It’s December, and even though it’s a busy time of year, we hope you’ll make time to visit the Bellwood-Antis Public Library. We still have some fun programs this month, and we’re already preparing for a fun 2019 for our patrons. Read on, and we hope to see you soon!

Knitters, crocheters, weavers, and other fiber artists are invited to the next Fiber Arts group meet-up Monday, December 10 from 6-8 p.m. This month, Abby Creek will continue her tutorial on tatting snowflake ornaments. 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. She 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. All levels of ability and all styles of fiber art are welcome at Fiber Arts Group meet-ups.

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 13 at 6:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Each child will receive a free book from the Central PA Autism Society for attending.

At the December meeting of the Juniata Valley Audubon Society on Tuesday, December 18 at 6 p.m., there will be a free screening of the documentary film “Cathedral: the Fight to Save the Ancient Hemlocks of Cook Forest.” This film captures not only the scenic beauty of Cook Forest, but shows the process of preserving the forest. A free dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and the screening will begin at 6:45. Audubon meetings are open to the public.

Free 9-volt batteries are still available at the library. We’re excited to be helping Keep Blair Beautiful and the Blair County Sheriff’s Office in distributing free 9-volt batteries for use in home safety devices such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to the community. Get your batteries at the library checkout desk during our regular hours: Monday-Thursday from 1-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The library closes for a Christmas break from Saturday, December 22 through Tuesday, January 1. We will reopen at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 2. Saturday, January 5 we’ll have our first Lego Club of the New Year, and it’s a Bag of Mystery Challenge: kids ages 5-15 are challenged to use every single Lego brick in their totally random Official Lego Club Mystery Bag to build their creation for the month. Lego Club is for kids ages 5-15. The program is free, but we ask that parents remain in the building while their kids build.

Save the dates for our regular weekly children’s programs: Baby Sprouts Toddler Time will begin on Thursday, January 17 and continue every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. through May 30. Sprouting Readers Storytime will resume Monday, January 28 and will continue every Monday evening (President’s Day on February 18 excepted) at 6:30 p.m. through April 1. For more information on library programs, services, and fundraisers, visit our website at and be sure to like and follow us on Facebook at From the Bellwood-Antis Public Library family to yours, best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy 2019!



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