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Centre County libraries schedule for April

Centre County Library and Historical Museum

200 N. 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, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 9:30-10 a.m.

Preschool Storytime

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. Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 10:30-11 a.m.

April themes:

April 1: Spring (followed by an Easter egg hunt sponsored by Texas Road House)

April 8: Pennsylvania One book

April 15: Love the library

April 22: Colors

April 29: Gardens

Toddler Storytime

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, April 6, 13, 20 and 27; 10:30-11 a.m.

April themes:

April 6: Pennsylvania One book

April 13: Love the library

April 20: Colors (Take your favorite stuffed animal to meet a Disney Junior character)

April 27: Gardening

Evening Family Storytime

Join Miss Kathleen for evening story times for families with preschoolers and their siblings. Listen to stories, sing and rhyme with the group and end with a craft for the whole family. Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28; 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, April 2, 16, 23 and 30; 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Author Visit

It’s time to celebrate this year’s Pennsylvania One Book: Every Young Child early literacy initiative. Greg Pizzoli, author of “Number One Sam,” will share his story and talk about being a writer on April 9 at 4 p.m. The first 30 families or classes through the door will receive a free copy of “Number One Sam” that can be signed by the author. Stop by early to race with the Pinewood Derby.

Good Friday Easter Egg Hunt

Visit the community garden behind the museum and join the library in its first egg hunt. The eggs are provided by the Texas Road House and are filled with candy and a coupon for a free kid’s meal. Bring your own basket or bag. April 3; at 1 p.m.

Strawberry Fields Developmental Screenings

Join Strawberry Fields in the library for free children’s developmental screenings. Bring your child and let him or her play in this familiar environment while Strawberry Fields observes your child in action. Representatives will answer questions and offer information based on their observations. April 13; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 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, April 6, 13, 20 and 27; 10:30-11:30 a.m.

April themes:

April 6: Pennsylvania One Book, “Number One Sam”

April 13: Splish splash

April 20: Helping my world

April 27: A pet parade

Fizz, Bang, Eureka: Science Club

Join Miss Lisa for fun experiments and scientific discussion. This month, we’ll make a basic air racer and a mega ramp, then a race car launcher and a pull-back racer. All school-aged children welcome. Wednesdays, April 8 and 22; 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, we’ll build a race track and have “free play.” Wednesdays, April 1, 15 and 29; 3-3:30 p.m. and 3:45-4:15 p.m.

Family Movie Night

Go to the library after hours to watch the 2014 Disney movie “Maleficent” (rated PG), starring Angelina Jolie. Snack on popcorn with your family and friends and enjoy the film. April 16; 6-7:30 p.m.

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, April 7, 14, 21 and 28; 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. Storytime programs meet Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood Education. Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 2-2:30 p.m.

Themes are:

April 1-2: April Fools

April 8-9: Easter

April 15-16: Celebrate National Library Week

April 22-23: Earth Day

April 29-30: Spring

It’s Elementary

Activities and presentations are appropriate for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 6 p.m.

Themes are:

April 2: Craft activity

April 9: Kids in the kitchen

April 16: Book bingo

April 23: Craft Activity

April 30: Lego night

Book Sale

Browse a large selection of used books in almost every genre — there’s something for everyone at the Friends of the Library book sale. April 4; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Patron appreciation day

Celebrate National Library Week. Stop by and see what your library has to offer; all adults who visit have a chance to win one of various prizes and children will receive prizes for showing their love for reading. April 13; 1-8 p.m.

Schlow Centre Region Library

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

3s, 4s and 5s Storytime

Join the group for stories, songs and flannel boards. April 1; 9:30 a.m.

Everybody Storytime

A gathering for all ages. Interactive stories, finger plays and music. April 1; 10:30 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. April 4; 11 a.m.

World Stories Alive

Experience stories, songs and art in nine languages. For ages 3—8. April 18 (Japanese) and April 25 (German); 11 a.m

Discovery Days

Make a cute bunny or chick to fill with springtime treats. April 1, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Celebrate the April rain that brings beautiful spring flowers with your own rain stick. April 2 from noon-3 p.m.

Discover local trees and plants with fun sensory activities, just in time for Arbor Day. April 3 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Make a beautiful spring scene with tissue paper flowers. April 6 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Elementary explorers

•  Elementary Book Club on Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 3-5 p.m. Talk about your favorite books, authors and characters with other kids. Snacks provided.



•  Drop-in activities on Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 3-5 p.m. Discover new interests, play with science, race BeeBots, design your own art box, master a Lego challenge and more.



Boardgaming meetup

Join open game meetings, where the library provides a range of tabletop games. The library is teaming up with the Tabletop and Role-playing Gamers of Central PA for this event. April 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Chess club

Join a game. Learn new tactics. Make new friends. For all ages. Saturdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25; 2-4 p.m.

Magic School Bus

Join Ms. Frizzle and the gang on their wacky field trip adventures in their Magic School Bus, presented by the Penn State Thespians. April 11 at 11 a.m. and noon and April 12 at 2:30 p.m.

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. April 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Write Your Own Book contest awards

The 31st annual write and illustrate your own book contest awards ceremony will be held April 23 at 4 p.m. to honor this year’s winners.

Block party

Join the group for family-building activities using blocks. April 4, 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. April 18; 2-4 p.m.

Spring surprises

Celebrate springtime with creative activities from Paws of Friendship on April 19, from 2-4 p.m.

Hop into Spring

Celebrate spring with birds, butterflies and cookie-decorating with the Penn State Circle K Group on April 26 from 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). April 10; 9-11:30 a.m.

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