Hollidaysburg library sets Dec. activities

Courtesy photo Local author Randy Stoltz visited the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library recently to share his book “Civil War and the Hearts of Morrisons Cove” and historical items including a Civil War saber, photos, books and coins (the 1864 2-cent coin shown in this photo was the first coin to display “In God We Trust”). Stoltz’s book lists more than 1,000 local names of Civil War soldiers and is available at lulu.com.

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area Public Library has announced its December 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 Dec. 1, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25.

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

n “1,000 Books Before Kinder-garten” is designed to encourage parents to read 1,000 books to their child before they start kindergarten. Book logs/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 1000booksbeforekindergarten.org for more information.

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 at the library during the school year. Email melanie

@halibrary.org for more information.

n Photography by the members of ABC Photo Society will be on display in the Community Room during the month of December.

n Canasta/Mahjongg Club will meet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each Monday in December. Beginners are welcome; call

693-9292 to sign up. This program is intended for adults.

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 Studio Arts Group meets from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Adults are invited to bring their painting, pastel, drawing or other art projects to work on; call Paula at 695-5332 for more information.

n Allegheny Essential Oils Club will hold free classes from

6 to 7 p.m. each Wednesday in December, focusing on oils A-Z. All are welcome; visit the club’s Facebook page 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 Storytimes will be held at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in December. No signup 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 December. 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 Free tech help will be provided from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 19 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. Dec. 2 and 16. Visit abcps.club for meeting topics; all are welcome.

n A bingo fundraiser will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5. For more information, visit the Library.

n The Mystery and Mayhem Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. Dec. 10 to discuss “The Secrets We Bury” by Debra Webb. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the library.

n Ceramics classes will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 and 19. Kathy Brua of Fired Up Ceramics Co. provides a variety of winter and holiday-themed 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 Local author Tom Catalano will visit the library at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 to read from his latest book, ‘The Edge of Imagination,” which includes mystery/suspense short stories with surprise endings for adults and teens. Catalano’s books span all ages and signed copies will be for sale during his visit. No signup is needed; all are welcome.

n The Inspirational Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 to discuss “The Christmas Blessing” by Melody Carlson. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the library. For more information, email nila2j@atlanticbb.net.

n MOMS Club Storytime will be held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13. All are welcome to come and meet the members; children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, email


n “Texas Hold’em and Bingo Fundraiser” will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at Scott’s Arcade, Weimers 764 Campground, Duncansville. Admission is $50 for 30,000 in chips; 12 bingo cards for $12; food will be sold during breaks. For more information, visit the library or call 330-9617.

n Cell phone help: Tyler Zorger from Sprint, Altoona, will hold a free class at 3 p.m. Dec. 16. 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 sign-up is needed.

n Free computer classes will be held at 1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 18. Presenter Tom Robison will answer questions during class; email questions ahead of time to corporal99@msn.com. No signup needed; all are welcome.

n “Music With Marabeth” will meet at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19. Children and their grownups are invited to come sing, dance, wiggle and giggle with Miss Marabeth including fun with egg shakers, rhythm sticks and more. No signup needed; children must be accompanied by an adult.

n A free movie showing of “Scrooge” starring Albert Finney (Rated G, 1970, 1 hour, 53 minutes) will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 20. No signup needed; snacks will be provided.

The public is encouraged to support the library’s winter fundraising: Gardner’s chocolates 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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