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Library Advocate, 24 December 2003

Library Sets Holiday Hours

Thayer Public Library will close at Noon on Wednesday, December 24, will be closed on December 25, and will re-open at its usual 9:00 a.m. time on Friday, December 26. On Wednesday, December 31, the library will close at 5:00 p.m., will be closed on Thursday, January 1, 2004, and will reopen on Friday, January 2, at 9:00 a.m.

Hearty congratulations to Harold Randolph, the library's newest Trustee recently appointed by the Board of Selectmen! Mr. Randolph's appointment fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Carol Tombari. The Friends wish him well in his new position, and we look forward to working with him as we do with all the Trustees and the Library Director, to determine the most effective ways of advocating for and supporting library programs and services.

The Braintree Art Association will have an exhibit in Logan Auditorium from Saturday, January 10 through Saturday January 17. This is a great opportunity to plan some extratime during your visit(s) to the library that week, to browse and enjoy the wonderful work of our local and area artists.

The Friends of Thayer Public Library will sponsor programs on Sundays at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium each month from January through May, 2004. The first will be a performance on January 18 by South Shore Conservatory instructor John Kramer, a dynamic and exciting pianist, who has performed in the library previously. Look for more about his program in this column and in other media as well. The schedule of all the Friends-sponsored Sunday programs through May will be available on handouts at the library next week.

Library Assistant James Martin gives the following review of a book which may be of interest to WW2 readers and to those interested in the ways international relations develop and are influenced: "Flyboys", by James Brady, Little, Brown & Company, Boston, 2003, 398 pages.

"The year was 1944, and the place was the remote Pacific island of Chichi Jima, 350 miles from the Japanese homeland. Nine navy pilots were sent to destroy its radio towers. All were shot down. One was rescued by a U.S. submarine. The rest were captured. The author is the son of one of the four Marines who raised the flag on Mount Suribachi. The rescued pilot was George Bush. The first part of "Flyboys", a history of U.S./Asian relations, is disconcerting but worth knowing. For example, in 1902 after America had acquired the Philippine Islands as a result of its war with Spain, the U.S. Army put down a rebellion by slaughtering 250,000 natives. An American General, with the full knowledge of President Theodore Roosevelt, issued a written order to kill 'all those above ten years of age' (pp.68-69). 20 years later when Japan requested that a racial equality clause be ad

Make the library a frequent stop during this holiday season! Take some time to slow the pace for a while, and pull away from the crowds to relax, find what you need in the way of books, CD's DVD's, video and audio tapes, and plan how you can best enjoy them. Browse the Friends Book Sale, and have a refreshing hot beverage in The Friends Fogg Cafe.

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

3 December 2003 Issue

Your Library: A Place for All Seasons

Taking a trip to other lands, or to places in the U.S., including close to home? A visit to your library could be a good way to begin. There are travel books aplenty, and use of the library's computers for discoveries, directions, and travel details on the Internet can be very helpful. Once a destination is decided, then books, books on tape, audiotapes and CD's can be very useful during those long treks, and when you have reached your vacation spot. If you plan to stay local, don't forget the availability of museum passes for admission or discounts. Visit the Reference Desk downstairs and sign up! The library is a local treasure you can explore at will, not just during vacation time, but year round.

From now until the New Year the ambiance of the library is brightened by the presence of poinsettias, courtesy of The Friends. We hope that they will add to the cheerful atmosphere already created by a pleasant library staff anxious to be of assistance to you.

Tonight, Wednesday December 3, "The Four Shapes of Boston", a slide/lecture presentation by Boston By Foot, will be in Logan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Learn about the growth of Boston by learning about the buildings during each phase of its evolution from peninsula to major urban community.

Tomorrow night, Thursday December 4, come to Logan Auditorium and hear songs of Irving Berlin, narrated and sung by Judy Cobble and Joel Davidson. Take a step back into America's musical past, and hear songs which have endured and have been and continue to be loved by generations.

On Monday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a timely seasonal program for the family, especially for children 5 and older. It is the story of The Nutcracker, brought to life by storyteller Carolyn Martino. Bring the family and enjoy!

Save the Date: March 6, 2004! The Friends of Thayer Public Library "Spring Fest", a gala dinner dance which will directly benefit the library through the work of The Friends, will take place at the Sons of Italy Hall. All are invited. Plan a table now! Great food, live dance music, and a celebration of the coming of Spring will be enjoyed by all who attend, all for $50 per person. For information and early reservations call Jane Fogg 781-848-0665.

James Martin, Library Assistant, gives his review of a local historical event, "Dark Tide", by Stephen Puleo, Beacon Press, 263 pages. "Everything you ever wanted to know about molasses and then some. In 1919, two million three hundred thousand gallons of the gooey stuff made up the 'dark tide', some 25 feet high and 160 feet wide, inundating Boston's North End. Warnings that the huge tank was leaking and that pressure had it on the verge of collapse were ignored. The only incredibly stupid action taken prior to its bursting was to repaint it brown, to help cover up leaks. Molasses' main use (80% of the contents of the tank) was for munitions during World War I. Most of the remainder was for rum, and maybe 1% for candy, plus the molasses and peanut butter sandwiches I enjoyed as a kid. The flood of dark brown stuff enveloped the waterfront, killing 21 and injuring more than 100, plus not a few horses, all in less than a half an hour! I didn't verify it, but have been told that to this day, one can still smell it".

More and more people are discovering the great taste of the hot beverages in the Cafe. Visit soon, and try one for yourself. You'll be glad you did! Also, pick out some good reading material in The Friends Book Sale downstairs. Excellent pre-owned books are being added each day. You may have missed some already.

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

26 November 2003 Issue

"The Life and Music of Irving Berlin" is a program which will be presented on Thursday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium of Thayer Public Library, 798 Washington Street. Singers Joel Davidson and Judy Cobble, with Judy at the piano, will perform many of the favorite Berlin songs, while giving some of the highlights of his life. The program is free and open to the public. For more information call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4420.

The Building of Boston---From Peninsula to Thriving City

A city can be defined by its buildings, as much as by its inhabitants. Over a 300 year period, the shape of Boston changed radically, as we know. There were definite phases, and on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30, those phases will be spelled out in a slide/lecture presentation "The Four Shapes of Boston". The presentation will be in Logan Auditorium, and will show the growth of the Shawmut Peninsula into greater Boston. Highlighted will be the buildings and building styles which evolved during Boston's long history. The program is presented by "Boston By Foot", a non-profit educational organization.

During Boston's long history, waves of immigrants came from various nations of Europe, Asia, and other continents, seeking freedom from oppression, a new start in a new land, and for many other reasons. One of these immigrants was a young boy, later to become the great songwriter Irving Berlin, whose song "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor" epitomized both the struggles of those who came seeking a new start and the new nation which welcomed them and gave them hope. On Thursday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium, Joel Davidson and Judy Cobble will reach into the rich catalog of songs written by Irving Berlin and bring them to life in a program entitled "The Life and Music of Irving Berlin". Plan now to attend and hear some of America's favorite tunes!

Looking ahead, mark the date of Monday, December 15, and the time of 6:30 p.m. Carolyn Martino, master storyteller, returns to present "The Nutcracker" in Logan Auditorium. This is a family program, especially appropriate for children ages 5 and over. Great lead-in to the holiday season, without having to travel far at all!

For information about schedules and registering for Toddler Time, Pre-School Time, and Craft Programs, visit the Children's Department or call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4425.

Visit The Friends' Book Sale on the Fay (Lower) Level and stock up on some great reading material for the holidays, and have a hot beverage in The Friends' Fogg Cafe while in the library.

Please note that the library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will be closed Thanksgiving Day, reopening on Friday, November 28 at 9:00 a.m.

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

12 November 2003 Issue

Student Art on Display at Library

The library is alive with art, music, books, and other educational activities! Take time to browse the beautiful and talented art work of the young people of Braintree, from pre-schools to the public schools, grades K through 12. The colorful paintings and three-dimensional work can be seen on the Main Level of the library through November. There is some excellent work. Don't miss it! Also on the same floor are paintings of the library's Artist of the Month, Elizabeth Pohl. There is a great deal to see on the Main Level, so plan to stay a while!

On the subject of art, on Sunday, November 23, historian Gershon Weisenberg will present the third in his series of three slide/lectures on famous artists. The subjec will be "The Human Condition: The Life and Artistry of Rembrandt van Rijn". The artistic career of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) achieved for this Dutch master a place in the chronicles of world cultural history as legendary and sublime as those of Shakespeare, Mozart, and Bach. To learn more about Rembrandt, his times and his works, plan to be in Logan Auditorium on November 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Art leads naturally into music, and the library is the place to hear some good music in November. Guitarist Kevin Hubbard will perform selections from his recent CD "Aspirations" on Saturday, November 8, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Kevin has a degree in music from U. Mass, and has attended an Eliot Fisk hosted masterclass in Granada, Spain. He plays a variety of musical styles, including classical, folk, jazz and rock.

The celebration of the arts in November continues on Sunday November 16 at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium when Bobbi Carrey and Will McMillan present songs from the vast catalogue of Richard Rodgers songs. His collaboration with lyrisists Lorenz Hart and later Oscar Hammerstein served to highlight the beauty and creativity of Rodgers' musical genius. Carrey and McMillan capture the spirit of the music and have singing styles which make listening to these wonderful songs pleasureful indeed for young as well as nostalgic ears.

The Boston By Foot presentation of "The Four Shapes of Boston" will take place in Logan Auditorium on Wednesday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. Mark your calendar now!

