2020 Summer Reading Program – Imagine Your Story

Beanstack Summer Reading Is Here! June 20 – August 15, 2020

For the first time ever this summer you will be able to track your progress online! Participants earn online badges for reading and completing activities. Sign up for all our Summer Reading challenges at: https://lancasterlibrariespa.beanstack.org/reader365

Summer reading programs help students retain their current reading levels over the summer and avoid the dreaded “summer slide.” Reading whatever interests them during the summer also helps to instill a life-long love of reading.

Read Aloud Challenge for ages 4 and younger: Participants choose! Complete 18 of the 24 reading and activities badges anytime beginning June 20 through August 15 to earn your reward.

Junior Level Challenge for ages 5-9: Complete 17 of the 27 reading and activities badges to earn your reward. If child completes all 1020 minutes of reading they will earn the bonus reward of a Dutch Wonderland ticket (quantities limited).

Tween Level Challenge for ages 10-12: Complete 23 of the 30 reading and activities badges to earn your reward!

Teen Level Challenge for ages 13-19: Complete 29 of the 38 reading and activities badges to earn your reward!

Summer Fitness Quest Challenge for ages 5-12: Visit outdoor places in Lancaster County. You choose where to go!

Get Outdoors (GO) Lancaster! is a summer-long physical activity initiative that encourages children and families to visit parks and trails in and around Lancaster County, PA.

2020 Summer Reading Event Schedule at Adamstown

All our events this summer will take place online, either on Facebook @adamstownarealibrary or live on Zoom.
For Zoom events, register online to receive the meeting link.

Weekly and Monthly Events:

Virtual Bedtime Stories (Live!) – Every Wednesday at 6 pm
Tune in live on Facebook to hear Miss Roxanne read some stories and show you an easy craft you can do from home

Craft & Chat – Tuesday, June 16, July 21, and August 18 at 6 pm (adult audiences)
Work on the project of your choosing while we catch up with other crafters. Bring a project to work on while we chat about favorite crafts, swap ideas, and stay social(ly distant). Meetups are every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6-7 PM. For more information, register to receive the meeting link. We will be using Zoom. A call-in option is also available.

One-Time Special Summer Events:

Riding the Rails – Friday, June 19th at 2 pm (teen-adult)
For 175 years, trains have carried passengers across the American landscape – and from the earliest days, Pennsylvania has reigned supreme. From the earliest experiments in locomotion to today’s high-speed trains, passengers expect innovative technology and top-quality service. Pennsylvania railroads led the way, and continue to impact travelers today. Join us to explore Pennsylvania’s unique fascination with the railroad and how train travel has changed over time. Join us for this fun and interactive experience, presented by the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania! This event will be held on Zoom. Register to receive the meeting link and password. 45-60 minutes including Q&A. 30 participants maximum.

Virtual Summer Reading Kickoff Party – Saturday, June 20 from 10 am to 12 pm
The Adamstown Area Library will kick off Summer Reading with visits from community members and other events all morning on our Facebook page @adamstownarealibrary. Tune in to see some familiar faces and get information about this year’s Summer Reading program!

The Myth and Magic of Insects – Monday, June 22 at 10:30 am
Ryan Bridge “The BugMan” will be bringing the incredible world of Bugs and Insects directly to you! Expect to learn how insects were revered throughout history. Now, we know they’re even more important to the survival of nearly everything on the Planet! TONS of cool, Bug Fun… Guaranteed! Live Zoom event for all ages. Register to receive the meeting link.

Healthy at Home – Tuesday, June 23rd from 6 to 7 pm (adult audiences)
Join GIANT’s Regional Nutritionist, Kilene Knitter, MS, RD, LDN for a Healthy at Home virtual presentation all about building balanced snacks and creating delicious, simple meals. We’ll also touch on meal planning basics, as well as review some of Kilene’s easy and affordable dinner recipes. This is a virtual event hosted using Zoom. For adults and older teens. When you register, you’ll receive the details needed to join by video call or phone call.

Phredd: Ukulele One Man Band – Friday, June 26 at 11 am
Ukulele Strumming, Harmonica Wailing, Suitcase Drum Kicking, Quirky Singer-Songwriter of Unmitigated Joy performing original tunes about Pirates, Electric Tricycles, Monkeys and more. Singer, Songwriter and Ukulele One Man Band – Phredd has been performing fun songs for kids and families for over 20 years. His performance includes interaction, singing, hand-motions, and creative play. For birth through 12 years, parents & adult caregivers. This will be a live virtual event on Zoom. Register to receive the meeting link.

