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LIBRARY ADVOCATE: December 30, 2005

Concert Series Features Guitar and Flute

The 'Sundays at 3' Concert Series, sponsored by The Friends of Thayer Public Library, continues on Sunday, January 8, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Featured artists will be Igor Golger, a graduate of The Boston Conservatory in Guitar Performance, and Hiroko Kajimoto, a prizewinner of the 5th Japan Flute Chamber Competition. They have performed as The Transcontinental Duo since 1998 in the U.S., Mexico and Japan. Their Russian 7-string repertoire brought them second prize in the Boston Guitar Chamber Music Competition in 2004.

The Readers Group Book Club meets today, December 28th, at 7:15 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room. For more information call Ext. 4417.

Those interested in the recently started Writing Group should be aware that the next session will be on Thursday, January 5, from 6:30p.m.-8:30 p.m. in Conference Room B, located on the Upper Level. This group is for anyone interested in working on ideas for writing projects, or sharing writing projects with others. Meetings will be held at the same time on the first Monday of each month. For more information call Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Braintree Art Association will hold its Annual Art Show in Logan Auditorium during the week of Monday, January 9th through Saturday, January 14th, starting at 9 a.m. each day. The public is invited to view works of talented local and area artists. Plan time to drop by and take advantage of this event.

On Sunday, January 15, art historian Gerry Weisenberg returns to present "The Life and Artistry of John Marin". The program will be at 2:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Come and see some great slides of this noted artist, and hear Gerry's commentary, grounded in his wealth of art history knowledge and experience.

Hold onto those old Computer and TV Monitors after you have unwrapped your new ones. The Friends are conducting a Special Collection of not only those items, but Microwave Ovens, Small Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers and Cell Phones, on Saturday, January 28th, in the Town Hall Parking Lot, from 9 a.m. until Noon. (In the event of a snowstorm, the collection will take place during the same hours on Sunday the 29th). The usual fee of $10 per item ($15 for Console TV's) applies. This will be the only collection of these items until the May HHWD. No hazardous waste will be accepted. For more information call 781-794-8237.

If you haven't visited the Friends' Book Sale recently, you might be missing some new and exciting books on the shelves. New ones are added daily. Drop by on your next library visit. Also, don't bypass those refreshing snacks and drinks in the Friends' Fogg Café on the Main level.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE: December 7, 2005

Library---A Perfect Holiday Stop

The library is the perfect antidote to the busy-ness and stress of this time of year. You will find it low keyed, inviting, and interesting. You won’t be wrestled to the floor while trying to select a book, DVD, or other material. Rather, you can take your time, relax, and maybe you will spend more time there than you had planned. Browse the shelves, periodicals, multi-media items. Enjoy paintings by Braintree Art Association member Terry Chase as well as art work by Braintree Public School students, and special decorative touches by the library staff. The poinsettias are provided by The Friends of the Library. 

There is a new Writing Group starting at the library. It will be from 6:30 – 8:30 on Monday, January 9th, in Conference Room B on the Upper Level. Anyone interested in sharing writing or working on ideas for writing projects is welcome to attend. Opportunities will be provided for giving and receiving constructive, supportive feedback for all types of writing. For more information call Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, Ext. 4417.

Parents, take advantage of the activities for young folks in December. On Wednesday December 14th at 3:30 p.m. there is the after school Crafts Program, and on the same date in the evening at 7 p.m. the Parent-Child Book Club, both events in Logan Auditorium. For more information visit or call the Children’s Department, 781-848-0405, Ext. 4426.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club next meets on December 13 at 7:15 p.m.in the Reading Room. The Readers Group Book Club meets there next on December 28th, at 7:15 p.m. For more information call Ext. 4417.

Hold onto those old Computer and TV Monitors after you have unwrapped your new ones. The Friends are conducting a Special Collection of not only those items, but Microwave Ovens, Small Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers and Cell Phones, on Saturday, January 28th, in the Town Hall Parking Lot, from 9 a.m. until Noon. (In the event of a snowstorm, the collection will take place during the same hours on Sunday the 29th). The usual fee of $10 per item ($15 for Console TV’s) applies. This will be the only collection of these items until the May HHWD. No hazardous waste will be accepted. For more information call 781-794-8237.

Stock up on some good pre-enjoyed reading material from The Friends Book Sale on the Lower Level, then head upstairs to The Friends’ Fogg Café for some refreshment.

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


LIBRARY ADVOCATE: November 16, 2005

Student Art Display in the Library


Over the next few weeks as you enter the Main Level of the library you will be able to view the fine art work of K through 12 Braintree students. Take time to browse not only the students’ artistry, but nearby also that of Kristopher Kreitman, the library’s “Artist of the Month”, from the Braintree Art Association. The library appeals to all the senses. Take time to enjoy it all.

Also, take a look at the beautiful and nostalgic display of Antique Christmas Cards, from 1820-1920, in the Bump-McDevitt display case near the Main Circulation Desk. This display is a part of the Braintree Historical Society’s collection.

The 6th Anniversary Celebration on November 5 was a great success! Those who were not able to visit the library that day missed a real treat, enjoyed by hundreds of others. The films, food and drink, face painting, the live Mime show, and the overall good time at the library all were in evidence. The Friends’ mini-Book Sale was very well attended. Many people were responsible for making it a wonderful day. Library Trustees Jeff Kunz and Ann Toland, with Library Director David Hinkley organized, planned and coordinated it efficiently. Other Trustees and Friends helped to present the library to the public in such a way that many ‘first timers’ were drawn to this uplifting event. We would like to acknowledge the generosity of Dunkin Donuts, Coca Cola of Braintree, supermarkets Shaw’s and Stop & Shop. The Mime program was made possible through a grant from Comcast. 

Visit the Children’s Department today, and get information about the next programs for the young folks. This is your library. Use it early and often. Call 781-848-0405, ext. 4426.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club next meets on December 13, in the Reading Room, Main Level, at 7:15 p.m. The book to be discussed is Alexander McCall Smith’s “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”. The Readers’ Group Book Club convenes next on this date, Wednesday, November 16th (Note the change from the usual fourth Wednesday) at 7:15 p.m. also in the Reading Room. The book under discussion will be Ann Patchett’s “Bel Canto”. Please call 781-0405, ext. 4417 and talk with Priscilla about joining either or both of these groups.

Refreshing hot beverages are awaiting you in The Friends’ Fogg Café, along with various juices and snacks. Begin your day in The Friends’ Café. Then proceed to The Friends’ Book Sale downstairs for some bargains in previously enjoyed books at modest prices.

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


LIBRARY ADVOCATE: November 9, 2005

Latin Jazz at the Library


The Dean Marcellana Latin Jazz Trio will perform a concert in Logan Auditorium of the library at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 13. This dynamic group has entertained audiences at the library previously with jazz standards and original pieces. It is the final program in The Friends’ Fall Concert Series, and one not to be missed!

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club next meets on December 13, in the Reading Room, Main Level, at 7:15 p.m. The book to be discussed is Alexander McCall Smith’s “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”. The Readers’ Group Book Club convenes next on Wednesday, November 16th (Note the change from the usual fourth Wednesday) at 7:15 p.m. also in the Reading Room. The book under discussion will be Ann Patchett’s “Bel Canto”. Please call 781-0405, ext. 4417 and talk with Priscilla about joining either or both of these groups.

The Library’s ‘Artist of the Month’ for November is Kristopher Kreitman. A member of the Braintree Art Association, Mr. Kreitman’s interesting and colorful paintings of scenes and people are worth browsing on your next visit to the library. Also, take time to look at the artistry in the various display cases on the Main Level and the Upper Level.

The plants in the library, furnished by The Friends, are lovingly tended by Judy Caristi. She has been at it since the new library opened, and has done a wonderful job, selecting the plants and replacing the ‘tired’ ones.

The Friends’ Book Sale area is a busy place. Good books leave the shelves quickly, so check often as you visit the library. Also, if you have some good books you have finished and would like to donate to the sale, and they are in saleable condition (If you are not sure they are saleable, call Adele at 781-843-8123 and ask her), bring them to the Lower Level of the library. If you need assistance getting them there, call Adele. Please no text books, magazines, technical journals, or worn, dirty or odorous books.

There are programs galore for children. Check out the Children’s Department for schedules of upcoming events and programs. 

The hot beverage machine in The Friends’ Café is humming, especially with the cold weather coming. Visit the Café, and enjoy some refreshment.

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


LIBRARY ADVOCATE: October 26, 2005

Friends’ Annual Meeting at Library


The Annual Meeting of The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. There will be a business meeting, followed by a presentation of the highlights of the newly completed 5 Year Plan for the library, summarized by Library Trustee Patricia Pilgrim. Come, be among Friends, and learn what The Friends have been up to, and what lies ahead for the library. 

From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, at the Ivory Street Recycling Center The Friends will be participating in Household Hazardous Waste Day, and the library will benefit from the event. Bring computer monitors, TV’s, dehumidifiers, AC’s, microwave ovens, and small refrigerators. Each item will be $10 (TV consoles will be $15), and will be disposed of safely. Protect the environment and benefit the library at the same time. 

On Saturday October 22 at 2:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium, art historian Gershon Weisenberg will present another program in his series of slide/lectures. This one will be on “The Life and Artistry of Diego Velasquez”. Called by art historians and connoisseurs "the master portraitist among Western artists", Velazquez (1599 - 1660) created one of the most compelling and distinguished bodies of work in the history of painting. 

Jot down the date of Saturday, November 5th for a day of family fun and activities at the library, in an Anniversary Celebration. The Friends will have special displays and Book Sale that day. There will be refreshments, films, face painting, a presentation by a Mime, and much more. Make it a day at your library.

The Readers’ Group meets every fourth Wednesday at 7:15 p.m., the next meeting being October 26. For information about this group or the Book Club which meets on the second Tuesday of each month, please call Priscilla Crane, at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. 

Come to the library on Saturday, October 29th at 2:00 p.m. for a free one hour demonstration and lecture on the history and culture of Hula. Noelani Kaluhioklalani and Inez Stein will perform to demonstrate the types of hula. Audience participation will be invited. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Braintree Art Association’s ‘Artist of the Month’ at the library for October is Jennifer Lee. She has some unique presentations. Don’t miss them!

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


LIBRARY ADVOCATE: October 12, 2005

Flute, Piano Concert at Library


Donald Zook, flutist, and Stephen Young, pianist, will present the second program in The Friends’ Fall Concert Series on Sunday, October 16, at 3:00 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. Plan now to attend and hear these outstanding musicians who have performed throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Saturday, October 22 will be a busy day. First, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Ivory Street Recycling Center The Friends will be participating in Household Hazardous Waste Day, and the library will benefit from the event. Get those computer monitors, TV’s, dehumidifiers, AC’s, microwave ovens, and small refrigerators out of attics, cellars, and elsewhere. Each item will be $10 (TV consoles will be $15), and will be disposed of safely. Protect the environment and benefit the library at the same time. 
Secondly, in the afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium, art historian Gershon Weisenberg will present the third and final program in his series of three slide/lectures. This one will be on “The Life and Artistry of Diego Velasquez”. Called by art historians and connoisseurs "the master portraitist among Western artists", Velazquez (1599 - 1660) created one of the most compelling and distinguished bodies of work in the history of painting. 

There will be activities, food and fun at Open House celebrating the 6th anniversary of the opening of the new library, on Saturday, November 5th. The Friends will have special displays and Book Sale that day. If you have books to donate, especially needed are children’s books, paperbacks, and non-fiction, and videos. Please be sure that donated books are in good, clean condition. We cannot use encyclopedias, textbooks, computer books, magazines or Readers Digest books.

Anyone who has some time to volunteer in the Book Sale area please call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123. 

The Readers’ Group meets every fourth Wednesday at 7:15 p.m., the next meeting being October 26. For information about this group or the Book Club which meets on the second Tuesday of each month, please call Priscilla Crane, at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. 

The Friends’ Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. This is an open meeting and the public is invited to attend.

News Flash! Learn the Hula at the library. On Saturday, October 29th at 2:00 p.m. there will be a free one hour demonstration and lecture on the history and culture of Hula. Noelani Kaluhioklalani and Inez Stein will perform to demonstrate the types of hula. Audience participation will be invited. For more information call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

The Braintree Art Association’s ‘Artist of the Month’ at the library for October is Jennifer Lee. On your next visit to the library plan to stop and browse the fine works of local and area artists.

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


LIBRARY ADVOCATE: October 5, 2005

Art Series, Concert at Library

Art historian Gershon Weisenberg will have the second of his series of three slide/lecture presentations on Saturday, October 8, at 2:30 p.m. It is “The Life and Artistry of John Marin”. John Marin (1870 – 1953) was one of the first American artists to paint in a modern style, and received substantial critical praise throughout his life.

Mr. Weisenberg’s third program, on Saturday, October 22 at 2:30 p.m., will be on “The Life and Artistry of Diego Velasquez”. Both programs are in Logan Auditorium.

Look forward to and save the date of Saturday, November 5, to come and enjoy the library’s Open House celebration of 6th Anniversary in the new Main Library. It promises to be a fun and active day for the entire family. Mark your calendar now, and watch for more information in this column and elsewhere in the media.

