Summer Quest is the Bucks County Free Library’s learning program with a variety of free, fun activities to stay active, expand knowledge, and engage with the community during the summer. Due to COVID-19, this year's Summer Quest program will be virtual … but there will still be lots of fun ways for families to explore the library and encourage reading!
Read on for a summary of Summer Quest along with some of the other ways you can make the most of your Bucks County Free Library Card this season:
Summer Quest Highlights
2020 Summer Quest will begin on Saturday, June 20. This year's Summer Quest goal is for everyone participating to read 1,000,000 minutes all together! The Library will be using a new online reading site called Beanstack to track minutes read. You can also use Beanstack to mark off challenges you've completed to earn a badge. Children (and their parents) will complete the challenges at home, but you can pick up activity bags (once the library reopens and while supplies last) at any of the branches. After you earn a badge, you can pick up a cloth patch at the library.
In addition to reading and activity challenges, you can also enjoy live virtual performances. Magician Ari Paul Felber is the kick-off performer on Saturday, June 20 at 10 a.m. After that, programs will be broadcast live at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, until the final performance on Saturday, August 1.
If you're not already, you should also make sure you're following Bucks County Free Library on Facebook. Your favorite Children's Services staff members will be posting live “Quick Bite” videos. Some will tie into badge challenges, and others will just be fun little demonstrations of things you can do at home this summer. (Think hula hoop tricks, origami and sign language tips!)
Find out more about Summer Quest and how to create a Beanstack account HERE.
Other Ways to Use the Library This Summer
Summer Quest isn't the ONLY way you can enjoy the library's offerings! Your library card and pin number are all you need to access their entire collection of e-library resources. (If you don't have a library card, you can now apply for an an e-card online!)
E-Library – Borrow e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines, and stream music and videos via online catalogs like cloudLibrary, Hoopla, Overdrive and RB Digital. Plus, the children's e-library includes resources like Brainfuse, Power Kids and Power Library.
Ancestry.com – Discover something new about your family using the library's free virtual access to ancestry.com. (Virtual access is available through June 30.)
Remote Help Desk – Skilled staff members can offer computer support services and instruction virtually! They can even access your device and offer advice over the phone. They can remove spyware, fix speed issues, and more!
Live Online Job Assistance – Get expert resume assistance, live interview preparation and career coaching through JobNow, available in the e-library.
WiFi Access – Even though the buildings are currently closed to the public, the WiFi is still on! You can use it for free in the parking lot and outside the building.
When Will the Library Reopen?
Staff is back in the buildings handling checking in everything that people have had out these past few months (you can return now!) and getting everything ready to support social distancing. Curbside pickup begins Monday, June 22. And the 7 branches will open on Monday, July 6! Staff will be wearing masks, and visitors are asked to wear them as well. There are a few other changes as well, which you can find in the link below.