Summer Events - Elementary Ages

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Summer reading, storytellers, crafts, special programs and more for children ages 4 and over.

Take a look at our library calendar of events to see what we've got going on for everyone else!   

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

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 and 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)
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 min)

 

LEGO Challenges
Tuesdays in July & August from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
7/11 through 8/29

Ages 5+
Wollaston Branch Library
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! 

The Museum of Science Presents: Blizzards
Monday, July 17th at 10:30 a.m.
Ages 5+
Main Library Meeting Room
This program has limited space. Tickets will be given out on a first-come-first-serve basis at 10:00 a.m. the same day.
Join an educator from the Museum of Science for this 50 minute hands on workshop where you will design and test ways to protect people from snowstorms and avalanches. First you will design a house, making it as snow-proof as possible, then test your design in the Blizzard Box, which creates a whirling swirling cascade of simulated snow. Your second challenge is to create an avalanche protection system. Because everyone needs time and space to test their designs, space in this program is limited. This program cannot accommodate camp groups. You must be at the desk in person to pick up a ticket. While children as young as 5 may participate in this program, this engineering challenge is best suited to children ages 8 and older.

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)
Wollaston Branch Library
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.

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
Adams Shore Branch Library
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.

Pyramids and Pharaohs 
Thursday, July 20th at 2:00 p.m.
Ages 5+
North Quincy Branch Library
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.

Squishy Circuits
Thursday, July 27th at 2:00 p.m.
Ages 4+
Wollaston Branch Library
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!

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
Adams Shore Branch Library
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 Birthday Celebration
Monday, July 31st from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Ages 6+
Main Library Front Lawn and Main Library Large Meeting Room
Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with a trip to Diagon Alley for Hogwarts school supplies after you help us de-gnome the library lawn. During your visit to Diagon Alley you will get a chance to visit various merchants like Ollivander's Wands, Flourish and Blott's, and Quality Quidditch Supplies where you will make your own Wizarding school supplies.

Harry Potter Birthday Treats
Monday, July 31st at 2:00 p.m.
Ages 6+
Adams Shore Branch Library
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.
Ages 5+
Adams Shore Branch Library
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.

Craft: Fuse Bead Creations
Wednesday, August 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 8+
Wollaston Branch Library
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.

Creature Teachers: Live Animal Program
Thursday, August 10th at 2:00 p.m.
Ages 3+
Adams Shore Branch Library
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.

Harry Potter Book Club: Everything Else! The Cursed Child, Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic 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)
Wollaston Branch Library
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.

Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Thursday, August 17th at 2:00 p.m.The cover for the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Rated PG-13, 133 minutes
Adams Shore Branch Library
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.

The Museum of Science Presents: Rockets
Wednesday, August 23rd at 10:30 a.m.
Ages 5+
Main Library Large Meeting Room
This program has limited space. Tickets will be given out on a first-come-first-serve basis at 10:00 a.m. the same day.
Join an educator from the Museum of Science for this 50 minute hands-on workshop where you will engineer, launch and return vehicles for an imaginary space journey. First you will use balloons of different shapes to create short range rockets. Then, of course, you must design a re-entry capsule. Can you successfully launch your rocket and return your astronaut from outer space? Because everyone needs time and space to test their designs, space in this program is limited. This program cannot accommodate camp groups. You must be at the desk in person to pick up a ticket. While children as young as 5 may participate in this program, this engineering challenge is best suited to children ages 8 and older.

Board Game Day
Thursday, August 24th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ages 3+
Wollaston Branch Library 
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 take a look at our programs for all ages.


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