April 2023 Youth Newsletter

April events are open for registration!
Registration is required for most of our youth programs except where noted. We open registration for each next month on the 15th day of the current month. If you are registered and find you can’t attend, thank you for being considerate and ‘unregistering’. When events are overbooked we cannot guarantee your spot if you do not arrive on time. Thank you for understanding.

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Space is limited, register soon! April 11 at 6 pm. Adam Zurn (Uncharted Lancaster) will be appearing at our library with a customized presentation on indigenous petroglyphs you can find on our local trails. Awesome for adults, teens and older kids!

Making compost! a parks and recreation event
March 30 at 4:30 pm. Great information from a great naturalist, Lisa Sanchez, just in time for your spring gardening! Learn all about balancing your browns and greens! Appropriate for adults, teens, and older kids who have an interest. Please register!

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April 15 at 3 pm. Please register all attending. Older kids and teens who are interested in gardening will love this free educational session with Master Gardener Sherry Watson. Whether you are aspiring to enter the Solanco Fair or just want get your hands dirty, you’ll learn all the ropes from Sherry! Adults seeking some gardening advice are welcome as well.

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Our Story Path program for Longwood Gardens Community Read is now installed, and is located on the left side of our library (from the parking lot) on the community garden fence. Families can visit the exhibit outside our library through mid April, read with their child and try some of the early literacy activities, fill out the brochure at the start of the path with their contact information (and number of participants), and bring to our circulation desk or drop box. Each week we’ll draw one brochure from those we’ve received and award a Longwood Gardens family pass (three chances per family per year – one winning pass per family).

April is Financial Literacy Month! Look for special programs this month and next to offer fun ways to help our youth understand economics at their level!

Get a head start on education savings with $100 from keystone scholars
Did you know…
All children born in 2019 and after to PA residents, including children who are adopted, have a Keystone Scholars account in their name with $100 for postsecondary education expenses.
Learn more or access your child’s account here!
#PAForward #FinancialLiteracy*Child must be born after January 1, 2019

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April 28 at 10:30 am. Join us for a special family storytime all about teeth! Along with our stories, songs, and craft, we’ll have some special guests, including the Tooth Fairy and some folks from Quarryville Family Dentistry! Afterwards, children will be able to take their picture with the Tooth Fairy, get their face painted, and get a goodie bag to take home.

DNA bites (a mold of your child’s teeth that can be used for identification) will also be available.

For ages 2-6 years with parent or caregiver, siblings welcome! Please register all who are attending.

Family place parent/child workshop
Family Place programs continue on Wednesdays from 10 – 11 am! Babies and toddlers up to 3 years old. We’ve switched out our toddler storytime to offer this fun and informative block of sessions. Come with your young child and enjoy stations with all sorts of play experiences, from gross motor climbing to process art exploration! Meet a different expert each week to learn more about early child development, get a referral if you have concerns about your child’s progress, or just have fun enjoying the toys, music, and fellowship!  Register through our event calendar.

Weekly focus themes in April:

April 5 – Pediatric Nutrition
April 12 – Music and Movement

Play and learn: parent/child workshop
Play and Learn programs return, offered through Solanco School District on Wednesdays from 11 am – 12 pm! Preschoolers 3 – 5 years old: We are partnering again with the Early Learning team from Solanco SD who will offer families a storytime, craft, gift book and snack using our Family Place playscape.

Register either through our event calendar or through Solanco School District – we will coordinate total attendance.

Our visiting early interventionists will be available for any questions you may have! Themes will be consistent with the Family Place program themes.

Springtime fun with robots

April 25 at 4:30 pm. Robots love springtime at the library! Come and play with them!

Ages 5-12, under 8 with caregiver please. Best for beginners, but we’ll have something for most robot fans! Please register.

  • Family Movie Night (all ages) – Please call for title! April 6. Registration preferred but drop in guests are welcome.
  • NOW ON TUESDAY! Lego Block Party  (ages 5+) April 18. Please register, space is limited.

