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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 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

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 

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 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.

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