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Libraries Stretch Entertainment Budget

More than 500 free events are planned for youth at York County Libraries this summer as part of its annual “Oceans of Possibilities” SummerQuest program. 

Highlights include the BEAST Initiative: Community Gaming; Talewise: Pirates Lost at Sea; Bright Star Theatre; Luis Garay World Percussion; and the National Aquarium: Rainforest Adventure. 

“With everyone feeling the pinch of increased gas and food costs, our libraries have good news for families searching for interesting and affordable things to do this summer,” York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert said in a release. “Our youth services team has pulled together an amazing combination of programs that are free to attend and are fun and educational.” 

Gamers ages 13–18 have an opportunity to learn about the gaming industry from BEAST Initiative founder LaQuinn “Tru Beast Mode31” Thompson. Kaltreider-Benfer Library will host Thompson at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at 17 N. Main St., Red Lion. He will also be at Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 22. Registration is required at yorklibraries.org/events. 

Families and children of all ages are invited to attend a virtual STEAM event, Talewise: Pirates Lost at Sea, at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 30. 

Bright Star Theatre will present “The Little Mermaid” at Dillsburg Area Public Library at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Registration is recommended for those attending in person at the library, which is at 204 Mumper Lane, Dillsburg. 

Luis Garay World Percussion will introduce participants of all ages to a blend of South American, Caribbean and African rhythms at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 14. Hosted by Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, the event will be held outside at the Shrewsbury YMCA at 100 Constitution Ave., Shrewsbury. The program will also be streamed live on YouTube. Registration is recommended if attending in person. 

The National Aquarium will present Rainforest Adventure at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 21, in the Lehr Park Pavilion beside Dover Area Community Library at 3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover. The program is geared to ages 6 – 11; RSVP is recommended. 

Registration for SummerQuest is underway at summerquest.yorklibraries.org and runs through Aug. 21. 

All that is needed to participate is a library card, which can be obtained free at any of the 13 York County libraries and online at yorklibraries.org. 

York Water Co., WellSpan Health and The GIANT Co. are providing the funding for SummerQuest. 

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer. 

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