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On Centre: Penns Valley | Centre Hall library hosts summer events

It’s a busy time at the Centre Hall Area Branch Library.

Its summer events are well underway, but there’s more entertainment on the way for families next month.

All area libraries are in the middle of the summer reading program, open for people of all ages.

Youth ages 4 to 12 have reading programs focused on the sciences this year.

With a theme “Fiz Boom Read,” the library, 109 Bierly Lane, has focused its Thursday afternoon events called the Summer Reading Club toward STEM — science, technology, engineering and math.

Jennifer Cifelli, communications director of the Centre County Library system, said that these events don’t generally happen throughout the year — only in the summer.

They include teen movie nights, youth events and other reading activities at 10:30 a.m. every Monday for preschoolers.

July’s movie, at 6 p.m. July 17, will be “ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

The movie, part of “Library after Dark” days, is free.

Teens and their families are welcome, and snacks will be provided, Cifelli said.

The Summer Reading Club will be from 2 to 4 p.m. every Thursday:

July 3: chemistry experiment;

July 10: “touch a truck” event that will include a live fire truck exhibit at the library parking lot;

July 17: geology day/bedrock theater with environmental educators from R. B. Winter State Park;

July 14: entomology activities with Mike Byers from Lost Hollow Farms;

July 31: simple-machine derby.

For the first time, the library has teamed up with Penn State Master Gardeners to provide a small garden for the public. It’s about 8 feet by 8 feet and features pollinator programs throughout the summer.

Cifelli said the garden was planted in May and, earlier this month, the library hosted a pollinator plant discussion about how the garden can attract bees and butterflies.

“Centre Hall is a smaller library, and because of that, it is very community oriented and gets a good mix of family participation,” Cifelli said.

The summer reading program lasts until mid-August for children, youth, teens and adults, Cifelli said.

To be a part of the reading program, individuals can sign up online, register each book read and receive prizes.