June 2023 Youth Newsletter


June 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.

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Our Summer Reading launch party will be held from 10 am to 3 pm, with live entertainment by Phredd at 11 am. Come visit Ms. Sharon and Ms. Sarah to register your child for this year’s program which runs from June 3 through August 12! We have our favorite prize sponsors and some new ones as well! Check the lineup for what your child’s challenge will be and who our countywide sponsors are this year.
man wearing a top hat and glasses, playing a harmonica
Phredd’s Ukulele One Man Band show will be held outside in front of our Library from 11 am to 12 pm if weather permits. Plan to bring a lawn chair, hats and water. Only registered patrons will be admitted if we must move inside. Please include all family members in your registration.

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maplehofe dairy farms logo
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Special thanks to our local SRP sponsors!
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
Maplehofe Dairy
Quarryville Lions Club
Reynolds & Shivery Funeral Home, Inc.

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terrific trails! Thursday, may 25, 6 to 7 pm. learn some new places to day hike, bike, run and walk

If your summer plans involve hiking local trails, check out our pre-summer information session with Keith Greenawalt who has great tips for hikers, bikers, and runners! May 25 at 6:00 pm. Adults and ages 10+.

And once again, kids of all ages can earn a patch by hiking 3 trails, plus get chances to win BIG prizes courtesy of WellSpan Health’s GO Lancaster challenge, offered with the Summer Reading Program. Ask for a friendship journal to participate when you enroll your kids for SRP! Ages birth-18.

lancaster science factory circuit lab
Join the Lancaster Science Factory for a circuit lab program! Children entering grades 3-6 will learn about electricity and how energy flows while building and experimenting with a variety of circuits, from simple to complex. June 7 at 4 pm.

don't hate me, I'm just a bug! background of multi-colored bugs

Most people are too quick to judge bugs and insects, and quicker to believe they’re harmful or dangerous. Insects don’t want to harm people and this program will PROVE it by introducing the audience to real nature and offering everyone the chance to go hands-on with harmless bugs and insects! June 30 at 10:00 am. For all ages!

Ryan Bridge “The BugMan” has been presenting insect education programs for over 25 years. Audiences of all ages who have experienced a “BugMan” event always come away with a better appreciation of nature and especially of bugs and insects.

food chains! a parks and recreation program
Let’s all get together for dinner in the wild! Participants have an opportunity to take a close-up look at the food chain where a series of organisms are each dependent on the next as a source of food. We will examine skulls and teeth of animals, play some active games, and finish with a craft. June 29 at 4:30 pm. For ages 5-12.

three people doing a science experiment
Talewise performances deliver educational, interactive storytelling. In this action-packed story, two unlikely heroes work together to save their town (and the planet) from a super-polluting mastermind! Throughout the adventure, audience members will help the performer conduct several exciting science experiments that bring this story to life! Together we’ll explore Newton’s Laws of Motionair pressurechemical reactions, and more! June 20 at 10 am. For ages 3-11.

youth chess club
Tuesdays, June 20 & 27, 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. 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.

junior chefs!

Have a child who’s interested in cooking? Or maybe just snacks? Then this program is for them! We’ll make a snack, and maybe learn a thing or two about cooking along the way.

June 13, 6:00 pm. For kids ages 7-12. Registration is required and will close two days before the program. Please list all food allergies, though we cannot guarantee substitutions.

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What’s more fun than reading stories and eating snacks? Doing it at the library! Each month we’ll read a story and then create a snack based on our theme of the day! Please list all food allergies, though we cannot guarantee substitutions.

June 9, 10:30 am. For ages 2-6 with parent or caregiver. Please register everyone who is attending. Registration closes two days before the event in order to prepare the snack.

  • Family Movie Night (all ages) – Please call for title! June 1 at 6:00 pm. Registration preferred but drop in guests are welcome.
  • Lego Block Party (ages 5+SPECIAL SUMMER SATURDAYS! –  June 10 at 10:30 amPlease register, space is limited.
  • Summer Fun with Robots (ages 5-12). June 15 at 4:30 pm. Please register, space is limited.
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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.) reads 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!

kindness rocks! picture of painted rocks

The Kindness Rocks project is a great way to inspire others through randomly placed rocks along the way. Your child will paint a rock to be placed somewhere outside for others to find. This is a national initiative to spread random acts of kindness, be creative, and make other people smile. June 16 at 10:30 am. For ages 2-6. Space is limited; registration is required.

penn state master gardener pollinator storytime!

Celebrate Pollinator Week at the library with this special storytime by Penn State Master Gardener Trish! Along with our stories, songs, and dancing, each child will be given a packet of native wild flower seeds to take home. June 23 at 10:30 am. Best for ages 3-6, other family members welcome.

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(with thanks to our sponsor, Reynolds & Shivery Funeral Homes, Inc.)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, June 13, 20 & 27 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, June 14, 21, 28 at 10:30 am. Please register for each session.
  • Family Storytime (Ages 18 months – 6 years, other family members welcome) Wednesday, June 7. Please register!
  • 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) June 2 at 10:30 am.
  • Little Nibblers (Ages 3 – 6) June 9 at 10:30 am.
  • Parachute Play (Ages 18 months – 3 years) June 15 at 10:00 am.
  • Parachute Games (Ages 3 – 6) June 15 at 10:30 am.

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 https://LancasterLibraries.org for monthly dates and to register.

young writers program
We’re bringing back our writing club for elementary kids in grades K through 5. While much of the program involves writing on your own, you will have access to the national program database to communicate with your instructor and your age group, plus an optional meet-up each month. We will meet via Zoom in June, and hybrid (in-person or Zoom) the following months. Registrants will receive a classroom code to join their age level group (K-2) or (3-5).  Parents will be asked to review and sign NaNoWriMo permission forms for youth under age 13.

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 June 2 (4-5:30)
Adult/Teen Chess Club on first Saturdays (11-2)
Dungeons & Dragons for ages 16+ on June 10, 24 (10-2)
SPECIAL SUMMER PROGRAM! Video Games for Teens! June 16 at 4:30 Registration required!

Teens are welcome at select adult events, such as How to Spot a Scam on June 7, Mid-Day Matinee on June 16 at 1 pm (some titles are rated PG-13 – call for title) and Adult Spelling Bee (18+) on June 22

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 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!

open painting show

Enjoy this lovely exhibit in our Carlson room, anytime during the day with the exception of private rentals.

Amateur and professional painters submitted their work for juried prizes. If you missed your chance to submit an entry, watch for similar opportunities next year! The art falls into the following categories:

  • Nature (animals, plants, etc.)
  • Earthscape (land, sea, atmosphere, still life, etc.)
  • Humanity (portraits, people)
  • Abstraction
This exhibit will be available for viewing during regular library hours through Wednesday, June 21, 2023.

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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.

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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
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)
North Museum
National Toy Train Museum
President James Buchanan’s Wheatland
Railroad Museum

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