Summer Quest

Summer Quest 2023: Read Beyond the Beaten Path


June 12 - August 5, 2023.

Watch the video explanation here!

How can I participate?

First, pick up Tickets at the desk. Tickets are divided into the following general age groups:

  • Tots: for preschoolers ages 0 – 4
  • Kids: for kids going into grades K - 5
  • Teens: for tweens/teens going into grades 6 - 12, and recent high school grads
  • Adults: ages 18+
  1. Read to complete a Reading Ticket. Each completed Reading Ticket is worth 1 point.
  2. Do an activity to complete a Mission Ticket. Each completed Mission Ticket is worth 5 points. See below for available Mission activities and directions.
  3. Trade the completed tickets in for prizes or raffle tickets throughout the summer. The last day to turn tickets in is August 5, 2023.

   What are the prizes?

  • Kids & Teens
    • Trade Tickets for books or small prizes in the Summer Store
    • Trade Tickets for raffle tickets to try winning various large Raffle Prizes.
    • Kids & Teens are also eligible for the weekly Backpack Raffle. Winners are drawn at random from all of the tickets that were turned in the previous week. Winners will receive a small drawstring backpack containing a few age-appropriate books or goodies.
  • Adults:
    • Trade Tickets for raffle tickets to try winning various large Raffle Prizes.
  • Raffle Details: Clearly write your name and a working phone number on each raffle ticket you earn, and drop it into the bucket with the name of the item you want to win. The first batch of Raffle Prizes will be put on display at the beginning of the program. Winners for these items will be drawn and contacted halfway through the summer program (beginning of Week 5). Asecond batch of Raffle Prizes will then be put on display. The second round of raffle winners will be drawn after the summer program ends (Monday, August 7). Any Tickets turned in after 8/5 will not be entered into a raffle.
  • Participants have the chance to win multiple times. All Winners will be contacted by phone and must pick up their prize within 2 weeks or a "backup winner" will be drawn and contacted instead. The library cannot mail any prizes; they must be picked up at the library by the winner or one of the winner's family members.

What activities will be offered this year?

  • Various special events and programs will be held at the library or at the Sinking Spring Playground.
    • Registration is required for some in-person programs, and some programs require participants to bring certain items to the event. Check our Facebook Page or call the library for details.
  • Drop-In programs will be held where participants may come and go at any time within the designated time period.
  • Take-Home Projects such as Craft Kits and STEM Bags will also be available. 

We're so excited to see you! Thank you for being our patrons and for participating in Summer Quest!


* Missions can be completed in any order and turned in any time before August 5. Each mission can only be completed and turned in once.*

Mission #8: Kindness Rules!

For your last mission, do a random act of kindness for someone outside your family. Put books in a little free library, pick up trash in the park (don’t forget your gloves), donate to the ARL, or whatever else you can think of. Answer the following questions:

  1. What did you do for your act of kindness?
  2. How did doing this act make you feel?

We can make a difference one act at a time!

Mission #7: Throw Some Shade

Trees are great for climbing, resting in the shade, and reading a book! There are many types of trees in our area. Choose a tree you like, check out a field guide or have an adult help you look up information about the tree, then answer the following:

  1. Why did you choose this tree?
  2. What type of tree is this? (Hint: look at the leaf shape and bark to figure it out.)
  3. What book or website did you use for your tree research?

Mission 6: Ice Cold Lemonade

Summer is hot, especially when you're outside having fun. Why not relax with a cold glass of fresh lemonade, limeade, or even orangeade? Ask an adult to help you look up a new recipe and give it a try, then answer the following questions:

  1. What type of fruit drink did you try?
  2. What makes this a new or different recipe for you?
  3. Did you enjoy this new beverage? Why or why not?

Ms Christine says: My family likes this fizzy lemonade recipe.

Mission 5: Road Trip!

If you could plan a vacation, where would you go? Would you choose camping in a national park, visiting a new state, or flying to a different country? Check out a book or visit a website about a place you'd like to visit, then fill out the following on the back of your ticket:

  1. What is the name of the place you'd like to visit, and where is it located?
  2. What would you do while visiting this place?
  3. What book or website did you use to get more information about this place?

Mission 4: Get With the Program

Attend any SSPL program or complete a take-home activity from the library between June 12 - August 5. Then answer the following questions:

  1. Which event or take-home project did you choose?
  2. Did you enjoy the program/project? Why or why not?
  3. What other programs or take-home projects would you like to see?

Mission 3: Solar Power

Did you know you can cook up some treats using the power of the sun? Make a Solar Oven with these directions. Get the whole family involved! After creating your oven, test it out (make sure you get permission first). Answer the following questions:

  1. Did your oven work as well as you thought it would? Why or why not?
  2. What food did you cook with your oven?
  3. What else would you like to try cooking with the solar oven?

Mission 2:  S’more S’mores!

Check out a cookbook or ask an adult to look up a s’mores recipe you've never tried before. Get permission to make the recipe, do a taste test, then answer the questions below.

  1. What is the name of this s’more recipe?
  2. What makes this s’more recipe new and different for you?
  3. Did you enjoy this new type of s’more treat? Why or why not?

Ms Christine says: I really enjoyed trying smores made with color-changing marshmallows & Pop Rocks! She also recommends no-bake s'more treats.

Mission #1: Backyard Animals

What kinds of animals do you see in your yard? Choose a backyard animal, then request a book about that animal from the library. Read the book, then answer the following questions.

  1. Which animal did you choose? Why?
  2. What is the title of your book?
  3. What does your animal usually eat?

You may use a separate piece of paper to answer the questions if you run out of room.