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Summer Quest Craft Kit

Make your own slime

2022-06-30 00:00:00 2022-06-30 23:59:00 America/New_York Summer Quest Craft Kit Take home craft kit Ages 6-12. Available at All Library Locations. All Library Locations

Thursday, June 30
All day

Add to Calendar 2022-06-30 00:00:00 2022-06-30 23:59:00 America/New_York Summer Quest Craft Kit Take home craft kit Ages 6-12. Available at All Library Locations. All Library Locations

Take home craft kit Ages 6-12. Available at All Library Locations.

Looking for a fun science activity for ages 6-12? Pick up a slime craft kit at any of the Library Branch Locations Beatley, Barrett, Burke, or Duncan while supplies last. 

All supplies included in the craft kit!

SLIME SCIENCE
We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here!  Slime is an excellent chemistry demonstration and kids love it too!   Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross-linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!

What’s slime science all about?  The borate ions in the slime activators (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) mix with the PVA (polyvinyl acetate) glue and forms this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross-linking!

The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. Until…

You add the borate ions to the mixture,  and it then starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is less like the liquid you started with and thicker and rubbery like slime! Slime is a polymer.

Picture the difference between wet spaghetti and leftover spaghetti the next day. As the slime forms, the tangled molecule strands are much like the clump of spaghetti!

Is slime a liquid or solid?
We call it a Non-Newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!  Experiment with making the slime more or less viscous with varying amounts of foam beads. Can you change the density?

AGE GROUP: | Ages 6-12 |

EVENT TYPE: | Summer Quest | STEM/STEAM | Children |

TAGS: | science | Crafts | craft kit | Ages 6-12 | #SummerQuest |

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library

bstovall@alexlibraryva.org
Phone: 703.746.1705
Fax: 703.746.1785

Hours
Mon, Aug 08 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Aug 09 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Aug 10 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Aug 11 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Aug 12 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Aug 13 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Aug 14 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

Parking: There is a small lot with 9 spaces.  On street parking is available.

Public Transit:

  • Metrorail: Yellow and Blue lines at Braddock Road (1.3 miles) and King Street Stations (1.5 miles)
  • Metrobus: 10A, 10B
  • DASH Bus: 33

Upcoming Events

Thu, Aug 11, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Create a transfer you can use on a bag, a hat or a tshirt!

Canceled
Thu, Aug 11, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Create a transfer you can use on a bag, a hat or a tshirt!

Thu, Aug 11, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Thu, Aug 11, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Thu, Aug 11, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Thu, Aug 11, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
A Summer Quest project for ages 6-12. Kit available only at the Barrett Branch.

Thu, Aug 11, 10:00am - 12:15pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
ESL is returning to the Beatley Library as an in person event. Come join us. No registration needed.

Thu, Aug 11, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Butterfly Garden
Enjoy the warm summer sun with us outdoors in the Butterfly Garden. Toddler Rock N' Read is a joyous half hour of singing, reading and dancing with friends.

Thu, Aug 11, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement tailor-made for children ages 0-5.

Thu, Aug 11, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Nurturing each girl's love of reading, love of self, and love for girls across all communities.

Thu, Aug 11, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Care about the library? Let your voice be heard! Attending this meeting will count as one service hour. Grades 6-12. All TAG meetings in the summer will take place at Beatley Central Library.

Thu, Aug 11, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Join us for a virtual discussion of the following two stories: "The Semplica-Girl Diaries" by George Saunders and "Mrs. Manstey’s View" by Edith Wharton.Register

Fri, Aug 12, All day
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Swap your complete puzzle for a new-to-you challenge!

Fri, Aug 12, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Create a transfer you can use on a bag, a hat or a tshirt!

Canceled
Fri, Aug 12, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Create a transfer you can use on a bag, a hat or a tshirt!

Fri, Aug 12, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Fri, Aug 12, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Fri, Aug 12, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Fri, Aug 12, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
A Summer Quest project for ages 6-12. Kit available only at the Barrett Branch.

