Summer Events at the Branch Libraries

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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


All Branches

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. 
Click here to sign up or log in.

Drop in 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.Drawing of two children building a paper rocket together 
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.

Week of 7/3 - House Collage
Week of 7/10 - Construction Hat
Week of 7/17 - Paper Bag House
Week of 7/24 - Tool Belt 
Week of 7/31 - Castle
Week of 8/7 - Dump Truck
Week of 8/14 - House
Week of 8/21 - Sundial
Week of 8/28 - City Skyline Hats


Adams Shore

Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1The cover for the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1
Thursday, July 20th at 1:30 p.m.
Rated PG-13, 150 minutes
Voldemort's power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore's work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for the trio and the rest of the Wizarding World. Everyone they do must go exactly as planned.

Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2The cover for the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2
Thursday, July 27th at 1:30 p.m.
Rated PG-13, 130 minutes
Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord's three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort find out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.

Harry Potter's Birthday Treats
Monday, July 31st at 2:00 p.m.
Continue to celebrate Harry's birthday at the Adams Shore Library where you will get a chance to create and eat some delicious treats such as Hedwig Cupcakes, pretzel wands, and more!

Engineering Challenges
Tuesday, August 1st at 10:00 a.m.
Test your skills with some engineering challenges. Using simple materials like toothpicks and marshmallows see who can create the tallest tower or the strongest bridge.

Creature Teachers: Live Animal Program
Thursday, August 10th at 2:00 p.m.
Wallabies, kinkajous, and skinks, oh my! Join an educator from Creature Teachers as we learn all about animals around the world. Come take a trip around the world with us and find out where our live animals come from. This program explores the diverse habitats of our planet and the animals that live within them. See why some animals are well suited for certain areas and why some are not. We cannot promise what animals may be part of this program but we can promise that everyone who wants to will get a chance to touch at least some of the animals. This program will be held outdoors in the shade of the trees, weather permitting.

Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemThe cover for the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Thursday, August 17th at 2:00 p.m.
Rated PG-13, 133 minutes
Holding a mysterious scuitcase in his hand, Newt Scamander, a young activist wizard from England, visits New York while he is on his way to Arizona. Inside his expanding suitcase hides a wide array of diverse, magical creatures that exist among us, ranging from tiny, twig-like ones, to majestic and humungous ones. It is the middle of the 20s and times are troubled since the already fragile equilibrium between the unseen world of wizards the the ordinary world is at risk of being unsettled. In the meantime, the voices against wizardry keep growing with daily protests led by Mary Lou Barebon and fuelled by the increasing disasters ascribed to a dark wizard: Gellert Grindelwald.


North Quincy

Kids' Movie Matinees at North Quincy
Mondays at 2:00 p.m. from July 3rd through August 28th
North Quincy Branch Library
Every Monday in July and August we'll be showing a different children's movie at the North Quincy branch library, so come on in and take a movie break!

7/3 - Moana (PG, 113 min)
7/10 - Lady & the Tramp (G, 76 min)
7/17 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame (G, 91 min)
7/24 - The Great Mouse Detective (G, 77 min)
7/31 - The Aristocats (G, 78 min)
8/7 - Ratatouille (G, 115 min)
8/14 - The Rescuers Down Under (G, 77 min)
8/21 - The Emperor's New Groove (G, 80 min)
8/28 - 101 Dalmatians (G, 79)

Summer 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.

Pyramids and Mummies
Thursday, July 20th at 2:00 p.m.
Join Paulette Morin for a fun and educational exploration of Pyramids and Pharaohs. This highly interactive multimedia presentation will focus on such things as jewelry, clothing, wigs, and mummification. This fast-paced, lively program has opportunities for participation such as modeling jewelry. The program includes a display of Egyptian artifact reproductions to examine.

Teddy Bear Storytime
Tuesday, July 25th and Tuesday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m.
Ages 2-5
Join Children's librarian Cathy deVeer and Quinn Z. Bear at the North Quincy branch for stories and songs for children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult. Feel free to wear your comfy jammies and bring along your favorite stuffed friends as we celebrate summer with vacation stories in July and homes in August. 



LEGO Challenges
Tuesdays in July & August from 1:30 to 4:30
7/11 through 8/29
Ages 5+
Drop in at the Wollaston Branch every Tuesday in July and August and see what new LEGO building challenge is up each week. How high can you build a tower? What sort of space vehicle can you make? Can you build something all in one color? See if you can meet the challenges every week!

Drawing of a child sitting behind a building made of blocks

Preschool Discovery: Building
Thursday, July 13th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Ages 3+ with an adult
Bring your preschooler in for some building and engineering fun! We'll be using blocks and DUPLO to build towers and other structures, making marble runs, and tying to build a bridge that can hold a toy car.

Harry Potter Book Club: Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsThe USA cover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Kids, Teens & Adults (This is a book discussion - younger children should have an adult with them)
Get ready for both Harry Potter's birthday and the 20th anniversary of the US release of the first Harry Potter book by coming in to discuss the last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and the series as a whole! Copies of the book will be available in the Children's Room at the Main Library and at the Wollaston Branch Library.

Squishy Circuits
Thursday, July 27th at 2:00 p.m.
4+ with an adult
Join an educator from the Children's Museum of Easton for technology fun with Squishy Circuits. Squishy Circuits are a great way t introduce electronics by using basic wiring and play dough as circuit building materials. The children will be creating and engineering through special homemade dough while learning about conductors and insulators. And of course, having lots of hands-on fun! Younger children will make a simple project while older children are encourage to try out more complex projects!

Craft: Fuse Bead Creations
Wednesday, August 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 8+
Join us for an evening of crafting with fuse beads. Using these small beads you can create all kinds of things: back pack tags, jewelry, even small 3D sculptures. This program uses very small beads that require focus and attention to detail, making this project suitable for older children over 8 years old.

Preschool Discovery: Super ScienceCartoon child in a lab coat and glasses, holding a green beaker
Thursday, August 10th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Ages 3+ with an adult
Bring your preschooler in to do some of our favorite science activities from the past year of Preschool Discovery. Did you have fun mixing colorful baking soda and vinegar? Did you miss out on making light-up constellations? Come in and try out those activities and more! Drop in any time during this hour and a half of science fun.

Harry Potter Book Club: Everything Else! The Cursed ChildTales of Beedle the BardFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Quidditch Through the AgesThe cover for the USA release of the book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Wednesday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Kids, Teens & Adults (This is a book discussion - younger children should have an adult with them)
We're not quite done with Harry! Even after the series is over there's more to read. Join us to talk about these extra stories set in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World. Copies of the books will be available in the Children's Room at the Main Library and at the Wollaston Branch Library.

Board Game Day
Thursday, August 24th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ages 3+ with an adult
Come drop by to play some family board games. We'll have some old favorites and some you might not have played before. Try some word association with Codenames, press your luck with Tem-Purr-A, make some wild guesses with Concept and more!  

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

For more to do at the Main Library take a look at all of our programs.

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