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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 tweens, teens and adults too!

Jedi Training AcademyMan in a hawaiian shirt and brown hat with his hands on his hips
Tuesday, July 7th at 2:30 p.m.
Ages 4-9
North Quincy Branch Library
Join Jungle Jim as he leads us through Jedi Knight Training Camp. You will face challenges including Jedi Forge Magic, the Laser Balloon Barrage and Jedi Teamwork, culminating in an epic lightsaber duel with the Jedi Master himself! 

Superhero Cookie Decorating
Thursday, July 9th at 2:00 p.m.
Ages 7+
Adams Shore Branch Library 
Join Miss Lori for a super sweet afternoon decorating cookies and other superhero treats. 

Book Discussion: N.E.R.D.S. by Michael BuckleyCover of the book N.E.R.D.S.
Tuesday, July 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10-14 (entering grades 5 through 8)
Main Library Children's Room
Jackson Jones used to be the most popular 11 year old at Nathan Hale Elementary, but now he's forced to wear hideous magnetic braces on his teeth. Dumped by his friends, he starts paying more attention to his surroundings and discovers that a small group of nerds vanishes regularly during the school day. He learns they're a group of super-secret, super-enhanced spies and he accidentally gets enhanced himself and joins the National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society, or N.E.R.D.S. When the group is captured by evil Dr. Jigsaw can "Braceface" save the day (and the world)?
Copies of the book will be available for pick up in the Main Library Children's Room and the Wollaston Branch beginning June 9th, to be read before the group meets.

Make Your Own Comics
Wednesday, July 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 8+
Wollaston Branch Library 
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making your own comic book? Come on in for a chance to get started or to continue a comic you've been working on. We'll have paper, pencils, colored pencils, rulers, some layout examples to use and plenty of comic books to look at for inspiration. You can work on your own or bring a friend and work together. 

Dungeons & Dragons Introduction: The Forgotten Library
Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10+
Main Library Children's Room
Be a dungeon-delving hero in this introduction to Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition rules. Participants will use pre-built charactrers and work together to explore a dungeon leading to a lost library full of powerful tomes. Discover the Secrets of Tokra: The Forbidden Library. This one hour program requires no prior knowledge of B&D rules and will be a self-contained adventure. 

Book Discussion: H.I.V.E. by Mark WaldenCover of the book H.I.V.E.
Tuesday, August 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10+ (entering grades 5 through 8)
Main Library Children's Room
Otto Malpense may only be thirteen years old, but so far he has managed to run the orphanage where he lives and he has come up with a plan clever enough to trick the most powerful man in the country. He is the perfect candidate to become the world's next supervillain, which is how he ends up kidnapped and brought to H.I.V.E.: The Higher Institute of Villainous Education. But he and his friends refuse to be held prisoner and develop a scheme to escape. Copies of the book will be available for pick up in the Main Library Children's Room beginning July 14th, to be read before the group meets.

Superhero Cookie Decorating
Wednesday, August 12th at 10:00 a.m.
Ages 7+
Main Library Meeting Room
Join Miss Lori for a super sweet morning decorating cookies and other superhero treats. 

Superhero Training CampMan in a hawaiian shirt and brown hat with his hands on his hips
Friday, August 14th at 2:30 p.m.
Ages 3-10
Main Library Meeting Room 
  
Join Jungle Jim for this high energy interactive show as he leads young patrons through the rigors of what it takes to be a true superhero! This program captures children's attention by turning patrons into superheroes themselves. The show progresses to talk about the heroes in our daily lives. What is it about them that makes them heroes? Who are the heroes in the children's lives? As a reward for the children completing their big challenge, Jungle Jim will meet his toughest challenge and attempt to climb inside of a 6 foot balloon! 

Activated Story TheaterWoman in a striped shirt and bonnet wrestling with a stuffed plush alligator
Tuesday, August 18th at 10:30 a.m.
Ages 4+ (Ages 6+can register to be in the show! See below for details.)
Main Library Meeting Room
The Activated Story Theater presents two heroic tales with a performance of "Anansi Goes Fishing" and "Davy Crockett," a tall tale from the United States. The original "spiderman," Anansi the beloved hero of many African folktales gets his way by cunning and cleverness. Davy Crocett was a genuine historical figure who was also a genuine storyteller. As always, this high energy duo will have the audience in stitches as Mr. Turtle tricks cunning Anansi into doing all the work and the giant book stage transports us into Davy Crockett's imagination. If you have never seen the Activated Storytellers you are in for a treat. Would you like a special role in the show? A dozen children ages 6 and older will be chosen to attend a pre-show rehearsal/workshop at 10:00 a.m. to learn their parts. If your child is interested, please register online or call 617-376-2411 starting 7/1.  

Dungeons & Dragons Introduction: The Forgotten Library
Tuesday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10+
Main Library Children's Room
Be a dungeon-delving hero in this introduction to Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition rules. Participants will use pre-built charactrers and work together to explore a dungeon leading to a lost library full of powerful tomes. Discover the Secrets of Tokra: The Forbidden Library. This one hour program requires no prior knowledge of B&D rules and will be a self-contained adventure. Did you play in July and want to play again? This will be a new adventure in the Forbidden Library!

LEGO Building
Wednesday, August 19th from 1:00 to 8:45 p.m.
Ages 5+
Wollaston Branch Library
Drop in any time during this day of 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.

8th Annual Summer Talent Show - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Wednesday, August 26th at 6:30 p.m.Trio of cartoon platypuses laughing at books they are holding
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 Wednesday, 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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