Centre County Library events for December

BELLEFONTE — Centre County Library and Historical Museum and its branches in Centre Hall and Philipsburg have scheduled the following activities for the month of December.

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Children’s Programs

r Book Babies — 9:30 – 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 7, 17, 21.  Interactive singing, reading, movement, and of course bubbles to support the development of our smallest library lovers, with interaction with other children and families afterwards. Stories will vary from week to week, and are especially for babies ages 0-1 years old.

r Pre-School Storytime –  10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays,  Dec. 7: Penguins in the Snow; Dec 14: Snowmen; Dec 21: Winter Fun. Join Miss Laura for books, music, and literacy enriching activities especially designed for pre-school aged children. All story time programs follow the Pennsylvania Standards for Learning regarding emergent and early literacy skills as well as social and interactive development.

r Toddler Storytime– 10:30- 11 a.m. Mondays, Dec 5: Penguins in the Snow; Dec 12: Snowmen; Dec 19: Winter Fun. Join Miss Laura for books, music, and literacy enriching activities especially designed for Toddlers.  After storytime, stick around and meet other parents and caregivers of babies and toddlers while your child plays with toys. All story time programs follow the Pennsylvania Standards for Learning regarding emergent and early literacy skills as well as social and interactive development.

r Saturday Morning Storytime – 6:30- 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 17.  Join Miss Kathleen for a weekly evening story time for families on Tuesday nights.  Target age is 3-6 but younger and older siblings are encouraged to attend!  Come listen to a few stories, sing and rhyme with us, and then end with craft for the whole family.  Non- fiction companion books will be on display to encourage further reading on the varying themes.

r Lego Club – 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22. Love to build things?  Stop by the Library and enjoy building with Lego blocks! Build whatever you want and we’ll display it until the following week. Did you know that playing with Legos and other blocks hones creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork?  In Lego club, you’ll explore block play and other activities that address topics in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

r Pokemon Club – 2:30- 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Join fellow Pokemon fanatics one Saturday a month for Pokemon fun. Enjoy Pokemon related activities and you can share or –with your parents’ permission–trade Pokemon cards! A pack of Pokemon cards will be raffled off each month!

r No School Movie Day – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. Looking for something free to do on this No-School Day? Come to the library and enjoy snacks while you watch the movie The BFG (2016) rated PG, in the community room.

r Block Party – 11 a.m. – noon Wednesday, Dec. 21. For babies and toddlers with their favorite adults, join in the fun and enjoy an almost infinite variety of opportunities for kids to express themselves, from constructing simple designs to engineering feats of bridge building. Block building is no idle pastime. In fact, research shows that block play is shown to help children develop social-emotional, physical development, mathematics, science and art skills.  We’ll supply all the blocks, figurines and props your child needs to stoke his or her imagination.

Free Family, Teen & Adult Programs

r First Friday Film Discussion Group – 1-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Join us in the Community Room for a viewing of the film Spirited Away (2001) rated PG, with a run time of two hours five minutes.  Watch the movie while you snack on popcorn, then join a lively and thought-provoking discussion after its conclusion!

r Family Game Night – 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20. Did you know that parents who carve out a few minutes each week to play face-to-face games positively impacts their family dynamic? Looking for some free family fun away from screens? Stop by the library on the third Tuesday of each month to play games Many different types and levels of games will be available for family free play. This is an informal event with no need to register, just stop in and play. Our weekly Family Story Time happens from 6:30-7 every Tuesday night at the library as well. Pizza Hut in Bellefonte offers a Kids Night (for every one adult buffet ordered, two kids under 12 eat for free!) each Tuesday from 5-7 pm. Make Tuesday your Free Family Fun Night in Bellefonte with the library and Pizza Hut.

r Technology @ the Library – 1-2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19. Drop in for free one-on-one training and answers to your technology questions with our Tech Coordinator, Brendon. Bring your gadget or computer and get the help you need to be technology savvy!

r Hooks & Needles Club – 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Bring your projects to share ideas and tips with others who love to knit!

r Book Discussion Groups – Join others who love to read and discuss books. Members choose the monthly reading selections. Two groups to choose from – Evening Discussion:  6:30 p.m. Wednesday,  Dec. 21- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens;  Afternoon Discussion: 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 – book selection TBD

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r Pre-School Storytime – 10:30- 11 a.m. Mondays,  Dec. 5: Gingerbread Friends (cookie craft); Dec 12: Dream Snow (snowflake craft); Dec. 19: Merry Christmas (wreath ornament). Join us for storytimes for kids ages 2-5 that include a variety of songs, rhymes, finger plays and crafts that reinforce weekly themes and early literacy concepts.

