Hollidaysburg library sets Sept. programs

Courtesy photo John Bianconi Jr. reads with his children (from left): John III, 6, Palmer, 3, and Talia, 7, at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library while mom Heather Bianconi (not shown) watches nearby. The Bianconi family lives in Duncansville.

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area Pub-lic Library has announ-ced its September activities.

Library hours are 9:30 a.m. to

8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The library will be closed

Sept. 1, 2 and 3 in observance of Labor Day.

Ancestry: Library Edition is available for free public use on the library’s public computers.

n “1,000 Books Before Kinder-garten” is designed to encourage parents to read 1,000 books to their newborn, infant or toddler before they start kindergarten. Book logs/electronic apps are available to help parents keep track. This self-paced program is free and is guided by the 1,000 Books Foundation.

n Artwork courtesy of 321 Art Gallery of Hollidaysburg will be displayed in the Community Room throughout the month of September. Rotating works on display may include photography, watercolor, mixed media, oil paintings and more. Displayed items are available for purchase. For more information, call 317-5045.

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

n The Knit Wits Knitting and Crocheting Club meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Take your own materials/projects; beginning knitters are asked to take light-colored yarn and size 8 needles. No signup is needed, visit the club’s Facebook page for more information.

n The ABC Photo Society will meet at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 4 and 17. Visit abcps.club for meeting topics; all are welcome.

n “Reiser House Storytimes” will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at Canal Basin Park, Hollidaysburg. These outreach storytimes are free and no signup is needed; children must be accompanied by an adult.

n The Mystery and Mayhem Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. Sept. 4 to discuss “Finding Jake” by Bryan Reardon. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the library.

n Free computer classes will be held at 1 and 6 p.m. Sept. 5. Tom Robison will answer questions at the class, or participants can email questions ahead of time to corporal99@msn.com. No signup is needed; all are welcome.

n The Allegheny Essential Oils Club will hold free classes from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 5 and 19. Topics vary; all are welcome; visit the club’s Facebook page for more information.

n The Mah Jongg Club (Ameri-can version) will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays in September. Beginners are welcome; call 693-9292 to sign up. This program is intended for adults.

n The Friends of the Hollidays-burg Area Public Library will meet at 10 a.m. Sept. 6. All are invited to attend and meet the Friends.

n The Evening Classics Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 to discuss “Aesop’s Fables.” Copies of the book are available for purchase at the library.

n “Friday ROCKS” intergenerational drop-in program will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28. All ages are invited to paint rocks to place in public places for finders to keep or re-hide. Post pictures of completed rocks to Facebook: Central PA Rocks.

n “Texas Hold’em 101” will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10, 17 and 24. Beginners are welcome; intended for adults, no signup needed.

n Free tech help will be provided from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29 to help with technical questions on laptops, tablets, cell phones and other devices. No signup needed; first-come, first-served, always call ahead for availability.

n A Smartphone/Tablet Walk-In Clinic will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and 24. Melany Tapia of Tapia Technology will help smartphone and tablet users to understand how to use their devices including installing and using apps, transferring pictures, email accounts and more. No signup is needed; ask questions by email: melany@tapiatechnology.com.

n “Patriot Day Display” will be at the library for all to enjoy on Sept. 11, and “Constitution Day Display” will be there on Sept. 17. Come and visit the Armed Forces Room and view Hollidaysburg’s Civil War Flag at the library’s front entrance.

n A used book sale will be held from 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12 and 13 and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 ($5-a-bag day). A preview sale will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 for Friends members only. Friends membership dues of $10 can be paid at the preview sale for those who wish to join.

n “Teen Reading Lounge” will be held each Wednesday in September beginning with a

Sept. 12 kickoff party and continuing each Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. This free book discussion club for teens is provided through a grant from the Penn-sylvania Humanities Council with funding from Benzel’s Bret-zels and support from Keller En-gineers Inc. For more information or to sign your teen up for the program, email tlc320

@icloud.com. Space is limited.

n The Inspirational Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 to discuss “One Light Still Shines” by Marie Monville/Cindy Lambert. Copies of the books are available for purchase at the library.

n A Texas Roadhouse fundraiser will be held from 3 to 10 p.m. Sept. 18. Present a flyer (available at the library) at checkout and 10 percent of proceeds benefit the library.

n “Andy the Armadillo Storytime” will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 20. Meet Andy the Armadillo, learn some armadillo facts and hear an armadillo story. This free storytime is provided by Texas Roadhouse of Altoona.

n “National Voter Registration Day” is Sept. 25. Visit the library with your Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card to register on this day. For more information, visit www.votespa


n The Keystone State Literacy Association Blair/Bedford Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 25. Guest speaker will be Sandi Smith of Personalized Books. No signup needed; for more information, email diadem71@verizon.net.

n “Medicare Fraud Prevention with Bill Wade” will be held at

1 p.m. Sept. 26. This free program is provided by the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE). Sign up by calling 267-546-3445 or emailing: krantz@carie.org.

n “Music With Marabeth” will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27. 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 signup needed; children must be accompanied by an adult.

n The Best of Times Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 to discuss “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the library.

n A free showing of the movie “Wonder Woman” (2017, PG-13, 2 hours, 21 minutes) will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 28. No signup needed; snacks will be provided.

n A Ukulele Jam will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 23. The Allegheny Ukulele Kollective invites all interested people to attend; there will be ukuleles available to use. Email alleghenyukes@gmail.com for more information.

n La Leche League of Altoona will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Interested breastfeeding mothers and their children are invited to attend, meet the members and find helpful resources for families. For more information, email alisonk2299@gmail.com.

n Keep Blair County Beautiful will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 26. All are welcome; the meeting’s mission is to inspire, educate and inform people towards a clean, green and beautiful Blair County. Call 942-7472 for more information.

n Two new handmade quilts are now on display at the library, to be raffled Oct. 20. Quilt raffle proceeds benefit the library and its services. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10.

The public is encouraged to support the library’s fall fundraising: Gardner’s chocolates, Sheetz coupon booklets and the Friends of the Library’s Best of Friends Bookstore.