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Prepare for back to school and more with these Centre County Library programs

Centre County Library and Historical Museum has locations in Bellefonte, Centre Hall and Philipsburg.
Centre County Library and Historical Museum has locations in Bellefonte, Centre Hall and Philipsburg. Centre Daily Times, file

The summer is winding down, but there are still many free programs and activities for people of all ages at your local library. Centre County Library and Historical Museum has locations in Bellefonte, Centre Hall and Philipsburg.

This year, the Centre County Library in Bellefonte is excited to introduce a Kindergarten Kick-start program. Geared for children entering kindergarten this fall, it will help build readiness skills and aid parents in determining which areas might need more work. There are two session (content is the same in each) that will focus on skills such as working with zippers, clips and buttons. Parents are encouraged to observe as their children cut with scissors, carry a lunch tray and practice sorting and sequencing. Space is limited, so parents are required to register for one of the Friday Aug. 10, sessions; either 10-11:30 a.m. or 3:30-5 p.m.

Also new to Centre County Library is Cookbook Club. Mark your calendar to attend the Thursday, Nov. 1 meeting at 6 p.m. Participation is easy: simply check out a cookbook from the library, find a recipe with the featured ingredient (November is apples!), prepare the dish and bring it to Cookbook Club to share. This will also be an opportunity to swap recipes and learn about growing your own food.

Holt Memorial Library in Philipsburg has many programs for children and adults alike. On Thursday, Aug. 23, from 6-7 p.m., Holt will host Back to School Bingo. This free game night will give children (ages 6-12) the opportunity to win back-to-school supplies. Other Thursday evening programs include Craft Night, Lego Night and STEM Lab.

Adults in the Philipsburg area are encouraged to attend a Decoupage Art night on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 6-7 p.m. The library will provide all the supplies to make decoupage photo art boxes. Space is limited, so please sign up at the library by calling in advance or stopping by.

If you find yourself in Centre Hall this month (we’re looking at you, Grangers!), feel free to stop by for children’s storytimes, to pick up something great to read or listen to, or to learn how to download books to your smartphone or e-reader.

There are many regularly scheduled programs at all of our branches. To find out more, visit us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.CentreCountyLibrary.org, and make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up-to-date on everything Centre County Library related.

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