Fri, Aug 12, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join Uncle Devin for an interactive musical experience that uses percussion instruments to cultivate children's minds. Ages 0-5.

Fri, Aug 12, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Fri, Aug 12, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Join us on Friday afternoons, after school and during the summer for awesome activities! Please register to make sure there are enough activities. This week is comic making! Ages 6-12

Sat, Aug 13, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sat, Aug 13, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sat, Aug 13, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Sat, Aug 13, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
A Summer Quest project for ages 6-12. Kit available only at the Barrett Branch.

Sat, Aug 13, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join us as we explore the history of Alexandria’s local African American community through books, stories, and songs. All are welcome, but the event is geared towards children ages 3-6.

Sat, Aug 13, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Tweens and teens, join us for a fun, pirate-themed escape room! Participants will need to sign up for a time slot. First come, first served. For ages 10-18.

Sat, Aug 13, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Death Cafes are an opportunity to demystify the death experience. We offer an open, safe environment for discussing thoughts and feelings about all topics related to death and dying.Register

Sun, Aug 14, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sun, Aug 14, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sun, Aug 14, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Sun, Aug 14, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
A Summer Quest project for ages 6-12. Kit available only at the Barrett Branch.

Sun, Aug 14, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Oddball Cinema brings you all of the weird, eclectic, and lesser-known films you probably never saw in theaters.

Mon, Aug 15, All day
Alexandria Library Virginia YouTube Channel
Anytime can be story time when you join us on YouTube. Books we read count towards your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Mon, Aug 15, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Mon, Aug 15, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Mon, Aug 15, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Mon, Aug 15, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
A Summer Quest project for ages 6-12. Kit available only at the Barrett Branch.

Mon, Aug 15, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Baby Time at the Library, something to spend all month babbling about! Please register in advance to make sure that we have room for you. Ages 0-14 months.

Mon, Aug 15, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement tailor-made for children ages 0-5.

Mon, Aug 15, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
ESL is returning to the Burke Library as an in-person event. Come join us. No registration is needed.

Mon, Aug 15, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Let your imagination thrive! Be inspired and build a great story from a picture!

Mon, Aug 15, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Mon, Aug 15, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Call the Children's desk (703)-746-1783 to register your rising 1st-6th grader to Read to a Dog! We have 3; 15 minute slots from 5:30-6:30PM. It is first come first serve if you don't call ahead.

Canceled
Mon, Aug 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Teens, let's talk books! Rather than reading an assigned book, you are invited to share and talk about any book you've been reading.

Canceled
Mon, Aug 15, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Board meeting of the Friends of Duncan Library (FODL)

Tue, Aug 16, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Tue, Aug 16, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Tue, Aug 16, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Tue, Aug 16, 10:00am - 12:15pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
ESL is returning to the Beatley Library as an in person event. Come join us. No registration needed.

Tue, Aug 16, 10:00am - 11:00am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Butterfly Garden,Beth Patridge Meeting Room
A Rockstar for little language learners!

Tue, Aug 16, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement tailor-made for children ages 0-5.

Tue, Aug 16, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn basic line dance steps while you workout to Golden Oldies music. This is a great class for beginners. Bring a friend or come alone. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Tue, Aug 16, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Outdoors
Design and paint chairs to be included in the Barrett Branch's Young Adult area. Open to teens ages 12 - 18.

Canceled
Tue, Aug 16, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Join us every other Tuesday whenever your schedule allows; no need to register in advance. This group is open to all who are navigating the challenges of caring for a loved one.

Tue, Aug 16, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Tue, Aug 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!Register

Wed, Aug 17, All day
Alexandria Library Virginia YouTube
Join Miss Lisa for a weekly YouTube time for our littlest friends

Wed, Aug 17, All day
Alexandria Library VIrgiia YouTube Channel
Enjoy some of our favorite songs and games from this year's programs.

