Baby Sprouts is the library’s Toddler Time for children ages 18 months-3 years. Families can join us for our snow day make-up session on Thursday, November 29th at 10:30 AM for stories, songs, dancing, and fun! New families always welcome! Watch for our 2019 dates to be announced shortly!
The Christmas Bazaar is back! Starting on Monday, November 5th and continuing during regular library hours (1-8 PM Monday-Thursday and 9 AM-4 PM Saturday) through December 20th, we’ll be selling new, gently used, and vintage Christmas items and other goodies at the library. Donations gratefully accepted during library hours, and new items added weekly! All proceeds benefit the library.
Our November Pop-Up Program is a fun and easy Origami Yoda craft: kids can make Yoda in just five folds of a sheet of paper, and then decorate his Jedi robes! Your Origami Yoda can be a puppet or a bookmark.
Pop-up programs can be done any time the library is open. Younger children may need help from an adult to complete Pop-Up Activities.
The 20th Annual Old Fashioned Small Town Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing will be Monday, November 19 at 6:30 in front of the library and the Door. The festivities will center around the community Christmas tree that has been planted by McCloskey Landscaping in the lot beside the Door. Following the lighting of the tree and the Main Street decorations, children from three local daycare centers will sing Christmas carols and the Bellwood-Antis High School Chorus will sing a medley of holiday songs and lead the community in singing Christmas carols. The Christmas message will be delivered by a member of the Bellwood-Antis Council of Churches. M & T Bank & First Commonwealth Bank will have treats available during the tree lighting.
The Bellwood-Antis Community Trust and the Library will host a cookie reception afterwards in the library’s Community Room. Santa is expected to make a special appearance to talk with the children and hear their requests. Bring a camera along if you would like to get a picture of your little one on Santa’s lap. Also, a number of local folks have created Christmas gift items which will be offered for sale to help support the library.
The Friends of the Bellwood-Antis Public Library will be selling hot dogs and beverages during the 6th Annual Christmas Craft Show at Myers Elementary School on Saturday, December 1st from 9 AM-4 PM. Get a hot dog with your favorite toppings and support the library while you shop 70 craft vendors!
Sometimes Santa gets sick of his sleigh! At our December Lego Club on Saturday, December 1st from noon-2 PM, kids ages 5-15 are challenged to build new transportation for Santa: space ships, boats, trains, cars, or an entirely new way to travel. Give those reindeer a break!
Lego Club is free, but we ask that parents stay in the building while kids construct.
Knitters, crocheters, weavers, and other fiber artists are invited to the next Fiber Arts group meetup on Monday, December 10th from 6-8 PM. This month, Abby Creek will continue her tutorial on tatting snowflake ornaments. Bring your own materials and get to know your fellow fiber artists. All levels of ability and all styles of fiber art welcome!
More information about the Tatting Tutorial: To Tat, you will need: Tatting Needle size #5-0 (medium) and is suitable for Sizes 10 and 20 crochet thread, Sizes 5 and 8 pearl cotton, and bedspread weight threads. Needles and thread are available at most craft stores. Our instructor recommends Hobby Lobby for tatting supplies.
Instructor Abby Creek can help people tat with a shuttle, if they have one, but needle tatting is faster. Abby will bring extra thread, needles and shuttles to share.
Not quiet? Not able to sit still? Not a problem! The library will present a free Sensory Story Time especially for children ages 2 and up with Autism, special needs, and sensory concerns on Thursday, December 13th 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.
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Lego Challenge Nights for kids ages 8-15: we want to make them happen, but first we’d like input from families on the times they’d prefer. If you have a kid ready for some Lego Challenges, take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M63VZXF
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.