Reading Public Library to feature college planning presentation

A free back to school program on the “College Process for Parents and Teens” will be held at Reading Public Library’s Teen Loft, 100 S. 5 th St. on Monday, September 9 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.

The presentation, designed for high school students and their parents, will focus on admissions and financial aid. Lou Blair, a teacher who has taught SAT preparation for 23 years, will answer questions about putting together college plans, matching a college to a student, scholarships, and financial aid.

No registration is required. For more information, call or email the Teen Loft, 610.655.6350 ext. 241 or rplya@reading.lib.pa.us.

“Late” August Events at Kutztown Community Library

Monday, August 12

Art Quilt Reveal 6:30 pm. Come view the art project created by Community Threads over a year and a half. Meet the crafters and purchase commemorative items. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley. (610) 683-5820

Thursday, August 22

The Giving Jar 10 am.  Author, Lisa Werley will read her book and educate kids and parents on allowance, creative ways of saving money, and the importance of giving to others.  Kids will make their own jars to take home.  Sign up at Library.  Kutztown Community Library 70 Bieber Alley. (610) 683-5820

Wednesday, August 28

Conversaction con Amigos 7 pm. Bring a Show & Tell item to kick off a new season.  Join us for a time of bi-lingual fun and games in Spanish. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley.  (610) 683-5820

Reading Public Library to stage outdoor dance production

An original dance production, “Where the Trees Walk,” will be held on The Steps at the Main Library, 100 S. Fifth St. at noon Saturday, July 27, 2019.

This fourth annual Storytelling through Dance presentation will tell the story of a child who is separated from her parents after the family flees their war-torn country.

For the fourth year, Barrio Alegria has partnered with Reading Public Library to engage community members through the arts, creating opportunities for participants to explore self-limiting beliefs and gain leadership skills.

More than 45 participants will tell the story through 14 dance choreographies in this premiere performance.

Participating organizations and groups include Abilities in Motion, Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos, and the Reading School District. Live music will be provided by Musical Acts of Kindness Society. The diverse musical score includes works from a range of composers from George Harrison and Scott Joplin to Joe Hisaishi and The Chrono Trigger Symphony.

There is no charge for admission and seating is general admission on The Steps @ Main.

For more information, visit readingpubliclibrary.org/storytelling-through-dance-2018/.

For more information about “Where the Trees Walk” contact the Reading Public Library Foundation at 610.478.8977.

Kutztown Community Library news

The Kutztown Community Library announced its August schedule of events.

Saturday, Aug. 3

Library Express. Join the Kutztown Community Library on Saturday, Aug. 3 for a beautiful, 4-and-a-half-mile train ride on Kutztown’s Allentown & Auburn Railroad. The library will be selling tickets in advance for Library Express’s four different rides or buy them the day of at Kutztown’s train station. For more information visit kutztownlibrary.org or call 610.683.5820

Every Monday in August

Preschool Story Time 10am. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley.

Kids ages 3-5 invited for stories and craft. 610.683.5820

Toddler Time Story Time 11am. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley Kids ages 0-3 invited for stories and songs. 610.683.5820

Community Threads 4:30-6:30pm. Come join this group working on a quilted collaborative art piece using fabric and buttons donated by the community. All are welcome! Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820

Monday, Aug. 5, 19, 26

Pokemon League 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Trading Card Games to earn points for Promo Cards and Badges. Challenge other fans to matches. All ages and experience levels are welcome. No cost. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820 

Every Tuesday in August

Used Book Sale 10am-12 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820

Tunes & Tots 10am. A time of short stories, music and sensory play for ages 2-5 at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820 

Tuesday, Aug. 6

Paisley & Company/Teen Tuesday 1pm. Geared toward ages 12 and up. Create your very own scent. Must sign up at the library. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley. For more information call 610.683.5820 

Tuesday, Aug. 13

Ice Cream Party/Teen Tuesday 1pm. Geared toward ages 12 and up. Celebrate the end of summer with some cool treats. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley. For more information call 610.683.5820 

Tuesday, Aug. 13

Book Discussion Group 7 p.m. “The Readers of Broken Wheel” by Katarina Bivald. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820

Every Wednesday in August

Wiggly Wednesday 10am. Each week different activities. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820 

8/7 – Play K Ages 4&up – Get your Preschooler ready for Kindergarten

8/14 – Toddler Play Time – Ages 2&up

8/21 – Block Party – A playtime with blocks for children ages 2&up

8/28 – Toddler Play Time – Ages 2&up

Every Wednesday in August

Teen Reading Lounge 1 p.m. An interactive, hands-on, book discussion for teens at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820 For more details check events calendar kutztownlibrary.org You pick the books, we provide the snacks.

