February 2023 Youth Newsletter

February 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.

Go-Fore Golf - a fun event for the whole family! Saturday, February 11 at the Quarryville Library

What is Go-Fore Golf? It’s a Southern End tradition! A chance to play a full 18 holes of miniature golf inside our library in the middle of winter! This February 11, the Library will be closed for regular business. There are no passport appointments, no use of computers, no materials may be borrowed. Books due on February 11 may be returned in our book drop.

Register today! Spaces are filling quickly and the first 1.5 hours are fully booked already! All holes have been sponsored by generous local businesses so be sure to thank them for supporting our event!

Youth chess club. line drawing of a chess board

For ages 7-15. Thursday evenings at 6 pm. Registration is required for each week; we will accept walk-ins if space allows.

You’ve asked for it, and we’re making it happen! Our kids’ chess club began in January with a wonderful turnout! Coaches are available. We will offer limited coaching for brand new players and those who seek clarification on more complex rules/strategies. This session will run for 10 weeks; at the end we’ll try having a small tournament for fun!

graphic 'coding for kids' with screen

February 14 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. We are limited by the number of computers and volunteers, so please let us know if you are bringing your own tech so we can extend to as many interested kids as possible. If you have your own device, you may attend even if you are on the waitlist.

Our December Hour of Code was a big success! By popular demand, we’ll be bringing it back for the winter!

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! Our monthly club 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!

ping pong ball in paper basket

We’re participating in the worldwide challenge!

What is this challenge? The annual Science Buddies Engineering Challenge is about getting kids to try engineering with a fun and accessible hands-on project. All qualified submissions will be entered in random drawings for a chance to win part of $10,000 (USD) in prizes for the library!

Who can participate?  Kids in grades K-12 (or homeschool equivalent). Individuals or teams of up to 4. Adults may watch but should not be involved in the problem solving.

How can I participate?  Please register so we know you are participating.  We will contact you with a time you will be given to demonstrate and score your device in front of our staff for your official entry.

You may either view the video for the rules, work on it at home until you’re satisfied, and bring it at your assigned time; or you can use our main library space (we’ll set up tables with the required materials). You can start as early as you like and rework it as many times as you wish! You will need to bring it to the library on February 28 and test it in front of our program staff at your assigned time, we will score your project and submit your results to Science Buddies. If you’d prefer to just come in and do the activity at the library, we’ll have the materials on hand from 4:30-6:00 so you can design and enter at the same time.

In case this date doesn’t suit you and your team, or if your trial doesn’t succeed, we may offer appointments for testing in March before the March 19 deadline. Contact us at sroche@quarryvillelibrary.org if you’d like to make an appointment to submit an entry!

What’s the prize? Our library gets a chance to win a cash prize out of a $10,000 prize bank. Every person or team that submits an entry gives us another chance to win – regardless of the success of the engineering design. But we think the real prize is the hands-on learning your child or teen will gain from this project! And your child gets bragging rights that he/she has competed in a worldwide venue sponsored by dozens of notable tech companies, major research universities, and private donors – all dedicated to sparking interest in engineering in young minds!

leap into science
February 24 at 10:30 am. Join us for a special Leap into Science Storytime! We’ll pretend we’re scientists as we read stories, sing songs, and do hands-on activities. For children ages 3-6 with parent or caregiver. Please register everyone who is attending.

  • Family Movie Night (all ages) – Please call for title! February 2 at 6:00 pm. Registration preferred but drop in guests are welcome.
  • NOW ON TUESDAY! Lego Block Party  (ages 5+February 21 at 4:30 pm. Please register, space is limited.

1000 books before kindergarten logo
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!


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) Wednesdays 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.
  • Sing! Sign! Storytime! (Ages birth – 6 years, other family members welcome) February 3 at 10:30 am.
  • Little Nibblers (Ages 3 – 6) Special Day! February 14 at 1:00 pm.
  • Parachute Play (Ages 18 months – 3 years) February 17 at 10:00 am.
  • Parachute Games (Ages 3 – 6) February 17 at 10:30 am.

Teen events for February 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 February 25 (10-2).
Teen Board Games canceled this monthOlder teens are welcome at select adult events, such as Mid-Day Matinee on February 3 (some titles are rated PG-13 – call for title). Dr. Robert Frick’s history lectures welcome teens interested in social studies!

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.

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
Landis Valley Farm Museum
Make 717 Makerspace (STEM Maker pass)
National Toy Train Museum
President James Buchanan’s Wheatland
Railroad Museum