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SUMMERQUEST

SummerQuest is a reading incentive program offered annually at each of our branches.

A Universe of Stories

Blast Off!

SummerQuest, Jr.

Birth through rising Kindergarten  

SummerQuest, Jr. allows children to earn a points towards a free book!  Points are earned by logging books they read or books that are read to them.  Children can also earn points by doing early literacy activities.

StarGazer!

SummerQuest

Rising 1st-5th Grades

SummerQuest participants will log the minutes they spend reading this summer!  Every 20 minutes spent reading earns 1 point.  Use those points and points earned doing other activities to collect a free book!

Reach For the Stars!

SummerQuest Teens

Rising 6th-12th Grades

SummerQuest teens will also log the minutes they spend reading this summer!  Every 20 minutes spent reading earns 1 point.  Entering the "For Love of Country" Contest and participating in other activities will earn more points.  Use these poinst to collect a free book!

SummerQuest Events
Sat, Jun 15, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Say hello to friendly animals like a llama, donkey, and mini cow from Bar C Animal Ranch. All ages. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by their adult.

Fri, Jun 21, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Come join us for a time to play, discover, explore, and learn. We'll sing, explore with our senses, read a story and allow kids time to discover, play and learn. (Ages 18 months-5 years)

Sat, Jun 22, 11:00am - 11:45am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Experience the excitement of Carnaval with joyful rhythms from different traditions. All ages with an adult.

Mon, Jun 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Nate combines a unique blend of music, puppet skits, interactive movement, and comedy into one groovy experience for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Mon, Jun 24, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Nate combines a unique blend of music, puppet skits, interactive movement, and comedy into one groovy experience for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Mon, Jun 24, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Leonard "Chick" Armstrong Recreation Center - Leonard "Chick" Armstrong Recreation Center
My Reptile Guys deliver an awesome reptile experience that are fun, educational, and totally interactive. All ages.

Mon, Jun 24, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
This interactive event is all about the fundamentals of moving science. Learn about matter and molecules. Ages 6-12.

Tue, Jun 25, 10:00am - 10:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Marc "Boogie Woogie Bennie" Capponi, David "Coach" Cotton, and Patrick "Williebob" Williams of the local children’s band Rocknoceros will be at Duncan!

Tue, Jun 25, 10:45am - 11:15am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Marc "Boogie Woogie Bennie" Capponi, David "Coach" Cotton, and Patrick "Williebob" Williams of the local children’s band Rocknoceros will be at Duncan!

Tue, Jun 25, 11:30am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Marc "Boogie Woogie Bennie" Capponi, David "Coach" Cotton, and Patrick "Williebob" Williams of the local children’s band Rocknoceros will be at Duncan!

Tue, Jun 25, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Discover the beauty and importance of rain forests and meet some animals that live in this habitat. Ages 6-12 only.

Wed, Jun 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Sing along with Susan McNelis, aka Oh Susannah, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist for children and families. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Wed, Jun 26, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Sing along with Susan McNelis, aka Oh Susannah, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist for children and families. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Thu, Jun 27, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Prepare to be amazed as magician Peter Wood takes us on a journey into the impossible. Ages 6-12

Thu, Jun 27, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
If you love to play with Legos, this program is for you! Join the Brixalot team and piles of Legos for free play. (Ages 6-12)

Fri, Jun 28, 10:30am - 11:45am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Uncle Devin for a live, interactive musical experience that uses percussion instruments to cultivate children's minds. (Ages 0-5)

Fri, Jun 28, 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Uncle Devin for a live, interactive musical experience that uses percussion instruments to cultivate children's minds. (Ages 0-5)

Fri, Jun 28, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Celebrate the start of summer with games, snacks, and prizes! All ages with adult.

Sat, Jun 29, 11:00am - 11:45am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Children will enjoy bopping along to Coach, Williebob, and Boogie Bennie’s catchy tunes. All ages with adult.

Sat, Jun 29, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Alexandria Library Sit In, the first known sit in, Alexandria Library will screen films and host other events related to the film festival.

Mon, Jul 01, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Leonard "Chick" Armstrong Rec Center - Leonard "Chick" Armstrong Rec Center
“Aliens: Escape from Earth!” Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure using science experiments for special effects. It’s totally out of this world! All ages.

Wed, Jul 03, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
A STEM program for kids ages 6 and up!

Mon, Jul 08, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mount Vernon Rec Center - Mount Vernon Rec Center
Come to a fun and exciting live animal show! Wildlife presenters will showcase funny animal stories and facts while showcasing a colorful variety of exotic animals. All ages.

