July 2023 Youth Newsletter


July events are open for registration!
Registration is required for most of our youth programs except where noted. We open registration for each following 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.

all together now
Summer Reading has started strong! We are on track to sign up more readers than ever this year! If you haven’t registered your child (birth to age 19) yet, you can get your form at the service desk or, if you prefer, you can download the Beanstack app and register from home! Our prizes are bigger and better than ever this year!

cherry crest adventure farm logo
maplehofe dairy farms logo
lions club logo
reynolds and shivery funeral home logo
Special thanks to our local SRP sponsors!
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
Maplehofe Dairy
Quarryville Lions Club
Reynolds & Shivery Funeral Home, Inc.Would your business would like to sponsor our Southern End kids reading programs and events next summer? Please contact sroche@quarryvillelibrary.org.

go lancaster get outdoors and get connected graphic
For families participating in GO Lancaster: Check the website for real-time information about each trail you will be visiting. To sign up, download on the Beanstack app or stop into our library and ask for the hard copy version!

Children ages 6-8 and 9-11 are invited to be part of our newest art show! Entries may be brought to the library on Saturday, July 15, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, and a reception will be held on Saturday, July 22, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Prizes will be awarded at 2:00 during the reception for each age grouping in the following categories:
  • Animals, Pets & Fantasy creatures
  • Earthscape (scenery from landscape, sea, or cityscape)
  • My Favorite Day (a family trip, holiday, day with friends, special event, etc.)
There is a fee of $1.00 per entry, and a limit of 2 entries (1 per category) per child. Please have your artwork mounted on poster board or similar stiff backing for hanging purposes.

chemistry magic - ice cream
teen chefs
kids garden tour
Check out these July programs for kids of all ages who love to cook (and eat)!

Garden Tour – July 20 at 11 am. Learn to grow and harvest the freshest ingredients! Ages 3-11. Drop-in program, no registration is required.

Chemistry Magic – Ice Cream! – July 25 at 4 pm. We welcome Eurofins Lancaster Labs chemists who will teach you how to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen! Ages 8-14. Registration is required and will close 24 hours before the event.

Teen Chefs – July 28 at 2 pm. Make a healthy snack using ingredients you prefer from an assortment of options! Great for hiking those “Go Lancaster” trails! Ages 12-17. Registration is required and will close 24 hours before event.

dinosaur skull

July 27 at 10 am. (Appropriate for kindergarten through 8th grade). The program will include audience participation, a touch of magic, show and tell with real fossils, and a mystery fossil game show.

escape room

July 15 at 12:30 pm. Kids 10+ with adult caregivers. Please register every attendee. If this session fills, we may open an additional session later in the afternoon.

PLEASE NOTE: This event was offered previously in summer of 2022. If you participated last year, the puzzles are the same, so this would not be a challenge for you. We thank you for allowing others to experience this escape room.

Come try our escape room challenge! The Bermuda Triangle is a space in the North Atlantic where ships, planes, and people have allegedly gone missing. Roughly, its borders run from Florida to Bermuda to Puerto Rico. Can you work collaboratively to make it through?

youth chess club
Tuesdays, July 11 & 18 at 6:00 pm.
Our chess club is back for a quick summer session! For kids ages 7-15, all levels welcome! Registration is required for each week – walk-ins will be admitted as space allows.

stem-sational summer! explore a STEM topic with hands-on fun! for kids entering grades 3 to 6
July 13 at 3:30 pm. Please register!

  • Family Movie Night (all ages) – Please call for title! July 6 at 6:00 pm. Registration preferred but drop in guests are welcome.
  • Lego Block Party (ages 5+SPECIAL SUMMER SATURDAYS! – July 8 at 10:30 amPlease register, space is limited.

1000 books before kindergarten logo
We are again celebrating our recent 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten finishers! This is an ‘invitation only’ event that is earned by completing this amazing milestone! If you are interested in learning more about the program, ask any of our staff to get you started.

celebrate the library's new storywalk!

Birth-age 6; other family members are welcome. Registration is required. Drop in guests will be accommodated as space permits.

Come join the Youth Services team as we launch our permanent StoryWalk®. We’ve received grant funds to construct this project and have partnered with Lancaster County CTC and Scout Troop 76. Transportation services were kindly donated by J Dog Hauling and support in many forms came from Reynolds & Shivery Funeral Homes, Inc.!

“The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.”

This project is made possible by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

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(with thanks to our sponsor, Reynolds & Shivery Funeral Homes, Inc.)Our programs have been filling fast! We are including those that still have space but don’t wait! August programs open on July 15.
  • Baby’s First Storytime (Ages birth – 17 months) Tuesdays, July 11, 18 & 25 at 10:00 am. Please register for each session. Location will be announced the day before each event.
  • Young and the Restless (Ages 18 months – 3 years, other family members welcome) Wednesdays, July 12, 26 at 10:30 am. Please register for each session.
  • 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.

teen summerzine. for writers, artists and readers ages 12 to 19
Join us in person or via Zoom for our third annual Teen SummerZine program! Our guest authors and illustrators will encourage and inspire writers, artists, and readers ages 12-19, providing information about their own creative process as well as prompts, opportunities for sharing and feedback, and publication in our library-catalogued zine! Visit lancasterlibraries.org for monthly dates and to register.

video games for teens
Come play with friends (snacks provided) – all games will be E or T rated. Registration required as space is limited.

Teen events for June include:

Teen Anime July 7 (4-5:30)
Adult/Teen Chess Club on first Saturdays (11-2)
Dungeons & Dragons for ages 16+ on July 8-22 (10-2)
SPECIAL SUMMER PROGRAM! Video Games for Teens! July 14 at 4:30 Registration required!

Teens are welcome at select adult events, such as Riding the Rails: 175 Years of Service (through the Railroad Museum) on July 20 at 6 pm, Mid-Day Matinee on July 21 at 1 pm (some titles are rated PG-13 – call for title) and Insects: Friend or Foe? A Parks & Rec program (10+) on July 27 at 6 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 tech volunteers needing service hours are welcome to help with coding and robotics programs. Contact sroche@quarryvillelibrary.org!

Teens 16+ looking for jobs? Ask about paid work experience through Career Link! They have other programs for younger teens as well!

Flipster - get instant access to popular magazines!
Not just for adults! Flipster’s catalog includes such favorites as Ranger Rick, Highlights and National Geographic Kids. All you need is your library card! Click here to get started, or search the app store for “Flipster – Digital Magazines”.

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The following Museums are again offering passes for checkout except where noted
(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 Makerspace (STEM Maker pass)
North Museum
National Toy Train Museum
President James Buchanan’s Wheatland
Railroad Museum
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