The Annual Book Sale of The Friends of Thayer Public Library was very successful, thanks to all who helped to make it happen, and to those who attended and purchased books, tote bags, and participated in the Silent Auction. Special thanks to Book Sale organizer Adele Barcelo, and to helpers Dick Barcelo, Jean Bodner, Judy and John Cobble, Claire Collins, Marjorie Crawford, Mary Connolly, Sheila Davis, Dave and Kathleen Finley, Jane and Larry Fogg, Dottie Frano, Ginger Grasso, Mary Lou Hamel, Ann-Marie Joyce, Dorothy Keigan, Jeff and Sandra Kunz, Cora Madrid, Annie Murphy, Fran Noble, Viola Orenberg, John and Michael Pelose, Carol Richmond, Marcel Robinson, Pat Rooney, Sarah Sawyer, John Shuster, Carol Singler, Claire Stern, Margaret Strand, Marjorie Sullivan, John Thompson, Carmella Varraso, and Cathy Venti.

There are many good book choices still available in the daily Book Sale downstairs. Stop there on your next library visit!

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

5 November 2003 Issue

Rodgers, Hart and Hammerstein at Library

Bobbi Carrey and Will McMillan will perform music and songs of Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein on Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the library's Logan Auditorium. Richard Rodgers was one of the most prolific theatre composers of the 20th century. Only 14 when he wrote his first song, he composed songs over a period of six decades, writing music for over 40 musicals, including "Babes in Arms", "Pal Joey", "Oklahoma!", "Carousel", "South Pacific", "King and I", and "The Sound of Music". He wrote music for more than 25 shows in collaboration with lyricist Lorenz Hart, and later began one of the most successful partnerships in Broadway musical history with Oscar Hammerstein.

Using song and story, Bobbi Carrey and Will McMillan illuminate these very successful collaborations, and bring to audiences their own styles and love of music. This is a performance not to be missed, if you love musical theatre and the memorable and show-stoppiong songs of these great artists!

Don't forget about the talented guitarist Kevin Hubbard, playing jazz, rock, and classical music in Logan Auditorium on Saturday, November 8, at 3:00 p.m.

Parents of small children: Check with librarians in The Children's Department to get times and availability of space for Toddler and Pre-school story times. Also, register for the After School Craft program which will take place on Wednesday November 12, at 3:30 p.m. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

Thanks to so many people who have supported the varied programs at the library by your attendance. Much work goes into planning the programs, and efforts are made to schedule events and programs which are of educational and entertainment interest to as many people as possible. If you have ideas or suggestions for future programs, library director David Hinkley would like to hear from you. He can be contacted at 781-848-0405, ext. 4420, or by mail.

The library's "Artist of the Month" for November is Elizabeth Pohl. Examples of her work can be viewed on the Messina (Main) Level. Check them out!

The Friends are appreciative of the many library patrons discovering and using the beverage machine in the Fogg Cafe.

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

29 October 2003 Issue

Friends' Annual Book Sale at Library

The Friends of Thayer Public Library Annual Book Sale will be held in Logan Auditorium at the Library on Friday, October 31 and Saturday November 1, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.There are hundreds of books in all categories available. All proceeds will be used by The Friends for the benefit of the library and its materials, services and programs. In conjunction with the Book Sale, a donation of art objects by local artist Donna Ingemanson to be sold at a silent auction also will go toward enhancing the library. Come early (but not too early---the library opens at 9) and often during the 2 day sale, load up on good books, and benefit the library at the same time. Many thanks to all who have contributed books for the sale, and thanks to Braintree Stop & Shop for participating in the drive to collect so many fine books.

Art historian Gershon (Jerry) Weisenberg gives a slide presentation of "Women Artists of the High Renaissance" in Logan Auditorium on Sunday, November 2 at 3:00 p.m. This is the second in a series of three presentations. The third, "The Human Condition: The Life and Artistry of Rembrandt van Rijn" will be presented on Sunday, November 23 at 3.

Guitarist Kevin Hubbard will bring his musical talent to the library on Saturday, November 8, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. A native of Duxbury, Kevin began playing the guitar at age 18. His musical training includes private instruction, a BA degree from U. Mass. as a music major, and an Eliot Fisk-hosted masterclass in Granada, Spain. He will perform various selections from his CD, "Aspirations", which was released in April, 2003. His playing styles include folk, jazz, and rock.

Cabaret singer Bobbi Carrey, joined by Will McMillan, will perform songs of Richard Rodgers in Logan Auditorium on Sunday, November 16, at 3:00 p.m. Bobbi Carrey has performed successfully in venues in and around Boston and on the South Shore. Rodgers' long association first with Lorenz Hart and later with Oscar Hammerstein resulted in a wealth of songs universally recognized and loved.

Want a hot refreshing beverage on these pre-Winter days? Then stop by The Friends' Fogg Cafe, where you will find a variety of choices. Then move quickly to the Book Sale area downstairs, where the supply is replenished often, so that there always are new selections at your fingertips.

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

22 October 2003 Issue

Friends of Library Hold Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be on Thursday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. The primary purpose of The Friends is to work in collaboration with the library director and staff, to raise funds which will enhance library programs, materials and services, and in general to be an advocate in the community for the library. We believe that every family in Braintree has a significant stake in making our library one of excellence and one which reaches everyone in the community. Wouldn't it be great if every household in Braintree had at least one library card holder and at least one member of The Friends? Why not visit your library soon, (such as the meeting on the 23), apply for a card, and pick up a Friends' membership application at the same time?

Jazz visits the library again, in the form of the Dean Marcellano Latin Jazz Trio, on Saturday, October 25, at 3:00 p.m. Come and enjoy some great music on a fine Fall afternoon.

The Friends' Annual Book Sale is Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. There are some great selections this year in all categories. An added feature at the Book Sale is a silent auction of art work donated by Braintree artist Donna Ingemanson. Some samples of materials to be auctioned can be seen in one of the Duane display cases at the Washington Street entrance. All proceeds from the Book Sale and the auction will go toward enhancing materials, programs and services of the library.

The program "Boston By Foot" has been rescheduled to Wednesday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Looking ahead to November, the second in the series of three programs on famous artists, with slides and narration by art historian Gershon Weisenberg, will be held in Logan Auditorium on Sunday, November 2, at 2:30 P.M. The program will highlight "Women Artists of the High Renaissance".

The program on Saturday November 8 at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium will feature guitarist Kevin Hubbard. His music has been heard on some 60 classical music stations in the U.S. and Canada.

Paintings of Bob Weikel, member of the Braintree Art Association, are on display on the Main Level of the library throughout October.

Coming up on Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m. is a real treat! Cabaret singer Bobbi Carrey, with Will McMillan, are presenting a program illuminating the very rich and prolific music of Richard Rodgers, in his collaboration with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein. More about this program later.

The Friends' Book Sale on the Fay (Lower) Level continues to be a place where good reading material can be found, at very reasonable prices. Check it out!

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

8 October 2003 Issue

Friends Plan Annual Book Sale

Friday October 31 and Saturday November 1 are the dates of the Annual Book Sale of The Friends of Thayer Public Library. It will be in Logan Auditorium, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day. This year there also will be a silent auction of items donated to The Friends by Braintree artist Donna Ingemanson. There is an exhibit of some of the items, plus some information about how she will personalize some of the paintings for those who have winning bids on them, in one of the Duane display cases at the Washington Street entrance. Come to the Sale, get some great books, and support your library at the same time. Many thanks to Doris Nelson and Stop & Shop for again helping to collect books for the sale. If you have books to donate, you can drop them off at Stop & Shop or the library

The Friends' Annual Meeting will be on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. "The Patriot Act" and its implications for libraries will be the topic for the evening, with discussion led by library director David Hinkley and some of the library trustees.

The library's 'Artist of the Month' for October, sponsored by the Braintree Art Association, is Bob Weikel. His paintings are on display on the Main (Messina) Level, and include pastels, watercolor, pen and ink, pencil, scratchboard, and mixed. Some of the catchy titles include "Bonnie and Clyde", "Papa's Sweetie", "Free Spirits", and "Catch of the Day". Take time on your next visit to the library to browse these paintings, as well as the colorful displays in the various display cases.

Today's program in the Auditorium (Wednesday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.) will feature interior decorator Ginny Lizotte of Braintree. She will show and discuss award winning interior design projects, and offer helpful information about how to design the various spaces in one's home.

Photographer and author Thad Koza gives a slide presentation entitled "Tall Ships: The International Fleet", on Thursday October 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. His focus will be on the Tall Ships coming to Boston Harbor in July, 2004. Mr. Koza has served as an "on board" lecturer for the QE2 and other cruise lines, and he has been a consultant for ABC-TV in New York. He has published a variety of articles and books on the Tall Ships.

Families: Don't forget the 'After School Craft' program on Wednesday, October 15, at 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. This is a special Hallow'een program to make decorative 'ghosts'. It is for children ages 6 and up, so register now in the Children's Department!

On Sunday, October 19 The Friends are sponsoring a piano concert by Juyeon Kang, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. She will play works of Mozart, Debussy, Liszt and Rachmaninoff. A reception will follow the performance.

Want to join a book discussion group? Then read Simon Winchester's "Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded", and meet with the group in the Marinelli Reading Room, Main Level, at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 22.

If you can't wait until The Friends' Annual Book Sale at the end of October, then visit the daily sale on the Fay (Lower) Level for some excellent buys. And while you already are in the library, why not enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee (decaf or regular) or tea (Only 50 cents a cup---what a bargain!) in the Friends Fogg Cafe. You'll be glad you did!

1 October 2003 Issue

Art, Music, Books, Audio-Visuals. The Library Has it All!

What a multi-faceted place our library is, offering adults and children a wide variety of educational choices, with enjoyable programs as well! In October, the schedule is in full swing. You can check the schedule via the Internet, by typing in thayerpubliclibrary.org. If the library home page does not come up immediately, click on the link it suggests, and when the home page appears, click on "Upcoming Programs". It will show the calendar of events planned each month.

