On Centre | Around Bellefonte: Help out Centre County Library during summer reading season

The summer months are upon us, and what could be a better way to spend some of that seasonal downtime (other than lounging by the beach) than by cracking open a good book?

(You can crack open a book even when you are at the beach, by the way.)

The summer reading season at the Centre County Library kicks off next week, inviting children and adults to lose themselves in the endless possibilities of the written word.

For Bellefonte and surrounding residents, the program begins June 26 at the Community Children’s Garden behind the historical museum with games and crafts, the library’s website said. Children can create their own superhero masks, take part in a relay race and hang out with Captain America and Andy the Armadillo from Texas Roadhouse.

Care packages will also be accepted for the troops, the site said.

As fun at the library gets underway, the Pleasant Gap American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will host a community yard sale June 26 and 27 to benefit the Centre County Library.

This is the second annual sale held by the auxiliary, newly appointed President Nicole Farrington said. Last year, the auxiliary donated more than $200 to the Boalsburg Cemetery after it was vandalized.

“I use the library a lot, and I take my son there,” Farrington said. “The community benefits from the library a lot, and they’re always in need of money.”

She said the auxiliary would aim for at least another $200 to donate. Twenty tables have already been filled at $5 a table, all of which goes to the library. Community members are also donating items to be sold, and the proceeds will also go into the donation pot.

Baked goods, hot dogs and other concessions will also be available, she said. The sale will begin at 8 a.m. both days.

Tables are still available, she said. Anyone wishing to sign up to participate can contact Farrington at 571-7104.