Month: July 2017

SECA Art Camp Exhibition

Get a glimpse at our future artists.  The SECA Art Camp exhibition by children ages 3-12 will include works of oil and chalk pastels, pen and ink, watercolors, tempera and clay.  Thanks to local artist Kim Root for sharing her love of art with the kids and for taking the time to display it beautifully.  A reception for children and their families as well as the public will be held Saturday, August 5th from 1:00 to 3:00.  The art will be on display until September 8th.

Fall 2017 Art Showcase

The Quarryville Library Teen Leadership Group would like to announce their second Art Showcase. This contest is open to artists of all ages and abilities, and will feature art created at the Teen-Led Summer Art Workshop.

If you’re an artist, please consider submitting your work! Art in any medium that can be displayed—including but not limited to painting, drawing, photography, sculpture—is eligible. We will be accepting entries August 18 through September 22. Entries will be on display in the Teen Area from the date of submission through September 29.

There will be three categories: child for those ages 12 and under, teen for those ages 13 to 19, and adult for those ages 20 and up. First, second, and third place will be chosen for each category. First place winners will receive a $50 gift card, second place winners will receive a $25 gift card, and third place winners will receive a $10 gift card. Prizes were made available thanks to a generous donation by a local business.

A reception and announcement of the winners to take place during the September Teen Night Program, which is scheduled for Friday, September 29, 2017, 5:30—7 pm. There will also be supplies available for attendees to create Artist Trading Cards.

A Teen Leadership Group is a group of teens (13-18 years old) who volunteer to plan, promote, and run teen programming in the library. This group also recommends materials for purchase—including books, games, and movies—and makes suggestions about new and existing services.

Please contact Randi Kennedy, 717-806-1804 or rkennedy@quarryvillelibrary.org, with any inquiries

Update: Eclipse Glasses are Out of Stock

We have a limited supply of eclipse glasses for the August 21st event.  The suggested donation is $1.00 per pair.  Stop by the library before they run out!

Eclipse: Who? What? Where? When? and How?

Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totalitycan see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

In this series of still from 2013, the eclipse sequence runs from right to left. The center image shows totality; on either side are the 2nd contact (right) and 3rd contact (left diamond rings that mark the beginning and end of totality respectively)
Image Credit: Rick Fienberg, TravelQuest International and Wilderness Travel
Figure 1- In this series of still from 2013, the eclipse sequence runs from right to left. The center image shows totality; on either side are the 2nd contact (right) and 3rd contact (left diamond rings that mark the beginning and end of totality respectively).

Who Can See It?

Lots of people! Everyone in the contiguous United States, in fact, everyone in North America plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see at least a partial solar eclipse, while the thin path of totality will pass through portions of 14 states.
This map shows the globe view of the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.

Image Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio
Figure 2- This map shows the globe view of  the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. You can find more information at: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4518(link is external) (link is external)

What is It?

This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location.  For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.  The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

Diagram showing the Earth-sun-moon geometry of a total solar eclipse.

Figure 3 – Diagram showing the Earth-sun-moon geometry of a total solar eclipse. Not to scale: If drawn to scale, the Moon would be 30 Earth diameters away. The sun would be 400 times that distance.

Where Can You See It?

You can see a partial eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun, anywhere in North America (see “Who can see it?”). To see a total eclipse, where the moon fully covers the sun for a short few minutes, you must be in the path of totality. The path of totality is a relatively thin ribbon, around 70 miles wide, that will cross the U.S. from West to East.  The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT.  Over the next hour and a half, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.  The total eclipse will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. EDT.  From there the lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 EDT.  Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds.
A map of the United States showing the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.
Figure 4 – A map of the United States showing the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.

Eclipse live stream banner

When Can You See It?

Times for partial and total phases of the eclipse vary depending on your location. This interactive eclipse map(link is external) will show you times for the partial and total eclipse anywhere in the world.

Example of eclipse times for cities in the path of totality.
Table 1 – Example of eclipse times for cities in the path of totality.

How Can You See It?

You never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection except during totality.  That could severely hurt your eyes.  However, there are many ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing – which requires some type of filtering device and indirect viewing where you project an image of the sun onto a screen. Both methods should produce clear images of the partial phase of an eclipse.  Click here for eclipse viewing techniques and safety.
Check with local science museums, schools and astronomy clubs for eclipse glasses—or purchase an ISO 12312-2 compliant and CE certified pair of these special shades!
Figure 5 – Check with local science museums, schools and astronomy clubs for eclipse glasses—or purchase an ISO 12312-2 compliant and CE certified pair of these special shades!

