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!

Summer Reading ChallengeCartoon robot carrying a tall stack of books.
June 15th through August 29th
Pick up a challenge booklet at any Quincy library location
Summer is a great time to read together as a family. No matter your age we have a summer reading program that is just right for you. Take a look here for more details and remember, this program is for the whole family. Board books and stories read to children count!

The LEGO Movie
Tuesday, July 1st at 10:00 a.m.
Rated PG   Run Time: 101 minutes
Cover of The LEGO Movie
Main Library Meeting Room
This original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic wquest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Summer Storyteller Series
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.Summer Storytellers:
July 8th - Storyteller Alicia Quintano
July 15th - The Sciencetellers
July 22nd - Storyteller Diane Edgecomb
July 29th - Rosalita's Puppets
August 5th - Storyteller Greg McAdams
August 12th - Flumpa Live!



Ages 4 and up
Main Library Meeting Room
This is a six week series of evening storyteller programs for older children and their parents. Come listen to stories from a different storyteller or performer every Tuesday from July 8th through August 12th. We'll be having storytellers, a magician, a puppet show and a special performance on our last Tuesday. Come participate in the Activated Storytellers performance on August 13th. Audience participation is encouraged for this final program and children ages 6 and older who would like a special role in the show can attend a pre-show rehearsal/workshop at 6:30 and then take part in the show itself. This storyteller series is sponsored by the Quincy Arts Council.

Magic with Mike Bent
Monday, July 14th at 2:00 p.m.Man with a large number of small yellow balls bouncing around him
Ages 3 and up
North Quincy Branch Library
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.

Summer Explorers: Parachutes
Wednesday, July 16th at 3:00 p.m.
Ages 4-8
Wollaston Branch Library
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. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Tin Can Robots - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Friday, July 18th at 3:00 p.m.
Ages 8 and up
Main Library Meeting Room
Get your creative juices flowing and try your hand at constructing a robot out of recycled cans, nuts, bolts and magnets. We will be using hot glue guns, hammers and nails in our construction. Registration begins on July 1st. Click here to register online, or you can stop by or call the Children's Room at 617-376-2411.

Vermont PuppeTree presents Swimmy
Tuesday. July 22nd at 3:00 p.m.
Ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult

Adams Shore Branch Library
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
Adams Shore Branch Library
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.

Exploring the Night Sky - REGISTRATION REQUIREDDrawing of the constellation The Big Dipper
Friday, July 25th at 11:00 a.m.
Ages 6-10
Main Library Meeting Room

Children 6 and up are invited to come share stories and activities about the night sky constellations on Friday morning, July 25th at 11:00. There will be trivia, games, and a constellation nightlight craft to take home. Registration begins on July 1st. Click here to register online, or you can stop by or call the Main Library Children's Room at 617-376-2411.

Creature Teachers: BirdsMan holding a live parrot in front of an audience
Monday, July 28th at 2:30 p.m.
Ages 3 and up accompanied by an adult
Wollaston Branch Library

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.

Fun & Games Magic Show with Debbie O'CarrollWoman with a magician's wand covering her mouth with her hand
Friday, August 1st at 10:30 a.m.
Ages 3 and up
Main Library Front Lawn
Join magician Debbie O'Carroll as she shows you how much fun fitness can be. Debbie's magic shows are always full of fun and audience participation. This lively show promises to be a fun blend of magic and fitness.

Sharpie Tie-Dye T-Shirts - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Thursday, August 7th at 2:00 p.m.
Ages 8 and up
Adams Shore Branch Library
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.

Summer Explorers: Robots
Wednesday, August 20th at 3:00 p.m.
Ages 4-8
Wollaston Branch Library

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. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Paper Airplane Workshop
Friday, August 22nd at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ages 5 and up
Main Library Meeting Room
Have you ever folded a paper airplane? Yes or no, come join us to fold some at the library. We'll be learning a basic shape or two, then trying out changes to the wings and nose to see how they affect what our planes do. Feel free to fold a pattern you love or try something new, then test it out. This program is intended for older children and paper airplanes will be flown indoors.

Movie: Flubber
Monday, August 25th at 2:00 p.m.Cover for the movie Flubber from 1998
Rated PG   Run time: 93 min.
North Quincy Branch Library
An absent-minded professor accidentally invents a flying rubber substance that might just save his university from closing, but only if he can keep it out of the hands of several greedy characters. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

LEGO Building
Tuesday, August 26th from 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.

7th Annual Summer Talent Show - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Wednesday, August 27th at 6:30 p.m.Cartoon group of robots and people doing chemistry experiments
Participants: Ages 4 to 13
Audience: All ages
Main Library Large Meeting Room
Do you sing, dance, play an instrument or have another talent you would like to demonstrate? All ages are welcome to watch the show, but you must be between the ages of 4 and 13 to perform. If you would like to perform you must sign up in advance and space is limited so everyone will have time to perform. Beginning Tuesday, July 1st, stop by the Main Library Children's Room or call 617-376-2411 to sign up.

 

For more to do take a look at our programs for all ages.


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