"Stillness and Radiance: The Life and Artistry of Jan Vermeer" will be the subject of the first in a series of three programs on great artists, in Logan Auditorium on Sunday, October 5, at 2:30 p.m. With his knowledgeable and entertaining narration and commentary, art historian Gershon Weisenberg returns to Thayer Public Library for an audio-visual presentation of the artist and his work. Jan Vermeer is the most enigmatic of painters. He left scant records and information about himself and his family, apart from what may be gleaned from his paintings. Their very number and identity are hotly disputed in the art world. In this presentation, Mr. Weisenberg explores the mysteries and wonders which this great Dutch craftsman bequeathed to posterity.

For information about times, space available, and how to register for "Toddler Story Times" and "Preschool Story Times" please call the Children's Department at 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

Join Interior Decorator Ginny Lizotte of Braintree for a slide presentation of Award Winning Interior Design Projects, in Logan Auditorium on Wednesday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m. Ginny is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Decorators, and has owned her own business for over 15 years. The event will feature 'before and after' slides of actual clients' homes. These award winning rooms were chosen by editors of the major national decorating magazines for the 2003 interiors by Decorating Den National Conference held in Dallas, TX.

Don't miss the Tall Ships! They are coming in 2004, so get a preview on Thursday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. That is when Thad Koza, author and photographer, will present a program entitled "Tall Ships: THe International Fleet", focusing on the vessels which will be in Boston Harbor in July, 2004.

Pianist Juyeon Kang will perform in Logan Auditorium at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 19. A native of Korea, she has performed in recital and with symphony orchestras in the United States, Spain, and Korea. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and holds an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

Cabaret Singer Bobbi Carrey presents "Music of Rodgers and Hart" on Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium.

Reminder: On Saturday, October 4 The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be at the Recycling Center from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to receive computer monitors and TVs. Fees are $10 per unit, $15 for TV console. If 6 or more units are delivered, the fee is $6 per unit. The Friends' share of the fees will be used to benefit the library.

The Friends' Annual Meeting is in Logan Auditorium on Thursday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. Come and meet library director David Hinkley and library Trustees. "The Patriot Act and implications for libraries" will be discussed.

The Friends' Annual Book Sale will be Friday and Saturday, October 31 and November 1, from 9:00 a.m until 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium.

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

24 September 2003 Issue

Friends' Annual Book Sale to Benefit Library

The Friends of Thayer Public Library Annual Book Sale will be held in Logan Auditorium of the library on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. There will be excellent reading material in all categories available, in hard cover and paperback, at great prices, with all proceeds going toward enhancements for the library. More details will appear in this column in future issues of The Forum.

The Annual Meeting of The Friends will be on Thursday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. Library Director David Hinkley will lead a discussion of "The Patriot Act" and how it impacts libraries in general, and Thayer Public Library in particular. Library Trustees have been invited to present their thoughts on the subject as well, so it will be a good time to meet and share your thoughts on this and other subjects with them and Mr. Hinkley.

The library has a new Trustee, Ann M. Toland. Ms. Toland was appointed to fill a vacancy which occurred when Janet Husband resigned, due to her moving out of the Braintree area. The Friends would like to welcome Ms. Toland, and wish her well in her tenure on the Board of Trustees.

For anyone who missed the recent TV and computer monitor collection, there is still an opportunity to free up that attic or cellar space by taking those units to the Ivory Street Recycling Center on Saturday, October 4, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. which is "Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day" in Braintree. The Friends will be there to receive $10.00 for each unit ($15.00 for console TVs). If 6 or more units are brought, then the cost is reduced to $6.00 per item. (Computer) keyboards, CPUs and mice are accepted at no cost. Remember, this is a great opportunity to unload those space clogging items and benefit the library at the same time! If you don't already know what other hazardous waste items will be accepted, pick up a flier with the list at various places in town, including the library.

Sunday programs at the library begin on October 5, at 2:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium, with the return of art historian Gershon (Jerry) Weisenberg, who led an informative, interesting and popular series on American artists last Spring. The October 5 program will begin another series of three artists, the first title of which will be "Silence and Radiance: The Life and Artistry of Jan Vermeer". Plan now to attend, and bring a friend! There will be more about Jan Vermeer in the next issue of The Forum.

The first of The Friends' sponsored Fall Sunday Concerts will be at 3:00 pm. on Sunday October 19, in Logan Auditorium. Juyeon Kang, pianist, will play works by Rachmaninoff and Debussy. More information about the performer will follow, but circle that date on your calendar now!

Be sure to catch the beautiful photo display by The South Shore Camera Club, in the two Duane display cases at the Washington Street entrance of the library. Also there you will find information about the Club, including meetings.

In preparation for Hallow'een, there will be an "After School Crafts" program on Wednesday October 15, at 3:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Children ages 6 and up will make 'ghosts' to hang up. Please visit the Children's Department to register or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

There is still time to view the art work of Bill Sawyer, on display on the Messina (Main) Level, as a part of the library's "Artist of the Month" series.

Many thanks to all who help support The Friends and the library by purchases from the Book Sale area. New materials are being added daily, so don't let too much time go by before returning to see what is there.

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

10 September 2003

Friends Fundraiser to Benefit Library

The Friends of Thayer Public Library exist in order to enhance the library in a variety of ways. Library furnishings, special collections, landscaping, and programs are just a few. We work with library director David Hinkley and his staff to determine what the priorities are which cannot be funded through the allocated budget, then we develop projects to raise money to fund those priorities. The daily Book Sale, the Annual Book Sale, The Winter Wonderland Ball, annual dues of those who join The Friends, and donations from service organizations are just some of the ways The Friends have of funding library projects.

On Saturday, September 13, The Friends venture into another arena which we hope will result in funds to benefit the library. The collection of computers and TVs which will take place from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on that day in the KMart parking lot will be an opportunity for residents and businesses to turn in what has become hazardous waste in the form of TV and computer monitors, and to benefit the library in the process. Friends of the library will be there to collect a fee of $10 for each item (or if 6 or more items are delivered, $6 per item), working in collaboration with CRTR, Inc., a state approved company. If anyone has questions about the collection, please call 1-800-944-7019.

On the same day, Saturday, September 13, after you deliver your computer or TV, you can go to the library's Logan Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. and enjoy the video showing of Andrea Bocelli's Statue of Liberty Concert, performed in July, 2001. Mr. Bocelli is joined by soprano Maria Martinez, and special guest Sarah Brightman.

Friend of the library Sarah Sawyer suggests that "Any 'Titanic' enthusiast should make it a point to go to the 3D movie at the IMAX Theater near the New England Aquarium to see 'Ghosts of the Abyss'. This movie was made in late Summer of 2001, by the same James Cameron who was responsible for the 1997 movie 'Titanic'. This time, though, the underwater photos were shot with IMAX cameras in 3D, which adds greatly to the effect. A new book of the same title, published in 2003 (shelf no. 910.9163 MAR) is now a regular on the New Non-fiction shelves on the Main Level of Thayer Public Library. After the opening of school, you should also consider asking at the Reference Desk to reserve a discount pass to the Aquarium itself".

And speaking of the Reference Desk, you will see a new face there. Recently joining the library staff is reference librarian Priscilla Crane, who comes to Braintree from Maryland. You will read more about her later. Welcome, Priscilla!

After meeting Priscilla, it is just a short walk to The Friends Book Sale Area. You may want to carry all those books you buy in one of The Friends new book bags, available at the Main Circulation Desk on the Main Level. If you are tired after all that, relax in The Friends' Fogg Cafe and enjoy a refreshing hot beverage.

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

3 September 2003 Issue

Library Fall Schedule Begins

Beginning Tuesday, September 2, Thayer Public Library will be on its Fall/Winter schedule. It will be open Mondays - Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the hours will be 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The library will not be open on Sundays, but periodically the library's Program Room, Logan Auditorium, will be accessible for special Sunday afternoon concerts/programs. Watch this column and other places in the Braintree Forum and the Patriot Ledger's Calendar of Events (Under Braintree/Library) for dates of such Sunday events.

Be aware of two dates on which The Friends will be involved in collecting hazardous waste products, specifically Computer Monitors and TVs. On Saturday, September 13 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the KMart parking lot, such materials can be delivered. Fees, to be collected by The Friends of Thayer Public Library, will be $10.00 for each Computer Monitor and TV, and $15 for each Console TV. If six or more such items are delivered, the fee is $6.00 per item. The Friends also will receive such items at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Ivory Street Recycling Center on Saturday, October 4, when the same fee schedule will apply. These are excellent opportunities to get rid of those outdated Computer Monitors and TVs and benefit the library at the same time!

Andrea Bocelli's Statue of Liberty "American Dream" concert video will be shown on Saturday, September 13, at 2:30 p.m. in the library's Logan Auditorium. Filmed in July, 2000, with the Manhattan skyline (including the Twin Towers), Ellis Island, and Staten Island as a breathtaking backdrop, international tenor sensation Andrea Bocelli fulfills his father's long abiding wish to see his son perform at the Statue of Liberty. Bocelli is joined by soprano Ana Maria Martinez and a very special, surprise guest Sarah Brightman, who sings the international chart topper, "Time to Say Goodbye".

Many of you may have seen the movie "Seabiscuit". Here is Library Assistant Jim Martin's take on the book "Seabiscuit: An American Legend", by Laura Hillenbrand, Ballantine Publishing Group, New York, 2001. From the Preface: "In 1938, near the end of a decade of monumental turmoil, the year's number one newsmaker was not Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Hitler, or Mussolini. It wasn't Pope Pius XI, nor was it Lou Gehrig, Howard Hughes, or Clark Gable. The subject of the most newspaper column inches wasn't even a person. It was an undersized, crooked legged racehorse named Seabiscuit". Charles Howard, in 1906, arrived in San Francisco at age 26 almost penniless, and opened up a small bicycle repair shop. The horseless carriage arrived, its debut an unmitigated mechanical disaster. Bike repair became car repair, then on to car sales. Howard purchased "The Biscuit" in 1936. War Admiral racing Seabiscuit was like early Harvard/Yale vs. young, uppity blue collar Notre Dame. The elite, aristocratic, movie-handsome Stallion vs. the very scrappy, un-Ivy League hungry ugly duckling. One on one, with 40 million radio listeners (equivalent to 100 million today) even FDR's fireside chat gave way. And guess who won!

