SummerQuest

What is SummerQuest?  SummerQuest is a summer learning program that encourages children, teens, & adults to learn, grow, & have fun over the summer by completing a variety of different activities. Summer Reading & Programming launches at all 3 locations on June 15 for all ages.

Imagine Your Story with Us This Summer.  This year, we have fun with programs focused on imagination, fantasy, fairy tales, & more!

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  • Track Your Reading

    You can track your reading by picking up a paper log at your library, or using our online tracking system, ReaderZone! You can check the amount of minutes we've read at the bottom of this page.

  • Virtual Programs

    We're pleased to offer the addition of Virtual Programs to our Summer offerings. You can participate virtually or pick up a take-and-make activity at your library. All programs can be found below each week.

  • Win Prizes

    As you complete levels in your reading, you can come in & pick up prizes, or you can pick them all up at once at the end of the program. Participants of all ages will be eligible to win local coupons & gift certificates!

VIRTUAL PROGRAM? or ANALOG PROGRAM?

You choose! Every week, we'll post a new program for each age group. You can choose to participate in the analog version OR the virtual version.

  • Ages 3-5
  • Ages 5-8
  • Ages 9-12
  • Teen
  • Adult

June 15:  Design Your Own Crown -  Crowns have long been used as symbols of rulers. Many different types exist, but they are almost all made with rare or symbolic materials. Design your very own crown with us & enjoy some stories about royalty!

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Watch Annie Read a Story

June 22: Grow a Beanstalk - You might not be able to climb this beanstalk, but use the materials provided to watch your bean grow!

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Watch Miss Lynn Read a Story

June 29: Retell “The Three Little Pigs” - Make some Three Little Pigs puppets and retell the classic tale, or make up your own version! You can pick up materials from your library or print out the puppets below.

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Printable Puppets

July 6: Create a Music Story - Make a musical instrument and learn about rhythm! You can use items around your house for instruments, or pick up materials at your library for this activity.

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Watch Annie Read a Story

July 13: Rock Painting - Paint a rock with us in this activity! You can hide it anywhere around your town for others to find if you’d like, or create a painted rock garden at your home!

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July 20: Nature Scavenger Hunt - Time for a nature scavenger hunt! Grab an egg carton and go outside to find our list of natural items. After you’re done, can you create a painting with your natural materials? Share a picture of what you found or your painting with us!

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July 27: Make a Dragon - Create your own fire breathing, flying friends in this activity. Pick up materials at your library for these crafts, or gather a couple of craft rolls, some construction paper, some red, yellow, and orange tissue paper, pom poms, googly eyes, and some string or yarn.

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Watch Miss Amanda Read a Story

August 3: Make a Unicorn - Make a magical unicorn out of a paper plate in this activity. You can pick up materials and a template from your library for this craft, or find it below!

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Watch Annie Read a Story

June 15:  Roll a Fairy Tale - Create your very own fairy tale by letting a die pick your hero, villain, setting & problem. 

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June 22: Magic Dancing Beans - Amaze your friends and family when you make these beans dance!

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Watch Miss Amanda Read a Story

June 29: Dog Man Mystery Puzzle / Create a Dog Man Comic - What’s up Supa Buddies? For all you Dog Man fans out there, it’s time for YOU to stop Petey from taking over the city! For more Dog Man fun, create your own comics and take a quiz to see which character you are most like! Need some help starting your comic? Check out some story starters! You can pick up materials from your library, or find printables below.

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Comic Story Starters

July 6: Coding with Little Red Riding Hood - Try to get Little Red safely through the woods to her Granny’s house in this activity! But watch out - the wolf might be waiting there for her! Choose your path in this activity to complete the fairy tale. For more Little Red fun, choose her path through the woods using coding skills! You can pick up materials from your library, or find printables below.

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Watch Miss Lynn Read a Story

July 13: Create a Rainbow - Create your own rainbow in this science experiment. You will need some clear cups, paper towels, water and food coloring.

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July 20: Build a Natural Bridge - Build a bridge using only items you can find outside! How strong can you make your bridge? As you gather items, think about what materials might hold up to the most weight, and how you can attach materials to each other to create a strong surface.

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Watch Annie Read a Story

July 27: Design an Animal Shelter - Design, build, and test a shelter from the sun for a sun-sensitive animal! In this fun activity, first create an animal from pipe cleaners and UV-sensitive beads. Then, construct a shelter to keep your animal safe from the sun.

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August 3: Flashlight Constellations - Make your own star pictures, or constellations, with just a flashlight and a template. You can pick up a constellation template for this activity at your library, or find a printable version below!

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June 15: Roll a Creature - Many cultures around the world combine different animal parts to create their own creatures. Create your very own creature by letting a die pick your creature's body, legs, head & more!

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June 22: Saving Rapunzel - Rapunzel's braid has been cut off. What can you build to help her escape from the tower with the prince?

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Watch Miss Lynn Read a Story

June 29: Dog Man Mystery Puzzle / Create a Dog Man Comic - What’s up Supa Buddies? For all you Dog Man fans out there, it’s time for YOU to stop Petey from taking over the city! For more Dog Man fun, create your own comics and take a quiz to see which character you are most like! Need some help starting your comic? Check out some story starters! You can pick up materials from your library, or find printables below.

