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!

A to Z Reading ChallengeCartoon squirrel sitting on a pile of books and reading.
June 1st through August 30th
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!

Book Discussion: City of Ember
Thursday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m.Book cover for City of Ember
Main Library Children's Room
Ages 10-14 (entering grades 5-8)
Have you ever imagined what life would be like if you lived deep underground? What if you'd never even see nthe sun and didn't know it existed? In the city of Ember the people have lived for generations without ever coming above ground. They've been there so long they don't know how to get out. But they'll have to when their supplies run low and the power starts to go out. Join us for a discussion of this book and make a treasure box to hold your secrets. Copies of the book will be available for pick up in the Main Library Children's Room beginning June 12th, to be read before the group meets.

Magic with Steve Rudolph
Monday, July 15th at 2:00 p.m.
North Quincy Branch Library
Ages 4 and up
Dig for a leprechaun's pot of gold. Grow carrots by magic. Find a pirate's buried treasure. Help Steve coak a rabbit out of his hole. And much more when you experience Steve Rudolph's "Magic You'll Dig." This exciting magic show features lots of comedy, audience participation and amazing tricks. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Animal World Experience: Dinosaur Discovery
Tuesday, July 23rd at 2:00 p.m.
Wollaston Branch Library
Ages 4 and up
Have you ever wondered what are some of the oldest animals? This one-of-a-kind program is a blast from the prehistoric past! Meet our most ancient animal friends in person and get to touch and hold real fossils that are millions of years old! This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Due to space limitations at the Wollaston Branch, registration is required for this program and registration is limited to Quincy residents. Registration begins on July 1st. Click here to register online, or you can stop by or call the Wollaston Branch Library at 617-376-1330.

Sciencetellers
Wednesday, July 24th at 2:00 p.m.Man holding a yellow ball aloft with an air pump.
Main Library Large Meeting Room
Ages 5 and up

Benjamin has a good life living on Blackwood Avenue. Most of his neighbors are friendly. He has a large extended family always there to help him. And on most days you'll find him working in the garden. However, all this was about to change the day he was accidentally brought into the house. You see, Benjamin is a bug and now he must be rescued! Join us as we learn about the science of matter by telling the tale of The Bugs of Blackwood. By using experiments with fire, gas, air pressure, water, chemicals and much more; see if Benjamin's friends can save him before all hope is squashed! This unique program uses a combination of storytelling and hands-on science experiments to present a fun and interactive program for children. If you are a fan of our monthly Mad Science programs you will love Sciencetellers. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Craft: Fairy Houses- REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Friday, July 26th at 10:00 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room
Ages 7 and up
Movies at the Branch Libraries

Puss in Boots - North Quincy
Tuesday, July 29th at 2:30 p.m.
Rated PG
Run time: 90 min.
 
Tangled - North Quincy
Monday, Aug. 19th at 2:00 p.m
Rated PG
Run time: 100 min.
 
Hotel Transylvania - Wollaston
Wednesday, Aug. 21st at 2:00 p.m.
Rated PG
Run time: 91 min.
 
No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Learn about the magic of Fairy Houses and decorate a home for your favorite garden fairy. Natural materials, small wooden houses and glue will be provided, but feel free to bring a bag of your own nuts, seeds, bark, grasses, stones and/or seashells. Remember, all materials must be natural and cannot be cut from a living thing (the fairies wouldn't like it). Due to space limitations, this program is limited to Quincy residents. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. 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.

Having Fun with Pyramids & Pharaohs
Friday, August 2nd at 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Large Meeting Room
Ages 4 and up
Unwrap a mummy, look at King Tut's tomb, explore the pyramids, try on Egyptian jewelry and much more as you explore pyramids and pharaohs with Paulette Morin. This multimedia presentation will introduce children to everyday life in ancient Egypt through stories, music and museum quality reproduction artifacts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

 

 

Book Discussion: Game of Sunken Places
Thursday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m.Book cover for Game of Sunken Places
Main Library Children's Room
Ages 10-14 (entering grades 5-8)
While visiting mysterious and strange Uncle Max, three young people find themselves trapped in what they thought was a board game but what is truly a real and deadly game between them and a host of supernatural creatures and forces. We'll talk about the book and make our own (regular, not deadly at all) board games. Copies of the book will be available for pick up in the Main Library Children's Room beginning July 11th, to be read before the group meets.

Marshmallow Construction Challenge - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Thursday, August 22nd at 2:00 p.m.
Adams Shore Branch Library
Ages 7 and up
How high do you think you can go? The task is simple: in eighteen minutes teams must build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string and one marshmallow. The marshmallow must be on top. Family and friends are invited to watch and cheer on their team, but builders must be ages 7 and older. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Due to space limitations this program is limited to Quincy residents. Registration begins on August 1st. Click here to register online, or you can stop by or call the Adams Shore Branch Library at 617-376-1325.

6th Annual Summer Talent Show - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Wednesday, August 28th at 6:30 p.m.Cartoon oppossum reading upside down.
Main Library Large Meeting Room
Participants: Ages 4 to 13
Audience: All ages
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 Thursday, August 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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