Hollidaysburg library sets programs for July

Courtesy photo Lucy Phibbs, 1, has fun in a toy truck after storytime at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library. Lucy is the daughter of David and Kelly Phibbs of Roaring Spring.

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area Public Library has announced its July 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.

The library will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

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

n Girl Scouts Western PA hosts Library Girl Scout Daisies (kindergarten and first grade), Brownies (second and third grade) and Juniors (fourth and fifth grade) Troop 46502 and Troop 46695 from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays during the school year. Email melanie@halibrary.org for more information.

n Stuff The Bus collection bins will be available through Aug. 1 to receive donations of school supplies for local children, distributed through the United Way/Family Resource Center.

n Artwork celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra will be on display in the Community Room during the month of July. Call 943-2500 for more information.

n The Needlework and Arts Group (adult crafting club) meets from 12:30 to 2 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. the first Thursday of each month. Take your own materials/projects; no signup is needed, visit the club’s Facebook page for more information.

n Summer Stitching with Miss Mary Kay will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesdays during the Summer Learning Program for children who have finished kindergarten through those who finished fourth grade with accompanying adult. This free program is limited to 12 participants. All materials are included; sign up for one or more sessions. Projects are: July 2: Crescent Moon Drink Coasters, July 9: Corner Book Marks, July 16: Intro to Counted Cross Stitch. Projects for July 23, 30, and Aug. 6 will be announced. To reserve a spot, email


n Free Tech Help will be provided from 4 to 6 p.m. July 2, 16 and 30 to help with technical questions on laptops, tablets, cell phones and other devices. No signup needed; first-come, first-served, call ahead for availability.

n The ABC Photo Society will meet at 7:15 p.m. July 1 and 15. Visit abcps.club for meeting topics; all are welcome.

n Summer Learning Program: A Universe Of Stories — Interest-ing, free, fun programs and activities are available throughout the summer for ages newborn through high school and accompanying family members. Sign up at the library for this free program that runs through Aug. 9. Participants receive a different small prize each week they visit the library. Note: Special guest programs are open to all interested people and you do not have to be signed up for the Summer Learning program to attend.

n Free storytimes for pre-schoolers (newborn through age 6) and their caregivers will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Signup is suggested but not required. Sometimes there will be a special guest instead of a traditional

storytime. Parents may choose to complete a reading log to have a record of their child’s reading enjoyment during the summer.

n For those who finished kindergarten through sixth grade: Each week the library will hold a free “Extra Helping of Fun” group activity time at 1 p.m. Monday and Wednesday that includes a learning or craft activity and sometimes a special guest. Signup is suggested but not required; details will be posted on the library’s Facebook page and printed library calendar. Participants can choose to complete a reading log to earn book bucks to exchange for extra prizes at the end of the program.

n Teens (ages 12 to 18) are invited to join the Teen Reading Lounge held at 5:30 p.m. each Monday in July and the first Monday of August. Email tlc320@icloud.com to reserve a space in this free program that includes free books, snacks and fun activities. Teens may also choose to read library books, fill out a short survey about each book and enter weekly prize drawings held each Friday.

n Summer Movie Series will meet at 2 p.m. each Friday and Saturday in July (except July 12 and 13). No signup is needed, all ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. Movie titles and ratings will be an-nounced at www.hollidaysburg

library.org and the library’s Facebook page.

n Storytimes will be held at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday, Thurs-day and Friday in July. No sign-up needed; sometimes there will be special guests; children must be accompanied by an adult.

n Wednesdays ROCK intergenerational drop-in program will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday in July. 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 A special guest storytime will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 5 and 11. Miss Ali from Pauline Baker Rodgers School of Dance will provide movement-based dance activities for children and their grownups. For more information, visit pbrdance.com or email


n Free computer classes will be held at 1 and 6 p.m. July 9. Tom Robison will answer questions during class/email questions ahead of time to corporal99

@msn.com. No signup needed; all are welcome.