Wed, Aug 17, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Wed, Aug 17, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Wed, Aug 17, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Wed, Aug 17, 10:15am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Looking for a baby storytime and/or a chance to talk to other grown-ups with children? Then join us at the Beatley Central Library for Tummy Time!

Wed, Aug 17, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join Miss Amy for stories, songs, movement, and activities just right for preschool children. Ages 3-5 with adult.

Wed, Aug 17, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Wed, Aug 17, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Join us on summer evenings for the best bedtime stories. Feel free to wear your pajamas and bring your favorite friend to snuggle with while you listen. Please register in advance, space is limited.

Wed, Aug 17, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
The Duncan Book Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Register

Thu, Aug 18, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Thu, Aug 18, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Thu, Aug 18, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Thu, Aug 18, 10:00am - 12:15pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
ESL is returning to the Beatley Library as an in person event. Come join us. No registration needed.

Rescheduled
Thu, Aug 18, 10:30am - 11:15am
New date Thursday, August 18, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Join Cinderella from the Metropolitan Youth Ballet for a very special storytime. (Ages 0-5)

Thu, Aug 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Outdoors
Dance with Andrés as Christina helps him overcome being shy and realize he was a dancer all along. (Ages 0-5)

Thu, Aug 18, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Butterfly Garden
Enjoy the warm summer sun with us outdoors in the Butterfly Garden. Toddler Rock N' Read is a joyous half hour of singing, reading and dancing with friends.

Thu, Aug 18, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement tailor-made for children ages 0-5.

Thu, Aug 18, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Burke Lawn
Join Cinderella from the Metropolitan Youth Ballet for a very special storytime. (Ages 0-5)

Thu, Aug 18, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join Jorge Banales as he gives instruction on the Yang Style 24 Movement Tai Chi form.

Thu, Aug 18, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Teen Area
Book Discussion

Thu, Aug 18, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a virtual meeting the third Thursday of each month! For 2022 we are discussing selections from The Civically Engaged Reader, a Great Books Foundation collection.Register

Thu, Aug 18, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Join local author Brendan Slocumb for a discussion of his debut novel.

Fri, Aug 19, All day
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Swap your complete puzzle for a new-to-you challenge!

Fri, Aug 19, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Fri, Aug 19, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Fri, Aug 19, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Fri, Aug 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Virtual
The Prevention of Blindness Society is hosting a monthly virtual book club this summer.

Fri, Aug 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden,Large Meeting Room
Join Grammy-winning children's musician Andrés for an interactive musical performance in English and Spanish. All ages.

Fri, Aug 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Fri, Aug 19, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Books, CDs, and DVDs for both children and adults all for sale at low prices. Join the Friends and/or shop the sale and help support the library!

Fri, Aug 19, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Join us on Friday afternoons, after school and during the summer for awesome activities! Please register to make sure there are enough activities. This week is a mystery craft! Ages 6-12

Sat, Aug 20, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sat, Aug 20, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sat, Aug 20, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Sat, Aug 20, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Books, CDs, and DVDs for both children and adults all for sale at low prices. Join the Friends and/or shop the sale and help support the library!

Sat, Aug 20, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Barrett Library is hosting a D&D game day. No experience necessary. Open to ages 8-13.

Sat, Aug 20, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
A special viewing of recent film releases.

Sun, Aug 21, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sun, Aug 21, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch.

Sun, Aug 21, All day
All Library Locations
Pick up a craft kit at your local Alexandria Library branch!

Sun, Aug 21, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Books, CDs, and DVDs for both children and adults all for sale at low prices. Join the Friends and/or shop the sale and help support the library!

Sun, Aug 21, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
This session goes over situational awareness, responding to conflict before it gets physical, and using the environment to your advantage.

Sun, Aug 21, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Alexandria Library partners with the Alzheimer's Association's National Area Chapter to bring you a quarterly support group at Beatley Central Library.

Sun, Aug 21, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Textbooks will be provided for use at the library. Come join us! All are welcome. No registration is needed.