Quest Fest: YCL’s Mid-Summer Family Festival

Are you ready to rock with your library?

Yes?  Great!  Rock with York County Libraries at Quest Fest, our favorite family festival.  It will be held from 10 am – 2 pm Saturday, July 14 at the Codorus State Park in Hanover.  This year the festival features award-winning performer Steven Courtney, storybook character Pete the Cat, stories, crafts and more. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and your picnic lunch.  If you’d rather not pack, we’ll have food vendors right there to take care of the munchies.  The festival is free, so bring the whole family.  

Quest Fest will be held rain or shine at the Band Shell at Codorus State Park, located off route PA 216.   The links will help guide you to the Band Shell or the park entrance on 216, rather than to the official park office address.  

So what’s happening when this year?  

Festival Schedule:

10 am – Quest Fest begins, drop-in library craft and activity tables are open and ready for you.

11 am – Meet guest story reader, PA Representative Carol Hill-Evans and life-size character Pete the Cat

12 pm – Dance and sing along with Steven Courtney

1 pm – Dance along with Positive Energy Arts dance camp participants during their hip-hop performance 

2 pm – Quest Fest ends for this year

Any time the park is open – Are you collecting instruments for the GO York! program?  You can follow clues for the Xylophone or Guitar posts, both located at the park.  

Who is Pete the Cat?

Pete the Cat is a groovy, blue cat. No matter where he goes, Pete the Cat always keeps his cool. He loves surfing, playing baseball and guitar, spending time with his friends, and trying new things, according to author Dean.  Families can meet a larger-than-life Pete the Cat who will be wearing his favorite shirt—the one with four groovy buttons—and his red school shoes!  Meet this cool cat, hear your favorite Pete the Cat stories and get pictures taken with him.

“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” won the Theodor Seuss Geisel award for distinguished books for beginning readers.  York County Libraries’ Reading Specialist, Youth Services Manager Lisa Schmittle encourages families to stop by their local library to borrow Pete the Cat books.  “We offer Pete the Cat board books, picture books and easy reader level books for your younger children.  Stories are available in print and many can be downloaded as eaudios from home through our Hoopla service.  Each book is interactive, allowing adults and children to participate in the story and features repetitive text which is beneficial for young children learning to read.”

Who is Steven Courtney?

Singer, songwriter, harmonica-playing musician, Steven Courtney, is a YCL fan favorite.  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. 

Links of Interest

Search our catalog for Pete the Cat

Learn more about digital Hoopla