August Events Planned for Youth at York County Libraries

August Events Planned for Youth at York County Libraries
 
YORK, PA – York County Libraries are offering a variety of fun and educational activities for youth and families in August. The events are part of the “Oceans of Possibilities” SummerQuest program which started June 1 and continues through August 21. Registration is ongoing for the annual initiative which includes author visits, entertainment, art, music, story times, and other programs. A full list of events is available at yorklibraries.org/events.

“There’s still time to squeeze in some extra summer fun before school begins,” says York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert. “Our youth services staff planned over 500 activities this summer and there are several programs and unique opportunities slated for August.”

Special programs in August include an opportunity for youth, ages 12 – 18, to meet author Kyrie McCauley. She is the author of the 2021 William C. Morris YA Debut Award winner “If These Wings Could Fly” and will be speaking at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 2 at Dover Area Community Library. RSVP is required for the free program at yorklibraries.org/events, and the first 30 registrants will receive a copy of the book.

According to York County Libraries Youth Services Director Jaclyn Cassidy, participation in SummerQuest is outstanding this year with over 6,700 youth registered to date. “They are actively reading and attending events. "Collectively, they have read over 2.96 million minutes and counting,” says Cassidy. “Many have achieved the 800-minute reading and activity goal and unlocked some special opportunities and prizes, including a chance to throw out the first pitch at the August 21st York Revolution game.”

On Tuesday, August 9, 800-minute achievers are invited to see entertainer Silly Joe perform at Red Land Community Library in Etters at 2:00 p.m. Silly Joe has appeared at York County Libraries many times and is known for his funny songs and for getting kids moving with crazy musical games.

The program’s finale is the SummerQuest Readers Celebration at the York Revolution. All 800-minute achievers receive a ticket to the 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 21 game and are invited to march in a pre-game parade at 1:00 p.m. One lucky winner, selected on August 7, will throw out the first pitch at the game.

Thanks to the generous support of The York Water Company with additional support by WellSpan Health, and The GIANT Company, the SummerQuest program is provided free of cost to participants. Additionally, many local businesses donate prizes to encourage kids to keep reading and to stay active over the summer months.

York County Libraries include 13 libraries that provide the latest in print and electronic information, best sellers, Wi-Fi, story times, book discussions and more. Their librarians are passionate advocates for lifelong learning, providing opportunities and resources for all ages. Through early childhood literacy programs, they ignite a love of reading and learning in young children and empower parents as their children’s first teachers.


CONTACT
Deb Sullivan                                                          
Community Relations Director                                     
York County Libraries                                                     
159 E. Market Street                                                      
York, PA 17401                                                                
dsullivan@yorklibraries.org                                          
(717) 849-6931