September 2022 Youth Newsletter


We hope to see you in September!

September events are now open for registration!


Cider making with Lancaster parks and recreation. Image of jar of golden liquid with apples sitting around it.

Johnny Appleseed was born on September 26! Join naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez for some fresh apple cider to celebrate (belatedly) Johnny Appleseed’s birthday. We will explore the history of the apple tree and make fresh cider with an old-fashioned cider press. Participants will help make and then drink the cider. Participants wishing to taste the cider will need to sign a liability waiver. Appropriate for all ages – space is limited, registration required. Please list all attendees.

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.

solanco fair
Our Youth programs will pause during the Fair; we look forward to seeing you there!

Little nibblers!
We are excited to offer this new program to support preschool health literacy as well as basic literacy! Space is limited and registration is required.

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Our Summer Reading Program included 1,073 Southern End children this year! Thanks again to our local and county-wide sponsors who helped motivate young people to read more this summer:

10,728 books (ages 0-4)
15,229 hours (ages 5-19)

Wow! That represents a lot of reading! Thanks to parents and caregivers as well for your enthusiasm and support!

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It's a great day to get a library card! Did you know anyone age 5+ can get a library card? Image of bookshelves and children reading
September is National Library Card month! We have a small giveaway for new cardholders!

  • Family Movie Night (all ages) – Please call for title!  September 1 at 6 pm
  • Oh, SNAP Circuits (ages 8+September 22 at 4:30 pm

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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.

  • Baby’s First Storytime (Birth through 18 months) – September 62027 at 10:00 am.
  • Stories with Ms. Sarah (Ages 3-6, other family members welcome) – September 23 at 10:30 am.
  • Little Nibblers (NEW!) – (Ages 3-6) September 9 at 10 am
  • Sing! Sign! Storytime! September 2 at 10:30 am (Ages 0-6, other family members welcome) –
  • Young and the Restless (1.5 through 3; other family members welcome) – September 72128 at 10:30 am.
  • Parachute Play (18 months- 3 years) –September 8 at 10:00 am
  • Parachute Games (NEW!)  (Ages 3-6) September 8 at 11:00 am
  • Preschool Zone! Tuesdays and Fridays from 12 pm to 5 pm. Best for ages 2-6 with attentive caregiver. Registration is not required.

Join our teen advisory board! Plan events, make friends, have fun, eat snacks
Our TAB will meet on Friday September 23 at 4:30. This month along with our other fun activities, we’re organizing a costume swap for little kids that will happen in October! Teen Advisory Board participants have recently developed and led an Origami program, trained as shelving volunteers, and created “Shell-ter Pets” for younger kids to adopt and read to every day! What can your teen accomplish with us? Come find out! Please register for this event so we prepare sufficient snacks!

More teen events for September include Teen Anime on September 2, Dungeons & Dragons for ages 16 to adult on September 10 and 24 and Teen Board Games on September 17.

Older teens are welcome at select adult events, such as the Mid Day Matinee (call for title), Crochet 101, and our history lecture series on Famous American Assassinations starting on September 30.

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 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 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 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

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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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