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Kids can register early for York County Libraries SummerQuest program

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May 14, 2019
Early registration for the 2019 SummerQuest: A Universe of Stories starts online on Sunday, May 19 at summerquest.yorklibraries.org.  The free program is geared for children from birth to age 18 and runs from June 1 to August 18.  This year’s theme explores the universe and is packed with hundreds of family-friendly activities.  All children need to participate is a free York County Libraries card.  
 
“Parents are encouraged to pre-register their children online starting May 19 to make it super easy to pick up their SummerQuest participation packets at one of our three kickoff events on Saturday, June 1,” explains York County Libraries Youth Services Director Paula Gilbert. “Bringing along their library cards also expedites the process, so families can get right to the fun.”  The kickoff events are packed with free entertainment and activities from 10 a.m. to Noon at Richard Nixon Park, Guthrie Memorial Library and Dover Township Community Center. 
 
Each location will have its own roster of activities.  Highlights at Richard Nixon Park include traveling magician Papa Tater, Jeri Jones and his sun scope, therapy dogs, face painting by Anna Lipinski and York Bubble Lady Debbie Flaum.  Guthrie Memorial Library festivities will include a hula hoop demonstration by Lucy Brice at 10:15 a.m. and a demonstration by the Capital City Jedi Nights at 11:15 a.m. In addition, strolling magician Marc Charisse, the Hanover Fire and Police Departments, the York County Sheriff’s Office, and therapy dogs will all be there as part of the event.   At the Dover Township Community Center, there will be local author MJ McCloskey, strolling magician Michael Thomas, 911 Command Center and balloon sculpture by Fantastic Family Entertainment.  In addition, community partners including FOCUS, Safe Kids, GO York!, and the Master Watershed will be there along with Sarah’s Creamery and Bricker’s Famous French Fries. All locations will have SummerQuest packets of goodies, information, and raffle tickets ready for pickup. Registration on site will also be available.  
 
“Kids who participate in SummerQuest gain life-long learning skills that aren’t just for school,” says York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert. “Whether it’s performing a science experiment, reading a great book, or building physical wellness – they all add up to making their summer stellar.”  
 
Annually, many local businesses donate prizes to encourage kids to keep reading and to stay active over the summer months. Thanks to the generous support of corporate sponsors, the York Water Company and Wellspan Health, there is no cost to participate in the program.   “This summer’s program includes exciting partnerships with GO York!, The York County Astronomical Society, and local scouts,” says Gilbert.  “And to top it all off, the participant (five or older) with the most reading and activity minutes will arrive at the York Revolution game on August 18 on a Mission Destiny helicopter.”
 
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                                                               

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