Submit events about 10 days in advance of publication date to Note Northern Berks Patriot Item Calendar.


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.

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

Wiggly Wednesdays: 10 a.m. Jan. 9 Toddler Play Time; Jan. 16 Block Party playtime with blocks for ages 2&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 to 5 p.m. art, crafts and fun for elementary school ages.

Jan. 18: Family Movie Night "Smallfoot" 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 14, 21, 28: Preschool Story Time 10 a.m. ages 3-5; Toddler Time Story Time 11 a.m. ages 0-3; Community Threads 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Pokémon League 5 to 7 p.m.

Jan. 15, 22, 29: Used Book Sale 10 a.m. to noon; Tunes & Tots 10 a.m. a time of short stories, music and sensory play for ages 2-5; Teen Tuesday 3 p.m. for ages 12 and up.


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.

Jan. 12 & 26: Miss Jenny’s Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Jan. 12: Story Stroll 1-2 p.m., feat. “Waiting for Winter” by Sebastian Meschenmoser. Visit our Facebook for more about independent story strolls coming soon. Sheldon Club: 11:30 a.m. Ask the library how to become a member.

Jan. 15, 16, 22 & 23: Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Jan. 16 & 23: Bubbles and Books Story Time 11:30 a.m.-noon, birth-toddlers.

Jan. 19: Happy Healthy Kids Club 10-10:30 a.m., elementary-aged kids. Therapy Dog 10:30-11 a.m., all ages.

Jan. 29 & 30: Preschool Sensory Play 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Jan. 30: Baby Sensory Play 11:30 a.m.-noon, birth-toddlers


Fridays: Preschool Creative Play 9:30 a.m. in Rm 111 MAKERspace, ages 3-5, Story & MAKER style creative play. Also Homeschool Open MAKERspace noon to 1:30 p.m. in Rm 111 MAKERspace, students K-12 explore one of MAKER/LEARNING stations.

Mondays: Build It! 6:30 p.m. in Library, all ages.

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


Mondays: Hands-on Science Experiments for homeschool children. Come to one or all five. Held on Mondays at 12:30 p.m.

Jan. 12: Trim Healthy Mama 10 a.m.

Jan. 10: $mart Cents, taking control of you money at 6 p.m.


Sundays Jan. 13, 20

Kutztown Area Historical Society Model Railroad Open House: 1 to 3 p.m., Jan. 6, 13, 20, at the 1892 School Building and Museum, Normal Avenue and Whiteoak Street, Kutztown. The highly detailed, 500 square foot HO scale model railroad features bustling city, amusement park, rural countryside, bridges, mountains, lakes, and streams are all on display. Children can have fun with interactive controls for Thomas the Tank and other trains. Visit, call 610-683-7697, or e-mail

Jan. 10

Free informational session on adoption and child foster care: 6 p.m. at Diakon Adoption & Foster Care, in Old Main on the campus of The Lutheran Home at Topton, One S. Home Ave., Topton. To attend, call, toll-free, 1-888-582-2230 or (610) 682-1504 to register. 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 foster-to-adopt and medically fragile foster care.

Jan. 12

Cub Scout Pack 575 annual Spaghetti Dinner: 4 to 7 p.m. at Topton Pioneer Grange. Dinner includes one free dessert. Tickets may be purchased at the door or through any member of Cub Scout Pack 575.

Jan. 12

Sewing Circles: 10 a.m. to noon at Berks County Heritage Center, Bern Twp. An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. Bring a project to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting and more. Topic this month is How to sew on binding. 610-374-8839

Jan. 12

Winter Nature Photography: 10 a.m. to noon at Berks County Heritage Center, Bern Township. Bring your camera and learn how to shoot great winter-time nature photos. The program will start with a slide presentation and cold weather tips and techniques. Then, professional photographer and instructor, Valerie Hoffman will lead us on an exploratory walk around the park, capturing great moments in nature. Free program for all ages. Dress for the weather. Call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 to register by Jan. 7.

Jan. 13

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

Jan. 13

Start Your New Year Creatively: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St., Reading. Brunch at the innovative Belly Kitchen and Drinkery then be inspired by the Artist Studios on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Encounter creative painters, photographers, potters, glass-blowers, fiber artists, printers, woodworkers and many others. Handicap accessible.

Jan. 14

Penn State Master Watershed Stewards Information Meeting: 6 to 8 p.m. in Berks County Agricultural Center conference room, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport. People interested in becoming Master Watershed Stewards must attend an information meeting as the first step in the process. Program partners with area environmental organizations to train volunteers to become citizen scientists. Volunteers go out into the Berks County community to educate the public about water quality and watershed issues; organize stream restorations, cleanups and monitoring; build demonstration rain gardens and rain barrels, and much more. Classes will be held on Monday evenings from mid-March through mid-June, with three Saturday field trips. Fee covers manual and cost of training. Bring schedule to information meeting. For an application or more information, contact Karin Wulkowicz, Berks County Master Watershed Stewards Coordinator, at or 610-378-1327, ext. 221. Berks County Ag Center is handicapped accessible. All parking is free.

Jan. 15

Bereavement session “New To Grief: Tear Soup”: at 10 a.m. at The Diakon senior living community, 1 South Home Ave., Topton. Bereavement forum held the third Tuesday of each month in Deibert Hall on the first floor of the skilled nursing care center on the Topton campus. Facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Colleen G. Kristula, chaplain, the forums are sponsored by Ludwick Funeral Homes of Topton and Kutztown. For more information, call The Lutheran Home at Topton at 610-682-1400.

Jan. 17

Kutztown Area Garden Club: 7 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley.

Jan. 17

The Talisman Players present the “Wizard of Oz”: at Kutztown University's Georgian Room in Old Main. Performances will be Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.; Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 19 show at 1 p.m. includes a brunch followed by an evening performance at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online at

Jan. 17

Berks County Patriots meeting: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Leesport Farmer's Market. Jonathan Hanen, Regional Field Rep., Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), non-profit, non-partisan 5013C, in Washington, D.C. presents Discussion: Illegal Immigration; Sanctuary Cities; Border Security. Also Paul Brooker, CPA, gives overview of Trump Tax Cuts.

Jan. 19

Intro to Digital Photography Class: Getting to know your camera and what all of those buttons really do. Photography workshop presented by Berks Photographic Society 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 40 N. Noble St., Reading. Bring camera and camera manual. $70 donation. Register online at

Jan. 21

Erasing & Cloning Using Photoshop: Photography workshop presented at Berks Photographic Society, 40 N. Noble St., Reading. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free.

Jan. 23

Showing “Medal of Honor”: 7 p.m. at Hamburg Strand. Hamburg’s Hometown Hero, Richard Etchberger, is featured in this Netflix production of “Medal of Honor.” We will be showing this episode with additional videos and memories that his son Cory Etchberger will be sharing. This is a FREE show with ALL donations going to CMSgt Richard L Etchberger Foundation & the Hamburg Strand Theater. Snow date is Jan. 26 at 1 p.m.

Jan. 27

Beginners Guide to Snowshoeing & XC Skiing: 1 to 3 p.m. at Blue Marsh Lake, Conference Center. 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.

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

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