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Central Pennsylvania Events

January 2023

CHILDREN

Builders Club

Date: January 5th (First Thursday of every month)

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Ages: 8yrs-12yrs

Location: Guthrie Memorial Library, Hanover

Details: Get your creativity flowing using LEGOs, Keva Planks and other building toys. Free Program and no registration required

 

Barks & Books

Date: January 5th

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Location: New Oxford Library

Details: Sign up for 15 minutes reading sessions with Danny, the therapy dog

Registration: Call library at (717)624-2182 to register

Bedtime Story Time

Date: January 5th

Time: 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Location: Trone Memorial Library, East Berlin

Details: Join Miss Sherry for stories and cookies. Open to the whole family

 

Kid Discover: Super Sniffers

Date: January 7th

Time: 10:30 am- Noon

Ages: 6yrs-10yrs

Location: Wildwood Park, Harrisburg

Details: Join a naturalist to explore super sniffer animals from Pa & the world

Registration: Registration required at explorewildwood.org/events/. 

Fee: $5 per child

Barks & Books

Date: January 9th

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Location: Carroll Valley Library

Details: Read to Larry, the therapy dog

 

Read to the Dogs

Date: Tuesdays starting January 10th

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Location: Amelia Givens Memorial Library, Mt Holly Springs

Details: Register online for 15 minutes slots to read to therapy dog


Kids Craft Night

Date: January 11th

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Ages: 8yrs and up

Location: Dillsburg Library

Details: Build a snowflake wreath. Materials provided

 

Crafternoon

Date: January 12th

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Ages: K- 5th grade

Location: Gettysburg Library

Details: Join in making a winter craft

 

Barks & Books: Reading Therapy Dog

Date: January 12th

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Trone Memorial Library, East Berlin

Register: Call library for a slot at (717) 259-9000 for a 15 minutes slot

 

Barks & Books

Date: January 10th

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Ages: Elementary

Where: Gettysburg Library

Details: Read to a therapy dog. Register online for a reading slot

 

3rd & 4th Grade Book Club

Date: January 11th

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Where: Gettysburg Library

Details: Monthly meeting to discuss a good book and share a snack

 

Crafternoon

Date: January 12th

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Where: Gettysburg Library

Details: Join in making a winter craft

Homeschool Afternoon: Winter Steam

Date: January 13th

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Ages: K- 6th grade

Details: Participate in hands-on winter STEAM activities

Registration: Registration online starting January 9th

 

Winter Wonderland Saturday Storytime

Date: January 14th

Time: 11:00am-11:30am

Where: Gettysburg Library

Details: Stories, activities & songs about snow

Registration: Register online or at children’s desk

 

Crafternoon

Date: January 16th

Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Ages: Elementary

Where: Trone Memorial Library, East Berlin

Details: Make a seasonal craft to take home

 

Barks & Books

Date: January 16th

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Littlestown Library

Details: Read to Danny, the therapy dog

 

5th& 6th Grade Book Club- Gettysburg

Date: January 18th

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Details: Discuss a good book & share a snack

Let It Snow!

Date: January 19th

Time: 6:30pm- 7:15pm

Ages: 5yr-10yrs

Where: Carroll Valley Library

Details: Learn about snowflakes and make a snowflake craft.

Registration: Registration online required

 

Coding Club

Date: January 19th

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Ages: 8yrs and up

Location: Dillsburg Library

Details: Coding for all levels. 

Registration: Registration online required

Homeschool: Full Steam Ahead

Date: January 20th

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Ages: 5yrs-12yrs

Where: Harbaugh Thomas Memorial Library, Biglerville

Details: Hands-on activities on circuits

Registration: Registration required online

Kid Scientists: Paper Circuits

Date: January 24th

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Ages: 8yrs-12yrs

Where: Littlestown Library

Details: Create your own paper crafts that light up

Registration: Registration required online

 