n Outreach Storytimes at Hollidaysburg Farmers Market will be held at 1 p.m. July 9 and 23, uptown Hollidaysburg. No signup needed; for more information, email kpope@hollidaysburg


n “Altoona Symphony Cushion Concert: Celtic Celebration!” will be held at 6 p.m. July 9 at the library. Meet four members of the Altoona Sym-phony string section, hear beautiful and exciting quartet music (including Celtic music you will recognize from movies and popular culture) and learn how fun it is to play an instrument. It is for all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 943-2500 for more information.

n “Cosmic Treats: Palumbo Planetarium Visit” will be held at 6 p.m. July 10, with a second showing at 7 p.m. Saint Francis University’s Palumbo Planetar-ium, a portable inflatable classroom, will be available for a program on objects in our universe, followed by a 22-minute movie: “Back to the Moon for Good.” This free program is given in partnership with Lanika Ruzhitskaya, director of Saint Francis University’s Science Outreach Center. Sign up by emailing melanie@halibrary.org.

n “Miss Melanie’s Five and Ten Fundraiser” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13. Donated items of all kinds will be for sale in the library’s community room, all priced at $5 or $10. Proceeds benefit the library.

n “Ukulele Crash Course: Adults” will be held at 6 p.m. July 16 for ages 12 through adult. Learn three chords and several songs that use them. There is a $5 materials fee per participant; ukuleles will be provided if needed; sign up by emailing melanie@halibrary.org.

n Regina Biesinger of Clays-burg will visit storytime at 10:30 a.m. July 18 to teach participants fun, basic hand signs from the program Signing Time. All are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 207-3926.

n Ceramics Class will be held at 6 p.m. July 18. Kathy Brua of Fired Up Ceramics Co. provides a variety of project choices and all materials needed at a cost of $6 to $17 per project. All ages welcome; children can participate with adult supervision. Call 935-5490 to sign up/reserve a project choice.

n “Music With Marabeth” will meet at 10:30 a.m. July 12. Children and their grownups are invited to come sing, dance, wiggle and giggle with Miss Mara-beth including fun with egg shakers, rhythm sticks, hula hoops and more. No signup needed; children must be accompanied by an adult. Special guests Miss Andrea and Mr. Andrew will visit to provide a coloring activity and briefly inform families about free community recreation activities available at Lakemont Park.

n “Ukulele Crash Course: Kids” will be held at 6 p.m. July 23 for ages 7 through 11. Learn three chords and several songs that use them. There is a $5 materials fee per participant; ukuleles will be provided if needed; sign up by emailing melanie@halibrary.org.

n Cell Phone Help: Tyler Zorger from Sprint, Altoona, will hold a free class at 3 p.m. July 22. It doesn’t matter what type of smart phone you have and it doesn’t matter who your carrier is. This is a pressure-free environment to learn more about your smart devices. No signup is needed.

n “MOMS Club Storytime” will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 25. All are welcome to come and meet the members; children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, email moms


n “Outreach Storytime at the Mall” will be held at 1 p.m. July 26 at the Logan Valley Mall as part of Forever Media’s community event to benefit the Family Resource Center of United Way. No signup needed.

n Adult Summer Book Club: “My Fair Lady” will meet at 2 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month. July 25 will discuss “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. Books are available for purchase at the library. August’s book is “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell.

n Ukulele Jam will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. July 28. 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 “Engineer’s Week: Summer Engineering!” will meet at 6 p.m. July 30. Engineers from Keller Engineers Inc, of Hollidaysburg’s educational outreach committee invite school-aged students (grades one to six) to learn about engineering while participating in this free, fun hands-on building activity. Wear comfortable clothes; cameras are welcome. For more information, contact dcunningham@keller-engineers


n Keep Blair County Beautiful will meet at 6 p.m. July 31. 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 The public is encouraged to support the library’s summer fundraising: Gardner’s Choco-lates and Best of Friends Book-store. Be the first to know how the color RED is helping the library. Visit thisis.red and click the pre-order link.