Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation


The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programming at public libraries that relates to this year’s Summer Reading Program theme:  A Universe of Stories!   See program dates below each program description.  To register for these programs, click on the library name to access the local library’s webpage.   Programs run from June 18 through August 6.

Lunar Lunacy
Using a short PowerPoint presentation, teen and tween library patrons will explore lunar phases and discover associations ancient cultures made between full moon and the natural world. The root of both “lunacy” and “lunatic” is the Roman goddess, Luna. Along this theme, participants will be presented with a series of myths or truths about the full moon and decide whether they are true. The program will conclude as participants each create and share a myth about the full moon in the month of their birth.

June 18 at 2:00 pm
Elizabethtown Public Library

Thirteen Moons on a Turtles Back
After reading Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back A Native American Year of Moons by Joseph Bruchac and Jonathan London we will learn more about the full moons of the year. Turtle shells and their unique features will also be explored. We will end with making a turtle shell craft calendar.

June 20, at 10:00 am
Columbia Public Library

June 27 at 10:30 am
Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

July 8 at 10:30 am
Lancaster Public Library Mountville Branch

July 9 at 3:00 pm
Manheim Township Public Library

There’s No Place Like Space
Pre-schoolers will listen the story, There’s no Place like Space learn a little about each one of the planets in our solar system and then make their own planet.

June 26 at 10:00 am
Quarryville Library

Creating Constellations
Participants will learn common Constellations and their history through an oral presentation and readings from the book “Find the Constellations.” Participants will then make their own constellations using colored pencils and construction paper.

July 2 at 2:00 pm
Moores Memorial Library (Christiana)

July 16 at 2:00 pm
Lancaster Public Library – Duke Street, Lancaster

Planet Power
Children will spend half the hour learning a little bit about each one of the planets in our solar system and then make their own planet.

July 3 at 10:00 am
Manheim Community Library

July 10 at 2:00 pm
Adamstown Area Library
Event location: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 80 E. Main St., Adamstown, PA

 July 22 at 1:00 pm
Lancaster Public Library – Leola Branch

July 22 at 6:30 pm
Elanco Library (New Holland)

Aug 5 at 10:30 am
Strasburg-Heisler Library

Let’s Take the Moon for a Walk
After reading I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis and Alison Jay we will learn about the moon and its different phases. We will make a moon phase flipbook and game. Participants will leave with a moon to take for a walk

July 16 at 11:15 am
Pequea Valley Public Library (Intercourse)

July 30 at 10:30 am
Ephrata Public Library

Aug 6 at 10:00 am
Lititz Public Library

Space on Earth
Library youth will explore the concept that living organisms require appropriate space in habitats through a series of games and activities.

July 9 at 10:30 am
Salisbury Township Branch Library (Gap)

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