Legopalooza

Date: January 25th

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Ages: 4yrs-12yrs

Where: Harbaugh Thomas Memorial Library, Biglerville

Registration: Registration required online


1st & 2nd Grade Book Club

Date: February 1st

Time: 4:30pm-5:30 pm

Where: Gettysburg Library

Details: Discuss a good book and share a snack


 

TEENS /TWEENS

 

Checkmate! Youth Chess Club

Date: Tuesday Nights

Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm

Where: Guthrie Memorial Library, Hanover

Details: All skills levels welcome. No registration required

 

Gaming Club

Date: Meet weekly on Tuesday nights

Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Ages: 7th grade-12th grade

Where: Harbaugh-Thomas Library, Biglerville

Details: Learn competitive gaming techniques & new games

Registration Required: Zach Blanchard   zachb@adamslibrary.org    

 

Ceiling Tile Painting

Date: January 5th

Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm

Where: Harbaugh-Thomas Library Biglerville

Details: Painting new wintery tiles throughout the week to go in study room

Carroll Valley Library Teen/Tween Book Club

Date: January 5th

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Details: Discuss The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. February book is A Wrinkle in Time

Registration: Registration required online

 

Maple Syrup. Yum!

Date: January 5th

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Ages: Adults and older Teens

Where: Carroll Valley Library

Details: Naturalist Lizzy Echard discusses the history of maple sugaring and process for making maple syrup in your own backyard

Tabletop Gaming

Date: January 9th & January 18th

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Ages: Teens and Tweens

Where: Harbaugh Thomas Library, Biglerville

Details: Experiment with a variety of old and new tabletop games

Table Tennis League

Date: Meet most Wednesdays (January 11th & January 25th this month)

Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Harbaugh-Thomas Library, Biglerville

Details: Competitive ping-pong league. 

Registration: Register online

Retro Gaming

Date: January 11th (also, meeting February 1st)

Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Ages: Tweens & Teens

Where: Littlestown Library

Details: Play old school video games

 

Shivering Steam: Musical Engineering

Date: January 12th

Time: 3:30pm-5:30 pm

Where: Harbaugh Thomas Library, Biglerville

Details: Work with lilBits programmable synthesizer to record funky sounds and music. 

Registration: Registration required online

Comic Club

Date: Second & Fourth Thursday of the month (Jan 12th & Jan 26th)

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Ages: Tweens & Teens

Where: Littlestown Library

Details: Chat with fellow comic and graphic novel fans. Includes snacks & anime watching

 

Anime Club

Date: January 27th

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Ages: Teens

Location: Harbaugh-Thomas Library, Biglerville

Details: Watch & discuss anime series with friends. Registration online preferred

Teen Paint Night

Date: January 12th

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Ages: Teens

Location: Carroll Valley Library

Details: Paint a winter scene with Mr. Kris & enjoy hot chocolate

Registration: Registration required

Blackout Poetry

Date: January 14th

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Location: Guthrie Teen Library, Hanover

Detail: Take written text to create an original poem

 

Gaming Unplugged

Date: January 18th

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Littlestown Library

Details: Join in a night of modern board gaming

 

Easy Yarn Wall Hanging

Date: January 19th

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Ages: 12yrs & older

Where: Harbaugh Thomas Memorial Library, Biglerville

Details: Drop in for afternoon of crafting yarn wall hanging to take home. Supplies provided.

Registration: Registration required online

Make It Up! Improv Night

Date: January 19th

Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Where: Harbaugh Thomas Memorial Library, Biglerville

Details: Learn & develop improvisational acting skills.

Registration: Registration online preferred

 

Friday Films

Date: January 20th

Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Harbaugh Thomas Memorial Library, Biglerville

Details: Stop by the Teen Center for a feature film

 

7th & 8th Grade Book Club

Date: January 25th

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Where: Gettysburg Library

Details: Monthly book club to discuss a good book & share a snack

 

Teen Book Club

Date: January 26th

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Where: Gettysburg Library

Details: Monthly book club meeting to discuss a good book and share a snack

Teen Crafting

Date: February 1st

Time: 3:00-5:00pm

Where: Harbaugh Thomas Memorial Library, Biglerville

Details: Stop by to do crafts curated by teens



 

