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Because learning doesn’t have to end when school does…

What is SummerQuest (SQ)?

Our SummerQuest summer learning program offers kids and teens opportunities to stay active when school is out. York County Libraries host free, fun activities that keep participants learning, reading, and physically active from June to August. Each year, the theme and special events change, but you can be sure to find:

  • Musicians and entertainers touring our libraries
  • Hands-On STEM activities,
  • Teen Cupcake Wars Competitions
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepovers
  • Get Outdoors York (GO York!) park exploration
  • Cool arts & craft workshops
  • And so much more!

Early online registration begins before Memorial Day and our three kick-off events take place the first Saturday in June. By mid-summer you’ll be ready for the Quest Fest held in one of our county’s beautiful state parks. Everything wraps up mid-August, just in time for school to begin for another year.

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Individual Activities

Anyone can attend any number of individual activities at any library throughout the summer. Activities are coded by age group, and many are open to families of all ages. If space is limited, sign-up may be required. Use the link below to download or view our 2018 SummerQuest Program guide to see what we did this year. Next summer will be even more fun!

Download a printable copy of the 2018 SummerQuest Program Guide here!

Get Outdoors York (GO York!)

Get Outdoors York! (Go York!)  has encouraged thousands of children and families to be physically active by hunting for wooden posts placed in parks and along trails across York County.

This year, when participants picked up their SummerQuest registration packet from any York County Library, they also received their “GO York! Musical Score” filled with clues and rules to help locate the hidden posts. Hundreds of families made the 2018 “GO and Make Music!” program part of their fun and active summer. New clues and new trails will be ready for you in 2019!  

800 Minute Challenge

Kids and teens seeking a challenge can register for the SummerQuest and “GO York!” programs at any library or SummerQuest Kick-Off event (bring your library card). During the program, any time spent at a SummerQuest or “GO York!” activity counts toward the 800 minute goal. 

Did Someone Say Prizes?!

We keep our prizes a secret until SummerQuest kicks-off, but…we can tell you that those who log 800 minutes get to celebrate at a York Revolution baseball game!

SummerQuest is Online!

Each summer, participants will register online for the current year’s program and log minutes using our online application, Beanstack. Beanstack also allows you to discover new books or write reviews for books you’ve read. When SummerQuest annual programming has begun, links will be provided to register or create an account.

Returning Beanstack Users: Your accounts remain active from year to year. Using your login credentials, you can update your account as necessary, as well as register for the current year’s SummerQuest program. During April/May, you should receive an email regarding registration for the current year’s SummerQuest program.