Libraries Provide Easy Way to Stretch the Entertainment Budget

Libraries Provide Easy Way to Stretch the Entertainment Budget
Over 500 Free Events Planned for Youth this Summer
YORK, PA – A roster of unique events are planned for youth at York County Libraries countywide this summer as part of its annual “Oceans of Possibilities” SummerQuest program. Featured events include the BEAST Initiative: Community Gaming, Talewise: Pirates Lost at Sea, Bright Star Theatre, Luis Garay World Percussion, and the National Aquarium: Rainforest Adventure. These are just a few of the over 500 free events offered by York County Libraries this summer.

“With everyone feeling the pinch of increased gas and food costs, our libraries have good news for families searching for interesting and affordable things to do this summer,” says York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert. “Our youth services team has pulled together an amazing combination of programs that are free to attend and are fun and educational.”

Teen gamers, age 13 – 18, have an opportunity to learn about the gaming industry from BEAST Initiative founder, LaQuinn “Tru Beast Mode31” Thompson. Kaltreider-Benfer Library will host Thompson at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at 17 N. Main Street in Red Lion. He will also be at Martin Library, 159 E. Market Street in York, at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22. Registration is required online at

Families and kids of all ages are invited to attend a virtual STEAM event, Talewise: Pirates Lost at Sea, at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 30. A crew of quirky pirates, marooned on a desert island, must find a way to rescue their captain. Throughout the story, they weave in the science behind clouds, physical and chemical changes, air pressure, and more. More details are available at

Bright Star Theatre will present The Little Mermaid at Dillsburg Area Public Library at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 7. The story follows the adventures of a mermaid who wishes to be human in this fun take on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale. Registration is recommended for those attending in person at the library which is located at 204 Mumper Lane in Dillsburg. The program will also stream live on York County Libraries’ YouTube channel.

Luis Garay World Percussion will introduce participants of all ages to a blend of South American, Caribbean, and African rhythms at 10:00 a.m. Thursday July 14. Hosted by Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, the event will be held outside at the Shrewsbury YMCA at 100 Constitution Avenue in Shrewsbury. The program will also be streamed live on YouTube. Registration is recommended if attending the in-person event.

The National Aquarium will present Rainforest Adventure at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 21 in the Lehr Park Pavilion beside Dover Area Community Library at 3700-3 Davidsburg Road in Dover. The program investigates plant and animal interactions and adaptations for survival in the South American rainforest. Geared to ages 6 – 11, RSVP is recommended.

According to York County Libraries Youth Services Director Jaclyn Cassidy, registration for SummerQuest is underway now at and runs through August 21. The program is geared to children and teens from birth to 18 and features a variety of educational and cultural enrichment opportunities, terrific books, entertainment, and outdoor activities. All that is needed to participate in SummerQuest is a library card which can be obtained for free at any of the 13 York County Libraries and online at

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.

Deb Sullivan                                                          
Community Relations Director                                     
York County Libraries                                                     
159 E. Market Street                                                      
York, PA 17401                                                                                                 

(717) 849-6931