Paintings of Braintree Art Association member Bill Sawyer are being exhibited during the month of September on the Main Level of the library.

The Book Sale and the Cafe are managed by The Friends, and offer quality items for various types of consumption at bargain prices. You will leave each area with mind and body satisfaction, and your finances will remain essentially intact.

This column is written by John Cobble, President of The Friends of Thayer Public Library, to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services. Material about the library for inclusion is welcomed. Send to jcc@beld.net.

27 August 2003 Issue

Successful Summer Reading Program at Library

This year's statewide Summer reading program, "Read, Think, Create @ Your Library", was a great success at our library. The program's goal, to encourage children to continue reading throughout the Summer, was met and more! It was promoted at each of the elementary schools, and at the South Shore Plaza. The entire Children's Department staff worked very hard, decorating the room, preparing for programs, handing out materials and taking care of all the patrons. 956 children joined the program at Thayer Public Library, representing a 55% increase over the previous year! More than 5000 books were read during the eight weeks of the program! More than 1200 people attended the 20 programs offered. At the end of the Summer program, children received nylon book bags and certificates signed by Governor Romney and the Children's Librarian Cynthia Grabke. Congratulations to the children.

Some of the items no longer acceptable at landfills or transfer stations are television and computer monitors, because of the mercury content in their screens. The Friends of Thayer Public Library has an opportunity to work with CRT Recycling, a state approved contractor, using a one-day recycling event to help raise funds for projects which will benefit the library. This event, primarily geared to local businesses wishing to recycle the monitors, will be held in a section of the KMart parking area on Saturday, September 13, from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The fee for recycling a television or computer monitor will be $10.00 for each unit. For six or more units, the fee will be $6.00 per unit. Residents who wish to bring monitors for recycling may do so, or wait until the Town of Braintree's residential HHWD scheduled for October 4.

The Friends are enthusiastic about this opportunity, since it will not only keep a substantial amount of the funds collected in the Town of Braintree, but also will be used to further initiate and enhance library programs, materials, and services which cannot be provided through the library's annual budget allocation from the Town.

Many thanks to all who have continued to support The Friends' Book Sale througout the Summer. If you have not already visited the sale, please do so. It is for a good cause, and you may be pleasantly surprised at the fine reading material you will find there. If you have books to donate to the sale, please drop them off in the designated spot in the sale area, or call Adele at 781-843-8123. Pick-up of books can be arranged.

Enjoy a refreshing beverage of tea, coffee or hot chocolate in The Friends' Fogg Cafe.

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

13 August 2003 Issue

"The Pirate Show" Boards Good Ship TPL

"Come one, come all to the great Pirate Show", on Thursday, August 14, at 6:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium! Julie and Brownie present songs and stories about pirates. This program finale also is a celebration of the Summer Reading Program which, under the able direction of Children's Department director Cynthia Grabke, keeps expanding in creative ideas and participants. Many thanks to Cynthia and her hard working staff! Refreshments will be provided, courtesy The Friends of the Library.

Lisa Johnson, the library's "artist of the month" for August, is exhibiting her oil paintings not only in the Main Level area, but also in the two Duane display cases at the Washington Street entrance. Drop by and see them on your next library visit.

You may be interested in browsing the othe display cases also, because they do change periodically. The Bump/McDevitt case near the Main Circulation Desk currently houses memorabilia from Braintree's Tercentenary Celebration (1640-1940), furnished by The Braintree Historical Society. The two cases on the Upper Level show dinosaurs of various types, and a baseball card collection.

Judy Caristi from the Gardeners' Guild is doing a fantastic job of tending the plants in the library. She has the expertise, and maintains the plants on a regular basis. The plants add so much to the ambiance of the library. This is just one of the many volunteer tasks done by people who want to help to make our library an outstanding place to expand one's horizons, aesthetically as well as learning. Thank you, Judy!

Here are brief comments by on a book enjoyed by Sarah Sawyer. " If you get vertigo on a stepladder but you still like vicarious mountain-climbing, look for 'Everest: Triumph and Tragedy on the World's Higest Peak', by Matt Dickinson (2002). It is a short read, but has fine pictures, plus pockets in the pages where you will find maps, lists, and othere treasures to get you into the adventure spirit. The number is 781.653 DIC, in the travel section, new Non-Fiction".

With all the work taking place on Washington Street, it takes patience alertness to know where to enter the library parking lot and where to exit. But, employ patience and exercise caution. Once in the library, you will be glad you decided to make the trip.

Donations of books to The Friends' Book Sale are much appreciated. If you have enjoyed them, you can be sure that someone else will also. Many thanks.

6 August 2003 Issue

Vacationing? Take the Library Along!

There are several ways to take the library with you as you vacation this Summer. The most obvious one may be to take "books on tape" and listen to them as you drive over those vast expanses. It also can go a long way toward making the ride an enjoyable one, especially when there are various age groups in the car. Also, take along some videotapes to play when your destination is reached. Making certain that there are books available for all ages travelling can be satisfying as well.

When at your vacation spot, don't forget that you probably are not far from a library. Whether in a camp, motel, or cottage, a library is likely to be accessible. As happens in our own, other libraries also have Summer programs, which welcome participants even if only for one visit. While there, you can exercise your bragging rights about our own excellent facility!

Movie night continues at Thayer Public Library on Mondays at 6:00 p.m., with refreshments provided by The Friends. The movie on August 11 is "The Jungle Book".

The library's Artist of the Month program for August features oil paintings by Lisa Johnson. Her portraits, sea marshes and harbor scenes reflect her attention to detail, use of light and color, and setting particular moods. Upon your next library visit, take time to browse her work on the Main Level.

The Craft Program on Wednesdays is at 10:00 a.m., through August 13. Visit or contact the Children's Department to sign up!

Be sure to reserve for discounted passes to local museums. Inquire in the Children's Department, or at the Reference Desk.

On Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m. there will be "Pirate Stories and Music" in Logan Auditorium, with Julie and Brownie. Don't miss this family concert, also celebrating the end of the Summer Reading Program. Visit the Children's Department or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425 to register.

Many people have voiced their enjoyment of the reviews by Library Assistant Jim Martin. Such reviews have prompted at least one person, Sarah Sawyer, to volunteer comments on some books she has read. It is good when people can share with others what they have liked about the books they have read. We encourage feedback about books and other library materials read or heard, or about the library itself, which can be incorporated in this column for the edification of all of us. If you have material to share, send it by e-mail to jcc@beld.net. Meanwhile, here are Sarah's reflections on some of her reading:

GEISHA, A LIFE, by Mineko Iwasaki, Rande Brown, 2002. This is the autobiography of a woman who was a geisha, then retired at age 29. She was in training and then working in Kyoto, Japan from 1954-1978. It is a fascinating look into Japanese culture and customs, and a way of life that may not last much longer.

THE SEVENTY WONDERS OF THE MODERN WORLD, edited by Neil Parkyn, published in England by Thames & Hudson, 2002. The shelf number is 624 SEV. It has wonderful descriptions and pictures of religious buildings, palaces, state buildings, skyscrapers (yes, The World Trade Center), bridges, railways, tunnels, canals, dams and colossal statues.

The Friends, like the library staff, continue to work througout the Summer to make up-to-date materials and services available to library patrons. Please visit the Book Sale area on the Fay (Lower) Level. Friends volunteers are daily shelving books for the sale, so there is a continuous supply of good reading material for bargain prices. The Friends' Fogg Cafe on the Messina (Main) Level offers refreshing beverages of tea, coffee and hot chocolate, also at prices not to be found anywhere else. Try it!

23 July 2003 Issue

Opera Comes To The Library

What a place! The library has hosted programs of swing music, jazz, classical piano solo and duo, choral music and more. Now, why not opera? Come to Logan Auditorium tomorrow (Thursday) evening July 24 at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy "The Great Little Opera Show", by John Davies. This program will entertain the entire family, and it is free! John Davies, Director of the Empire Opera Theater, is a professional opera singer who has performed with opera companies throughout the United States. Mr. Davies' performance will feature a variety of songs by some of the world's best-known composers, including Mozart, Rossini, Offenbach, Donizetti and Sullivan. He also will include selections from American musicals, movies and cartoons. Stop by The Children's Department or call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4425 to register.

Books in Braille have been added to the Juvenile Fiction collection. Some titles include "Arthur's Birthday", "Giggle, Giggle, Quack", "Falling Up", "A Picture Book of Louis Braille", "Tonight on the Titanic", and "Twister on Tuesday", from the "Magic Tree House Series", and more.

A Chinese Proverb appearing in the library's Children's Department Summer Newsletter reads as follows: "Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand". Something to think about.

Have you tried www.mlin.org yet? This is the Massachusetts Library & Information Network, the official web site of the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners. It ensures that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of geographic location socio-economic status, age or cultural background, can have access to this clearinghouse of information about Commonwealth libraries. It also links to the individual sites of the six Mass regional library systemss, as well as links to state, federal and local government sites.

Don't forget Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m.! That is when Diane Edgecomb, master storyteller, will be in Logan Auditorium. Call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4425 for more information and to register.

Friends of the library are busy during the Summer stocking the shelves in the Book Sale area, with materials for your reading pleasure. Their work is continuous, so the infusion of new (to us) books is continuous. Check it out! If you would like to donate good books for the sale, to benefit of the library, bring them to the Reference Desk for information as to where to leave them.

"The coffee is always on" was never more true than in the Friends' Fogg Cafe. Of course, tea or hot chocolate also awaits you. Visit the area, and discover why everyone keeps coming back for more.

