Hollidaysburg library announces April activities

Courtesy photo Members of the Keystone State Literacy Association Blair Bedford visited the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library to present donated books by author Sneed Collard III for local library collections. Shown are (from left): Pat Waring, treasurer, KSLA; Melanie Ramsey, director of youth and children’s services, Hollidaysburg Area Public Library; Cathy Rodgers, president, KSLA; and Heather Lindskold, administrative assistant, Altoona Area Public Library.

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area Public Library has announced its activities and resources for April.

April is Citizen Science Month and Virtual Month of the Young Child. Check out books from the library displays.

The library will be closed April 2, 3 and 4 in observance of Easter.

The library wishes to draw attention to the free virtual resources available with your current Blair County library card, accessible at 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.

Free online access to the AtoZ Food America Database is offered by the library through the end of 2021. Use your Blair County library card number to enjoy thousands of state, regional and ethnic recipes — including food culture articles and an ingredients section — as well as historical and reference articles. This database is supported by the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

Access it on the library’s Facebook page or at www.atozfoodamerica.com


Storytime videos will be posted on the library’s Facebook page each Wednesday throughout the month of April. 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 presents a series of short art/cartooning/caricature videos for all ages, posted on the library’s Facebook page at 10 a.m. each Tuesday.

Lakemont Park Outreach will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. April 3 at Lakemont Park’s red concert stage. Enjoy a variety of stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities with your young child. No signup is needed; children must be accompanied by an adult; social distancing must be observed.

Celebrate National Library Week, April 4 through 10, by voting for your favorite children’s book to be featured in a special storytime that will be posted on Children’s Book Day, April 30. Paper voting forms will be available in the Children’s Room, or vote online on the library’s Facebook page.

Science Cafe: Cosmic Cocktails is a series of free science talks, geared for adults, 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. At 6 p.m. April 8, there will be a presentation by Michael Sell, project coordinator, Institute for Energy, Saint Francis University, on “Tiny Spaces: Sustainable Living.” Science Cafe is a partnership among the library, the Science Outreach Center at Saint Francis University and Allegheny Creamery & Crepes of Hollidaysburg. A total of 20% of takeout food purchases from Allegheny Creamery & Crepes (order by calling 814-696-5055 or using ChowNow) between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on the day of each talk will benefit the library. Call 814-472-3878 with questions.

Virtual Money Smart Week, held April 10-17, is a nationwide educational event that focuses on increasing financial literacy among all ages. This weeklong free virtual campaign aims to help people better manage their personal finances with a focus on those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Look for Facebook posts on the library’s page, detailing free resources on topics like student loans, fraud protection, budgeting, saving and more. Visit moneysmartweek.org for more information.

Citizen Science Activities: The public is invited to participate in the Network of the National Library of Medicine’s virtual health programming, a partnership with SciStarter. April’s featured activity is Stall Catchers, and the topic is “Aid Alzheimer’s Research By Playing Games on Your Phone.” To participate, visit https://scistarter.org/stall-catchers-by-eyesonalz or watch for the library’s social media posts each Thursday and follow the simple directions. A different citizen science activity will be introduced each week.

Citizen Archivist Activity: The public is invited to help unlock history this April by tagging and transcribing historical records on the National Archives’ Citizen Archivist Dashboard. This month’s focus is African American History , but there are other documents to choose from, including World War II and Korean photographs, submarines and documents handwritten by U.S. soldiers. Look for the library’s Facebook posts each Monday for more information or visit www.archives


started to get started.

Poetry Fridays: The library is participating in the PA Kindness Poem Project, a yearlong initiative by the PA Humanities Council. Each Friday, the public will be invited to share messages of kindness which will be used as inspiration for a new poem by Philadelphia Poet Laureate Trapeta B. Mayson. Check out the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s website for more info on how to “Share Your Kindness.” PAHumanities.org/Kindness

Teen Reading Lounge will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday. Ages 12 to 18 are invited to participate; there will be activities and snacks; signup is required; space is limited. Email

melanie@halibrary.org to reserve a space. Teen Reading Lounge is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported by Library Services and Technology Act funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, visit pahumanities


Story Time Fun Day, part of Blair County’s Virtual Month of the Young Child, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13 at the Logan Valley Mall across from the food court. This free day of storytimes is offered through a partnership among the Family Resource Center, the library and the Altoona Area Public Library. Join Miss Kristy and Miss Melanie for stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities. Space is limited due to social distancing. Masks are required for everyone over 2 years old. Take a small throw blanket to sit on. Registration is required. Story times will be offered at 10:30, 1 and 2 p.m. Call 814-232-7295 to sign up.

Birds Toddler Time will be held at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. April 28 at the Logan Valley Mall across from the food court. This partnership among Longwood Gardens, the library and the Altoona Area Public Library is a free bird-themed storytime with books, songs, rhymes and movement activities. The featured book is “Ruby’s Birds,” this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read selection. Participants receive a Bird Seed Investigation Grab and Go Bag to explore the food preferences of neighborhood birds. Registration is required and space is limited due to social distancing requirements. Masks are required for everyone ages 2 and up. Take a small blanket to sit on. Call 814-232-7295 to register.

The Best of Times Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. April 29 at the library to discuss “Park Bench in Peony Place/Saturday Morning Park Run” by Jules Wake. Email janet@halibrary.org to sign up for this free online book club.

STEM kits are available for checkout, provided through a CSB2 STEM Ecosystem grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 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.

Enjoy spring wildlife 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 814-695-5961 to make sure the backpack is available for checkout. There is one backpack at each Blair County library.


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