Summer Events - Upper Elementary Ages

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Summer reading, book clubs, crafts, movies and more for children ages 9 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.

Book Discussion: Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Wednesday, July 9th at 7:00 p.m.Book cover for Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Ages 10+ (entering grades 5 through 8)
Wollaston Branch Library
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 the book will be available for pick up in the Main Library Children's Room and the Wollaston Branch beginning June 10th, to be read before the group meets.

Magic with Mike BentMan with a large number of small yellow balls bouncing around him
Monday, July 14th at 2:00 p.m.
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Book Discussion: Pi in the Sky by Wendy MassBook cover for Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass
Wednesday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10+ (entering grades 5 through 8)
Wollaston Branch Library
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. Copies of the book will be available for pick up in the Main Library Children's Room and the Wollaston Branch beginning July 9th, to be read before the group meets.

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.

7th Annual Summer Talent Show - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Wednesday, August 27th at 6:30 p.m.Cartoon of a group of robots and people doing a chemistry experiment
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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