July 2024 Youth Newsletter

July 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 month. Programs with insufficient registrants will be canceled; please monitor your email for updates.
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Summer Reading is in full swing!

We are on track to break another record, with signups trending significantly over last year at this time, and we hope we break even more records for those who cross the finish line for their reading goals! All ages can participate; the goals are adapted to your child’s age. Adults are signing up in droves for the new “Bookopoly” challenge as well!

There is still plenty of time to begin! If you have an account for your child on Beanstack (or if you’re a teen using the app), you’ll see your reading challenges visible now – just click on it to start! If you prefer a paper program form, please come see us at the library.

We appreciate our generous local sponsors, both returning and new, who are helping us support our young readers!

Albright & Thiry Orthodontics
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
Clark Transport
CPRS Physical Therapy
Maplehofe Dairy
Quarryville Lions Club
Reynolds & Shivery Funeral Home
Shining Stars Childcare
Texas Roadhouse


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Stop Motion Animation

July 11 at 1:00 pm. Join artist Keville Bowen for a two-hour session on stop motion animation!. For ages 10+. Registration required. NOTE: we have a limited number of iPads, so space is extremely limited. If you have a device you can bring, please indicate that in the registration field so that we can open more seats.


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Live Steam Demonstration

July 16 at 4:30 pm. Join staff from the Railroad Museum of PA to learn about steam power with a miniature, working model, artifacts, photos, and more. For ages 5-15. Registration required.


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Magic Adventure

July 18 at 10:00 am. Join Erick Hershey on a magical journey across the countryside! This show features magical illusions that show how reading can take us on amazing adventures. For ages 2-12. Registration required.

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Ectothermic Animals

July 25 at 10:00 amBeing a reptile is an adventure! Come laugh and learn with Jesse and his scaley sidekicks, and check out some animal books, too. For ages 5+. Registration required.


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Author Annette Whipple

July 25 at 6:00 pm. Annette writes informational books to inspire curiosity and wonder in children, and she will present an educational talk for kids about animal facts. For elementary students through teens. Registration required.


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Summer Chess Camp

for kids will start in July! 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 4 weeks. For ages 7-15, please register.

BREAKING NEWS! Our library was awarded a Dollar General grant that will provide books for our Summer Reading finishers. We are adding several book clubs to honor this grant that weren’t in our original plans. Find one that meets your child’s age and interests below:


beginning readers book club
July 17 at 1:00 pm and August 14 at noon. For ages 4-8. Children should be able to read simple text – this is not meant as a ‘learn-to-read’ program and no reading instruction will be provided. Our goal is to get kids excited about books, learn a bit more about using the library, and have some fun interactions with others.
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June 28, July 26 and August 9 at 3:00 pm. For ages 8-12. Children should arrive with a book they are currently reading. Accept a genre challenge, get book tips from others, and enjoy some snacks!
tween and teen book club
June 27, July 18 and August 1 at 11:00 am. For ages 13-17. Snacks will be provided. Come with a book you are currently reading!  Meet fellow book lovers and share, accept challenges and more!

Other kids’ events for July include:

Lego Block Party: July 12 at 10:30 am
Summer Fun with Robots: July 9 at 4:30 pm

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with thanks to our sponsor, Reynolds & Shivery Funeral Home
  • Baby’s First Storytime (ages birth – 17 months) July 2, 9, 13, 16 & 23 at 10:00 am.
  • Sing! Sign! Storytime! (ages birth – 6 months) July 3 at 10:30 am.
  • Young and the Restless (ages 18 months – 3 years; other siblings are welcome) July 10 and 24 at 10:30 am.
  • Moving and Grooving Program
    • Toddlers (18-36 months) July 11 at 10:00 am.
    • Preschoolers (3-6 years) July 11 at 11:00 am.
  • Family Storytime (ages 6 and under) July 17 and 31 at 10:30 am.
  • Little Nibblers (ages 2-6) July 19 at 10:30 am.
  • Block Party (ages 3-8) Play with our wood blocks July 23 at 1:00 pm.
  • Play K: All Aboard (ages 2-6) July 26 at 10:30 am.

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This program is being offered county-wide. If you are not able to register using a QR code, please contact the program coordinator Lindsay Bandy at lindsay@lindsaybandybooks.com

More teen events for July include:

*(registration required)

*Crafts in the Middle – July 10 at 2 pm.
*Youth Chess Camp (ages up to 15) – July 10, 17, 24, 31 at 6 pm.
*Teen Video Gaming – July 12 at 3 pm.
*Teen/Tween Book Club – July 18 at 11 am.
Teen Board Games – July 20 at 10 am.
*Annette Whipple author visit – July 25 at 6 pm

Interested teens are always welcome at select adult events, such as:
Anime Club on July 5 at 4 pm (parent permission under 16).
Chess Club on July 6 at 11 am (all abilities – best for 16+).
*Adventures in our National Parks July 11 at 6 pm.
Dungeons & Dragons on July 13 and 27 at 10 am (for ages 16+).

Teens needing service hours are welcome to volunteer to help with special events. Contact sroche@quarryvillelibrary.org.


fun fact: You can visit local museums for free by checking out a pass from the library!

Participating museums:

Demuth Museum
Ephrata Cloister
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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Looking for a way to help the community? Solanco Neighborhood Ministries is currently in need of the following items:
  • Soup (canned)
  • Macaroni and cheese (boxed)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Pudding cups
  • Fruit cups
  • Potato chips or pretzels (family-size bag)
  • Diapers (sizes: 5,6, and pull-ups)
  • Baby wipes
Donations may be dropped off Monday through Thursday from 9 am – 4 pm and Friday from 9 am – 12 pm. Non-perishable donations may also be dropped off at the library.

Address: 14 South Church Street, Quarryville, PA 17566
Phone number: (717) 786-4308
Website: solanconeighborhoodministries.org

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