January 2023 Youth Newsletter


January 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 poster - gopher wearing a red hat, sitting in a golf hole

The forecast predicts that we will see the Gopher in February! Registration will open on January 1!

Business sponsors are encouraged to contact us at sroche@quarryvillelibrary.org. Put your business’ name on our course as we convert our library into a real mini-golf course for one great day from 10 am to 4 pm!

Thanks to Drew Albright for his rendition of Seamus, our Gopher!

Youth chess club. line drawing of a chess board

For ages 7-15. Thursday evenings at 6 pm starting January 12, 2023. 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 begins in January! Coaches are available, but we’ve been asked that kids review the basic moves for each chess piece. We will offer limited coaching for brand new players and those who seek clarification on more complex rules/strategies. This session will run for 8 weeks; at the end we’ll try having a small tournament for fun!

Interested in coaching? Let us know at sroche@quarryvillelibrary.org

graphic 'coding for kids' with screen

January 10 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!

snap circuits board
MOVING TO TUESDAYS! January 24 at 4:30 pm.
For tech-loving kids ages 8+, we have Snap Circuits® beginner electronics programming!  Learn fundamental physical principles such as polarity, contact, current, series vs. parallel and short-circuits, while ‘snapping’ together cool experiments that buzz, whistle, flash, fly, and more! #basicliteracy #paforward

  • Family Movie Night (all ages) – Please call for title! January 5 at 6:00 pm. Registration preferred but drop in guests are welcome.
  • NOW ON TUESDAY! Lego Block Party  (ages 5+) January 17 at 4:30 pm. Please register, space is limited.

PA Forward basic literacy information. click the link for more information
About PA Forward. click the link for more information
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. 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) Tuesdays at 10:00 am.
  • Young and the Restless (1.5 through 3, 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 0-6, other family members welcome) January 6 at 10:30 am.
  • Little Nibblers (Ages 3-6) January 13 at 10:30 am.
  • Parachute Play (18 months – 3 years) January 20 at 10:00 am.
  • Parachute Games (Ages 3-6)  January 20 at 10:30 am.

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.

Join our teen advisory board! Plan events, make friends, have fun, eat snacks
Our TAB will meet on January 13. 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 January 14 and 28 (10-2).
Teen Board Games on January 21 (10-2). Drop ins are welcome.

Older teens are welcome at select adult events, such as Mid-Day Matinee on January 13 (some titles are rated PG-13 – call for title).

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
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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