Reading Public Library to present “Maker Faire” as part of Summer@RPL

The Reading Public Library, 100 S. Fifth St., will be hosting a “Maker Faire” Tuesday, June 11, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The event is a collaboration between RPL’s youth library and the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11, McVeytown, a member of the nationally recognized ENGINE OF PA STEM Ecosystem; the event will encourage children, teens, and adults to explore, tinker, create, make and code with a variety of hands-on activities.

The faire is a family event suitable for all ages. Registration is not required. For more information, contact the Reading Public Library Teen Loft at rplya@reading.lib.pa.us or 610.655.6350 ext. 241.

Join us at our next mini Pints for Pups stop

WHEN: Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 4 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Twisted Bine Beer Co., 93 E Main St, Mount Joy

WOW: 10 percent from each food and beverage sale will go directly to the animals we serve.

You do not need to bring your dog or be a dog owner to attend our mini Pints for Pups. However, you do need to be an animal lover, some things are just a must.

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Adoption Spotlight Shines on Milo

By Chelsea Cappellano, Donor & Alumni Relations Coordinator, Humane Pennsylvania

You may recall Doug, now Milo, a year-old Shiba Inu, was found by a local police officer and brought to Humane Pennsylvania. He was in poor condition and suffering from an extreme case of mange.

To give him the best chance at a full recovery, Milo was placed on an intensive treatment plan.

Learn about Milo’s road to recovery and what his favorite toy means to him.

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$1.8 million+ raised for college readiness program

Outgoing Alvernia president raises funds during farewell gala

About 800 people, a blend of business and community leaders as well as faculty, staff and students gathered at the DoubleTree Hilton hotel in downtown Reading for the Salute to Tom Flynn gala, celebrating his legacy of leadership and recognizing the phenomenal transformation of Alvernia during his 14-year tenure as president. A total of $1,877,735 was raised for an endowed fund to support one of Flynn’s signature achievements, the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program.

“Alvernia’s Reading Collegiate Scholars Program is a core civic commitment, one reflecting and, indeed, defining our Franciscan mission,” said Flynn during the gala. “An investment in these students offers the best return possible, both for them and for our community. And, for those of us invested deeply in this program, there is a personal return that cannot be adequately put into words.”

Launched in 2014 to improve retention and graduation rates in the community, particularly Reading High School, the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program offers college-readiness activities to hundreds of high school students annually, preparing them to attend the college of their choice. The program also provides 10 full-tuition scholarships for Reading High students to attend Alvernia for four years. The first college cohort, which graduated in 2018, boasts a 100% graduation rate.

“It is extremely important that everyone who has supported this program truly know that they are making a difference not only to the scholarship recipients, but in every life that recipient touches,” said Syanashailyn Ortega, a member of the first Reading Collegiate Scholars cohort that graduated in 2018. 

The gala, chaired by Alvernia trustee Kathy Herbein, brought together leaders from various sectors of the Reading community to honor Flynn’s contributions and Alvernia’s transformation.

“The journey has been a grand and exciting adventure for all who have enjoyed the ride,” said Herbein. “Along the way, challenges were overcome, successes celebrated and lasting friendships formed.”

Alvernia pays for one-half of the scholarships while business and community partners match the other half. The endowment created during the gala will ensure its sustainability for generations to come. 

During Flynn’s tenure as president, guided by its inclusive Franciscan core values, Alvernia went from being a little known local college to a comprehensive, regional university, recognized both as an anchor institution for the local community and as a national leader in community service, civic engagement, and interfaith dialogue due in large part to the establishment of the O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Servicethe Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement, and the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program.

Among his many accomplishments is the transformation of the physical campus, with a new campus entrance; Founder’s Village and the Campus Commons; upgraded facilities for teaching and learning, fine arts and athletics; and the Flynn PLEX, a 100,000 square foot Recreation, Wellness and Health Sciences Complex that opens fall 2019.

Summer Quest 2019: A Universe of Stories

Muhlenberg Community Library is counting down to launch into A Universe of Stories this summer. Children can register for Summer Quest and receive a tracking sheet of intergalactic missions to complete throughout the summer to redeem for tickets, which can be used in the prizes raffle. Tracking sheets are available for ages 0-10 years and 11-18 year olds and can be picked up at the library anytime between now and the end of Summer Quest on August 17th. Adults can register separately for the Summer Quest challenge and will receive a raffle ticket for prizes upon attending a program during the summer. Summer Quest tracking begins June 10th and must be turned in by 11 AM on August 17th for a chance in the prize raffle. The winners for the children’s and the adult’s prizes will be announced at this time.

