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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 points to collect a free book!

SummerQuest Events
Mon, Jul 22, 10:00am - 10:45am
Nannie J. Lee Rec Center - Nannie J. Lee Rec Center
Experience side-splitting comedy, astonishing levitations, baffling vanishes, and more! Ages 6-12. At Nannie J. Lee Rec. Center, 1108 Jefferson St.

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Carlyle House - Carlyle House
Join us on the tented Magnolia Terrace to learn about historic Alexandria through stories and activities. Please arrive early, space limited. Ages 4-8 with adult. Carlyle House: 121 N Fairfax St.

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, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Make slime! Choose from a variety of slime types, including basic slime, soft slime, fluffy slime, and crunchy slime. Supplies and instructions will be provided. Ages 6-12 only

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

Tue, Jul 23, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Things that go BOOM!

Wed, Jul 24, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Free play for your little ones with soft foam blocks, a baby pool full of balls, tunnels and more. Best for those who are already scooting or crawling, up to 18 months with an adult.

Wed, Jul 24, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
"Nursery Rhyme and Rhythm" & "The Little Red Hen's Wacky Week."

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, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Come and dance! Ages 2+

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 0-5)

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Experience side-splitting comedy, astonishing levitations, baffling vanishes, and more! Ages 6-12 only.

Fri, Jul 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Ann Torralba, aka Little Miss Ann, is an award-winning kids’ musician from the Chicago area whose music will get kids rocking and rolling. Ages 0-5

Fri, Jul 26, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Ann Torralba, aka Little Miss Ann, is an award-winning kids’ musician from the Chicago area whose music will get kids rocking and rolling. Ages 0-5

Fri, Jul 26, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Charles Barrett Rec Center - Charles Barrett Rec Center
Ann Torralba, aka Little Miss Ann, is an award-winning kids’ musician from the Chicago area whose music will get kids rocking and rolling. Ages 6-12. At Barrett Rec. Center, 1115 Martha Custis Drive

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, 10:00am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, & DNA. Registration required.

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)

Mon, Jul 29, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, and DNA. Registration requried

Mon, Jul 29, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Carlyle House - Carlyle House
Join us on the tented Magnolia Terrace to learn about historic Alexandria through stories and activities. Please arrive early, space limited. Ages 4-8 with adult. Carlyle House: 121 N Fairfax St.

Mon, Jul 29, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for a talk with Dr. Atticus Stovall of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center about the cutting edge laser technology being used to map the world's forests in three-dimensions.

Tue, Jul 30, 10:00am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, & DNA. Registration required.

Tue, Jul 30, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
A singalong concert featuring the amazing "One Man Band."

Tue, Jul 30, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, and DNA. Registration requried

Tue, Jul 30, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Lots and lots of Duplos and Legos.

Wed, Jul 31, 10:00am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, & DNA. Registration required.

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)

Wed, Jul 31, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, and DNA. Registration requried

Wed, Jul 31, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Animal show for children ages 6+

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, 10:00am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, & DNA. Registration required.

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, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Songs and activities for our very youngest friends.

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.

Thu, Aug 01, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
In this four day class, led by a professional teacher, children will learn about the human body including the digestive system, the vascular system, the nervous system, and DNA. Registration requried

Fri, Aug 02, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
A play time just for our youngest friends, ages 0-24 months.

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, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn some Line Dancing Basics. You will learn some steps for beginners to get you started with Line Dancing. Bring some friends or come alone, this class is great for beginners.

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, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Calling all train lovers--it's a Duplo train play morning.

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)

Tue, Aug 06, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Join us for fun hands-on high-tech and low-tech activities with a focus on making and creativity. Ages 8-14 only

Wed, Aug 07, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Come sing and dance along with Nate!

Thu, Aug 08, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Process not product, as kids explore messy art mediums, and get a little messy themselves!

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.

Thu, Aug 08, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Join us for fun hands-on high-tech and low-tech activities with a focus on making and creativity. Ages 8-14 only.

Thu, Aug 08, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Join us for fun hands-on high-tech and low-tech activities with a focus on making and creativity. Ages 8-14 only

Thu, Aug 08, 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Youth Services Area
Join us to explore the skies with a team of scientists. We'll see the moon, stars, planets and the International Space Station in this interactive program. (All ages)

Mon, Aug 12, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn some Line Dancing Basics. You will learn some steps for beginners to get you started with Line Dancing. Bring some friends or come alone, this class is great for beginners.

Sat, Aug 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn about Scottish history through dance! A troupe of dancers from the Granfling School of Highland Dance will bring Scottish history to life with a dance performance suitable for all ages.

Sat, Aug 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Have fun and be creative with three different space-inspired crafts: Plant to Planet Printing, DIY Galaxy Magnets, and Light Up Constellation Art.

 

INFORMATION

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