May 2023 Youth Newsletter


May 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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Save the Date! Summer Reading starts on June 3!

money fun day with ephrata national bank! may 12 at 4:30 pm. for kids ages 3 to 7
Registration is required. Learn about saving and spending with some stories and a craft!

terrific trails! Thursday, may 25, 6 to 7 pm. Learn some new places to day hike, bike, run, and walk
Best for adults and interested family members ages 10+.  Please register.

Registration is required. Play as an individual or in teams (friends or families) of up to four. High school level questions, so best for ages 14+. Snacks are provided and prizes will be awarded!

Calling All Painters!
Enter the Quarryville Library’s 2023 Open Painting Show!Amateur and professional painters age 16 and older are invited to enter one or two paintings, with an entry fee of $10 per painting. Entries may be brought to the library on Saturday, May 13 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 20, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.Cash prizes ($100 first place, $50 second place) will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Nature (animals, plants, etc.)
  • Earthscape (land, sea, atmosphere, still life, etc.)
  • Humanity (portraits, people)
  • Abstraction

Awards will be announced at 3:00 pm during the opening reception. The exhibit will be available for viewing during regular library hours through Wednesday, June 21, 2023. Click here for more information.

  • Oh, SNAP Circuits! (ages 8-14) – May 2 at 4:30 pm. Please register, space is limited!
  • Family Movie Night (all ages) – Please call for title! May 4 at 6 pm. Registration preferred but drop in guests are welcome.
  • Lego Block Party (ages 5+) –  May 16 at 4:30 pmPlease 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.) 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!

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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, May 2, 9, & 16 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, May 3, 10, & 17 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.
  • Little Nibblers (Ages 3 – 6) May 19 at 10:30 am.
  • Parachute Play (Ages 18 months – 3 years) May 12 at 10:00 am.
  • Parachute Games (Ages 3 – 6) May 12 at 10:30 am.

Teen events for May include:

Teen Anime May 5 (4-5:30)
Adult/Teen Chess Club on first Saturdays (11-2)
Dungeons & Dragons for ages 16 to adult on May 13 (10-2)
Teen Board Games May 20 (10-2)

Teens on school break and homeschool schedules are welcome at select adult events, such as Mid-Day Matinee on May 19 at 1 pm (some titles are rated PG-13 – call for title).

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 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!

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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 or inquire at the Service Desk to be put in touch with our director.


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
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

Click here to access helpful databases available through your library card.