Summer Reading

Registration for the 2017 Summer Reading Program at Lebanon County Libraries begins Monday, June 5th.  Build a Better World is our state-wide theme. Storytimes and activities will reflect this theme and encourage children to keep reading over the summer months. As a reading incentive, activity folders are available in all libraries.  Prizes for completion vary at each individual library. Funding for the Lebanon County Library System’s Summer Reading Program is provided in part by the United Way of Lebanon County. Additional funding is also provided by local libraries’ Friends groups.

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Program Schedule

Annville Free Library

216 E. Main Street, Annville

Preschool Storytimes (Ages 2½ – 5): Tuesdays OR Thursdays @10:15 AM

Exploring a Construction theme through stories, music, crafts, & fun activities!

June 13 &15  – Building roads with Bob The Builder
June 20 & 22 – Building castles & towers with Rapunzel
June 27 & 29 – Building houses with the Three Little Pigs
July  11 & 13 –  Building bridges with the Billy Goats Gruff
July  18 & 20 – Building furniture with Goldilocks & The Three Bears
July  25 & 27 – Building animal homes with City Mouse & Country Mouse

Family Programs, Mondays, 2:00 pm (no registration required)

June 12 –  Olivia Farabaugh, Singer, Season 10 Contestant on “The Voice”
June 19 –  Mike Rose, – “Magician At Work!”
June 26 –  Science Tellers – “Building: Tall Ships & Pirate Tales!”
July  10 –  Eyes of the Wild – “Wallaby Tales” Live Animal Program
July  17 –  Marian & Friends –  Ventriloquist/Puppets
July  24 –  Robin Bady, storyteller –  “Bridges, Castles & Ships” – adventures in story & song
July  31 – Celebration Sensation for all who complete Annville’s summer folder

Youth Programs, Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 pm, for students entering 4th through 9th Grades

                                (Pre-registration required for each program)

June 13 – Build a great story! with Jennie Brown, author of the “Poppie Mayberry” book series
June 20 – Build a robot program! with Amy Davis
June 27 – Build a better mousetrap! – Construct a “Rube Goldberg” chain-reaction contraption
July  11 – Build a creative masterpiece!   Splat Studio visit:  pre-payment of $5 fee required.
July  18 –  Build a butterfly habitat! with Jerry Schneider – Decorate a T-shirt activity
July  25 –  Builders in nature!  “Animal Architects” and   Aquatic Study @ Quittie Creek with Lisa Sanchez, Lancaster County Dept. of Parks & Recreation
Aug.   1 –  Builders’ bash! For all who complete the youth summer folder

Youth RoomSummer Hours: Tues., Wed., Thur. – 1:00–4:00 pm / June 6 – Aug. 3/ Grades 4-9               

(An adult supervised, youth-only space equipped with computers, card and board games, craft table, & casual reading and socializing area. Tuesday Guest Speakers, Wednesday Science Activities & Thursday Craft Activities provided. Come hang out with your friends @ the Library!)

Adult Reading Program – Look for details at the library!


Lebanon Community Library

125 N. 7th St., Lebanon

Family Programs (no registration required)

Tues. June 13 10:30am – Magician Ari Paul
Tues. June 20 10:30am – Silly Joe Sings
Tues. June 27 6:30pm – ZooAmerica
Weds. June 28 1:00pm – Lancaster Parks and Rec., Spiders
Thurs. July 6 10:30-12:00 – Mini Library Carnival
Tues. July 11 10:30am – Jesse Rothacker and reptiles, Biome Builders
Tues. July 18 10:30am – Jerry Schneider, Butterflies with t-shirt craft
Weds. July 19 3:00pm – Lancaster Parks and Rec., Animal Architecture
Tues. July 25 10:30am – Singer/Storyteller Robin Bady

Matthews Public Library

102 W. Main St., Fredericksburg

STEM Explorers: Mondays July 10-July 31 at 1PM

A series of hands-on programs will be presented to young learners on STEM; science, technology, engineering and math. Some of the topics we’ll explore are: Exploring Robotics with Cubelets, Beginning Code with Dash & Dot, Exploring Circuits with Little Bits Electronics. Participants should be at least five years old.

