series for adults and teens

Our next Monday night craft series for teens and adults is Monday, March 3, from 7 to 8 p.m. This month, we'll explore the art of making mini-notebooks constructed out of recycled paper. Our Monday night paper craft series for adults and teens meets once a month to explore the endless possibilities of creating with paper and is open to both adults and teens.
Registration is required. For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov.   

Baby time at the Library

Mothers can join Thayer Public Library and Quincy/Braintree Family Network Thursday, March 6, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Take a break from your hectic schedule and spend some special time with your baby. There will be visits from special guests, including a licensed baby massage therapist.

Registration is required by contacting Alda at 617-657-5312 or astankewicz@qcap.org.  The program is for newborn through seven months only. All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a resident of Braintree to attend.

The program is co-sponsored by Thayer Public Library and the Quincy/Braintree Family Network, part of QCAP/Quincy Community Action Programs (www.qcap.org) .

Anime and manga club

Join us Saturday, March 8, if you love Naruto or other Japanese anime and manga stories for the monthly program for anime and manga fans. We watch, draw or discuss favorite series and characters. The program is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages nine to 12 and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for ages 13 to 18. Snacks, drinks and drawing materials are all provided.

After-school craft

Children ages 4 and up can drop in Tuesday, March 11, at 3:45 p.m. to make a craft. All materials are supplied. Registration is not required. For information, contact the Children's Room at 781 848-0405, ext. 4425, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov.  


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



February 13, 2014


Teen creative writing group

Are you a writer? Don't miss this meeting of the library's creative writing group just for teens ages 12 to 17. Join the library's creative writing program Friday, Feb. 14, at 3:30 p.m. Monthly sessions will focus on developing ideas, finding inspiration and how to get published. Plus share your work and meet other writers. Snacks are included! For information, contact Ellen See-burger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov.  Registration is required.

Laughter wellness for the winter

Give yourself the gift of laughter Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. with a Laughter Yoga program led by Linda and Bill Hamaker.
This unique exercise of laughing and clapping is combined with gentle breathing that any age and level of physical ability can do. You will experience all the health benefits of a good belly laugh! No comedy or jokes are involved. All ages are invited. No registration is required.

Please bring your water bottle and wear comfortable clothes. This program is free and all ages are invited.

Book club for grades two and three

The book club will meet during February vacation Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 3:45 p.m.

This month's book is "Monster Blood" by R.L. Stine and we will be making green slime/monster blood! If you don't have time to finish it, come anyway! We'll be picking future titles and want to know what you think! You can get a copy from our book club shelf. We'll chat about the book and play a game. Snacks are provided. All children in grades two and three are welcome. We meet in the Children's Room.

This is a scary one, part of the "Goosebumps" series. If you don't like scary books, then skip this and wait until next month.

School vacation movie

Watch a movie on the big screen Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6:45 p.m. Come see the second and latest movie about Percy Jackson. If you want, come dressed up as a monster, a Greek god or goddess or other character from the Percy Jackson books.

This movie is for grades four to eight only No registration is necessary. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4426.

Percy party

Youngsters should join us Thursday, Feb. 20, at 2 pm for a Percy party, just for Percy Jackson fans! If you like the movies or books, you'll have a blast. There will be Medusa tag, shield making, Percy Jackson trivia, snacks related to the books and more! Come dressed up as a monster, a Greek god or goddess or other characters from the Percy Jackson movies and books if want to. The program is for children in grades four to eight. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

Cupcake decorating for teens

Teens, bring your sweet tooth and join us for cupcake decorating Saturday Feb. 22, from 3 to 4 p.m. This program is for teens only in grades six to 12. For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov.  Registration is required.

Nursing home presentation

Join speaker Penny Shaw March 1 at 2 p.m. when she presents "Getting Quality of Care and Quality of life in a Nursing Home: A Resident's Perspective."

This lecture will provide an overview of some of the most essential information needed to get quality care and life in nursing homes: best philosophy of care and practices, resources for choosing a nursing home, residents' rights and concerns about care and how to resolve them.

What will make this presentations unique is that the speaker will share an insider's perspective based on lived experience as a resident and an advocate. Shaw is a Massachusetts Advocates for Nursing Home Reform board member and health care quality and civil rights advocate for nursing home residents.