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Reading is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your child’s success when they begin school. The goal of this program is to help your child start school ready to learn. How does it work? You begin tracking the books that someone (you, other caregivers, our library storytellers, siblings, etc.) read aloud to your child. At each 100 book milestone your child receives a sticker for encouragement. They also get a few gift books along the way! And when you’re finished, we celebrate along with you at events that are scheduled a few times a year for our finishers.

If you want to start the journey to help your young child achieve this goal, come to our service desk and request a folder. Or if you prefer to track your program with your device, download the Beanstack app or set up a computer account. Does 1,000 seem like a lot? If you read 3 books per day, you can reach your goal in one year! Did you start and lose momentum? No worries…we understand and are happy to work with you to get you back on the path!

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Come read, write, sing, talk, and play with your young child at the Quarryville Library’s own recurring programs! Registration is required except where noted and children should be accompanied by attentive caregivers.

  • Baby’s First Storytime (Ages birth – 17 months) Tuesdays at 10:00 am.
  • Young and the Restless (Ages 18 months – 3 years, other family members welcome) April 19 and 26 at 10:30 am.
  • Preschool Zone! Free play for young children in our Story Corner on Tuesdays and Fridays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm as library needs allow*. Adult supervision is required, no registration needed. *not available mid March-mid-April while Family Place is running.
  • Little Nibblers (Ages 3 – 6)  April 14 at 10:30 am.
  • Parachute Play (Ages 18 months – 3 years) April  21 at 10:00 am.
  • Parachute Games (Ages 3 – 6) April 21 at 10:30 am.

Teen events for April include:

Teen Anime SPECIAL DAY: APRIL 14 (4-5:30)
Adult/Teen Chess Club on first Saturdays (11-2)
Dungeons & Dragons for ages 16 to adult on April 22 (10-2)
Teen Board Games April 15 (10-2)

Teens on school break and homeschool schedules are welcome at select adult events, such as Mid-Day Matinee on April 21 at 1 pm (some titles are rated PG-13 – call for title).

Teens who are seeking employment can get help finding internships through PA CareerLink, and learning digital literacy skills through our partnership with Millersville University. Teens who are currently employed can get tax preparation help through VITA up through April 15. Check our website for days and times of these outreach programs!

Teen Tech volunteers are welcome to help with coding and robotics programs. Contact sroche@quarryvillelibrary.org for service hours!

Teens 16+ looking for jobs? Ask about paid work experience through Career Link! They have other programs for younger teens as well!
Young adult program, serving Lancaster County residents ages 16-24. Let us help you develop a career path plan! Our services include paid work experience, career readiness workshops, job shadowing, on the job training, personalized career exposure activities, earn your high school equivalency, and mentoring. Connect with us today!

Do you have a talent to share with our youth? We welcome willing hands: parents, teachers, teens, seniors, etc. There are many ways you can be involved! Lead a program by teaching a skill or sharing a hobby with young people. Assist at a big event, or help with shelving books. We can tailor a volunteer opportunity to your interests and abilities.


Clearances are required. Contact us at library@quarryvillelibrary.org or inquire at the Service Desk to be put in touch with our director.

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Not just for adults! Flipster’s catalog includes such favorites as Ranger Rick, Highlights and National Geographic Kids. All you need is your library card! Click here to get started, or search the app store for “Flipster – Digital Magazines”.

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The following Museums are again offering passes for checkout except where noted
(conditions apply – please note when reserving):
Demuth Museum
Ephrata Cloister
Historic Rock Ford (currently not available)
Johannes Mueller House
Lancaster Art Museum
Lancaster Science Factory
Landis Valley Farm Museum
Make 717 Makerspace (STEM Maker pass)
North Museum
National Toy Train Museum
President James Buchanan’s Wheatland
Railroad Museum

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