Hollidaysburg library lists programs

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Holli-daysburg Area Public Library has set its December events. Library hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. All programs are subject to change due to weather conditions.

The library follows the winter wea-ther closing schedule for the Holli-daysburg Area School District. The library will be closed Dec. 23 to 25, 30 and 31. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 26 to 29.

n Ancestry: Library Edition is now available for the public to use, free, on our public computers.

n Girl Scouts of Western PA hosts Library Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies and Juniors Troop 46502 at the Library from 6 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday. Email melanie@halibrary .org for more information.

n “1,000 Books Before Kindergar-ten” is designed to encourage parents to read a thousand books to their newborn, infant, or toddler before they start kindergarten. Book logs/ electronic apps are available to help parents keep track. This program is free.

n Harry Potter items from the collection of Barbara Bundy will be on display in the Children’s Room case through December.

n Charcoal portraits from the art classes of HASD instructor Alysia Watt will be on display in the Young Adult and Children’s Room throughout the month.

n The works of ABC Photo Society will be on display in the Community Room throughout the month.

n “Handwork and Arts Group” (adult crafting club) meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Bring your own materials and projects; call Janice at 695-2281 for more information.

n “Knit Wits Knitting and Crocheting Club” meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. Bring your own materials/projects; beginning knitters are asked to bring light-colored yarn and size 8 needles. No sign-up needed, visit the club Facebook page for more information.

n “Allegheny Essential Oils Club” holds classes from 6 to 7b p.m. each Wednesday. Topics vary; all are welcome; visit the club Facebook page for more information.

n “Tech Help” provided free from 10 a.m. to noon each Saturday to help with technical questions on laptops, tablets, cell phones, and other devices. No sign-up needed; first come, first served, call ahead for availability.

n Story Times are held at 10:30 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There will be no Storytimes on Dec. 28 or 29. No sign-up is needed, all are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.

n Free computer classes will be held at 1 and 6 p.m. Monday. Topic: Purchasing/Setting Up Your New Computer. Presenter Tom Robison answers questions at the class or they can be emailed before to corporal99 @msn.com. No sign-up is needed.

n “Smartphone Basics” will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Dec. 18. Instructor Tyler Zorger of Verizon Wireless, Hollidaysburg, helps phone users with basic skills (internet, phone contacts, finding directions) No sign-up needed; bring your phone charger.

n “Texas Hold’em 101” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Beginners are welcome; no signup is needed. This program is intended for adults.

n “Friends Planning Meeting” will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 7. All are welcome to meet the Friends of the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library. No sign-up is needed.

n The Construction Club will meet from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 15 and 22. Sign-up is required; space is limited. For ages 6-12; enjoy design-ing/creating with LEGO bricks, wooden blocks, and books. Email melanie@halibrary.org to sign up.

n “Friday ROCKS” intergenerational drop-in program will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 15 and 22. All ages are invited to paint rocks to place in public places for finders to keep or rehide. Post pictures of completed rocks to Facebook: Central PA Rocks.

n “Celebrate Brain Awareness” will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 5. Dr. Shlomit Flaisher-Grinberg, assistant professor of psychology, SFU, will talk about the functions of our brains, including hands-on activities demonstrating how we learn, see, hear and taste. This free program is geared for ages 8 to 14, but all are welcome; no sign-up is needed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cameras are welcome. Live animals will be present as part of this program. For more information about Brain Awareness Week, visit http://www.dana.org /BAW/.

n Ceramics classes will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Making Gifts) and Dec. 19 (New Ceramics). Kathy Brua of Fired Up Ceramics Company provides a ceramic piece, brushes, paint and firing at a materials cost of $5 per project. Sign-up required; space is limited, choose from a selection of projects. Children can participate with their adult’s supervision. Call 935-5490 to sign up.

n MOMS Club of Hollidaysburg/ Altoona Storytime will be held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6. All are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, email momsclubofha@gmail.com.

n “Zentangle: Beyond the Basics” will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 6. Instructor Shelley Williams will show some new and advanced techniques for people who know the basics. There is a $10 materials fee for this class. Email melanie@halibrary.org to sign up.

n “Preventing Identity Theft: What You Can Do!” will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 7. Learn about identity theft, how it occurs, how to prevent it, and what to do if you become a victim. This free class is sponsored by Citizens Bank and taught by Universal Banker Max Rothrauff. Specific questions can be sent to Max.Rothrauff @Citizens bank.com to have them addressed during the class.

n “So You Got A Poinsettia (or other holiday plant)… Now What?” will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Master Gardener Janice Snowberger will teach how to keep holiday plants healthy year-round. RSVP to melanie@halibrary.org; sign-up is not required but will help us have enough class handouts.

n “Mystery And Mayhem” Book Club meets at 1 p.m. Dec. 12 to discuss “Couple Next Door” by Shari LaPena. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the Library.

n “Elements in Harmony” NAMI Youth & Family Support will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13. Parents and students are invited to share experiences, identify resources, improve coping skills, socialize and make new friends. Call 814-502-4093 to RSVP.

n “Music With Marabeth” will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 14. Children and their grownups are invited to come sing, dance, wiggle and giggle with Miss Marabeth including fun with egg shakers, rhythm sticks, hula hoops and more. No sign-up is needed; children must be accompanied by an adult.

n The Inspirational Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 to discuss “Twelve Days of Christmas” by Debbie Macomber. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the Library.

n Free Movie Showing: “The Bridge” (2015 TV movie, 1 hour 23 minutes) will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 15. No sign-up is needed; snacks will be provided.

n Maintenance Fund Raffle Drawing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Raffle tickets are $5 each, available at the circulation desk, and there will be three cash prizes: $500, $250 and $100. Need not be present to win; refreshments to be served.

n The ABC Photo Society will meet at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 18. Visit abcps.club for meeting topics; all are welcome.

n “Fines Forgiveness Day” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 27. Overdue Hollidaysburg Area Public Library items returned on this day will have their fines forgiven. Patrons with already existing overdue fines are invited to visit to have their fines records cleared. The goal is to start the new library year with a fresh slate! Note: This forgiveness day applies to fines for overdue items only and not the replacement cost for lost items.

n “Adult Ukulele Learning Blast” is available throughout the month of December by appointment. For ages 12 and up. Email melanie@halibrary .org to request a free 20-minute session for up to three people at a time.

The library encourages patrons to support the winter fundraising: Gardner’s Chocolates, Friends of the Library’s Best of Friends Bookstore, Wreath Sales, Pecan Sales and December Maintenance Fund Raffle.