This list describes when to wear your glasses and when you can safely look at the eclipse, only during totality!
Figure 6 – This list describes when to wear your glasses and when you can safely look at the eclipse, only during totality!

Sun watchers gather around telescopes fitted with white light solar filters.
Sun watchers gather around telescopes fitted with white light solar filters.
Image Credit: NASA Kepler Mission

August 2017 Events for Youth & Families

Tuesday, August 1

3:30 – 4:30 pm: Junior Master Gardener Club Meeting
If you and your child are interested in gardening, check out our new Junior Master Gardener Club! We plan to learn about gardening and cultivating various types of plants, including vegetables and flowers.
(Best for children ages 6 – 12 and a caregiver.)

2 – 5 pm: Tinker with Tech Week
We’re hosting a series of open tech sessions so children and teens can tinker with a selection of fun and challenging robot, building, and programming kits and toys.
(Best for ages 3+.)

Wednesday, August 2

2 – 5 pm: Tinker with Tech Week
We’re hosting a series of open tech sessions so children and teens can tinker with a selection of fun and challenging robot, building, and programming kits and toys.
(Best for ages 3+.)

Thursday, August 3

10 am: Parachute Play
Thirty minutes of fun with a parachute plus silly songs and rhymes will be just what your child needs to get the wiggles out! Bubbles, balls, and other props will ensure that the fun never stops!
(Ages 1 – 3 years with a caregiver)

10:45 am: Parachute Games
It’s parachute fun for the preschool crowd! Songs, rhymes, and games to keep your preschooler moving, laughing, and having fun!
(Ages 3-6 years with a caregiver)

2 – 5 pm: Tinker with Tech Week
We’re hosting a series of open tech sessions so children and teens can tinker with a selection of fun and challenging robot, building, and programming kits and toys.
(Best for ages 3+.)

6:30 pm: Family Movie Night
Join us for a FREE movie and popcorn in a family friendly atmosphere! All ages welcome – Movies Rated G or PG. Please call for this month’s title! Popcorn provided by the library!
(All ages welcome)

Friday, August 4

11 am: Animal Architecture, presented by Lancaster County Dept. of Parks
In nature we are surrounded by structures built by animals. Some include insect homes, burrows created by mammals and bird nests. These structures often incorporate specialized features to help the animals survive in its home. Join one of our Naturalists as we explore what the animals are building.
(All ages welcome, best for ages 4 – 10.)

5:30 – 7:30 pm: Teen Anime Club & Summer Cosplay Contest
The Quarryville Library Teen Anime Club presents a Summer Cosplay Contest! Dress as your favorite fictional character, and all cosplayers are entered to win a prize!
1st Place: $50 gift card
2nd Place: $25 gift card
3rd Place: Free Movie Rentals
Contest followed by Teen Anime Club
(For ages 13 – 18.)

Monday, August 7

2 pm: Teen Book Club @ the Daily Grind
Meet up at the Daily Grind for some coffee and discussion! For this month’s meeting, we’re reading Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.
(Ages 13—18)

Wednesday, August 9

10:30 am: Thinking Like an Engineer
Learn how to think like an engineer in this hands-on presentation by the Lancaster Science Factory.
(Best for ages 8 – 12.)

2 pm: Hank’s Health Quest – Germs!
Cheer on Hank as he becomes the champion of healthy choices. Set out on a quest with Hank to fight off germs. All show participants will receive tips and tools for making healthy choices at home along with an invitation to join Hank’s Hall of Health Heroes!
(Best for ages 3-8 years.)

Thursday, August 10

10 am: Preschool Power!
Story time for preschoolers, featuring songs, stories, and a craft. Now on Thursdays!
(Ages 3.5-5 years)

6 pm: All-Ages Chess Club
A chess club for enthusiasts of all ages and abilities! Gather together to play, teach, and discuss strategy. Please bring your chess set. Second and fourth Thursday of the month.
(For all ages.)

Friday, August 11

10:30 – 11:10 am: Wee Readers
Join us for our Family Story Times, which include a mix of stories, crafts, songs and fun! You never know what we’ll be doing next! For children and their caregivers.
(Ages 1-5 years with a caregiver.)

12:45 – 2 pm: Junior Master Gardener Club Meeting
If you and your child are interested in gardening, check out our new Junior Master Gardener Club! We plan to learn about gardening and cultivating various types of plants, including vegetables and flowers.
(Best for children ages 6 – 12 and a caregiver.)