GSHPA Virtual STEAM Mobile: Endangered Animals – Monday, July 6 from 10 to 11 am
Join Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA’s Virtual STEAM Mobile program! Learn about endangered animals and what you can do to help! You will need paper, pencil, coloring implements, and access to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) website. All children grades K-12 are welcome! Live Zoom event.

Drum for FUN with Tammi Hessen – Tuesday, July 7 at 6:30 pm
Imagine a fun-filled short trip to West Africa to play drums, dance, sing, learn & SMILE! Bring your favorite percussion instrument. This event is for all ages, via live Zoom. Register to receive the meeting link.

Granny’s Panties and Other Unmentionables – Friday, July 10 at 6 pm (teen-adult)
“Granny’s Panties” explores the many layers of clothing worn by both men and women during the Civil War era. We’ll see examples of each under garment and discuss why each was important. We’ll also learn how styles varied between people of different social statuses, ages, varying locations and even time of day. We’ll look at the accessories used by both men and women and the statements they made. Through this program you will discover that a corset can be comfortable, a cane wasn’t a reflection of a man’s physical condition and why it was beneficial to be poor. Heather Hibbs, owner of Treadle Treasures, reproduces Civil War era clothing for living historians, reenactors and theaters. Live Zoom event for teens and adults. Register to receive the meeting link.

Girls Go STEAM Summer Spectacular – July 13, 14, 15 & 16
Grades K-5 @1:30-2:30 p.m. each day  — Grades 6-12 @3-4 p.m. each day 
Calling all innovators! Girls entering grades K-12 are invited to join Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA for a free 4-day Virtual STEAM Spectacular where they will explore areas like coding, engineering, creative thinking, and teamwork. When you register, you are registering for all four days. Girl Scout Membership and STEAM Patch will be provided to all registered attendees.

Story Time with Hank the Health Hero: Hank’s Sensational Day – July 14 at 10 am
Join CHI St. Joseph’s Children’s Health & Hank the Health Hero as they read Hank’s Healthy Habits. A related activity PDF will be available to download for those viewing. This event will be posted on Facebook. Recommended for children ages 3 to 8.

Crocodile Chronicles: An Imagination Adventure – Monday, July 20 at 6:30 pm
An interactive animal show featuring Jesse the Reptile Guy & his lovable lizards, turtles, alligators & snakes. Jesse Rothacker lives with 100 live reptiles and 3 humans, so every day is a new story! Whether he’s blaming a gila monster for ruining the coffee, or forgetting to tell his wife about the alligator in the bathtub, you never know what mess he’ll get into next! Meet some of the cold-blooded critters that are Jesse’s housemates, and hear some of Jesse’s real life stories from his three decades of reptile rescue. We’ll also highlight some fictional reptile stories, and inspire the audience to create reptile stories of their own. Live Zoom event for all ages 5 and up. Register to receive the meeting link.

The Story of Johnny Appleseed & Cider-Making – Friday, July 24 at 10 am
Join Lancaster County Dept. of Parks and Rec as we learn about Appleseed’s life journey and the history of the apple. This event will be recorded and available on our Facebook page from July 24-30.

Michael L. Reist, The Amazing Magi presents “Once upon a Reader: Fairytales, Myths, Imagination & the Magic of Reading” – Monday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Michael Reist’s performance is sure to enchant, enthrall & captivate. Using comedy, storytelling, Darwin the Confused Dragon puppet and magic, this journey will lead you to understand the joy and magic of reading. This will be posted on our Facebook page. Learn more at www.TheAmazingMagi.com

Growing a Beanstalk – Friday, July 31 at 10 am
Lancaster County Dept. of Parks & Rec will read Jack and the Beanstalk, make a recycled newspaper pot, and show us how to plant beans to grow at home. This event will be recorded and available on our Facebook page from July 31-Aug 6.

GSHPA Virtual STEAM Mobile: Master BuildersMonday, August 3 from 10 to 11 am
Join Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA’s Virtual STEAM Mobile program! Learn and follow the Engineering Design Process while building new structures! You will need paper, pencil, coloring implements, and building supplies (LEGOs, plastic cups, paper, blocks, etc.) All children grades K-12 are welcome! Live Zoom event. Register to receive the meeting link.

Story Time with Hank the Health Hero: Hank’s Healthy Smile – August 11 at 10 am
Join CHI St. Joseph’s Children’s Health & Hank the Health Hero as they read Hank’s Healthy Smile. A related activity PDF will be available to download for those viewing. This event will be posted on Facebook. Recommended for children ages 3 to 8.

See all upcoming events on our events calendar

Let’s have an amazing summer!