FAMILIES

 

Fun with Chess

Dates: Mondays 

Time: 6:00pm-7:45pm

Ages: All ages and skill levels

Details: Drop-in chess games for all skill levels

Where: Littlestown Library

 

Quigong

Date: January 10th

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Ages: 8yrs and up

Where: Harbaugh-Thomas Library, Biglerville

Details: Join instructor Laura Geesaman in using gentle movement to focus mind and balance body

Registration: Online registration required

Craft Your Own Cocoa

Date: January 14th

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

Ages: Whole family

Where: Littlestown Library

Details: Drop in and create your own mix of hot cocoa from selected ingredients

 

Family Fun Night: Snowmen Stories & Fun

Date: January 19th

Time: 6:30 pm-7:15pm

Ages: Children & their families

Where: Trone Memorial Library, East Berlin

Details: Miss Sherry shares some fun snowmen books, crafts & activities

Registration: Registration required online

 

Girls Craft Night Out

Date: January 19th

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Trone Memorial Library, East Berlin

Details: Teen daughters and moms hang out and make crafts together

Registration: Registration required online

Book Bingo

Date: January 29th

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Ages:  Everyone

Where: Gettysburg Library

Details: Play bingo and win some books

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) provides many free programs and events for the entire family. These events include bird walks, wildflower walks, orienteering programs, and forestry/natural resource programs. Many parks also offer Pa history programs and have holiday programs. More information can be found at the DCNR Calendar of Events at https://events.dcnr.pa.gov


 

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

 

Knit & Crochet Group

Date: Mondays

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Ages: Everyone

Details: Virtual group of knitting & crocheting

Register: Register online or call New Oxford Library 

Tiny Art for Adults & Teens

Date: January 21st

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Ages: 13yrs & older

Where: Online but organized out of Littlestown Library

Details: Enjoy painting in your own home. Art kits provided but limited to 24. Tiny art instructional video released on January 21st at 1:00pm and can be viewed on demand on the Littlestown Library Facebook page.

Registration: Registration required and will open on January 15th


 

MISCELLANEOUS 

 

Language & Linguistics Day at Penn State

Date: April 10th (RSVP by February 1st)

Time: 9:00am-2:15pm

Ages: Teens

Where: HUB- Robeson Center, Penn State University (University Park)

Details: Explore Languages and linguistics in and fun, college atmosphere at this fun workshop open to anyone interested in studying English or Foreign Languages. Free materials, parking, lunch & T-shirt included.

Registration: Registration required by Feb 1st at fkb@psu.edu

East Berlin Youth Basketball League

Date: Starts January 21st

Ages: 5yrs-14yrs

Where: East Berlin Community Center

Details: Volunteer run, fun basketball league for kids of all skill levels.

Registration: Register online at www.ebac.org. Deadline of January 7th

Fee: $50 per student with multiple player discounts available

 

Strawberry Hill Nature Book Club

Date: Starts January 12th and meets 2nd Thursday of the month

Time: 6:30pm

Ages: Adults & older teens

Registration: Register online at education@strawberryhill.org

Details: Free nature book discussions

 

Book Sale

Dates: January 25th – January 28th

Where: Amelia Givens Library, Mt Holly Springs

 

Book Sale

Dates: January 11th – January 14th

Where: East Berlin Community Center

Winter Reading Challenge – Adams County Library

Dates: December 26th- February 20th

Details: Winter adult, teen & children reading challenges with prizes

Registration: Online at https://adamslibrary.beanstack.org/reader365

Oakes Museum- Homeschool Science Classes & Labs

Details: Numerous Homeschool science classes and labs for all ages of students. Curator Club also offers Saturday morning science classes. Check Oakes Museum website at www.messiah.edu

Nature Photo Contest Display

Where: Wildwood Park, Harrisburg

Dates: December 10th-January 28th

Details: Display of photographs of the Dauphin County parks by photographers of all ages and skill levels. Vote on People Choice Award to be presented in February, 2023. Free

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