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Hollidaysburg library plans activities

Taylor Curry, president of Penn State Altoona’s Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, is shown at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library with her chapter’s donations of warm winter clothing for the young children of Blair County. The library participates in the Toasty Toddler initiative each year in partnership with the Blair County Family Resource Center/United Way of Blair County. Courtesy photo

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area Public Library has announced its activities for December.

The library will be closed Dec. 24 through 27 and open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 28 through 31.

The display for December features the Blair County Genealogical Society’s ongoing research on the Blair County Courthouse’s 56 hand-carved stone faces. Four display boards are available to view.

The library emphasizes the following free virtual resources available with your current Blair County library card, accessible through the library’s webpage www.hollidaysburglibrary.org:

Free Tutor.com access: Visit the library’s webpage and click on Tutor.com to get started with resources including live tutors, SAT prep and more. For best access, you will want to create a free account with username/password.

CloudLibrary is a free, virtual way to read digital books using your library card and your digital device (phone, tablet, e-reader or laptop). Visit the Library’s webpage and click on cloudLibrary to get started.

PowerLibrary contains a wealth of free resources including Chilton car manuals, reference materials and full text magazine and newspaper articles on thousands of subjects, PA Photos & Documents, and more! Click the PowerLibrary logo on the library’s webpage to begin.

Note: All December programming will be presented virtually on the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library’s Facebook page.

Storytime videos will be posted on the library’s Facebook page weekly throughout the month of December. Miss Melanie partners with other Blair County librarians to offer a variety of books, rhymes, songs, fingerplays and craft activities for children and their grownups to enjoy.

Tuesdays with Cory: Local artist and author Cory Geishauser will present a series of short art/cartooning/caricature videos posted on the library’s Facebook page at 10 a.m. each Tuesday.

Science Cafe: Cosmic Cocktails is a series of free science talks that will be streamed at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month on the library’s Facebook page and also on the Science Cafe: Cosmic Cocktails Facebook page. This is a partnership among the library, the Science Outreach Center at Saint Francis University, Loretto, and Allegheny Creamery & Crepes of Hollidaysburg. Twenty percent of food purchases (carry out or dine in) from Allegheny Creamery & Crepes between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on the day of each talk will benefit the library. Call 472-3878 with questions.

Did you miss this special online event? Local History Talk: Canal Era Personalities with Jim Snyder Jr. of the Blair County Genealogical Society will be reposted on the library’s Facebook page at noon Dec. 15. Enjoy anecdotes and historical pictures from Hollidaysburg’s Canal Era.

New at the library: STEM kits are now available for checkout, provided through a CSB2 STEM Ecosystem grant through the PA Dept of Education and the Commonwealth of PA. These kits contain a book, activity cards and materials to use at home for learning fun. A variety of subjects are in each box, and interest levels range from Pre-K to 12th grade.

Walk in a winter wonderland using the Library’s Fort Roberdeau Blair County Libraries Backpack. The backpack contains literature on Colonial America and the birds/wildlife your family can see at Fort Roberdeau, as well as kid-safe binoculars and a magnifying glass. Fort Roberdeau itself is closed for tours, but the National Historic Site grounds are open from 8 a.m. to dusk for hiking, bird watching and other recreational activities for individuals and small groups. That makes the Blair County Libraries Backpack a great item to check out. Call 695-5961 to make sure the backpack is available for checkout. (There is one backpack at each Blair County library.)

The public is invited to support the library’s fundraising: the Friends of the Library’s pecan sales and Best of Friends Bookstore. Be the first to know how the color red is helping the library. Visit thisis.red and click the pre-order link.

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