Centre Library plans paranormal investigation

BELLEFONTE –Is there a ghost in the library? A paranormal investigation is slated at the Centre County Library and Historical Museum, 203 N. Allegheny St.

The library is inside the historic Miles-Hume House. Spring Hill Paranormal Investigators will check out the 204-year-old building on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The public may participate for a $15 fee and learn how to use natural and scientific methods to search for paranormal activity. Pre-registration is required and may be made by calling the library at 814-355-1516.

Other events in October include:

r Pumpkin Carving Contest — Starting Oct. 17, children, teens and adults may stop by the library to register for the contest and pick a pumpkin from the garden (first come, first served). Participants may also use their own pumpkins. Entries of carved, painted or decorated pumpkins should be dropped off at the library by Oct. 22. Judging will be open to the public through Oct. 31, and everyone may vote as many times as they visit the library. The pumpkins with the most votes win. Winners in each age group (children, teens and adults) will be called to receive their prize.

r “Psycho” — 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, a free screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic film, rated R, with discussion to follow.

r STEM Robot Lab — 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Kids 7 to 10 years old should preregister for this exciting new STEM program. Space is limited. Kids can explore different stations including how to program robots to follow directional commands and how to create a robot and lead him through a course. They also can test out the library’s newer robots, Dash and Dot.

r Family History Open House — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, a chance to see what the library’s Pennsylvania Room has to offer. Also included are a hands-on class about preserving family heritage artifacts, a demonstration about the Memory Lab, information about resources and research services, and a museum tour.

r “Technology @ the Library” — 1-2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, a monthly session offering one-on-one help for people who have questions about using their new gadgets. Bring your gadget or computer.

r Spooky Stories in the Garden — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. Miss Laura will read tales from the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series. Bring a blanket and snuggle up with some hot cider. The garden will be aglow with jack-o-lanterns. The stories are recommended for ages 8-12, but all are welcome at the discretion of parents. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged. Bad weather will move the program inside. For more information about these and other programs, call the library, visit www.CentreCountyLibrary.org, or stop at the circulation desk.


Centre Hall Area Branch Library, 109 W. Beryl St., offers a family pumpkin decorating session at noon Saturday, Oct. 20.

Families are invited to choose a pumpkin, select a no-carve decorating option, and get creative. Pumpkins and decorating supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required.

The monthly “Technology @ the Library” session is available from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 26. Bring your gadget or computer. For more information about these and other programs at the branch library, call 814-364-2580.