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!

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

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


Ages 5+
Wollaston Branch 
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!

Phoenix Book Club: The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. KonigsburgThe cover for the US release of the book The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place
Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10-14 (entering grades 5 through 8)
Main Library Children's Room
Copies of the book will be available in the Children's Room beginning on June 14th, to be read before the group meets.
Freshly rescued from a miserable experience at Camp Talequa, where she was housed with seven cruel cabin-mates, Margaret Rose is looking forward to spending the rest of her summer with her beloved great-uncles, Morris and Alexander. Little does she know, the Uncles themselves are in need of a rescue. For the past forty-five years, the Uncles have been building three giant towers in their backyard, using scrap metal, shards of glass and porcelain. But now, bowing to pressures from some powerful home owners, the towers have been declared a blight on the neighborhood. Even worse, the City Council has voted to have them destroyed. Margaret Rose is outraged. She knows the towers are irreplacable works of art and she is determined to save them.

Dungeons & Dragons Encounters
Tuesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10+
Main Library Meeting Room
Take on the role of a fantasy hero in this monthly Dungeons and Dragons game.  We will help you customize an Adventurer's League D&D character you can use both in our monthly adventures and at other D&D Organized Play.  Your group of adventurers will start out at level one and take on the module from the 5th Edition D&D Starter Set.  Unravel the mysteries of the Lost Mine of Phandelver and what monsters and treasures lie within!

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.

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!

Phoenix Book Club: Every Soul a Star by Wendy MassThe cover for the US release of the book Every Soul a Star
Tuesday, August 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10-14 (entering grades 5 through 8)
Main Library Children's Room
Copies of the book will be available for pick up in the Main Library Children's Room beginning July 12th, to be read before the group meets.
At Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, thousands have gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare and extraordinary total eclipse of the sun. It's also where three lives are about to be changed forever: Ally likes the simple things in life - labyrinths, star-gazing, and comet-hunting. Her home, the Moon Shadow campground, is a part of who she is, and she refuses to imagine it any other way. Popular and gorgeous (everybody says so), Bree is a future homecoming queen for sure. Breewears her beauty like a suit of armor. But what is she trying to hide? Overweight and awkward, Jack is used to spending a lot of time alone. But when opportunity knocks, he finds himself in situations he never would have imagined. Told from three distinct voices and perspectives, Wendy Mass weaves an intricate and compelling story about unlikely friendships and finding one's place in the universe.

Craft: Fuse Bead Creations
Wednesday, August 9th 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.

Dungeons & Dragons Encounters
Tuesday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10+
Main Library Meeting Room
Take on the role of a fantasy hero in this monthly Dungeons and Dragons game.  We will help you customize an Adventurer's League D&D character you can use both in our monthly adventures and at other D&D Organized Play.  Your group of adventurers will start out at level one and take on the module from the 5th Edition D&D Starter Set.  Unravel the mysteries of the Lost Mine of Phandelver and what monsters and treasures lie within!

Harry Potter Book Club: Everything Else! The Cursed ChildTales of Beedle the BardFantastic 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.

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 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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