2 pm: Teen-Led Art Workshop
A 6-week art workshop led by artistic teens! Each meeting will last 90 minutes; learn sculpture and oil painting. Completed pieces will be featured in the Art Showcase in Sept.
Registration is required for this program. Limited to 15 participants. Please contact Randi Kennedy at rkennedy@quarryvillelibrary.org or 717-806-1804 to register.
(Wksp for ages 10+, limit 15)

5 pm: Teen Leadership Group Meeting
A volunteer initiative for teens! Do you want to make a difference at your library? Consider joining the Teen Leadership Group at the Quarryville Library! This is a group of teens who volunteer to plan, promote, and run teen programming in the library. Come to the meeting and find out what it’s all about!
(For ages 13 – 18.)

5: 30 – 7 pm: Teen Night
After-hours Teen Night at the Quarryville Library, featuring programs and events planned by the Teen Leadership Group.
(Ages 13- 18)

Saturday, August 12

1 pm – 4:30 pm: Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club
Join the quest in our bi-monthly Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game! Meets the second and fourth Saturday of the month.
(For ages 12 and up.)

End of Summer Reading Program. Logs due by 3 pm on Saturday, August 12 in order to receive the prize packets.

Tuesday, August 15

3:30 – 4:30 pm: Junior Master Gardener Club Meeting
If you and your child are interested in gardening, check out our new Junior Master Gardener Club! We plan to learn about gardening and cultivating various types of plants, including vegetables and flowers.
(Best for children ages 6 – 12 and a caregiver.)

Thursday, August 17

10 am: Parachute Play
Thirty minutes of fun with a parachute plus silly songs and rhymes will be just what your child needs to get the wiggles out! Bubbles, balls, and other props will ensure that the fun never stops!
(Ages 1 – 3 years with a caregiver)

10:45 am: Parachute Games
It’s parachute fun for the preschool crowd! Songs, rhymes, and games to keep your preschooler moving, laughing, and having fun!
(Ages 3-6 years with a caregiver)

6:30 pm: Lego ® Night
On the third Thursday of the month, we gather together to build creations out of Lego® Bricks. Each month we will choose a different theme to build about. Participants should NOT bring their own Legos®, only Library Legos® will be used, because creations will be displayed in the children’s area of the library all month long, for all to see! So join us for some creative building fun!
(All ages welcome)

Friday, August 18

10:30 am: Summer Kids’ Yoga
Teaches basic yoga positions using favorite children’s books. Please bring a towel, blanket, or yoga mat. (Best for children ages 4 to 12 and their caregivers.)

5:30 – 7:30 pm: Teen Anime Club
Do you love anime? Check out this new club! Watch anime, have some snacks, and socialize. Content will be PG/PG13. First and third Friday of the month.
(For ages 13 – 18.)

Saturday, August 19

11 am – 2:30 pm: Open Board Game Time
Open board game time in the library! Bring your favorite board games to share with the group.
(Ages 12 +)

Thursday, August 24

10 am: Preschool Power!
Story time for preschoolers, featuring songs, stories, and a craft. Now on Thursdays!
(Ages 3.5-5 years)

4 pm: Block Party
Get in on the fun with our new wooden blocks at our after-school Block Parties! Build with our blocks, create zoos for the animals, homes for the people, roads for our cars: the only limit is imagination! Fourth Thursday of the month.
(Best for ages 2 – 6, all ages welcome)

6 pm: All-Ages Chess Club
A chess club for enthusiasts of all ages and abilities! Gather together to play, teach, and discuss strategy. Please bring your chess set. Second and fourth Thursday of the month.
(For all ages.)

Friday, August 25

10:30 – 11 am: Wee Readers
Join us for our Family Story Times, which include a mix of stories, crafts, songs and fun! You never know what we’ll be doing next! For children and their caregivers.
(Ages 1-5 years with a caregiver.)

12:45 – 2 pm: Junior Master Gardener Club Meeting
If you and your child are interested in gardening, check out our new Junior Master Gardener Club! We plan to learn about gardening and cultivating various types of plants, including vegetables and flowers.
(Best for children ages 6 – 12 and a caregiver.)

Saturday, August 26

1 pm – 4:30 pm: Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club
Join the quest in our bi-monthly Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game! Meets the second and fourth Saturday of the month.
(For ages 12 and up.)

Tuesday, August 29

3:30 – 4:30 pm: Junior Master Gardener Club Meeting
If you and your child are interested in gardening, check out our new Junior Master Gardener Club! We plan to learn about gardening and cultivating various types of plants, including vegetables and flowers.
(Best for children ages 6 – 12 and a caregiver.)