Check out all the great special events that are happening this summer at MCL! All of the special events and the reoccurring programs are offered free. Donations toward future events are always welcome. Some special events require registration and will be noted as such. Please note that children under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult 18+ while visiting the library. Join MCL in keeping the reading and the fun going all summer long!

June 10, 6-7PM. Planet Power: Make your own solar system. Ages 6-12 and families.

June 12 & 13, 10-7:30pm, June 14 & 15, 10-1:30pm. Used book sale. Saturday only: Fill a bag with books for $5! Hardcover books, trade paperbacks, CDs, & DVDs: $1 each. Paperbacks and children’s books: $.50 each or 3/$1.

June 15, 11-1PM. Quest Kick-Off: Register for Summer Quest and enjoy space-themed activities, stories and fun: photo booth, astronaut glove box, asteroid toss game, face painting and summer basket raffle. Adults and mature teens will be delighted by Astrologer, Julia Waters. Listen to a presentation about beginner astrology from 11-11:30 AM. Julia will be available after the presentation to enlighten individuals about their personal astrology. *For entertainment purposes only!

June 17, 5:30-7PM. Family Escape Room: A universe of stories has exploded in the library. Your job is to contain the situation, locate the misplaced stories and put them back where they belong! Can you do it? Ages 6-12 and families. Registration required: (610)929-0589 or muhljmc@gmail.com.

June 24, 5PM. Aesop’s Fables by Mike Kenny: Performed by the Yocum Institute’s Teen Theater Ensemble. Enjoy discovering life’s BIG lessons in this delightful audience participatory performance of a magical adventure through Aesop’s fables – tales by the Greek storyteller from long, long ago.  Meet storytellers (and a storyteller in-training): Wolfie, Syd, Barry and Harriet who introduce a hasty Hare eager to race a steady Tortoise, a very vain bird, a little Boy who cried Wolf and a tiny Mouse who helps a mighty Lion. This event is funded by the Friends of Berks County Libraries. Ages 2-18 and families.

July 1, 6-7PM. Blast Off: Build rockets and use our launch apparatus outside to make them fly! Participants will need to bring 2 soda bottles each. Ages 8-14. Registration required: (610)929-0589 or muhljmc@gmail.com.

July 8, 6-7PM. Your Birthday Moon: Choose to create a picture, story or poem to share with the group. Ages 6-12.

July 13, 10AM-12PM. Kitten adoption event with Berks County Animal Rescue League. All ages.

July 15, 5:45-7PM. A Single Story, Author Sammi Noll: Meet local author and middle school student who overcame bullying with journaling. Start a journal with Sammi’s help. Ages 6-12.

July 17, 6-7PM. Full Moon Folklore: Explore the imprint of the moon on the natural world, and the lunar year as portrayed by ancient peoples. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own birth months in relation to the lunar cycles. Registration is highly suggested. A craft will be available for the first 20 participants. Call (610)929-0589. This event is for adults 18+.

July 22, 6-7PM. NASA Night: Experience what it would be like to work with NASA. Ages 2-10.

July 27, 11-12PM. Mother & Daughter Tea: Enjoy tea, cookies and a craft with your favorite woman. Ages 5-18 + adult. Registration required: (610)929-0589 or muhljmc@gmail.com.

July 29, 6-7PM. Take the Moon for a Walk: Learn the phases of the moon, play a game and leave with a moon to take for a walk. Ages 2-6.

August 5, 6-7PM. Creating Constellations: Make your own constellation. Ages 6-12.

August 13, 6-7PM. Alfred Hitchcock’s Birthday… is for the birds! Celebrate the Master of Suspense, and his 1963 film The Birds, by making a homemade bird feeder.  Be warned many, many birds will flock to the irresistible feeder!  This adult event is for 18+ and registration is suggested. Call (610)929-0589.

August 17, 11-1PM. Quest Closing: Space-tastic fun, games and stories. Hand in your tracking sheets by 11am and watch the live prize drawing. Ages 0-18 and families.

