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The York County Libraries summer program is back this year with a theme of space exploration, and registration opened Sunday.

SummerQuest: A Universe of Stories features a number of activities for children, including free planetarium programs for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and a visit from NASA's Hubble science operations manager, to name a few.

A partnership with the York County Astronomical Society will give participants chances to win their own telescope and learn how to use it, said library spokeswoman Deb Sullivan.

SummerQuest runs  June 1 through Aug. 18, and it is free with a York County Libraries card for children from birth to age 18. Registration started online Sunday, May 19. 

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Kickoff events will be held 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 1, at Richard Nixon County Park; Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, Hanover; and Dover Township Community Center, 3799 Davidsburg Road. Each site will have its own activities, including magicians, therapy dogs and a hula hoop demonstration.

Hundreds of free activities are available, including returning favorites such as the Go York! hiking challenges and teen cupcake wars. A full list  of activities is available at summerquest.yorklibraries.org

“Whether it’s performing a science experiment, reading a great book or building physical wellness — they all add up to making their summer stellar,” said YCL President Robert F. Lambert in a news release.

The child with the most accumulated minutes from reading or event participation will win a helicopter ride to the Aug. 18 York Revolution game.

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