25 June 2003 Issue

Make Your Library a Summer Activity

There is no better place than the library to spend some of those hot Summer hours! It is bright and cheerful, cool, and there is enough space to be alone or share some time with a friend. Browse the new books and materials, the CD's, DVD's, Periodicals, Large Print Books, and much more. What about those "Books on Tape" for those long car trips, or commuting? In the Reference Area, reserve a pass for free or reduced admission to Boston area museums.

Speaking of Summer activities, all parents and children should be aware of the library's Summer Reading Program, "Read, Think, Create @ Your Library". It runs through August 14. The program offers library events for children of all ages and their families, exploring artistic paths from music to dance to imagination and more. This program is a part of a state-wide effort to encourage children to have fun as they pursue their individual reading adventures. For details, contact the Children's Department at Thayer Public Library, 781-848-0405, Ext. 4425, or better yet, visit the Children's Department and learn first hand what is planned.

On Tuesday, July 1, there will be a Family Cabaret for all ages at the library, entitled "Laughter in the Library", at 6:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Award winning composer David Polansky will present a fabulous rainbow of original song styles, funny and serious, and explain how he creates each work. Songs deal with every topic from animals to mutual respect and world peace. It will be very informative and lots of fun!

Mark your calendars now for the second Children's Department Summer event, on Thursday July 10 at 10:00 a.m. The event is Sparky Davis' Puppet Show, in Logan Auditorium. Join the fun!

If you are in a volunteering mood this Summer and you would like to help out in The Friends Book Sale Area, please call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123.

The Friends of Thayer Public Library recently purchased a multiple-carafe coffee maker for use in the library's Auditorium. It is a versatile unit, and will serve the library well when there are conferences, meetings, and other events taking place there.

Remember, the library is not open on Saturdays until September, so make the most of the Summer hours, M -Th 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Take home some good Summer reading from The Friends Book Sale Area (after paying at the Main Circ. Desk, of course). If you have books to donate to the sale, you can take them to the Reference area and speak to the librarian about where to leave them. If pick-up is needed, call 781-843-8519.

Try the new beverage machine in The Friends' Fogg Cafe. There are a few more choices, and the machine allows more to be planned.

The Friends Book Sale and Cafe both are available every day during library hours. Drop by both, and feel better afterward.

11 June 2003 Issue

Library Summer Hours Set

Oh, no! Only five library days a week during the Summer? Sad to say, it is true. June 14 will be the final Saturday the library will be open until September. So, make the most of the Monday-Thursday hours, from 9 a.m. to early closing at 8 p.m., and Fridays, which remain from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Continue to check the website, www.thayerpubliclibrary.org for important up-to-date information, and to use www.ocln.org to order and reserve library materials.

Also, for those Summer visits to area museums, free or discount passes can be reserved, in the Reference Department. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4407 for details.

The Friends of Thayer Public Library sponsored an appreciation luncheon for library staff on Wednesday June 4. The luncheon, prepared by Fasano's and held in Logan Auditorium, was enjoyed by library Staff, Trustees, and Friends volunteers who maintain the Book Sale and Cafe areas.

What an improvement the beautiful new granite steps and serpentine brick walk has made in the front of the library! They serve both artistic and utilitarian purposes. The work was made possible by funds from The Friends of Thayer Public Library and The Library Trustees. The walk and the shrubbery plantings by Mento's have completed the second phase of landscaping to enhance the library's outward appearance along ever-changing Washington Street.

Read! Think! Create! @ Your Library. To check out more of what this means for your children and family in the Summer Library Program, visit the Children's Department, or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4405 for more information, or visit the library's website.

Library Assistant Jim Martin offers another of his timely book reviews. It is titled "Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetah's and Binion's World Series of Poker, by James McManus, 422 pages, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 2003.

"Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never ask a barber if you need a haircut. And never play poker with a guy named Doc". (W.H. Auden) Mae West: "Is poker a game of chance?" W.C. Fields: "Not the way I play it." Harper's Magazine advanced the author $4,000.00 to report on the World Series of Poker and a murder trial. He used the money to play his way miraculously into the championship final. Jim McManus began his poker life at age nine. He is the author of four novels, and teaches (including a course on poker) at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

"Between sixty and eighty million Americans play poker, making baseball the SECOND American pastime, second to make its appearance, second in the number of participants". (Pg. 27)

Here is everything you have always wanted: high (very high) stakes gambling, drugs, sex, a kinky (very kinky) not for the squeamish, murder via triangle, plus robbery. It is poker in fascinating detail, combined with a "Crime of the Century" trial. "Fifth Street" is not New York City, but the final community card drawn in "Texas hold-em."

4 June 2003 Issue

"D-Day Memories" at Library

June 6, 1944, is forever etched in the memories of many of our nation's veterans, and in those of the families of loved ones for whom the invasion of mainland Europe was their last courageous act. This Friday, June 6, 2003 is the 59th anniversary of that invasion. Fred MacDonald will recall that day, the events following, and how they affected him, as a part of the library's "My View on History" series. Mr. MacDonald is Vice-President of the Dorchester Historical Society and a former State Representative. The program will be in Logan Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. For information call 781-848-0405.

Stop by the Children's Department and pick up a schedule showing the many activities planned for children during the Summer! There is the Summer Reading Club, T-Shirt Silk Screening, Family Movie Night, Wednesday Craft Programs, and much more! Sign-up is between June 18 and July 31. The Summer Reading Kick-off Party is on June 25. Plan now to participate, and have a Summer of fun!

Jim Martin, Library Assistant, offers the following book review, of "When the King Took Flight", by Timothy Tackett, Harvard University Press, 2003, 223 pages:

"Please catch me before I rule again. And don't forget to bring along the queen's hairdresser"..... On a June night in 1791, amidst the turmoil of the French Revolution, King Louis XV1and Marie-Antoinette fled Paris in disguise, but were arrested 15 miles from the Austrian border and forced to return.

A modest, average coach had been proposed for thir escape, but a royal 'No' prevailed. A special 'berline' was designed, taking three months to build. It was a true luxury coach painted black with a bright yellow frame. King, queen, and nine others (including the hairdresser) might as well have been en route in a Lincoln Navigator.

The king was easily recognized. He insisted that the blinds on the coach be opened. The peasants working in the fields were royally observed, but so was the king! His portrait was not only on currency bills, but the entire royal family often would dine at local inns.

Louis had solemnly sworn to uphold and protect the new constitution. A constitutional monarchy seemed most likely in the making. But shortly before his trial, revolutionaries had uncovered a secret safe with a cache of the king's private papers denouncing the new constitution he had vowed to uphold.

Two years later, both Louis XV1 and Marie-Antoinette would lose their heads at the guillotine.

Please note that the Summer schedule of the library begins Monday June 16. The hours will be Monday through Thursday are 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Fridays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The library will be closed on Saturdays during the Summer.

Check out those books circulating through The Friends Book Sale. You might find just the reading material for which you have been searching!

The Friends' Fogg Cafe will remain open during the Summer. Drop by and 'enjoy a cup' of refreshing coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

28 May 2003 Issue

Read! Think! Create! @ Your Library

Read! Think! Create! @ Your Library is the theme of the Summer Reading Program at Thayer Public Library this year. The Summer program offers events for children of all ages and their families from June 19th through August 14th. The program explores all artistic paths, from music to dance to imagination, and more! Some highlights will include live perfomances, movie night, and crafts. Families who join will receive reading incentives and coupons for admision to Massachusetts cultural and educational attractions. All this is free of charge! For more information, contact the Children's Department at the library, 781-848-0405, ext. 4425, or visit the website, www.thayerpubliclibrary.org.

The Friends extend best wishes to Reference Librarian David Brown, as he changes the direction of his life through retirement. His contributions to the library through his dilligence, good humor and helpfulness is greatly appreciated, and we will miss him.

The Mother-Daughter Self-Defense class, led by EEMA (Encouraging Excellence through Martial Arts), will be held in Logan Auditorium today, May 28, from 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. For more information call EEMA at 781 - 335-0800, or the library at 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

The TPL Book Discussion Group meets tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room. The book being discussed is "The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order", by Samuel P. Huntington. Call 781-849-5912 for more information.

Sunday, June 1 at 2:30 p.m. is the last in the series of three Sunday programs sponsored by The Friends of the library and featuring outstanding American artists, presented by art historian Gershon Weisenberg. Featured on June 1 is "The Life and Artistry of Alexander Calder". Alexander Calder was the son and grandson of sculptors. His father sculpted the statue of Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. Trained as an engineer, Calder invented the mobile. As a sculptor and graphic artist, his goal was to "have fun" in creating many varieties of art objects. The program is free and open to the public. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420.

Fred MacDonald, Vice President of the Dorchester Historic Society and former State Representative, will recall his "D-Day Memories" on Friday, June 6 at 2:30 p.m., as a part of Thayer Public Library's "My View on History" series. This program is a personal first-hand account by a participant, on the date of the 59th Anniversary of D-Day.

Please browse the books in the Friends Book Sale area to find some interesting reading material. The Friends would like to thank all who have purchased books at the Book Sale, as by doing so you are being supportive of the library as well. All proceeds go toward enhancing the library as an integral part of learning and culture in our community.

14 May 2003 Issue

"Art and Architecture of Boston" Program at Library

Tonight, Wednesday May 14 at 7:30 p.m. Ed Gordon will present a program on "The Art and Architecture of Boston in the Age of Queen Victoria", in Logan Auditorium. Mr. Gordon, an architectural historian, will give a dynamic slide/lecture presentation focusing on interesting aspects of the arts and the buildings in Boston during the reign of Queen Victoria. The program is free and open to the public.

The second of three programs on outstanding American artists wil be held in Logan Auditorium on Sunday, May 18 at 2:30 p.m. Gershon Weisenberg again will present slides and commentary, this time on "The Life and Artistry of Edward Hopper". For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420.

On Thursday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m.there will be an evening of chamber music performed by Lynn Salmonsen and company, with piano, clarinet, viola and other instruments, in Logan Auditorium. It will be a program of light classical music, with commentary on the pieces and composers.

