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Mondays: Preschool Story Time 10 a.m.; Toddler Time Story Time 11 a.m.; Community Threads 4:30-6:30 p.m. (group working on a quilted collaborative art piece using fabric and buttons donated by the community); Pokémon League 5 to 7 p.m.

Tuesdays: Used Book Sale 10 a.m. to noon; Tunes & Tots stories and music ages 2 to 5 at 10 a.m.; and Teen Tuesday crafts and games at 3 p.m. for ages 12 and up.

Thursdays: Used Book Sale 10 a.m. to noon; Toddler Story Time 10 a.m.; Preschool Story Time 11 a.m.; Art Cats 4-5 p.m.

Saturdays: Used Book Sale 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Lego Construction Crew 10 a.m. ages 3-12.

Wiggly Wednesdays: 10 a.m. Feb. 6 - Play K Ages 4&up get ready for Kindergarten; Feb. 13 - Toddler Play Time ages 2&up; Feb. 20 - Block Party playtime with blocks ages 2&up; Feb. 27 - Toddler Play Time.

Teen Reading Lounge: Wednesdays at 3 p.m. An interactive, hands-on, book discussion group for teens.

Feb. 2: Special Ground Hog Day Used Book Sale 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Feb. 7: Craft Night 7 p.m. Show & Tell, make and bring a craft of your choosing. May be used later in the year for our monthly craft night. Sign up at library.

Feb. 9 & 11: StoryRider STEAM Storytime for ages 3-5 at 11 a.m. Stories, activities and fun with Miss Rachel

Feb. 12: Book Discussion Group 1:30 p.m. on "Necessary Lies" by Diane Chamberlain.

Feb. 12: Cooks & Books, a tasting experience at 7 p.m. Bring a dish to share and the book/recipe that inspired it for an hour of delicious tasting and discussion. Theme is Sweets! Sign up at Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610-683-58

Feb. 22: Family Movie Night, “Christopher Robin" 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 23: Rug Hooking Class with Janice Sonnen. Make a 12-inch square hooked mat for table or wall. Charge for kit, hook and frame. Bring small scissors and a packed lunch. Sign up at library, 70 Bieber Alley 610-683-5820.

Feb. 27: Conversacion con Amigos 7 p.m. A time of bi-lingual fun and casual Spanish conversation for adult/teen speakers.


Mondays: Games and Giggles 5:30-6:30 p.m., kids invited to play board games.

Tuesdays: Computer Class 6-8 p.m., for adults, free.


Hygiene Kit donations can be dropped off at the library.

Fridays: Preschool Creative Play, 9:30 a.m. in Room 111 MAKERspace, ages 3-5, Story & MAKER style creative play. Homeschool Open MAKERspace, noon to 1 p.m. in Room 111 MAKERspace, K-12g, open use of MAKERspace resources & programing.

Mondays: Build It!, 6:30 p.m. in Library, all ages, create with blocks, Legos, magnetic tiles, Lincoln Logs.

Tuesdays: Math Meet Up, 6:30 p.m. in Room 111 MAKERspace, K-12g. Get help with, explore, &/or enrich your math knowledge.

Wednesdays: Preschool Sprouts, 10 a.m. in Library, ages 3-5, story, activity, and exploration time.

Feb. 2: free Snapology Bridge Engineering Challenge, 11 a.m. in Room 111 MAKERspace, 3rd grade & up, STEAM engineering program. Registration required. Space limited.

Feb. 5: Fleetwood GIVES BACK, 3:30 p.m. in Room 111 MAKERspace, all ages. Help paint ‘The Shop free meal’ tokens for Food Pantry and assemble hygiene kits.


Mondays: 12:30 to 2 p.m. in January and February Miss Shannon teaches a variety of homeschool lessons in grammar, art, literature, and history.

Thursdays: 11 a.m. Storytime with songs, stories and crafts.

Jan. 31: Art & Herbs for Healing 6 p.m. Nutritional herbalist and certified K-12 art teacher Jenel Schaffer invites adults to this free class to teach how to make an Herbal Calcium glycerite for children, then complete an art journal activity for relaxation and reigniting artistic dreams. Registration required.

Feb. 4: 6 p.m. Veganism 101, learning how to go vegan & its many health benefits.

Feb. 11: Literature & Art classes for homeschool children 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 12: Winter Animals: Our Furry Friends for ages 8 to 15 at 10:30 a.m. Learn how animals stay warm in winter, where they go, and why some leave.


Jan. 31

Author visit: 6:30 p.m. at Hamburg Borough Hall. Hamburg Public Library will be hosting a book talk by Schuylkill County resident Cindy Ross, who has written several books on hiking the Appalachian Trail and also the Rocky Mountains.

Feb. 1

Country Line and Couples Dance: at Shartlesville Grange, North 4th Street. Food available 6:30-8 p.m. Dancing 7:30-10:30 p.m. Donation benefits Shartlesville Lions Club. 610-698-0577

Feb. 2

Ice Harvesting Demonstration: 2 p.m. at Historic Dreibelbis Farm, on Route 143 south of the village of Virginville. GPS 356 Hard Hill Road, Hamburg, PA. Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society hosts presentation of Pennsylvania German ice harvesting. Includes cutting and harvesting ice blocks from ice pond (weather permitting), hauling ice to ice house, demonstration of tools. Horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides. A bonfire, warm soup, and hot chocolate. Farm grounds and nature trail open to the public. Free. Held rain or shine, with only blizzard conditions cancelling. If thin ice prevents walking on pond, a demonstration of tools and techniques will still be held. Dress for the weather and be prepared to walk on an unpaved farm lane. Parking is available on-site.

