Centre County Libraries Calendar for February

Centre County Library and Historical Museum

200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte, 355-1516

Book Babies

This program features books, music and literacy-enriching activities designed for babies and toddlers. Themes vary throughout the month. Wednesdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25; 9:30–10 a.m.

Preschool Storytime

Features books, music and literacy-enriching activities designed for preschool-aged children. Wednesdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25; 10:30-11 a.m.

February themes:

Feb. 4: Opposites

Feb. 11: Love

Feb. 18: Birds

Feb. 25: I Like Me

Toddler Storytime

Features books, music and literacy-enriching activities designed for toddlers. Mondays, Feb. 2, 9, 15 and 23; 10:30-11 a.m.

February Themes:

Feb. 2: Opposites

Feb. 9: Love

Feb. 16: Birds

Feb. 23: I like me

Evening Family Storytime

Join Miss Kathleen for evening storytimes for families with preschoolers. Listen to stories, sing and rhyme with the group and end with a craft for the family. Non-fiction companion books will be on display to encourage further reading. Tuesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24; 6:30-7 p.m.

Lego Club

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, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26; 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Young Author and Illustrator Contest

It’s time to work on your contributions for the 30th annual Young Author and Illustrator contest. Stop by any library branch to get a brochure and guidelines or visit When your piece is complete, drop it off at any Centre County Library branch. Completed entries are due by March 30.

Bellefonte Reads

Join this community-wide program to promote reading and literacy. Stop by the Bellefonte Area High School to take advantage of literacy activities. While there, visit the Bookmobile and stop in the school to visit the library’s table. Feb. 19; 6-8 p.m.

Strawberry Fields developmental screenings

Join Strawberry Fields for free child developmental screenings. Let children play while Strawberry Fields observes them in action. Strawberry Fields will answer questions and offer information based on their observations. Feb.9; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Book discussion groups

Join others who love to read and discuss books. Members will help to choose the monthly reading selections. In February, the group will read the 2015 Centre County Reads selection “Beautiful Ruins,” a novel by Jess Walter. Daytime discussion group: Feb. 27; 1 p.m.

Centre County Library Bookmobile

Check website for locations and hours.

Centre Hall Library

109 W. Beryl St., 364-2580

Preschool Storytime

Storytimes for kids ages 2-5 include songs, rhymes, finger plays and crafts that reinforce weekly themes. Mondays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23; 10:30-11:30 a.m.

February themes:

Feb. 2: Polar Bears

Feb. 9: Friends

Feb. 16: Beary, Beary Sick

Feb. 23: Snuggle Up

Fizz, Bang, Eureka: Science Club

Science Careers — Join Miss Lisa for experiments and scientific discussion. This month, the group will explore a few science career choices and learn what marine biologists, oceanographers, astronomers and meteorologists do. All school-aged children welcome. Wednesdays, Feb. 4 and 18; 3-3:30 p.m. and 3:45-4:15 p.m.

Lego Club

Join the club and enjoy building with Lego blocks. Whatever you build will be displayed until the following week. This month the group will build igloos, snow forts and snow sports. Wednesdays, Feb. 11 and 25; 3-3:30 p.m. and 3:45-4:15 p.m.

Homeschool Tuesday: Picturing America

Join other homeschoolers in grades 6-12 for a journey across American History as seen through the arts. Tuesdays, Feb. 3 and 17, 1:30-3 p.m. Feb 3: Continuing study of American landscapes through the works of Grant Wood, Edward Hopper and Charles Sheeler. Feb 17: A study of wildlife art by analyzing the works of John James Audobon. Pre-registration required, call 364-2580.

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, Feb. 10 and 24; 1:30-3 p.m. 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. Tuesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24; 10:30-11 a.m.

Preschool Storytimes

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. Wednesdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25; 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Thursdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26; 2–2:30 p.m.

Themes are:

Feb. 4-5: Valentine Tales

Feb. 11-12: Be Mine, Valentine

Feb. 18-19: Thank You, Mr. President

Feb. 25: AmeriHealth Dental Health Presentation/Storytime

Feb. 26: Toothy Tales

It’s Elementary

Activities and presentations are appropriate for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Thursdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26; 6 p.m.

Themes are:

Feb. 5: Let’s Build! Lego Night

Feb. 12: Make a Valentine, Craft Night

Feb. 19: Book Bingo

Feb. 26: Kids in the Kitchen — Prepare Your Own Snack

Schlow Centre Region Library

211 S. Allen St., State College, 237-6236

Sports Central

Jump into February with sports activities with members of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association. Feb. 1; 2-4 p.m.

Free developmental screenings

Evaluations of children up to 5 years old administered by certified therapists from area early-intervention agencies. Skills will be evaluated in five major areas: motor (crawling, rolling, walking, hand-eye coordination); social (attention span, interactions, play); cognitive (thinking, reasoning); language (speech, understanding, pronunciation of words); and adaptive (eating, dressing, toileting). Feb. 6; 9-11:30 a.m.

World Stories Alive

Experience stories, songs and art in nine languages. For ages 3-8. Feb. 7 (Arabic) and 14 (Chinese); 11 a.m

Discovery Days

Show your valentine some love with the perfect card, complete with American Sign Language singing. Feb. 16, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Boardgaming meetup

Join open game meetings, 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. The library is teaming up with the Tabletop and Role-playing Gamers of Central PA for this event. Feb. 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For the love of reading

Make the perfect gift for your valentine with members of the National Speech Language Hearing Association. Create “Bee Mine” valentines, butterflies and a caterpillar bookmark. Feb. 8; 2-4 p.m.

Disney love songs cabaret

Join the Penn State Thespians as they sing love songs from popular Disney movies. Don’t forget to dress as you favorite Disney character. Feb. 14 and 15; 2:30 p.m.

Young writers workshop

Find out what the Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest judges are looking for. Improve your writing skills and discuss mistakes to avoid. Take your book along for a brief personal evaluation. Feb. 21; 10 a.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 for ages 2-7. Feb. 21; 11 a.m.

Block party

Join the group for family-building activities using blocks and Legos. Feb. 7, 2-4 p.m.

Lego club

Take on a new building challenge each week. Design your creation and pose for a photo to be displayed in the Children’s Department. Recommended for grades 1-6. Feb. 21; 2-4 p.m.

Baby and Me Storytime

Stories, songs and action rhymes — a playtime for children up to 18 months old and accompanying adult. Mondays, Feb. 2 and 9; 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 4 and 11; 9:30 a.m.

Tales for Two

Singing, dancing finger plays and stories, for children ages 18-36 months, with accompanying adult. Mondays, Feb. 2 and 9; 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 4 and 11; 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Learning Centre

A place for children to play and an opportunity for parents to talk. Sessions limited to 12 families. Feb. 3, 10 and 17; 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

3s, 4s and 5s Storytime

Join the group for stories, songs and flannel boards. Feb. 3 and 10; 9:30 a.m.

Everybody Storytime

A gathering for all ages. Interactive stories, finger plays and music. Feb. 3 and 10; 10:30 a.m.

Tuning in to Kids

Join Connie Schulz, State College Area School District’s family outreach specialist, and community resource guides to meet other parents and share ideas. Tuesdays from noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24.

Topics include:

Understanding your child’s emotional experience

Problem solving/self-care for caregivers

Emotion-coaching your child’s anger

‘Madam President’ author visit

Meet the co-author and illustrator of “Madam President” and listen to a reading of this new book about female presidential candidates. Feb. 22; 2:30 p.m.

Good Humor day

Join the Happy Valley Alley clowns for a show full of fun and excitement for all ages. Feb. 28; 11 a.m.