York County Libraries and Get Outdoors York, or GO, are gearing up for the 2013 Summer Reading Club.

“Dig Into Reading and Go and Dig It Up” is the theme of the 2013 Summer Reading Club. It involves a lot of digging to learn more about eve rything from bugs to dinosaurs, nature and sci ence.

“York County Libraries and the Get Outdoors York Task Force of the Healthy York County Co alition work together each year to provide a fun, enriching summer for kids and their families,” said Deb Sullivan, community relations director for the York County Libraries.

The two groups have combined efforts to en courage kids to be mentally and physically active over the summer months, she said. Li braries offer free programs and books to keep minds sharp. GO York encourages kids and fam ilies to get outdoors and walk at area parks by following the clues to find the hidden posts.

“The GO York theme revolves around gar dening, so they will be highlighting the benefits of eating healthy, eating local,” Sullivan said.

There will be indoor activities and outdoor events at local libraries, new programs and old favorites will return and there will be prizes for those who reach the goal of reading 800 minutes during the summer.

Registration begins June 1. To register, stop by your local library, visit www.yorklibraries.org or stop by the kick-off event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the West Manchester Mall.

This event, sponsored by the York County Summer Reading Club, GO York and the West Manchester Mall Kids Club will feature enter tainment, including magic by Dave Rojahn, face- painting by Skeeta the Clown and more, Sulli van said.

Ellen Helfrick tells a pirate story with all the  arrrrghs  during a pirate party at the Dover Area Community Library as part of the 2010 summer reading
Ellen Helfrick tells a pirate story with all the arrrrghs during a pirate party at the Dover Area Community Library as part of the 2010 summer reading program.

Dig Into Reading will feature a number of countywide programs and each library will have its own individual events, including the popular T-shirt machine that will visit each library, on dates to be announced, to allow attendees to design their own shirts, she said.

“Countywide programs include I Dig Bugs by Ryan Bridge, the Bug Man, who will talk about what kinds of bugs love dirt and live under ground and how they survive in a dark and dirty environment; and Tracking Dinosaurs with Jeri Jones, who will talk about tracking dinosaurs and what you can tell from their footprints,” Sul livan said.

“Science Instructor Katie Sechrist and York College Professor Dr. Anthony Fredericks will present “Leap Into Science,” a family workshop where parents and kids in kindergarten to fourth grade will explore a variety of discovery stations together,” Sullivan said.

Kids 5 to 7 years old are invited to take part in a Right on the Money Mini Camp, with story books and activities to help them learn to earn, spend, borrow and save money. Money School aims to help high school students be financially independent. Both programs require advance registration, and parents are invited.

York County Libraries will host the Dig It! Faire from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 at Gifford Pinchot State Park. This event features Jesse Rothacker of Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctu ary; Park Naturalist Beth Kepley-McNutt, who will present The Wiggly World of Worms; puppet shows by Dawn Stockbridge of Paul Smith Li brary; storybook favorite Pete the Cat; and make- and-take crafts;.

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, and pack a picnic lunch or visit food vendors that will be on hand. The event is rain or shine.



THE SUMMER READING CLUB offers a variety of rewards and prizes and the more you read the more you can win.

Those who read 400 minutes can get a free kids meal in Brown's Café and those who read for 800 minutes get tickets to a York Revolution Game and a Harrisburg Senators game among other items.

In addition to these prizes that will be handed out county-wide, local librar ies will also hand out prizes to partici pants.

The more you read the more great prizes you can win. Set a goal to read 800 minutes this summer to get the prizes below and more from your local library.

Prizes just for registering (while supplies last):

· Chick-fil-A bookmark and free ice cream

· York Fair bookmark

· Metro Bank $10 for reading 10 books

· Isaac's BOGO coupon

· Sheetz Free MTO item

· Brown's Orchards bookmark & free small ice cream cone

· Atomic Bounce free admission pass (Red Lion)

· 400 Minute Prize

· Brown's Orchards free kid's meal in Brown's Café

800-minute completion prizes (while supplies last):

· York Revolution, one free game ticket for Aug. 13

· Harrisburg Senators, two game tickets (one child, one adult) for Aug. 6, 7 or 8.

