Space-themed Summer Quest coming to York County Libraries this summer

"York Bubble Lady" Debbie Flaum is one of the entertainment acts featured at the York County Libraries 2019 summer program kickoff event at Richard Nixon Park from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 1. Two other kickoff events will be held the same date and times at Guthrie Memorial Library and Dover Township Community Center. (Photo by: Randy Flaum)

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.

Puppeteer Adam Swartz and Kate Leous, 16, take down the set after a performance of “Alice and Jimmy’s Epic Rock Dream” at the Mason Dixon Public Library in Stewartstown Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The interactive show features music, comedy and lessons for young people. The show was written by Swartz, of State College, who tours as Adam Swartz Puppets. The show is being performed at 13 York County Libraries from June 26-29 and July 2 as part of the 2018 SummerQuest: Libraries Rock! program. For show times go to Bill Kalina photo

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

“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.