Hollidaysburg library sets programs, activities

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, 1 Furnace Road, has announced its April events.

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.

Free e-books are available on your e-reader, PC, IOS or Android device. For more information, call 695-5961 or email “mailto:janet@halibrary.org”>janet@halibrary.org.

These new e-books are in addition to those available through Overdrive at www


More than 50 free Zinio

e-magazines are available with your library card. Click on the Zinio logo on the library’s home page.

Renew books online with a free Destiny Quest account using your library card barcode. Go to www

.hollidaysburglibrary.org , click the blue “Log In” button in the right sidebar and then “Create Account.”

n “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” is an initiative designed to encourage parents to read a thousand books to their newborn, infant or toddler before they start kindergarten. Book logs and electronic apps are available to help parents keep track. This self-paced program is free and is guided by the 1,000 Books Foundation. Visit the library for more details.

n “Focus on Art!” Playgroup features arts and crafts for parents and children to enjoy together. Call 502-4093 to RSVP. Sessions will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. April 6 and 13.

n Story Times are held sy 10:30 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. Children must be accompanied by an adult; no signup is needed.

n “Preschool Block Party” will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. each Wednesday in April. Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to enjoy constructive play while building essential developmental skills. This free program is offered through a grant from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Sign up by emailing melanie@halibrary.org.

n Girl Scouts of Western PA hosts Library Girl Scout Daisies (kindergarten and first grade), Brownies (second and thirrd grade) and Juniors (fourth and fifth grade) Troop 46502 from 6 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the library. Dues are $2 per meeting. The troop is currently filled; questions may be emailed to melanie


n The 321 Art Gallery will display artwork in the library during April. Works on display may include photography, watercolor, mixed media, oil paintings, etc., and items will be available for sale to the public. For more information, call 317-5045.

n The Handwork and Arts Group will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Take your own materials and projects. Call Janice at 695-2281 for more information.

n The Lego Club will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. each Friday in April. Sign-up is required; space is limited. This program is for ages 6 to 12.

n The Homeschool Science Fair will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. Students give a short (2- to 3-minute) presentation on a scientific subject of their choice, including visual displays and/or experiments. Local homeschool and cyber school families are invited to present, and the general public is invited to attend the fair. For more information, email yumisecreme


n The ABC Photo Society will meet sy 7:15 p.m. Monday. Visit abcps.club for more information. All are welcome to attend.

n “Smartphone Basics” will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. April 4 and 18. Drew Dodson of Verizon Wireless, Hollidaysburg, will help cell phone users with basic skills, including connecting to the Internet, creating a phone contact, searching for nearby restaurants and businesses, etc. No signup is needed; take your cell phone and charger.

n The “Beginning E-Reading Class” will meet at 4 p.m. April 6. Did you recently get a digital device and want to know how to download free digital library books and magazines? Bring your library card, device and charging cord. Signup is needed; space is limited.

n “Elements in Harmony” NAMI PA Blair County Youth and Family Support Group will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. April 6 and 13. RSVP to 502-4093 or call 943-0414, ext. 3065. Parents/caregivers and their children ages 12 and older connect, learn and enjoy crafts together.

n The Friends of the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library will meet at 10 a.m. April 7, followed by an 11 a.m. armchair presentation on “Iceland” by Gail and Dick Reeve. All are welcome to attend.

n Will Hillenbrand, author of One Book, Every Young Child’s 2016 selection “Kite Day,” will visit the library twice on April 8: once at 1 p.m. for approximately 150 local preschoolers, and once at 6 p.m. to give parents who work during the day an opportunity to attend with their child. Hear the book read by the author and learn about the book creation process. Saint Francis Science Outreach Center R-SPACE will provide a free portable planetarium and a wind experiment activity, and the Friends of the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library will provide a free coloring activity. To learn more about the One Book, Every Young Child initiative, visit paonebook.org.

n “National Library Week” and “Week of the Young Child” will be celebrated April 10 to 16. Visit the library to attend one or more of the nine programs scheduled this week and to get a free library card for yourself and your child (Take your current ID to apply for a library card).

