New Initiative for Junior Readers Ages 5 – 9
Each summer Lancaster County’s youth are invited to participate in their Public Library’s Summer Reading program that will enhance their summer learning through reading and attending special events. This year Public Librarians are offering an extra component for young children ages 5-9 to extend their learning beyond the library by participating in the Summer Fitness Quest!
Summer Fitness Quest is a get outside physical activity program to support and encourage a healthy lifestyle of youth and family members. Beginning Saturday June 1, 2019, Libraries will have Summer Fitness Quest Booklets to extend learning and instill young children (ages 5-9) with an appreciation for the outdoors. The program supports free opportunities for children and adults to visit and enjoy the natural beauty of Lancaster County parks, trails, and Conservancy Nature Preserves. Locations of these outdoor places are divided into 5 areas: Central, Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western areas of the County.
To participate in The Summer Fitness Quest, youth are instructed to visit any combination of at least five parks, trails, or preserve locations listed in the Booklet. While visiting the locations, they are encouraged to try healthy yoga poses, and stay nutritionally fueled! Children, youth, and adults will benefit with a healthy “nature prescription” of being outdoors and moving around!
Booklets are available until supplies last. The Summer Fitness Quest runs until Saturday, August 10, 2019. Prizes for participating are available until supplies last.
To instill one’s appreciation of nature, and support a youth’s curiosity about the natural world, local public libraries will have Nature Explorer Bags for loan. Take one on a hike, look for bugs or identify trees with the helpful guides inside the bags. Discover and learn more while enjoying the beauty of our local habitats.
Partners in the program include Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Giant Food Stores, Lancaster County Conservation District, Lancaster County Conservancy, and the Lancaster Recreation Commission.