Restoring USS Salem Topic Aug. 2

Join mechanic and naval destroyer veteran Art Milmore at the Thomas Crane Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. for a remarkable story of the restoration of the USS Salem.

Milmore volunteered on the ship for seven years doing almost every conceivable job on the ship and was aboard for it’s grand return to Quincy. It was originally estimated that it would take two and a half years to ready the ship for the public; it took 7 months.

Milmore will share lots of story and photos, including many that were taken from 100 feet up on top of the Quincy-built heavy cruiser as well as at the bottom of the dry-dock.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

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Crane Library Celebrating Esther Earl Day Aug. 3

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, the Thomas Crane Public Library is collaborating with Esther Earl’s family to celebrate Esther Day.

Esther Day was started in 2010 to celebrate love for family and friends by telling those who we are close to that we love them, even if it is sometimes difficult to say out loud. It was inspired by Quincy resident Esther Earl, one of the inspirations for John Green’s popular novel The Fault in Our Stars.

Esther, an author, internet vlogger, Nerdfighter, and activist in the Harry Potter Alliance, passed away from thyroid cancer shortly after her 16th birthday in 2010. Esther had befriended author John Green and was one of the people who inspired him to write The Fault In Our Stars, which was later turned into a popular movie. Esther’s book, This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl, was published posthumously.

Shortly before Esther’s death, Green uploaded the video I Love Hank: Esther Day 2010. The video was uploaded in celebration of Esther Day, a day which Esther stated she wanted to be about “family and love.” It is celebrated annually on August 3, which is Esther’s birthday. One of Esther’s wishes, as her time grew short, was to tell her friends and family how much she loved them. In that spirit, in addition to the games, we will have a postcard station where you can write a note to those special people in your life, and we will mail them for you. There will also be an origami stars craft activity for participants throughout the event.

Come to the main library to celebrate her legacy of love with family-friendly games (races, capture the flag, frisbee, and more) on our lawn from 2 to 8 p.m.. Find social media posts of Esther Day tributes held around the country – including ours – with the hashtag #EstherDay.

The day’s schedule:

  • 2-4 p.m. – Lawn games for children
  • 4-6 p.m. – Lawn games for teens
  • 6-8 p.m. – Lawn games for adults

The public is welcome to attend this special remembrance. Esther Earl would have turned 22 on Aug. 3rd.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

For more information, visit or call 617-376-1316.
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Library Announces 2016 Summer Concerts on the Lawn

The Thomas Crane Public Library will host its popular summer concerts on the lawn series in July.

Concerts will take place Thursday evenings during July from 7 to 8 p.m. on the lawn, 40 Washington St. If it rains, the concert will move inside to the library’s atrium.

This year Discover Quincy is also sharing their giant lawn games, so come show your friends you are at Connect Four and Corn Hole.

Here’s the lineup:

July 7: The Lenny Solomon Band

July 14: Peter Kilpatrick

July 21: Boston Road

July 28: Paul Agnew with the John Capavella Quintet

July 7: The Lenny Solomon Band

Join the Lenny Solomon Band for a great evening of socially conscious country/city/blues/folk music on the lawn.Lenny Solomon’s style has been compared to early Bob Dylan. He began his career in the late 1960s and has shared bills with many touring performers including Bonnie Raitt, Chris Smither, and Spider John. He is first and foremost a storyteller and his song-writing skills have earned many awards. Lenny recently stopped by the QATV studio to tell us more about what to expect:

July 14: Peter Kilpatrick

Join Peter Kilpatrick for a great evening of original guitar-driven pop rock on the lawn. Pete Kilpatrick has been named Maine’s best act four times in the Portland Best Music Awards and his music has been featured on NBC’s The Office, Parks and Recreation and New Girl. He has toured with Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, Guster and others, performing over 1,400 shows to date!

July 21: Boston Road

Join Boston Road for a great evening of bluegrass on the lawn. Boston Road is:

Claude Galinsky, mandolin / vocals

Rick Posch, bass / vocals

Matt Valencius, banjo

Kristin Vegeto, vocals

Pete Vegeto, guitar / vocals

Boston Road’s traditional and modern bluegrass music features a groove they call “the engine”. It’s the result of Pete Vegeto’s rhythm guitar working with Rick Posch’s standup bass and Claude Galinsky’s vintage mandolin. Instrumentally, the band also features Matt Valencius’ banjo. Singer Kristen Vegeto, along with Pete, Claude and Rick do the Roadsters’ vocal duties, providing powerful two-, three- and four-part harmonies.

July 28: Paul Agnew with the John Capavella Quintet

Join Paul Agnew and the John Capavella Quintet for a great evening with the Great American Songbook on the lawn. Paul is a local vocalist (Braintree) who interprets the timeless music of the Great American Songbook with meaning and authority. With piano man John Capavella, Paul is the co-producer and featured host/vocalist for “Songbook” a popular BCAM-TV music program that has aired since 1999. As an entertainer, Paul makes frequent appearances at outdoor concerts, senior citizen residences and private and public events.

For more information, visit or call 617-376-1316.

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Touch-A-Truck Fundraiser At Atherton Hough School June 18


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Adult Literacy Volunteers Needed

Literacy Volunteers-Quincy needs volunteer tutors for one-on-one instruction to adults in basic reading and writing.

Those interested are invited to attend a Literacy Orientation to find out more about the program. Orientations are scheduled for Tuesday, June 17th and Thursday, June 26th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room at the Thomas Crane Public Library.

For more information, call Mary at 617-376-1314 or email her at

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