At the Bellwood-Antis Public Library, we’re thankful for a month full of fun events for the entire community to enjoy, and we’re ready to start celebrating Christmas with our much-loved annual Christmas tree lighting and what we hope becomes a new Christmas tradition at the library. Read on: we hope to see you soon!

Baby Sprouts Toddler Time, our Toddler Time for families with children ages 18 months to 3 years is held Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. through November 19 and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. through November 21. Pick the time that best suits your family’s schedule! There will be no Sprouting Readers on November 11, as the library will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day, but we’ll offer a final session of Sprouting Readers on November 18 with guest reader Eileen Conlon, who will present a late Autumn themed storytime with books and activities about leaves and owls.

Kids can go for a spin at the next Lego Challenge Night on Wednesday, November 13 at 6 p.m., as we challenge kids ages 5-15 to use Lego pieces to create a spinning top! New families are always welcome at all our regular children’s programs, and no sign-ups are needed.

Knitters, crocheters, weavers, and other fiber artists are invited to the next Fiber Arts group meetup on Monday, November 18 from 6-8 p.m. Bring your own materials and project and get to know your fellow fiber artists. All levels of ability and all styles of fiber art welcome!

Are you interested in discussing military history with a group of fellow history buffs? A group of local history lovers are meeting at the library on Monday, November 18 at 7 p.m. to discuss plans for creating a new group that would meet at the library regularly to discuss World War II history. For more information, e-mail

At the November meeting of the Bellwood-Antis Historical Society on Monday, November 18 at 7 p.m., local historian Jeff Holland will present a history of the streetcar. Historical Society meetings are open to the public, and anyone is welcome to attend.

Join acclaimed poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf at the November Audubon meeting on Tuesday, November 19 for a reading from her book Shale Play, illustrated by Steven Rubin’s photographs. Meal served at 6:00 p.m., program begins at 7 p.m. Audubon meetings are free and open to the public.

Thrivent Financial will present Making a Difference: More Than Money Matters, a free workshop at the library on Wednesday, November 20 starting at 6 p.m. (free meal served; program will run from 6:30-7:30 p.m.). This workshop, which explores values and generosity and what they truly mean to each of us, will make an impact on your life. Attendees are asked to bring a canned good donation for the Bellwood-Antis Food Share at Hope Center and be prepared to enjoy an enjoyable evening while participating in a community act of kindness! This is a family friendly workshop for everyone. Please register for this workshop by messaging the library on Facebook, calling the library at 814-742-8234, or signing up at the checkout desk.

Flutist Betty Jane Neely and accordionist Daniel Weber performed at the first-ever Make Music Day back in June, and we loved their happy music. The library is excited to welcome Betty Jane and Daniel back for a free, all ages concert of Christmas favorites on Thursday, November 21 at 6 p.m.

The 21st Annual Old Fashioned Small Town Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing will be on Monday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m. 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. More details pending. Watch the library’s Facebook page for more announcements. The Bellwood-Antis Community Trust and the Library will host a cookie reception afterwards, and Santa will visit our children’s room to hear requests and have his picture taken (bring your own phone or camera for pictures).

We have such a great variety of programs this month — we hope you’ll visit the library soon, and enjoy all that we have to offer.

On a final note, our November holiday schedule is as follows: We will be closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. We will be closed Thursday, November 28 through Monday, December 2 for the Thanksgiving holiday. For up-to-the-minute information on library services, events, and fundraisers, please like and follow us on Facebook at or visit our web site at


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