The library has received a donation of National Geographic magazines, dating from 1969 - 1996. These magazines are available to students of all ages who may be able to use them in school projects. They can be found shelved in the Young Adult Foom on the Fay (Lower) Level. All students are invited to make use of the magazines.

Don't forget to sign up for Susan Reed's "Family Fun Through Music and Stories" program, to be held in Logan Auditorium on Wednesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. Susan is a talented musician and storyteller. She says "I like to offer programs that include everyone. What fun it is for me to connect with people through music, stories, poetry and dance". This will be a lively program with audience participation! Sign up now, in person in the Children's Department, or by calling 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

If you have books in good condition which you have enjoyed and would like to have others have the same pleasure of reading them, you can donate them to The Friends' Book Sale, on the Fay (Lower) Level. If you need to have someone pick them up at your home, that can be done also. Call 781-843-8123. Please no textbooks, magazines, computer books or books in poor condition. If you would like to purchase a Friends' tote bag to carry home your treasures, inquire at the Main Circulation Desk.

Visit The Friends' Fogg Cafe for a refreshing beverage. There are many choices of coffee and tea, plus hot chocolate.

7 May 2003 Issue

The Place for Jazz is TPL

The jazz you hear in The City may be good, but it can't get much, if any, better than what you will hear at the library in Logan Auditorium on Saturday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. Drummer Ed Sorrentino's group of versatile and talented South Shore musicians, which include pianist Perry Iannone and bassist Marshall Wood will excite and thrill any jazz enthusiast. Add to that lineup the vocals of song stylist Amanda Carr, and you have an afternoon of jazz that can't be beat! This Friends of TPL concert is the finale of the Saturday afternoon musical series. It is free and open to the public. For information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4420.

On Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. join Ed Gordon, architectural historian, in Logan Auditorium for a dynamic slide lecture on "The Art and Architecture of Boston during the Age of Queen VIctoria, 1837 - 1901.

Get ready for a Family Concert at the library, filled with optimism and humor. It will be a fun time for families to connect, through music and stories with Susan Reid, on Wednesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. Using the combination of instruments such as her violin, guitar, mountain dulcimer and banjo, Susan will have children and adults eager to participate in the lively program of singing, storytelling, and reciting poetry. Registration for this upbeat program is required. Visit the Children's Department, or call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4425 to register now!

While in the library, take time to view the art work of Rita Walsh, the library's "Artist of the Month" for May, in collaboration with the Braintree Art Association. Her bright and interesting watecolor paintings will provide a few moments of reflection and respite from the hectic pace outside.

The second in the series of three lecture/slide presentations on American Artists will be on Sunday, May 18, at 2:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Entitled "Silence and the Angles of Light: The Life and Artistry of Edward Hopper", the program will be presented by art historian and lecturer Gershon Weisenberg. It is free and open to the public. For more information call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4420.

Did you know that all money from The Friends Book Sale on the Fay (Lower) Level goes to enhance the library in a variety of ways? So, when you buy books from the sale, you are helping to do such things as add to library collections and materials, support adult and children's programs, add the puppet theatre and extra puppets, refinish display tables and other furniture, and many more items and projects which could not be done within the library's budget allocation from the Town of Braintree. We will be more specific in other columns, but for now we would like just to let you know that your purchases in the Book Sale (you can donate more than the asking price, if you wish) directly benefit of the library, thus you, the patrons. The Friends who sort and arrange the books for the sale all do it voluntarily, and they do a great job! If you would like to join the volunteers, please call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123. Your help would be welcomed and appreciated.

30th April 2003 Issue

Sunday Programs on American Artists Begin

The first of three Sunday programs highlighting great American Artists begins this next Sunday, May 4, at 2:30 p.m. The slide/lecture presentation "Awash in Color: The Life and Artistry of Winslow Homer", will be given by Gershon Weisenberg, who has taught and lectured extensively in New England colleges and museums on the subjects of art and art history.

Winslow Homer is the most popular of all American watercolorists. His works, which also includes oils, engravings and illustrations, are rooted in his profound admiration of nature, and his passion for American culture and the sea.

This program is free and open to the public. For information call 781-949-0405.

For those interested in the Thayer Public Library Book Discussion Group, the meeting is tonight, Wednesday April 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room. Call 781-849-5912 for more information. The book to be discussed is "Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay".

Many Braintree residents, particularly newer ones, may be unaware that a river runs through our town. Well, here is an opportunity for both newcomers and long-time residents to learn about Braintree by hearing the history of the Monatiquot River! Join Abigail Franklin, author and naturalist, for her lecture and slide presentation entitled "Mills and Muskrats on the Monatiquot" or, "A River Runs Through Us", on Tuesday, May 6, in Logan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

You certainly will want to be on hand for a great afternoon of jazz on Saturday, May 10, at 3:00 p.m. That is when the Ed Sorrentino Quartet moves into Logan Auditorium. You will hear the combined talents of Ed Sorrentino on drums, Perry Iannone on piano, and Marshall Wood on bass, plus the versatile and talented Amanda Carr, vocalist. Come early, grab a seat, sit back and enjoy a wonderful musical afternoon!

You may have read recently about the health benefits of tea. The Friends' Fogg Cafe has three varieties of great tea, so drop by, enjoy a cup, and feel better!

April 23rd, 2003 Issue

Women's Rights Champion Portrayed at Library

The life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, activist in the struggle for women's rights, will be chronicled in a one woman performance entitled "The Right is Ours", given by Susanne Poulette-Cheney, in Logan Auditorium on Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Poulette-Cheney delights in bringing history alive, especially to help broaden public understanding of the contributions of this outstanding 19th century thinker and social reformer. The program is free and open to the public.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) determined at a young age to make changes in the laws which denied women legal rights. She and Susan B. Anthony collaborated in writing, speaking, organizing, and leading the struggle for the rights of women.

Hear Brian Mooney, award winning Boston Globe reporter, in Logan Auditorium tomorrow, Thursday April 24, at 7:30 p.m. He will describe and discuss his experiences as an investigative reporter, as well as reporting on State and Local politics.

The Thayer Public Library Book Discussion Group continues on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room, on the Messina (Main) Level. The book for discussion will be "Savage Beauty, The Life of Edna S. Vincent Millay", by Nancy Milford. For information call 781-849-5912.

The library has received a donation of National Geographic Magazines, dating from 1969-1996. These magazines are avaliable for use by students of all ages who may be able to use them in school projects. They are shelved in the Young Adult room on the Fay (Lower) Level of the library.

On Sunday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m. The Friends of Thayer Public Library will present the first in a series of three slide/lectures on outstanding American Artists. The first is entitled "Awash in Color: The life and Artistry of Winslow Homer", given by art historian Gershon Weisenberg. New England's own Winslow Homer (1836-1910), largely self-taught, had keen powers of observation and skill in conveying natural detail, as shown in his deep-toned hunting and fishing pictures painted in the Maine and Quebec woods. He remains uniquely an American Master.

There will be a return of Jazz in the Library on Saturday, May 10, at 3:00 p.m. The exciting Ed Sorrention Jazz Quartet is returning, and the group includes vocalist Amanda Carr. These popular South Shore (and beyond) performers are sure to be entertaining, as always. The program is free and open to the public. Don't miss it!

Did you know that Thomas A.Watson, co-inventor of the telephone, also was an artist? He was, and some of his pastel and oil paintings are on display in the Bump/McDevitt Display Case near the Main Circulation Desk. Take a look, and read some interesting history of Watson as well.

Books! Books! Books! That is what you will find in the Friends Book Sale on the Fay (Lower) Level. As Jerry Ellis would say, "Good books cheap". Go soon! While at the library, visit The Friends' Fogg Cafe for some refreshing beverages.

April 9th, 2003 Issue

"Favorite Poem Reading" at Library

You are invited to "The First Annual Town of Braintree Favorite Poem Reading", on Thursday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium at the library. This is a project established by former poet laureate Robert Pinsky. It allows diverse members of the community to share unique personal treasures: the poems they love. There now are over 1000 "Favorite Poem Reading" groups across the U.S., and Mary Cunningham would like to initiate one in Braintree. During the evening, each participant will read a poem and tell why he or she chose it. The only rule for an event affiliated with the Favorite Poem Project is that the poems recited are not those the readers or their friends or relatives have written, but ones that they have read, perhaps many times, and to which they feel a personal attachment. For further information or if you wish to participate, call Mary C. Cunningham.

If you have attended the recital programs of pianist Margarita Gurevich and her students, you likely have been amazed at the level of performance of these young people, many of whom have been competition winners. She and her students are returning on Saturday, April 12 at 3:00 p.m., for a recital in Logan auditorium. Don't miss it!

Want to become a stamp collector? Then come to the library on Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. and attend the program "Stamp Collecting for Fun and Profit". Philatelist Ronald Goodrich will teach how to begin a stamp collection, including the tools and albums needed. He will educate you about scams and what not to collect.

On Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. Boston Globe reporter Brian Mooney will give a talk on and discuss "State and Local Politics". Mr. Mooney has been a newspaper reporter specializing in politics, government and investigations for 30 years, the last 15 years with the Boston Globe. During his career at both the Globe and the Herald in Boston, he has won several honors, including having been selected four times by Boston Magazine as Boston's 'best print reporter', and several awards from the Associated Press and New England Press Association. He is a graduate of Melrose High School and Holy Cross College.

While at the library enjoy browsing the watercolor paintings of J. Marshall Dyke, now on display on the Messina (Main) Level. These paintings are a part of the library's 'Artist of the Month' program, in collaboration with the Braintree Art Association.

Good books are flying off the shelves in The Friends Book Sale area. You may find just the one you have been looking for. Don't delay! Go today!

You don't have to wait in line for a good cup of coffee in The Friends' Fogg Cafe. Also, you have many choices of coffee and tea, as well as hot chocolate!

