Centre County Library and Historical Museum
200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte, 355-1516
This program features books, music and literacy-enriching activities designed for babies and toddlers. Themes vary throughout the month.
Wednesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 9:30-10 a.m.
Features books, music and literacy-enriching activities designed for preschool aged children. All storytime programs follow the Pennsylvania Standards for Learning regarding emergent and early literacy skills, as well as social and interactive development. Tuesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 1:30-2 p.m. and Wednesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 10:30-11 a.m.
• July 1-2: Weather all around
• July 8-9: Feathers and paws
• July 15-16: Food
• July 22-23: Mixing up stories
• July 29-30: Bubbles
Features books, music and literacy-enriching activities designed for toddlers. All storytime programs follow the Pennsylvania Standards for Learning regarding emergent and early literacy skills, as well as social and interactive development. Mondays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28; 10:30-11 a.m.
• July 7: Feathers and paws
• July 14: Food
• July 21: Mixing up stories
• July 28: Bubbles
Spotted in the Garden
Visit the Bellefonte Garden Club in the garden to learn about bugs — the good, the bad and the grouchy. Hear a buggy tale, then go to the craft table to make a reminder of your garden experience. July 19; 11 a.m.
Mad Scientist Club
Join fellow young scientists to explore science concepts throughout the summer. Call 355-1516 or visit the circulation desk to register. Tuesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 3-4 p.m.
Summer Reading Movie Days
Children ages 6-12, with an adult, can watch movies and eat popcorn in the library. Wednesdays, July 2, 16 and 30; 1-3 p.m.
• July 2: “The Iron Giant” (1999), Rated PG
• July 16: “Meet the Robinsons” (2007), Rated G
• July 30: “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” (2009), Rated PG
Summer Reading Club Events
Kids ages 4 and older. Thursdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; 2-4 p.m.
This year’s theme is science:
• July 3: Weather All Around — with Accuweather’s Jason Nicholls for a hands-on weather program.
• July 10: Birds of Prey Show — A Shaver’s Creek naturalist will visit us with owls and other birds of prey.
• July 17: Healthy You, Healthy Me — A presentation from AmeriHealth about bodies and good health.
• July 24: Chemistry Ice Cream — Evan Edwards presents a hands-on demonstration that ends in a treat.
• July 31: Bubble Science — Join Kelly Stein for a workshop all about bubbles and how they are made.
Author Visit with Artie Bennett
Author Artie Bennett, whose books include “Peter Panda Melts Down” and “The Butt Book,” will discuss his stories, answer questions and sign copies of his books. July 23; 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Jazz In the Garden
Help celebrate Bellefonte’s Jazz Festival by joining jazz musicians and readers in the Children’s Garden during the event. This program for children and families will bring rhythmic stories to life with accompanying live music. July 26; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Teen Summer Reading Movies
Teens are invited to bring their friends and go to the library’s community room to watch a few classics this summer. Fridays, July 11 and 25; 1-3 p.m.
• July 11: “Jurassic Park”
• July 25: “The Goonies”
Art Journaling: A Family Story
Join Linda Mantz for a series focusing on art journaling techniques and family story telling. Paint, draw, doodle, cut and paste while telling your unique story. Wednesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 6-7:30 p.m.
Hooks & Needles
Bring your projects to share ideas and tips with others who love to knit. Thursdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; 1-2:30 p.m.
Centre County Library Bookmobile
Check website for locations and hours.
Centre Hall Library
109 W. Beryl St., 364-2580
Storytimes for kids ages 2-5 include songs, rhymes, finger plays and crafts that reinforce weekly themes. Mondays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28; 10:30-11:30 a.m.
• July 7: What’s That Smell?
• July 14: Gardening
• July 21: Buzzzzz!
• July 28: Things That Go!
Summer Reading Club
Explore the world of science with activities and experiments, and win prizes for reading books. Club events are designed for children preschool age and older, but families are welcome. Thursdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; 2-4 p.m.
• July 3: Crazy Chemistry
• July 10: Touch-A-Truck
• July 17: Bedrock Theatre
• July 24: Lost Hollow Honey
• July 31: Simple Machines Derby
Summer Reading Teen Movie Night
Bring a friends and join in for a movie and discussion after the film, “Catching Fire” (PG-13). July 17; 6-8:30 p.m.
Holt Memorial Library
17 N. Front St., Philipsburg, 342-1987
For children ages 3-10 with an adult. This is an interactive and educational program designed for children with sensory integration challenges. It combines books, songs, movement and therapeutic activities to stimulate all five senses and promote learning. Registration is required. Registration forms and visual guides can be found at the library prior to storytimes. Saturdays, July 5 and 19; 11:30 a.m.-noon and Thursdays, July 10 and 24; 2-2:30 p.m.
