Bellwood-Antis library sets Feb. events

BELLWOOD – The Bellwod-Antis Public Library, 526 Main St., has released a list of February events.

The library is open from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

n Sprouting Readers is the library’s free weekly storytime for children ages 3-8 and their families. Every Monday at 6:30 p.m. through April 1, families can enjoy stories, activities, and crafts with our guest readers. No sign-ups needed, new families always welcome. Please note there will be no Sprouting Readers session Feb. 18 due to the President’s Day holiday.

n Baby Sprouts is the library’s free Toddler Time for children ages 18 months to 3 years. Families can join us every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. through May 30 for stories, songs, and lots of fun! New families are always welcome.

n The Bellwood Quilting Bees will hold a Log Cabin Quilt Block class at the library Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Some kits with the material you will need are available, but you can make your own kit with 4 center blocks 1.5-by-1.5 inches and assorted lengths of light and dark fabric 1.5-inches wide. Bring your own sewing machine and supplies. For questions or to confirm kit availability, message the Bellwood Quilting Bees on their Facebook page at //www.facebook .com/Bellwood-Quilting-Bees-1562202807344001/.

n The Run for Reading 5K Road Race is Saturday. Runner registration begins at 7:30 with the race scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. The course begins and ends at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library. Register at the Northern Blair County Recreation Center or the library. Registration is $30. For more information, call 742-9500 or visit nbcrc.com/run-for-reading. All proceeds from the race benefit the Northern Blair County Recreation Center and the Bellwood-Antis Public Library. The race is followed by the Family Health and Safety Fair in the library.

n The Family Health and Safety Fair is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Learn about your health and community resources with free health screenings, information, and children’s activities. For a complete list of exhibitors, screenings, and demonstrations, visit the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/ events/336609413824012/.

n The Friends of the Bellwood-Antis Public Library will hold a refreshment sale during the library’s Family Health and Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy delicious homemade soup sold by the bowl, hot dogs and baked goods. All proceeds benefit the library.

n Knitters, crocheters, weavers, and other fiber artists are invited to the next Fiber Arts group meetup on Monday, February 11th from 6-8 p.m. At the February Fiber Arts Group meet, Abby Creek will present a tutorial on knitting and felting. Learn how to felt your knitted items for a unique look and texture. Bring your own materials and get to know your fellow fiber artists. All levels of ability and all styles of fiber art welcome!

n Come to the library to join John Frederick in unveiling his newly-released book “Winding Roads: A Bicyclist’s Journey Through Life and America” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12. After a 30-minute book presentation, John will be available to sell and sign copies of his book! The snow date is Feb. 14. Learn more at johnjfrederick.com.

n The Juniata Valley Audubon Society will meet in the library’s Sheetz Community Room on Feb. 19. A free dinner starts at 6 p.m.: pork chops, rice, veggies, dinner rolls, banana pudding, caramel baked apples, hot shade-grown coffee and juice. At 7 p.m. wildlife photographer David J. Hand will present incredible still pictures and videos of the Marbled Salamander and its life cycle — a result of many hours in the field observing this amazing creature. He will show the Marbled Salamander’s nest and eggs, embryo development, and larval growth through metamorphosis to juvenile salamander. Also included are photos of a rare leucistic Marbled Salamander from larva through metamorphosis. Audubon meetings are free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend.

n Not quiet? Not able to sit still? Not a problem! The library will present a free Sensory Story Time especially for children ages 2 and up with autism, special needs and sensory concerns at 6 p.m. Feb. 20. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Each child will receive a free book from the Central PA Autism Society for attending.

n At our February Lego Challenge Night at 6 p.m. Feb. 26, kids ages 5-15 can use Lego bricks to create a super silly Mad Libs story. Everyone who participates will build a part of the story, and by the end of the night we will have created a Mad Libs epic in Lego form! Lego Challenge Nights are free, but we ask that parents stay in the building while children construct.

For more information on the Bellwood-Antis Public Library, visit http://bapl.lib.pa.us/ and like and follow the library on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Bellwood AntisPublicLibrary.

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