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Summer Events at the Branch Libraries
Summer programs at the Adams Shore, North Quincy and Wollaston branches.
Take a look at our library calendar of events to see what's going on at the Main Library too!
|All Branches||Adams Shore||North Quincy||Wollaston
Summer Reading Challenge
June 15th through August 29th
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!
Drop in 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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.
|Week of 6/30 - 3D Firework Sculpture
Week of 7/7 - Pipecleaner Sparklers
Week of 7/14 - Robot Puzzle
Week of 7/21 - Moonscapes
|Week of 7/28 - Flying Helicopters
Week of 8/4 - Firework Collage
Week of 8/11 - Robot Heads
Week of 8/18 - Spinning Pinwheels
|Week of 8/25 - Back-to-school Bookmarks|
Fizzy Fireworks Craft
Thursday, July 10th at 2:00 p.m.
Can science create art? You bet it can! Create a colorful, fizzy, foaming fireworks picture using the scientific reaction between baking soda and vinegar.
Vermont PuppeTree presents Swimmy
Tuesday. July 22nd at 3:00 p.m.
Vermont PuppeTree presents a beautiful shadow puppet show version of the beloved classic tale by Leo Lionni. "A little fish, the sole survivor of a school of fish swallowed by a tuna, devises a plan to camouflage himself and his new companions." This exquisite picture book has been turned into an animated multi-media shadow puppet performance by the PuppeTree. Followed by an original shadow puppet and animation piece that answers the question "What can one little girl do to clean up her river?" Parents of very young children please be aware that the performance area will be darkened to show off the shadow puppets. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.
Science in the Kitchen - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Thursday, July 24th at 2:30 p.m.
Ages 8 and up
Have you ever thought of your kitchen as a science laboratory? It can be. Use science to make candy, cake, ice cream and more. Registration begins on July 1st. Click here to register online, or you can stop by or call the Adams Shore Branch Library at 617-376-1325.
Sharpie Tie-Dye T-Shirts - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Thursday, August 7th at 2:00 p.m.
Ages 8 and up
Use science to create a fireworks design on a white t-shirt. Sharpie markers and a rubbing alcohol combine to create amazing tie-dye designs. Each child is asked to bring a plain white t-short with them to decorate. Registration begins on July 1st. Click here to register online, or you can stop by or call the Adams Shore Branch Library at 617-376-1325.
Bilingual Storytime with Cheryl
Saturday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m.
Ages 2-5Movie at North Quincy
Monday, August 25th at 2:00 p.m.
Run time: 93 min.
No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.
Join storyteller Cheryl Dunford for a family storytime full of stories, songs, and rhymes in English and Chinese for children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult.
Follow the Magic School Bus Library Quests
All summer during July and August
All Ages with an adult
Come to the desk to get your map, then explore the North Quincy Branch Library by going on a library quest to find clues hidden around the inside and outside of the building. Even very small children can explore with an adult or older sibling to help! When you have the answer, bring it to the desk for a prize. New quests will begin in July and in August.
Magic with Mike Bent
Monday, July 14th at 2:00 p.m.
Ages 3 and up
Amazing magician Mike Bent presents AbraKABOOM! This silly science themed show combines science fiction and science fact, amazing magic, hilarious comedy, riveting storytelling, puppets, music and sound effects. Featuring the stories Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Probudit by Chris Van Allsburg this zany magic show will have you rolling with laughter. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Library.
Book Club: Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Wednesday, July 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10+ (entering grades 5-8)
Troublemaker Donovan Curtis pulls a prank that might have meant big trouble. Fortunately for him, his name on the wrong piece of paper lands him in a new school for gifted students instead of in detention. But Donovan isn't gifted in anything but mischief. Can he find a way to make a fresh start with his new school's robotics team without getting back into the trouble he's trying to get away from? Read the book then come talk about it with us while playing around with some LEGO. Copies of this book will be available to pick up at the Main Library Children's Room and the Wollaston Branch after June 10th, to be read before this program.
Summer Explorers: Parachutes
Wednesday, July 16th at 3:00 p.m.
Come and hear some high-flying stories about planes, birds and clouds, then get safely back to solid ground with a parachute craft that really works.
Creature Teachers: Birds
Monday, July 28th at 2:30 p.m.
Ages 3 and up
Have you ever met a kookaburra? Or a toucan? Or possibly a macaw? If not and you would like to, join Naturalist Rick Roth of Creature Teachers. Rick will fascinate us all with the wonders and diversity of the animals that share our planet. This show will focus on birds. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.
Book Club: Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass
Wednesday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10+ (entering grades 5-8)
When the Earth disappears an unlikely team must try to find it. Joss is the son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe and Annika is a girl from Earth. Together they'll have to explore the universe to save Earth and bring it back where it belongs. Read the book then come talk about it with us and make a beaded necklace or bracelet. Pick up a copy of the book at the Main Library or at Wollaston. Copies of this book will be available to pick up at the Main Library Children's Room and the Wollaston Branch after July 9th, to be read before this program.
Summer Explorers: Robots
Wednesday, August 20th at 3:00 p.m.
Get ready to get technical with stories about robots both good and bad, large and small. After our stories make a robot hat to keep the sun out of your eyes.
Tuseday, August 26thfrom 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ages 5 and up
Wollaston Branch Library
Drop in any time during this hour and a half of free-play LEGO building. Grab some LEGO bricks and build a boat, a spaceship, a double-decker couch - anything you want, then toss them back and try to make something else. LEGOs must be returned by the end of the program, sorry! Parents please note these are regular LEGO, not DUPLO and are not appropriate for smaller children.
For more to do at the Main Library take a look at all of our programs.