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!

A to Z Reading ChallengeCartoon squirrel sitting on a pile of books and reading.
June 1st through August 30th
Pick up a challenge booklet at any Quincy library location
Have fun this summer and explore the whole library as you read (or listen) your way through the alphabet. Take a look here for more details and remember, this program is for the whole family. Board books and stories read to children count!

Summer Program Kickoff with Vermont PuppeTree
Friday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m.
Main Library Front Lawn (Main Library atrium in case of bad weather)
"Caps! Caps for Sale! Fifty cents a cap!" Join the peddler and the monkeys for a puppet show retelling of Esphyr Slobodkina's classic story. This globetrotting version of the tale by Vermont PuppeTree is told using rod, hand and shadow puppets as well as some extra special staging. This program is suitable for a wide age range from preschoolers to school-age children accompanied by and adult. For a preview of the show, click here. Information about all of our upcoming summer programs will be handed out at this time. This program is for children of all ages and their families. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library and the Quincy/Braintree Family Network.

Drop in 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.Week of 7/1 - Bookworms
Week of 7/8 - Construction Vehicles
Week of 7/15 - Train Whistles
Week of 7/22 - Dinosaur Collage
Week of 7/29 - Egyptian Collars
Week of 8/5 - Pop-up Bunny Puppets
Week of 8/12 - Snake Headbands
Week of 8/19 - Subway Trains

Mondays - Main Library
Tuesdays - Adams Shore Branch
Wednesdays - North Quincy Branch
Thursdays - Wollaston Branch
An 8 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.

LEGO Art Gallery
July 1st through July 31st
Adams Shore Branch Library
Help us create a LEGO Art Gallery at Adams Shore this summer. Build a LEGO creation at home and bring it in to the Adams Shore Library for display through the month of July. Due to space limitations we ask that each person bring in only one item to display and that you build your creation on a single standard LEGO baseplate. Creations less than 7 inches high will be displayed in our locked display case. Taller creations will be displayed on shelves in the library. Stop by any time the Adams Shore Library is open to drop off your creation and admire the rest of the display. Creations should be picked up during library hours from July 31st through August 8th. Each entry will win a creativity award.

Brio Free Play
July 1st through August 30th
Wollaston Branch Library
Drop by the Wollaston Branch Library any time this summer to play with wooden Brio trains and train tracks. A bin of pieces and trains will be available to build with any time there isn't another program taking place. Build a new track every time you come in or elaborate on a track someone else started.

I Love Trucks
Wednesday, July 10th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Adams Shore Branch Library
Children of all ages accompanied by an adult are invited to join us at the Adams Shore branch library for a chance to see some DPW trucks up close and personal and learn about what they do.  Parents, bring along a camera for some great photos. Since this program must be held outdoors our rain date is Thursday, July 11th.

Concert: Two of a Kind
Friday, July 12th at 10:00 a.m.A man and a woman in striped hats.
Main Library Front Lawn (Main Library Large Meeting room in case of rain)
Jenny and David Heitler-Klevans are Two of a Kind, a rollicking musical duo who will present a concert full of dinosaurs, pirates and other adventures out on the front lawn. Come dance and sing with us. Get in the mood by listening to clips of their songs on their website or borrowing the CDs from the library. This program is for children of all ages accompanied by an adult. The show will go on come rain or shine; in case of rain we will move indoors. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Concert: Drum Away the Blues with Craig Harris
Thursday, August 8th at 11:00 a.m.A man with glasses and dark hair playing the hand drums.
Main Library Front Lawn (Main Library Large Meeting Room in case of rain)
Using hand drums, assorted percussion instruments, puppets, stories, and songs, drummer/percussionist, author, photographer and music educator, Craig Harris celebrates the music of the world. This program inspires creative expression and provides preschooler to seniors with a key to stress relied and the tools for maintaining emotional balance. Drum Away the Blues! is the culmination of Harris' lifelong involvement with music. Playing drums and percussion since his teens, he's performed in concert and/or recorded with many internationally known artists. This program is for everyone from babies to senior citizens. Grab your lawn chair and join us on the lawn for a rollicking and informative program for all ages. The show will go on come rain or shine; in case of rain we will move indoors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Movie: Alice in Wonderland
Tuesday, August 26th at 3:00 p.m.Cover of Disney's Alice in Wonderland.
Main Library Large Meeting Room
Rated: G - Run time: 75 minutes
Follow Alice as she chases the White Rabbit on a magic journey into the fantastical world of Wonderland. It's a topsy-turvy place that gets "curiouser and curiouser" as Alice's adventures introduce her to some unforgettable characters: the Mad Hatter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. This animated Disney classic is fun for the whole family. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

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