Sprouting Readers is the library’s free weekly storytime for children ages 3-8 and their families. Every Monday at 6:30 PM through April 1st, families can enjoy stories, activities, and crafts with our guest readers. No sign-ups needed, new families always welcome.
Baby Sprouts is the library’s Toddler Time for children ages 18 months-3 years. Families can join us every Thursday morning at 10:30 AM through May 30th for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun! New families are always welcome.
The Bellwood-Antis Public Library is teaming up with Relay for Life of Northern Blair County for a Spring Pie Sale! We’ll be taking orders for delicious Pie Shoppe brand pies, pumpkin rolls, nut rolls, and Easter bread from Thursday, March 7th through Monday, April 8th. Your order will be available by Friday, April 19th: just in time for Easter. Place orders at the checkout desk, or with a Friend of the Library.
All proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Northern Blair County and the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.
From Monday, March 25th through Saturday, April 6th, the library will be a collection site for Raising Readers, a book drive for infants, toddlers, and preschools organized by United Way of Blair County. Donations of new or like new children’s books (picture books, board books, and easy readers) can be made anytime the library is open. Raising Readers is sponsored by McQuaide/Blasko Attorneys at Law.
At our next Lego Night on Tuesday, March 26th at 6 PM, it’s a bridge building challenge! Lego Challenge Nights are for children ages 5-15, and are free, but we ask that parents stay in the building while children build. Parents are encouraged to attend the Community Forum for the library happening at the same time: we’d love feedback from families on what you need to see at the library in the future!
We’re planning for the future, and we would love feedback from the community on what you need from your library. On Tuesday, March 26th at 6 PM, let us know how you feel about the library. Your input will determine how the library can continue to be the heart of the Bellwood-Antis community.
To give parents a chance to participate, the library will be holding the March Lego Night at the same time.
The library’s Spring Used Book Sale will be held in the Sheetz Community Room starting on Saturday, March 30th from 9 AM-4 PM and continuing during regular library hours the first week of April: Monday, April 1st through Thursday, April 4th from 1-8 PM daily and concluding with Bag Day on Saturday, April 6th from 9 AM-4 PM. We’ll have hundreds of gently used books for sale at bargain prices you’ll love. All proceeds benefit the library.
SHAZAM! Our April Lego Club on Saturday, April 6th from noon-2 PM is all about superheroes: build a tribute to your favorite hero, or create your own superhero. Capes are optional at this program for children ages 5-15, but we ask that caregivers stay in the building while their children build.
Learn how to make Pysanky, the most beautiful Easter Eggs in the world at a free workshop being held Monday, April 8th from 4-6 PM and Wednesday, April 10th from 6-8 PM. This workshop is for ages 12 and up (8-11 year old children are welcome with a responsible adult). This year, the Pysanky classes will feature Lithuanian designs.
Class size is limited: to sign up for a class, message the on Facebook or call 742-8234. All materials will be provided, including white chicken eggs, but you are welcome to bring your own eggs if there are certain sizes and colors you want to work with.
Please come prepared to work with raw eggs, open flame, and hot wax. Avoid loose sleeves that can’t be rolled up, and tie back long hair. This is a free workshop, but donations to help the instructor pay for materials are appreciated.
Knitters, crocheters, weavers, and other fiber artists are invited to the next Fiber Arts group meetup on Monday, April 8th from 6-8 PM. At this month’s Fiber Arts Group meet, Abby Creek will continue her tutorial on knitting and felting. Learn how to felt your knitted items for a unique look and texture. Bring your own materials and get to know your fellow fiber artists. All levels of ability and all styles of fiber art welcome!
The library will have a sale of puzzles, movies, CDs, and audiobooks during our regular hours on Wednesday, April 10th and Thursday, April 11th (1-8 PM both days) and on Saturday from 9 AM-4 PM. This is all the stuff we couldn’t fit into the Used Book Sale! All proceeds benefit the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.
Just in time for Easter, learn how to make an egg-shaped bath bomb with a special surprise inside at this free workshop on Thursday, April 11th at 6 PM. This workshop is for adults and children ages 4 & up who are accompanied by an adult. Space is limited in this workshop, so to register, please message us on Facebook, call 742-8234, or register at the checkout desk.
Not quiet? Not able to sit still? Not a problem! The library will present a free Sensory Saturday Story Time especially for children ages 2 and up with Autism, special needs, and sensory concerns on Saturday, April 13th at noon. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Each child will receive a free book from the Central PA Autism Society for attending.
On Monday, April 15th at 6:30 PM, we’ll be making up for Mr. Harry’s Sprouting Readers that was cancelled due to the weather with a special Song & Dance Storytime for kids ages 3-8. Enjoy Mr. Harry’s original music and get ready to dance!
On Thursday, April 25th at 6 PM, the library will host a partial screening of the WPSU documentary American Creed followed by a discussion of local issues and how they impact our shared sense of American identity. The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. William J. White of Penn State Altoona.
This program was made possible by Penn State Altoona, the Blair County Library System, and WPSU.
Get ecological and geological and celebrate Earth Day Lego style at our April Lego Challenge Night on Tuesday, April 23rd at 6 PM. Lego Challenge Nights are for kids ages 5-15, and are free and open to the public, but we ask that caregivers stay in the building while their children construct.
The Bellwood-Antis Public Library’s annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held from 11 AM-2 PM at Grace Lutheran Church (1114 N Cambria St, Bellwood, PA 16617). Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children, and can be purchased at the library.
The library is home to a number of community organizations with meetings and programs that are open to the public. Visit our community meetings page for information on these programs.