Every Thursday in August

Used Book Sale 10am-12 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820

Art Cats 4-5pm. Art, crafts and fun with Miss Lacie for elementary school ages at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820

Thursday, Aug. 1

Kit’s Interactive Theater at 10am – A show that explores astronomy, history, improv and music with audience participation. Elementary school ages. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820 Sponsored by Friends of the Kutztown Community Library 

Thursday, Aug. 8

Yoga at 10am – Learn simple poses, stretches and relaxation methods. Elementary school ages. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820 Sponsored by Friends of the Kutztown Community Library

Reading by Genre 5 p.m. for Adults and older teens. Read any book from Historical Fiction, Historical Non-fiction, Historical Narrative or Historical Fantasy and join the discussion. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820

Thursday, Aug. 15

Jesse the Reptile Guy at 10am at the Kutztown Park Bandshell. Make new reptile friends while learning about their interesting characteristics. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820 Sponsored by Silver Maple Veterinary Clinic & Five Points Cricket Farm

Thursday, Aug. 22

Reading by Genre 5 p.m. for Adults and older teens. Read any book from Historical Fiction, Historical Non-fiction, Historical Narrative or Historical Fantasy and join the discussion Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820

Friday, Aug. 9

Craft Night 6:30 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library. Painted Wooden Signs. Cost is $10, choose design and sign up at Library. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820 Bring the whole family!

Friday, Aug. 23

Family Movie Night – “Scooby Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost” 6:30 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820 Bring the whole family!

Saturday, Aug. 3,10,17,24 

Used Book Sale 9:30am-2 p.m. Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820

Saturday, Aug. 10, 24

StoryRider – STEAM Storytime for ages 3-5 at 11am. Stories, activities and fun with Miss Rachel at the Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610.683.5820

Reading Public Library to stage outdoor dance production

An original dance production, “Where the Trees Walk” will be held on The Steps at Main Library, 100 S. 5th St., Saturday, July 27, at noon. This fourth annual Storytelling through Dance presentation will tell the story of a child who is separated from her parents after the family flees their war-torn country.

For the fourth year, Barrio Alegria has partnered with Reading Public Library to engage community members through the arts, creating opportunities for participants to explore self-limiting beliefs and gain leadership skills. More than 45 participants will tell the story through 14 dance choreographies in this premiere performance. Live music will be provided by Musical Acts of Kindness Society featuring Matthew Bailey, Tony Veloz, and David Hall.

There is no charge for admission and seating is general admission on The Steps at Main.

Additional details can be found at readingpubliclibrary.org/storytelling-through-dance-2019/.

For more information about “Where the Trees Walk” contact the Reading Public Library Foundation at 610.478.8977.

Reading Public Library to sponsor free SAT prep workshop

Reading Public Library will offer a free five-day Scholastic Aptitude Test prep course from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19. The workshop will be held at the Main Library Teen Loft, 100 S. 5th St.

Participants will receive training and advice including tips for success from Louis Blair. Mr. Blair has taught SAT preparation for 23 years. Upon completion, students will receive a free SAT College Board workbook.

Students entering 11th and 12th grades in the fall of 2019 are eligible. Registration is required and space is limited to the first 20 registrants. Call or e-mail the RPL Teen Loft, 610.655.6350 ext. 241 or rplya@reading.lib.pa.us

For more information, call 610.655.6350 ext. 241.

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.

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.

B the Reader is an Appetizing New Reading Incentive at Muhlenberg Community Library

Reading skills are essential. According to the Pennsylvania Library Association, basic literacy is a focus for PA libraries because “thirteen percent of Pennsylvanians lack basic literacy skills such as the ability to read a newspaper or brochure. This percentage of Pennsylvanians who struggle with basic literacy remains unchanged from 1992.” Furthermore, half of the unemployed in the nation aged 16-21 are “functional illiterates with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs.” Muhlenberg Community Library and Boscov’s understand how important it is to encourage practice in the next generation of readers and are seeking to make a difference locally.

Boscov’s has teamed up with the Muhlenberg Community Library to offer a reading incentive program called B the Reader. Children in Kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to participate on a monthly basis. B the Reader Rewards Log Sheets will be available at Muhlenberg Community Library on June 1st and at the start of every month thereafter. Children complete the log by reading 20 books. Completed log sheets can be turned in at the library to receive a Reading Award Certificate which can then be redeemed for a free breakfast at the Restaurant at Boscov’s North, up to a $4.99 value. Breakfast hours are available Monday- Saturday 8AM-11AM and all day Sunday, 8AM-2PM, at the Restaurant at Boscov’s, 2910 North 5th Street Highway in Reading.

In addition to earning a free breakfast, all children who redeem their Reading Award Certificate at the restaurant will also be entered into a monthly drawing for a $25 Boscov’s gift card! B the Reader is a year-round program that will be available January-December. Starting this June, visit Muhlenberg Community Library at 3612 Kutztown Road in Laureldale to pick up a B the Reader Rewards Log Sheet and some books that will start your children on a tasty reading adventure.

Libraries strengthen their communities: Celebrate National Library Week April 7 through 13

This week, public libraries in Berks County join libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs, and expertise. 

April 7-13, 2019 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools, and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect.

While often associated with books, today’s public libraries offer a full spectrum of services and programs, helping open doors of new opportunities for their patrons. These programs encourage community members to meet and discuss civic issues, work together using new technologies like 3D printing, or learn alongside one another in English language classes. Library staff also partner with other civic and service organizations to actively engage with the people they serve, always striving to make sure their community’s core needs are being met.

As the world continues to grow, libraries are here to help patrons explore that bigger world.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.