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York County Libraries: Summer Program

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June 07, 2018
York County Libraries and GO York! Summer Program Underway
YORK,PA – The York County Libraries “SummerQuest: Libraries Rock!” and GO York! “GO and Make
Music!” summer learning and physical activity program is officially underway.  The summer 2018 program
runs through August 19.  Children and teens from from birth to 18 are invited to participate and can
pick up free registration packets at York County Libraries. 
SummerQuest is a program that provides opportunities for kids and teens to stay active and keep learning during the summer break.   “With school out, learning and reading shouldn’t stop,” says York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert.  “SummerQuest is fun and a great exercise for the mind.  It gives children a chance to learn, explore and discover new things through their library.”  York County Libraries is hosting a wide variety of free activities this summer including story times, hands-on science experiments, game nights, crafts, and dance. Children and their families may attend as many programs as they want, and then log completed reading and activities online to earn incentives. “SummerQuest can help instill a love of learning while also enabling kids to improve their reading skill over the summer,” adds Lambert.    
In addition to reading and library activities, the summer program encourages families to get out and explore area parks and trails through the Get Outdoors York initiative that is now in its 11th year.  The guidebook for GO York! is included in the registration packet.  New, this summer, area scouts can earn a badge by completing SummerQuest and GO York! activities. 
According to York County Libraries Children and Youth Services Director Paula Gilbert, parents may notice a program name change this year.  Statewide, there was a shift from summer reading to SummerQuest.  “Libraries across Pennsylvania have always focused on reading and will continue to stress the importance of that. However, we want young people to take advantage of expanded options that exist around York County,” explains Gilbert.  “These include the GO York! program to visit our parks, STEM programs to challenge inquiring minds and creative programs to support the imagination and curiosity of our children. Learning happens in many ways and the path to an exciting summer is the Quest offered by our libraries!”
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, Glatfelter, and Wellspan Health, there is no cost to participate in the program.   For more information about the summer learning and physical activity program, go to yorklibraries.org and goyork.org.
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, Director Of Community Relations
(717) 849-6969