The Friends of Thayer Public Library Fall Concert Series will feature flutist Donald Zook and pianist Stephen Young in a program on Sunday, October 16, at 3:00 p.m. in the library’s Logan Auditorium. Mr. Zook, Director of the South Shore Conservatory Woodwind Department, and founder/director of the Conservatory’s Flute Symphony, frequently performs in solo and chamber ensemble concerts throughout the country. Stephen Young, who holds degrees from New England Conservatory of Music and Boston University, is best known as an organ soloist and accompanist, having performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. These concerts are free and open to the public. For information call 781-848-0405.

Remember that the Second Tuesday Book Club meets next on October 11, at 7:15 p.m., and that the Readers’ Group meets every fourth Wednesday at 7:15 p.m., the next meeting being October 26. For information about either or both of these groups, please call Priscilla Crane, at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. 

The Friends’ Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Look for more information in the next column.

Start corralling those old TV and computer monitors, dehumidifiers, AC’s and small fridges now. Braintree’s next Household Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, October 22, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. For just $10 per item, these hazardous waste materials can be disposed of properly, and the library will benefit as well, because The Friends participate in the event.

The Braintree Art Association’s ‘Artist of the Month’ at the library for October is Jennifer Lee. On your next visit to the library plan to stop and browse the fine works of local and area artists.
Cold days are coming, and those hot beverages will be refreshing. For the hardier types, there are cold beverages available also. Check them 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.


LIBRARY ADVOCATE: September 28, 2005

Summer Reading Program a Success

The Summer Reading Program of the Children's Department was active, well attended, and enjoyed by all! There were 1,175 children and young adults who participated, and "Liked to read different books", was one of the most frequent comments in the survey results. Congratulations to Cynthia Grabke and her excellent staff for a job well done!

The first of The Friends' Sundays at 3 Concert Series was attended by seventy people. The audience seemed very appreciative of the program and the musicians. The next concert will be on Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. It will feature Donald Zook, flutist, accompanied on piano by Stephen Young. 

The Annual Book Sale of The Friends was the most successful one to date! The quality of the books enticed all who attended to purchase some fine reading material. The quality was not by accident. Adele and Dick Barcelo, along with a hardy band of other dedicated volunteers, spent many hours over a period of months sorting, categorizing, and organizing the books for easy browsing on the tables. Many helped with moving, setting up, and cleaning up. All in all, 33 Friends and other volunteers worked to make the sale a success. Congratulations to Adele and Dick and to all who joined in a true labor of love for the library. By the way, books not sold and not shelved for sale on the Lower Level were boxed and delivered to "Hands Across the Water", for worldwide distribution. 

On Saturday, November 5, the library will have an Open House, in celebration of the 6th Anniversary of the opening of the new building. Mark your calendar now, and watch for more information in this column and elsewhere.

Like to draw cats? Are you age 12 or younger? Here's your big chance to test your artistic ability, possibly win a prize and help the library at the same time. The library's book distributor, Baker and Taylor, is sponsoring an art contest for kids to draw their feline mascots, Baker and Taylor. The deadline for entry is October 1, so pick up a flyer in the Children's Department right away and learn all the details.

Art historian Gershon Weisenberg is returning to the library to present a series of slide/lecture programs on great artists. The first will be on Saturday, October 1, at 2:30 p.m. on "The Life and Artistry of Amaeo Modigliani". The second is on Saturday, October 8, at 2:30 p.m. on "The Life and Artistry of John Marin". The Third is on Saturday, October 22 on "The Life and Artistry of Diego Velazquez". All will be in Logan Auditorium.

Try a refreshing hot or cold beverage or a snack in The Friends' Fogg Café on the Main Level. That will give you strength and alertness for the rest of the day. Also, if you didn't get enough books at the Annual Sale, there are more on the Lower Level.

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

 

LIBRARY ADVOCATE September 14, 2005

Library Offers Computer Classes

The complete menu of Computer classes is listed on a brochure which can be picked up at the library, learned by calling 781-848-4417, or by registering at the Reference Desk on the Lower Level. Learn about ‘Basic Mouse Use’, ‘Internet Searching’, ‘E-Mail Know How’ ‘Using Your Library’s Catalog’, and much more.

The Second Tuesday Book Club resumed on September 13 at 7:15 p.m. in The Marinelli Reading Room. If you missed that one, try the next one. The Fourth Wednesday Readers Group meets next on Sept. 28 at 7:15 p.m. Call Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or visit the Reference Desk for more information.

Books! Books! Books! The Annual Book Sale of The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be on Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th, in Logan Auditorium at the library, 798 Washington Street from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. both days. Saturday September 17th is a double treat, because the first day of the Book Sale coincides with the Braintree Historical Society’s Heritage Day. (By the way, the rain date for Heritage Day is the 18th, the second day of the Book Sale). If you have books to donate for the sale, please do it soon. Donated books should be clean, with no torn or loose pages. In other words, they should be in the condition that enticed you to purchase them. The sale cannot use textbooks, technical or computer books. Novels (historical or other), either paperback or hard cover, are welcomed. Take all donated books to the Lower Level of the library, or call 781-843-8123 for pickup, if needed. Please avoid placing donated books in the outside book drops for returned library books or videotapes.

If you would like to help with the Book Sale, please call Adele, at the number above.

Jim Martin, Library Assistant, offers a ‘heads up’ for good reading by giving his review of “Electric Universe’, by David Botanis, Crown Publishing Group, New York, 2005, 308 pages. “The author of E=MC2, a best selling biography of Einstein’s world famous equation, has now done a similar history of electricity. Imagine the consequences of a modern day blackout lasting two to three weeks. (This is not 1965 when it happened in New York and I experienced it). Radio sand TV’s are out, and there is no way to recharge cellphones. Gas station pumps are inoperable, airports’ radar systems are down, and planes are unable to take on fuel. The nation’s ports are closed, and there is no phone or internet service. Starvation is next, as food spoils and cannot be resupplied. The possibility of large scale, city-wide riots make a very frightening picture. Botanis recounts the romance and courtship of Aleck Bell and Mabel Hubbard, the struggle of Michael Faraday against the prejudices of the British class system, and the persecution of Alan Turing, who had dreamed of a thinking machine (now known as a computer), and who ended his life in despair after English authorities forced him to undergo experiments to ‘cure’ his homosexuality. There also are the remarkable contributions of Thomas Edison, Samuel Morse, Alessandro Volta, and Andre-Marie Ampere. A force once believed inconsequential became the basis for everything from Prozac to Viagra, from the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains”.

Visit the daily book sale downstairs for some great reading, then head upstairs to the Friends’ Café for some satisfying refreshment. The Café now has a healthful snack and cold drink machine, in addition to a wide selection of coffee and tea, plus hot chocolate.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE September 7, 2005

Library Resumes Fall Schedule

With Labor Day behind us, the library's Fall schedule is in place. Events in September get started with the resumption of The Friends' Concert Series. The first program is on Sunday September 11 at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium, a lively concert by pianist Virginia Eskin and violist Elisa Birdseye. Virginia Eskin has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. Elisa Birdseye is Executive Director and violist for the Boston Chamber Ensemble. Both artists have been featured on WCRB and WGBH. Save the date!

The Second Tuesday Book Club resumes on September 13 at 7:15 p.m. in The Marinelli Reading Room. The Fourth Wednesday Readers Group meets next on Sept. 28 at 7:15 p.m. Call Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or visit the Reference Desk for more information.

Books! Books! Books! The Annual Book Sale of The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be on Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th, in Logan Auditorium at the library, 798 Washington Street from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. both days. Saturday September 17th is a double treat, because the first day of the Book Sale coincides with the Braintree Historical Society's Heritage Day. (By the way, the rain date for Heritage Day is the 18th, the second day of the Book Sale). If you have books to donate for the sale, please do it soon. Donated books should be clean, with no torn or loose pages. In other words, they should be in the condition that enticed you to purchase them. The sale cannot use textbooks, technical or computer books. Novels (historical or other), either paperback or hard cover, are welcomed. Take all donated books to the Lower Level of the library, or call 781-843-8123 for pickup, if needed. Please avoid placing donated books in the outside book drops for returned library books or videotapes.

Jim Martin, Library Assistant, offers a 'heads up' for good reading by giving his review of "Electric Universe', by David Botanis, Crown Publishing Group, New York, 2005, 308 pages. "The author of E=MC2, a best selling biography of Einstein's world famous equation, has now done a similar history of electricity. Imagine the consequences of a modern day blackout lasting two to three weeks. (This is not 1965 when it happened in New York and I experienced it). Radio sand TV's are out, and there is no way to recharge cellphones. Gas station pumps are inoperable, airports' radar systems are down, and planes are unable to take on fuel. The nation's ports are closed, and there is no phone or internet service. Starvation is next, as food spoils and cannot be resupplied. The possibility of large scale, city-wide riots make a very frightening picture. Botanis recounts the romance and courtship of Aleck Bell and Mabel Hubbard, the struggle of Michael Faraday against the prejudices of the British class system, and the persecution of Alan Turing, who had dreamed of a thinking machine (now known as a computer), and who ended his life in despair after English authorities forced him to undergo experiments to 'cure' his homosexuality. There also are the remarkable contributions of Thomas Edison, Samuel Morse, Alessandro Volta, and Andre-Marie Ampere. A force once believed inconsequential became the basis for everything from Prozac to Viagra, from the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains".

Visit the daily book sale downstairs for some great reading, then head upstairs to the Friends' Café for some satisfying refreshment. The Café now has a healthful snack and cold drink machine, in addition to a wide selection of coffee and tea, plus hot chocolate.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE August 31, 2005

Library Planning Fall Schedule

Labor Day Weekend is just around the corner, and soon afterward the library's Fall schedule will be in full swing. Events in September get started with the resumption of The Friends' Concert Series. The first program, on Sunday September 11 at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium, is a lively concert by pianist Virginia Eskin and violist Elisa Birdseye. Virginia Eskin has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. Elisa Birdseye is Executive Director and violist for the Boston Chamber Ensemble. Both artists have been featured on WCRB and WGBH. Save the date!

The Second Tuesday Book Club resumes on September 13. Call Priscilla Crane at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or visit the Reference Desk for more information.

Books! Books! Books! The Annual Book Sale of The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be on Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th, in Logan Auditorium at the library, 798 Washington Street from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. both days. Saturday September 17th is a double treat, because the first day of the Book Sale coincides with the Braintree Historical Society's Heritage Day. (By the way, the rain date for Heritage Day is the 18th, the second day of the Book Sale). If you have books to donate for the sale, please do it soon. Donated books should be clean, with no torn or loose pages. In other words, they should be in the condition that enticed you to purchase them. The sale cannot use textbooks, technical or computer books. Novels (historical or other), either paperback or hard cover, are welcomed. Take all donated books to the Lower Level of the library, or call 781-843-8123 for pickup, if needed. Please avoid placing donated books in the outside book drops for returned library books or videotapes.

Jim Martin, Library Assistant, offers a 'heads up' for good reading by giving his review of "Electric Universe', by David Botanis, Crown Publishing Group, New York, 2005, 308 pages. "The author of E=MC2, a best selling biography of Einstein's world famous equation, has now done a similar history of electricity. Imagine the consequences of a modern day blackout lasting two to three weeks. (This is not 1965 when it happened in New York and I experienced it). Radio sand TV's are out, and there is no way to recharge cellphones. Gas station pumps are inoperable, airports' radar systems are down, and planes are unable to take on fuel. The nation's ports are closed, and there is no phone or internet service. Starvation is next, as food spoils and cannot be resupplied. The possibility of large scale, city-wide riots make a very frightening picture. Botanis recounts the romance and courtship of Aleck Bell and Mabel Hubbard, the struggle of Michael Faraday against the prejudices of the British class system, and the persecution of Alan Turing, who had dreamed of a thinking machine (now known as a computer), and who ended his life in despair after English authorities forced him to undergo experiments to 'cure' his homosexuality. There also are the remarkable contributions of Thomas Edison, Samuel Morse, Alessandro Volta, and Andre-Marie Ampere. A force once believed inconsequential became the basis for everything from Prozac to Viagra, from the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains".

Visit the daily book sale downstairs for some great reading, then head upstairs to the Friends' Café for some satisfying refreshment.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE August 24, 2005

Library Planning Fall Schedule

Labor Day Weekend is just around the corner, and soon afterward the library's Fall schedule will be in full swing. Events in September get started with the resumption of The Friends' Concert Series. The first program, on Sunday September 11 at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium, is a lively concert by pianist Virginia Eskin and violist Elisa Birdseye. Virginia Eskin has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. Elisa Birdseye is Executive Director and violist for the Boston Chamber Ensemble. Both artists have been featured on WCRB and WGBH. Save the date!

The Summer Reading Program ends on August 26. Participants complete your programs and turn in your logs by that date, to receive your reading certificate and a book bag.

The Second Tuesday Book Club resumes on September 13. Call Priscilla at 781-848-0405 or visit the Reference Desk for more information.

Books! Books! Books! The Annual Book Sale of The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be on Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th, in Logan Auditorium at the library, 798 Washington Street from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. both days. On Sunday the 18th is a double treat, because the second day of the Book Sale coincides with the Braintree Historical Society's Heritage Day. If you have books to donate for the sale, please do it soon. Donated books should be clean, with no torn or loose pages. In other words, they should be in the condition that enticed you to purchase them. The sale cannot use textbooks, technical or computer books. Novels (historical or other), either paperback or hard cover, are welcomed. Take all donated books to the Lower Level of the library, or call 781-843-8123 for pickup, if needed. Please avoid placing donated books in the outside book drop for returned library books.

