March 2023 Youth Newsletter


March events are 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.

gopher in a golf hole with a golf ball and flag numbered 16

Thanks again to our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and attendees for a fun-filled day that helped support our operations and services!

Making compost! a parks and recreation event
Great information from a great naturalist, Lisa Sanchez, just in time for your summer gardening! Learn all about balancing your browns and greens! Appropriate for adults, teens, and ages 8+ who have an interest.  Please register!

uncharted lancaster. outline of lancaster county
Save the date! April 11 at 6 pm. Adam Zurn (Uncharted Lancaster) will be appearing at our library with a customized presentation on indigenous petroglyphs you can find on our local trails. This program will open for registration on March 15 and is predicted to fill quickly! Awesome for all ages!

cover of the book "bring me some apples and I'll make you a pie"
Our Story Path program for Longwood Gardens Community Read is returning March 8. We will recognize the featured early child selection Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie by Robbin Gourley with a storytime (registration required). You can also visit the exhibit outside our library for five additional weeks, fill out the brochure with your contact information (and number of participants), and bring to our circulation desk or drop box. Each week we’ll draw one brochure from those we’ve received and award a Longwood Gardens family pass (three chances per family per year – one winning pass per family).

Family place parent/child workshop
Family Place programs are back on Wednesdays from 10 – 11 am! Babies and toddlers up to 3 years old:

Beginning Wednesday, March 15 we will switch out our toddler storytime to offer this fun and informative block of sessions. Come with your young child and enjoy stations with all sorts of play experiences from gross motor climbing to process art exploration! Meet a different expert each week to learn more about early child development, get a referral if you have concerns about your child’s progress, or just have fun enjoying the toys, music, and fellowship!  Register through our event calendar.

Weekly focus themes in March:
March 15 – Early literacy
March 22 – Speech and language development
March 29 – Growth and development

Play and learn: parent/child workshop
Play and Learn programs return, offered through Solanco School District on Wednesdays from 11 am – 12 pm! Preschoolers 3 – 5 years old:

Beginning Wednesday, March 15 we partner again with the Early Learning team from Solanco SD who will offer families a storytime, craft, gift book and snack using our Family Place playscape. Register either through our event calendar or through Solanco School District – we will coordinate total attendance. Our visiting early interventionists will be available for any questions you may have! Themes will be consistent with the Family Place.


paper bag princess week

On March 1, we’re celebrating Paper Bag Princess Week! We’ll read the story “Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch, followed by crafts and activities!

For children ages 3 to 6 with caregiver; other family members and siblings welcome! Please register everyone who is attending (including parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.) to ensure we put out enough seating. Costumes are encouraged!

Youth chess club. line drawing of a chess board

For ages 7-15. Thursday evenings at 6 pm, now through March 16. Registration is required for each week; we will accept walk-ins if space allows.

Our kids’ chess club is going strong, and kids are learning a lot of moves!

graphic 'coding for kids' with screen

March 14 at 4:30 pm Registration for this free event is required. Ages 7-15, adults are welcome to observe.

This month we’ll switch gears a bit, offering an unplugged game to learn computational skills in a different way! Kids will be put on teams to compete to solve logic puzzles that mirror how a computer works using the Turing Tumble.

Computers will still be available for any attendees who would prefer to code independently, but coaches will be limited. 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.

ping pong ball in paper basket

We’re participating in the worldwide challenge with in-person sessions on February 28 and March 16!

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 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!

crazy 8's club
Tentatively starting March 23 at 4:30. This is for the 3rd-5th grade age group (or homeschool equivalent). The program must have a minimum of 12 and a volunteer co-leader for us to be approved by the grantor. We need several more attendees and a coach, so please consider! Dates: Thursdays starting March 23 (except March 30) through May 18 at 4:30 pm.

Crazy 8s is a math club unlike any other! It offers unique, high-energy math activities that appeal to kids of all math abilities. The club is designed for after-school programs in schools, libraries or other community centers where kids come together to have fun.

This program runs for eight weeks – an extra week has been factored in to consider possible weather closures.

  • Family Movie Night (all ages) – Please call for title! March 2 at 6 pm. Registration preferred but drop in guests are welcome.
  • NOW ON TUESDAY! Lego Block Party  (ages 5+) March 21 at 4:30 pm. Please register, space is limited.
  • Oh, SNAP Circuits (ages 8+) on March 28 at 4:30 pm.

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!

PA forward basic literacy logo


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) March 1 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. *not available mid March-mid-April while Family Place is running.
  • Sing! Sign! Storytime! (Ages birth – 6 years, other family members welcome) March 3 at 10:30 am.
  • Little Nibblers (Ages 3 – 6)  March 24 at 10:30 am.
  • Parachute Play (Ages 18 months – 3 years) March 17 at 10:00 am.
  • Parachute Games (Ages 3 – 6) March 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 March 11 and  25 (10-2).
Teen Board Games March 18 (10-2)Teens on school break and homeschool schedules are welcome at select adult events, such as Mid-Day Matinee on March 31 at 1 pm (some titles are rated PG-13 – call for title). Dr. Robert Frick’s history lectures  (Friday March 3, 10, 17, 24 at 1 pm) is wonderful for those teens especially 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 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 or inquire at the Service Desk to be put in touch with our director.

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