Feb. 2

Ontelaunee Region, Antique Automobile Club of America monthly meeting: 7 p.m. at New Jerusalem Zions U.C.C., Krumsville. GPS-1456 Krumsville Rd., (Lenhartsville). Learn about our group tours, car shows, swap meet, scholarships and more. 610-799-3761

Feb. 3

Beginners Guide to Snowshoeing & XC Skiing: 1 to 3 p.m., Reading Country Club, Exeter Township. This program will also cover how to dress for the weather and activity; then we’ll put our newly learned skills to use by going on a hike. Snowshoes available in various sizes; and XC Ski kits can be rented from Buchman’s Ski Shop in Muhlenberg Township. Dress for the weather. Register one week before program date to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611. Program presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.

Feb. 4

Berks Photographic Society: 7:30 to 9 p.m., 40 N. Noble Street, Reading. Meet fellow photographers of all skills levels getting together to share ideas and skills. Free.

Feb. 5

Hamburg Business Roundtable Discussion: 6 p.m. at Hamburg Strand Theater, 6 S 4th St., Hamburg. The first in a series of roundtable discussions providing an opportunity for local businesses to collaborate and to help one another succeed. Any suggestions on ways to help improve the Hamburg business district are welcome. RSVP by Feb. 1 to Our Town Foundation by calling 610-562-3106 or emailing

Feb. 7

Hamburg Then and Now Slideshow: featuring Stu Biehl’s photos collection. Hamburg Area Historical Society meeting 7 p.m. at Hamburg Area High School LGI room. Attendees invited to bring items for Show And Tell.

Feb. 8

Cabin Fever Game Night: 6:30 to 9 p.m. at New Jerusalem Zion UCC, 1456 Krumsville Rd., Krumsville. Join us for a night of fun playing board games and fellowship for all ages. Refreshments provided. 610-756-6892

Feb. 9

Sewing Circles: 10 a.m. to noon at Berks County Heritage Center, Bern Township. An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc. Bring a project you are working on, or join us for a different topic on the second Saturday of each month. Topic is History of Pins and Needles. For more information, call 610-374-8839. Program is presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.

Feb. 10

Strausstown Fire Company Breakfast: 8 a.m. to noon at Strausstown Fire Company's Community Campus, 50 East Ave., Strausstown. Full breakfast menu; children’s menu also available. Proceeds benefit the Apparatus Fund.

Feb. 11

Intro To Genealogy Workshop: with Historian and Genealogist Darlene Moyer 2 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley. Find out where your ancestors came from and how to avoid beginner's mistakes. Sign up at library. There is a minimal charge. 610-683-5820

Feb. 11

Digital Photo Competition: 7:30 to to 9 p.m. Berks Photographic Society, 40 N. Noble St., Reading. Meet fellow photographers of all skills levels getting together to share ideas and skills. Free.

Feb. 13 to March 27

Introduction to Beekeeping Classes: 6:30 p.m. at Lehigh Carbon Community College Feb. 13, 27, March 13, 27. Want to become a beekeeper? Join us for our 8th Annual Intro to Beekeeping Classes presented and taught by experienced beekeepers of the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association, founded in 1921. Cost includes all classes, book, course materials, refreshments, access to experienced beekeepers, and field trip to club apiary. Family friendly for all ages. Call 610-737-7676, visit

Feb. 14

Free informational session on adoption and child foster care: 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at Diakon Adoption & Foster Care, in Old Main on the campus of The Lutheran Home at Topton, One S. Home Ave., Topton. Diakon Adoption & Foster Care staff will explain foster parenting as well as the processes involved in adopting a child or youth. Attendees also will learn about children available for adoption as well as the foster-to-adopt program. To attend, call, toll-free, 1-888-582-2230 or (610) 682-1504 to register.

Feb. 18 and 19

King’s Academy Friendly's Night fundraiser: 5 to 8 p.m. at Friendly's, 3024 Penn Ave., West Lawn. 10 percent of all sales including delivery will support The King’s Academy of Mohrsville. (Gift cards are not included)

Feb. 19

Annual Meeting of Our Town Foundation: 6 p.m. at Hamburg Strand Theater, 6 S 4th St., Hamburg. Learn about our past accomplishments and our future goals. Open to the public. RSVP by Feb. 15 to Our Town Foundation by calling 610-562-3106 or emailing

Feb. 21

Kutztown Area Garden Club: 7 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley. Hear about the restoration of a PA land area.

Feb. 21

Networking Event at Smokin’ Brays: 278 West State St., Hamburg, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Meet local business members, artists and fellow residents at our free social networking event. Complimentary nacho bar and drinks. RSVP by Feb. 14 to Our Town Foundation by calling 610-562-3106 or emailing

March 2

Murder Mystery Dinner 1950s theme The Case of the Shaken, Rattled, and Rolled Reporter: 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Olivet Blue Mountain Camp, 115 Mountain Ave., Hamburg. Someone went ape on the nosey news reporter. Was it the greaser detective or sock hoppers? Come dressed in your best 50s costume for a chance to win a door prize. Proceeds benefit Our Town Foundation, Hamburg’s non-profit community revitalization organization. Purchase tickets by calling 610-562-3106 or on

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