Jim Martin, Library Assistant, offers a 'heads up' for good reading by giving his review of "Electric Universe', by David Botanis, Crown Publishing Group, New York, 2005, 308 pages. "The author of E=MC2, a best selling biography of Einstein's world famous equation, has now done a similar history of electricity. Imagine the consequences of a modern day blackout lasting two to three weeks. (This is not 1965 when it happened in New York and I experienced it). Radio sand TV's are out, and there is no way to recharge cellphones. Gas station pumps are inoperable, airports' radar systems are down, and planes are unable to take on fuel. The nation's ports are closed, and there is no phone or internet service. Starvation is next, as food spoils and cannot be resupplied. The possibility of large scale, city-wide riots make a very frightening picture. Botanis recounts the romance and courtship of Aleck Bell and Mabel Hubbard, the struggle of Michael Faraday against the prejudices of the British class system, and the persecution of Alan Turing, who had dreamed of a thinking machine (now known as a computer), and who ended his life in despair after English authorities forced him to undergo experiments to 'cure' his homosexuality. There also are the remarkable contributions of Thomas Edison, Samuel Morse, Alessandro Volta, and Andre-Marie Ampere. A force once believed inconsequential became the basis for everything from Prozac to Viagra, from the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains".

Visit the daily book sale downstairs for some great reading, then head upstairs to the Friends' Café for some satisfying refreshment.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE August 10, 2005

Come see the Tanglewood Marionettes at the library today, Wednesday, August 10, at 6 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. This will be a family presentation of "The Fairy Circus", featuring over 20 beautifully handcrafted marionettes in turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry. The puppets dance, play instruments, juggle, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers. The program is funded by grants from South Coastal Bank and Comcast. Please register in the Children's Department.

Family movie night is Thursday, August 11, at 6 p.m. The film is "Sinbad", 86 minutes, rated PG. Light refreshments, courtesy The Friends of the library.

Hold the date and time of Tuesday, August 16 at 10:00 a.m. for "The Activated Storytellers". The Goza family will present a 45 minute theatrical production, full of non-stop action using American Sign Language, physical comedy, and acrobatic tricks. This will also be our Summer Reading Program finale---bring in your reading logs to receive your certificates and book bags. Register in the Children's Department, or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

Have you signed up for the Young Adult Summer Reading Program yet? The program is for students who will be entering grades 7-12 this fall. Just come in and sign up at the Reference Desk, on the Lower Level. Then read six books over the summer and you'll be eligible to win one of the major prizes. Plus, you'll get a prize when you bring back your sheet, which includes the prize-drawing coupon. The major prizes will be drawn at the Summer's End Pizza Party, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:00pm. Everyone who reads six books and returns his/her coupon is invited, so get your friends to sign up, too. Need some help finding a good book? Just ask the librarians. They can help!

Here is Library Assistant Jim Martin's latest book review. The book is "Rules for Old Men Waiting", by Peter Pouncey, Random Housem New York, 2005, 210 pages.

Whose rules and waiting for exactly what? The answer is complicated, but no 'On Golden Pond' thing here. Robert & Margaret MacIver, he an historian of World War I, and she a very talented book illustrator, live in a house Cape Cod 'older than the Republic.' This, in essence a love story melded with memories of Margaret, World War I, World War II (in which MacIver served), and a son's death in Vietnam. He and Margaret had spent three and a half decades together when she died. MacIver was now 80 years old, and as Margaret had feared would be the case, he did not do well after she had gone. His body was slowly but surely wearing out, and he neglected to take care of himself and the house.

He must devise rules to hold himself together. He would not tolerate dying of self-pity. Among the rules: keep personally clean, dress warmly, eat regularly. Play music and read, and work every morning. The most important rule is to work and 'tell a story to its end'. He begins writing and finishes a sad, gripping tale of soldiers in the First World War. "Rules for Old Men Waiting" thus becomes a novel within a novel--- the poignant story of Robert & Margaret ends on an equally poignant note.

"Pouncey has wrought an almost inconceivable amount of beauty from pain, loss, and war, and I think he has been able to do this because every page is imbued with the love story at the heart of his astonishing novel" (Book jacket quotation). Incidentally, Peter Pouncey is not some aspiring young novelist, though this is his first novel. He is president emeritus of Amherst College.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE August 3, 2005
Slumber Party, Story Tellers, Marionettes at Library

The Summer is fast racing by, and the library in August is chocked full of activities and programs for families. Tomorrow, Thursday August 4 there is the Parent-Child Book Club Slumber Party, for young people in grades 3 to 6. Kids, don't forget to bring a parent! "Tuck Everlasting" is the name of the book to read and the movie to be seen. A sleeping bag is a must for the sleepover. Snacks and breakfast will be provided, courtesy of The Friends of the Library. The fun will start at 7 p.m. Please register in the Children's Department, or call 781-848-0405. ext. 4425.

Come see the Tanglewood Marionettes at the library on Wednesday, August 10, at 6 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. This will be a family presentation of "The Fairy Circus", featuring over 20 beautifully handcrafted marionettes in turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry. The puppets dance, play instruments, juggle, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers. The program is funded by grants from South Coastal Bank and Comcast. Please register in the Children's Department.

Hold the date and time of Tuesday, August 16 at 10:00 a.m. for "The Activated Storytellers". More about that in a later column, and in various other media sources.

Have you signed up for the Young Adult Summer Reading Program yet? The program is for students who will be entering grades 7-12 this fall. Just come in and sign up at the Reference Desk, on the Lower Level. Then read six books over the summer and you'll be eligible to win one of the major prizes. Plus, you'll get a prize when you bring back your sheet, which includes the prize-drawing coupon. The major prizes will be drawn at the Summer's End Pizza Party, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:00pm. Everyone who reads six books and returns his/her coupon is invited, so get your friends to sign up, too. Need some help finding a good book? Just ask the librarians. They can help!

Here is Library Assistant Jim Martin's latest book review. The book is "Rules for Old Men Waiting", by Peter Pouncey, Random Housem New York, 2005, 210 pages.

"Whose rules and waiting for exactly what? The answer is complicated, but no 'On Golden Pond' thing here. Robert & Margaret MacIver, he an historian of World War I, and she a very talented book illustrator, live in a house Cape Cod 'older than the Republic.' This, in essence a love story melded with memories of Margaret, World War I, World War II (in which MacIver served), and a son's death in Vietnam. He and Margaret had spent three and a half decades together when she died. MacIver was now 80 years old, and as Margaret had feared would be the case, he did not do well after she had gone. His body was slowly but surely wearing out, and he neglected to take care of himself and the house.

He must devise rules to hold himself together. He would not tolerate dying of self-pity. Among the rules: keep personally clean, dress warmly, eat regularly. Play music and read, and work every morning. The most important rule is to work and 'tell a story to its end'. He begins writing and finishes a sad, gripping tale of soldiers in the First World War. "Rules for Old Men Waiting" thus becomes a novel within a novel--- the poignant story of Robert & Margaret ends on an equally poignant note.

Pouncey has crafted an almost inconceivable amount of beauty from pain, loss, and war, and I think he has been able to do this because every page is imbued with the love story at the heart of his astonishing novel. Incidentally, Peter Pouncey is not some aspiring young novelist, though this is his first novel. He is president emeritus of Amherst College."

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE July 27, 2005
Library Needs More Parking Area

The scene is all too familiar. Drive to Thayer Public Library at any time of day or evening, and the search begins for a parking space. Going home and returning at a later time does not guarantee being able to park in an available, safe space. There are a variety of reasons for the parking situation. There has been a significant increase in the number of library users. Those who do go to the library spend more time inside. It is no longer a place just to go and check out books. Numerous programs for children and adults draw many more people through the library doors than was the case before the new library was built. When a questionnaire was sent from the library early in 2005 to residents of Braintree asking what people liked about the library and what was most needed, the most frequent comment by far was "need for more parking".

As if in response to that need, in March the opportunity to change the parking situation for the better came along. The property on Washington Street adjacent to the library became available for sale. The library Board of Trustees, director David Hinkley, and The Friends of Thayer Public Library all saw that as not just an opportunity to expand the parking area by 28 spaces, from the current 42 to a total of 70, but also as one which would allow the library to continue its growth and ability to serve the community. The present parking situation could seriously hamper the library's capacity to respond to what residents would like their library to be and become. So, in keeping with its mission of providing support and advocacy to the library, The Friends signed a Purchase and Sales Agreement for the property, with a closing date in April, 2006. They hired an engineering firm to survey the property and draw up plans for expanded parking. The Friends contracted with Paul Oricchio, who helped raise funds for the furnishings of the new library, to develop a plan for a campaign which would raise funds for purchase of the property. An office in the Marinelli building, 439 Washington Street has been generously offered to The Friends by Attorney Marinelli as a Development Fund Campaign Office. The telephone number there is 781-848-1489. A Steering Committee of individuals interested in helping to guide the project and involve people in all areas of the community has been formed. Current members are Mildred Cotton, Joseph Eck, Gail Feldman, Mira Irons, Michelle Lauria, Frank Marinelli, Daniel Quirk, John Shuster, Joseph Sullivan, Charles Sturtevant and Donna Willoughby. Library Director David Hinkley, Library Trustees Chair Edith Weinberg, and Friends President John Cobble are Ex-Officio members.

Thus the need for more parking is obvious, and the opportunity to address that need is before us. The Friends, in consultation with the library Director and Trustees, will make every effort to involve the entire community of Braintree to respond, and help the library to continue to realize its potential to be the finest public learning center on the South Shore.

Volunteers to help with the Annual Book Sale in September are needed. Whether a current Friends member or not, if you have some time during the Summer and would like to help sort books in preparation for the sale, please call Adele Barcelo at 781-843-8123. Meanwhile, continue to browse the book sale on the Lower Level, where you will find some great reading material.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE July 6, 2005
July Family Fun, Activities at the Library

July is full of programs and activities for all ages of family members. Tonight, July 6, starting at 6 p.m. join friends and neighbors in Logan Auditorium to see "Balto", an adventure of an Alaskan wolf-dog. This film is 85 minutes long, and is rated PG. Enjoy light refreshments provided by The Friends of the library. Registration is not required.

Tomorrow, Thursday July 7 at 10:00 a.m. Sparky's Puppets will perform "Travel the Reading Road". A library card is the ticket to adventure and laughter in this collection of folktales from around the world. Travel to Japan and meet a woodcutter who follows a rolling rice ball into an enchanted land where mice sing and dance. Find out what happens when a princess in disguise visits a castle in Denmark in "The Princess and the Pea". Laugh at the antics of Anasi the spider, a trickster from West Africa, as he tries to buy a box of stories. This show was created for the Summer reading program "Going Places at Your Library". This project is supported in part by a grant from the Braintree Arts Lottery Council. Registration is required, by visiting the Children's Department or calling 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

Don't count sheep. Come to the library and get ready for sleep! A Pajama Story Time for families will be held in the library on Wednesday, July 13th at 6:30 p.m. The Story Time will feature stories and songs to prepare you for a good night's sleep! Join us for this drop-in program for all ages. Call the Children's Department for information.

On Thursday, July 14 at 6 p.m. the library is fortunate to present one of the most prolific mime artists in the world. Robert Rivest will perform "Laughter is the Best Medicine", a collection of his most humorous and heart-warming stories. Rivest has trained for over 10 years with internationally renowned masters of mime, dance, theatre and improvisation, including Marcel Marceau. He teaches and performs throughout the East Coast. All ages can enjoy his performances, which unite his audiences with laughter. This program is supported in part by the Braintree Arts Lottery Council. Please register in the Children's Department or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

If you want to volunteer some time assisting The Friends with the daily book sale downstairs at the library, or with the Annual Book Sale coming up in September, call Adele at 781-843-8123, and let her know when you can help. Also, let her know if you have books in good condition to donate for either sale.

Visit the Friends' Book Sale for some refreshing reading material, and the Friends' Café for some refreshing beverages. Your library visit will be enriched by doing so.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE June 29, 2005
Family Concert Features Bates and Tincknell

Thayer Public Library will kick off its annual Summer Reading Program by presenting Parents' Choice Award winning performers Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell on Thursday, June 30, starting at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. The program, "The Places You'll Go: Exploring Reading in Story and Song", will involve the audience in a variety of cultural traditions. The stories told will include international folk tales "Just So" stories, Inca flute, Russian balalaika, African drum, as well a guitar, mandolin, and the North American banjo. Roger and Bates have over six decades of combined experience performing for families in community settings throughout the northeast. They have a unique way of engaging audiences of all ages in an educational and enjoyable folk arts experience. Don't miss this one! For more information visit the Children's Department or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

Following that rousing kick off program will be Family Movie Night, on Wednesday, July 6, at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium. The movie, rated PG, is "Balto", an adventure featuring Balto, an Alaskan wolf-dog. There will be light refreshments, provided by The Friends of the Library.

Get all the news for Summer Programs by picking up the Children's Department Newsletter. Included in the Newsletter are "Hot Reads for the Summer", which will give you some great ideas for children's reading material.

Before heading off to area museums this Summer, inquire at the Reference Desk about discount passes, a great idea for saving some money. Don't wait until the last minute, though, because there are many requests to reserve them.