Mother Goose On the Loose
For children ages 3 years and younger with an adult. Join in for a musical, rhyming adventure through the world of Mother Goose. This program is a form of a baby lap-sit, with the focus on rhythms, rhymes, music and interaction between baby and adult. Storytime programs meet Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood Education. Tuesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 10:30-11 a.m.
For preschool-aged children with an adult. Enjoy stories followed by related activities and interaction. Some crafts and activities involve parts or directions not suitable for children younger than 3. Storytime programs meet Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood Education. Wednesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 10:30-11:30 a.m.
• July 2: It’s All Chemistry
• July 9: Engineering Some Fun
• July 16: It’s a Zoo in There
• July 23: Heart-Healthy Storytime
• July 30: What’s the Weather?
Activities and presentations are appropriate for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Thursdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; 6-7 p.m.
• July 3: It’s All Chemistry
• July 10: Drop-In Legos
• July 17: Shaver’s Creek Birds of Prey Presentation
• July 24: Healthy Eating with AmeriHealth Northeast
• July 31: Family Movie Night — “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
Summer Science with Legos
Try experimenting with simple machines using Legos. Due to limited Lego kits, registration is required. Call or visit the library to sign up. Fridays, July 11, 18 and 25; 2-3 p.m.
Teen Art Program
A chance for teens, ages 12 and up, to exercise their creative sides. The library will supply materials to experiment with, as well as light snacks. Saturdays, July 5, 12, 19 and 26; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join other families who wish to exercise their creativity. Art supplies will be available for all ages. Saturdays, July 5 and 19; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced with crocheting or knitting, join the fun and work together to learn new skills.
Mondays, July 7 and 21; 6-7:30 p.m.
Schlow Centre Region Library
211 S. Allen St., State College, 237-6236
For ages 2 to 7; interactive stories, fingerplays and music. Tuesdays, July 1, 15 and 29; 10:30 a.m.
Gross in the garden
Think you can’t make a mess at the library? Think again! Make your way to the Readers’ Garden, where things will pop, ooze and explode. July 2; 2:30 p.m.
Fizz, Boom Bang!The science of fireworks
Colorful lights that explode in the sky, loud noises that echo in your ears … but where do they come from? Uncover the mystery of fireworks. July 3, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday Stories Alive
For ages 2 to 7; the program offers a half-hour of stories, fingerplays and a hands-on activity to take home. July 5, 12, 19 and 26; 11 a.m.
Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• July 8: Pack for Mars
• July 15: Light and shadow
• July 22: Cars in Motion
• July 29: Patterned Butterflies
Read It, Watch It movie
Wednesdays at noon.
• July 9: “Despicable Me”
• July 16: “Time Bandits”
• July 23: “Over the Hedge”
• July 30: “E.T.”
Celebrate the artistry of books with Pennsylvania authors at this Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts event. July 12, from noon to 4 p.m., Schlow library parking lot.
Magical Adventures for Talented Heroines and Heroes. Students in grades 1-5 discover a land where everyone speaks a universal language. Listen to a story, learn a language skill, engage in a hands-on activity and discover a new place to explore. Starts at Schlow library and ends at Discovery Space. Participants will be given a pass to Discovery Space. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Tuesdays, July 15, 22 and 29; 1:30 and 2 p.m.
Buzz, Tweet, Squeak
With author Lindsay Barrett George; July 16; 2:30 p.m.
Tween Knitting Club
Join other tweens in learning how to knit. Recommended for children entering grades 4-6. Registration required. Thursdays, July 17, 24 and 31; 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Boomin’ Like a Bullfrog
Jump, sing and frolic like a frog. Watch a puppet show, compare jumping distances, and see and touch eggs, tadpoles, and frogs. Taught by Jody Wallace, environmental education specialist for the Blair County Conservation District. July 17; 2:30 p.m.
Legos in Action
Learn basic building principles and create a Star Wars Walker. This Lego class will be held six times over the summer. Choose one date to attend. Open to children entering grades 4, 5 and 6. Registration required. July 21 or 22; 9:30 a.m.
Great Big World of Bugs
Learn how to find and care for local bugs and examine mounted specimens of unusual bugs. Taught by Butterfly Guy Rick Mikula. July 23, 2:30 p.m.
Our Berserk Bodies
Author Artie Bennett, whose books include “Peter Panda Melts Down” and “The Butt Book,” will discuss his stories, answer questions and sign copies of his books, July 24; 2:30 p.m.
A stroll through the Arboretum
Meet in the parking lot of the Arboretum for a walk through the gardens. July 30; 2:30 p.m.