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Summer learning is made fun at Centre County libraries

Face painting will be part of kick-off events for the Summer Learning Program and Centre County Library and branch locations.
Face painting will be part of kick-off events for the Summer Learning Program and Centre County Library and branch locations. Centre Daily Times, file

By now, most kids are in the home stretch of the school year or have begun their summer vacation. That may leave parents scrambling to find fun activities and educational activities to occupy those lazy summer days. Luckily, they need only to head to their local library.

The Summer Learning Program is a new alternative to the Summer Reading Program. The program encourages children and teens to grow and have fun over the summer by completing a variety of different activities. Normally participants would receive raffle tickets by logging minutes read on a Summer Reading Log. Instead of just reading, now participants can earn raffle tickets for coming to Summer Learning classes or completing activities from the back of their reading log.

This exciting new program starts with a kick-off party at each branch. Stop by the Bellefonte Community Children’s Garden on Friday, June 22, from 2-4 p.m. for caricature drawings by Seth Young and face painting. We will also have Andrea Barner’s Magic, and other activities.

The Centre Hall kick-off party is Thursday, June 21, from 2-4 p.m. on the lawn. We will have a rock-star-themed photo booth with props available for pictures. We will also have snacks, outdoor games and other fun activities.

Philipsburg’s kick-off party is Thursday, June 21, from 6-7 p.m., outside of the library. Activities will include Touch-a-Truck, face painting and games. Don’t forget to get a balloon!

At each of the parties you will be able to sign up for Summer Learning, receive a swag bag with a reading log and sign up for the summer learning programs (space is limited at the various programs, so you must pre-register to attend). If you can’t make it to a kick-off party, don’t worry! You can sign up for summer learning at the any of the branches’ circulation desks or on our website any time after June 21.

You can find more information about the program by visiting Brochures for each branch highlight the baby/toddler, children and teen program times and raffle information. Information will also soon be available about our Adult Summer Reading Program.

We hope to see you at the library!

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