Visit The Friends' Book Sale on your next library visit. Books are being shelved each day, so there are many good titles for your choices.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE June 22, 2005
Library on Summer Schedule

Thayer Public Library is now operating on Summer hours, meaning that Mondays through Thursdays it is open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Fridays 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is closed on Saturday, until September, and has no Sunday hours. If you pick up one of the book marks with a picture of the library on it, you can see the Summer as well as the regular schedule, and on the reverse side it has helpful information about the library.

The Friends' Book Sale downstairs always is in need of donated books for resale, especially paperbacks. Mysteries, historical and other novels, and biographies are great. If you have some you are thinking about donating, please observe some rather standard book sale protocol. For example, we cannot accept books which are musty, torn, dirty, or otherwise in poor condition. Remember, only donate books which would appear attractive and tempting to you in a book sale. Also, experience has taught us that we cannot use textbooks, Readers Digest books, encyclopedias, computer books and periodicals. If you have some specialty books or periodicals which you strongly feel might sell, please call Adele first, at 781-848-0405, and she can tell you whether they would be acceptable. In no case should books be put into the book drop outside the library. We can arrange for pick-up, if that is needed.

The second Summer of Young Adult Reading has begunt. This is for everyone who will be entering grades 7 - 12 in the Fall. This year, everyone who completes the program by reading six books over the Summer will receive a congratulatory prize. Also, there will be the Summer's end Pizza Party on August 24th, with drawings for the many prizes and certificates which generously have been donated by some of our local businesses.

The Readers' Group Book Club which meets on the Fourth Wednesday of each month will continue through the Summer, but at an earlier time. On June 22nd, July 27th, and August 24th, the group will meet in the Marinelli Reading Room on the Main Level, from 6:45 to 7:45. The Book for June is "The Great Fire", by Shirley Hazzard. Copies are available at the Main Circulation Desk.

The Second Tuesday Book Club will be breaking for the Summer. They will resume on September 13th.

The Children's Department has many Summer activities planned. Don't forget the T-Shirt Silk Screening on Wednesday, June 29th, at 10:00 a.m. A Kick-off Party, with Davis Bates and Roger Tinknall will be held on Thursday, June 30, at 3:00 p.m. Register in the Children's Department and get details of this program as well as a full schedule of events. All ages are welcome. For more information call 781-848-0405, Ext .4426.

Make the library your Summer educational oasis. Even with an abbreviated schedule during the Summer, it is still a wonderful place to stop, think, read, meet a friend, and enjoy the delight that is Thayer Public Library.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE June 15, 2005
What's New At the Library?

The library director David Hinkley and his staff work continuously to upgrade equipment and to add new products to which library patrons have come to expect in a modern learning center. To that end, the library now has two new technology products available. A scanner and a CD burner have been added to one of the Microsoft Office workstations on the Fay (Lower) Level. Also, the Young Adult room has two new Microsoft Office work stations.

The second Summer of Young Adult Reading starts on June 21st. This is for everyone who will be entering grades 7 - 12 in the Fall. This year, everyone who completes the program by reading six books over the Summer will receive a congratulatory prize. Also, there will be the Summer's end Pizza Party on August 24th, with drawings for the many prizes and certificates which generously have been donated by some of our local businesses.

The Readers' Group Book Club which meets on the Fourth Wednesday of each month will continue through the Summer, but at an earlier time. On June 22nd, July 27th, and August 24th, the group will meet in the Marinelli Reading Room on the Main Level, from 6:45 to 7:45. The Book for June is "The Great Fire", by Shirley Hazzard. Copies are available at the Main Circulation Desk.

The Second Tuesday Book Club will be breaking for the Summer. They will resume on September 13th.

Summer Reading is fast approaching, and once again the Children's Department has a full schedule of events and activities planned. Some of this year's highlights include weekly performers, monthly craft programs, monthly family movie nights, the parent-child book club slumber party, and a pajama story time. There is something for everyone! One upcoming activity is the T-Shirt Silk Screening, which will take place on Wednesday, June 29, at 10:00 a.m. Bring in a plain t-shirt to be silk screened with the Summer reading logo. Register in the Children's Department and get a full schedule of events. All ages are welcome. For more information call 781-848-0405, Ext .4426.

Now that the hot weather is here, the library's the coolest place in town, literally and figuratively. Come in, relax, read a book, periodical or newspaper and enjoy the quiet, friendly atmosphere.

The Friends' Book Sale awaits you on the Lower Level, with some interesting and tempting titles, fresh ones every day. And speaking of fresh, have you tried a refreshing beverage in The Friends' Café? If not, you will be surprised at all the choices.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE June 1, 2005
Summer Children's Programs Begin

"Going Places @ Your Library" is the theme of the 2005 Statewide Summer Library Adventure, funded locally by Thayer Public Library, The Braintree Arts Lottery Council, the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems, and the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners. Each of the 400 libraries in the state customizes programs for its unique young patrons.

Some of the Summer highlights at our library include T-shirt silk screening, performers, coupons for admission to Massachusetts cultural and educational attractions, and events for families and children of all ages from June 21st through August 16th. Young people who join the program will receive reading incentives.

On Wednesday, June 8 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. there is the Parent - Child Book Club, for young people in grades 3 through 6, accompanied by a parent. Copies of the book to be read, "The Black Stallion", may be picked up at the Circulation Desk in the Children's Department. Following the reading, on Thursday June 9 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. all may watch the movie "The Black Stallion" and have a snack. The movie is rated G.

Sign up for the Summer Reading Club between June 21st and July 29th, and pick up a reading log and eraser as well as a complete schedule of activities, at the Children's Desk. For more information contact the Children's Department, 781-848-0405, ext. 4426.

An appreciative audience of 65 people enjoyed some great jazz from The Ed Sorrentino Band on Sunday, May 15. That was the final of the Friends sponsored "Sundays at 3" concert series for this season. An exciting series is being planned for next year. The series will start again on September 18, and the first concert will feature pianist Virginia Eskin.

The Friends of the library send welcoming letters, with a library brochure, Friends membership application, and book mark to all new residents, but sometimes we may miss a few. If your neighbor or friend is a new resident, ask them if they have received a letter from The Friends. If not, please let us know, by sending an e-mail message to jcc@beld.net, and we will see that they are contacted. We want all residents, new or established, to know about our wonderful library.

As you travel this Summer, visit libraries in the towns or cities of your destinations, or along the way. Make visiting your local library as well as others as routine as eating. In fact, absorbing knowledge, ideas, and points of view other than your own are as important to the mind and spirit as food is to the body.

As long as you are in Braintree, make a point of gathering some good reading material from The Friends' Book Sale on the Lower Level, and visiting The Friends' Fogg Café on the Main Level, for some refreshing beverages.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE May 18, 2005
Braintree HHWD Will Benefit Library

Braintree's Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, May 21, will benefit Thayer Public Library again this year through the participation of The Friends. From 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., rain or shine, Friends members will be at the recycling station on Ivory Street, collecting various hazardous waste items. For computer and TV monitors, microwave ovens, air conditioners, small refrigerators and de-humidifiers, $10.00 each. For console TV's, $15.00. For 6 or more items at the same time, $5.00 for each item. So, help make it a big event. Move some of those no longer used or useful items, disposing of them in a safe and legal manner, while helping the library at the same time, through The Friends.

The library's "Artist of the Month" for May is Braintree Art Association's Elizabeth Trubia. Her colorful paintings of New England scenes, such as Beacon Hill, The Public Gardens, and Quincy Center (1915) are colorful and eye-catching in their clarity and expression. Take time to browse them on the Main Level.

The Second Tuesday Book Club and the Fourth Wednesday Readers Group continue to meet at 7:15 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room on the Main Level. If you have questions, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 and talk to Priscilla. The parent/child book club continues to meet as well. Inquire in The Children's Department.

The Summer Reading Program of the Children's Department is coming soon. Don't miss out. Visit the Children's Department and learn the details.

Stock up on Summer (yes, you remember Summer?) reading by browsing the ever-changing collection of good reading material in The Friends Book Sale, on the Lower Level. Visit often, and take advantage of the great titles.

Now that you are a steady customer of The Friends' Fogg Café, bring a friend along next time, and enjoy a refreshing beverage and good conversation at the same time.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE May 4, 2005
Historic Lowell Mills Presentation at Library

Mrs. Lois Larcom invites us into her Lawrence Corporation House to hear stories in a role-playing experience set in Lowell, MA, in 1843. Mrs.Larcom, a Lowell Mills Boardinghouse Keeper, played convincingly by actress Kate Carney, has many stories to tell about historic Lowell, its working class people, and the happenings in that area in the mid-ninteenth century. This free program will be in Logan Auditorium on Thursday, May 5, at 7:00 p.m. All are invited. For information call 781-848-0405.

Join other jazz lovers for a rousing program of standards and original tunes will be held on Sunday, May 15, in Logan Auditorium at 3:00 p.m., performed by the Ed Sorrentino Jazz group, featuring drummer Ed Sorrentino and pianist/vocalist Perry Rossi, and guests. This will be the final program in the Sunday Concert Series presented by The Friends of Thayer Public Library for this season. The Fall schedule will begin in September. The Concert Series is sponsored in part by Comcast. Join us for the jazz session, meet the performers, and enjoy the reception following the program. For information call 781-848-0405.

This is a reminder that Thayer Public Library has joined other area libraries in providing wireless access for patrons already familiar with this type of service. One caveat: please be aware that this is an unsecured connection, and that the library is not responsible for any content accessed. The Internet, by nature, is NOT secure. All wireless users must adhere to library Internet policy. Please inquire at the Reference Desk as to usage of this service.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 21 and start digging out those no longer used appliances containing hazardous materials, such as computer monitors, TV monitors, TV consoles, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and small refrigerators. The Friends of TPL will be participating with the Town of Braintree on that day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the recycling area on Ivory Street to help you dispose of those items legally and safely. For just $10 per item ($6 each for 5 or more items), and $15 for TV consoles you can recapture that much needed space in the attic, cellar or garage. Watch this column and elsewhere in the news media for more details as the time draws near.

The Second Tuesday Book Club and the Fourth Wednesday Readers Group continue to meet at 7:15 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room on the Main Level. If you have questions, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 and talk to Priscilla.

The Board of Directors of The Friends will meet next on Tuesday, May 10. If you have questions, concerns, or items you wish the Board to consider, please contact a Board Member or send an e-mail message to John Cobble at jcc@beld.net. Other Board members are Adele Barcelo, Jane Fogg, Ann-Marie Joyce, John Pelose, Don Porter, and Susan Sullivan.

Our library truly is our community center in Braintree. Cherish and support it in whatever ways you can. Keep it vibrant by visiting it often and taking advantage of its programs and services.

If you want some interesting pre-owned books, visit The Friends' Book Sale on the Lower Level. If you have books to donate to the sale, ask at the Reference Desk where to drop them off, or if there are too many, call Adele at 781-843-8123 to arrange pick-up.

Visit The Friends' Fogg Café for some great refreshing hot beverages at prices everyone can afford.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE April 20, 2005
Jazz at the Library

The Ed Sorrentino Jazz group returns to the library for a lively jazz program on Sunday, May 15, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. This has been a popular program, featuring Ed Sorrentino on drums, Perry Rossi on piano and vocals, plus always some interesting guests. You don't have to go into Boston for some great jazz. Just visit your local library! Supported in part by Comcast, this is the final concert in the Friends of TPL Sundays at 3 series this season, with a reception to follow. Don't miss it!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 21 and start digging out those no longer used appliances containing hazardous materials, such as computer monitors, TV monitors, TV consoles, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and small refrigerators. The Friends of TPL will be participating with the Town of Braintree on that day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the recycling area on Ivory Street to help you dispose of those items legally and safely. For just $10 per item ($6 each for 5 or more items), and $15 for TV consoles you can recapture that much needed space in the attic, cellar or garage. Watch this column and elsewhere in the news media for more details as the time draws near.

Join other readers in The Second Tuesday Book Club and the Fourth Wednesday Readers Group, each meeting at 7:15 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room on the Main Level. If you have questions, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 and talk to Priscilla.

Now is the time to catch some of those interesting displays in the cases on the Main Level before they are gone. In the Bump/McDevitt case The Historical Society has put together some interesting and informative pictures of Historic Braintree, including the Asa French Estate, the Hollis Homestead, and shots of historic Weymouth Landing as well. In one of the Duane Cases at the Washington Street entrance there is an informative exhibit showing the 100th anniversary of the All Souls Unitarian Universalist church building on Elm Street. Across from it in the other Duane case is a display of Spring Activities---all you need to know about what to do now that Spring is here.

The second Spring sessions of The Drop-in Toddler Story Times for children ages 18 mo.-3 years, and The Preschool Story Times for children ages 3 - 5 have begun. Call or visit the Children's Department to inquire about possible registration at this time.

The library's "Artist of the Month", from the Braintree Art Association is Jeanne Mulligan. Her vivid, colorful portraits, still life, and animal paintings are eye-catching and well worth taking some time to browse.

Take some time to think about your library and all the services it provides, programs, growing collections of books, audio-visual materials, and other offerings. If you have thoughts you would like to share about what the library represents to you and your family, and would like to share them in this column, please e-mail them to jcc@beld.net. Our library is truly a community treasure, and as a part of the OCLN glistens far beyond our community. We would like to hear from you.

