Thursday, March 18, 2010

April Events

Celebrate National Library Week
April 12-18

Young at Heart Expo

Monday, April 12th from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Dr. Paul Fehrenbach will be performing “Celtic Music” at 2:00 pm

The expo will be featuring organizations that offer services to adults over the age of 55.  Recently Mengle Memorial Library was awarded a Library Service & Technology Act (LSTA) Senior Spaces Grant.  This grant provided funding to be used in the purchasing of various materials for programs targeted to adults over the age of 55.  The library has been holding programs entitled “Young at Heart” every Monday at 1:00 pm for adults in this age group since November 2009.  As part of the Senior Spaces grant, this expo at the library will be the Kick-Off event for the official opening of our “Young at Heart” space that features materials specific to ages 55+.
The Senior Spaces grant was awarded to only six libraries in Pennsylvania, and will be recognized throughout the country in an upcoming American Library Association book and national convention.  Dr. Fehrenbach’s performance is part of a partnership between the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) and the Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH).

What a Treasure!
Thursday, April 29th at 6:00 pm the library will be having a special One Book Every Young Child program.  What a Treasure! by Jane and Will Hillenbrand is the featured book for the 2010 “Pennsylvania One Book One Child” program.  A special guest will be reading the story and there will be various activities for children to participate in.
In its fifth year, the “Pennsylvania One Book” program highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers.  Studies have shown that children need to be engaged in activities and discussions centered on a book for children to fully receive the benefits of early reading. 
Active reading to young children provides the cornerstones of literacy needed for them to excel in school.  Only 47.8% of children ages 0-5 are read to daily, and only 36% of Pennsylvania students are “proficient” or above in reading by the time they are in the 4th grade.  The “Pennsylvania One Book Every Young Child” program is designed to give parents the ability to interact with their children when reading stories, giving children skills they need to succeed in school and life.  To find out more about the “Pennsylvania One Book” program go to:  

 Between the Pages
for Ages 9-18
Held every Wednesday at 4:00 pm

April 7th -- Craft– Magnetic Creations
April 14th -- What are you reading? (Discuss the books you love or hate)
April 21st -- Movie—Planet 51
April 28th – create a mini movie

Between the Pages -- Wii gaming

Saturday, April 10th (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Saturday, April 24th (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Got a great board game, multiplayer game or a handheld system like PSP or Nintendo DS?   Bring it with you!  (All multiplayer games for the Wii must be rated "E")

Painting Class
            As part of the Young at Heart program, members of the Brockway Artists Connection will be teaching a monthly painting class at the library.  The next class will be held Monday, April 19th at 1:00 pm.  Young at Heart programs are held every Monday at 1:00 pm for adults over the age of 55.  Check out the library’s webpage ( for more information or pick up a calendar of events at the library.   

Other Young at Heart Programs
April 8th – Movie – To Kill a Mockingbird
April 12th – YAH Expo
April 22nd -- Wii and board games 

Computer Class
Every Thursday at 1:00 pm or by appointment.

Readers Group
            The Readers Group will meet on Wednesday, April 28th at 1:15 pm.  Come discuss your ideas and opinions on the books you have recently read.  New members welcome.

Evening Readers Group
            The evening readers group will meet Tuesday, April 20th at 6:30pm.  The group will be discussing “TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY” by Jay Asher.  When Clay Jenson plays the cassette tapes he received in a mysterious package, he's surprised to hear the voice of dead classmate Hannah Baker. He's one of 13 people who receive Hannah's story, which details the circumstances that led to her suicide. Clay spends the rest of the day and long into the night listening to Hannah's voice and going to the locations she wants him to visit.

Fine Free Week
In celebration of National Library Week, the library will be forgiving the fines of all library patrons who come to the library.