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The Mr. Lemoncello Challenge

Looking for a reading challenge this summer? Why not take a cue from Mr. Lemoncello from the books Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein? In Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics, the eccentric library-lover Mr. Luigi Lemoncello invites teams of kids from around the world to compete in a series of library games and puzzles. Throughout the story, Mr. Lemoncello refers to tons of books, which you can find a list of at the back of the book. We've taken that list and broken it down into three reading levels. Challenge yourself!

Welcome to Summer!

We hope you and your kids have been having fun already, even though school only just got out. We here at the library have jumped right into summer with our weekly Art-To-Go craft program and our summer reading programs all starting this week, along with a concert, a movie, and a storytime! Did you miss those? Don't worry, we've got tons more programs coming up. You can also still sign up for our summer reading program! Take a look at the bottom of this post for a special password to enter in once you've registered. Putting in each blog post's password will earn you an extra raffle entry!

On Your Mark, Get Set... READ!

Get a jump start on summer by seeing what we've got planned here at the library, learn about our summer reading programs, and find out more about what's happening elsewhere in Quincy!

Phoenix Book Club: Sports

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Every Hero Has a Story!

Summer is finally here! Come on in and see all the amazing programs we've got going on at the library this summer!

Are you looking for a craft program? A storytime? A book club? Bubbles? Superheroes? Cookies? Movies? Science? What about singing and dancing? Or maybe Dungeons & Dragons? We've got it all this summer at all four library locations in Quincy, plus more than we could possibly fit into a single blog post. 

Fizz, Boom, Read: Water

Let's end the summer with a splash by exploring water! We're lucky here in Quincy that we have so much water in our city. Take a walk down Wollaston Beach and see if you can figure out if the tide is coming in or going out (hint: look for wet sand beyond the water) and how high the tide gets. Or look around Black's Creek and see what animals are hanging around the water there. Then head home and try some watery activities. 

Fizz, Boom, Read: Weather

Hot or cool, sunny or rainy, the weather changes all the time. Did it rain today? Why wouldn't it be snow in the summer? Have you ever looked up and watched the clouds? Think about the weather this week. Try keeping a record of the weather in your science journal and keep it going into the fall. Watch the temperature get cooler as the days go by. 

Fizz, Boom, Read: Air

You can't see it but it's all around you. What is it? Air! We breathe it and fly through it and use it to generate electricity when it's moving. There's a whole lot of it and it's everywhere you go. Even though you can't see it, air is something you can observe with simple experiments and activities about air pressure, flight and wind. Try some and learn about this super essential gas!

Fizz, Boom, Read: Math

Explore numbers this week with math activities. Math isn't just addition and subtraction problems. Math goes into buildings, cars, time, anything with numbers or shapes, and those are all around us every day. Take a look around your home and see what shapes you can see. Try using a ruler or tape measure to measure things in your home or yard. Measure yourself! Try now and then again at the end of the summer, keep a log in your science journal. 

Fizz, Boom, Read: Space

No, you can't just pop into outer space but you can do some fun activities and experiments at home without going into orbit. Take a look in the night sky and try spotting some constellations. Can you find another planet from our solar system? Our neighbors, Mars and Venus? Check out our moon. Did you know the craters on our moon have names? Learn about the International Space Station and the Hubble Telescope. 

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