Drop-in winter craft


Drop in Monday, March 3, at 3:30 p.m. to make a fun winter craft. Creative drop-in crafts provide hands-on fun and all materials are supplied. Also, don't forget we have lots of many wonderful books to explore this winter!

The program is for children age 8 and up. Registration is not required. For information, call 781848-0405, ext. 4425, or send email to referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Monday night craft series for adults and teens


Our next Monday night craft series for teens and adults is Monday, March 3, from 7 to 8 p.m. This month, we'll explore the art of making mini-notebooks constructed out of recycled paper.
Our Monday night paper craft series for adults and teens meets once a month to explore the endless possibilities of creating with paper and is open to both adults and teens.
Registration is required. For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov

Anime and manga club


Join us Saturday, March 8, if you love Naruto or other Japanese anime and manga stories for the monthly program for anime and manga fans. We watch, draw or discuss favorite se¬ries and characters. The program is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages nine to 12 and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for ages 13 to 18. Snacks, drinks and drawing materials are all provided.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



February 6, 2014


Anime and manga club

Join us Saturday, Feb. 8, if you love Naruto or other Japanese anime and manga stories, for the monthly program for anime and manga fans. We watch, draw or discuss favorite series and characters. The program is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages nine to 12 and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for ages 13 to 18. Snacks, drinks and drawing materials are all provided.

Second Tuesday Book Club

Join us Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:15 p.m. to discuss "More Than You Know" by Penny Vincenzi. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. All readers are always welcome.

Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Brown Bag Book Club

If you love to read and you're looking for something to do on your lunch hour, join us Wednesday, Feb. 12, at noon for our Brown Bag Book Group. Bring your lunch and discuss "Tell the Wolves I'm Home" by Carol Rifka Brunt. Copies of this book can be picked up the circulation desk on the main level. All are welcome to attend. For information, contact Erin Creighton at 781-848-0405, ext. 4430, or ecreighton@braintreema.gov

Teen creative writing group


Are you a writer? Don't miss this meeting of the library's creative writing group just for teens ages 12 to 17. Join the library's creative writing program Friday, Feb. 14, at 3:30 p.m. Monthly sessions will focus on developing ideas, finding inspiration and how to get published. Plus share your work and meet other writers. Snacks are included! For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov.  Registration is required.

Laughter wellness for the winter


Give yourself the gift of laughter Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. with a Laughter Yoga program led by Linda and Bill Hamaker. This unique exercise of laughing and clapping is combined with gentle breathing that any age and level of physical ability can do. You will experience all the health benefits of a good belly laugh! No comedy or jokes are involved. All ages are invited. No registration is required. Please bring your water bottle and wear comfortable clothes. This program is free and all ages are invited.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



January 30, 2014


Book club for grades four and five

Come Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. to discuss "The Titan's Curse" by Rick Riordan. Bring some riddles of your own for the group to guess. Join our fun book club and share your love of reading. If you don't have time to finish it, come to book club anyway! We'll be picking future titles and want to know what you think! All children in grades four and five are welcome. Come for book-related fun, games and snacks!

Book club books are available for pickup at the children's desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information about this pro-gram, contact Elisabeth Strachan at 781 848-0405, ext. 4426, or estrachan@braintreema.gov

Monday night craft series for adults and teens

Our next Monday night craft series for teens and adults is Monday, Feb. 3, from 7 to 8 p.m. This month we'll explore the art of making delicate feathers out of paper.
Our Monday night paper craft series for adults and teens meets once a month to explore the endless possibilities of creating with pa-per. Program is open to both adults and teens.
Please note that registration is required. For information, contact Ellen See-burger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov

Valentine craft for children

Children can come have fun making a Valentine craft Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 3:45 p.m. This craft is a lot of fun and is best suited for children ages 5 to 10. No registration is required.

Anime and manga club

Join us Saturday, Feb. 8, if you love Naruto or other Japanese anime and manga stories, for the monthly program for anime and manga fans. We watch, draw or discuss favorite series and characters. The program is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages nine to 12 and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for ages 13 to 18. Snacks, drinks and drawing materials are all provided.