April 2, 2003 Issue

Friends to Present Sunday Programs at Library

The Friends of Thayer Public Library will present four Sunday programs at the library, the first of which is Gary Roma's program entitled "Library Cats, Doorstops, Puns & A Strand of Floss", on Sunday, April 6 at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Gary will show his documentary film "Puss in Books: Adventures of the Library Cat", featuring the many cats which call a library "home", plus clips from other of his films, and give humorous commentary about each. Gary's films have been given recognition in film festivals in the U. S. and Europe.

Today, Wednesday April 2 art historian Joan Bowker presents a slide lecture on "French Landscapes: From Corot to Monet" in Logan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Tomorrow, Thursday April 3, a meeting of The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be held in Logan Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Brian Kolner, Executive Director of The Braintree Historical Society, will speak about the Historical Society's proposal for use of the Watson Park building. All are welcome to attend.

Come and enjoy the low-fat, high flavor interactive cooking program by Norma Chang on Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Learn about Chinese ingredients and how best to prepare them for healthy eating.

The Saturday afternoon Concert Series at the library continues on April 12 at 3:00 p.m. with the piano students of Margarita Gurevich, in recital. This will be an all Serge Prokofieff program, in honor of the 50th anniversary of his death. Ms. Gurevich is an instructor in piano at the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham.

Library Assistant Jim Martin offers the following book review of "Tough Jews", by Rich Cohen, Simon & Schuster 1998, 271 pages. "There is a stereotype of the Jewish gangster, the prime example being Meyer Lansky, the only top level mobster to belong to The Book of the Month Club. He was a financial whiz, the super accountant, the expert at both cooking and multiplying the books. Lansky was the exception. More typical were Louis Lepke (founder of Murder, Inc.), Arthur Flegenheimer (aks Dutch Schultz), Bugsy Siegel, and Tick-tock Tannenbaum. These wiseguys were just as nasty and murderous as Capone, Luciano, Moran, O'Bannion, or Nitti. One diference: overall, the sons of the former group went off to college, then into medicine, law, business, etc. At a time when Ivy League colleges had quotas and denied admission to some very qualified Jewish boys, a well placed phone call...

This is a very interesting book. For example, if you care to know how Bugsy Siegel in 1938 came very close to 'whacking' Hermann Goering and Joseph Goebbels while having an affair with an Italian countess, check page 191. The author's father grew up with many of the main characters. So did Larry King".

Your library is a place where you know you always will be welcomed. It is your place. Enjoy it often.

March 26, 2003 Issue

"French Landscapes" To Be Featured at Library

Joan S. Bowker, art historian, will present a slide and lecture program entitled "Impressions of Light, French Landscapes From Corot to Monet" in Logan Auditorium on Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. She will explore the many different ways in which 19th century French painters have worked with landscape painting, developing their styles to render the fleeting effects of nature and light.

The Thayer Public Library Book Discussion Group will meet today, Wednesday, March 26 at 7:00 p. m. in the library's Marinelli Reading Room. The book for discussion will be David McCullough's "Truman". Join the group tonight, or call 781-849-5912 for information.

Tuesday, April 1 is "sign up day" for the Spring Toddler and Preschool Story Times! Call or visit the Children's Department now, to reserve a space.

There will be four Sunday afternoon programs to be presented by The Friends of Thayer Public Li brary in Logan Auditorium. The first is on Sunday, April 6, at 3:00 p.m. entitled "Library Cats, Doorstops, Puns & A Stand of Floss". Gary Roma, Boston filmmaker, punster and comedian will show his film "Puss in Books: Adventures of the Library Cat", plus clips from other of his films, with his own humorous commentary. Jot down the date now! Note: Only Logan Auditorium will be open for the Sunday programs.

Join Norma Chang, "The Traveling Gourmet" on Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium for a demonstration of healthy and easy ways of preparing crisp vegetables and succulent morsels of meat. This is an interactive program where participants will learn about Chinese ingredients, helpful time-saving and kitchen hints.

Visit The Friends Book Sale on the Fay (Lower) Level as often as possible for the best buys from the frequently restocked shelves. Before or afterwards, have a refreshing hot beverage in the Fogg Cafe.

Nov. 20th, 2002 Issue

Book Sale at Watson Park Branch

On Thursday, November 21 The Friends of Thayer Public Library will hold a one-day book sale, opening at 9:00 a.m. and closing at 4:30 p.m. All proceeds will go toward enhancing the Main Library, through the purchase of needed books and other materials, as well as toward programs and services for the community. This is bargain day, so come and bring friends!

"To be or not to be, but not quite" Jim Martin, library assistant, offers his review of HAMLET in PURGATORY, by Stephen Greenblatt, now on the library shelves, awaiting eager eyes and minds.

"I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
Make thy two eyes like stars start from their spheres,
Thy knotty and combined locks to part
And each particular hair to stand on end
Like quills upon the fretful porcupine."
----Ghost of Hamlet's father speaking to him (1.5.15-20)

Pre the early 1100's, one went either to heaven or hell, no prayers needed, the heavenly bound in eternal bliss, the bad guys in endless hellfire. In 1189 a treatise was published, "St. Patrick's Purgatory." What amounted to a celestial insurance policy was born, and lasted for 800 years. ---This book is an extraordinary account of the rise and fall of Purgatory, and its traces and implications in Shaespeare's most famous play. The famous soliloquy includes, "For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil," and "the dread of something after death, the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler retrurns."---Dreams indeed, yet Dad came back, though "doomed for a certain term to walk the night". Where indeed is he, save Purgatory? ---The rest is silence.

Please visit the everyday Book Sale of The Friends on the Lower Level, where there is a continual turnover of fine reading material. If you wish to carry them home in the official Friends tote bag, see a librarian at the Main Circulation Desk.

A good cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate hits the spot! Try one, in The Friends Cafe. You'll be glad you did!

October 30th, 2002

Friends Book Sale Successful

The Annual Book Sale of the Friends of Thayer Public Library was very well attended and resulted in over $1,600.00. The Friends will work closely with library director David Hinkley to use the funds for needed library projects.

The Friends appreciate the hundreds of books donated for the sale by Stop & Shop customers, and the management of those donations by Customer Service Manager Doris Nelson.

Organizing and conducting the book sale was Friends' Secretary Adele Barcelo. Assisting with the sale were Friends Dick Barcelo, Jean Bodner, Rachel Booth, Rosemarie Bonani, John and Judy Cobble, Marge Crawford, Dot Frano, Betty Grant, Ann-Marie Joyce, Jeff and Sandra Kunz, John Pelose, Don Porter, Carol Richmond, Mary Rochon, Pat Rooney, Sarah Sawyer, John Shuster, Claire and David Stern, Marjorie Sullivan, Cathy Venti. Many thanks to all those volunteers, to library Director David Hinkley and to Virgil Foster and John Glynn, library maintenance staff, for their assistance.

Donations of good, clean, saleable books to The Friends' everyday book sale on the Lower Level always are appreciated. Bring them to the Book Sale area or call Adele at 781-843-8123.

At the Friends' Annual Meeting last Thursday, the election of officers to the Executive Committee was held, and the following members were elected for two year terms: President, John Cobble; Vice-President, Ann-Marie Joyce; Secretary, Adele Barcelo; Treasurer, John Pelose. Library Trustee Jeffrey Kunz addressed the meeting, explaining some ideas which the Public Relations Committee of the Trustees has been considering, to bring to public awareness the many services, programs, materials and opportunities available to the public in the library. "We must build on the successes we have had", said Kunz, "and let folks know what a gem they have right here in Braintree". A Speakers' Bureau, colorful and informative Brochures, displays at public events, and various campaigns to make the library an integral part of gift thinking, were a few of the ideas discussed at the meeting.

"Romantic England: Its Beauties and Legends". What a nice thought! If you agree, then come to the library's Logan Auditorium on Saturday, November 9, at 2:30 p.m. There you will hear and see a lecture and slide program presented by Hope Elizabeth Luder, designed to bring back memories of previous trips, or to make you want to go there to see it for yourself. Save the date!

If it is Jazz you want, we have that too! Look for more about the Jazz program which will take place in Logan Auditorium on Saturday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m.

For those of you who missed the subliminal announcement of the library's Web Page in last week's column, here it is again: www.thayerpubliclibrary.org

Have a refreshing hot beverage in The Friends Cafe. What a bargain!

October 23, 2002

Library Web Page: A Wealth of Information

Using the Library's Web Page can be a way to access a great deal of up-to-date information, at your leisure as well! There is the on-line catalog, upcoming programs and services for adults and children, as well as news about exhibits and displays. Information about Meeting Rooms, their availability to individuals, organizations, and businesses, is there. Want to know who is on the library staff, or the trustees? That is information easily accessible on the Web Page, as are details about The Friends of Thayer Public Library, the OCLN Home Page, the Town of Braintree, and much more. Make your visit to the Web Page at www.thayerpubliclibrary.org a regular one, and keep up to date!

You are invited to participate in the library's "My View of History" speakers' program. If you can describe, interpret, and comment on historical events which you have witnessed or in which you participated and remember well, then contact librarian David Brown, at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Examples of topics to consider are (but not limited to): Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Building the Interstate Highway, Earthquakes, the Berlin Wall, Military experiences, Trips within the U. S. around the world. You may have your own unique experiences which others would find very interesting. Call David Brown.

We know that on Saturday afternoon, October 26 at 3:00 p.m. there will be a unique experience for those who attend the Silverwood Trio Concert in Logan Auditorium. This group of wonderful musicians led by Paul Hoffman, piano, Cindy Woolley, flute and voice, and Walter Halvorsen, cello, will give a delightful program. They will perform Mozart's "Trio in E Major", KV 542, Franz Schubert's "The Shepherd on the Rock", Op. 129, Peter Schickele's "Summer Trio", and Goosens' "Five Impressions of a Holiday", Op. 7. The Friends of TPL are sponsoring the Concert, and the reception afterward.

