Libraries launching ‘SummerQuest – Imagine Your Story’

From staff reports

The Oil Region Library Association is launching “SummerQuest – Imagine Your Story” today for patrons of the Oil City, Franklin and Cooperstown libraries.

While the program offerings look different this year because the buildings are closed to the public, the librarians have designed take-and-make activities that young people can pick up at all three libraries. There is also a virtual component with each activity if youngsters prefer to participate that way.

There are five different age groups: ages 3-5, ages 5-8, ages 9-12, ages 13-18, and 19 and up.

Most materials needed will be provided in plastic bags for the activities. Each activity has a digital component, whether that be a tutorial or an online puzzle to complete.

Social media sites will have new activities listed each day. The postings will be ages 3-5 on Mondays, 5-8 on Tuesdays, 9-12 on Wednesdays, 13-18 on Thursdays, and 19 and up on Fridays.

The virtual activities are available at under the SummerQuest tab.

The libraries have also added a program known as ReaderZone! Individuals can track their reading via a paper log available at all three libraries. They may also track it via the ReaderZone app. Patrons may download the app or go to, create an account as a parent or a reader, enter the ORLA code: 8ace4, and then choose an age group.

The association ask that patrons choose either the paper log or ReaderZone and not both.

“As always, we encourage participation, not completion,” said Annie Welsh, ORLA youth services coordinator.

Readers will be eligible for a chance to win a gift card from one of several local businesses.