December 2022 Youth Newsletter

Holiday fun waits for you at the library!

December events are now 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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Thanks to everyone who participated in the ExtraGive on November 18. We greatly appreciate your generosity!

gingerbread men "Build a gingerbread house"
December 17 at 11:00 am. For ages 3+ with parent or caregiver. Space is limited, registration is required. Please register everyone who will be attending. Celebrate the season in sweet style by decorating your very own “gingerbread” house! We will provide all materials you’ll need to build your house (walls and glue), along with some decorating treats, but we ask that each family bring a bag of treats that can be shared with others and used to decorate (ex: a bag of candies, sprinkles, etc).

graphic 'coding for kids' with screen

December 8 at 4:30 pm. Registration for this free event is required. Ages 7-15, adults are welcome to observe. A library account with digital access is required to use library computers. You may also bring your own laptop or tablet.

Join us and over 100 million students for an Hour of Code. Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But only 47% of all high schools teach computer science. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this! If you’ve heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code. We will have coding activities to try for the youngest students (pre-readers are OK with adult assistance) up through wannabe gamers who can learn to write code to make their own games!

Mrs claus and mystery guest come to quarryville library images of santa and mrs. claus
It’s “Claus for Claws” for a cause on December 15 at 6:30 pm here at the Quarryville Library! Mrs. Santa and her BFF are coming to our library to pick up donations of cat food (wet or dry) and cat litter for a cause! We won’t just let the merry couple come and go, of course! We plan to enjoy some songs and stories, face painting, and little ones can have a chance for a photo with the jolly couple! Donations for Hill Kitties, Inc. are appreciated. All ages, preferably under 8 to give little ones a chance to visit with our guests. Please register, space is limited.

my first book club! image of a pink book with children gathered around it
December 13 at 1:00 pm. A book club for preschoolers and their grown-ups! Registration is required along with an active library card to check out the title we’ll be reading!

local animals in wintertime! a parks and recreation program
December 29 at 4:30 pm. Ages 5+, please register everyone attending. Join our favorite naturalist Lisa Sanchez to dive deep into what our animal neighbors are doing when it gets cold! Some are hibernating, and others have different adaptation strategies!

four robots in circle 'holiday fun with robots'

December 22 at 1:00 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.


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Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten celebration is happening this month, but it’s by invitation only.

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. Some of our weekly programs will pause for the last two weeks of the year for presenters to do some planning and spend time with our families, but don’t worry, we’ll be returning in January!

  • Baby’s First Storytime (Birth through 18 months) December 6 & 13 at 10:00 am.
  • Little Nibblers (Ages 3-6) December 16 at 10:00 am.
  • Sing! Sign! Storytime! (Ages 0-6, other family members welcome) December 2 at 10:30 am.
  • Young and the Restless (1.5 through 3, other family members welcome) December 7 & 14 at 10:30 am.
  • Parachute Play (18 months – 3 years) December 1 at 10:00 am.
  • Parachute Games (Ages 3-6)  December 1 at 11:00 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.

Chess club for ages 16+

Adults and teens 16+, casual chess club at 11:00 am on the first Saturday of each month. Please register so we know how many setups to prepare. Coaching is available, space is limited.

Youth chess will be coming early next year! Please check our event calendar for updates.

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

Our TAB will meet on December 9 at 4:30 pm. Several teens have recently stepped up to lead programs, adopt shelves, choose new activities, find out about jobs, and more! What will you bring to the library? What will you leave with?

More teen events for December include:
Teen Anime on First Fridays(4-5:30)
Adult/teen chess club on first Saturdays from 11-2.
Dungeons & Dragons for ages 16 to adult on December 10 (10-2),
Teen Board Games on December 17 (10-2). Drop ins are welcome.

Older teens are welcome at select adult events, such as Crochet 101 on Wednesdays at 4, and Mid Day Matinee on November 18 (rated PG-13 – call for title).

Teen Tech volunteers are welcome to help with coding and robotics programs. Contact 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 or inquire at the Service Desk to be put in touch with our director.

Field of tulips with the text "family museum passes"
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
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (currently not available)
Landis Valley Farm Museum
Make 717 Makerspace (STEM Maker pass)
National Toy Train Museum
North Museum (currently not available)
President James Buchanan’s Wheatland
Railroad Museum
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