Tuesday Family Programs (no registration required)

Tuesday, June 20 at 2PM –Silly Joe Sings!
Tuesday, June 27 at 2PM – Sciencetellers
Tuesday, July 4 – Library closed
Tuesday, July 11 at 2PM – Forgotten Friends Reptiles
Tuesday, July 18 at 2PM – Our friendly neighbors from ZooAmerica
Tuesday, July 25 at 2PM – Robin Bady the Wondrous Storyteller
Tuesday, August 1 at 2PM – Alan Grout the Magical Juggler
Tuesday, August 8 at 2PM – Tom Crowl the Hilarious Ventriloquist

Thursday Family Programs (no registration required)

Thursday, July 6 at 1PM – Build A Better Environment With the 3-Rs!
Thursday, July 13 at 1PM – Plants; What Are They Good For?
Thursday, July 20 at 1PM – Spiders and Their Webs
Thursday, July 27 at 1PM – Building With the Three Little Pigs
Thursday, August 3 at 1PM – Bird Nests, Eggs and Babies

Myerstown Community Library

199 N College St., Myerstown

Summer Story Times for ages 4 – 10: Tuesdays at 10:00AM (June 20 through August 8; no program July 4)

Family Programs (no registration required)

June 21 – 6PM- Lancaster Co. Parks & Rec: Spiders and Their Webs
June 28 – 6PM- Miss Maggie Sings “Build a Better World”
July 5 – no program
July 12 – 6PM- Kit’s Interactive Theatre – The Gilded Age
July 19 – 6PM- Lancaster Co. Parks & Rec: Flowers and their Pollinators
July 26 – 6PM- Lancaster Co. Parks & Rec: The Lorax
July 29 – Final day for SRP
August 2 – Wrap up Party for all who complete Summer Reading Program

Palmyra Public Library

50 Landings Drive, Suite B Annville, PA 17003

Little Explorers– registration begins May 15 for these age groups:

Toddlers (2 year olds)

Tuesday mornings 10:30 – 11:00: June 13 to July 11 (no class July 4th)

3 Year Olds to Kindergarten

June 14 to July 12

Wednesday mornings 10:30-11:00
Wednesday evenings 6:30- 7:00
Thursday mornings 10:30-11:00
Thursday afternoons 1:30-2:00

Family Pajama Party/Stuffie Sleepover-please register for this special event

Wednesday July 19 at 6:30PM

Family Programs (no registration required) All held at Palmyra Grace Brethren Church, 799 Airport Road, Palmyra

June 12 at 11AM- Olivia Farabaugh: Music
June 20 at 11AM- Mike Rose: Magic
June 27 at 11AM- Sciencetellers: “Building: Tall Ships & Pirate Tales
July 11 at 11AM- Eyes of the Wild and Wallaby Tales: Live Animal Show
July 18 at 11AM- Marian and Friends: Ventrilquist
July 25 at 11AM- Robin Bady: Storyteller

Waggin’ Tales- Grades 1-5- Advance registration for each evening’s time slot is required.

Practice Reading to pet therapy dogs before returning to school

Sessions will be offered Mondays: August 7, 14, and 21 @ 6:30PM and 7:15PM

Build a Better You- Grades 5-9 – registration required

Tuesday June 13 @ 6:30 – Author Jennie Brown will help get creative juices flowing for inspiring young writers.
Thursday June 22 @3:30 – Build It and They Will Come! Jerry Schneider “Butterfly Guy” will present the importance of butterfly habitats with cool pictures and we will also be painting butterfly tee shirts.
Tuesday June 27 @ 6:30 – Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge – We will invent, create and have fun!!!
Tuesday July 11 @ 6:00 – Chopped Cooking Competition – Harness your inner chef!

*All teen events will be held at the library except for Chopped (@ Palmyra Grace Brethren Church)*


Richland Community Library

111 E. Main Street, Richland

Thur., June 22   11:00 a.m.    Science Tellers— “Building: Tall Ships & Pirate Tales!”
Thur., June 29   11:00 a.m.    Sylvan STEM Stations – “Robotics, Coding, & Engineering” for ages 5+
Thur., July    6    11:00 a.m.   Sylvan STEM Stations – “Robotics, Coding, & Engineering” for ages 5+
Thur., July  13    10:00 a.m.   Lancaster Parks & Rec- “Three Little Pigs”
Thur., July  20    11:00 a.m.   Sylvan STEM Stations – “Robotics, Coding, & Engineering” for ages 5+
Thur., July  27    11:00 a.m.   Block party wrap-up

The GO and Be Active! program begins on Monday, June 5th and runs until Monday, August 14th.  Copies of the free GO and Be Active! Playbook and rubbing sheet may be picked up at any Lebanon County Library location starting June 5, 2017.

Join children and families from all over Lebanon County this summer in the 2nd annual Get Outdoors (GO) and Be Active!  program.  Get outdoors and discover the wonder of nature as you hunt for 15 activity posts hidden in parks and along trails in Lebanon County. Children follow clues available in their free GO and Be Active! blueprint to locate each posts.  They then make a rubbing of the unique etching plate found at each post as a record of their “find.” The more activity posts you find, the better your chances are to win an exciting grand prize.

The GO and Be Active! program is a collaborative initiative of WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and the Lebanon County Library System. For additional information, please contact Melanie Wells, Community Wellness Coordinator, WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital at 717.270.7764.

GO Lebanon 2017 FAQ