Celebrate National Library Week with a variety of events

Centre County libraries have many family-friendly events planned around National Library Week.
Centre County libraries have many family-friendly events planned around National Library Week. Centre Daily Times, file

With National Library Week beginning Sunday, April is a busy month for libraries. Stay tuned to Centre County Library and Historical Museum on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for giveaways celebrating this special week. If you stop by Holt Memorial Library on Monday, be sure to pick up some refreshments in honor of Patron Appreciation Day. During the week, children who visit Holt will have the opportunity to enter drawings for prizes. And adults, there will be a raffle for you, too!

National Bookmobile Day falls in the middle of National Library Week. On Wednesday, the Bookmobile will be parked outside the Bellefonte location from 9 a.m.-noon. Come by to take a tour, get a library card, check out some books and see why everyone loves this fully functional library on wheels.

Budding authors still have the chance to submit stories for the Young Author and Illustrator Contest. Entries will be accepted until Monday. Winning stories will be honored at 6 p.m. May 2 at a special ceremony. More information can be found on our website, www.centrecountylibrary.org.

Each year, a book is chosen for the Pennsylvania One Book: Every Young Child program. This initiative highlights the importance of early literacy in preschoolers. This year, Zachariah O’Hora will visit the libraries to read his book, “My Cousin Momo.” Preschoolers through second grade and their families are invited on Friday to meet the author, receive a book (while supplies last) and make a craft. Visit time for Bellefonte is 10:15 a.m., 1 p.m. at Centre Hall and 3:30 p.m. in Philipsburg.

The Philipsburg branch has great opportunities for children and their families. Kids in the Kitchen takes place monthly and is a hands-on, food preparation program for kids aged 6-12. Join us at 6 p.m. April 26 to prepare birthday cake. If science is more your thing, then we encourage you to check out STEM Pillars. This Penn State research project, for parents and children working together, began Thursday. STEM Pillars will also be held in the Bellefonte branch beginning in May. Space is limited, so please make sure to register. Don’t forget to mark your calendar to attend Family Storytime on at 6 p.m. Monday, to solve the disappearance of everyone’s favorite teacher, Miss Nelson. Stay after to make a spring-themed craft.

Centre Hall branch is a must visit for those looking for family activities. The branch will host Family Science Night on Tuesday and April 24 at 6 p.m. Come to the library for hands-on experiments for the whole family. If you are looking to add to your home-school curriculum, make sure to attend our sessions of Home-School Tuesdays. There are both elementary and middle school aged programs available. Check out our website for more information.

Looking ahead to May 5, the library will host its second annual Novel Con. Planned in conjunction with Free Comic Book Day, there will be activities for all ages including a cosplay contest, raffles, kids’ crafts and more. You won’t want to miss this!

This is just a sampling of the many opportunities available at the library. Please visit www.centrecountylibrary.org for more information on our many programs.

Julie Valora is the communications coordinator and outreach assistant at Centre County Library and Historical Museum.