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York County Libraries SummerQuest Program Moves Online

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May 12, 2020
Early registration for the York County Libraries “Imagine Your Story” SummerQuest program will start Sunday, May 17 online at summerquest.yorklibraries.org.  This year’s program is moving totally online and will feature live stream events, on-demand viewing, online challenges, and downloadable activities for youth from birth to 18.  It is free to participate with a library card which is available online at no charge. 
 
Performer Steven Courtney will officially get SummerQuest started with a live stream concert on Saturday, May 30 at 1:00 p.m.   York’s Bubble Lady Debbie Flaum will also be featured during this special kickoff event.  May 30th is the first day for participants to log their reading and activity minutes to earn prizes.  
 
Youth services staff have planned a fun roster of programs for the summer that include Ryan “The Bugman” Bridge, storytellers Beth Rebert and Lisa Schmittle, Leap into Science, a Cryptography workshop, and the Girls Go STEAM program by the Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA.  Weekly, there will be new craft projects, digital story times for babies, toddlers, and preschool children and the new “Chapter A Day” read aloud program.   For the third year running, local scouts can earn a specially designed badge by reading, hiking, and completing activities starting May 30.  Plus, the popular Get Outdoors (GO) York! physical activity program begins Wednesday, July 1 at parks across the county. 
 
“This year’s SummerQuest program will be completely delivered online.  We have an incredible team of youth services staff members from around the county who quickly rose to the challenge of recreating their summer program plans to fit a virtual platform,” says York County Libraries Youth Services Director Paula Gilbert. “There will be programs and activities on Zoom, Facebook, Beanstack, YouTube, Instagram, IGTV and the York County Libraries website.  The central hub for parents to find out what is happening is on our website at summerquest.yorklibraries.org.”   
 
According to Gilbert, there will be prizes and incentives for youth for achieving reading and activity goals.  Each child participating will need his or her own library card to track individual progress.  Parents can request a free card for their children on yorklibraries.org.  They can also register their children for SummerQuest up until the last program day on August 16.  However, Gilbert suggests registering for SummerQuest by the May 30 kickoff so that the children can jump right into the fun, start recording their progress and get the most from the program.
 
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 The York Water Company and The Rite Aid Foundation, with additional support by WellSpan Health, the York State Fair and The GIANT Company, the SummerQuest program is provided free of cost to participants.
 
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. 
 
SummerQuest 2020 Program Dates at-a-Glance:
Sunday, May 17:  First day to register for SummerQuest at summerquest.yorklibraries.org
Saturday, May 30: Official SummerQuest Live Stream Kickoff Event Featuring Steven Courtney
Saturday, May 30 to Sunday, August 16: SummerQuest “Imagine Your Story” Program 
Saturday, May 30 to Sunday, August 30: SummerQuest Scout Badge Program
Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, August 30: GO York! Physical Activity Program
Go to summerquest.yorklibraries.org for details.  Questions about the program should be directed to Karen Childs at summerquest@yorklibraries.org

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