Bellwood library sets programs for July

BELLWOOD — The Bellwood-Antis Public Library has announced its activities for July.

n Free Tai Chi classes for individuals age 60 and older continue at 1 p.m. every Wednesday through July 31. Sign up at the checkout desk or by messaging the library on Facebook. These classes are presented by Blair Senior Services.

n Summer Sprouts is the library’s summer toddler time for children ages 18 months to 3 years. Families can join others at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday through Aug. 15 for stories, fingerplays and fun. No sign-ups required, new families always welcome.

n At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, kids of all ages (and grown-ups, too) can meet four members of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra’s string section, hear Celtic music and learn how fun it is to play an instrument at a free cushion concert.

n At the July Lego Club from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, kids are challenged to design their own Water Park out of Legos during “Legos + Laguna Splash = Legona Splash!” Lego Club is free, and no sign-ups are required, but parents must stay in the building while children construct.

n The library’s first Kids’ Week event is taking the library to a galaxy far, far, away with a Star Wars Night at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Families can meet Star Wars characters, hear Star Wars stories from Jedi Knight Rey, do Star Wars crafts and visit the Mos Eisley Parks & Recreation Droid Petting Zoo.

n Get ready to reach for the stars! At the library’s second Kids’ Week event, local science teacher Miss Barb will teach kids all about stars with fun, hands-on activities at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

n Families are invited to celebrate the hatching of this summer’s flock of library chickens at a special program with Miss Suzanne of the Blair County Conservation District at 6:30 p.m. July 17. There will be chicken stories and activities and live baby chicks.

n Kids’ Week will conclude at 6:30 p.m. July 18 with another fun building workshop presented by the Altoona Home Depot. There will be hands-on construction fun for kids ages 3 and older with sporty projects!

n At the July Lego Challenge Night at 6 p.m. July 22, kids are challenged to use Lego bricks (and other blocks) to create a twisting and turning marble run. Lego Challenge Nights are for kids ages 5 to 15. Library Lego events are free and no sign-ups are needed, but parents must stay in the building while children construct.

n The Bellwood-Antis Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. July 22. Judy Shannon will give a presentation on the history of the Gable’s Department Store. Historical society meetings are open to the public.

n Not quiet? Not able to sit still? Not a problem! The library will present a free Sensory Saturday Story Time especially for children ages 2 and older with autism, special needs, and sensory concerns at noon July 27. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Each child will receive a free book from the Central PA Autism Society for attending.

For more information on library events, visit bapl.lib.pa.us/ and like and follow its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BellwoodAntisPublicLibrary/.