Explore a Universe of Stories at Adams County Libraries

Activities, prizes, performers, STEM, movies, programs for all ages, GO Adams, and much more await you this summer at the six locations of the Adams County Library System!  Adams County libraries continue opening gateways to exploration this summer as we again present our Summer Quest program for all ages.  The program runs from June 1 to August 11 this year.

Online registration is currently underway. 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.  

Prizes for children and youth reaching the milestones referenced above include a variety of food coupons and opportunities to attend local sports events.  McDonald’s, KFC/Taco Bell, Rita’s Ice, and Mr. G’s Ice Cream have partnered with us to offer incentives.  The Harrisburg Senators Baseball Team and Hershey Bears Hockey Team have provided free tickets for upcoming games.  And the York Revolution has specified Sunday, August 18th, as Adams County Library 800 Minute Readers Day.  Those reaching the 800 minute mark receive 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.

Summer Quest is not just for children and youth, as we also offer the Summer Quest Adult Reading Challenge. Official sign up and start of the adult summer reading program is Saturday, June 1. The program will end Sunday, August 11. To complete the program, five books must be read and logged into Beanstack. Reading five books earns a chance to win the grand prize basket. Earn an additional chance if twenty books are read and recorded by August 11

Incentives are only part of the fun.  Hundreds of events will take place across the county. Weekly storytime and craft programs are staples at many locations.  Additionally, larger entertainment and educational programs will be featured.  All libraries will host magician Peter Wood, storyteller Beth Rebert, Forgotten Friends Reptile Sanctuary (live reptiles), a STEMobile program offered by the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, and a special storytime program by Bridgid Mangan.  

Award-winning author Caela Carter, who will present a program highlighting her most recent title, One Speck of Truth.  The program will be hosted this year by the Harbaugh-Thomas Library in Biglerville. 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 kick your summer questing off, we once again present FunFest.  The fourth annual family event will take place at the Gettysburg Recreation Park on Friday, June 14 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 www.adamslibrary.org or call us at 717-334-5716.

Submitted by George Matthew, Youth Services Coordinator