Greensburg Hempfield Area Library to host Summer Reading Challenge and Scavenger Hunt

The time for the annual Summer Reading Challenge is approaching. Readers will explore the amazing animal kingdom as Greensburg Hempfield Area Library and the Youngwood Area Public Library presents “Tails and Tales” this summer. Readers will journey into the depths of their imagination with reading and exploring the fascinating world of animals and much more. 

The Summer Reading Challenge is for all ages and uses the program Beanstack to log time spent reading. Beanstack is available as a free app or website. Participants will earn virtual badges and virtual raffle tickets for chances to win great prizes. Part of the challenge will include the Library’s first ever Great Greensburg Scavenger Hunt, a collaboration between the Library and the Downtown Greensburg Project. Participants will be encouraged to visit many of the wonderful attractions and businesses that make the Greensburg area so special. These special locations will have “secret codes” that participants will need to enter in Beanstack to unlock the virtual badges.  Preregistration for the challenge begins June 1. The Summer Reading Challenge goes from June 14 through August 9. To participate in the Summer Reading Challenge, visit or download the free Beanstack app to register.

The library also has planned many free programs for children and teens this summer. Registration for youth programs begins June 1. Parents should visit the Events Calendar on the library’s website to register for programs. The Library is planning primarily virtual programs with some in-person programs at outdoor locations. These programs are designed to help combat “summer slide,” where children and teens experience a learning loss over the summer.  Participating in the Summer Reading Challenge and other library programs helps keep young minds active through reading and educational activities and programs all summer long.

The youth programs begin on June 10 with a kickoff program presented by the Pittsburgh Zoo’s Zoomobile at St. Clair Park in Greensburg. Other youth programs will include live animals, STEAM activities, crafts, art projects, story times, coding camps, gardening and more. Some programs will be presented by special guests including, Carnegie Science Center, National Aviary, Pittsburgh Zoo, Stage Right! and Westmoreland Cleanways.  

For more information, call the Library at 724-837-5620 or visit to see a complete list of programs and to register for programs.

All library programs are free of charge.

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