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!


Summer Reading ChallengeDrawing of a family in a canoe, one parent reading, one child imagining rowers
All summer long
This summer from June 27th through August 31st track your reading online with our new summer reading game. Sign up, log books, and complete challenges. You might even win a prize! This program is for children up to age 12, teens are invited to join our teen summer reading program.  

 

Art-to-Go
Drop in 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Week of 6/27 - Beachball Visor
Week of 7/4 - Basketball Hoop (Craft available 7/5, 7/6 & 7/7)
Week of 7/11 - Baseball Mitt Fan
Week of 7/18 - Baseball Player Puppet
Week of 7/25 - Racer
Week of 8/1 - Gold Medal
Week of 8/8 - Bobsled
Week of 8/15 - Ice Skater
Week of 8/22 - Laurel Wreath
Week of 8/29 - Robot
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.

Farmer's Market DayDrawing of a girl carrying a bag of books and pulling two children in a red wagon
Friday, June 24th, 12:00 p.m.
Quincy Farmer's Market at Pagent Field (weather permitting)
Join us for storytelling at the Farmer's Market at Pagent Field in Merrymount Park. Stop by to hear a storyt or two and pick up a calendar listing all of the summer events. 

Art Walk - Wollaston
Friday, June 24th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wollaston Branch Library
Come in during this special open Friday evening! We'll have staff on hand to answer questions, talk about library programs, and check out items. We'll also have a craft project for kids to do. This program is part of the city-wide Discover Quincy events.

Concert: Toe Jam Puppet BandTwo men in Hawaiian shirts, one with a banjo, singing on a stage
Tuesday, June 28th, 10:00 a.m.
Main Library Lawn (weather permitting)
"Toe Jam Variety Show" features interactive songs, stories and puppets, including a barn dance, a flying laundry song and a car wash song where the kids get sprayed with water! Children of all ages accompanied by an adult are invited to join us on the library lawn for this hilarious high energy start to our summer of fun. Last time the guys were here they got their laundry stuck in the tree! In case of inclement weather the concert will move indoors to the large meeting room. This program is sponsored by the Quincy Braintree Family Network

Wollaston Beach StorytimeDrawing of two babies reading on the beach
Wednesday, June 29th, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Wollaston Beach across from Tony's Clam Shop (in case of rain: Inside Tony's)
Join us at the beach to hear a story and learn all about programs for all ages happening at the library this summer as part of Discover Quincy's Wollaston Wednesdays.

Art Walk - North Quincy
Friday, July 8th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
North Quincy Branch Library
Come in during this special open Friday evening! We'll have staff on hand to answer questions, talk about library programs, and check out items. We'll also have a craft project for kids to do. This program is part of the city-wide Discover Quincy events.

Bubble Time
Friday, July 15th, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. - Rain Date: Friday, July 22nd, 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!

Farmer's Market DayDrawing of a girl with a bag of books pulling two children in a wagon
Friday, July 22nd at 12:00 p.m.
Quincy Farmer's Market at Paget Field
Join us for storytelling at the Farmer's Market at Pagent Field in Merrymount Park. Stop by to hear a storyt or two and pick up a calendar listing all of the summer events.

Art Walk - Quincy Center
Friday, July 29th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Main Library Atrium and Meeting Room 
Come in during this special open Friday evening! This program is part of the city-wide Discover Quincy events. 

Field Day for Esther Earl Day
Wednesday, August 3rd, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Main Library Front Lawn (weather permitting)
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.

Concert: Johnette DowningPhoto of a white woman with brown hair, holding a guitar
Thursday, August 4th at 10:00 a.m.
Main Library Front Lawn (weather permitting - in case of rain we'll move to the Large Meeting Room) 
Get Ready, Get Set - Groove! Children of all ages and their families are invited to stand up, clap, tap, shake, dance, and wiggle with Johnette Downing as she gets everyone, young and old, movin' and groovin' into fun fitness. Shape up with Johnette's jumpin' and hivin' music. The "Musical Ambassador to Children" and the "Pied Piper of Louisiana Music Traditions," Johnette Downing is a multi-award winning singer, songwriter, musician, and author who serves up a gumbo of Louisiana roots music and books in a toe-tapping, two-stepping good time for children across the globe.

Bubble Play with Mr. VinnyPhoto of a white man with dark hair blowing large bubbles with a large bubble wand outdoors
Tuesday, August 9th at 10:00 a.m.
Adams Shore Branch Library
Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles! Join Mr. Vinny as he shows you how to blow the most amazing bubbles - huge, giant bubbles out on the lawn at the Adams Shore library. After Mr. Vinny's show join us at the bubble tubs to blow your own bubbles. Parents, this is sure to be loads of soapy, soaking fun, so make sure your children are dressed to get messy. The show will go on rain or shine, in case of inclement weather Mr. Vinny has an indoor surprise for us. 

Farmer's Market DayDrawing of a girl carrying a bag of books and pulling two children in a wagon
Friday, August 26th at 12:00 p.m.
Quincy Farmer's Market at Paget Field
Join us for storytelling at the Farmer's Market at Pagent Field in Merrymount Park. Stop by to hear a storyt or two and pick up a calendar listing all of the summer events.

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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