Browse the Friends' Book Sale on the Lower Level, then enjoy a refreshing beverage in The Friends' Fogg Café. You'll be glad you did!

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE April 6, 2005
"Boyos" Author Marinick at Library

Richard Marinick, author of the Boston based crime novel "Boyos" will be at the library on Thursday, April 7, at 7:00. The program was cancelled from its January date due to weather conditions. Mr. Marinik will read passages from his book, signed copies of which will be available for sale, and answer questions about it and its conception and writing. Richard Marinik's life has taken various twists and turns on the way to authoring books. He has worked as a "sand hog" on the Big Dig, as a short order cook, nightclub bouncer, and as a Mass. State Trooper. He is a boxer, and holds a Black Belt in Okinawan Uechi-Ryu Karate. Currently, he lives and writes in South Boston.

Sunday, April 10 again brings the talented young piano students of Margarita Gurevich, piano instructor at the South Shore Conservatory, to Logan Auditorium. Those who have heard Ms.Gurevich's students previously have been impressed with the level and maturity of their playing. Ranging in age from 7 to 17, many of the students are winners of National and International competitions. Also performing will be some guest violin students. The time is 3:00 p.m. Don't miss this opportunity to hear them!

Registration times are fast approaching for the next sessions of "Drop-in Toddler Story Times" for ages 18 mo. - 3 years, and the "Pre-school Story Times" for ages 3 - 5, as well as the "After School Craft Programs" for ages 6 and up. Call or visit the Children's Department for more information.

Join other readers in The Second Tuesday Book Club and the Fourth Wednesday Readers Group, each meeting at 7:15 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room on the Main Level. If you have questions, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 and talk to Priscilla.

New acquisitions of books, both talking and written, CD's, DVD's and other additions, are being shelved continuously. If you have not visited the library in a while, make it a point to do so! If you cannot find what you need in our library, chances are that it can be reserved and brought to Braintree from another Old Colony library. And don't forget the museum passes, for discounts or free admission to many fine area museums.

Read books that others have enjoyed. Browse The Friends' Book Sale on the Lower Level for some great reading material. By the way, if you need a book bag to carry home your treasures, a Friends of Thayer Public Library tote bag is just the thing, for just $8. Inquire at the Main Circulation Desk, and get one on your next visit.

The Friends Café is just a few steps away from anywhere in the library. Many varieties of coffees and tea, plus hot chocolate, are there for your pleasure.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE March 9, 2005
Library Adds Wireless Internet Service

Joining other OCLN libraries such as Hingham and Plymouth, Thayer Public Library now offers Wireless Internet Service on its Lower (Fay) Level. The availability of wireless access to the Internet has been one of the most requested services by library patrons. It is provided for patrons already familiar with this type of service. As Internet users are sometimes painfully aware, the advantages of wireless do not come without risks. First of all, it is an unsecured connection, and the library cannot be responsible for any content accessed on the Internet. Patrons using this service are advised that their electronic transactions, including personal information, could be public to other Internet users. Viewing screens might also be seen by other users. These are aspects of the Internet Access Policy of the library, of which regular Internet users are aware.

Sunday, April 10 again brings the talented young piano students of Margarita Gurevich, piano instructor at the South Shore Conservatory, to Logan Auditorium. Those who have heard Ms. Gurevich's students previously have been impressed with the level and maturity of their playing. The time is 3:00 p.m. Don't miss this opportunity to hear them!

A new Join other readers in The Second Tuesday Book Club and the Fourth Wednesday Readers Group, each meeting at 7:15 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room on the Main Level. If you have questions, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 and talk to Priscilla.

A new group of Computer Learning Sessions are scheduled for Spring, 2005. The two popular favorites, Basic Internet Search Techniques and E-Mail Know-How, are back as well as two new classes. Two sessions of a Basic Beginners Class are offered on Friday, April 8 and Friday, May 13. If you are very new to computers and would like to learn how to use a mouse and find your way around a Web page, this session is for you. An introduction to E-Bay is the other new session, and is offered on Thursday May 26 and Thursday, June 9. The Basic Internet Search Techniques sessions will be on Saturday, March 26 and on Fridays, April 15 and 29, plus May 27 and June 10. The E-Mail Know-How sessions are on Thursdays, March 17, April 7, 14, and 28, and May 12. All sessions are from 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Space is limited. To register, please stop by the Information Desk on the Lower Level.

Sarah Sawyer's frequent library visits have produced the following recommendation for others: "Relax with a book or magazine in the Friends' Café and have your favorite hot beverage for only $.50. You won't get better flavor---without the caffeine---than French Roast Decaf. There are also many other different coffees, teas, and hot chocolate. "

Many thanks to those who recently donated paperbacks and other books for The Friends' Book Sale.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE March 2, 2005
Women's History Month Celebrated at the Library

March is Women's History Month, and the library has some wonderful programs to recognize and celebrate it. The lives of four active and creative women will be featured. Lois Larcom, Lowell Mills Boardinghouse Keeper, Susan B. Anthony, Emily Dickinson, and Eleanor Roosevelt will come to life in Logan Auditorium in performances by professional actors. This series of four programs are supported, in part, by the Braintree Arts Lottery, a local agency supported by the Mass. Cultural Council. Call 781-848-0405 for information regarding any of the programs.

Kate Carney, in costume and character as "Mrs. Lois Larcom, invites us into her Lawrence Corporation house to hear stories set in Lowell MA, in 1843. Mrs. Larcom never spoke up before, but the newly independent factory girls are speaking up---a girl's hair just got caught in a loom. It is a spell-binding story as fresh as today's headlines. Join us Tuesday March 8, at 7:00 p.m. for an entertaining and educational evening.

Susan B. Anthony was a rabble-rouser. She broke the rules, challenged legislators, charmed newsmen, and wore fancy clothes. She rode a mule in Yosemite, was burned in effigy all around the country, wore bloomers, took a Lowell Mill girl to Washington to testify, and published a newspaper. To learn more about this incredible woman, join us for
"Susan B. Anthony: The Invincible!" in Logan Auditorium on Wednesday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m.

The Emily Dickinson program is set for Tuesday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m., and the Eleanor Roosevelt program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. There will be more about these programs in upcoming columns.

Please note that all tickets have been given out for the Elisabeth von Trapp Concert. There are no more available. Admission to the concert is by ticket only.

Don't forget Dr. Seuss' Birthday Celebration at 3:30 today at the library.

Join other readers in The Second Tuesday Book Club and the Fourth Wednesday Readers Group, each meeting at 7:15 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room on the Main Level. If you have questions, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417 and talk to Priscilla.

A new group of Computer Learning Sessions are scheduled for Spring, 2005. The two popular favorites, Basic Internet Search Techniques and E-Mail Know-How, are back as well as two new classes. Two sessions of a Basic Beginners Class are offered on Friday, April 8 and Friday, May 13. If you are very new to computers and would like to learn how to use a mouse and find your way around a Web page, this session is for you. An
introduction to E-Bay is the other new session, and is offered on Thursday May 26 and Thursday, June 9. The Basic Internet Search Techniques sessions will be on Saturday, March 26 and on Fridays, April 15 and 29, plus May 27 and June 10. The E-Mail Know-How sessions are on Thursdays, March 17, April 7, 14, and 28, and May 12. All sessions are from 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Space is limited. To register, please stop by the Information Desk on the Lower Level, or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE February 16, 2005
Elisabeth von Trapp in March Concert

Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of Maria von Trapp, will present a concert at the library on Sunday, March 6, at 3:00 p.m. Even though the program is free to the public, because of the limited seating in Logan Auditorium those attending must have a ticket. Tickets for the concert are available on a first come, first served basis at the Main Circulation desk of the library. Ms. von Trapp will feature her musical settings of Robert Frost poems.

The program by author Richard Marinick, discussing his book "Boyos", cancelled because of a storm, has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the library.

On Saturday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m. Art Milmore will present a program entitled "The Steamer Portland: The Titanic of New England". He also will speak about his experiences with 'the most dangerous lighthouse in the world'. For information call 781-848-0405.

Library Assistant Jim Martin recently reviewed a new library book, "Wolves Eat Dogs", by Martin Cruz Smith, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2004, 337 pages, and his observations are as follows: "The apparent suicide of one of the New Russia's billionaires at his ultra-modern Moscow condo warrants at least a perfunctory investigation. Enter Arkady Renko, the cynical, brilliantly analytical Columbo-like detective of "Gorky Park". While everything seems to point to suicide, there is some baffling evidence---a bedroom closet full of salt. The wealthy Russian's death prompts Renko to travel to the ghostly, almost netherworld of Chernobyl, a city still aglow with radioactivity and inhabited by scurrilous scavengers, reckless scientists, and fatalistic seniors. "Wolves Eat Dogs" is not quite the page turners as were Smith's 'Gorky Park' and 'Polar Star', but it's close, especially because of his descriptions of Moscow and Chernobyl".

Dates to remember: Thursdays at 7 p.m. February 17, March 3 & 10, the Parent and Child Book Club, for kids in grades 3 - 6, with a parent. Jan Greenberg's book of poetry and art "Heart to Heart" will be read and discussed.

For registration and other specific information about The Drop-in Toddler Story Times for ages 18 mo.- 3 years, and The Preschool Story Times for ages 3 - 5, call the Children's Department, 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

Visit The Friends' Book Sale and help support your library. All proceeds go toward enhancements to the library, such as furnishings, additions to collections, and other materials. While at the library, visit The Friends' Fogg Cafe, for some refreshment.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE February 9, 2005
Tim Miller Jazz Trio at Library

On Sunday, February 13 at 3:00 p.m. the library's Logan Auditorium will be alive with both standard and original jazz tunes of The Tim Miller Jazz Trio. Guitarist Tim Miller currently is on the faculty of Berklee College of Music, and the South Shore Conservatory. He has performed in concerts and jazz festivals in Europe and the U.S. The performance is free and open to the public. Produced by The Friends of Thayer Public Library, the program is supported in part by Comcast.

Sunday, March 6 will see the return of Elisabeth von Trapp, who will feature her musical settings for some of the poems of Robert Frost. More about the concert in a later issue, but it is important to note that tickets, though free, will be required, due to limited auditorium seating. Tickets will be available at the library after February 13.

There are two artists featured in the library's "Artist of the Month" exhibit on the Main Level. They are Rita Walsh and Roger Davenport. Their exhibit displays a variety of works, including some prize-winning paintings from different showings.

The Winter "Parent and Child Book Club", for kids in grades 3 - 6 (with a parent) takes place on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Logan Auditorium, February 10 & 17, March 3 & 10. The book to be discussed is "Heart to Heart", a book of poetry and art, by Jan Greenberg. Parents please pick up a copy of the book when you sign up, and read the first section of poetry for the first meeting.

The Drop-in Toddler Story Times for ages 18 months - 3 years will resume on Mondays at 11 a.m. starting February 28 and running through April 4. Also, The Preschool Story Times, for ages 3 - 5 will be meeting on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. or 1p.m. Call the Children's Department for more details and registration requirements.

Register in the Children's Department to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2, at 3:30 p.m.

The Friends of Thayer Public exists to help make your library even better. Now is a good time to show your support of the library by becoming a member of The Friends. Pick up an application on any library level and in the Book Sale area.

Browse The Friends' Book Sale area for some great bargains. Books are being shelved daily, so don't miss 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.

LIBRARY ADVOCATE January 26, 2005
"Boyos" Author at Library Tonight (Rescheduled)

Richard Marinick, author of the Boston based crime novel "Boyos" will be at the library tonight, Wednesday January 26, at 7:00 in Logan Auditorium. H e will read passages from his book, signed copies of which will be available for sale, and answer questions about it and his writing it. Richard Marinick's life has taken various twists and turns on the way to authoring books. He has worked as a "sand hog" on the Big Dig, as a short order cook, nightclub bouncer, and as a Mass. State Trooper. He is a boxer, and holds a Black Belt in Okinawan Uechi-Ryu Karate. He currently lives and writes in South Boston.

Tonight also is the Readers Group which meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Marinelli Reading Room from 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. All readers are welcome, to come tonight and discuss "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress", by Dai Sijie. For more information call or see Priscilla Crane in the Reference Dept.

The Second Tuesday Book Club will meet on February 8, in the Marinelli Reading Room from 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. The book under discussion will be Christina Schwarz's novel "Drowning Ruth". This is a stunning portrait of the ties which bind sisters together and the forces which tear them apart. Schwarz's first novel explores themes of family love, sibling rivalry, duty, loyalty, and possible murder. Copies of the novel are available at the Main Circulation Desk. All readers are welcome.

The Friends of Thayer Public Library "Sundays at 3" Concert Series continues on Sunday February 13, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. The next concert will be The Tim Miller Jazz Trio, featuring standard and original jazz tunes. Tim Miller, guitarist and composer, is on the faculty of Berklee College of Music and The South Shore Conservatory.

Pick up a yellow card at the library, listing the next two programs.

Kids ages 6 and up, now is the time to sign up for the "After School Craft Program", which will be from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 9 in Logan Auditorium Call or visit the Children's Department and contact Norma Zeola, 781-848-0405, Ext. 4425.

On Thursday, February 10 the "Parent-Child Book Club", for children ages 3 - 6 accompanied by a parent, will be held in Logan Auditorium from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. The book will by "Heart to Heart", by Jan Greenberg. Included will be games and crafts. For more information call Cynthia Grabke, 781-848= -0405, Ext. 4425.

