Baby Sprouts, our toddler time for children ages 18 months-3 years, runs Thursdays at 10:30 AM through May 31st, 2018. Families can enjoy a special toddler-sized version of our popular Sprouting Readers story time followed by an informal playgroup in the children’s room.



Starting on June 5th and continuing every Tuesday until July 10th, at 6:30 PM the Bellwood-Antis Library will be holding our Libraries Rock Summer Quest Activity Nights for Kids. Children ages 5 and up and their caregivers can join us for stories, activities, and crafts, and stock up on more books for the Summer Learning Program!



Summer Sprouts is the summertime version of our Baby Sprouts Toddler Time. Children ages 18 months-3 years and their grown-ups can join us every Thursday in June at 10:30 AM for stories, finger plays, songs, and fun! New families always welcome.

Stay tuned for our website and Facebook for July and August dates!



No registration is required for weekly children’s programs: new families are always welcome.





The Thrivent Financial Workshop on Estate Planning that had been scheduled for Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled sometime later in the summer or in early fall, so watch our Facebook page and website for information on the new date.



Our June Lego Club on Saturday, June 2nd from noon-2 PM is a tribute to the Star Wars universe! Go to the library Solo or with friends (see what we did there?) and build anything from the Millennium Falcon to BB-8!

Lego Club is for kids ages 5-15. Please register your children by messaging us on Facebook, calling 742-8234, or signing up at the checkout desk. We ask that caregivers stay in the library while their children build.


Instructors Deb Balkavich and Linda Cherry will help you make the collage/shadowbox craft project shown at the left at a special workshop being held on Saturday, June 2nd from 1-4 PM. Learn stamping, embossing, and die-cutting techniques–no previous knowledge needed!

Materials fee is as follows:

Materials fee with your own 12×12 frame (frame must be deep enough for a mat; the mat will need to be moved to accommodate the embellishments): $25.00

Materials fee with frame provided: $40

Class size is limited to 10 participants. To register, message us on Facebook, call 742-8234, or sign up at the checkout desk. Registration deadline is May 28th, 2018.


Some of our Sprouting Readers families would like to start a caregiver-friendly book club that will meet in the library’s children’s room: grown-ups will discuss the books while the kids play. This book club is open to everyone, but since it’s being held in the children’s room, please be aware that some background noise is going to happen!

At this organizational meeting on Monday, June 4th at 6:30 PM, the group will pick their first few books to read.


Knitters, crocheters, and other fiber artists, rejoice! The Fiber Arts group is coming back to the Bellwood-Antis Public Library. Starting in June, you can meet in the Sheetz Room the second Monday of every month from 6-8 PM for a fiber arts meetup. All levels of ability are welcome. Save the date for the first session on Monday, June 11th, 2018!



At their June meeting on Thursday, June 7th at 6:30 PM, the Bellwood Quilting Bees will be presenting a free screening of the documentary series Why Quilts Matter followed by a discussion. At this screening the Why Quilts Matter chapters “The Quilt Marketplace” and “What is Art” will be shown.

Another Why Quilts Matter screening will be held on Thursday, June 21st at 6:30 PM.


Dine to make a difference! The Altoona Bob Evans at 317 West Plank Road is doing a community fundraiser for the Bellwood-Antis Public Library from Monday, June 18th, 2018-Friday, June 22nd, 2018 from 6 AM-9 PM daily.

Get a flyer at the library, or print one off off by clicking here and if you present it during checkout, Bob Evans will donate 15% of your check to the library. Flyers available at the checkout desk.


At a special extra program on Thursday, June 21st at 6:30 PM, the Bellwood Quilting Bees will be presenting a second free screening of the documentary series Why Quilts Matter followed by a discussion. At this screening the Why Quilts Matter chapters “Gee’s Bend: the Most Famous Quilts in America” and “How Quilts Have Been Viewed and Collected” will be shown.


Not quiet? Not able to sit still? Not a problem! The library will be presenting a free Sensory Storytime especially for children ages 2 and up with Autism, special needs, and sensory concerns on Thursday, June 28th at 6:30 PM. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Each child will receive a free book from the Central PA Autism Society for attending this first session. Space is limited in this program: to register, e-mail , message us on Facebook, or call 742-8234.


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.