December 2023 Youth Newsletter

December events are open for registration!
Registration is required for most of our youth programs except where noted. Registration opens for each month on the 15th of the previous one.

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Thank you for your generous support to help us continue to provide materials, programs, and services to our community.

coding for kids
Celebrate the International Hour of Code with us by completing an hour of code at the library! Use one of our laptops or bring your own tech! Ages 7+. Please register as space is limited.

holiday movie night
Join us for a special holiday-themed movie night! We’ll have special snacks as we watch this beloved PG rated movie. Registration is not required but preferred so we have sufficient snacks!

Call the library at 717-786-1336 to find out the movie title.

holiday fun with robots
Robots love to spend their holidays at the library! Come and play with them!

Ages 5-12. Registration is required. Best for beginners, but we’ll have something for most robot fans!

Please let us know when registering if you are an accompanying adult who might be able to help during the event (i.e., your child would be responsible without you beside them).

build a gingerbread house
For ages 3+ with parent or caregiver. Space is limited, please register – two sessions available.
Celebrate the season in sweet style by decorating your very own “gingerbread” house! We’ll provide all the materials you’ll need to build your house (walls and glue), but we ask that each family bring a bag of decorating treats that can be shared with others (ex: a bag of candies, sprinkles, etc).

Mrs. claus and a mystery guest come to quarryville library
Best for children up to age 8 with caregiver. Registration is required.
Join us as we welcome Mrs. Claus (and a mystery guest) for an evening of stories, songs, crafts and fun! Photo opportunities and face painting will be available during the event.Mrs. Claus is gathering donations of cat toys, food and litter for her own Christmas deliveries. Our library will have a donation box out during the month of December and we thank you for your generosity!

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Scissors School!
Registration is required. Ages 3-6 with caregiver.
One of the most frequently cited skill gaps cited by teachers for young children entering kindergarten is using scissors. We have a fun way to show caregivers how to move through the stages of learning this skill, which will build confidence in your child upon school entry.

Ages 3-8 with caregiver. Registration is requested.
Block Party is an hour long free play session for preschoolers and their caregivers using our library’s wooden block set, people, vehicles, animals and other accompanying materials where preschoolers have the freedom to build and play as they wish.

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Our current Storywalk® is Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert. This is an outstanding alphabet book showcasing 75 fruits and vegetables, which include the familiar as well as plenty that are mildly exotic (kumquat, radicchio). Just in time for your special holiday meals! We will award several copies of the book to families who submit a brochure letting us know you walked the path.

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(with thanks to our sponsor, Reynolds & Shivery Funeral Homes, Inc.)
  • Sing! Sign! Storytime! (Ages birth – 6 years) Friday, December 1 at 10:30 am.
  • Little Nibblers! (Ages 2 – 6 years) Tuesday, December 5 at 10:30 am.
  • Baby’s First Storytime (Ages birth – 17 months) Tuesdays, December 51219 at 10 am.
  • Young and the Restless (Ages 18 months – 3 years, other family members welcome) Wednesday, December 13 at 10:30 am.
  • Family Storytime (ages 1.5 – 6 years) Wednesday, December 20 at 10:30 am.

Teen events for December include:

Teen Anime December 1 (4:00-5:30)
Adult/Teen Chess Club December 2 (11:00-3:00)
Teen Board Games December 16 (10:00-2:00)
Meet up/Video Gaming December 29 (3:30-5:30)

Teens are welcome at select adult events, such as:

Mid Day Matinee on December 22 at 1:00 pm.
Dungeons & Dragons for ages 16+ on December 9 and 23 at 10:00 am.
Navigating and Understanding PA Courts for high school ages and up on December 12 at 6:00 pm.

Teens who are seeking employment can get help finding internships through PA CareerLink, and learning digital literacy skills through our partnership with Millersville University.

Teen volunteers needing service hours are welcome to help with holiday events, coding and robotics programs. Contact!

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The following museums are offering passes for checkout:
(conditions apply – please note when reserving):
Demuth Museum
Ephrata Cloister
Johannes Mueller House
John J. Snyder Art Gallery
Lancaster Museum of Art
Lancaster Science Factory
Landis Valley Farm Museum
Make 717 (STEM Maker pass)
North Museum
National Toy Train Museum
President James Buchanan’s Wheatland
Railroad Museum

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