January’s Free Programs at the Thomas Crane Public Library
Historic New England: Salem 1692 - Season of the Witch, Tuesday, Jan 6 at 7pm, Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor).
The Salem witch trials of 1692 is one of the most infamous, and least-understood, episodes in American history. Rory O'Brien, author of the novel Gallows Hill, lays out the story of what happened, separating fact from fiction. Salem's licensed tour guide Rory O'Brien, author of the recently published novel, Gallows Hill (as well as four previous books on Rhode Island history) will present this fascinating and seasonally topical program, as well as have copies of his novel available to purchase afterward. Rory O'Brien grew up in New England, surrounded by books, history, and the long shadows of Poe, Hawthorne, and Lovecraft. He spent months haunting the streets of Salem, speaking with tourists, townies, witches, cops, and business owners. He spent a ridiculous amount of money in kitschy tourist attractions, read every guidebook he could get his hands on, and took every walking tour in town all in the name of research.
Feature Film: The Equalizer, Thursday, Jan 15 at 6:30 pm, Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor) and Wednesday Jan 21 at 2 pm at North Quincy Branch. See Quincy on the big screen! Portions of this movie were filmed in Quincy. McCall (Denzel Washington) is a former black ops commando who faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
Discover Historic New England: Legendary Locals, Tuesday, Jan 20 at 7pm, Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)
From presidents and patriots, to locals engaged in service both heartwarming and heartbreaking, Quincy has been a place where names endure. Adams, Hancock, Bernazzani, Ruth Gordon and Bill Dana, the Dropkick Murphys, Mike “The Winger” Zadrozny, Richard Koch, Fr. William McCarthy, Dunkin’ Donuts and Howard Johnson’s. These legendary names—individuals both towering and humble—made Quincy a uniquely American city and kept it that way. Come re-visit familiar local legends and learn stories about the our city's fabulous history with journalist Jack Encarnacao. Jack has covered Quincy, its characters, and its history for years at the city’s institutional daily newspaper, the Patriot Ledger. Copies of his recently published book, Legendary Locals of Quincy will be available for purchase.
Quincy Unplugged: Open Mic Night, Monday, January 26, Drop by the Main Library from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a free acoustic open mic night and share your talent with a friendly audience. Play an original or a cover song, read an excerpt or a poem, perform a dramatic monologue, debut your stand-up comedy skit or engage in any amateur style performance. All musicians, poets and performers are encouraged to participate and all ages are welcome. One microphone will be available but no other sound equipment is supplied. If your instrument requires amplification, such as an electric bass, you will need to bring it. Sign up in person between 6:15 and 6:30; perform from 6:30-8:30.
Crane Library Bookstore: Open every Thursday from 6 to 8 pm and every Saturday from 10 am 4pm. Operated by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Library, proceeds from sales, memberships and other fundraising events pay for passes to area museums and zoos, as well as an array of programs for all ages, such as storytellers and concerts.
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