r Lego Club – 3-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 7: Christmas Village; Dec. 21: Wee Build Blocks. Kids join us as we build projects around a given theme that are kept on display in the library until the next club meeting. Open to all school-aged kids. All supplies provided by the library.

r Top Secret Book Club – 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec.6, 13, 20. This is a no-lexiles, no-reports, no-tests, no-walls book club designed for elementary-aged kids who find reading difficult or just don’t think they like to read.  Kids will explore reading with e-books, audio books, and traditional books to find a reading style that appeals to them.  Join us to participate in discussions and activities to make reading fun.

r Fizz, Bang, Eureka: After-School Science Club – 3-4 p.m. Wednesdays Dec. 6, 13, 20. Join Miss Lisa for Fun experiments and scientific discussion!  Join us as we make eco-science toys – fantastic science toys made using everyday recycled waste. Open to school-aged kids, all supplies provided by the library.

r Homeschool Tuesdays: Elementary (grades 1-4) – 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13. Join other homeschooled families at the library for a special holiday lesson as we close out our world travels with stories of how Christmas is celebrated around the world. We’ll also learn how to say Merry Christmas in other languages. Registration required.  Call 364-2580 to reserve space.

r Homeschool Tuesdays: Middle School (grades 5-9) – 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. Join other homeschooled families at the library for more about We The People. Using literature resources and the film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, participants will focus on the three branches of the United States Government, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, how bills become laws and elections. Call the library at 814-364-2580 to register for this free program.

r Movie Matinee – 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28. Join us at the library for a viewing of the holiday film Eloise at Christmastime (2003), rated for ages 4+. Light movie snacks will be provided!

r Breakfast with Santa — 9 a.m. -noon Saturday, Dec. 17; crafts from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join the library elves for Christmas stories at Centre Hall Fire Company’s Breakfast with Santa, then stop by the library for Christmas crafts for the whole family.

r Technology @ the Library — 11 a.m.- noon Friday, Dec. 30. Drop in for free one-on-one training and get answers to your technology questions with our Tech Coordinator, Brendon. Bring your gadget or computer and get the help you need to be technology savvy!

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Children’s programs

r Mother Goose On the Loose – 10:30- 11 a.m. Tuesdays Dec. 6, 13, 20.     For children ages 3 years and under with a favorite adult. Join Miss Elizabeth for a musical rhyming adventure that encourages interaction between babies and adult caregivers.  Infants and toddlers will develop pre-reading and social skills through songs, stories, rhymes, and games.  Stay after the program to play with friends.

r Babies Morning Out – 10:30- 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28. Designed for children ages 3 and under with a favorite adult. Join us and socialize with friends, find new books to read and play with educational toys!

r Preschool Storytime – 10:30- 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 7: Fire Safety with Philipsburg Firefighters; Dec. 14: Holiday Storytime ; Dec. 21: Drop-in Play-K Preschool Activities; Dec. 28: Happy New Year. For preschool-aged children with an adult. Enjoy stories followed by related activities and interaction with some of your peers. Some crafts and activities involve parts or directions not suitable for children under 3.

Story-time programs meet PA Learning Standards for Early Childhood Education

r It’s Elementary – 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, Dec 1: Squishy Circuits; Dec 8: Holiday Crafts; Dec 15: Book Bingo; Dec 22: Lego Night; Dec 29: Block Party. Activities and presentations are appropriate for children in grades K-6 grade, however, families are welcome when appropriate. Themes are as follows:

Free Programs for Teens, Families and Adults

r Technology @ the Library – 11 a.m. –  noon Tuesday, Dec. 27. Drop in for free one-on-one training and answers to your technology questions, with our Tech Coordinator, Brendon. Bring your gadget or computer and get the help you need to be technology savvy!

r Mitten Tree Drive – Ongoing through Dec. 14. Once again the Library’s hosting a Mitten Tree in support of Community Action of Philipsburg! Bring your donation of new mittens, gloves, hats and scarves to add to the tree before Dec. 14 during regular library hours, and you’ll know you are helping families in need in your community.

r Knit Wits – 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays Dec. 5, 19. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced with crocheting or knitting, come join the fun as we work together to learn new skills and socialize with fellow needleworkers, whether you need help or not!

Centre County Library Bookmobile – Fully accessible library on wheels!  Look for it in your community and join us! Check out our website at www.centrecountylibrary.org for days and times.

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