Take time to browse the great art work by the students in the Braintree Public Schools in the lobby of the Main Level, and the colorful works of Marion LaFlamme, Artist of the Month from the Braintree Art Association.

Also, check out the beautiful and timely display "A Celebration of African American Achievement", in the Duane Display Case at the Washington Street entrance. Opposite that display, in recognition of the fifth anniversary of the new Main Library building, is a chronological and pictorial display of events, from the demolition of the old building to the beautiful building we enjoy today.

Those hot beverages in The Friends' Fogg Cafe are tasty and refreshing, especially in the cold weather we are having. More and more people are trying the tea, coffee, decaf and hot chocolate 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.

LIBRARY ADVOCATE January 12, 2005
Art Displays Plentiful at Library

This is a wonderful week to view some excellent art displays at Thayer Public Library. To begin, the Braintree Art Association's display in Logan Auditorium on the Upper Level will be there all week. If you have not had a chance to see it yet, set aside some time. The variety and quality of the paintings will make it worth your while. The student art, in the lobby of the Main Level, will be on display during the month of January. The public schools have many talented art students, amply demonstrated in the display.

The library's "Artist of the Month" for the month of January, sponsored by The Braintree Art Association, features the work of Marion LaFlamme, on the Main Level. Her landscape oil paintings are eye-catching and colorful.

Spend some extra time in the library this week, because it is an unusual convergence of three different displays of artistic talent Braintree is fortunate to have.

A capacity crowd enjoyed the smooth harmony and professionalism of vocalists Bobbi Carrey and Will McMillan, with Henry Schniewind on piano, Sunday in Logan Auditorium. Their song selection was wonderful, as was their entire presentation. If you have not attended one of The Friends' Sunday Concerts, make a special effort to catch the Tim Miller Jazz Trio on Sunday, February 13 at 3 p.m. Pick up a concert schedule on one of the blue cards on all library levels.

Other upcoming activities in the library include the Book Discussion Groups on the second Tuesday and the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4417 for details.

Students in grades 5 - 8, here's a chance to hone your scrabble skills after school at the library. Talk to one of the Reference Librarians about the National Scrabble Competition schedule.

Books in The Friends' Book Sale are being replenished daily. Browse early and often.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE January 5, 2005
Bobbi Carrey and Friends at Library

Cabaret song stylists Bobbi Carrey Will McMillan, accompanied on piano by Henry Schniewind, will present a concert in Logan Auditorium of the library on Sunday, January 9, at 3:00 p.m. Beginning in 1934 a new category was added to the Academy Awards, that of "Best Song From a Motion Picture". Bob bi and Will feature some of the songs nominated and some which won during the first twenty-five years of that category, reflecting the "Golden Age of Hollywood", songs by Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Harry Warren, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer. Join Bobbi and Will for a history and appreciation of the songs of that colorful era, which continue to bring back fond memories. For more information about Bobbi Carrey, go to her website, www.bobbicarrey.com.

The "Basic Internet Search Techniques" classes have proven to be very popular, and additional sessions are scheduled for January and February. Reserve your space now, to learn some new ways of searching the Internet and using the search engines effectively. Individual sessions are on the following Friday mornings from 9:15 - 10:00: January 21st, February 4th, and February 16th. Also, in response to many requests, the library is offering a new session called "E-Mail Know-How". Participants will create an e-mail account and learn the basics of sending and receiving mail. "E-Mail Know-How" sessions will be held on Thursday mornings from 9:15 - 10:00, on January 20th, February 3rd, and February 17th. Reserve your space for either or both classes by stopping at the Reference Desk on the Lower Level, or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. Prior experience with using the keyboard and mouse is necessary for participants of either class.

Other dates to remember: On Tuesday, January 11 at 7:15 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room, Main Level, the first session of "The Second Tuesday Book Club" will convene, and discuss "The Deep End of the Ocean", by Jacquelyn Mitchard. There is still time to get a copy of the book at the Main Circulation Desk, read it, and participate in the discussion. If your choice is to read and discuss something a bit "heavier", then join "The Readers' Group", which meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month, the initial session taking place on Wednesday, January 26, at 7:15 p.m. in the Reading Room. All readers are welcomed to participate in either or both groups.

Make the library your first line of defense against parochialism and mental tunnel vision. Expand your horizons and discover new worlds, new meanings, and new ideas. Read, search, inquire and explore. The library is there to help with those activities. Use it often.

The Friends' Book Sale on the Lower Level is loaded with fine selections to help keep an active mind. Visit there today. There is something for you.

On these cold days the hot, refreshing beverages in The Friends' Cafe will hit the spot. Try one on your next visit.

LIBRARY ADVOCATE December 29, 2004
January Library Activity Abounds

Looking for something to do in January, to avoid a seasonal let-down? Look no further. Just go to Thayer Public Library, in person, via the Internet Home Page Calendar, or use this and other media to discover some exciting prospects.

For starters, popular vocalists Bobbi Carrey and Will McMillan return to Logan Auditorium to kick-off the Winter segment of The Friends' Sundays at 3 Concert Series with "The Envelope, Please". Accompanied on piano by Henry Schniewind, Bobbi and Will feature songs nominated for Academy Awards, from 1934 - 1959. Some examples are "The Way You Look Tonight", "Over the Rainbow", "Sweet Leilani", "Flashdance", and many others. Between songs they will talk about the historical context, the composers and lyricists of the songs. This and subsequent Sundays at 3 Concerts are listed on blue cards which can be picked up at library information tables. Pass the word. Bring a friend.

The schedule for New Computer Learning Sessions is out. All you need is some prior experience with a keyboard and mouse. The "E-Mail Know-How" sessions (45 minutes each) run 9:15 - 10:00 a.m. Thursdays on January 20, February 3, and February 17. The "Basic Internet Searching" sessions are on Fridays, 9:15 - 10:00 a.m., on January 21, February 4, and February 18. Space is limited, so to register (a must), or if further information is needed, please call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417.

Students, start practicing now for the National School Scrabble competition in Boston in April. There is open practice every Thursday after school in the Young Adult Room on the Lower Level. You must be in Grades 5 - 8 to play in the competition, but all interested students are welcome at the practice times.

Tuesday, January 11 at 7:15 p.m. will mark the initial "Second Tuesday Book Club" meeting, in the Marinelli Reading Room, Main Level. The book of choice for this session is "The Deep End of the Oc ean", by Jacquelyn Mitchard. The book is available at the Main Circulation Desk. On January 26 at 7:15 in the same Reading Room, another reading group will discuss "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress", by Dai Sujie. This book also will be available at the Main Circulation Desk in advance.

If you have friends or relatives visiting from out of town, don't let them get away without visiting our beautiful library. They are sure to be impressed, and can spread the word back home as to how fortunate we are.

By the way, they also might want to buy some reading material from The Friends' Book Sale downstairs. Shelves are restocked almost every day. Don't miss 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.

LIBRARY ADVOCATE December 15, 2004
Book Discussion Groups at Library

Two new book discussion groups are starting at the library in January. The "Second Tuesday Book Club" will be meeting-yes, on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room on the Main Level. This group will begin by reading some of Oprah's first book choices. It will be a great opportunity for you to catch up on some of those earlier titles. The first book is "The Deep End of the Ocean", by Jacquelyn Mitchard . The book is available at the Main Circulation Desk, and will have a due date of January 11th---the night of the discussion group.

The second group is "The Readers' Group", will meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month. The first selection is "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress", by Dai Sijie, a story about two city boys sent to a remote mountain village for re-education during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The book will be available for pick up later this month. Recommendations as to other selections will come from the group's participants, so bring ideas to the first meeting on Wednesday, January 26, at 7:15 p.m. in the Marinelli Reading Room. All readers are welcome to either or both of the groups.

The "Basic Internet Search Techniques" forty-five minute training classes continue on Friday mornings at 9:15. Reserve a space by dropping by the Reference Desk on the Lower Level, or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. Participants must have familiarity with use of the keyboard and mouse.

A warm welcome from The Friends to the library's newest employee, custodian John P. Whalen, who joined the staff on October 13, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Virgil Foster. Maintenance worker for more than twenty years at St. John of God Hospital in Brighton, John Whalen's most recent position was as Working Maintenance Supervisor at the Frederick L. Chamberlain School in Middleboro, where he was responsible for a crew of 5, maintenance of 9 buildings, 2 swimming pools and a fleet of 9 vehicles. He earned a Certificate in Computer Programming at Mass Bay Community College, and is a certified pool operator.

Don't miss David Polansky's "Holiday Cheer" event on Tuesday December 21, at 3:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. This is a program designed to warm the hearts of the entire family on the first day of Winter. Mr. Polansky has written numerous songs geared to adult audiences, though he is better known for his outstanding children's music. His trademark songs are about relationships and holidays, using political satire with humor and sensitivity. He has been the recipient of many awards in the music industry, including the ASCAP Special Award for 13 straight years.

Thanks to The Friends for providing the colorful poinsettias throughout the library for the holiday season.

The cold weather is coming, so stock up on good reading material from The Friends Book Sale, on the Lower Level. New selections appear on the shelves every day, thanks to the diligent work of Adele Barcelo and her group of Friends volunteers. If you wish to help as a volunteer, call Adele at 781-843-8123.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE November 10, 2004
Weekend of Celebration, Music at Library

Thayer Public Library will be humming with activity this weekend.

Saturday's Fifth Anniversary Celebration is an invitation to individuals and families to not only visit and enjoy the planned events, but also to bring someone not currently a library user, and have them sign up for a library card. If you have not received or seen a flyer, pick some up at the library and pass them along. It will be a grand day.

While in the library, be sure to view the work of "artist of the month" Joan Percy. A member of the Braintree Art Association, Ms. Percy's watercolor paintings reflect the brilliance of Fall colors, and the quiet beauty of nature in a variety of settings. The paintings are on the Main Level in the art exhibit section.

On Sunday, November 14 at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium The Friends and Comcast are sponsoring the third of the Fall Concert Series, and it will feature pianist and composer Alfred Watson. A graduate of Julliard School of Music, Mr. Watson will perform selected works of Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, Liszt, Scriabin, and original Watson compositions. He also will speak about what inspired some of the great composers as they wrote some very familiar pieces.

Come and celebrate National Children's Book Week. Minstrel storyteller Mary Jo Maichack presents "Books Are Celebrations", a funny, interactive show of folktales, tunes and fiddling, costumes, funny hats, sea puppets, a folding surprise story, Chestnut the Limberjack Horse, and laughs 'til beans come out your nose". Audience kids are part of the act.

Help present "The Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch, at the library on Tuesday, November 16, at 3:30 p.m. This project is supported, in part, by the Braintree Arts Lottery Council.

The Basic Internet Search Techniques classes are held on Friday mornings in November and December. Each class is forty-five minutes long, from 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Registration is required, so call 781-848-0405, ext. 4417, or drop by the Information Desk on the Lower Level. Participants are expected to have some previous experience using a mouse and keyboard.

Hope to see everyone on the 13th. Drop by, have some refreshment, enjoy a "whale" of a movie, raffles, book sale, face painting, and much more. Sign up for a library card, and/or become a Friends member, and be eligible for prizes.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE October 20, 2004
Friends' Annual Meeting at Library

On Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. The Friends of Thayer Public Library will hold its Annual Meeting in Logan Auditorium. The agenda will include a brief business meeting, with report of the Nominating Committee and election of four officers of the Executive Committee and three at-large Board members. Following that part of the meeting, local authors James Livingston and Sherry Penney will discuss their new book, "A Very Dangerous Woman", a biography of Martha Wright, who helped spearhead the cause of women's rights in the mid-1800's. All are welcome to attend the meeting, meet the authors, and learn the story of a fascinating woman.

Tonight, Wednesday October 20, come to Logan Auditorium and hear published poet Faye George reading some verse, and discussing the writing, publishing and marketing of her work. For more information call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4434.

On Tuesday, October 26, experience the 1890's with Mark Twain, as he talks about his characters "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn", and opines about life, love, and morality. This is a program for all ages, so bring the family, and have an enjoyable evening.

Gary Genard returns to continue his program "Speak to be Heard: Develop Your Natural Talents as a Communicator". If you experienced his first workshop and want to learn more, or if you just want to learn how to feel more comfortable speaking in public, plan to attend on Saturday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium.

Library Assistant Jim Martin offers his reflections on the book "Babe Ruth: Launching the Legend", by Jim Reisler, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2004, 288 pages. "Who is this Baby Ruth?" George Bernard Shaw once asked. "And what does she do?" (pg. xi) 'Baby Ruth', the ever present candy bar, reportedly was named after the daughter of Calvin Coolidge, but the naming was really a clever marketing ploy to cash in on the Babe's fame. Even in the fast paced jazz age of the 1920's Babe Ruth lived in overdrive, more often burning the candle at both ends. He was equally at home in a ball park, orphanage, society cotillion, or brothel. George Herman Ruth died of throat cancer in August of 1948, at age 53. 86 year old Connie Mack was a pallbearer, as were teammates Joe Dugan and Waite Hoyt . "As the weather cleared and the sun came out, Dugan turned to Hoyt and said 'I'd give a hundr

Each time you purchase a book from The Friends' Book Sale, or enjoy a refreshing beverage from The Friends' Fogg Café, you are helping to enhance some aspect of the library as well as yourself. Man y thanks.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE October 13, 2004
Friends Feature Saturday Concert at Library

In a departure from their usual schedule for concerts, The Friends' presentation of Mezzo-Soprano Furong Gardner will be this Saturday, October 16, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Ms. Gardner will sing French, German, and Chinese art songs, plus songs by George Gershwin. She will be accompanied on piano by Judith Cobble. The concert, sponsored in part by Comcast, is free and open to the public.

