October 2022 Youth Newsletter

Come learn at your library this month!

October events are now 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.

cartoon children in costumes
Starting now! Bring your outgrown costumes and accessories (in good condition) to our library service desk anytime we’re open, and receive a voucher for an equivalent exchange! Then return on October 8 to ‘shop’ with your voucher and go home with a just-right costume for your child! “Swappers” with vouchers will be admitted at 10 am for first selection. We’ll open to the public for regular purchases at 10:30.

Accepting costumes for all ages! Please include a tag with the costume size when donating! We cannot guarantee all sizes will be available for swapping. By participating you agree to donate your costume freely if there is no acceptable swap. No registration is required to participate.

Leap into Science! September 29th, October 18, and November 23 at 10:30 am. Join us for hands-on activities where we'll think like scientists! Each session will be a different theme (wind, light & shadows, or balance). For ages 3-8 with caregiver. Please register
Offered in collaboration with the Solanco School District. Space is limited.

Little nibblers!
October 14 at 10 am. This program supports preschool health literacy as well as basic literacy in a delicious way! Space is limited and registration is required. Ages 2-6 with caregiver.

Firefighter storytime! October 12th at 10:30 am. Fire truck image on a dark blue background

October 12 at 10:30 am. Join us for a Fire Prevention Week story time, with special guest firefighters from the Quarryville Fire Department! We’ll have fun with stories, songs, crafts, and even get to check out the fire truck. Ages 18 months to 6 years with caregiver, registration only please.

Pumpkin parade! Smiling carved Pumpkins
Come join us on October 28 from 4-6 pm for a late afternoon ‘parade’ of stations! We’ll have stories, crafts, dancing, and more! Registration is required. Ages 3-8 with caregiver.

Play and Learn: Parent/child workshop
The Quarryville Library is a Family Place workshop! We offer a special five-week parent-child workshop for babies through 3 year olds for five weeks from 10-11 am.

October 19:  Early literacy
October 26: Speech and language development

Play and Learn: Parent/child workshop
Then from 11-12, we’ll welcome families with children ages 3-5, for a more structured playtime that still focuses on the weekly theme!

Offered in partnership with Solanco School District and the Lancaster Interagency Coordinating Council! Registration is required for both age levels.

Folding with Friends - image of a child making origami
October 26 at 4:30 pm. This program, designed and led by a local teen, will introduce kids to origami or give them a chance to share their interests with other like-minded kids!  Make several projects during the hour or just make and take one to go!  We’ll be set up on the children’s library floor, no registration is required! Recommended for kids 6-11.

We now offer two levels of Parachute programs for young children! If you have little ones in both age groups we thank you for choosing one each month to allow us to serve as many families as possible.
Parachute games

Oct 5 at 1 pmOct 13 at 11 am. For ages 3-6 with parent or caregiver. Please register.

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Oct 13 at 10 am. For ages 18 months-3 with parent or caregiver. Please register.

  • Family Movie Night (all ages) – Please call for title!  October 6 at 6 pm. Registration preferred but drop in guests are welcome.
  • Oh, SNAP Circuits (ages 8+October 27 at 4:30 pm. Please register.

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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. If weather is mild we may move some events outdoors.

  • Family Storytime (18 months through 6 yearsOctober 1 at 10 am.
  • Baby’s First Storytime (Birth through 18 months) October 41825 at 10 am.
  • Stories with Ms. Sarah (Ages 3-6, other family members welcome) October 20 at 10:30 am.
  • Little Nibblers (Ages 3-6) October 14 at 10 am.
  • Sing! Sign! Storytime! (Ages 0-6, other family members welcome) October 7 at 10:30 am.
  • Young and the Restless (1.5 through 3, other family members welcome) October 5 at 10:30 am.
  • Parachute Play (18 months – 3 years) October 13 at 10:00 am.
  • Parachute Games (Ages 3-6) October 13 at 11:00 am.
  • Preschool Zone! Tuesdays and Fridays from 12 pm to 5 pm. Canceled October 21 and 28.  Best for ages 2-6 with attentive caregiver. Registration is not required. Please check calendar as we may update for further changes as space needs arise.

