Special Events

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Join us for special events such as concerts, storytellers and more!
Registration may be required and limited to Quincy residents. Please see the individual events for details and check back here often for upcoming special events. All of our programs are sponsored and supported by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Bicycling with Quincycles
Saturday, June 18th at 10:00 a.m. - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
REGISTRATION begins Monday, May 16th at 9:00 a.m. - Register online, in person in the Main Library Children's Room, or by calling 617-376-2411
Main Library - Meet outside in front of the Richardson Building
Ages 8-12
Are you a kid who likes to ride your bike? Join Quincycles for a morning of Bike Challenges designed to improve your cycling skills, strategies to stay safe and have more fun riding, and even a Bike Trivia contest. We welcome riders between the ages of 8 and 12 years old for this program. Please bring your own bike and your own helmet. Registration is required for this program. Quincycles is a volunteer group that advocates for bicycle infrastructure on our city streets and promotes responsible riding as a means of transportation, recreation and exercise in Quincy.

Story Art with Let's Gogh Art
Tuesdays, May 17th, 24th and 31st at 10:00 a.m. - REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
REGRISTRATION begins Monday, May 2nd at 9:00 a.m. - Register online, in person in the Main Library Children's Room, or by calling 617-376-2411- Space is limited, please register only if you can come to all three meetings
Main Library Meeting Room 
Ages 3-6 
Join Let's Gogh Art for this special three week Story Art program.  Story Art is a literacy education and creative enrichment program that enables young children to see a story's characters come to life through their own creativity. This series of Story Art programs will take us to the sea with the stories of Rainbow Fish, Mister Seahorse and How I Became a Pirate. Each week's story will be accompanied by an art project that illustrates the story: Create a tissue fish collage, try your hand at water resist painting, and paint your own pirate ship. This program is sponsored by Quincy Braintree Family Network-CFCE, a program of Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc.

Parent Workshop: How Families Can Support Their Dual Language Learner's Development
Tuesday, May 24th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Main Library Meeting Room
For parents
Join Laura Mason Zeisler, M. Ed. for a parent workshop on raising a dual language learner. Families want to do what's best for their children. What should families do if they speak a language other than English at home? This workshop will provide both research-based information and practical ideas for families who have children hearing two or more languages, whether at home, early childhood program, or in the neighborhood. Laura has almost 40 years of professional experience working with children and families. She brings both professional and personal experiences to the table, as she started learning a second language when she was three and at five started learning a third language. For more information please contact Joan Rodeck at jrodeck@qcap.org. Registration is NOT required, however please send an email to jrodeck@qcap.org if you plan to attend so there are enough handouts for all. 

Summer Begins! 
Summer arrives in the Children's Department at the end of June when school ends. We'll be ready for you with loads of new books to read, DVDs to wattch, and a schedule jam-packed with activities to keep you busy. "I'm bored! There's nothing to do!" are not things you will hear at the library this summer, with movies, crafts, storytelling, and special events happening every day. 

  • Programs begin at noon on Friday, June 24th with storytelling at the Farmer's Market at Paget Field in Merrymount Park. Stop by, hear a story or two, and pick up a calendar listing all of our summer events.
  • Our popular traveling craft program Art-To-Go returns beginning Monday, June 27th any time between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. when we will be making Beachball Sunvisors. Children up to age 8 are invited to stop by to make this craft. Each week throughout the summer a different craft will make the rounds of all four library branches. Materials for the week's craft will be at the Main Library on Mondays, Adams Shore on Tuesdays, Wollaston on Wednesday, and North Quincy on Thursdays.
  • The North Quincy Branch will be presenting Monday Movies beginning Monday, June 27th at 2:00 p.m. The first movie in this 10 week series will be Frozen. Get off to a cool start this summer with this Disney favorite. 

Remember, this is just the beginning! Each week will bring a new craft, a new movie, and all sort of other special events from Bubble Play to a Reading Olympics with one of our favorite performers: Jungle Jim! Look for the special summer section on our website for more details and a complete list of events soon!

The Crane Library Bookstore is Open!
Thursdays 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Shop for great deals on gently used books, audios and videos for all ages every Thursday between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and every Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Park in the library parking lot on Washington St. and walk around the front of the library to enter the bookstore from Spear St.  The bookstore is run entirely by Friends of the Library volunteers and all proceeds support library programs and services for all ages.

Other Special Events
Check the Calendar of Events or subscribe to the library's monthly email newsletter to find out about other special events happening through the year and during school vacation weeks.


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