During this busy month of October, some other programs taking place in Logan Auditorium are:

Today, Wednesday, October 13, Daniel Trask will be presenting his independently published book "My Dog the Meat Eater". He will discuss how he came to write the book, and the steps he took to get it published.

Please note a time correction: The Friday, October 15 program of author Bob Welch discussing his book "American Nightingale", the biography of Army nurse Frances Slanger, will be at 3:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. Carolyn Martino will present an evening of Italian folk tales, with personal recollections of the stories and music identified with the Italian culture.

Poet Faye George will read from her work and discuss her writing, publishing and marketing experiences, on Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m.

The Friends' Annual Meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 21. Local authors Sherry Penney and James Livingstone will discuss their recent book "A Very Dangerous Woman", a biography of Martha Wright, a women's activist in the 1840's, and a younger sister of Lucretia Mott. All are welcome to attend the meeting.

What to do with those books you have read and enjoyed, but now are tucked away on shelves or in boxes? Why not donate them for resale by The Friends, not only giving others the opportunity to enjoy them, but also helping to enhance the library at the same time? Just ask the Reference librarian where to leave them, or if there are too many to take, call Adele at 781-843-8123 to arrange transport.

Have you tried the new Chai tea in The Friends Cafe? With the price of coffee and tea rising everywhere, you can enjoy a hot beverage at the library for just $.50! What a bargain for a refreshing drink!

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE October 8, 2004
The Library Brings Art, Music, and Books to Life
Thayer Public Library is alive with art, music, poetry reading, and authors presenting their works this month. Check the full schedule of events posted as you ascend to the Messina (Main) Level. A few of them are noted here.

On Saturday October 9 at 2:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium Gregory Maichack, portrait artist and painting instructor, will teach not only the basics for beginners, but also will offer advanced techniques to experienced painters. This should be an informative and enjoyable afternoon. For more information call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4434.

The library will be closed on Columbus Day, October 11.

Author Daniel Trask will read from his book "My Dog the Meat Eater" on Wednesday October 13, at 7:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Of special interest will be Mr. Trask's observations on the independent publishing and marketing of his book.

At 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 15 Bob Welch, author of "American Nightingale", will be at the Library as a part of a book tour, to sign copies and discuss the book. It is the story of Boston's Frances Slanger, an Army nurse who landed with the troops during the allied invasion of Europe on D-Day in June, 1944. Frances Slanger has been called the "Forgotten heroine of Normandy". Her selfless devotion to the soldiers she cared for, as well as her carefully written and articulate journal notes served as the basis for Welch's touching biography. Bob Welch is general columnist for the Eugene Register, Oregon's second largest newspaper. He is the author of seven books, and has won dozens of journalism awards.

Saturday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium is the date, time and place to hear Furong Gardner, Mezzo-Soprano sing French, German and Chinese art songs, as well as songs of George Gershwin. She will be accompanied on piano by Judith Cobble.

Come to Logan Auditorium on Tuesday October 19 at 7:00 p.m. for a "beautiful night of Italian tales and personal recollections" with storyteller and 2nd generation Italian Carolyn Martino. Meet a plucky Palmero princess, a Sardinian seer, a swan tenor, and more. Enjoy the musical rhythms and joyous logic of all that is Italian in a 'bella notte' of storytelling.

Published poet Faye George will read and discuss her poetry on Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00 p. in Logan Auditorium.

The Annual Meeting of The Friends of Thayer Public Library will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 21. After a brief business meeting, including the report of the Nominating Committee and election of officers and other Board members, authors Sherry Penney and James Livingston will discuss their new book, "A Very Dangerous Woman", a biographical look at pioneering women's rights activist Martha Wright. The meeting is open to all.

Visit the Friends' Fogg Cafe and the Lauria Book Sale area for refreshment and good reading, at bargain prices.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE September 15, 2004
Friends' Annual Book Sale at Library

The Friends' Annual Book Sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 17th and 18th, in Logan Auditorium, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day. Hardcover and paperback books in good condition in all categories will be available. There also are many brand new music CD's at low, low prices. This is one way to find some good reading and/or listening material and to support your library at the same time. All proceeds go toward enhancement of the library through programs and materials not provided through the budget allocation from the Town of Braintree. Come, browse, and buy!!

Jacqueline Dembar Greene, an award-winning author of more than 20 books for young readers, returns to Thayer Public Library to explore the writing, publishing, and marketing of "Folktales, Myths, and Legends for Kids and Other Folks". If you have ever thought of writing a picture book for children, or just want to listen and ask questions, join us on Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium.

On Saturday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m., Cliff McGann will teach all about EBAY ---buying, selling, and the basics of getting started. Computer skills are not required, but are helpful. For more information call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4434.

Pianist Leslie Amper will perform the first of three Fall concerts in Logan Auditorium, at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 26th. As you may remember, Leslie, with husband Randall Hodgkinson, performed as duo-pianists at the first concert to be held at the library on the new piano, in December, 2000. Ms. Amper's program will include works by Haydn (Variations in F Minor), 1783, and Chopin (24 Preludes, Opus 28). A reception will follow the recital. Leslie Amper, recipient of the NEA Solo Recital Fellowship Grant, has performed in solo recitals across the nation, and with the Boston Pops, the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. She is on the faculty of Longy School of Music and New England Conservatory Preparatory.

Cards with the entire schedule of Fall Concerts may be picked up on any of the library levels. These concerts, produced by The Friends, are sponsored in part by a grant from Comcast.

The Annual Meeting of The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be held on Thursday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. There will be election of officers. Special guests will be Sherry Penney and James Livingston, who will discuss their new book "A Very Dangerous Woman". All are welcome. More information about this will follow.

Save the date!

In addition to coming to the Annual Book Sale, browse the daily sale on the Fay (Lower) Level. You will find some great buys and values there.
Check out the various teas, including the new Chai tea, along with decaf, regular coffee, and hot chocolate, 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.

Library Advocate June 2, 2004
Rescheduled van Gogh Program Sunday Art historian Gershon Weisenberg's slide/lecture on "Passionate Visions: The Life and Artistry of Vincent van Gogh" will be presented on Sunday, June 6, at 2:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. This is the final of three presentations by Mr. Weisenberg on famous artists. The program is free and open to the public.

Looking ahead, the library's Summer hours begin as of Monday, June 21. The Summer hours are Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed on Saturdays during the Summer schedule.

Create all the possibilities of the 2004 Massachusetts Summer Library Adventure with Thayer Public Library. "Explore other worlds@ your library" offers library events for children of all ages and their families, from June 17th through August 12th. Some Summer highlights will include: T-Shirt Silk Screening, Family Movie Nights, Craft Programs and Weekly Performers. Families who join the program will receive reading incentives from the library and coupons for admission to Massachusetts' cultural and educational attractions.

Educators know that kids who read for the joy of it are the best readers. Families that read together provide the strongest model for future readers. The Mass. Summer Reading Program encourages children and their families to continue reading over the Summer. "Explore other worlds @ your library" is funded by Thayer Public Library, the Mass. Regional Library Systems, and the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners. For more information contact the Children's Department at 781-848-0405, Ext. 4425.

For the older youth, Thayer Public Library is having its "first ever" Young Adult Reading Program this year, for students who will be entering grades 7 through 12 in the Fall. To complete the Program and be eligible to win prizes, participants must read at least six books over the Summer, and return the completed Reading Brochure. Everyone who completes the Program will be invited to the Summer's End Pizza Party on August 25th, sponsored by The Friends of Thayer Public Library. That is when there will be drawings for the great prizes which have been donated by local businesses. Sign-up begins on June 17 at the Reference Desk on the Lower (Fay) Level. It's going to be a fun combination of Summer reading, pizza, and prizes! For more information, speak with Reference Librarian Priscilla Crane.

For The Friends' Book Sale, we are seeking paperback books in good condition. If you have some you wish to donate, call Adele at 781-843-8123, or bring them to the library. The Reference Librarian can advise you where to leave them. Pick-up also can be arranged.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE 14 April 2004
Friends Sponsor Flute, Piano Concert
As a part of its Sunday afternoon Library Concert Series, The Friends of Thayer Public Library will be sponsoring a Flute and Piano Recital on Sunday, April 18, at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served following the performance. Flutist Donald Zook has appeared frequently a soloist and in chamber music ensembles throughout New England, New York and the Midwest. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude from the American Conservatory of Music, and made his solo debut at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. Currently he is on the faculty of the South Shore Conservatory. Steven Young is best known as an organ soloist and accompanist, having performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is Director of Music and organist at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Norwood, and is undergraduate Choral Director at Bridgewater State College.

Tuesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. is the date and time of Professor Thomas O'Connor's presentation of "Tracing the Boston Irish". He will discuss the unique experiences of the Irish community in Boston, as it developed from immigration through integration, becoming a part of the fabric of America.

Art historian Gershon Weisenberg, who has presented several programs at the library on great artists, returns on Sunday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. with a slide/lecture on "The Life and Artistry of Paul Gauguin". Save the date, and plan to attend.

Friends member John Thompson has been doing a great deal of watching films and reading about the Civil War, and he offers his reflections on a film "Gods and General" and a book "Gettysburg", by Stephen W. Sears, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston/N.Y. 2003, Ref. # 973.7349 Sea. "The text covers events at Gettysburg, with maps, pictures and text, concentrating on a period from May through November, 1863. The narrative begins with a day-to-day description of events, then as the battle draws closer, an hour by hour, then minute by minute chronology. The author answers some oft-asked questions about R.E. Lee's strategies, including his use of the cavalry, such as deploying them at critical times for guard duty rather than for reconnaissance. He credits the Union Army's victory to its superior use of information and intelligence, due to their spy network, and to their better use of their cavalry". According to John Thompson, "Gettysburg" definitely will excite the Civil War fan and serve as a standard reference. If anyone wishes to share thoughts about other Civil War films or books with John, please e-mail him at thompsonja@beld.net.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE, 17 March 2004 Issue
Friends Hold Successful Library Benefit
The Friends of Thayer Public Library "Dance into Spring" benefit dinner/dance on Saturday, March 6 at The Sons of Italy Hall in Braintree was an enjoyable night out on a great March evening, and was a successful fundraiser for the library as well. The event raised $6,500.00, which will be used to enhance library programs, collections, materials and services not provided through funds allocated in the library's annual budget.

Guests at the black tie optional function began with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while listening to the piano music of Perry Rossi, then enjoyed a delicious meal of soup, beef, chicken and mixed vegetables, with an ice cream dessert, catered by Fasano's of Braintree. There were a few brief announcements by library trustee Jeffrey Kunz, first thanking Kerri Eck and Shyla Settles for their work on the three previous fundraisers, then recognizing guests Vincent Martino, Edna Logan, and Charles Sturtevant. The "Dance into Spring" Planning Committee members were recognized. They are Ann-Marie Joyce and Jane Fogg, co-chairs, Adele Barcelo, John Cobble, Jane Fogg, Marta Googins, Jeffrey Kunz, Carolyn Loud, Nancy Nicosia, Fran Noble, John Pelose, Patricia Pilgrim and Ann Toland.

Comcast's sponsorship played an important role in helping to underwrite the event. Braintree native Lou Russo, Government and Community Relations Director for Comcast was introduced for some brief comments. A mock check for the amount raised was then presented to library director David Hinkley by Friends president John Cobble.

The remainder of the evening was dancing to the great music of the Ed Sorrentino band, consisting of keyboard, drums, trumpet, sax and trombone.

The Friends were pleased to be able to hold the event, and appreciate the support of those who att ended, as well as the advertisers, Comcast, and those who were unable to attend but who joined in t he spirit of the evening through their donations.

Dates in March to remember: The School Scrabble Tournament on Thursday, March 18, from 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; "Americans Respond to Iranian Earthquake", on Wednesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m., with Tony Forgione relating his experiences there; and on Saturday, March 27 at 3:00 p.m. "The Music of Massachusetts", a concert by Paul Agnew and John Capavella, all in Logan Auditorium, and free of cha rge.

Looking ahead, Genealogist John C. Murray will be presenting a two-session program called "Timelines - Small Steps into Your Family History". This is an interactive workshop, providing techniques, tips, advice and direction to get started and successfully search for one's ancestors. The sessions will be held on two Saturdays, April 10 and April 24, both at 1:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. To pre-register, call the Reference Desk, 781-848-0405, Ext. 4407.

Just received a donation of good books, bound for The Friends Book Sale area. You may find just w hat you have been seeking. Also, a new coffee, Italian Roast, has been added to the multiple coffee selections in The Friends Fogg Café. 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.

LIBRARY ADVOCATE, 25 February 2004
"Dance into Spring" Library Benefit Planned
The purpose of The Friends of Thayer Public Library is to support and enhance the library in a variety of ways. A principal way of doing this is to raise money, through book sales, membership dues, and contributions from generous residents, businesses and organizations wishing to acknowledge the contribution the library has made to their own lives.

