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York County Libraries Host Free Summer Programs for Kids and Teens Online Events Feature the BugMan and Leap into Science

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July 16, 2020
York County Libraries have planned a full roster of free SummerQuest programs for kids and teens up to age 18.   What traditionally took place at the library has moved online.  
Among the summer’s featured presenters is entomologist Ryan “The BugMan” Bridge who has been fascinated with insects since he was a child.  “Ryan’s enthusiasm about bugs is contagious,” says York County Libraries Youth Services Director Paula Gilbert.  “He captivates the interest of kids and parents every time he performs for our libraries.  Even those attendees who are a little apprehensive at first, come away from the program understanding that bugs play an important role in our environment.”
This summer, Bridge is presenting “The Myth and Magic of Insects” live on Zoom.   He will share with viewers how insects were revered throughout history and how they help the survival of nearly everything on the planet. The presentation is geared to ages five and up.  Programs will be held on the following dates and times: Monday, July 20 at 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; Friday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m.; Monday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, July 28 at 10:30, 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; Thursday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Registration is needed. Interested families should sign up for their date and time of choice using the events calendar at yorklibraries.org.  The library will email registrants with the Zoom information the day before the event. 
Another program coming up this month is Leap into Science.  STEAM Academy math and science teacher Ben Olewiler is bringing this innovative science class to elementary age children on Zoom.  Leap into Science is a nationwide program that integrates open-ended science activities with children’s books and has been in the mix of educational programming at York County Libraries for several years.  The program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, Thursday, July 16, Wednesday, July 29 and Thursday, July 30. Online registration should be completed on the YCL events calendar and library staff will email the Zoom link to participants the day before the chosen event time.  This program is funded in part by the generous support of The Donley Foundation and the Anne & Philip Glatfelter III Family Foundation. 
This year’s  SummerQuest program offers hundreds of fun and educational programs online for children and families to enjoy at home.  The activities are provided free of cost to participants, thanks to the generous support of The York Water Company and The Rite Aid Foundation, with additional support by WellSpan Health, and The GIANT Company. 
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.   For more information and to register for SummerQuest, interested individuals should go to summerquest.yorklibraries.org.

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