· Chick fil-A final ice-cream party ticket on Aug. 20 and chance to win a classroom party

· Chance to win two Regal Cinema movie tickets (two winners per library)

· Maize Quest, free Fun Park ad mission ticket

· PA Renaissance Faire, one free admission for Aug. 17 or 18

· Brown's Orchards coupon for $3 off a $10 pick-your-own

· Kids, earn a chance to win a York Fair commemorative truck (one winner per library)

· Teens, earn a chance to win two York Fair grandstand passes to the Sept.13 performance of Austin Mahone and Coco Jones. (one winner per li brary).



· Arthur Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main St., Glen Rock, 717-235-1127.

· Collinsville Community Library, 2632 Delta Road, Chanceford Town ship, 717-927-9014.

· Dillsburg Area Library, 17 S. Bal timore St., Dillsburg, 717-432-5613.

· Dover Area Community Library, 3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover Town ship, 717-292-6814.

· Glatfelter Memorial Library, 101 Glenview Road, Spring Grove, 717-225-3220.

· Kaltreider-Benfer Library, 147 S. Charles St., Red Lion, 717-244-2032.

· Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam Township, 717-252-4080.

· Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, 717-846-5300

· Mason-Dixon Public Library, 250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown, 717-993-2404

· Red Land Community Library, 48 Robin Hood Drive, Newberry Town ship, 717-938-5599.

· Paul Smith Library, 80 Constitu tion Ave., Shrewsbury, 717-235-5806.

· Village Library, 35-C N. Main St., Jacobus, 717-428-1034.

Special programs

DOVER AREA COMMUNITY LIBRARY will present Dig into the Past with the Civil War for those 9 and older from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Dover Community Center, 3700-2 Davidsburg Road, Dover Township.

“I wanted to focus on the Under ground Railroad and Colored Troops,” youth services program coordinator Karen Hostetter said. “I wanted a series of pro grams specifically written to engage chil dren in the events of the Civil War through books and ‘Living History' charac ters; I created my own template.”

The program will feature living history actors appearing as John Aquilla Wilson and John Morgan.

Wilson was 16 years old when he vol unteered with the black militia at Wrights ville Bridge. Later that summer, he found his way to Philadelphia and joined the U.S. Colored Troops at Camp William Penn. His descendants are still in York County and he is buried in Fawn Town ship, Hostetter said.

“Morgan was a young drummer boy from Downingtown, who was at both York and Gettysburg,” she said.

Children from the audience will be invited to read from prepared cards that have quotes from Civil War children. The event will include stories of children at the time of the war; handouts; snacks such as hard tack, goober peas and pretzels; a question-and-answer session; and photo opportunities with the actors, Hostetter said.

KALTREIDER LIBRARY'S garden will get new flowers thanks to Girl Scouts in Red Lion as part of earning their Bronze Awards, said Gina Meinl, the library's youth services coordinator.

“Right now they are making plans, coming up with sketches, deciding what they want to plant and asking local busi nesses for donations,” Meinl said.

COLLINSVILLE COMMUNITY LI BRARY present It's Big Deal Wheels from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 in the Clearview Elementary School parking lot.

“We'll have all sizes of vehicles with wheels, ambulances and fire trucks, snow-removal equipment and a tow truck and vintage tractors and more,” Library Manager Ellen Helfrich said. “And kids can look at them and sit in them and can get their pictures taken.”

While most libraries give kids an op portunity to read to dogs, Collinsville looks at the bigger picture and kids read to horses, she said.

The family event helps children to practice reading out loud and not be shy. The families have 15 minutes to read and pet the horses outside the library.

“A local family brings their horses and the kids sit on a chair by the trailer and read to the horses. They horses stick their heads out of the trailer and it looks like they are really listening to the children reading to them,” Helfrich said.

The library held a Read to the Horse event April 9, and the next one will happen in May.

DILLSBURG AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY is trying a new time and location for the summer reading closing party. All regis trants are invited to the pavilion area at Logan Park for an ice-cream party from 7 to 8 p.m. July 30, according to Barbara Virtue, youth services coordinator for the library.

In the past the library held a lunchtime pizza party in Quay Park, a tiny park one block from the library, she said.

“Two years ago, we ended up in the li brary because of extreme heat. Last year, we tried an animal sleepover and closing breakfast. This year we are doing the ice- cream party in the evening,” she said.