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Comic Story Starters

July 6: Roll a Fairy Tale - Roll a fairy tale! You will need a die, some paper, and a pencil. Roll for your hero, your villain, your setting, and your problem, then write your fairy tale! You can share your fairy tale with us on our social media (with a grown-up’s permission)!

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July 13: Build a Nature Raft - Go searching outside for materials to create an all natural raft! As you gather items, think about what helps a boat float. Will a specific material hold up better in water?

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July 20: Find True North - Go back outside this week and learn how to find north! Hansel and Gretel might not have gotten so lost if they knew this easy trick to direct themselves home. All you need is a sunny day, a medium sized mostly straight stick, and two stones.

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Get Hansel & Gretel Out of the Woods!

July 27: Pipe Cleaner Constellations - Can you create a constellation with just some pipe cleaners and beads? Pick up materials for this activity at your library, or watch our tutorial & do it with your own materials!

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August 3: Build Your Mythical Creature Team - You are Odysseus. You are stranded on an island with mythical creatures. To make your way home, you'll need help. But be warned, any creature you don't pick, you will be forced to battle on your journey home. You have $15 to build your team.

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June 15:  Make Your Own Family Crest - Family crests are a part of heraldic history. Knights wore crests on their helmets in battle and tournaments as identification, along with a painted shield. Follow our instructions to make your own family crest!

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June 22: Hansel & Gretel's Great Escape - Hansel and Gretel are lost in VENANGO COUNTY! But remember, Hansel left scattered breadcrumbs along their journey..... They have traveled to many different locations in your town. In order to find them, you must visit them all. To participate virtually, follow these steps:

  1. Download the GooseChase iOS or Android app on your phone or tablet by clicking Virtual below.
  2. Choose to play as a guest, or register for a personal account with a username & password of your choice.
  3. Search for and select the Hansel & Gretel's Great Escape game, or search by game code R7K9KK.

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June 29: Rock Painting - Paint a rock with us in this activity! You can hide it anywhere around your town for others to find if you’d like. Follow along virtually with ORLA staff member Stephen as he designs and creates his rock.

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July 6: Rewrite the Stars - Have you ever read a book and HATED the ending? This activity is for you! Write alternate endings to fairy tales - maybe they don’t live happily ever after? Maybe the prince has to stay a frog forever?

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July 13: Rock Balancing Challenge - Rock balancing is an art in which rocks are naturally balanced on top of one another in various positions, creating a sculpture without the use of adhesives, wires, or anything else to help hold it together. In this activity, try it out for yourself & show off what you can create!

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July 20: Backyard Quest - Go on a backyard quest! You can download the iNaturalist app (it’s easy and free!), take a picture or record a sound of an outside observation, then share your findings with the iNaturalist community to identify it. Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science! You can pick up printed instructions for this activity at your library, as well as instructions to do it without the app.

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July 27: Once Upon a Mystery - Cinderella’s glass slipper has been stolen from her throne room! Can you solve the mystery with the clues that were left behind?

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August 3: Can You Guess the YA Book Title by Emoji? - How well do you know your emojis? Test your knowledge by guessing the emoji YA book titles!

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June 15:  Make Your Own Family Crest - Family crests are a part of heraldic history. Knights wore crests on their helmets in battle and tournaments as identification, along with a painted shield. Follow our instructions to make your own family crest!

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June 22: Make a Fairy Garden - Add a little bit of magic to your home or yard this summer by starting your own fairy garden! A fairy garden is a miniature garden made to be filled with small structures and greenery. Think of it as a home for fairies!

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June 29: Black Out Poetry - Everyone’s a poet in this activity! Black out poetry is when you take already written text and start redacting words to form a poem from the isolated words. Try finding an anchor word first, with significance to you, then finding other words in the text that somehow relate. Strike out all the other words in the text to form your poem! The randomness is part of the beauty.

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July 6: Can You Guess the Book Title by Emoji? - How well do you know your emojis? Test your knowledge by guessing the emoji book titles!

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July 13: Make Your Own Bird Feeder - Build a bird feeder with just a few items from your home.

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July 20: Backyard Quest - Go on a backyard quest! You can download the iNaturalist app (it’s easy and free!), take a picture or record a sound of an outside observation, then share your findings with the iNaturalist community to identify it. Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science! You can pick up printed instructions for this activity at your library, as well as instructions to do it without the app.

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July 27: The Case of the Missing Detective - While investigating a string of thefts, Senior Detective Ms. Tree has gone missing in Venango County. Can you help Investigative Assistant Will E. Finder decode witness statements and track down the missing Ms. Tree? Participate by following the steps below, or pick up a challenge sheet at your library. To participate virtually, follow these steps:

1. Download the GooseChase iOS or Android app on your phone or tablet by clicking Virtual below.
2. Choose to play as a guest, or register for a personal account with a username & password of your choice.
3. Search for and select the The Case of the Missing Detective game, or search by game code DD9D3Z.

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August 3: The Perseids Meteor Shower - The Perseid meteor shower peaks between August 11th - 13th, but you can see meteors from July 15th-August 24th. You don’t need a telescope, but the best viewing times are between 1 AM and 5 AM so plan for a late night! If you trace the Perseid meteors backward, they all seem to come from the constellation Perseus. That's where the shower gets its name.

Can you identify some different constellations in the sky while watching for meteors? Download the SkySafari or Star Chart app by clicking Virtual below to help you find constellations, or use our printable activity for more of a challenge!

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