Adams County libraries continue opening gateways to exploration this summer as we once again present our Summer Quest program for all ages.  With the theme, Imagine Your Story, the program runs from May 30 to August 9 this year.

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.  We encourage all participants to make sure their library card information is up to date.  If you don’t currently have a card, they are available online at no charge.

Online registration is already underway. Using 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.  It allows users to conveniently keep track of your summer activities.

There will be programs and activities on Zoom, Facebook, Beanstack, YouTube, and the Adams County Libraries website. The main place for parents to find out what is happening is on our website at adamslibrary.org/summerquest.

Ryan “The Bugman” Bridge, storytellers from all six libraries, LEGO challenges, and the Girls Go STEAM program by the Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA are just a few of the offerings available. Weekly, there will be new craft projects, digital story times for babies, toddlers, and preschool children.  
Our 2020 Summer Quest program for teens has also been forced to move to a virtual setting. Enter Discord, a free platform that will allow us to connect via text and audio so that we are still able to hold programs "together." 
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, May 30. The program will end Sunday, August 9. To complete the program, five books must be read and logged into Beanstack. Reading five books earns a chance to win some bookish goodies. Earn an additional chance if twenty books are read and recorded in Beanstack by August 9.

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.  This year’s program begins July 1.  Not to be left out of the digital fun, all GO Adams posts will feature a 4-digit code that needs to be entered in your account to receive credit for that post. You can do so easily on the Beanstack app, which we encourage you to download on your mobile devices. The prize structure for GO will remain the same as in years past.

Annually, many local businesses donate prizes to encourage kids to keep reading and to stay active over the summer months. This year’s prizes will be unveiled soon! 

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

Submitted by George Matthew, Youth Services Coordinator.