Summer Reoccurring Programs begin June 10th and end on August 17th.
Children’s Programs
Wonderful Wee Ones: Lapsit storytime for ages 0-2. Tuesdays, 10:30-11AM.
Mid-Day Free Play: Play time for ages 0-12. Tuesdays, 11-12:30PM. 
Tween Café: Activities for ages 8-12. Wednesdays, 3-4PM. 
Family Movie Night: Join the fun at 5PM on June 12th, our first family movie night, with a Father’s Day gift craft prior to the start of the feature film. Call the library or check our website for the title of the films being screened. Ages 0-18 and families. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30PM
StoryRiders Sensory Storytime: Interactive storytime for children with sensory processing issues presented at a Preschool level. 1st & 3rdThursdays, 10:30-11AM.
Off 2 Pre-K: Storytime for ages 2-5. Fridays, 10:30-11:30AM.
Rock-N-Block: Building time for ages 2-12. Fridays, 11:30-12:30PM.
Teen Programs
TAB: Teen Advisory Board meeting for ages 12-18. 1st Monday of every month, 3:15-4:30PM.
Teen Café: Activities for ages 12-18. Tuesdays, 12:30-2PM.
Teen Reading Lounge: Free books, free food, art, music, field trips and more for ages 12-18. Series by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Registration required: muhljmc@gmail.com. Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30PM.
Adult Program
It’s Iced Tea Time: Complimentary tea and a craft for adults 18+. Saturdays: 6/1, 7/13, & 8/10, 12-1PM.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

04/26/19

  • Police arrested Ryan Hubley, 22, of Oxford, for Violation of the Borough Noise Ordinance following an incident that occurred at 422 W. Main St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.
  • Police arrested Dillan Bova, 19, and Anthony Bova, 52 both of Lyon Station, for Violation of the Borough Peace and Good Order Ordinance following an incident that occurred at the Kutztown Car Wash, 316 Greenwich St.
  • Police arrested Jenna Fitzgerald, 22, of Totowa, N.J., for Violation of the Borough Noise Ordinance following an incident that occurred at 218 W. Main St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

04/27/19

  • Police arrested Georgia Lobb, 19, of Lititz, for Purchase, Consumption, Possession or Transportation of Liquor or Malt or Brewed Beverages following an incident that occurred in the 400 block of W. Main St.

04/30/19

  • Police investigated the report of Fraud following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 00 block of E Main St.

05/03/19

  • Police arrested David Dickel, 28, of Lyon Station, for Retail Theft / Possession following an incident that occurred at Wine & Spirit Shoppe, 45 Constitution Blvd.

05/03/19

  • Police arrested Bruno Gerardi, 21, of Wood Ridge, NJ for Violation of the Borough Noise Ordinance following an incident that occurred at 102 E Main St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

05/04/19

  • Police arrested Jed Dietrich, 36, of Kutztown, for Public Drunkenness following an incident that occurred in the 200 block of W. Main St.
  • Police investigated the report of Vandalism to a vehicle after it was reported that the passenger side window was broken while the vehicle was parked in the Village Square Parking Lot, 45 Constitution Blvd.

05/05/19

  • Police arrested Frank Arendt, 20, of Elizabethtown, for Violation of the Borough Peace and Good Order Ordinance, Public Drunkenness and for Purchase, Consumption, Possession or Transportation of Liquor or Malt or Brewed Beverages following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of W. Main St.
  • Police arrested Derek McMaster, 19, of Scotrun, for Purchase, Consumption, Possession or Transportation of Liquor or Malt or Brewed Beverages following an incident that occurred in the 400 block of Sander Alley.
  • After completing their investigation, Police arrested James Glod-Day, 23 of Eagleville, for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance following an incident that occurred in the 100 block of W. Main St.

05/07/19

  • Police are investigating the report of Fraud following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 00 block of N Whiteoak St.
  • Police investigated the report of Vandalism after it was reported that the grass embankment located in the 300 block of W. Walnut St was damaged.

05/08/19

  • Police investigated the report of Theft after two guitars were reported missing following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 00 block of E Main St.

05/09/19

  • After completing their investigation, Police arrested a juvenile, 17, of Kempton, for Criminal Mischief/Tampering with Property following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 500 block of Briar Circle N.
  • Police investigated the report of Fraud following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 00 block of E Main St.
  • Police are investigating the report of Burglary after items were reported missing following an incident that occurred at Ryly’s Service Center, 134 E Main St.
  • Police investigated the report of Burglary following an incident that occurred at Duffer’s Distributing, 403 Greenwich St.

05/12/19

  • Police arrested Timothy Hopper, 22, of Ridley Park, for Disorderly Conduct following an incident that occurred in the 200 block of W. Main St.

05/13/19

  • After completing their investigation, Police arrested Francis Curlett, 56, of Kutztown, for Public Drunkenness following an incident that occurred in the 400 block of W. Main St.