Second Tuesday Book Club

Join us Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:15 p.m. to discuss "More Than You Know" by Penny Vincenzi. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. All readers are always welcome.
Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Brown Bag Book Club

If you love to read and you're looking for some-thing to do on your lunch hour, join us Wednesday, Feb. 12, at noon for our Brown Bag Book Group. Bring your lunch and discuss "Tell the Wolves I'm Home" by Carol Rifka Brunt. Copies of this book can be picked up the circulation desk on the main level. All are welcome to attend. For information, contact Erin Creighton at 781-848-0405,
ext. 4430, or ecreighton@braintreema.gov. 

Teen creative writing group


Are you a writer? Don't miss this meeting of the library's creative writing group just for teens ages 12 to 17- Join the library's creative writing program Friday, Feb. 14, at 3:30 p.m. Monthly sessions will focus on developing ideas, finding inspiration and how to get published. Plus share your work and meet other writers. Snacks are included! For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov.  Registration is required.

Cupcake decorating for teens

Teens, bring your sweet tooth and join us for cupcake decorating Saturday Feb. 22, from 3 to 4 p.m. This program is for teens only in grades six to 12. For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreemagov.  Registration is required.

Consumer Reports online


Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news — whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products. Just go to www.thayerpubliclibrary.org  and click on the Consumer Reports icon.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



January 23, 2014


Chinese New Year craft

Families, don't forget the after-school craft Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 3:45 p.m. in the Logan Auditorium. Come make a fun, bright crafts project to celebrate Chinese New Year! No registration is needed. For information, contact the Children's Room at 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

Teen advisory group

Teens, join us Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. Members of the library's teen advisory group share ideas, create cool programs, recommend books and much more! New members are always welcome. No registration is required. For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov

Book club for grades four and five

Come Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. to discuss "The Titan's Curse" by Rick Riordan. Bring some riddles of your own for the group to guess. Join our fun book club and share your love of reading. If you don't have time to finish it, come to book club anyway! We'll be picking future titles and want to know what you think! All children in grades four and five are welcome. Come for book-related fun, games and snacks!

Book club books are available for pickup at the children's desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information about this program, contact Elisabeth Strachan at 781 848-0405, ext. 4426, or estrachan@braintreema.gov

Valentine craft for children

Children can come have fun making a Valentine craft Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 3:45 p.m. This craft is a lot of fun and is best suited for children ages 5 to 10. No registration is required.

Anime and manga club

Join us Saturday, Feb. 8, if you love Naruto or other Japanese anime and manga stories, for the monthly program for anime and manga fans. We watch, draw or discuss favorite series and characters. The program is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages nine to 12 and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for ages 13 to 18. Snacks, drinks and drawing materials are all provided.

Second Tuesday Book Club

Join us Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:15 p.m. to discuss "More Than You Know" by Penny Vincenzi. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417- All readers are always welcome.

Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Brown Bag Book Club

If you love to read and you're looking for something to do on your lunch hour, join us Wednesday, Feb. 12, at noon for our Brown Bag Book Group. Bring your lunch and discuss "Tell the Wolves I'm Home" by Carol Rifka Brunt.

Copies of this book can be picked up the circulation desk on the main level. All are welcome to attend. For information, contact Erin Creighton at 781-848-0405, ext. 4430, or ecreighton@braintreema.gov

Teen creative writing group


Are you a writer? Don't miss this meeting of the library's creative writing group just for teens ages 12 to 17- Join the library's creative writing program Friday, Feb. 14, at 3:30 p.m. Monthly sessions will focus on developing ideas, finding inspiration and how to get published. Plus share your work and meet other writers. Snacks are included! For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov.  Registration is required.

Cupcake decorating for teens

Teens, bring your sweet tooth and join us for cupcake decorating Saturday Feb. 22, from 3 to 4 p.m. This program is for teens only in grades six to 12. For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov.  Registration is required.

Monday night craft series for adults and teens


Our next Monday night craft series for teens and adults is Monday, Feb. 3, from 7 to 8 p.m. This month we'll explore the art of making delicate feathers out of paper.
Our Monday night paper craft series for adults and teens meets once a month to explore the endless possibilities of creating with paper. Program is open to both adults and teens.

Please note that registration is required. For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.



January 9, 2014


Anima and manga club

Join us Saturday, Jan. 11, if you love Naruto or other Japanese anime and manga stories for the monthly program for anime and manga fans. We watch, draw or discuss favorite series and characters. The program is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 9 to 12 and 3 to 4 p.m. for ages 13 to 18. Snacks, drinks and drawing materials are all provided.

