December 2021 Youth Newsletter

December events are now open for registration.

*Children’s events will be scheduled outside as weather permits. CDC continues to recommend masks for all over 3 years old for programs conducted indoors. Please register so we can send you any last minute weather-related updates!

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Build a “Gingerbread” house! 
(Babies through age 17) We have two options for this program: our popular in-person event happening on December 18, and our alternative “Grab-and-Go” kits which can be ordered by registration and we’ll call you when they’re ready to pick up. In addition to the sweet building project, all children will receive a holiday gift book and a few age-appropriate crafts to entertain you for the winter break!
We thank the UPS Store 2450 and Toys for Tots for their generous donation of new giveaway books for children in our community.

Stone carving of soldiers with the words "Picturing America"

We have introduced an educational humanities program that your family may enjoy! Each month, explore our display in the Children’s area including a copy of a renowned American art work and commentary to connect to American history and culture, along with related books from our collection (available for checkout). If you want to take the project further, we will have extension activities for children at different age levels (4-7, 8-12, and 13+) at our circulation desk for your use. This exhibit and educational activities will change monthly so check back each month!

Picturing America is provided through a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Winter reading challenge with the Reading Royals. Does your child love hockey? Complete the challenge and your child will receive a free ticket to one home game! A portion of additional tickets purchased will benefit the library. For ages 5-15.

This program is easy to follow! Read 20 minutes for 30 days. Win a hockey ticket when you’re done (and let us know, we’ll also throw in a giveaway book). Forms are available at our circulation desk. More details here.

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Start December with STEM!

December 8 at 5 pm! Ages 5-15, under 8 with caregiver. Registration is required.

We invite your child to try an Hour of Code to celebrate Computer Science Education Week! There will be opportunities to use pre-literate coding programs for the younger kids. Older kids and teens have several coding options. An email account (provided by parents if appropriate) will allow them to save their projects!

Holiday Fun with Robots! December 28th at 1pm
End December with STEM!

December 28 at 1 pm! Ages 5-12, under 8 with caregiver. Registration is required.

Our bots are excited to come out of storage to play! We’ll have an assortment for different ages and abilities.


toy dinosaurs on top of a stack of books
Come read, write, sing, talk, and play with your young child at the Quarryville Library’s own recurring programs. Registration is required. All programs begin at 10:30 am, except where noted. All are planned to be held outside.  Registered patrons will be contacted for weather-related changes.
  • Young and the Restless (1.5 through 3 with all family members welcome):  December 1815 at 10:30
  • Baby’s First Storytime (birth through 18 months – considerate siblings are welcome): December 17 at 10:30
  • Sing! Sign! Storytime! (Birth through age 6 with caregiver) December 3 at 10:30.
  • Snowy Story Time! (3-6 years with all family members welcome): December 22 at 10:30
  • Countdown to Noon! (Ages 1 through 6 with all family members welcome).  December 29 at 11 am

Coming Soon!
Go-Fore Golf!
Crochet 101 for teens and adults
Crazy 8's club


Thursdays at 6 pm.  Please register.

  • Family Movie Night (all ages) – Please call for title!  December 2.
  • Lego Block Party (ages 4+) December 16

Join our teen advisory board! Plan events, make friends, have fun, eat snacks

Teen events for December include Teen Anime on December 3, TAB on December 10, Dungeons & Dragons on December 11, and Teen Gaming on December 18. Teens will also be interested in the Reading Royals reading challenge (up to age 15 – please inquire at circulation desk), and the STEM program on December 8 “Coding for kids“.

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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 or inquire at the Service Desk to be put in touch with our director.

Launchpad pre-k academy. Kindergarten Readiness starts here. Image of a Playaway Launchpad.
Check out our new tablets-we have selections for older kids and big people too!  Kit agreement is required and must be checked out on an adult library card.

Palette with two paintbrushes

We’re offering a series of crafts and activities that you can make at home. Ages vary and are described for each choice. Inquire at our Service desk for the crafts of the month!

STARTING THIS MONTH:  Not just for little kids anymore…Make Me! Crafts for Teens and Adults!

Field of tulips with the text "family museum passes"
The following Museums are again offering passes for checkout
(conditions apply – please note when reserving):
Ephrata Cloister
Landis Valley Farm Museum
Railroad Museum
Lancaster Science Factory
Johannes Mueller House
Make 717 Makerspace (STEM Maker pass)
President James Buchanan’s Wheatland
Toy Train Museum

boy carrying a stack of booksThe library has created a readers’ advisory form for children to help with selection of materials. A growing number of homeschool families are using this service, and we’ve been happy to get requests that have guided us to purchase a few new collection items to support those learning at home.



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Early Literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. This free program encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she enters school. One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation, a key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun! Ask for a folder at the Service Desk, or sign up with the Beanstack app!

Bright by Text logoQuarryville Library, a Family Place library, is proud to offer a unique resource like Bright by Text to provide literacy tips on your smart phone. For a limited time we are partnering with this service to share local news of interest, such as free vision screenings, special library events, etc. that are tailored to your child’s specific age and location! To enroll, text FAMILYPLACE to 274448 or visit this link. Message and data rates apply. Click here for more information.