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, Dec. 3, 10 and 17; 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, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23; 1:30-2 p.m. and Wednesdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17; 10:30-11 a.m.
Dec 2-3: Winter
Dec 9-10: Snow
Dec 16-17: Hibernation
Dec 23: Cookies
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, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22; 10:30-11 a.m.
Dec 1: Winter
Dec 8: Snow
Dec 15: Hibernation
Dec 22: Cookies
Victorian Christmas Storytimes
While enjoying Bellefonte’s Victorian Christmas Celebration, visit the elves in the library for holiday story times at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 13. If you can find the elf on the shelf, let a librarian know and you’ll get a sweet treat.
Join the Lego Club and build something. Whatever you build will be displayed until the following week. The club will explore block play and other activities that address topics in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Thursdays, Dec. 4 and 11; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Strawberry Fields Developmental Screenings
Join Strawberry Fields in the library for free developmental screenings for children on Dec. 12 from 9 a.m.-noon. Take your child and let them play while Strawberry Fields observes your child in action. Strawberry Fields will answer questions and offer information based on their observations.
During Bellefonte’s Victorian Christmas celebration the Hooks & Needles club will be selling crafts on Dec. 13 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. They’ll be selling handmade items, including knitted, crocheted, quilted, embroidered, and baked goods, all to benefit Centre County Library
Hooks & Needles
Take your projects to share ideas and tips with others who love to knit. Thursdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18; 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, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Dec 1: Counting cookies
Dec 8: Toddler time with trains
Dec 15: Jingle bells
Dec 22: Christmastime
Dec 29: Winter fun
Fizz, Bang, Eureka: Science Club
Santa Science Lab — Join Miss Lisa for experiments with a holiday twist. We’ll be making magical milk and Christmas goop, among other things. All school-aged children welcome. Dec. 10 at 3-3:30 p.m. and 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Join the club and enjoy building with Lego blocks. Whatever you build will be displayed until the following week. Wednesdays, Dec. 3 and 17; 3-3:30 p.m. and 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Teen Craft Night
Turn jars into winter candleholders that make great gifts or tabletop decorations on Dec. 18 from 6-7 p.m. The library will provide all supplies, just bring a friend and prepare to have a great time.
Homeschool Tuesday: Picturing America
Join other homeschoolers in grades 6-12 for a journey across American History as seen through the arts. Tuesdays from 1:30-3 p.m. Pre-registration required, call 364-2580.
• Dec. 9: Study movement, distance, depth and other techniques used in the paintings “The Boating Party”by Mary Cassatt, “John Biglin in a Single Scull” by Thomas Eakins, “The Veteran in a New Field” by Winslow Homer and “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze.
• Dec. 23: Learn the history of American quilts and look at examples from Pre-Civil War, Mennonite, Amish and modern-day.
Homeschool Tuesdays: Read Across America
A literary journey across the United States for homeschoolers in grades 1-5. Learn the capitals, fun facts and read stories set in each state as the group watches America grow Tuesdays, Dec. 2 and 16; 1:30-3pm. Pre-registration required, call 364-2580 or visit the circulation desk.
Holt Memorial Library
17 N. Front St., Philipsburg, 342-1987
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, Dec. 9 and 16; 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, Dec. 3, 10 and 17; 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Thursdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18; 2–2:30 p.m.
Dec 3: Welcome winter
Dec 10: Holiday tales
Dec 17: Holiday tales
Baby’s Morning Out
For children ages 3 and younger with an adult. Join the group for fun with friends, complete with educational and developmental playthings. Tuesdays, Dec. 2 and 23; 10:30-11 a.m.
Activities and presentations are appropriate for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Thursdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18; 6 p.m.
December 4: Holiday craft
December 11: BlockHeads – exercise your engineering skills with Legos
December 18: Create a gift- use your creativity to make a holiday gift for a friend or family member
Join other families who wish to exercise their creativity. The library has various art supplies available for all ages. Dec. 6; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Holt’s Holiday Mitten Tree
Once again, the library will be collecting newly purchased or handmade mittens, gloves, hats and scarves through Dec. 13 for the local Community Action to distribute in their Christmas boxes. Items for the food bank will also be collected under the tree.
Whether you are a beginner or experienced with crocheting or knitting, join the fun as the group works to learn new skills. Mondays, Dec. 1 and 15; 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Schlow Centre Region Library
211 S. Allen St., State College, 237-6236
Listen to the story in the children’s department of the library and then ride the Polar Express on Dec. 6-7 and 13-14. Children will receive a small drawstring bag with a bell and a coin that they can spend at Santa’s workshop. Dec 6 and 13 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Dec. 7 and 14 from 2-4:20 p.m. Registration begins Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. Call 235-7817 to register.
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. Dec. 20 and 27; 11 a.m.
Join open game nights, where the library provides a range of tabletop games, including Bohnanza, Carcassonne, chess, checkers, Compounded, Dixit, Dominion, Forbidden Island, Pandemic, Scrabble, Shadow Hunters, playing cards, Ticket to Ride and Ultimate Werewolf. Dec. 3 and 17; 4-8 p.m.
• Decorate a snow figure for every member of your family. Dec. 1 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Celebrate the early December darkness by creating your own version of Vincent Van Gogh's famous "Starry Night" painting. Dec. 23 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Celebrate the season by making a winter wreath to decorate your door. Dec. 29 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Make a crepe paper streamer flyer and fly it to welcome the New Year. Dec. 30 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Jazz up the start of 2015 with a colorful New Year's crown. Use spirals, zig-zags and all types of shapes and colors. Dec. 31 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Amelia Bedelia show
Amelia Bedelia is a spunky maid who takes things a little too literally. Join her on her crazy, mixed-up adventures in literal housekeeping. The Penn State Thespians will present the show on Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m.
Design your own gift wrap
Take your gifts to the library and wrap them in your own creative, one-of-a-kind gift wrap. Materials provided by The Growing Tree. Dec. 6 and 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14, 2-4:20 p.m.
Mother/Daughter Book Club
Appropriate for girls in 5th and 6th grades. Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. Call 235-7817 to register.
Book to be discussed is “The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice,” by Carolyn McVicar Edwards.
Balloon magic and mystery
Enjoy magic and balloon-making with Dennie Huber. Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.