Some of the most successful and enjoyable fundraisers The Friends have sponsored have been dinner/dances. They have been great evenings out with friends, seeing old acquaintances again, enjoying fine food, and dancing as one's courage and coordination skills may permit. Such will be the case on Saturday, March 6, at The Sons of Italy Hall on King Hill Road. Cocktails will begin at 6:30, with music by a wonderful keyboardist, Perry Iannone. The dinner feast, provided by Fasano's Catering, will begin at 7:30, followed by an evening of music for dancing, by the versatile and talented Ed Sorrentino Band. This is a black tie optional affair, and at $50 per person is a bargain, especially when you consider that not only will each person benefit from a fabulous evening, but the library also will come out a winner! Many local businesses are participating by advertising in what will be a beautiful and eye-catching Ad Book. Time is fleeting, so reserve now, before it's too late! Call 781-848-0665.

This Saturday, February 28 is the date of the special two-hour workshop on communication skills, "Speak to be Heard: Develop your natural talents as a communicator". It will be in Logan Auditorium starting at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Gary Genard will provide a unique opportunity to learn skills of dynamic public speaking, so that you can communicate more effectively and with confidence.

Have you ever yearned for a program which is fascinating, folksy, and fun-filled, with behind-the-scene stories of overworked, underpaid, unappreciated and unelected public servants? Then head to the library's Logan Auditorium on Wednesday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. to hear and see acclaimed actress Judy Bernstein's rendition of "Hail to the Ladies", a tribute to America's First Ladies, from Martha to Hillary. You'll be glad you did!

The School Scrabble Tournament, for all students in grades 5 - 8, will be held on Thursday, March 18 from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. Two winners will go to the National Scrabble Tournament in Boston on April 24th. Students may participate in a Scrabble Warm-up on Wednesday, March 10, at 3:30 p.m. Register in the Children's Dept. or Reference Dept.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE, 18 February 2004
Library Children's Programs Abound!
Want to attend Dr. Seuss' birthday party? Then come to the library on Tuesday, March 2, at 3:30 p.m. All ages are invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss' 100th birthday with readings by the librarians, a visit from The Grinch, and a birthday cake!

Watch for more information about the great Scrabble Tournament, for children in grades 5 through 8. The tournament will take place on Thursday, March 18th, from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. Begin to hone those spelling and other Scrabble skills. Pick up a flyer in the Children's Department for more details.

There are programs for toddlers, preschoolers, parents and children. Visit or contact the Children's Department and find out what is there for you!

Register now for the two hour workshop with Gary Genard, PhD on "Speak to be heard: Develop your natural talents as a communicator". It will be in Logan Auditorium on Saturday, February 28, starting at 2:00 p.m.

Remember the tribute to America's First Ladies, by Judy Bernstein, on Wednesday March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium. It is called "Hail to the Ladies", and is a dramatic presentation capturing great moments in our history in which these famous ladies took part or had influential roles.

The Allegheny Trio, with John Kramer, pianist, Todd Brunel, clarinet, and Jonathan Graber, Violin and Viola, will perform in Logan Auditorium on Sunday, March 7, at 3:00 p.m. The trio will play works of Mozart, Ives, Schumann, and Bartok. The concert is open to the public and admission is free.

Get your ticket(s) now, or very soon, for the Friends of Thayer Public Library sponsored "Dance into Spring" dinner/dance, a black tie optional event to benefit the library. It will be a great night out, in anticipation of those warming days of Spring. It is Saturday, March 6, at the Sons of Italy Hall on King Hill Road. For only $50 you can have a great social evening, fabulous food, and dancing (or listening) to live music, while all the time realizing that the library will be the beneficiary. For reservations, ca ll 781-848-0665.

The beverage machine in the Friends' Fogg Cafe is humming! More and more people are learning about the great beverages there! Have you tried one yet?

The Friends' Book Sale shelves are replenished often. Check by there regularly, and chances are that you will find some interesting reading material at a cost so low that you may want to donate extra money, just to feel better.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE, 11 February 2004
Workshop on Communication Skills at Library
On Saturday February 28 at 2:00 p.m. there will be "a unique opportunity to learn the skills of dynamic speaking so that you can communicate more effectively and with confidence--in public". Thus says the nationally recognized public speaking coach Gary Genard, PhD. "Everyone has some natural talent as a communicator", says Dr. Genard. His two hour lecture/workshop entitled "Speak to be Heard" is designed to have participants recognize and acknowledge those talents, and be able to use them to enhance personal confidence and feel more comfortable when speaking in situations other than one-on-one. This workshop, in Logan Auditorium, is free and open to the public. For more information call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4420.

Save the date of Wednesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. for an upcoming dramatic program by Actress Judy Bernstein, entitled "Hail to the Ladies", a tribute to America's First Ladies. Based on letters, diaries and historical research, this entertaining one-woman show reveals behind-the-scenes tales of some of our most famous First Ladies. Watch for more information in this column and elsewhere in the Forum.

Also, looking farther ahead, don't miss the Ted Williams Lecture, to be presented by biographer/author Bill Nowlin, on Wednesday April 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Have you reserved your place yet for the "Dance into Spring" Dinner/Dance, sponsored by The Friends to benefit the library? Don't delay! Reserve now, individually for for a group, by calling 781-848-0665. This black tie optional affair will be at the Sons of Italy Hall, 161 King Hill Road, Braintree. Catered by Fasano's of Braintree, it promises to be a fantastic evening of dining and dancing to the big band sounds of the Ed Sorrentino Band. At only $50.00 per person, it's a bargain, especially when proceeds will be used by The Friends to directly enhance the library.

If you have books you have enjoyed and want to share them with a wider audience, donate them to The Friends' Book Sale. Many thanks to those who have contributed books already. The Book Sale helps to provide continuing funds to The Friends so that we can do all sorts of supportive projects in and around the library. Stop by the Reference Desk with your books to donate, and you will be told where to leave them. If you need help getting them to the library, call 781-843-8519. Please no magazines, text books, computer or technical books!

Many people are enjoying a hot beverage in The Friends' Fogg Cafe. Hope that you are one of them! If not, you are missing a treat. Try it soon!

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE, 4th February 2004
JazzAlive at Library
What do a CFO, CPA, 2 software developers and 2 electrical engineers have in common? It is not only their love of music, particularly jazz, but also their desire to perform it as well. Rick Blair is a software developer who lives in Easton, plays electric bass and secretly plays excellent clarinet. Brian Cetlin, piano, is a software developer, a former Berklee School student, and lives in Sharon. Steve Cohen, is a CPA and health care finance specialist. He lives in Sharon, has his drumming roots in Rock and Blues, and his heart in Jazz. Larry Copeland, valve trombone, is an engineer who lives in Walpole and is the driving force behind the band. Tom Lucci plays tenor sax, lives in Foxboro, and is CFO of a printing company in his spare time. Alan Shapiro, trumpet and flugelhorn, lives in Sharon, is an engineer, and counts off the beat before each tune. JazzAlive will perform as a part of the Friends sponsored Sunday Concert Series, in Logan Auditorium on February 8, at 3:00 p.m. Featured will be the music of Gershwin, Ellington, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Thelonius Monk, and others.

This Saturday, February 7, at 3:00 p.m. Arthur Milmore will present his slide lecture on "Paragon Park and Nantasket Boats", in Logan Auditorium. Mr. Milmore worked in Nantasket in the 1960's, and has captured on film the geography and history of the area. He helped to relocate the famed Paragon Park rollercoaster from Nantasket to Maryland in 1985. Come for a nostalgic ride via slides and talk, and recollect those days when Nantasket was quite different from the present scene.

Now is the time to give some serious thought to planning that big night out at the "Dance into Spring" black tie optional benefit for the library on Saturday March 6! The Dance Committee of Friends of Thayer Public Library is hard at work planning the details of what will be a great night of cocktails at 6:30, dinner at 7:30, and dancing into the night at the Sons of Italy Hall on King Hill Road. Beef, chicken and vegetarian choices will anchor the main course, and strawberry ice cream pie will satisfy everyone's sweet tooth. Then dance all those calories away to the swinging music of the Ed Sorrentino band. There is no better way to welcome the emerging Spring than sharing a great social evening with Friends, and enhancing the library at the same time. The cost is reasonable at $50.00 per person. We are asking businesses to help build an ad book, the proceeds of which also will benefit the library. If you cannot attend but wish to make a donation, your check, payable to The Friends of Thayer Public Library, may be mailed to The Friends at 798 Washington Street, Braintree, MA 02184. If you wish to reserve a single ticket or a table for up to ten for the event, please call Jane Fogg at 781-848-0665.

Save the date, and "Speak to be Heard"! Want to brush up on communication skills, or develop your natural talents as a communicator? Then plan to attend the two hour workship with Gary Genard, PhD, in Logan Auditorium on Saturday, February 28, at 2 p.m. More details will be revealed in a later issue of the Forum, but for now be aware of the date and time.

Brrr! Come in out of the cold and warm up with a refreshing cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate in The Friends Fogg Cafe. Then head downstairs to The Friends Book Sale and pick out some fine reading material to digest on these frigid days and nights.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE, 21st January 2004
Slide Lecture to Feature Paragon Park and Nantasket Boats
Many people can relate to one of the principal attractions of Nantasket in earlier days, Paragon Park. The rides, the boats, the excitement of the famous rollercoaster, and the weekend journeys to the beaches as well, all elicit many memories for anyone who has been a part of South Shore life for a while. Even those new to the area will find a first hand recollection of Paragon Park's history interesting. Come to Logan Auditorium of the library on Saturday, February 7, at 3:00 p.m. to hear Arthur Milmore of E. Weymouth talk and show slides of pictures he took in Nantasket during the 1960's. He knows a great deal about Paragon Park, the area and its history. In fact, he worked on the relocation of the rollercoaster to Maryland in 1985.

For jazz fans, Alan Shapiro's group JazzAlive will perform in Logan Auditorium on Sunday, February 8 at 3:00 p.m. This is the second in the Friends' Sunday Concert Series, and promises to be a lively time for all! Music of Gershwin, Ellington, miles Davis, Horace Silver, Thelonius Monk and others will be played.

A date to jot down and keep in mind is Saturday, February 28, at 2:00 p.m. That is when Gary Genard, Ph.D will give a two hour lecture/ workshop on the topic "Speak to be Heard: Develop Your Natural Talents as a Communicator". Call 781-848-0405, Ext. 4420 for more information.

These cold days are perfect for reading, or listening to books on tape or favorite CD's. When venturing out into the chilled air, make the library one of your destinations. Pick up some reading or listening material. While in the library, stay a while, keep warm, and discover areas and treasurers you might have missed before. Check out the various display cases for some interesting eye-catching displays of projects by adults and children.

Jane Fogg has tickets for the Friends of Thayer Public Library fundraiser "Dance into Spring", a dinner dance at the Braintree Sons of Italy Hall on Saturday March 6. It is black tie optional, with live music by the Ed Sorrentino Band. It will be great fun, definitely warmer than it is now, and will benefit the library at the same time. Call Jane at 781-848-0665 for details including menu options and to reserve tickets.

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

LIBRARY ADVOCATE, 14 January 2004
John Kramer in Piano Concert at Library
On Sunday, January 18 at 3:00 p.m. pianist John Kramer will perform the first of The Friends of Thayer Public Library Concert Series, in the library's Logan Auditorium. Mr. Kramer has been a guest pianist at the library on two previous occasions, performing a variety of classical selections. Currently he is a piano instructor at the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham. A graduate of the University of Iowa with a Master's degree in Piano Performance and Music Composition, Mr. Kramer has had wide experience as solo pianist as well as performing with orchestras. The program on Sunday will feature Bach's "Partita in G Major, No. 5", Beethoven's "Sonata Quasi una Fantasia, Op. 27, No. 1", Chopin's "Fantaisie, Op. 49", and Frederic Rzewski's "Winnsboro cotton mill blues". A reception and light refreshments will follow the concert.

The second program of the Concert Series will be a jazz performance on Sunday, February 8 at 3:00 p.m. The group is "Jazz Alive", an exciting group you won't want to miss!

On Sunday, March 7, the Allegheny Trio will perform at 3:00 p.m. in Logan Auditorium.

The April program will feature flutist Donald Zook, on Sunday, April 18, at 3:00 p.m.

In May we will see the return of the popular and exciting Ed Sorrentino Jazz group, on Sunday, May 9, at 3:00 p.m.

Pick up a complete schedule of these concerts on your next visit to the library.

Now is the time to plan your table for the Friends-sponsored "Dance into Spring" library benefit at the Braintree Sons of Italy Hall on Saturday March 6. Good food, live music, and a grand social evening with friends, all for a great cause at just $50 per person. What could be better? For reservations, menu choices, or other information call Jane Fogg at 781-848-0665.

This is the week to browse the art work of local and area artists, members of the Braintree Art Association, on display in Logan Auditorium. Plan some extra time in the library to view the results of the artistic talent among us!

Have we mentioned before that The Friends' Booksale on the Lower Level is a daily, ongoing occurrence? Find some wonderful bargains there. If you have books to donate for future resale, take them to the Reference area and you will be guided as to where to leave them. If you have too many to bring, call 781-843-8519 and arrange for pick-up.

On these cold days everyone could use a good hot cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Try some in The Friends' Fogg Cafe on the Main Level on your next visit to the library.

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