September 2023 Youth Newsletter

September events are open for registration!
You may have already noticed, we have a NEW event calendar!  We hope you will find registration an easy experience on the new platform. As before, click on the event date and scroll down to enter your information. You no longer need to create an event calendar account and be logged in to register! Of course you may still call or come in to the library if you want assistance with registration.

Registration is required for most of our youth programs except where noted. We will continue to 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.

all together now
Thanks to all caregivers, babies, kids, teens and adults who participated in this year’s Summer Reading Program. We had the highest participation for both the Youth and Adult program in the library’s records! And more importantly, we had a record-breaking number of participants who completed their challenges.   Well done, Southern End!

And a final profound thanks to our local SRP sponsors who helped us meet the growing demand for library reading incentives and programming! Please thank them as well, if you have the opportunity.

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
Maplehofe Dairy
Quarryville Lions Club
Reynolds & Shivery Funeral Home, Inc.

Would your business like to locally sponsor our Summer Reading programs and events next summer? Please contact

animated kids riding moped with library card

The most important school supply is a library card! With access to technology, innovative programming, and educational resources, a library card gives students of all ages the tools to succeed in school. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and we have a small gift for any child (5-17) who signs up for a new library card during September. Come get yours while supplies last!

cover of whose shoes by Stephen Swinburne
Our next Storywalk® exhibit will launch on September 6 in a special Family Storytime! We will raffle another Longwood Gardens pass, plus a copy of the featured book, Whose Shoes by Stephen R. Swinburne. Registration is required. This program is open to young children ages 0-6 with caregivers.

unbeleafable crafts! september 28 at 4:30 pm
Think outside the box for your craft materials…in fact, think OUTSIDE! Using natural materials, participants will make a variety of crafts like mosaics, wreaths, masks and more. If weather permits we may walk outside to find some natural materials on the library’s property. Please dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes. Presented by Lancaster Parks & Recreation.

Registration is required.

preparing your floral exhibit for the fair
Learn how to best exhibit your flowers for a prize-winning entry in our local fairs. We will share some tips and tricks to keep your flowers looking their best, along with some basic floral design ideas. Registration is required. This workshop is designed for ages 10 and up.

Snap Circuits board

Oh, SNAP! Circuits returns for ages 8-15. Learn fundamental physical principles such as polarity, contact, current, series vs. parallel and short-circuits, while ‘snapping’ together cool experiments that buzz, whistle, flash, fly, and more! Registration is required. Adults who can stay and assist are welcome!

  • Lego Block Party (ages 5+)  September 12 at 4:30 pm. Please register, space is limited.
  • Family Movie Night (all ages) September 7 at 6 pm. Snacks provided!

1000 books before kindergarten logo
Have you finished your young child’s Summer Reading program and wish you could keep going? This program is for you! Babies and toddlers from birth up until the day they enter Kindergarten are invited to take on this challenge!
If you are interested in learning more about the program, ask any of our staff to get you started.

PA forward basic literacy logo
(with thanks to our sponsor, Reynolds & Shivery Funeral Homes, Inc.)

Our programs have been filling fast! We are including those that still have space but don’t wait to register! Waitlisted families will be admitted if spots open, or we may be able to accommodate more families, so check your emails!

  • Baby’s First Storytime (Ages birth – 17 months) Tuesdays, September 19 and 26 at 10 am.
  • Young and the Restless (Ages 18 months – 3 years, other family members welcome) Wednesdays, September 132027 at 10:30 am.
  • Parachute Programs: Thursday, September 15. Parachute Play (ages 18 months – 3 years) at 10 amParachute Games (ages 3-6 years) at 10:30 am.

Teen events for September include:

Teen Anime September 1 (4:00-5:30)
Adult/Teen Chess Club is canceled for Labor Day weekend
Teen Board Games September 16 (10:00-2:00)

Teens are welcome at select adult events, such as:

Mid Day Matinee (PG-13) on September 8 (1:00)
“Leading Men” history lecture beginning on September 29
Dungeons & Dragons for ages 16+ on September 9 and 23 (10:00-2:00)

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 needing service hours are welcome to help with coding and robotics programs. Contact!

join us at the solanco fair
Come see your favorite library staff and volunteers at the parade and at our booth this year! We’ll have our cornhole game and lots of crafts to go!

stay tuned coming later this fall
Mark your calendars for some new and exciting programming, as well as some returning favorites!

Crazy 8’s Math Games – Tuesdays from October 3 through November 21. Open for registration NOW! Two sessions: Grades 3-5 at 3 pm and grades K-2 at 4:30 pm.

Raising a Thinking Child Wednesdays from October 4 through November 8. Caregivers learn strategies to help their 4-7 year olds make good choices and problem solving skills. Meals and childcare provided. Register now via Angie Germer at CAP Lancaster. Space is limited!

Eclipse Event – Saturday, October 14 12-2 pm. All ages!

Costume Swap – Donate your gently used and laundered costumes anytime from October 1 through October 11, then come shop with a voucher (or just come to buy if you don’t have one to swap) on October 13. All proceeds benefit our youth programs!

Family Place (birth-3) / Play and Learn (3-6) – Wednesdays from October 11 through November 8. Come read/write/sing/play/talk with your child along with us in our playscapes as we welcome various early interventionists and our partners from Solanco Early Learning.

Cider Making with the Parks Department on October 26 at 4:30 pm. All ages!

Pumpkin Parade returns on Saturday, October 28! A fun, not-too-scary trail to walk with your young child, with silly stories, craft projects and more along the way!

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”.

Field of tulips with the text "family museum passes"
The following museums are offering passes for checkout:
(conditions apply – please note when reserving):
Demuth Museum
Ephrata Cloister
Johannes Mueller House
John J. Snyder Art Gallery
Lancaster Museum of Art
Lancaster Science Factory
Landis Valley Farm Museum
Make 717 (STEM Maker pass)
North Museum
National Toy Train Museum
President James Buchanan’s Wheatland
Railroad Museum
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