Join our teen advisory board! Plan events, make friends, have fun, eat snacks
Our TAB will meet on Friday, October 21 at 4:30. Several teens have recently stepped up to lead programs, adopt shelves, choose new activities, find out about jobs, and more! What will you bring to the library? What will you leave with?

More teen events for September include Teen Anime on October 7, Dungeons & Dragons for ages 16 to adult on October 8 and 22, and Teen Board Games on October 15.

Coming soon: Adult/teen chess club on first Saturdays from 11-2.

Older teens are welcome at select adult events, such as Haunted Lancaster on October 25 at 6 pm, Crochet 101 on Wednesdays at 4, and our history lecture series on Famous American Assassinations on Fridays at 1 pm.

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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Did you know that the Quarryville Library depends heavily on voluntary donations? State and county funding, while essential, do not come close to covering the operational costs of libraries in Pennsylvania. Corporate and individual giving campaigns have brought in much less since the pandemic began, and our Board and Administration have been doing their best to stay within our budget without cutting staff, materials or program offerings. With inflation at over 8% this year, it’s increasingly hard to thread that needle! If you live in the Southern End, your municipality donates a discretionary amount ranging from $0.31 to $5.07 per person* annually for you to access everything we offer, from borrowing books and movies, museum passes, kits, games, our wide range of free programs, and so much more!  As we support ten unique municipalities vs. a single ‘owning’ township,  we must pay full market value for operational services (e.g., snow removal, maintenance, legal services), unlike several other Lancaster County libraries with dedicated townships or cities. Yet, we offer a fairly broad range of services on par with nearby well-funded libraries, at least for now.Our most important fundraiser of the year will be coming on November 18.  Last year, just 130 generous individuals helped make it possible for us to continue to deliver the programs, materials, and services we proudly offer you by donating through the Extraordinary Give platform on the designated day. If you are counted among those donors, or you contribute to us through other avenues, we thank you for your support.

If this is the first you have heard of the Extra Give, we would like to ask you to consider making an online gift to our Library on November 18. This Youth newsletter gives you a small glimpse of what we offer the community throughout the year for babies, children and teens.  If you utilize Quarryville Library Center and want to help ensure that we can continue delivering the level of programs, materials, and services that you enjoy, November 18 would be a great day to show your support during the Extra Give – even small contributions can make a difference!

We are hoping to also recruit library families to consider helping us as ‘Peer-to-Peer Champions’!  This year’s Extra Give event will allocate a ‘stretch pool’ of corporate funds among Lancaster County nonprofits based on the number of unique donors, regardless of the amount given. As a Peer-to-Peer Champion, your challenge would be to reach out to a number of friends, family, coworkers and others to encourage them to contribute to Quarryville Library through the Extra Give website on the day of the event! If this sounds like a way you’d like to help us, please contact us at library@quarryvillelibrary.org to let us know and we’ll provide you with more details!

*2020 Census, 2022 donations pledged to date.

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.

Field of tulips with the text "family museum passes"
The following Museums are again offering passes for checkout
(conditions apply – please note when reserving):
Demuth Museum
Ephrata Cloister
Historic Rock Ford (Snyder gallery only)
Johannes Mueller House
Lancaster Art Museum
Lancaster Science Factory
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
Landis Valley Farm Museum
Make 717 Makerspace (STEM Maker pass)
National Toy Train Museum
President James Buchanan’s Wheatland
Railroad Museum

boy carrying a stack of books
Do you know about our readers’ advisory form for children to help with selection of materials? A growing number of homeschool families are using this service, and we’ve been happy to get requests that have guided us to purchase a few new collection items to support those learning at home. You don’t need to be a homeschooling parent, if you would like assistance finding a ‘just right’ book please consider sending us the form!
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Early Literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. This free program encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she enters school. One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation, a key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun! Ask for a folder at the Service Desk, or sign up with the Beanstack app!

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