During National Library Week, fines may be “paid” with a nonperishable food donation to the library for the American Rescue Workers food bank.

n A “General Computer Questions Class” will be held at 6 p.m. April 11. Tom Robison invites individuals to ask questions about any aspect of computer ownership and use. Email questions to trobison@atlantic

bbn.net to have them addressed during class time. No signup is needed.

n The Mystery and Mayhem” Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. April 12 to discuss “First and Only” by Peter Flannery. Books are available for purchase at the library.

n A Bear-Themed Ceramics Class will be held at 6 p.m. April 12. Kathy Brua of Fired-Up Ceramics Co. will provide a ceramic piece, brushes, paint and firing at a cost of $5 per project. Signup is required; space is limited, choose from a selection of bear/other themed projects. Children can participate with adult supervision. Call 935-5490 to sign up.

n An Intermediate E-Reading Class will meet at 6 p.m. April 13. This free class is for people who have learned how to download digital library materials, but need practice or have questions. Take your library card, device and charging cord. Signup is needed; space is limited.

n The library’s used book sale will be held April 14, April 15 and 16. Proceeds will benefit the library.

n “Ukulele Crash Course: No Helmet Required” will be held at 6 p.m. April 14 and 2 p.m. April 24. Members of the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective will teach this beginning class, including basic chords and songs. There is a $5 materials fee per participant; ukuleles will be provided. For ages 12 and older. Sign up by emailing melanie@halibrary.org.

n “Community Emergency Response Team Training” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 9, 16 and 30. Tom Robison invites ages 14 through adult to this free training and certification in CERT. Email trobison@atlanticbbn.net or call 215-7770 with questions; sign up at the library. Participants are asked to reserve their space with a $10 reservation fee that will be returned to them after the class is completed. Space is limited.

n The Evening Classics Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 14 to discuss “The Analects” by Confucius. Books are available for purchase at the library.

n “Sampler Showcase” with Miss Joanne will be held at 6 p.m. April 19. From educational needlework tools to works of art, learn about the history of the sampler’s evolution and enjoy a variety of examples including common and rare sayings and motifs. Needleworkers may take their own samplers to share. No signup is needed; all are welcome.

n The Inspirational Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. April 20 to discuss “Running Around (and Such)” by Linda Byler. Books are available for purchase at the library.

n “Essential Oils: Bathroom Cabinet Makeover” will be held at 6 p.m. April 20. Learn how some people include essential oils in their general health and beauty aids. RSVP to lakotaz@aol.com to receive a free sample.

n A free showing of the movie “Rebecca” will be held at 6 p.m. April 22. No signup is needed; snacks will be provided.

n The Allegheny Ukulele Kollective will host a “Ukulele Jam” from 2 to 4 p.m. April 24. There will be ukuleles available to use. Email alleghenyukes@

gmail.com for information.

n “Keep Blair County Beautiful” meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 27. All are welcome. The meeting’s mission is to inspire and educate people towards a clean, green and beautiful Blair County. KBCB is a Keep America Beautiful Affiliate. Call 942-7472 for more information (ask for Katrina).

n Special Storytime guest reader Andrea Schurr of Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries will provide a free preschool storytime and craft at 10:30 a.m. April 28.

n Join Miss Tina and costumed character Reckless the Dog at 10:30 a.m. April 28. Hear the story “Reckless Returns: Eye Safety 101” and have a photo opportunity with Reckless as Miss Tina offers parents a free vision screening for their preschool child courtesy of Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind. All ages are welcome to attend; call 944-2021 for more information.

n The Best of Times Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. April 28 to discuss “The Life We Bury” by Allen Eskens. Books are available for purchase at the library.

n “Cosmic Treats: Organizing the Elements: The Story of the Periodic Table” will be held at 6 p.m. April 28. Benjamin Smith, visiting assisting professor, Department of Chemistry, Saint Francis University, will tell the origins, development and uses of this important chemistry tool. A free talk and family science experience. No signup is needed; all ages are welcome. There will be snacks. This program is part of a partnership with Lanika Ruzhitskaya, director of the Saint Francis University Science Outreach Center.

n Special Display: Area residents may visit the youth room to see a display by Dillon Lance, teen artist of the month from Hollidaysburg Area High School, throughout the month.


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