Summer Events - All Ages

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Summer reading, concerts, puppets and more. These events are for everyone, from babies to middle schoolers and their families.

Take a look at our library calendar of events to see what we've got going on for adults and teens too!

Build a Better World - Summer Reading ProgramDrawing of two children looking at plants growing on top of a bookcase
All Summer Long
This summer from June 23rd through August 31st track your reading on your computer, phone or other mobile device with our new summer reading game. Sign up, log books, and complete challenges. As you add books and complete challenges you will earn online badges and online raffle tickets. We’ll have a drawing for the raffle prizes the first week in September. We have two programs one for babies and young children up to age 6 and the other for ages 7-13. Teens are invited to join our teen summer reading program. 

Drop in 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Week of 7/3 - House Collage  (Craft available 7/3, 7/5 & 7/6)
Week of 7/10 - Construction Hats
Week of 7/17 - Paper Bag Houses
Week of 7/24 - Tool Belts
Week of 7/31 - Castles
Week of 8/7 - Dump Trucks
Week of 8/14 - Houses
Week of 8/21 - Sundials
Week of 8/28 - City Skyline Hats
Up to Age 8
Mondays - Main Library
Tuesdays - Adams Shore Branch
Wednesdays - Wollaston Branch
Thursdays - North Quincy Branch
A 10 week series of drop-in art activities that travel throughout Quincy. Projects are open-ended to accommodate a wide age range. They are easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to do with an adult's help and free form enough for school age children to add their own personal touch. Drop in any time between 2:00 and 4:00 to make each week's craft. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Library Quests
All summer long during July and August
Main Library and North Quincy Branch
This summer, turn a walk around the library into a scavenger hunt. Come to the desk to get your map, then explore the entire Main Library, Main Library Children's Room, or the North Quincy Branch Library by going on a library quest to find clues hidden around the inside and outside of the buildings. Even very small children can explore with an adult or older sibling to help! When you have the answer, bring it to the desk. New quests will begin in July and August.

Wollaston Beach StorytimeDrawing of the head and hand of a storyteller with three fingerpuppets on her fingers
Wednesdays in June and July: 6/13 through 7/25 at 3:00 p.m.
Wollaston Beach Playground
Join us at the playground across from Wollaston Beach to hear some stories and learn all about programs for all ages happening at the library this summer as part of Discover Quincy's Wollaston Wednesdays.

Bubble Time
Friday, July 14th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. - Rain Date: Friday, July 21nd from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Main Library Lawn - Outside the Children's Room
Join us at the benches outside the Children's Room windows to blow some bubbles! We will have tubs of bubble solution and plenty of bubble makers to experiment with. Can you make giant bubbles? Little tiny bubbles? Can you make bubbles with your hands or do you need a bubble wand? Find out if a square bubble wand makes square bubbles and grab some bubble solution recipes to try out at home. Parents, this is sure to be loads of soapy, soaking fun so make sure your children are dressed to get messy!

Field Day for Esther Earl Day
Thursday, August 3rd, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Main Library Front Lawn (weather permitting - we will move inside if it rains)
Esther Earl, a local Quincy resident, passed away from cancer in 2010. Her moving story, This Star Won't Go Out, inspired millions of readers. We will be celebrating her birthday with fun outdoor activities: Races, capture-the-flag, bubbles and more. You will also have the opportunity to write a message to someone special you love.

Solar Eclipse
Monday, 21st from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Main Library Front Lawn
Stop by the Main Library to join us for space stories and activities during the solar eclipse. Bring along an empty cereal or cracker box and we will show you how to make a pinhole viewer to safely observe the explipse. Maximum ecplipse coverage in the Boston area will be at 2:46 p.m.

Children's summer programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library and the Quincy Cultural Council.

For more events try looking under your child's age:
0-4     4-9     10+
Or take a look at what's going on at our branch libraries

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