Wed, Jul 10, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Jenkins is a musician and educator offering hands-on programs for all ages with instruments from around the world. Ages 6-12.

Fri, Jul 12, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for a visit from Spiderman, Wonder Woman and other characters, plus games and activities. (Ages 2-5)

Tue, Jul 16, 10:00am - 10:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Peter McCory, the one-man band for kids and families!

Tue, Jul 16, 10:45am - 11:15am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Peter McCory, the one-man band for kids and families!

Tue, Jul 16, 11:30am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Peter McCory, the one-man band for kids and families!

Tue, Jul 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join nationally-known comedian, juggler, mime, and storyteller Chris Fascione as he brings stories to life in this one-man show. (Ages 6-12)

Wed, Jul 17, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Fascione acts out literature and folk-tales with a unique combination of storytelling, mime, juggling and comedy. Laughter abounds! Ages 6-12.

Thu, Jul 18, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn snake secrets and laugh at our lizard stories and turtle tales. Featured animals may include a boa or python, tortoise, lizards and other amazing animals. (Ages 6-12)

Fri, Jul 19, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join scientists in this captivating program about air pressure with vacuum chamber experiments as the main attraction. (Ages 6-12)

Mon, Jul 22, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Leonard "Chick" Armstrong Rec Center - Leonard "Chick" Armstrong Rec Center
This program gives an overview of life in our oceans, from tiny snails to giant whales, and features a wide variety of live animals and real animal artifacts.

Tue, Jul 23, 10:00am - 10:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Mr. Gabe is a singer and guitarist who performs original songs as well as familiar classics.

Tue, Jul 23, 10:45am - 11:15am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Mr. Gabe is a singer and guitarist who performs original songs as well as familiar classics.

Tue, Jul 23, 11:30am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Mr. Gabe is a singer and guitarist who performs original songs as well as familiar classics.

Tue, Jul 23, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Youth Services Area
The Mobile Art Lab will be here to help you rocket your art to the skies! (Ages 6-12)

Wed, Jul 24, 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
In this interactive program, explore the forces affecting earth, such as gravity, with Mad Science antennae. Explore Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion with the Newton-mobile. (Ages 6-12)

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Ann Torralba, aka Little Miss Ann, brings her interactive folk music program all the way from Chicago to us. (Ages 6-12)

Sat, Jul 27, 11:00am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Ann Torralba, aka Little Miss Ann, is an award-winning kids folk musician from the Chicago area.

Mon, Jul 29, 10:30am - 11:15am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Renowned children's musician Bill Jenkins brings instruments from around the world for kids to explore as they sing and play along with him. (Ages 0-5)

Wed, Jul 31, 10:30am - 11:30am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Do you love to play with Duplos? Join the Brixalot team and a room full of Duplos for free play and guided activities. (Ages 2-5)

Thu, Aug 01, 10:00am - 10:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Susan McNelis, aka Oh Susannah, is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist for children and families.

Thu, Aug 01, 10:45am - 11:15am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Susan McNelis, aka Oh Susannah, is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist for children and families.

Thu, Aug 01, 11:30am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Susan McNelis, aka Oh Susannah, is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist for children and families.

Sat, Aug 03, 11:00am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
The rainbow lady, Kate Moran, and her band will entertain your family with a mix of musical genres. All ages.

Mon, Aug 05, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mount Vernon Recreation Center - Mount Vernon Recreation Center
Virginia's best comedy magician. A program for all ages.

Tue, Aug 06, 10:30am - 11:15am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Sing and dance along with Peter McCory, the amazing one-man band. You won't be able to sit still! (Ages 0-5)

Tue, Aug 06, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Sing and dance along with Peter McCory, the amazing one-man band. You won't be able to sit still! (Ages 0-5)

Thu, Aug 08, 10:00am - 10:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Kofi Dennis is a drummer, storyteller, singer, and dancer who believes in the concept of learning through play.

Thu, Aug 08, 10:45am - 11:15am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Kofi Dennis is a drummer, storyteller, singer, and dancer who believes in the concept of learning through play.

Thu, Aug 08, 11:30am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Kofi Dennis is a drummer, storyteller, singer, and dancer who believes in the concept of learning through play.

 

INFORMATION

  • Sign-up starts: May 28, 2019
  • Prizes available to pick up starting: June 20, 2019
  • Program ends: September 8, 2019