Summer Quest Kicks Off at Adams County Libraries

A Quest and a Fest highlight library activities for all ages this summer in Adams County.  First up, beginning May 21, children and youth, ages birth to 18, can begin online pre-registration for the annual summer program.  Previously referred to as Summer Reading, this year’s offering is now called Summer Quest in order to highlight an increased emphasis on activities that, in addition to reading, strengthen literacy skills.  The program runs from June 1 to August 12 this year.

The online registration, and logging of reading and activities, is new this year as well.  Using a software called Beanstack, participants can easily register for the program online, and track their progress toward certain milestones, which result in prizes available at their library.  Not only can you record your minutes read and activities completed, you can submit reviews and receive reading recommendations, based on your age and any other preferences you wish to share.  Adams County Library System is very excited to bring you this opportunity to conveniently keep track of your summer activities!

Prizes received for reaching the milestones referenced above include a variety of food coupons, as well opportunities for family outings at local sports events.  McDonald’s, KFC/Taco Bell, Rita’s Ice, and Mr. G’s Ice Cream have all graciously partnered with us to offer incentives.  In addition, the Harrisburg Senator’s Baseball Team has provided free tickets for a game in August.  And the York Revolution has specified Sunday, September 2nd, as Adams County Library 800 minute readers day.  All participants who reach the 800 minute mark will be given a free ticket to the game, a chance to participate in a pre-game parade around the field, and one lucky person will be chosen to throw out the first pitch that day. 

As in years past, the incentives are only part of the fun of the program.  Hundreds of events will take place across the county at our six locations.  Weekly storytime and craft programs are staples at many of the branches.  In addition, bigger entertaining and educational programs will be featured.  All libraries will play host to musician Mark DeRose, storyteller Beth Rebert, Creatures Great and Small (live animals), a STEMobile program offered by the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, and a special music and story combination by our own Bridgid Mangan.  

Everyone will also have the opportunity to see award-winning author Beth Vrabel, who will present a program highlighting one of her most recent titles, Caleb & Kit.  The first fifty students to register will receive a free copy of the book.

If that is not enough activity for you, we will once again partner with Wellspan to present the GO (Get Outdoors) Adams program, in which participants can explore Adams County by finding fifteen posts placed in local parks and other locations, and making rubbings of the symbols on the posts.  Rubbing sheets are then returned for chances to win prizes.

To really kick your summer questing off, we once again present FunFest.  The third annual family event will take place at the Gettysburg Recreation Park on Friday, June 8 from 4 – 7 pm.  Featuring free family activities, entertainment, face-painting, balloon sculptures, and much more, it also introduces families to a variety of organizations that provide activities and services in Adams County.

For further information, check our website at or call us at 717-334-5716.

Submitted by George Matthew, Youth Services Coordinator.