York County Libraries SummerQuest Program Starts June 1 Kickoff Celebration Planned June 4 at Three Locations

York County Libraries annual SummerQuest program starts Wednesday, June 1 at library locations countywide. Geared to children and teens from birth to 18, the free program features a variety of educational and cultural enrichment opportunities, terrific books, entertainment, and outdoor activities. According to York County Libraries Youth Services Director Jaclyn Cassidy, libraries have planned over 500 special events and story times this summer. In addition, participants can earn a scout badge, and discover nature while hiking GO York! trails at local parks. Registration for SummerQuest is underway now at summerquest.yorklibraries.org. 
“Once again, our youth services team has created a fascinating mix of educational programs for kids and families to enjoy all summer long,” says York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert. “The idea is to keep youth learning while having fun, so when school rolls around in the fall, they have maintained acquired skills and can pick up where they left off.”
SummerQuest kickoff celebrations are planned at three locations this year including Kreutz Creek Library in Hellam, Glatfelter Memorial Library in Spring Grove, and Jacobus Community Park in Jacobus. They all start at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 4 and are free to attend. Festivities at Kreutz Creek Library include Atomic Bounce, York Revolution’s DownTown, cupcake decorating, Captain Dargo from the York County Sheriff’s Department, community helper vehicle truck touch, and an ocean-themed selfie station. The event runs until 12:00 p.m. 
Activities at Glatfelter Memorial Library include the Creatures Great and Small petting zoo, Library Tales for Tails therapy dogs, starfish frisbees, characters, crafts, and a fire truck. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the library.
In Jacobus, the SummerQuest celebration at Jacobus Community Park features The Bubble Lady, therapy dogs, laser tag (ages 6 & up), face painting, and vision screening. Festivities run from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. SummerQuest registration and packet pickup are available at the three kickoff events and at all YCL locations. 
Throughout the summer, participants are encouraged to log 800 minutes of reading or activity time. “SummerQuest is all about finding joy in reading. This year’s theme of ‘Oceans of Possibilities’ hooks children on the idea that by reading over the summer they will discover new interests,” says Cassidy. “Summer is a time when kids and teens choose what they like to read, and the librarians at York County Libraries are there to help them find books that spark their curiosity.” 
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