Movie night out

Join us Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m. for a movie on our big screen. Come watch a historical drama with actor Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey and directed by Lee Daniels.

Titles will be announced in the library. Movie ratings will vary. This program is primarily intended for adult audiences. Enjoy this movie with popcorn and friends.

Thayer Public Library every month brings the fun of the big screen to the library. Join us each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Logan Auditorium. The library screens a variety of new releases, classics, and documentaries. The movie ratings will vary from month to month, but this program is primarily intended for a mature audience.

For information about each month's movie, call the reference desk at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or brref@ocln.org

Second Tuesday Book Club

Join us Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7:15 p.m. to discuss "Old Filth" by Jane Gardam. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. All readers are always welcome.

Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion.

For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or referencedesk@braintreema.gov

Marcus Gale for children

Popular performer Marcus Gale returns to Thayer Public Library Friday Jan. 17, at 10:30 a.m. Gale brings the gift of music to delight young children and their families. Young children can improve listening and literacy skills by attending this program.

Programs at Thayer Public Library are always free. The Marcus Gale program is co-sponsored by Thayer Public Library and QCAP (Quincy Community Action Programs, www.qcap.org),  which includes the Quincy/Brain-tree Family Network.

Library closed for holiday

The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.




January 2, 2014


Teen creative writing group

Are you a writer? Don't miss this meeting of the library's creative writing group just for youths ages 12 to 17.  Join the library's creative writing program Friday, Jan. 3, at 3:30 p.m. Monthly sessions will focus on developing ideas, finding inspiration and how to get published. Share your work and meet other writers. Snacks are included. For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov.  Registration is required.

Library on your tablet

Do you love your tablet, but hate paying for additional content? Are you expecting to get a new tablet soon? Then join us for a 90-minute session Saturday, Jan. 4, and learn how, with your Thayer Public Library card, you have free access to some of the latest books and magazines for your tablet, and some for your smart phone and home computer, too!

In this workshop you'll learn about the library's free apps for ebooks, music, newspapers, magazines and lots more. The program will be geared for iPads, but there will be information on apps for all types of tablets. Take a look at some of the best free apps to make your life more organized, or just more fun. Bring your tablet and sign-on information for the App Store or Google Play and see what else the library has to offer. Some apps maybe available for Nook tablets and Kindle Fire as well. Please remember, these apps will not work on devices that are strictly ereaders. 

Please register at the lower-level reference desk, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or through the online calendar at www.thayerpubliclibrary.net

Drop-in winter craft

Drop in on Monday, Jan. 6, at 3:30 p.m. to make a fun winter craft. Creative drop-in crafts provide hands-on fun and all materials are supplied. Also, don't forget we have lots of many wonderful books to explore this winter!

The program is for children age 8 and up. Registration is not required. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425, or send email to
referencedesk@braintreema.gov


Monday night craft series for adults and teens

The next Monday night craft series for teens and adults is Monday, Jan. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. We'll explore paper folding and cutting to create beautiful fans and snowflakes. Our Monday night paper craft series for adults and teens meets once a month to explore the endless possibilities of creating with paper. Program is open to both adults and teens.

Registration is required. For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or eseeburger@braintreema.gov

Brown Bag Book Club

If you love to read and you're looking for something to do on your lunch hour, join us Wednesday, Jan. 8, at noon for our Brown Bag Book Group. Bring your lunch and discuss "Ragtime" by EL Doctorow. After a brief discussion of the book, we'll watch the film starring James Cagney.

Copies of this book can be picked up the circulation desk on the main level. All are welcome to attend. For information, contact Erin Creighton at 781-848-0405, ext. 4430, or ecreighton@braintreema.gov.

Anima and manga club


Join us Saturday, Jan. 11, if you love Naruto or other Japanese anime and manga stories for the monthly program for anime and manga fans. We watch, draw or discuss favorite series and characters. The program is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 9 to 12 and 3 to 4 p.m. for ages 13 to 18. Snacks, drinks and drawing materials are all provided.

Second Tuesday Book Club


Join us Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7:15 p.m. to discuss "Old Filth" by Jane Gardam. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. All readers t are always welcome.
Book club books are available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. For information, contact Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, 6r referencedesk@braintreema.gov


This column is submitted by Terri Stano, 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.