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York County Libraries to Hold Family-Friendly Summer Festival

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June 27, 2018
York County Libraries has announced plans for “Quest Fest”, their annual mid-summer festival. The family-friendly event will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at the Codorus State Park in Hanover. “Quest Fest” features Parents’ Choice Award-winning performer Steven Courtney, storybook character Pete the Cat, storytelling, crafts and more.  The festival is open to the public and admission is free.   
PA Representative Carol Hill-Evans will take the stage at 11:00 a.m. as guest storyteller with life-size character Pete the Cat.  She will tell stories about his antics, and kids will have an opportunity to meet Pete the Cat for hugs and pictures. Courtney is up next at 12:00 p.m. to entertain the crowd with original songs, humor, physical comedy and stories.  This singer, songwriter, harmonica-playing musician gets the audience caught up in his energetic performance.  At 1:00 p.m., Positive Energy Arts dance camp participants take center stage to demonstrate hip-hop skills they learned from Philadelphia-based dance company Illstyle & Peace Productions.
Courtney has appeared numerous times at York County Libraries’ special events and is perfect for this year’s Libraries Rock! Theme according to York County Libraries Youth Services Program Manager Lisa Schmittle. “Steven draw kids and parents right into his performances.  One look at the audience and you see a whole lot of dancing and singing along,” says Schmittle.  Courtney is a family favorite in Central PA, and has performed over 6,100 concerts and recorded 30 full-length albums.  He has received numerous Parents Choice Awards, Children’s Music Web Awards and the Arpeggio Award for “Outstanding Work with Children” through the Arts. Throughout the festival, there will be a variety of free crafts and activities offered by York County Libraries. Families who are participating in the GO York! program can also follow clues for Xylophone or Guitar posts, both located at Codorus State Park.  Quest Fest will be held rain or shine at the Band Shell at Codorus State Park, located off route PA 216.   Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, and picnic lunches are welcome.  Food and drinks will also be available for purchase.  
The summer festival is part of the 2018 SummerQuest: Libraries Rock! and GO York!  summer learning and physical activity program.  Geared to children from birth to 18, the program continues through August 19 and is free to join anytime during the summer.  SummerQuest provides opportunities for kids and teens to stay active and keep learning during the summer break.  This year’s theme: Libraries Rock! invites exploration of the world of music.  Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, the York Water Company, Glatfelter, and Wellspan Health, there is no cost to participate in the program.   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.  For more information, go to yorklibraries.org.    
Deb Sullivan, Director Of Community Relations
(717) 849-6969