The Annual Meeting of The Friends of TPL will be Thursday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m. After a brief business meeting which includes election of officers, Jeffrey Kunz, library Trustee, will present ideas on how to help the community realize what a treasure our library is for all to enjoy!

Here is a brief book review by library assistant Jim Martin: "December 6" by Martin Cruz Smith. The author of "Gorky Park" changes locales from Moscow to 1941 Tokyo, just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Meet Harry Miles, owner of the happy Paris Club. Think of Rick's American Cafe in Casablanca, and Ilsa replaced by Michiko. Harry, like Rick Blaine, prides himself on his objectivity an amorality. He doesn't so much enjoy life as he does keeping score. He also is a scam artist of the highest level. Raised in Tokyo and educated in its shady underground, Harry is both trusted and distrusted by Americans and Japanese.

There is a poker game with Admiral Yamamoto, the commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet, and architect of Pearl Harbor. Harry wins all, then unexpectedly is invited by Yamamoto to watch and critique a "magic show". A Japanese scientist claims he can turn water into oil, which Japan desperately needs.

Pearl Harbor eve---Harry knows---but what to do about it?---and who will believe him?

October 16, 2002

Annual Book Sale at Library

The Friends of Thayer Public Library will hold its Annual Book Sale in Logan Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, October 18th and 19th, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. both days. There will be excellent selections in hard cover and paperback, fiction and non-fiction. All proceeds go toward enhancing the library in a variety of ways. This is a way to find great reading material and to support to your library as well.

Today, Wednesday, October 16, come to the library's "Meet the Author" series and hear TV host Marisa D'Vari discussing her most recent book "Media Magic:" Her presentation, discussion, and book signing will be in Logan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

The Braintree Art Association "Artist of the Month" exhibitor in the library is Monique Mortell, whose watercolor presentations appear on the Messina (Main) Level, on the kiosk in the Audio-Visual area and on the wall leading to the Periodicals area during October. Browse her brightly colored Fall scenes, fruit and vegetables, and a quaint old street in Quebec.

The Annual Meeting of The Friends will take place on Thursday, October 24 in Logan Auditorium, beginning at 7:00 p.m. There will be a business meeting which will include the election of officers of THe Friends Executive Committee, and a brief presentation by library Trustee Jeffrey Kunz. The meeting is open to the public.

On October 26, Paul Hoffman's Silverwood Trio will present a concert of classical music, featuring piano, flute/voice, and cello. This Friends' sponsored concert will be at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. A reception will follow. It is free and open to the public.

When in the library, check out the nice dispays. In the main lobby there is a display table with Italian books, CD's, and videotapes available for borrowing. In the Bump/McDevitt display case you will see "Images of America", a presentation of marvelous Historical Blue Staffordshire dishes, from the Braintree Historical Society collection. In the Duane display cases at the Washington Street entrance, there is the Braintree VFW Post 1702 military memorabilia, and in the opposite case is the "Fall for a Book" display, with Autumn themes and colors. In the Upper Level you will see Brendan Concannon's Model Ship display, and in the Children's Department is the Brownie Troop 7182 display and celebration of 90 years of Girl Scout activities.

The coffee,tea, and hot chocolate in the Friends Cafe are excellent, hot and refreshing. Try some today!

October 9, 2002

"Emerald Necklace" Presentation at Library

The "Emerald Necklace" is a term to describe a group of ponds and parkways which wind through Boston. They are the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted and his firm, which was involved in over 1,200 landscape projects throughout Massachusetts. The "Necklace" is considered one of the Olmsted firm's greatest achievements. Alan Banks will present this program in Logan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15.

Colonial history will come alive in Logan Auditorium on Thursday, October 10, at7:30 p.m. when Mistress Elizabeth de la Rue, an 18th century living history character portrayed by Donna LaRue, discusses several misunderstandings about colonial Boston lore, and sets the record straight. The program, entitled "Confounded Confusions of Boston-town and Their Remedies", will call into question assumptions made about colonial Boston, with audience interaction with the historical character. She entertains questions about life and events in Boston in 1773.

TV host and author Marisa D'Vari, will discuss her most recent book"Media Magic" in Logan Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, in Logan Auditorium. A book signing will follow her presentation.

The Annual Meeting of The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be held in Logan Auditorium on Thursday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m. There will be election of officers for the Executive Committee, and Jeffrey Kunz, Library Trustee, will speak on the topic "We Have a Story to Tell", about how the Trustees and The Friends can help the library reach its potential. The meeting is open to the public.

On Saturday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium, The Friends of Thayer Public Library present The Silverwood Trio, performing works of Mozart, Schubert, Schickele, and Goosens, with piano, flute/soprano, and cello. A reception will follow the concert, which is free and open to the public.

The library is a place to take time to browse, to read, meet a friend, or attend a special program. While doing so, enjoy a refreshing beverage from The Friends Cafe!

September 25, 2002

Hawks, The Regal Hunters, at Library

A Massachusetts Audubon Society Teacher Naturalist will introduce the Redtail Hawk, the largest and most powerful of our native hawks, in Logan Auditorium today, Wednesday September 25, at 2:30 p.m. The program also will include the American Kestrel, the smallest and most beautiful of our falcons. Hawks are variously characterized by superb vision, exceptional speed and grace in flight, with aerial precision and maneuverability. Don't miss this vivid, colorful, live adventure!

The "Meet the Author" series continues in October with author and TV host Marisa D'Vari, on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Ms. D'Vari will discuss her most recent book, "Media Magic: Profit and Promote with FREE Media Placement". Save the date now!

Another wonderful program to catch is The Silverwood Trio, led by Paul Hoffman, faculty member of the South Shore Conservatory, in Logan Auditorium on Saturday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m. If you have not attended one of the musical programs on a Saturday afternoon, you have missed some real treats. This is a program of classical music which will be sponsored by The Friends, with light refreshments following the concert. More about the concert in later issues.

The Annual Book Sale of The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, in Logan Auditorium. There are some wonderful books coming in for the sale, so plan now to come and bring friends! There will be books of all descriptions, paperbacks and hard covers, all in good condition. Mark the event on your calendar!

Speaking of book sales, you don't have to wait until October. If you read the newspaper ads, you notice that many stores have an "annual sale" every week! Well, The Friends have a sale every day that the library is open, downstairs past the computer area. As a good detective, you will find plenty of clues to good reading, whether mystery, humor, biography, general fiction and non-fiction. There are books on crafts, medicine, religion, women's studies, as well as reading material for children and young adults. There is a cassette section if that is your interest. The inventory of reading material undergoes a complete change periodically, so visit it every time you go to the library, or you may miss some great buys! (Thanks, John Thompson.)

Visit The Friends Cafe and select from a variety of coffees and tea, as well as hot chocolate.

September 4, 2002

September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

The Children's Department at Thayer Public Library is providing special incentives in September to encourage those young people who do not yet have a library card to "come in and sign up". Those who do will receive a special sticker along with the library card, and their pictures will be displayed as new library card holders. This is a great time to get one's first card, so call for details or visit the Children's Department soon!

Next Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium, participate in the "Meet the Author" series at the library. Come and hear Terry Marotta, acclaimed author and columnist discussing her latest book, Vacationing in My Driveway. A book signing will follow her presentation.

The final day of the Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Watson Park Branch will be tomorrow, September 5! The daily Book Sale of the Friends will continue on the Fay (Lower Level) of the Main Library. The Annual Book Sale will take place in Logan Auditorium on October 18 and 19. If anyone has books to donate toward that sale, please contact Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123. Arrangements can be made for book pick-up, if needed.

While in the library, take time to view the two beautiful paintings on the East wall of the Main Level, on the way to the Periodicals area. They were given to the library by the Braintree Philergians in 1954, and recently restored, with funds from the library and The Friends.

Although the Summer is over, trips on weekends for Museum experiences can be great fun, using Museum discount passes available at the library. Visit or call the Adult Reference Desk at the Main Library to reserve a pass and get the details of its use. Passes are available for Children's Museum, Fuller Museum of Art (Brockton), Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, and John F. Kennedy Library & Museum. Call 781-848-0405 for information.

Mark the date and time of Saturday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m. on your calendar! That is when you can enjoy the marvelous sounds of flute, cello, and piano, music of the Silverwood Trio in Logan Auditorium. More information about this wonderful Trio will be forthcoming in later columns.

August 28, 2002

"Meet the Author" Series Continues at the Library

The second program in the "Meet the Author" series will be held on Tuesday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Logan Auditorium. This is a special series planned by the library in collaboration with Barnes and Noble. Terry Marotta, acclaimed author and syndicated columnist, will discuss her latest novel, Vacationing in My Driveway. A book signing will follow her presentation.

Tomorrow, Thursday August 29 at 2:30 p.m., Christina Harrison will entertain with voice and guitar. Ms. Harrison, a Scottish singer with a delightful presentation and personality, combines Irish and Scottish melodies, as well as singing and playing some of her own compositions, in a program called "A Celtic Family Concert". It is a program for all ages, and no registration is necessary.

Congratulations to Cynthia Grabke and the Children's Department for a successful Summer Program. 636 children signed up to participate. Stars were given out for each book read, and there were 4,000 stars presented!! Good work, Cynthia and staff!

Registration for Story Hour begins September 3. This is for toddlers on Tuesdays at 10 and 1 and for pre-schoolers on Wednesdays at 10 and 1. These are popular programs. Plan now to register, in theChildren's Department in person or by calling 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

Check the display case exhibit outside the Children's Department for a colorful show. It is about The Moon Festival, also called the Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese in origin, dating back to the Tang Dynasty, about 618 A.D. The Festival celebrates the harvest moon.

Refreshing hot beverages are available in The Friends Cafe. Enjoy One!

The Fall schedule at the library begins on September 3. The hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m., Friday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Watson Park Branch will be open Thursdays, Noon - 8:00 p.m.

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